Too Comfortable with Weight Loss (so far)
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I think I've figured out why I haven't been losing and keeping on track recently: I've become comfortable with my weight loss. In 9 months I've lost 57 pounds total, but very little in the last 2 months. I receive many compliments, feel great physically, wear nice new clothes, etc. and I've stopped pushing myself as hard. I haven't been this weight in 16 years and it feels good. Now I need to refocus on my ultimate goal and begin working toward it again.
It's NOT a plateau - everything I read about hitting a plateau is that you're doing everything you're supposed to do and the weight won't come off. I know I'm not doing everything I should be doing.
I keep up with exercise and water, but have not been tracking food and allowing more snacks, etc. So I've maintained my loss, but haven't lost any additional weight. I'm short (5'3") and 175 lbs is still unhealthy for me.
Has anyone else experienced this weight loss complacency? Are there any SP articles about this subject? It's been a big surprise to me! I feel like now that I've put it into words, I can put it into practice. I've proven that I CAN lose weight, now to just reach for my goal.
Member Comments About This Blog Post
I am on the FFF team with you and I am in the same situation. I have been 4-6 lbs from my goal since June and although I am maintaining, I need to complete my goal. My one difference with you is that while I keep my eating under control, I have literally stopped working out. I have only worked out 3-5 times since July. I am ashamed to even admit that. I think my good eating habits are the only reason I haven't regained any weight. Although I have been able to maintain my weight, I have lost all the muscle tone that I had gained this year and I am afraid to measure because I am pretty sure that I have regained inches. I need to just get my self-discipline back and start my routine again. Thank you for having the courage to blog about this. It's comforting to know I am not alone.
2996 days ago
I can relate too, and I've been working to get back on track as well. Good luck to you.
3006 days ago
Yes, absolutely the same thing happened to me. I lost 100lbs. by myself, & loved the compliments, better feelings, clothes galore, & had learned how to not gain any wt. back, so have'nt lost anymore since '03. Got very happy with how I look & being "normal"sizes again, having happy drs., etc. So I found out about SP, & am losing 25 lbs. on it, hopefully, before my second knee replacement in Jan..If not all gone by then, the pain of the surgery & jacked up sky high BS from surgery will have me lose the last of the 25 lbs. I understand completely how you feel. It is rare that wt. losers don't gain back wt., but we learn to compensate & stay the same. I like to say,"We are riding on our laurels!!!" Kathy
3007 days ago
Yes, when I first hit my goal weight a couple months ago, I just lost all control. I I was still exercising but did not track my food. I knew I was eating more but I really didn't care. I could not get motivated. I worked with some team mates and came up with an accountabliity plan to help get me back on track.
I am okay with my weight flucuating by a few pounds but I definitely don't want to go back over 130 which is still lower than my initial goal of 135. ( I am also short at 5'3'' if I stretch).
I occasionally still have some bad times where I just am comfortable where I am and I go for a couple days without really watching what I am doing but I find by keeping up with my spark friends, I usually can get myself back on track.
It is just trying to keep in mind that this is a lifestyle change. I do feel and look better but I must work at that. It will probably never be second nature to me but I am learning that it is worth it. I know I will probably have to always be "checking" myself because it is too easy to let yourself slip and before you know it, the weight is coming back on. I know I was in denial when I initially started this journey. I just didn't want to accept the fact that I was gaining weight and that I needed to stop it from getting too far out of control (my mother is overweight). I don't want to be in denial again.
3007 days ago
YES!! I have been feeling that way for a couple of months. Getting compliments, wearing new clothes, etc. Very slowly moving in the right direction, but skipping my daily walks, "forgetting" my strength training, going over my calories by just a little - but every day!! So yes I can totally relate. I still have MANY MANY pounds to lose, but seem to be coasting right now and I am not sure why. I know we can do this though. And just tonight I did an entire workout that I had scheduled. So maybe give yourself a goal reward that you are really psyched about - - for me it would be some new books or a mani/pedi. Find something you really really want (that is not chocolate cake!! lol) and promise it to yourself.
We are worth it. We can do it.
3007 days ago
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