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Why Did I Regain Weight?

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Hello Friends!

I've regained 19 pounds over the past year after loosing 75. It's time for me to relearn (or rather practice) what I have learned.

The motivation article today was timely. I had, like so many of us, said I'd address the weight gain as of January 1/14.

What happened? Well, sometime in mid November I stopped weighing myself emoticon. This is a behaviour which had helped keep off the 75 pounds I had lost 1.5 years ago!!

Overall, I have a pretty valid excuse...except that doesn't make me feel any better, or avoid episodes like this from recurring in the future!

For the past year I have been off work due to illness. By July of '13, I developed exercise intolerance and so was unable to follow my routine, a routine which made me feel in control and the lack of it left me feeling 'down'. emoticon I started regaining and loosing the same three pounds. I heard but didn't acknowledge the emoticon alarm.

The icing on this not so sweet cake was that by November, although getting better, my MD suggested I not add the stress of going back to work given my age.. I'm near retirement.. and my slow recuperation together with my vulnerability to stress caused in part by a difficult to treat sleep disorder.

This really rocked my boat!! Yet I realized the truth of his position and my husband, who has been through a lot this past year with me, agreed with him emoticon .

My reaction was to eat. emoticon A part of me knew what was happening and the other just observed from afar.. aware as I was eating, " are not savouring nor enjoying the flavour," and .." you're eating too quickly". I feel sad about this emoticon I knew what to do... I was vulnerable and gave up on disciplined eating and took my eye off my goal!

The long and short of it is that I am back to loose the weight! Now i need to back up accountability with action!

It's so nice to be able to 'talk ' about this with other Sparkpeople!! Thanks for listening!

Jan emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PCOH051610 1/2/2014 2:09PM


So good to see you back but I'm so sorry to hear that you've been ill.

Susan emoticon

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NHES220 1/2/2014 12:24PM

    Well the good news is that 1. you did not gain it all back and 2. you are here and ready to tackle it again. Welcome back!

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CHICA_BORICUA 1/2/2014 8:29AM

  Now that you know what happened, the symptoms and how to cure it go ahead and recharge your body and your mind! Get ready for 2014.

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    Well I hope things turn around for you.

As to a doctor telling me what to do and to stop working???? I'd say forget that! You have a husband, I don't and don't want one. LOL I'd rather support myself.

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UMBILICAL 1/1/2014 7:10PM

  Telling your story is healing.

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Got to Watch that Scale!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Well my Sparkfriends.. it has happened! Since Christmas I have gained back 8.2 pounds.. I post this blog to keep me accountable. I clearly said at some point that for me it was essential to get on that emoticon every AM. You guessed it! I haven't been doing it regularly. And while I've been exercising faithfully, it hasn't been enough to balance my consumption! emoticon Nice way of putting it, eh?

To be fair to me, I haven't been well since October and have been home on sick leave, so I have spent a good deal of time lying or sitting down. Still , I knew that I should be watching more carefully and it's just so hard to be at home with all the food around emoticon!!

How do people keep it off when they are at home all day for whatever reason? Any ideas?? I see retired friends out for lunches with lots of time to socialize ( which to me means eating).. but perhaps they are able to balance it all with increased activity?

All I know is it is far easier to keep weight off when you are at work, away from the kitchen, and involved in activities which divert you from eating!

How do all you folks at home keep the weight in check?

Lots of emoticon to my emoticon s

PS: Obviously I will be on line more than I have been, I have "work" to do!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 6/20/2013 7:55AM

    So Jan, how has the last few months been? I have full confidence you have it figured out and are back on track. You caught it very early on. Are you back at work? Hugs!

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PCOH051610 3/16/2013 7:41PM

    So sorry that I missed this and I'm sorry that you haven't been well. Funny thing, but I tend to eat less when I am home because it seems I need to around people to eat. Weird, isn't it.

I think once you get back I to weighing yourself as you did before you will be fine. And, I know you eat pretty healthy and exercise.

It will be soon be time to get out into your garden which will at least keep you from grazing.


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DIANAHALLOCK 2/25/2013 8:33PM

    Staying home means you have time to plan better meals, do multiple short fitness workouts, and spark. Hang in there. You'll get back on track.

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One Year Anniversary With Spark People!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Today, May 15th, is my One Year Anniversary with Spark! emoticon It has been an interesting and challenging journey and I especially want to say emoticon to all my emoticons who have written on my blogs and or given me feedback during this past year!

Originally, I set my goal for a loss of 70 pounds, which would have moved me from my start of 211 to 141. Since reaching that emoticon, I have reset my goal in terms of a healthy BMI of 23 point something. Today, I'm aiming for a weight of about 136 pounds, with the aim of never going above 140 longer term.

I find I am in a different stage now in terms of trying to be a bit more balanced with living life. I feel very fit, but the psychology of maintaining a healthy weight is as yet unknown to me emoticonand a bit scary! Let me explain... Like any one of us who have worked so hard to "get here" , I don't want to regain any weight or loose my current level of fitness. At the same time I am fully aware that the eating monster is alive and well within me! My need to always be alert to it can be very tiring. So if any of you reading this have any ideas about how to manage this next stage I'd really appreciate hearing from you!

I will keep you posted. If you have reached your goal and maintained it for some time, I'd like to know how you did it. There are days, more frequently now than in my earlier part of this journey, where I just want to hang my hat up, so to speak, and go on holiday!

I thought I would be "over the top" today.. but instead, I feel a bit subdued and quiet... knowing that the journey is never really to end. Any thoughts dear readers?

jan emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HILLRUNNER 5/18/2012 9:41PM

    Congrats Bud!!
So proud of you and a Happy Anniversary!!
I don't know what it's like to be where you are...I hope some day to find out what that is like.
I'm thrilled to know you and thank you for all you inspire me with.

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LUVS2BIKE101 5/15/2012 8:45PM

    Congratulations! You inspire me!

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CROWLEY123 5/15/2012 6:58PM

    Way to go! That is awesome. I look forward to a similar success story and reaching 1 year anniversary, with my goals still firmly intact and in sight!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/15/2012 2:29PM

    HAPPY emoticon!

I don't know if you've looked into the SparkTeams for maintainers, but if not that may be a good place to start.

One of the things that can happen on reaching goal is you lose that big thing to work for that was your focus for months (even years, really). You know the current is there ready to push you back the way you came if you stop paddling, but you don't have a destination to paddle toward. Figuring out new, non-weight goals can help some.

What things in your life often came with a "when I'm thinner I will ..." tag? We don't magically get new jobs, tidier houses, more time, more money, muscle tone, or other things just because the scale shows us a number we like. So any of those can become our new focus, a focus that can also keep staying healthy and fit in mind.

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KATHIERAE 5/15/2012 2:24PM

    The journey to anywhere begins with a single step... or something like that. What I am saying is we just do the best we can and don't ever quit. Keep doing what works and try not to over-think. You got yourself to this point, you will be able to handle staying here! Have faith in yourself!

Happy Sparkversary!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RHEYNKLAW 5/15/2012 2:10PM

    You are amazing!

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

I want you to know that your three rules saved me tonight!

Especially the one about tracking before you eat it.

The situation: I haven't baked cookies for over 5 years now. A very nice workman putting in our new driveway went the extra mile in moving some plants, etc. and it's been cold outside for he and his crew. So I said to him that I would bake some cookies for tomorrow! As soon as I did, I thought, "This is a emoticonous situation for me!" I said to my husband that we could just go and buy some but he said, "I'd love some of your CC emoticons!".

So I made them, measured out 15 gm of chips to eat as I baked, made sure not to suck the dough off my fingers. Before bed I rewarded myself with a finished cookie and milk!

STACIEPETE you are such an inspiration!

jan emoticon

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HILLRUNNER 6/13/2012 3:29PM


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Great success!

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Gardening:How to keep it under control?

Monday, April 23, 2012

I love gardening! Over the years I have developed several garden beds, 10 or so. Our yard is now at the point where there is very little grass left to mow!

This spring as the garden is consuming my time, I'm thinking that I will not be able to keep up with this forever emoticon. I'm 61 years old and in good health, emoticonto SPeople! However, I'd like to have time to actually sit in my garden and enjoy it, rather than just maintain it.

We are having a new driveway put in tomorrow and so I need to go out now (and it's awful weather here today, Temp almost at freezing and snow on the way) and move all the plants on the edge.. that should be good for calorie consumption emoticon!!

We have a saying in Canada, which is proving true, March arrives in like a lamb but April goes out like a lion, or something to that effect. Do you have a similar saying given where you are, are you into gardening and what do you do about changing your garden to one that requires less maintenance? Any and all ideas are welcome!!
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BRIGHTPENNY 4/23/2012 8:25PM

    Susan, mostly perennials.. split between friends over the past decade or so of gardening.. i think more shrubs might be the way to go! emoticon

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PCOH051610 4/23/2012 5:42PM

    I can't believe you have plants out! I had to scrape the frost off the car this morning but it was quite nice here for a few days last week. Luckily the snow is gone but it is really dreary out.

Are your flower beds full of annuals or perennials? Some bushes intermixed might take up some room and be a little less time consuming. I find dead-heading to be time consuming but this year we probably won't have much of a garden anyways due to our finances so I will buy something simple and just plant some herbs and the like.


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