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12/1/12 3:11 P

What is happening in your life that is causing you to lose motivation?

When I had lost a considerable amount of weight, I suddenly started to crave ice-cream (never particularly liked it prior to weight-loss) and chocolate (on ever used to eat it around TOM, but that had long gone.) I would allow myself to have some - even occasionally to the extent that one could call it a binge. I talked to my Dr about it and he said it is the body's way of trying to get you back to the weight it was familiar with all those years. Whether that's true or not, I don't know, but it sounds reasonable.

Where it comes to YOUR weight, I would be celebrating the loss you have had, already. That is a job well done. Your goal weight is pretty low, unless you are real short. It might be that the weight you are at at present is the best weight for you. Even if you never lost another ounce, you have STILL done a fantastic job. Maybe just aim at maintaining for a while and then if you feel you need to, attempt to go down a wee bit again. After I had lost 50lb I happily sat there for a year before deciding to move on down again. I just enjoyed the new me. (I HAD been overweight for about 30 years.) For me it was the best thing I could have done.


JESS15063 Posts: 144
12/1/12 7:28 A

The fluctuations arent day to day, they are over the coarse of a few weeks. I will work hard to eat right and exercise and then will be down a few pounds, and then I will stop all my efforts and just gain the weight right back over a couple weeks. I understand that weight fluctuates daily, and I wouldnt be concerned if the fluctuations were over a day or two because I know that they were related to water weight.But my issue is being extremely motivated, losing a few pounds over a couple weeks, then losing all motivation, eating ice cream and chinese food, and gaining the weight back over another couple weeks. So im looking for tips on how others have kept their will power and self control!

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12/1/12 7:14 A

Hi Jess,

Our weight is not a static number, but more like a vital sign. Just like your blood pressure, heart rate and body temp will vary throughout the day, same is true with your weight. Because our bodies are largely made up of water (the fitter we are the more water we retain), any deviation in our diet, hydration, workouts, even hormones can lead to a shift on the scale.

This is why many who have successfully kept the weight off and why many experts recommend having goal range +/- 2-3 pounds of your goal weight figure. This helps you cope with the daily fluctuations without becoming obsessed with the scale.

Coach Nancy

JESS15063 Posts: 144
12/1/12 6:36 A

Hey everyone,
So I know everyone has struggled with this at some point in their weight loss journey, so im hoping I can get some good pointers. I have been within 5 pounds of my goal weight for months. I will do really good for a couple weeks and lose a few pounds, and then start eating terrible and gain those pounds back plus some. I get really frustrated and promise myself I will get back on track, but I have stayed in this back and forth cycle for 6 months now. I am now 7 pounds from my goal. how to I get there and stay there without this terrible up 3 pounds, down 3 pounds thing?

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