Yesterday, I wrote about how our May spending was out of control.  A convergence of excess social encounters and unrestrained grocery spending pushed our budget to its breaking point.  We crossed the threshold back into our old spending habits and we are working on reigning it back in.  Truthfully, I’m probably being a little hard on myself.  People go over their budget all the time, right?  In fact, the comments were filled with similar stories of booze filled weekends and overflowing grocery carts.  So, anyway.  I’m going to stop giving myself a hard time about it.  I’m determined to move on to June which will hopefully by kick-ass in terms of income and spending.

Still, I’m a little unnerved about another new development.  In addition to going over our budget by $400 last month, I gained 4 pounds. That’s one pound per week!  It probably doesn’t sound like a lot but I have a small frame.  Couple that with the fact that my weight hasn’t changed much in the past ten years.  I’ve lingered at around 130 pounds for as long as I can remember, and the only time I’ve put any excess weight on was when Greg knocked me up.  As Greg will attest, I spent the majority of my pregnancies crying, eating, and blaming Greg for various things.  Luckily, that’s behind us and I’ve successfully transitioned from young wife to MILF.

In an effort to retain my MILF status, I’ve been trying to understand why I’ve been gaining weight.  Since I quit my job and started freelancing, I’ve been eating extremely healthy.  In fact, working from home has allowed me extra time to properly prepare real meals for lunch.  I’m a very reasonable eater!  I’m also probably the only person I know who actually eats all of the recommended fruit and vegetable servings on a regular basis.

So, why am I gaining weight?

After being frustrated with my four pound gain, I started trying to figure out the reason for the sudden plump up.  It’s not like I’m throwing back Little Debbies all day or drinking Mountain Dew like it’s water.  So, here’s what I came up with.

Reason #1

One night we made a late night visit to Steak-n-Shake after going to a friend’s barbecue.  To my complete surprise, they had a veggie sandwich on the menu.  I ordered it and patiently waited to see what would be on this thing.  Basically, it was a wickedly delicious grilled cheese with lettuce, tomato, and portabella mushrooms on it.  I hope to God that nobody watched me eat that thing because I was slightly intoxicated and I’m pretty sure I inhaled it with wild abandon.  I don’t think I even chewed, let alone  displayed any sort of  proper etiquette.

Ever since then, Greg’s been trying to recreate that ooey gooey goodness.  Late night veggie melts have become commonplace in our house, and I think they may be playing a part in my recent chunk-up.  To put a stop to the madness, the days of the late night snacking must end.  From now on, the consumption of delicious grilled cheese sandwiches must take place during normal daytime hours and will preferably be in the form of an actual meal…not just a snack.

Reason #2

I’ve recently realized something about working from home.  I don’t f%&cking move!  For hours!  I literally sit in the same place without moving for hours on end.  I’m probably burning something like 14 calories a day!  And despite the fact that I’m exercising fairly regularly, I have a feeling that the fact that I’m sedentary is part of the problem.  Luckily, I have a solution to this dilemma.  My kitchen counter is the perfect height to allow me to stand as I type and I’ve started doing that a few hours a day.  It probably doesn’t sound like it would make a big difference but it really does!  I’m also trying to exercise twice a day – once in the afternoon and once in the evening.

Essentially, I just need to increase my exercise and decrease my mouth-watering grilled vegetable sandwiches.  I have basically been at my high school weight for the past ten years and I’m not going to let it all go to hell this late in the game!

So, how about you guys?  Any hot tips for avoiding delicious late night foods or burning extra calories without any effort would be appreciated.