#operationpantsfit is over + thanksgiving brain dump. – life+running

#operationpantsfit is over + thanksgiving brain dump.

(Trigger Warning: this post could be triggering to those who have had experience with eating disorders.)

Happy Thanksgiving! And I’m rewarding you with an extra-long post. I’ve got two big things to talk about.

If you don’t care about Operation Pants Fit, scroll down to the 2nd graphic. 

Today’s the last day of my Operation Pants Fit challenge. Do your pants fit? Even after Thanksgiving dinner?

operation pants fit // lifeplusrunning.com

My goal was to lose 10 lbs OR to fit into my pants again.

I realized partway into this challenge that I already fit into my pants, but not the way I like to. I was avoiding wearing pants because I didn’t like the tight/fitted feeling. I used to be able to whip my pants on and off without unzipping them. So really, I needed to reset what the word “fit” meant. And I needed to do it quickly before my pants REALLY didn’t fit — because I always gain weight when I wear stretchy materials and dresses all the time.

So, how did I do?

I lost a little bit of weight, but more importantly, I didn’t gain any more weight. I’d been on the lose 2, gain 3 route for the past year, and I don’t like being there. I’ve stuck to about the same weight to between 2-5 lbs less the past 6 weeks.

I mentioned that I already fit into my pants. I’d like to keep it that way, and I’d like to make them a bit less tight. No muffin top is a start (and let’s be honest, I only really ever had a mini-muffin top).

I’m going to keep up my plan.


  • Pescatarian with benefits* (i.e. I ate Thanksgiving turkey today, but I don’t purposely eat meat in my regular diet)
  • Lowering my fat intake. Fat intake is too high for my metabolic type.
  • Reduce my sugar intake — it’s more than double the recommended daily value. The latter has improved since I started tracking that this week. I used to be more like 5x the recommended daily value. I can’t imagine how much sugar I was eating before I cut out refined sugars. I used to think sodium was the devil, so I regularly have between 700-1500 mg a day without even thinking about it. I’m hoping that I can reduce sugar in a similar way. I need to be very mindful of this because even eating a piece of fruit and a lower-sugar (7 g or less) yogurt each day pretty much kills my sugar intake.

*I never really explained the logic behind going pescatarian. I mentioned a while back that I’d been reading “Master Your Metabolism“. There was a lot of info in that book about how animal products can affect your hormones. So I started eating all organic dairy, honey, and other animal products, and I cut out all meat except fish, which is supposedly more safe than other meats. I haven’t noticed a difference based on this, but it was an easy change since I was already doing this most of the time anyway, and I’m guessing I’ll feel a difference in the long run.

Running — 3-5 miles typically, 2-4 x a week
Cardio intervals — usually on a stairstepper for 45-60 minutes 2-4x a week
Strength training or yoga after cardio (30-90 minutes)

*I also figured out that if I can work holiday hours during the regular season (7:30-4 PM with a half hour lunch) I can fit in my workout before going to yoga. I am going to ask if I can do this. Plus, oddly I can get to work at 7:30, but I’m normally 15-20 mins late when I need to be at work at 8.

Today I’m planning on going for a run that includes a pretty difficult hill. I used to run this route every day, but I’m not going to think about that because it’s not about what I used to be able to do, it’s about where I am today. I even got fitted for some new shoes at Fitness Sports in Des Moines, who were kind enough to let me return the shoes I bought that really, really didn’t work for me. I’m back into New Balance. My plantar is much better, but they bug my hip a little bit, and they make me really slow. I wish you could try shoes out for a few miles before buying!

Speaking of today … I’ve got two mini-rants.

gluten free is not a fad diet to my GI system — gluten hurts me // lifeplusrunning.com

Can everybody please remember that I don’t eat gluten because it makes me sick? Some of my family members (and friends) seem to think that this is a fad diet thing because I did stop eating gluten in 2011, right when gluten-free diets became the next hip “thing”. Sorry, it’s not really an option for me. I do get sick. I’m loving the fact that I finally figured out what was wrong with my GI system, and I’d like to keep it in working order, especially during the holidays when I’m stressed out and likely to have GI issues anyway. So when I sit down the the Thanksgiving table, remember that I can’t eat most of what’s on it, and don’t get offended or make jokes about how I don’t eat anything because I have an eating disorder (I don’t have an eating disorder. I just can’t eat gluten. And I also prefer not to eat foods with 1/2 a bag of sugar and 2 sticks of butter in them — unless they are actually desserts).

And two: I have a problem with Thanksgiving, and well, every American holiday in general. We always make it about consumption — whether it’s food or goods. People forget that it’s supposed to be about spending time with your family and having a good time. People put so much focus on food for Thanksgiving that they’re usually all stressed out by the time the meal comes around and ready to bite somebody’s head off if something wasn’t cooked just right. Last year at this time I was thinking that Thanksgiving is the STUPIDEST holiday because all it ever is to most people is an excuse to get super drunk the night before, eat way too much food the day of, and take a really, really long nap. I’ve not seen most of my family for months, so I’m appreciating this holiday this year, but I’m hoping that not a lot of this goes on at my family Thanksgiving. I’m planning on watching some movies with my parents and playing some board games with my sister.


Whew. That was a mouthful.

How are you spending your Thanksgiving? 

How did you do on Operation Pants Fit?

Linkup below if you have a recap. I’ll keep this linkup party open for a week so people have time to write a recap. Thanks for participating!

6 Comment

  1. Nice job on Operation Pants Fit! You should be proud of what you accomplished–every couple of pounds counts! 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. i agree with you about thanksgiving – that’s why alex and i decided to do our own thing – no stressing about getting home, making the perfect side dish to share with friends or anything like that. just me & him, making and eating the foods we love and enjoying and appreciating the holiday together.

    it does seem that it’s s ‘fad’ holiday in that for this one day and the 3 weeks leading up to it, everyone is overly thankful for everything – and starting black friday, we’ve forgotten our thankfulness. i’m glad people are posting what they’re grateful for but at the same time, it feels so temporary! we should be thankful ALL the time, not just the first 3 weeks of november. okay. that’s it.

    happy thanksgiving!!

  3. I pretty much already recapped on Monday…so I just linked that up!

    I’d like to read that book. Heard good things and I think it would be an interesting read!

  4. oh man, i need to plaster that gluten free poster on my face so people don’t ask either. Glad you didn’t gain any. I think you look great, but youre the only one that can control how you feel in your own skin, i get that.


  5. I never got around to a finishing post, but my outcome from this challenge is about the same as yours. I lost 2.5-5 lbs these past few weeks. (And I know those were pounds of fat lost bc my body has changed A LOT). My pants fit! No more of that @#$& me!-moment where I sit down and the top button pops open. And I’m committing to keep up with my plan!

    Thanks so much for this challenge! I’m so happy it gave me the inspiration I needed!! <3

    1. chimes says: Reply

      yay! I’m glad that you participated and that it was helpful to you.

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