Adventures in Weight Changes Revisited

Hi all! Happy Monday. I’m back to class this week. Having a week off in between was heavenly. It allowed me more time on the weekend so I could go to the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline with WHH and my parents as part of WHH’s birthday gift. How amazing is this view of Boston from the top of the hill by the museum?

View from Larz Anderson Parl

WH Mom accidentally photobombing

I actually found the small bike collection to be more fascinating than the cars since a lot of the interesting parts of the cars were the mechanics that you couldn’t see. Can you imagine riding these bikes?

Antique bikes Larz Anderson

We went to Matt Murphy’s for drinks and appetizers after. They have a great selection of both and the cheese platter was delicious! Included were pickled onions, an Irish cheddar, walnuts, fried goat cheese, whole grain mustard, pistachio-thyme honey, blue cheese, pears, and pickles.

Cheese plate appetizer Matt Murphy's

Next up we walked a mere two restaurants down to Orinoco, one of my favorite restaurants in the Boston area. They serve Venezuelan food and it is delicious! My favorite part, naturally, is being able to have their arepas (sandwiches) because the arepa is made of corn meal, so it’s naturally gluten-free. No pictures of my own to share, but here’s an example of some areaps from their FB page.

Orinoco arepas

Another thing I was able to do this weekend because I wasn’t in class? Organize the crazy amount of clothes I have that no longer fit me due to my slow and steady weight loss over the past two years. How much money’s worth of clothes do you think is here? Now you know why I’ve had to resort to mom pants in the past–I had no clothes that fit!

Pile of clothes too small

I counted about 22 tops, 18 bottoms, 5 dresses, 3 pieces of activewear, 1 bathing suit, 1 bra, and 1 coat. I tried on everything to see if it fit after I purposely gained a bit of weight following losing too much last summer. I was able to add a few tops and a pair of jeans to my current wardrobe, which I was thrilled about. The rest was divided into items to donate, items for ThredUp, and items to be kept for when/if I’m pregnant in the future. I”m glad to know that I’ll have a nice wardrobe I don’t have to pay for should that time come (no, Mom, I’m not subtly hinting that I’m pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant…don’t worry, you’ll be one of the first to know when it’s time).

As I was trying on my clothes, I thought it might be good to do a check-in from my last post since the other one was over two months ago. At that time I had gained ten pounds since the summer,  five of them since starting the blog in November. So, how has my weight fared since then? Let’s check it out (vertical lines are increments of 5 pounds).

Weight changes past 6 months

I’m still up at about the same weight as March. You can see how steady it’s been since February (within a 2-3 pound range, which is a normal variation for most people).

Weight change 3 months

My BMI is still in the middle of the normal range, which is a great place to be! I have no idea what my body fat percentage is, but I’ll probably be checking in with a personal trainer I worked with back in September and see if she can measure that. I would like to know as I was feeling like I had a little too much jiggle on my abdomen (visceral fat is no good and the place I unfortunately tend to store it first), but it seems that since swapping my morning yogurt parfait for a smoothie, as well as increased the intensity on some of my workouts, it’s melted away a bit.

BMI chart

I also showed you this picture last time:

Before and after weight gain

I just happened to take an updated picture last week, which was perfect timing (yes, I’m wearing the same top as in the March picture).

May body changes

I also found a picture of me from vacation that I’ve been hesitant to show, mostly because I’m in a bathing suit. But I think it perfectly illustrates how messed up my body was that the picture of in a tank and shorts can’t. Thankfully the bikini is hiding some of my ribs you could see at the time, but you can see how much I lack in the chest area as well as the sharp angles I’m rocking on my shoulders. Here I am, in all my skinny-fat glory:

Skinny fat

Yikes. Glad I’m not there any more. Well, not there there. That picture was taken in Switzerland. I’d give anything to go back there. Here’s what my view was while I was sitting there:

Lake Thun, Interlaken-Unterseen

Lake Thun, Switzerland

I noted back in March that it would be interesting to see what happened once I was able to run more and the weather got warmer. I do feel that my appetite is back to normal now that it’s warmer. My appetite was crazy over the winter. It was so hard for me to figure out if I really needed to eat or if my body was just tricking me into it since it was extra cold this winter.

The increased running actually hasn’t changed my appetite much. If anything, it seems to have dulled it slightly. I’m not reaching for a second helping at dinner as much and I’m not getting the hungry horrors about an hour after dinner.

It seems I’ve stayed on an even keel since the late winter and I’m so grateful to be here. But it’s not about the weight at the end of the day. It’s about being able to do what I want with my body and feeling good about myself. Sure, I still have fat days just like anyone else, and want to remain at a healthy weight while looking as good as I can, but mostly I want to feel confident, strong, and as though I can tackle anything. That’s what’s important to me. The numbers on the scale can go up and down (within reason), but as long as I feel good about myself and feel I am healthy, that’s all that matters.

Questions: How are you doing now that the weather has changed? Do you find your appetite dulled a bit, whether due to the weather or exercise intensity? Do you change up how you eat according to the seasons? Have you found a weight where you and your body are happiest?

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7 thoughts on “Adventures in Weight Changes Revisited

  1. I think you look great, and you are strong and healthy. I try not to focus on weight much anymore, I pay attention to how I’m eating and if my body is changing (tight/loose clothes, etc) and that’s about it.

  2. Running definitely makes me less hungry, at least after shorter runs. If I don’t work out after work I want to eat everything in sight; if I do, I’m mostly thirsty and want to eat a normal portion of something. It’s weird!

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