Thanks to everyone for your honesty. I am struggling but I am sticking and staying. I have been consistent for some time and I do not want to go back no matter what. I need to come down 13 more pounds and stay there and I am going to try to maintain it without depriving myself.
ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE THRU GOD!
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2/28/14 8:59 P
I am not embarrassed by it anymore, it's due to way more than just not wanting to deprive myself, and at age 67, and taking care of an ill spouse, just living and keeping things on an even keel at home is enough for me to do............we try to eat lots of vegetables, but we also need to eat something tastier, just to get through each day...........we are not celebs with trainers, diet experts coming to our house, etc. We ride an exercise bike each day, and try to walk often. But it's always been and up and down thing for me, this lifetime, that's the way it goes. Do what you can, and stiff upper lip, friends.
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2/28/14 2:28 P
Yes, I'm a human elastic band. Loose it, gain half back. I like my food. I don't like depriving myself. I can take it all off and then fall back into old habits. I guess I can't make it a lifestyle as I don't want to live my life not enjoying food and drink.
Me!! In fact, if you look at my profile pic, it shows my weight taken every six months for the past seven years. Because of the wellness initiative at my job, I have exact records of these numbers and decided to put them into a chart a few weeks ago.
I have yo-yo'ed an embarrasing number of times between 160 and 190. I started gaining weight right after I got married years ago and have not been able to break away from the 30 pound overweight range I am stuck in. Everytime I get close to "obese" according to the BMI scale, which for me at 5' 7" is 191 pounds, something clicks and start trying to lose. Whenever I get close to or at a "normal" weight, I start to gain.
It is finally starting to click for me what is means to establish lifestyle changes, not just temporary fixes. If I permanently change the way I eat, even if I lose slower, the losses will be permanent.
I can and I will - watch me!
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2/28/14 12:24 P
I am on one right now.
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2/28/14 11:56 A
I think at least 95% of us struggle, and repeat and repent, and I've accepted that it is just the way it goes, there is a lot more to it all, than the food and rushing everyday to do exercise, over and over again, there is a mental thing going on, that the "experts" don't really want to get into, because there is no "cure" for it. Overeating is a chronic disease.
I HEAR YOU!!!! I am 39 year old mom with 3 boys - ages 4, 8 & 9. before starting our family, I lost about 60lbs and kept if off for 2 years - I was 28 then and very happy with myself. I was able to maintain my weightloss with regular running. THEN came the kids. I've been up and down the same 30-40lbs over an over again... it's rather tiresome. I know I can lose the weight, then I get comfortable and it comes back slowly or I'm pregnant. I can use pregnancy as an excuse anymore. There will be no more kids!! I lost about 30lbs in the past 2 years, but it is slowly creeping back up. I can't continue with yo-yoing!
Caralee "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything."
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2/28/14 11:15 A
We all struggle. That's why we are here. How do I sign up for the 20 day challenge? I read the article but don't know how to sign up. Thanks
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2/27/14 9:19 P
I'm 67, been playing the yoyo game since age 12 1/2, up and down, have lost and gained many times, significantly at least 6 times. Deprivation does not make a person feel satisfied, no matter how carefully planned the deprivation is, how "good" or "healthy" the food is, or if Dr. Oz recommends it, Oprah says it's good, etc. We, as people, get something from food, that no other thing in our lives gives us, no lover, job, religion, scenery, etc. satisfies us the way food does................and that is just the way it is, and why there are so many people out there starting diets, stopping diets, buying tons of weight loss books, DVD's, taking supplements of dubious quality, and it's a billion dollar business. Think how many years this has been going on, you are not alone, and there really is no "magic". Eat less, move more, is so simple and yet so hard.
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2/27/14 7:18 P
Yes!! I seem to get too comfortable when I lose weight, then just gain it all back. I've been down to 168 but am currently at 180 - can't seem to make it stick!
My husband and I are about to start trying for a family, so I'm hoping that can be the motivation I need to lose the weight and keep it off.
I also have one of my favorite bathing suits thumb-tacked to the wall above my light switch for motivation. It's been there for about a year, and when it's bathing suit season it really helps. I think in the winter I see it as "too far away" to get excited about.
Good luck! I've found some great message boards that I've jumped into - they have groups of people who are already holding each other accountable, and love 'fresh meat' :-)
To my biggest critic: if you are reading this, your new self is already winning. Keep working. Keep posting. Keep going. Don't try to tell yourself you can't do it, because if you are reading this, YOU HAVE ALREADY DONE IT! Love, yourself.
I have been up and down with my weight from 190 to 165 and I am completed sick and tire of this ride. I am trying to do a lifestyle change but boy it is tough. I need and want to get down to 165 from 178 - may not seem like a lot but its easier to lose 100 then 10 or 15. I need motivation and a push.... I have signed up for the twenty day challenge and will start tomorrow.
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