The Midwest has Made me Fat
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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.am.inside.all.the.time. 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.