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BGRABIS1 SparkPoints: (7,982)
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1/6/12 11:15 A

Thank you everyone for your support I was feeling pretty low. I have started tracking my food and working out again. You are all right this is a brand new year and I am starting fresh !!

SACHABEE Posts: 996
1/1/12 3:38 P

Don't be so hard on yourself December is a tough month without a cold. Use the New Year to start new! Keep your head up.

KARONA83 SparkPoints: (2,438)
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1/1/12 3:19 P

Hey I gained between 6 and 8 lbs in the month of December. There are a LOT of us going through holiday weight gain. But the holidays are over! It's a new year! We can do this, just have to get back on track, one step at a time (lacing up my walking shoes right now!)

DIANNEMT Posts: 7,586
12/31/11 10:41 P

Hey--I believe I have gained 5 pounds so far in Dec. So I am just starting over--tomorrow is a new day, the holidays are over and I KNOW I can lose the weight again. I'm not happy with myself for gaining so much but I will just get back on the program. I know what to do, I know what I didn't do right and I will do it right now.

So--hang in there--you have LOTS of company!! YOU can do it, too!

MICHCLEARY SparkPoints: (60,976)
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12/31/11 7:42 P

I like to think of New Year's day as a clean slate. The past is behind you...now it's time to make a plan for the future. You can do this with small easy steps.

Try making a list of all the ways you can "comfort" yourself without food. That would be a good change for the new year.

MAMA_CD Posts: 1,498
12/31/11 6:18 P

You can't go forward when looking backward. Probably some of the weight you gained was water weight, but regardless, starting fresh with healthy eating and exercise will show results, and you can be proud of yourself for making the decision to go forward, not beat yourself up by looking backward. emoticon

COLLINS0905 SparkPoints: (1,416)
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12/31/11 9:39 A

2012 is a new year... I usually don't count December because I enjoy indulging in the holiday treats (in moderation).... and yes... sometimes I do go over board. I would just start over in the new year... Don't dwell on it. tomorrow is a new day.

ABMW2009 SparkPoints: (4,235)
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12/30/11 5:43 P

Tomorrow is a new day just keep trying!!! Don't give up

KRISTINE99 SparkPoints: (8,098)
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12/30/11 2:05 P

Hang in there, BGRABIS1!

Remind yourself that, "There is no failure except in no longer trying." -- Elbert Hubbard. The fact that you're posting on this board proves that you are still trying.

My biggest recommendation for the upcoming months would be to create as many ways of accountability for your weight loss journey. This could entail a number of methods, such as food journaling/blogging, an exercise buddy, Weight Watchers, etc.

For myself, I have found a lot of success with blogging every day on sparkpeople, tracking my food, and attending regular WW meetings. True, there are some people that can lose weight "intuitively." But there is no shame if you need regular monitoring. Keep in mind, we just don't monitor when things are going well. Accountability also entails that we write down even missteps, in order for those missteps not to evolve into wipeouts and giving up.

For instance, I stayed up much longer than I intended last night and then ate my breakfast for the next day around 2 am. I didn't feel like weighing in the next morning, but I did because I need to hold myself accountable for my actions. I also wrote down everything I ate during the night time munching.

Whichever methods you may choose, I wish you luck! Tomorrow is a new day.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (143,035)
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12/30/11 12:44 P

BGRABIS1,

Try not to freak out. As others have already noted, you can't change the past. But, you can change and influence the future. What's done is done. Today is a new day and as such, time for a new healthier attitude ! Start with some simple changes you can stick with. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Slow and easy really does win this race.

Also, unless you happened to eat over 35,000 calories worth of cookies, you didn't gain 12 pounds of fat. In order to gain one pound of fat, a person has to eat an extra 3,500 calories on top of their normal intake. One pound of fat = 3,500 calories. So, to gain 10 pounds of fat would have meant you ate an extra 35,000 calories. I'm sure you didn't eat that many treats or cookies.

Part of that loss is probably some water retention as a result of eating foods that were high in sodium. I can easily "gain" 3-4 pounds in a day ! Is that a fat gain ? Nope, that too is nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days.

In short, try not to worry. Some of that gain isn't really a gain. it's a water weight gain that will pass in a few days.

Once again, don't try to do everything at once. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. that's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. change takes time. thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.

Everything really will work out.


SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (158,833)
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12/30/11 12:11 P

BGRABIS1,

As the old saying goes, "We cannot re-write history, but we can learn from it so that we do not repeat the same mistakes again." These are words I live by. Guilt and shame do nothing to move us forward. They only make us feel bad about what has ALREADY happened.

That being said, if you use the mistakes to learn from you are taking lemons and making lemonade out of the situation. This may be a good time to start journaling (your post is a great beginning) as to how you fell out of sync, therefore you can use the information you learned and move forward so that the next time this happens you will have plan.

I hope this helps!
Coach Nancy

YELLOWDAHLIA SparkPoints: (88,957)
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12/30/11 12:10 P

Okay, well here's the good news....the holidays are over! Yay! Things will probably be a bit easier without all the holiday food distractions.

BGRABIS1 SparkPoints: (7,982)
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12/30/11 11:57 A

I am so disgusted with myself, On Dec. 1 I weighed in at 239 lbs, today I weighed in at 251. I was doing good exercising and tracking until I got sick three weeks ago, nothing serious just a bad cold but enough to stop workouts and "comfort" myself with things like ice cream ( for my sore throat) Yea right !! Then Christmas, which began with cookie baking and making all the fattening goodies we seem to think we can't live without. And the left-over's from Christmas which turn into Christmas dinner over & over for a week. Everyday I say I'm getting back on track, but I keep falling off before the day is over and say once again I'll start tomorrow. I need a Huge kick in the Butt...

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