I’ll confess…I’m a little embarrassed about this post because now that I’ve GROK-ed* this lesson it seems SO obvious to me.  However, given the issue many of us have with weight management, I figured that someone might benefit from my lesson learned which is why I’m writing it.

Weight gain is simple math: eat more calories than you use and you will gain weight.  I finally learned this simple lesson about 6-months ago when my child was a little over 2.  I was having trouble shedding the last of my pregnancy weight and I didn’t understand why since I was eating the same amount of food I ate pre-pregnancy.  Then it hit me: before I had my baby I exercised about 4-5 times a week for a minimum of an hour.  I now exercise only twice a week and once is for 20-minutes and the other time for 90-minutes (my once-a-week yoga class.)  I finally put 2 and 2 together and realized that while my calorie INTAKE was the same as my pre-pregnancy person, my calories EXPENDED was substantially less.  So I lowered my calorie intake, because exercising more is simply not a reality for me right now, and the last of the baby weight fell right off.  (This is where I hit my head with the palm of my hand at the obviousness of this realization.)

I’m not sure why it took me so long to learn this lesson, I mean, I’m not bad at math and I’m not illogical.  I’m guessing that it was a combination of the fact that we are creatures of habit (“but this is how I’ve always eaten and I never gained weight before…”) combined with the fact that it can be easy to ignore lessons that we don’t want to learn (“you mean I can’t dessert every night?”)  Well, I’m glad that the lesson I didn’t want to learn has finally sunk in.  My head isn’t obtusely thick after all…

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*Grok: an INCREDIBLY sci-fi nerdy word created by author Michael Heinlein in his book “Stranger in a Strange Land” which means both “to drink” and “to know” in his mad-up language.  However, when you grok knowledge, it means that you know it so well that you’ve incorporated it into your person.  I love this word.

One thought on “Simple Math

  1. This is an important lesson to remember. Sometimes it can be hard to remember everything you were or were not doing months ago. Keeping track of these things can keep you focused.
    –JW

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