Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Keeping the holiday bulge in check

Halloween kicked off the beginning of the holiday gluttony season for me. It's tough because my kids don't like chocolate! They go out and collect all this awesome candy and then all they want to eat are starbursts and smarties. What I SHOULD do is throw the other stuff out, but I was always taught, "waste not, want not," so unfortunately, none of their chocolate has been "wasted" this year.

Combine that predicament with the fact that my birthday is tomorrow and we've been celebrating it it for the past week and will continue to do so through the weekend. It's a funny tradition we have, but anyway, I already had two cakes last week, I'm probably gonna have cake tomorrow, and then we're going on a weekend getaway that promises many fine desserts and dining experiences.

Long story short, I'm starting to get the holiday bulge. Similar to the baby bump, just with more sugar and no baby. This is not good considering that Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner and all the calorie laden goodness that comes with those holidays will not be passed over by these taste buds.

So, to keep this unwelcome expansion in check, I'm trying to step it up at the gym. I'm spinning every Wednesday, swimming twice a week, and running 3 times a week. Sounds like a lot but it's either that or give up my holiday food and I just don't think I'm strong enough to do that. Anyway, today was great. I ran on the track instead of the treadmill and was actually able to break the 25 minute barrier on my 3 miler. I also found a Turkey Trot 5K to run on Thanksgiving and am looking forward to seeing if I can PR on this one. It's in two weeks, I'll let you know how it goes.


  1. Dude I feel you! Try being pregnant during Kevin's Birthday, Halloween, My birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Valentines! I gained 30 pounds in my last trimester with Brooklyn...trying not to do that again!

    One thing I did was send all Brooklyn's candy to work with Kevin. He keeps it in his work bag and gives her one piece everyday when he gets home...and then he eats what she doesn't like...and since he is a running maniac, it all works out! Good luck on the bulge and with your PR! Love you!

  2. You are the rockin' runnin' woman so why not enjoy a bag or two or three of chocolates?! :)
    Rachel and I are getting to the PG gym now cuz we have fallen victim to all the Halloween candy, too! It's just too hard to resist and we're to wimpy to get rid of it. Soooo, we feel your pain and admire you for keeping up your workout regimen.

  3. I will also admit I have gained weight since Halloween. I've gained at least 5 pounds since the marathon, it sucks! Do you have babysitting at your gym? We used to but not anymore, we just have a teeny gym with 7 a.m.-9 p.m. hours (how pointless is that?) and now that it's snowing out here, I don't know what to do! I've really got to figure this out. Any suggestions? Please don't say work out at home. Please.