Ever since my growing up days, I have been a classically skinny girl. Despite not being very physically active, I've been blessed with a high metabolism and good genes and have always managed to eat what I want, with relatively few problems. There was the time I was working at Culver's and eating lots of Butter Burgers and frozen custard and put on a few pounds, I suppose. And until I took off my pregnancy weight, I was bigger than I'd ever been (nursing helped a lot with that!). But without pregnancy or post-pregnancy to blame, I've never carried this much weight.
I had started noticing my clothes fitting tighter in recent months. But as a rule, I don't weigh myself. Too many neuroses as an American woman! I don't need to add to it by obsessing over a stupid number on a scale. Plus, I accept as dogma that I can eat whatever I want since I have high metabolism. And I don't worry about my weight.
So you can understand that it was a big shock when I went to doctor's office this past week and found I had put on about 15 pounds in the past year! How did this happen?
I blame the butter. Yes, in moderation it is a reasonably healthy food since it is natural (unlike, say, margarine). But the problem is that me and butter do not usually equal moderation. I was eating a shocking amount of butter on popcorn many nights a week. And I was letting unnecessary fat sneak into my diet (full fat sour cream, instead of lowfat, for instance). This combined with the extra-sedentary nature of winter...well, it wasn't helping me out.
Now that I know I've gained this extra weight, it's hard not to get super obsessive about it. But I'm trying my best to start simply making healthier choices. Doing more exercise (which the beautiful spring weather is helping me to do). Making healthier choices in my consumption (which is difficult since my high metabolism leaves me hungry very often!). I am trying to get more of my calories from nutritious foods rather than using them all up with fatty butter and sauces (which I know are still ok in moderation). I REFUSE to eat diet foods or officially go on a diet, however. I firmly believe these methods backfire. I won't eat a bunch of pre-manufactured foods, because I believe that overall they are bad for my body. I won't go into deprivation mode but will simply work hard on finding healthy, delicious foods that still feel like a "treat" for me (like this salad or some crackers with slivers of good quality cheese).
I guess it was bound to happen, humbling this "skinny girl." We grow older and our metabolism slows. We get lazy and make bad choices, thinking there will be no consequences. But I am hopeful that if I am consistent in some lifestyle changes, I will begin to see results!
So, who has healthy recipe recommendations (especially for snacks and lunches!) and words of advice? I hope to hear from you!