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The Midwest has Made me Fat

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Hello Strangers,
I've been tracking calories on Spark for the last two months but haven't been using many other features on the site. There's just one thing I want to say today: the Midwest has been terrible for my health.

I joined Spark summer of 2012, about a month we moved from North Carolina to Wisconsin. I was terrified because I'd gained 5 lbs and was having a horrible time losing it. I started working out upwards of 2 hours a day. Eventually I just fell away from the site. My first weight log after gaining weight was 142

I returned in Spring of 2013 a few months before my wedding. I don't remember exactly what I weighed when I started, but my last weight log was on 4/13, 150 lbs. I believe I was able to get it down to about 145 before the wedding. When I returned home I thought I'd become aware and good enough at paying attention to how much I consumed -- I'd never tracked calories before moving to the Midwest! So I stopped using Spark again.

This morning I tracked my weight and did measurements for the first time since 4/13: I weigh 156.8. All measurements were exactly 2.5 inches larger except for arms.

I know this issue has many factors. When we first moved here, for example, I was shocked at how much meat and cheese there REALLY is. We were thrilled to try all the new microbrews, started drinking PBR, and grilling brats on a fairly regular basis. Today, nearly 2 years later I've all but cut out cheese once again. I'm eating lots of homemade veggie soups, stirfry, etc. But what is the issue here? There are no evening walks or morning bike rides in addition to my workouts. I thought today I'd take a nice long walk. But it's mid March, 23 degrees, no sun, so windy my windows are shaking in the panes, and looks like it will either rain or snow at any minute. Would you go out in that?

Ever since we moved here I have tried new ways to combat this weight gain. I feel OK saying this: the Midwest is my greatest antagonist. If I were trying this hard living in the South I'd weigh 20-30 lbs lighter simply because my lifestyle there is so different.
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    I feel ya. I am actually on the other end of the spectrum for most of the year, though. I live in AZ and while the weather is absolutely beatutiful for a total of 2 months of the year (for me anyway) It is BLAZING hot over the summer and exercising outside is impossible and dangerous. I am so bored of the gym!! I am trying to get my hubby to move to San Diego...Nothing is more motivating to me than to run on the board walk!! BUT I could almost guarantee that I would be thinner there...

    1458 days ago
    While I don't live here and am only in the Midwest ofr a week for work, I totally see what you're talking about. Lots of meat and cheese and not very many vegetable options. I got broccoli as a side for dinner only to have it sitting in a bowl of butter!

    I also think getting outside puts you in a better mood and less likely to turn to comfort foods. Hoping you get some weather relief so you can get outside soon :)
    1470 days ago
    Sausage, cheese, and beer. Three of my favorite things in the whole world to put into my face. I'm in Indy, but most of my formative years were in Colorado. Same thing- lots of outside activity there, healthier lifestyle in general. I'm totally down with the sausage/cheese/beer side of the Midwest in my heart, but I'm trying to stay away from it, too.

    Getting married tends to bring along a few pounds with it, too. I find it easier to get lazy and put on weight when I'm content.
    1471 days ago
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