September 1st! It’s that time of year again. For everyone else, it probably means Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but for me, it means I need to get my health back in check and renew my commitment to being a regular at my gym. I’m starting IIFYM again! Why? Because real estate stress is no joke! We thought our little real estate endeavors would be done and wrapped up in June and it ended up taking over the entire summer. This means that life stress and the disruption of home buying and selling has challenged my eating habits, and interfered with my gym time, but also it’s interfered with my quality of life habits. When you are in survival mode (and I use that term very loosely because our stress is so minor and for positive reasons compared to what’s going on in the world this week) you prioritize survival and the first things to go are your quality of life habits. Gym time, preparing and eating food with intention, proper sleep, taking care of yourself, having fun. For some people that may mean unwelcome weight loss, and for others, it means weight gain. I’m definitely in the camp of ‘life stress = weight gain’. Our life disruption isn’t quite complete because we are moving at the end of the month (yay!), but at least we now know where we are going, and we can see the horizon, and the selling our house portion of the equation is over.
Because of all this stress going on over the past 3 months, and disruption to my entire routine, I’ve gained 10lbs. Ten.Pounds. I am so unhappy with how my body feels in clothing, and I feel so scared to get back to the gym because of how out of shape I’ve gotten. My stress level and lack of proper nutrition have resulted in a horrible summer cold this week and I just feel overall miserable. It’s going to be so hard getting back to the gym and I’m so scared of regaining my cardio. I’m starting today with my calorie counting, weighing and measuring food and macros and on Monday (hopefully) I can get back to my gym routine.
I was kicking around the idea of starting a whole 30 today, or doing the IIFYM diet (weighing and measuring, macro targets) and I opted to take it easy on myself and do the IIFYM. The whole 30 would have been perfect as a reset because clearly, I need it, but it’s also a level of stress that I can’t handle at the moment. I need to just get back in the habit of eating regular nutritious meals. It’s not that IIFYM is the easier option, but it’s the easiest to maintain during a month where my entire kitchen will be in disarray as we pack. I know both eating plans would work well for me as far as weight loss because really what it is is re establishing proper eating habits. I know how I got here, and I know what I need to do to get the weight off. I just actually have to do it and stop feeling sorry for myself.
I’ll keep you guys posted on how it’s going. Hopefully, I can do a weekly post or occasional check-ins. I always find talking about diets and weight loss so boring, but maybe there will be a little sub community of people here in the same boat as me and we can keep each other motivated.
Are any of you starting eating plans this month? Do you gain weight during periods of stress in your life? Tell me I’m not alone in this.