Avoiding the “Girlfriend 15”

It was a Thursday after a long work day, but I had the energy of a Kindergartner after nap time. I rushed home to shower, freshen up my makeup, and scramble through my closet for the perfect first date outfit. Ladies, you know what I’m talking about. A first date outfit must make you look like a jaw-dropping babe but in a subtle way where he’s going to think you look like that all the time with minimal effort. I remember walking up the stairs to the rooftop bar to meet him. I saw him standing at the top and my legs started to feel like jello; the man is gorgeous. “Do not trip, do not trip, do not trip.” He introduced himself and I quickly wiped my sweaty palm on my Levis before shaking his hand. You could say we clicked. One date quickly turned into two which turned into six happy months as of this past Wednesday.

Exploring a new relationship is so much fun. Everything feels fresh. From the person, the food, the experiences, to the feelings; there’s a lot of “newness” happening in your life when you start to fall in love. It’s easy to get swept away and distracted with the warming sensation in your chest, butterflies in your stomach, and starry-eyed vision. A lot of the time, this feeling can almost seem out of our control. I mean, it’s called FALLING for a reason, am I right?

Avoiding the Girlfriend 15

Inviting someone into our lives is exciting. However, just like facing heartbreak, many of us find that our health and fitness goals can get easily derailed from the excitement of sharing our lives with someone special. After writing the Staying Healthy Through Heartbreak series, I got so much amazing feedback about how the posts helped many of you find strength through hardships. There were also some of you who were in a completely different boat, falling in love rather than falling out, and wanted some guidance on how to enjoy being in love without the love handles to match.

It’s with much excitement that I introduce the newest Life in Spandex series – Avoiding the “Girlfriend 15!”

What is the “Girlfriend 15?”

Learn how to balance your love life with your fitness goals!

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The “Girlfriend 15” is a cheeky spin on the well-known “Freshman 15” a new college student can experience. It’s the uncomfortable result of neglecting of your usual healthy habits while dating someone new. This could be unhealthy weight gain, indigestion, bloating, fatigue, poor sleep quality, muscle loss, a slower metabolism, and/or foggy brain. Now, before I go any further, let me get one thing straight. Swapping morning barre classes for a filling brunch, weekend workouts for romantic dates, and healthy homemade dinners for movie and pizza nights, when done on occasion, are perfectly okay. In fact, they’re more than okay, they are important parts of life you’ll remember most! However, balance goes both ways. You want to find that sweet spot between a restrictive and “who let the dogs out” kinda of mindset.

Starting next Sunday and over the next three weeks, I am going to show you how to create your own balancing act while learning how to include someone new in your life. It is possible to fully enjoy all the fun things during a new relationship without feeling like you’ve derailed your own personal health and fitness goals. Avoiding unhealthy new-girlfriend side-effects is as easy as a few simple tweaks throughout your courtship!

Give this post a Share, a Like, or a Comment if you are excited for the series! And tell me in the comment box below, have you ever started a new relationship and found that your healthy routines got derailed? How have you made healthy choices while dating someone new?

Learn how to balance your love life with your fitness goals!

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Health and happiness,

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Hi and welcome to Life in Spandex! I'm Emily, a personal trainer who believes there should be no secrets standing in your way to getting fit. I am sharing my knowledge here on this blog in order to help you reach your goals. Fitness should be fun, eating healthy should taste good, and feeling your absolute best is the ultimate goal. Let's get fit together!
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    The ones from the 1980s or the 90s?

  5. Great idea, and I think many of us have experienced the “Girlfriend 15”, especially when we start adopting our guys’ eating patterns. You look fab, by the way :*

    1. Haha totally!!! How do they eat so much, right?! And thank you πŸ™‚

  6. I love it! Can’t wait to see the following up. P.S. We need to catch up soon.

    1. Agreed!!! Thanks for the inspiration lady πŸ™‚

  7. I can totally relate to this: constant ordering take-out is cute but not a healthy habit. πŸ™‚ My boyfriend and I are thinking about starting a martial arts class together now!

    1. That sounds like so much fun!!!

  8. Have you thought doing a movie review?

  9. you’re absolutely right on what you said. thanks for your advices. it will help me for sure

    1. You’re so welcome rim! Check back each week for the rest of the series or subscribe so you’re notified πŸ™‚

  10. Although I’m married, I know what you mean by “the girlfriend 15”. Many of us tend to be emotional eaters, and this not only means we try to calm anxiety by eating but also that we celebrate our excitement with food. Looking forward to learning new ways to enjoy life without putting on the pounds!

    1. Yes definitely :). Thanks Fabi!

  11. My bf and I are pretty focused on staying healthy, but having fun in the process. He motivates me to stick to my workout schedule and we go together on weekends which makes it more fun. Or we’ll go on hikes, bike rides, etc. We like to indulge in comfort foods but then balance it out the next day with a healthy home cooked meal. Knowing he is taking care of himself motivates me to be at my best too. πŸ™‚ xo

    1. Love this!!! You guys sound adorable πŸ™‚ hope you’re doing well xo

  12. It sounds like a fun idea for a series! I think in any relationship it’s important to take time to do the things that are important to you – healthy eating, working out are definitely part of that πŸ™‚

    Hope you are having a great start to the week πŸ™‚

    Away From The Blue Blog

    1. thanks Mica! You too πŸ™‚

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