Marriage Makes Me Fat
Itâ€™s true. My state of newly-wed matrimonial bliss is at war with my waistline. And my thighs. I never thought it would happen to me. This girl was raised by a mother who taught her to say â€œbase metabolic rateâ€ and â€œhigh fructose corn syrup is evilâ€ by the time she was eight. Those childhood lessons stayed with me and I grew to develop an awareness and respect for my body.
Somehow all that changed when I met Mr. Right. No, we havenâ€™t morphed into Jabba the Hutts, or putrid and sickly sugar-addicts. But now my jeans donâ€™t fit (and muffin-tops arenâ€™t my style).
Grieving my loss of pre-marital slenderness, I discovered something encouraging: I am not alone. Countless bloggers and health articles write about â€œLove Chubâ€ and post-aisle-walk weight gains. Even celebrities usually gain a few pounds after their marriages. Studies report that married couples are TWICE as likely to become obese than single people.
So itâ€™s not just me. But that still doesnâ€™t make it acceptable for me to ignore the scale and wear only boyfriend-style jeans and sweatshirts.
Thus, I have decided to compose a new set of standards for myself (Mr. Right isnâ€™t getting off the hook either). Here are the best tips Iâ€™ve found:
1. Donâ€™t sacrifice your workouts. Consider workouts an investment in your future.
2. Eat only when hungry (even if, like me, you enjoy baking and have a full cookie jar of triple chocolate chip coconut cookies).
3. â€œPortion controlâ€ = a womanâ€™s body does not need the same size serving of homemade Pesto Peas Pasta as a manâ€™s.
4. Remember that high fructose corn syrup is evil (Yes, that was my motherâ€™s advice, but sheâ€™s right. Processed foods are worse for you).
5. Donâ€™t keep unhealthy snack foods around the house.
6. Instead of sitting on the couch every night, go on active dates - cycling, walks, rock-climbing, tennis. Whatever works for you.
7. Look into supplements and healthy weight-loss aids (such as Natural Factors, PGX Daily Ultra Matrix 750 mg 120 softgels).
8. Set both short-term and long-term goals.
9. Encourage each other! Celebrate when you reach milestones (with something other than cake)
10. Donâ€™t give up.