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?
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?”
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?
Health and happiness,