holding handsEvery girl dreams of finding the right person, falling in love, getting married, and living happily ever after. Most of us don't think that anything negative can possibly come as a result of being in a committed relationship.

Or at least that's what I thought, until I moved in with my now husband a couple months before our wedding. Much to my dismay, an extra five to ten pounds took up permanent residence on my formerly size 0-2 rockin' bod -- making my dress almost impossible to zip on my big day. (For the record, it did -- but not without my skin getting pinched.)

Before I got married, I was the thinnest I'd ever been in my entire life. And as someone who always struggled with my weight, being tiny was a huge accomplishment.

I may not have realized it at the time, but the main reason I was able to get down to such a small size and keep my weight in check was simply because I was a single woman living alone in her own apartment eating meals by herself every night.

I didn't have to cook for anyone, so there were no leftovers. I didn't go out for nice dinners multiple times a week, so there was no overindulging. And I also didn't eat when I wasn't hungry, which was easy, because there was no one else in my household who needed to be fed, so there were no added temptations.

And then I went and got married and it all went in the crapper and now I'm trying to lose the extra 10 pounds I've been carrying off and on again for years, and keeping it off seems next to impossible. (I'm not bitter. I swear.)

Sorry, girls -- entering into a serious relationship can have serious consequences on the size of your waistline, and I'm not the only one battling the bulge after tying the knot. (Just ask my BFF what happened to her after she moved in with her fiance. She'll back me up, here.)

Of course, I guess there are exceptions to this unfortunate rule, like Kelly Clarkson, for example. Kelly says she lost 18 pounds in a month after falling in love with her fiance, Brandon -- which made my head spin a little. I mean, maybe it's because she had a huge case of butterflies or something like that, but most girls aren't lucky enough to lose weight after they start seriously dating someone. (Just wait 'til you get hitched, honey. Those 18 pounds are coming right back at'cha.)

Hmm. Maybe if I really want to get back to my former itty-bitty self again, all I need to do is either move out, or at least start living like a single person. No more dinners out. Healthy frozen entrees or single baked potatoes for dinner. And no more sharing popcorn on movie night.

(Nah. Maybe those extra 10 pounds aren't so bad after all.)

Did you gain weight after falling in love?

 

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