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No more yo-yo

Monday, November 03, 2014

I was asked as part of a challenge whether I had ever yo-yoed... You know, lose it and gain it right back. Of course I have. And I am betting every single member of SparkPeople has at one time or another! But I am done with the yo-yo! How??? Easy!

When you go on a diet, you decide how much weight you are going to lose and how long you will take to lose it. And if you fall off your diet at some point, you are disappointed in yourself, and probably gain the weight you just lost right back. Or you stay on the diet, depriving yourself of your favorite foods, because you are on a diet! DUH! And when you reach that goal, you go off the diet. And guess what happens? Yup. You gain it all back.

Here's the thing... Diets don't work. They really don't. They are a short term solution to a long term problem. You don't need to lose weight. You need to get healthy. And that means getting to a healthy weight, sure, but the journey is part of the process. So you have to learn to eat what a healthy weight person would eat. This means learning portion control and learning that you can eat ANYTHING you want, you can't eat EVERYTHING you want. I know I have said this before, but this is why SparkPeople works. You take baby steps to increase your consumption of Freggies, to get more exercise, and to measure and weigh your food until it is second nature. You don't have to wait until you get to your goal weight to have a slice of pizza. You just have to fit it into your daily calorie allotment. And if you overeat today, it is NOT the end of the road. It is just today. Tomorrow you can cut a few extra calories - and do it as many days as it takes you so that your AVERAGE calories are on track. Believe it or not, your body will not really notice if you eat more one day than another, just what you eat over time. It really is simple.

Once you accept that this is a life change, the yo yo is over. You will not go off a diet. You can't. You are not on a diet. Oh, you may slip up, and gain some weight back. But I am betting that you - like me - will only gain back some of the weight if you stop paying attention. And then you will jump back in and get back into your healthy lifestyle. Because it feels good. It works. And YOU are worth it.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JAXMOMMY 11/24/2014 12:54PM

    Excellent blog! I didn't realize your you were on the Azure team with BLC 26! I love the Azuritas! When I was asked to visit I found out my super power was seeing thru walss! I thought that was the funniest thing ever since I am blind! Have a great rest of BLC26!

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ZELLAZM 11/8/2014 5:23AM

    Good post, good insight - now to work that plan!

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FUNLOVEN 11/4/2014 9:39AM

    Right On, Patti!

I am glad that I am in this spot right now where I can think of life as a journey. Sure I have weight loss goals, but I don't feel this urgency to get there so much as I have in the past. Instead I want to take the path that leads me to living a healthy life more naturally. Getting to that place doesn't mean "no more paying attention". In fact, I think it will include paying more attention, but with a positive attitude vs. a feeling of deprivation.


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HEYITSLISA 11/3/2014 7:10PM

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HOLLYM48 11/3/2014 5:46PM

    You know it! That is exactly right! I don't even want to gain a little back because quite frankly, it is so hard to lose, and so easy to gain!!! You have the right mind set, it is not a diet, it is a way of life that must be followed every single day. We should enjoy in moderation but stick to the healthy and correct portions!
Way to go!
Thanks so much for the info about San Antonio too! I appreciate it! I am so glad you enjoyed it and I am sure I will as well!

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PATRICIAANN46 11/3/2014 3:18PM

  Great Blog, Patti. emoticon with all that you said. This is a LIFETIME journey.....NOT a diet.

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Ounce by ounce, inch by inch...

Thursday, October 09, 2014

I used to follow a Spark member who called himself the slowest loser. I think that I may have replaced him. In 2013 I lost a total of 5 pounds. that's right. 5. This year I am down about 11 - just over a pound a month. Not that I am complaining... I am actually quite pleased that I have gotten rid of this much. 4 more pounds and I will be back to my original 40 pound loss. And then I can start on "new weight". It is not easy, this losing weight. In my 20's, 10 pounds in 2 weeks was kind a normal crash diet. In my 30's it didn't work so well... Now in my 60's, every pound is hard won.

But here's the thing. I am NOT on a diet. I am eating sensibly. I am also getting more exercise on a regular basis than I have since high school, when I walked everywhere. Now don't get me wrong. I'd LOVE to wake up tomorrow 50 pounds thinner. But it doesn't happen that way, and there is no "skinny fairy" to wave a wand.

I am so close to "One-derland", that I can almost taste it! I'm hoping it happens before I leave on vacation. It's really just a number, and yet is signifies a victory to so many of us. Years ago when I weighed 193, my doctor (FORMER) referred to me as a 200- pound woman, and I was SO offended. Now I have been here for so long that I am immune to it. But I SWEAR I will not be going back up this time. This time is forever. I owe it to myself.

I CAN do this. And so can YOU..

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ZELLAZM 10/13/2014 4:30AM

    YAY, Patti! Very encouraging words this morning as I catch up on three weeks of blog posts. And do get yourself a more encouraging doctor!

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PATRICIAANN46 10/12/2014 11:18AM

  Hi Patti.........
I have ABSOLUTE FAITH in you!!!!! You WILL do it. emoticon

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FUSIONFITNESS3 10/11/2014 1:31AM

    Slow but sure wins the race! I've been struggling this last year too but think I've finally found my motivation. I want to loose 45 lbs and realized that loosing 1 lb a week will get me there in a years time so it's 1 pound a week which takes a lot of hard work but it's attainable and maintainable. I'm heading back to onederland too...We'll meet up there!

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FUNLOVEN 10/10/2014 8:35AM

    I know exactly what you are talking about Patti. I use to be able to loose the pounds much easier when I was young too and now that I am in my 60s it sure is hard. I have virtually stood still in my weight loss during this past year due to all of the medical things I have had going on. But my focus is different now that I am older. Just like you it is more about enjoying life and being more healthy little by little. I am sooooo looking forward to 2015!

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KELLIEBEAN 10/9/2014 11:13PM

    Very powerful! You have what it takes to reach your goals!


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BILLB000 10/9/2014 7:32PM

    I think the 'slow' method is better. And the fact that you are not gaining it back shows us that you are doing it right. You have reason to feel proud. emoticon

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DELIA38961 10/9/2014 4:47PM

    great and contagious attitude emoticon

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    The best way to lose weight is the way you are doing it

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2BEHEALTHY2014 10/9/2014 2:39PM

    You are right, it is hard, but we can do it!

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DAVISM6 10/9/2014 2:22PM

    WE can do it! :) emoticon

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Great Expectations

Monday, September 22, 2014

An optional activity for BLC26 is to blog about your expectations from the challenge. This is a 12 week challenge, and it is pretty activity intense. I do have some pretty big expectations..

1. Have fun! One of the reasons to join a challenge team is the camaraderie of the group and the opportunity to make new friends. Add to that the fun ways the leaders of these teams spice things up with weekly challenges, week-end challenges, inter and intra team challenges - there is something to do every day! Of course you don't have to do it all, but like everything else, you get out what you put in.

2. Get more fit. The nature of our intra team challenge inspires me to get more fitness minutes. Can I say it? I am competitive.

3. Lose weight. I have set a moderate weight loss goal that I should be able to achieve. Again, the competitive nature of this team makes me more confident that I will do this!

4. Make new friends - and there are people on my team that are kind, funny, serious, crazy and all the other things I like!

I am already looking forward to weigh in! Yes, I really said that!!!

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TRANSFORM-ABBY 10/3/2014 3:58PM

    I am so excited and BLESSed to be one who is getting to become friends with you as we help one another press to the goal. emoticon to you! emoticon

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ZELLAZM 9/23/2014 4:08AM

    emoticon !!!

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HOLLYM48 9/22/2014 6:14PM

    Love the enthusiasm! I do love my teams and so glad you are having fun on yours! Keep up the great work!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/22/2014 3:13PM

  Hi Patti..........
I emoticon your enthusiasm and fully expect that you will do very well on this challenge. emoticon

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And They're OFF!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Today one of my two challenges begins - the second one starts on Saturday. I am really determined that this time I am going to get my weight moving! Today is the BLC26 (Biggest Loser Challenge) and on Saturday the 5% Challenge starts. They are both going to be fun, and they are both going to push me to do more. I have an ambitious goal - 10 pounds. And that is 10 pounds with a 10 day vacation in October, my DH's birthday, Halloween and Thanksgiving. So 10 pounds will require serious effort and dedication.

Why would someone pick this time of year to lose weight, you wonder... Lots of reasons... For one thing, I want to end this year on a great note. To weigh less than I have in the last few years. For another, being thinner and healthier is a wonderful gift to myself and my husband. (he never says a word, but I know he would love to see me thinner)

Another great motive for losing now is that while I intend to have a wonderful and full Thanksgiving dinner, the rest of my occasions need to be reined in a bit. To that end, I am not going to buy nearly as much Halloween candy - because the leftovers seem to get loft on my belly! And any leftovers are going to the office! Where I seldom go. I'm even planning to buy my least favorite candy bars to reduce the temptation!

And perhaps I will have myself under control enough to maintain through the Christmas holidays. I won't be upset if I don't lose between December 10 and January 1, but I do not want to gain either! The next 3 months give me time to cement the habits I have been building and hopefully keep from backsliding.

Let's get this party started!!!

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ZELLAZM 9/20/2014 6:45AM

    I think the holidays are a great time to be working on a challenge. It helps keep us in line when the temptation may be the greatest. Let's do this, Firecracker!

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EMSSBEARS 9/17/2014 11:52PM

    Great time to lose weight - the present time - good luck to you-


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SHOAPIE 9/17/2014 7:03PM

    No time like the present.

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PATRICIAANN46 9/17/2014 5:46PM

  Good for YOU, Patti.............I know that emoticon

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HOLLYM48 9/17/2014 5:42PM

    I think that any day is a great day to decide to lose weight. There is no perfect time, it is all about eating healthy and making good choices! Best of luck in getting that weight jump started! You can do this!

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    You can do this - I have a good feeling! I'm in both challenges too. Good luck

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Why I want to lose weight

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

I am participating in two great challenges that begin this month. One is the 5% Challenge and the other is BLC26. One of the pre-challenge assignments for the 5% challenge is to list the reasons why I want to lose weight. I don't really think a lot about them, so this will be kind of stream of consciousness.

1. My heart! I have some plaque build up now, and do not want it to get worse. I have a family history of heart disease and both parents had by-pass operations. I'd prefer not to need one!

2. Comfort - OK - who has NOT felt crammed into a seat on a plane or a theme park ride or some other conveyance? I would like to not feel the arm rests poking me in the side, thank you!

3. Pride - I want to never have to ask for a seat belt extender. Never. I also don't want to try to fit into the seat of something and discover I can't. (Truth - I didn't try the seats at the Harry Potter ride because my friend couldn't fit in them, but I don't know for sure if I could)

4. Fun - I want to be able to play! to hike, bike, and do active things. I want to be able to play Frisbee with the great nieces and nephews, and keep up with them when we go somewhere.

5. Vanity - I do not want to look in the mirror and see the rolls. I don't want to see a photo and see the fat girl. I really don't want to be the heaviest of my friends!

Are there more reasons? Probably, but they are all related to these. I don't want my nieces and nephews to have to take care of me when I am older. I don't want to be in a nursing home. I don't want to fall down in a store and have it take 5 or 6 men to get me up (this happened to a friend recently)

Why do YOU want to lose weight? Your reasons are probably different than mine. But it is good to think about it, and maybe keep that list where you can see it! I'm going to.

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EMMACORY 9/16/2014 5:23PM

    All good reasons! emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 9/4/2014 7:21PM

  Hi Patti.........
All of your reasons are good ones because they are YOUR reasons.
The most motivating for me, (especially right now) is to hopefully see an improvement in my health.
emoticon for a great blog.

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BAMAJAM2 9/4/2014 4:25PM

  If I can rid my body of 20 pounds-- then I would find my waistline again---
I want to wear belts that define my waist--- and this means getting 20 pounds off--!!
This is my reason--- (and lots of belts on hand) HA!

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ZELLAZM 9/3/2014 5:43AM

    I appreciate your honesty - it means you're being honest with yourself, too and that will take you places and help you reach your goals. Looking forward to the 5% - bring it on!

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AALLEY2 9/2/2014 8:28PM

    emoticon I like your reasons. It is a good thing to think about. I have many of the same reasons you do. I don't think my loose skin on my tummy area will ever be the same as it was before I gained all that weight.

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HOLLYM48 9/2/2014 6:20PM

    To be healthier, to look good, to feel good, to be able to run and walk and hike and feel fit while doing it! So many reasons to get healthy and stay that way!
Great reasons that you listed!

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    I love this blog

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HIKING-4-ME 9/2/2014 4:38PM

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VELVET_01 9/2/2014 3:10PM

    Isn't it so helpful to put those reasons out there? You be sure and go back to read this on those days when you aren't feeling like working the program because these are all very important reasons!! It took me many years of living with many of the things you mentioned before I finally got backed in a corner and was forced to do something about my weight and my health. Most of all, don't forget that YOU are worth the effort! You can never regret doing what is good for you. You got this!

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FUNLOVEN 9/2/2014 2:34PM

    Some of my reasons are the same as yours, but the biggest one is because I hate the way I look with all the extra rolls and thought I had better nip it in the bud right now as it doesn't get any easier the older and less active we get. I felt a similar thing some years ago when I quite smoking. I told myself "If you don't conquer it now, you are never going to". Conquer it I did and I plan to do the same with this extra weight I am carrying!

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