Thursday, January 19, 2012
Where do I start? Well, January 12th was my 3 year Sparkversary. I have to say I have stuck with Sparkpeople the whole time, learned many new healthy habits, lost weight and I am healthier over all. So what's the problem? I hit my low weight of 144 about 6 months after I started Sparkpeople. Ever since then I have had a very, very slow but steady weight gain. I have now re-gained 15 pounds of what I lost.
I am really upset about this for several reasons. As I said before, I have embraced this healthy lifestyle and have not fallen off the wagon. I drink my water and eat my fruits and veggies daily. I still track at least some of what I eat most days. I thought I had a handle on maintaining my weight but recently it has become obvious that it's not working completely. Especially the last few months. I am now at 160.2 and no matter what I do it won't go down. I still exercise 2 or 3 times a week, mostly Walk-Away-the-Pounds videos, at least during the school year. I did manage to lose 2 or 3 lbs. last summer but at the time I was swimming almost everyday, lots and lots of laps. I simply don't have time or energy for that when I am working full time and taking 2 college classes.
The holidays didn't help but that's not the whole problem either. Now that it's January and I have really jumped on it with both feet; still, nothing is moving. I thought after the holidays were over and I started tracking everything and holding my calories to 1300 to 1400 everyday that I would begin to see changes; so far, nothing. Since I have been eating right all this time, I have no big changes I can make. I don't drink softdrinks (not even diet), or fruit juices. I don't hit McD's for breakfast anymore or Burger King for lunch.
I just turned 48 so maybe age is a problem. I have had some stress in my life recently but I have put a lot of effort into NOT using food for comfort.
I wouldn't worry about the weight so much except that I have grown out of my size 8 jeans that I love and I'm afraid I won't even be able to hold the line here. I will just die if I grow out of the 10's also.
I just want my jeans back. Is weight gain unavoidable at this age? I don't know what else to do. I am extremely frustrated.