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Getting Out of That Pit!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Anyone out there been in a pit?
After losing 22 lbs over the summer I struggled the whole month of September and gained 7lbs. It is now mid October and I think I'm seeing my way out. I hope this is an aha moment.
Some may call this experience a plateau but I believe a plateau is when the body just stops letting go of the weight when cals and exercise remain constant, but in my case I think its more of a pit because it was caused by emotional eating and backsliding. I kept up with my exercise and finally got a grip on the eating.
However, when I look back at my tracking charts I still cannot bring my calorie intake to the low range as I once did. I don't know if its a mind thing or if my body just needs more.
But I have decided to add some cardio to my week and just let slow and steady run the race with calories. I feel disappointed with myself for "backsliding." I feel the failure but am trying to let it be a learning experience rather than a guilt trip. I'm recommitted to the extra cardio and sticking to the high end of the calorie range. Could it be my body telling me something?
Any suggestions or comments about the pit?
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  • JULIE2719
    hum... just remember you did not gain it all at once - it was a process of years - and it can take a long time to get it off. I am trying to not focus on losing weight but trying to focus on making healthy choices. Instead of berating myself for poor choices when I make them I ignore that and focus on celebrating good choices when I make those. By celebrate I mean that I tell myself I have done a good job today - or I ate a good lunch. Or that I got all my servings of fruit and veggies in. Stuff like that. Change the mind focus onto the positive. I hope that helps!
    1821 days ago
    Thanks to all for the support. I'm climbing and reaching out of the pit. Back on track and lost the 7 I gained plus 5 more in the last 2-3 wks. emoticon
    1829 days ago
    Emotional eating can be sooooo destructive!!! Just be sure to track everything and if you're still going over your limits, think about healthful substitutions you can make. And remember, if this were easy -- the diet industry would not be worth the 10s of billions it is!!!
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