Love handles, tripping on the treadmill, and other disasters

I’ve lost 2 pounds since, well, since the last time I checked.

I don’t really keep up with my weight because I realize it’s just a number. But secretly, I have 6.5 pounds more to lose before I reach the weight I was before I started taking the stupid birth control that made me gain 30 pounds.

The other day it occurred to me that means I’ve lost more than 20 pounds. And I thought about taking 2 10-lb dumbbells out on my run with me – that would be close to what I weighed at my heaviest. That would have made for a tough run had I done it!

I used to run with dumbbells on the treadmill. But without the option to grab onto the sides should I trip (which is likely – I am clumsy), it all felt very reckless. So then I would just hold one dumbbell and switch arms.

I don’t look at the scale often but I do look at my thighs and my belly, two of my least favorite places on my body. They are definitely making me happier these days. Although, I kinda think now that my belly is flatter it’s making my love handles stick out …

But if I raise my arms above my head I don’t have love handles. Problem solved!







7 responses to “Love handles, tripping on the treadmill, and other disasters”

  1. Heather Avatar

    You are awesome, Melissa! That is all. 😀
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..My One Piece of Advice =-.

  2. Chris Avatar

    I don’t need weights to trip on a treadmill. Skillz. I’m happy that you’re losing the weight you want, just don’t lose too much.
    .-= Chris´s last blog ..Running tips from Runners World =-.

  3. Colleen Avatar

    I am so proud of you!

  4. RKCharron Avatar

    Hi Melissa 🙂
    Thanks for the post!
    I’ll be smiling all morning picturing people walking around with their arms upraised.
    All the best,
    .-= RKCharron´s last blog ..RKCharron: @bychwych Hi Jodi! Have you tried a hot toddy? xoxo =-.

  5. Justin Avatar

    Running with dumbbells, on the treadmill or anywhere else: worst idea ever. Right up there with wearing unnecessarily heavy clothes; olden ideas that hold you back more than help.

    30 mpw for months on end: lean hard machine.

  6. Jenny Avatar

    Yeah, I like the solution for the love handles!! You look great! I think that every time I see you and I think that tummy looks flat!

  7. Alan Avatar

    That’s the exact same technique that I use to get rid of my love handles.