Monday, February 13, 2012
Itís difficult to come back to the scene of my former success and admit Iíve failed. I failed to maintain my weight loss. Sickness originally derailed my exercise program, and I didnít get it going again when I recovered. (I donít love exercise Ė I love how it makes me feel AFTER Iíve exercised.) Of course, I didnít reduce my intake, either. (Have I mentioned I love food?) I failed to stop the upward spiral even when it became impossible to ignore. It takes time for muscle to turn to fat.
Of the 30 pounds I lost, Iíve regained 26. Sigh. Iím ashamed to come back to my Spark friends in this condition.
BUT! Failure can be good groundwork for future success. Itís not a permanent failure if I get back up, pay attention to the things that sabotaged me before, and plan what I will do if those circumstances happen again. I now know where some snares lie in wait for me. I believe I can loose the weight again, but I want it to be permanent this time. No more yo-yo!
So, Spark friends, Iíd appreciate your encouraging support again. And when I get back down where I belong, I will need to keep on with a maintenance team. I need those trackers and the accountability of checking in with others. Iím so thankful that the Sparkpeople website and community is available.
Here I goÖ.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
I began this trip to health in November 2009 weighing 158 pounds, and I wanted to weigh 142 pounds by mid-March. After much exercise and portion control, I had lost that much by mid-February, and thought I needed to lose more, so I made a further goal to get to 135 , which I passed by 1/2 pound this week.
I'm still not sure I'm satisfied with my shape. I have questions for wiser, more experienced people than I:
1. I'm over 50. Is it even reasonable to want a FLAT stomach? I'm very self conscious of the bulge of belly below my waistline. Perhaps I need to weigh what I do now, but work on making bigger muscles? (they really have grown a lot since I began.)
2. At what point does someone get excess skin? I know it happens to very overweight individuals when they lose a bunch of weight, but I don't know if 24 pounds would cause such a thing. Above my waist is either loose skin or still some fat showing if I stand normally. (It disappears if I raise my arms and you just see ribs.) My husband says it looks like a 6 pack - I say it looks like a 4 pack of gel rolls - lol. Will it eventually go away?
3. How do you decide what your final goal weight should be? My daughters are both very slim (size 0 pants!!!!) I can't really see myself that tiny, but I think I want to try to get my tummy under more control. I may take some time to think about this before setting another goal. Any advice?
4. If I decide to lose any more, May I still belong to the "50+ members with 10-24 pounds to lose" team? They are such a great, supportive bunch, and I owe much of my motivation to them! (I had no idea when I started that I'd ever want to be lower than 24 pounds!)
Thanks for your encouragement and support. I'm in better shape with more hope of maintaining the loss than I've had in many years.
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