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Getting back on track after gaining back 12 pounds

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I've maintained 120 pounds of the 130+ pounds that I initially lost, which is great, but within the past 5 months I just put on 12 pounds. Argh!


1. Foot injury - I injured my foot (and it's still not back to normal even after many months). I need to let go of thinking I can do the same exercises as before and come up with different ones that I'll enjoy.

2. Unexpected death in family and an unexpected medical crisis - Threw me off for a bit. I've recovered from those.

3. Work stress - I have new responsibilities, which is awesome, but which is also more stressful. I need to make time for stress reduction.


1. Get back in contact with my diet coach (in progress).

2. Make new exercise plan based on foot injury. I've never done weight training (ok, I know I 'should' be doing it, but just never stuck with it) and muscle building exercises, so come up with a plan for that (maybe some SP videos).

3. Come up with stress reduction plan (daily and weekly, perhaps). I'm considering yoga.

4. Come up with a plan to not eat at night (my personal rule is not to eat anything after 7PM, except for 1 cup of soymilk, which I have in tea.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

REBECCAMA 8/30/2014 9:15AM

  Looks like you've got a great plan!

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GLADGAD 8/21/2014 8:10AM

    I am kind of right there with you in terms of the stress levels. My Mom is really ill, I got laid off in January and haven't found a job because I have been traveling to/from Michigan to help with her, and when I finally got back home in early July and was ready to really start working hard to find a job, I fell and broke my ankle. I can't run to relieve the stress - heck I can't even drive to get out of the house, and I've put on 5 lbs in 6 weeks.

A few weeks ago I decided to try meditation - it's free, it doesn't take much time out of your day, and you can do it any time! I Googled "how to meditate" and read a bit on how to do it, and then went to You Tube and searched on meditation for stress. You will be surprised how much is out there. It's better to listen to the music with headphones because some of the music has a beat/rhythm behind it that helps put you in a meditative state. The only problem I found is that the meditation music puts me to sleep, but I was meditating at the end of the day and laying down. I need to try it earlier in the day and sitting up.

Good luck with your Getting Back On Track plan. That is the basis of being successful - creating a plan and following it.

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JSTETSER 8/21/2014 6:06AM

    Yoga and swimming are awesome ways to control stress and weight.
You can do it.
emoticon Don't give up! You are worth it!

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FORZACHANDMATT 8/20/2014 12:50PM

    Sounds like you have a lot going on and I can imagine you are disappointed but looks like you are way on your way to fixing it so that's great. And I'm sorry for the death in your family

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/20/2014 10:23AM

    Glad to see a blog from you! At least you kept most of your weight off. It sounds like you have had a lot of stress and challenges to deal with. I'm sorry about the family member and the medical crisis. I hope things have calmed down for you now. Good luck with your goals!

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Any advice about the last 5-10 pounds (to get rid of belly bulge)?

Saturday, March 01, 2014


I've lost 130+ pounds and have maintained that amount since 2009. At one point in 2012, I reached 148 pounds, but then gradually gained weight back up to 155. At 155 I have a belly bulge that prevents me from looking good in certain clothing. At 148, I feel comfortable in those clothes.

How do I get the last 5-10 pounds off and keep them off? I really want to be 148 and keep that weight.

Thanks for your help!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

EN10011 3/14/2014 7:33AM

  Wow! You lost all that weight and maintained it! CONGRATULATIONS! Do not beat yourself over the last few lbs!
I agrre with Janine, less carbs and less stress. When we are stressed, the body secretes cortisol, which makes the calories go straight to the mid section!

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JIACOLO 3/2/2014 12:21PM

    I would think working your core would be beneficial. For me, if I cut out or reduce carbs, I notice a difference in my belly. Good luck!

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JSTETSER 3/2/2014 5:59AM

    It is all about your food intake & exercise.
My advice is fin some friends to exercise with who have great eating habita

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    I wish I had the answer. I struggle too. My body seems to weight more than I want it to. LOL.

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Met my goal today! (288 --> 148 lbs)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Thank you for all the support and help Sparkpeople community! It took me more than 5 years, but I finally reached my goal today. My best to all of you on whatever path you are on.

Next goal up (besides maintenance, of course): I just signed up for my 1st Marathon, which I'll run/walk in September.

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MOTHEPRO 7/6/2013 5:23PM

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Good luck with the marathon!

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    Congratulations! You look great emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANGELNOOKS 10/6/2012 10:51AM


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BESSHAILE 7/12/2012 7:10AM

    WOO WOO! How did I miss this! CONGRATULATIONS

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EN10011 6/12/2012 7:15PM

  Wow! What a transformation! You are an inspiration!

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EMMANYC 6/12/2012 12:30PM

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Congratulations! That is such a great accomplishment!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/12/2012 10:53AM

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Help! My page has been taken over by the grape juice ads!

Monday, January 09, 2012

Hi. Are you experiencing the intrusive Grape juice ads that replace part of the navigation bar on the right of your page? Arghh!!! Also my backgrounds are now Welche's grade juice backgrounds! I'm sooooo annoyed. I come to SparkPeople for help and refuge. Sticking food ads in my face is definitely making me want to switch to a different site, especially since I don't drink fruit juice. It may be healthy for some, but for me, it messes up my blood sugar levels.

Anyone know any other sites that let you log food for free, but that don't stick the ads in your face like this?

I think I'm going to go to paper and pencil. I'm not kidding.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SLENDERELLA61 1/9/2012 8:52PM

    I used to used fitday dot com, but it doesn't have near all the helpful features that SparkPeople has. Weight Watchers now gives lifetime members at goal weight free access to eTools, but if you are used to calories, tracking PointsPlus would be quite different.

Best wishes for finding just what you need and want. -Marsha

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    Fruit juice is garbage in my opinion. I have spark popups a lot.

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NEWBIEBAIT 1/9/2012 8:03PM

    If you have firefox you can add them to the Adblock list so you don't have to see them.

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WANT2BHEALTHY60 1/9/2012 7:46PM

    Mine have the glycerna ads- appropriate since Im subscribed to the diabetes team. BUT, Ive found the site here soo useful, that I can easily egnore the ads, no problem. If you find another site that suits you better, go for it!

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DERBENZAC 1/9/2012 7:44PM

  I know the ads can be irritating, but that's how they're able to keep this site free. You might try contacting support about the problems you're having and see if they can look into it. I'm sure they don't want to run people off with the advertising!

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Day 1 of my summer program (Argh to getting off track!)

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Hi. I got off track for a few weeks and didn't plan/measure/record food and didn't exercise and gained 2 pounds! Argh. I'm back on track today and my goal is to drop those 2 pounds by August 31. The main parts of my plan are:

1. I will plan/measure/record every calorie that I eat each day and all exercise that I do.
2. I will have a 7000 calorie deficit by Aug 31.
3. I will have an average daily calorie deficit of 200 on 6 days each week.
4. I will send a daily check in to my weight loss partner including my weight and whether I met the goals each day.
5. I will exercise and burn at least 500-700 calories each morning and 100 each night.

Thanks for being out there and doing all your work, Spark friends! It's so great to be able to come back to Sparkpeople and get back on track. How are you all doing with your summer goals?

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1BEACHWALKER 7/22/2011 10:51PM

    Glad you are back on track! And hope all is going well since July 6! Blogging about it really does help you keep going! I just got back from vacation last week and gained some weight-seems to always happen to most of us! But, I too am back on track and have decided to try Calorie cycling or zig zag diet. There is a spark team that explains it all on my page that I joined if you are interested. But, it sounds like you are kind of doing it yourself! Stay strong! We can do this!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DARKTHOR 7/6/2011 6:45PM

    You can do anything!!! Make it work and have a summer you are proud about.

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    Good luck getting the 2 pounds off. You can do it!!

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    I'm with you - getting back on track. Here's to a great start & a strong finish! emoticon

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CALIDREAMER76 7/6/2011 8:51AM

    That is an amazingly well defined plan! Clear and concise. I have no doubt you will meet your goal and along the line inspire others ~ me - I'm going to look at that and try to define my own as clearly! Woo Hoo - you go girl!


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ALEXESQ33 7/6/2011 7:53AM

    Ugh I'm right there with you re: summer goals!!

Just got back from WONDERFUL vacation and gained about 3 - 4 pounds (wasn't really "on track" prior to that). I really need to get back with it, before the summer is over!!

Yesterday I was good with food, but what I really need to do is get back to the gym, so the calories melt off (hopefully!)

Thank you for the inspiration - and it's good to know I'm not the only one :)

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