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What I've Learned

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

In my last blog I confessed to having lost just over 130 pounds and regaining 100 of it - all within a matter of months. This is what I've learned from the experience:

*if you under eat for months on end your body is going to rebel at some point and demand to be fed. you are probably going to want to eat A LOT

*over 2 hours of cardio every day (with no strength training) during (and only during) the weight loss phase is not the way to go. it is difficult to maintain that schedule over a lifetime

*drugs such as atypical antipsychotics used to treat mood and anxiety can affect your appetite and hunger but if you become apathetic and start believing that your weight is out of your control you can end up in serious trouble weight-wise

*one day after months of emotional eating it will dawn on you that many of the feelings you ate to get rid of are still with you - only now you have more pain - weight related pain that is both emotional and physical

In my last blog I said I am not ready to make a life commitment to healthy living. It seems too overwhelming. Thinking it over I realize it is part of my all-or-nothing pattern which has not worked.

JUST FOR TODAY I aim to eat healthy food within my healthy caloric range, get a healthy amount of exercise and find healthy ways to meet my emotional needs.
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GIGISPARKY 12/27/2011 12:55PM

    I admire your honesty, Strong-Fit-Girl. That is the big first step to getting healthy.

I know how you feel; I was there too. I lost a lot of weight twice -- 50 lb. and 60 lb. After gaining back the 50 lb. plus some, I realized that I needed more than just a diet. I joined Overeaters Anonymous and gained sanity and peace. Then I lost 60 lb. I have gained back 20 lb. because of side effects to the chemo treatment I have been on this past year, but I am off chemo now and looking forward to exercising again.

My best wishes to you and thank you for your honesty.


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4BARBIE44 11/9/2011 1:32PM

    Thank you very much for writing this blog! I have been on that same boat with you. We are in this together, my dear friend! Live one morning at a time, one afternoon at a time, etc... that is what I have been doing lately and am starting to have results again. You are awesome emoticon

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LIVESTRONG2010 10/30/2011 8:55PM

    That all or nothing thing gets me into a lot of trouble. You can do this!

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MKLEINSC 10/26/2011 7:05AM

    A very common line of thinking I have learned! Good luck on your journey!

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LIBBYFITZ 10/23/2011 10:45PM

    emoticon emoticon for opening up and being honest with your self. Are you going to counselling to adress your emotional pain?

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BABYSOX 10/21/2011 5:43PM

    Your honesty is so sincere. Thank you! I like your attitude to take it one day at a time. Just try to take smaller steps this time..they all head in the right direction.

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MARITIMER3 10/19/2011 3:48PM

    I think we can all learn from your experience. Thank you for your honesty. I think you are right that we can't be perfect in all ways for all time, and if we put too much pressure on ourselves to be "PERFECT" we might rebel one day, and then watch out... the weight comes back. Like you, I'm trying to take it one day at a time, slow but sure, and try very hard to lear new habits. Hang in there, I believe you can do it.

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BTINTERNET 10/19/2011 2:27PM

    Great decision! One day at a time, one focus at a time! emoticon

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 10/19/2011 11:59AM

    It's great that you know what went wrong, and are starting to work on doing better again. This must be terribly hard for you! Just take it one day at a time, and one step at a time. Make changes that will be sustainable for a lifetime. Good luck, you can do it!

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PAMATX 10/19/2011 11:27AM

    I too am guilty of all-or-nothing thinking and getting on a cardio kick that I can't maintain over a lifetime. I have to keep reminding myself that some weeks I'll get a lot of cardio time in, others I won't. All that matters is that I keep going. And starting over is okay, but it's better to start over every day, than every six months. I LOVE the "just for today" goal. Spectacular strategy!

Love your kitty wallpaper.

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SMILESHINE81 10/19/2011 8:52AM

    Thank you for being so honest! I hope you don't mind me adding you as a friend so I can encourage you along the way!

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FARLOWWOMAN 10/19/2011 8:15AM

    That's is girl, one day at a time!

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EDWARDS1411 10/19/2011 6:57AM

    Thank you for being so honest and sharing your yourself with others as so many are in the same predicament as you.

My oldest son who is very overweight (at least 150 lbs.) has also had the "all or nothing" attitude about health & fitness, but I think he's finally accepted that he's not perfect and that the old way of thinking has been working against him. He's on the right path again, taking it one day at a time. He's walking, doing strength training and yes, he's eating healthier and takes the occasional rest day when his body tells him he needs to. He's somewhat discouraged because he hasn't lost any weight in a couple of weeks, but he recognizes he feels better physically and emotionally and that's enough progress to keep him going. He's also learning there are and will continue to be bumps along the way which he accepts as a reality - it's the "keep on keeping on" that's important.

When we are too restrictive we set ourselves up for failure. Be more kind and gentle with yourself. Yes, you've done it before and you can do it again, just take it slower. Even if it takes you five years to do what you've done over a year in the past, you will be creating a lifestyle you can live with for the rest of your life. Think that you are not on a diet - but a live-it.

A little tip I've learned is to stick with the strength training which maintains and builds muscle to help with our metabolism which really starts to slow down after we turn 30.

I have a spark friend who says that everyday is the first day of the rest of her life - I like that! So indeed take it one day at a time.

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ROX525 10/19/2011 5:09AM

    You can do it!

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