I’ve Gained 10 Pounds - Now What?
February 21, 2019 19 Comments
Sometimes weight creeps up on you when you aren’t paying attention.
I was asked by a reader about her added 10 pounds. I don’t know this person but I think her question is important.
I met a woman who told me that she put on 50 pounds without noticing. How? She didn’t have many mirrors in her house, her clothes were stretchy, and she worked at home. She said that she didn’t wake up to the weight gain until she looked at the scale.
1. My first recommendation is to get some full length mirrors and put them where you dress and right next to the front door (so you can check for food in your teeth before you leave the house). I recently installed full length mirror doors on my bedroom closet and I find myself checking myself out in them.
The “check-out” is not vain nor do I judge my body for its failures. I do notice how my clothes are fitting and that can be a good thing.
2. What about the scale? If I knew the ten pound heavier reader, I would ask her if her clothes are tight or not. You can gain weight, for example, and be getting fitter.
Muscle is twice as dense as fat so you can be heavier and fit in your clothes better than you did before you added an exercise regime.
I find that my waist size is a far better indicator of my overall health than my weight. Maybe the scale isn’t telling the true story and you tying yourself to a number.
3. Don’t panic!! You don’t have to freak out when you realize your weight gain. In fact, stressing about the weight can make it worse because it has been proven that stress leads to weight gain (as does a lack of sleep).
The 10 pounds is not the worst problem in the world for you to have. It is a mere bump in the road on a very long and healthy life. You can do this!!
The good news is now you are AWAKE to your gain. You can start to evaluate how the pounds arrived and make changes. If it took 10 months or 2 years for the 10 pounds to show up, it is going to take that long to lose them.
The reason for the weight gain is probably staring you in the face. Don’t beat yourself up! It happens and you can change things or you can embrace your new number.
Please share your experiences below. We can all learn from each other and be supportive!!
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