Yes, I finally had to admit to myself that the dryer didn’t do it. I convinced myself that the dryer had magical properties and was able to shrink jeans while leaving everything else intact. But alas… nope, the dryer didn’t shrink my jeans.
I can’t be the only one that has ever wanted to blame the dryer, but when I look back over the past few weeks, I find other areas that might be responsible for my jeans fitting more tightly.
Homemade cinnamon rolls.
Margaritas. After all, there is a reason they are referred to as calorie bombs… especially when made in a Tervis.
I thought about trying to convince myself that I must be building muscle, but my lack on consistent, intense strength training tosses that excuse to the curb fairly quickly.
I even considered the fact that I know am delayed in eating breakfast. I wake up at 6am and don’t eat until Hailey gets up at 8:15am. Maybe that has something to do with it?
But at the end of the day, facts remain. My jeans are too tight. A couple-pounds-up-kind of too tight, though I refuse to jump on the scale and check.
In the past (the way past- 6-7 years ago), I would have immediately given the number on the scale way more attention than it deserves. At times when I feel my jeans start to shrink, it’s tempting to wage all out war, like I used to when I would cut all carbs, resulting in an Atkins diet.
Now, I’m trying a healthier approach. I stocked up on good, clean foods.
I’m remembering to focus on good carbs, like brown rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa, instead of cutting all carbs.
I’m going to consistently make it to the gym and keep a mix of running and weights.
By the way, I’m 5.68 miles in towards my 31 miles in May.
I’m cutting back on treats. For a lot of people that means sweets, but for me, it’s tortilla chips (mmm, salty!) and wine.
I’m also going to try and eat breakfast, at least a little something, earlier. Oh, and water. I’ve been horrible at drinking enough water lately. I’ll need to work on that, too.
So here I am, with jeans that make it uncomfortable to sit (yes, they’re that tight). Instead of waging war, I’m trying to remember what I would tell my health coaching clients. Don’t panic. Clean up your eats. Don’t drink your calories. Hydrate. And MOVE more.
What are your best tips for getting back on track?