according to your ticker, you are a size 5/6 and 5ft 9. Maybe you are in a healthy range?
even in maintenance, i measure my servings, even on days i am not tracking. (right now, i am trying to track 4 days a week) if not, my healthy choices can still add up to more calories than i need.
Fitness Minutes: (25,790)
391 5/1/13 6:06 P
Thank you for all of your thoughts and encouragement. I haven't been very strict about tracking my food lately, so that is something I will make a habit of again. I'm also going to work on my "problem areas"...I really need to drink more water and less coffee! And I need to do some (dreaded) strength training again. I just hate it so much!!! I love cardio, but maybe I'm going to have to suck it up and lift some weights or something also. Ugh. I am under stress, but I'll keep meditating (and running!!!!) and try to keep positive.
I still remember why I started this whole journey and I refuse to give up!
Nothing you have done is wasted. Nothing. Your lungs are healthier. Your liver is healthier. Your cardio-vascular system is healthier. Your bones are denser. Your muscles are stronger. Your brain cells are healthier. Probably every cell in your body is healthier.
A few things to think about. 1. Are you getting enough vegetables and fruits? These will load you up with phytonutrients, which help everything. 2. Are you under stress? Stress tells your body to add fat so that you will have energy stores for an upcoming emergency. If you can reduce your stress, that may help. 3. Are you getting enough fun? Are you enjoying your home cooked meals? How do you feel after your run? Could you be getting burned out on your routine? Maybe trying something new could spark something. New recipes. New exercise class. Getting friends to walk or run with you.
I am really impressed by everything you've accomplished so far.
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20,651 4/30/13 3:33 P
You don't have your food diary posted, so I have to ask you if you've been logging your food choices ? You may be eating better than you have in years, but if you aren't paying closer attention to your portion sizes, you may be eating more than you realize. If Americans suffer from anything, they suffer from portion distortion. calories count. How are you measuring your food ? eyeballing the food isn't the same as measuring.
Now, don't despair ! Even though you may have regained some weight, you have still done some really GOOD things for your body. You quit smoking ! That's HUGE !! Just doing that one thing lengthens your life by over 10+ years. You're still exercising regular ! That's HUGE too. It means you keeping your cardiovascular system (heart/lungs) strong. You've stopping drinking ! That's helped improve the function of your liver !
So, don't beat yourself up because you've regained some weight. This is something that has happened to every single member of spark people at one time or another. The difference is that you're still doing things that ARE healthy ! As the old song goes,"accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative". Give yourself credit for all the positive things you've done for yourself like continuing to exercise, like stopping smoking, like stopping drinking. These are all things that do contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
Why are you gaining weight ? Would you be willing to let the members take a look at your food diary ? could you give us an idea of what and how much you've been eating ?
If you feel that you have been eating the same amount of calories day after day, then you need to talk to your doctor to see if maybe there is an issue with your thyroid. Are you on any medications ? Not to be nosy, but there are medications (ex prednizone) that can cause weight gain in a person.
Just a few thoughts since we really don't know anything about you.
You need to find that magical place of balance between "ideal weight" and "ideal lifestyle."
You probably don't want to return to your starting weight!
But you *could* adjust your "goal weight." Maybe the goal weight you'd set and achieved was actually unrealistically low to maintain for the long haul? Would you have better success trying to maintain a weight that was 5 or 10 or 15 or even 20# higher than your initial goal?
Fitness Minutes: (25,790)
391 4/30/13 2:40 P
So after almost reaching my goal weight in December, I've gained almost 20 pounds back! That means in the past YEAR of making mostly healthy choices and making exercise a priority, I've lost 4 pounds! I'd laugh if there was room in my pants for breathing!!! I run 3-6 miles almost every morning, walk 3-5 miles every evening, prepare healthy meals from scratch, haven't had a drop of alcohol in 5 months, and I'm gaining weight!? To be honest my life was more fun when I smoked and drank and ate pizza. Why am still trying!?!? I've tried more calories, less calories, more exercise, less exercise...nothing works anymore! I just can't lose any weight! And, it's not just the number, my clothes don't fit right. No matter how hard I try, nothing works! So why am I sitting here tracking my food and exercise minutes!?
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