Guest Post: Losing Weight in the City

Hello Beth’s Journey readers!

I’m Theodora from Losing Weight in the City! I blog about maintaining my 50-pound weight loss through running and (sort of) healthy eating while still having fun.

Beth and I first met in line for the bathroom at the National Half this spring and then ended up sharing a room at Fitbloggin’ (okay fine, that was totally planned–we didn’t meet in line and then randomly decide to room together).


If you read my blog for more than 2.5 seconds, you’ll realize that my favorite way to indulge is through a few cocktails. If you know anything about health, you also know that indulging in cocktails isn’t always waistline-friendly. But as a single lady in NYC, most socializing I do is over cocktails. Since Beth is newly single, she asked me to share with you how a single lady can maintain a 50-pound weight loss while going out frequently.

This, I am an expert on.

1. Eat better at home. There’s no way I could indulge both out and at home and maintain my weight, so I don’t cook particularly rich or unhealthy things at home–I save my indulgences for when I go out. I also rarely have a drink at home, leaving me a little more wiggle room for when I do go out.

2. Find something you like, but won’t drink as fast. For me, this is Chardonnay. I like it, but not as much as I like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio, so I am more likely to sip it. I also usually stay away from mixed drinks at restaurants unless the restaurant is really known for its cocktails. (I also stay away from these cocktails because they’re usually more expensive, too.)

3. Eat like yourself on a date. If you usually get salad, then get a salad. If a guy makes fun of you for eating salad, laugh it off. On the other hand, don’t feel like you need to get a big steak and mashed potatoes if this isn’t something you’d usually eat.

4. Just say no to late-night food. You don’t really need it. I don’t believe that late-night Jumbo Slice does much more for your hangover than give you a terrible stomachache the next day and makes you feel bloated.

5. Bar snacks are covered in shit. Like, literally. Just picture people’s dirty hands reaching into those nuts, and I’m pretty sure you’ll stop picking on them.

6. Being hungover sucks. Since I started taking care of my health a few years ago, I’ve really started hating being hungover. I usually plan lots of activities on the weekends so that I don’t have time to be hungover, and I know when to stop. Most of the time this works 🙂

How do you balance an active social life with your health goals?

6 Comments on Guest Post: Losing Weight in the City

  1. Jessamyn
    October 21, 2011 at 9:11 am (9 years ago)

    I am so glad someone finally wrote about this- being single, going out, and having fun are not always in line with positive lifestyle choices. The sexy and single girl can also be smart!

  2. Ashley @ Good Taste Healthy Me
    October 21, 2011 at 9:12 am (9 years ago)

    I agree with you 100%! I hate being hungover. It’s totally not worth it to me. Why would I want to waste my entire Saturday or Sunday laid out on the sofa with a headache and stomachache? No thank you!

  3. Roz
    October 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm (9 years ago)

    I love this post!!! Great tips for singles and couples who go out alot. And you are right about bar snacks….ewww….
    Look forward to checking out your site. Cheers to you and Beth!!!

  4. Caitlin
    October 21, 2011 at 9:26 pm (9 years ago)

    I often try to plan my nights out ahead of time so that I can be extra mindful of my meals/snacks/beverages leading up to it and can enjoy myself without stressing out. I also drink a lot of beer – not only because I enjoy it, but because it fills me up so I drink/eat less, and it has more water (comparatively) and I get less of a hangover! Hangovers do suck, so I try to avoid them as of ten as possible while still having fun.

    • Theodora
      October 21, 2011 at 11:00 pm (9 years ago)

      Yup! That’s why I drink beer often, too.

  5. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    October 23, 2011 at 6:38 pm (9 years ago)

    Great post! And I love all of your tips- and the way that you write! Especially about bar food being covered in shit. 🙂


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