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Dress: Cupcakes and Cashmere | Jacket: Blank Denim | Scarf: Free People | Boots: Dolce Vita | Bag: Tory Burch | Lip: MAC ‘Rebel’
Full disclaimer: I took these photos back in November, hence the no tights life (P.S. — I miss that life).
My boyfriend and I went on a crazy series of trips at the end of last year: we did a week-long road trip in North Carolina, then immediately went to Richmond for a press trip, then picked up and flew to New Orleans and San Diego 2.5 weeks later. Then I had a slew of holiday campaigns to work on in December, so we had to halt all the editing on our travel photos from the end of the year.
Anyway. There’s another reason why I’m also not loving the idea of posting recent photos of myself, and I’m going to get candid here. Really candid. If you guys have been following along, you know I sustained a knee injury back in September, and I had to stop working out, and at the moment I’m not able to walk more than 0.5-1 mile a day. From someone who would easily walk 3-5 miles a day without even trying, this took a toll on my body.
I’ve always had a fast metabolism, and quite frankly was able to eat whatever I wanted. I never dieted, yet I was that jerk in your friend group who remained a size 2/4 despite how much McDonald’s I consumed.
Welp. It turns out that if you can’t even walk off all the food you ate, you’re going to see the pounds put on. I weighed myself after New Years this year, and I’ve put on almost 20 pounds in the last four months. None of my pants fit, at all (I have to unbutton the top button when I’m sitting down). I’ve invested in Spanx. And to be honest, I’ve had a hard time finding the motivation to get up and take outfit photos with this new body — especially since I’ve been the same height and weight since the 7th grade.
I’m modifying my diet in the meantime because let’s face it: I ate like garbage anyway. Do I need to have McDonalds 1-2 times a week? Absolutely not. Should I start cooking for myself more? Yes. But a modified diet most likely won’t override the fact that walking is difficult for me right now, and I’m not able to even move my body enough to burn a sufficient amount of calories.
Anyway. I’m trying my hardest to love this new skin that I’m in and continue on as normal. It hasn’t been easy, but it’s my #1 priority at the moment.
How about you? How do you love your body after gaining weight? Do you have any tips and advice?