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Grad School in New City - Weight Gain!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I was SO good last year, but I've slipped in the past six months - particularly the past 4 months. It all comes down to lifestyle and life schedule and my routine has been completely transformed. I'm getting back on track now, while I'm still in my healthy weight range!

Last year, I was working 5 days a week and commuting in with plenty of walking and biking every day, and an enforced eating schedule dictated by my work hours. In August I was dealing with a major cross-province move (stressful!) and since September I have been taking grad school. Last term, I had ALL my classes in one 12-hour day, which meant I only had to leave the house 1 day per week, and I had 6 days of unstructured time working at the computer, stressing about new challenges, with constant access to the kitchen. I tried to keep up my weight regime but without a daily routine it was hard to stay on track. End result? I got good grades, but I'm now at 140 lbs, up from my low of 130.5 in February 2012.

Not the end of the world, but definitely a sign that last term's lifestyle is not sustainable! My clothes still all fit, but there's more snugness and rolliness going on. Now is the time to get back on the wagon because I am NOT buying a new wardrobe again! Also, I finally got my wedding ring resized so I can wear it on the right finger. There's no going back!

Luckily, this term I have to be on campus four days a week, which has already boosted my exercise levels. I bought knee warmers and a cunning balaclava so I could brave the windy bridge and commit to making the 30 minute walk to campus all the time. I even oriented myself to the recreation complex and am trying to pick a fitness class to take. That is a big deal for me - so far I have done ALL my exercising ALONE. I still carry a serious change-room phobia from high school. I was so anxious just touring the facility... we'll see how my schedule works out but I'm hoping I can find something that fits my needs, even if it's just doing lane swimming twice a week.

I also need to retune my eating. I've been 90% good about low-GI eating but more whole grain carbs have crept into my diet. In the fall and early winter we were even buying bread! Stupid sexy bread!!! I did the nutrition tracker for the first time in months today and was re-shocked to see how many carbs are in a small serving of brown rice. I still love carbs but I definitely feel the roller-coaster happening when I slip too far!

Oh, and if anyone else with insulin issues is wondering, Ethiopian injera bread is not low-GI. I was thinking buckwheat might be my friend, but it is not if you eat a whole slab. I had the worst crash ever on that stuff. At least it was amazingly delicious, but still... Never again. :( But if you don't have insulin issues, I highly recommend Ethiopian food - so tasty!

Signing off for now, hoping to make SP part of my routine again now that I have a routine!

-Heather








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  • ARUSHING2

    Great BLOG and thorough also.

    Gives me some thoughts regarding my own program.

    Have heard of but not tried Ethipian foods in the past - will definitely check it out.

    Thanks for sharing your story - best wishes for a great time while getting to where you want to be.

    2498 days ago
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