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Monday, February 13, 2012

Itís difficult to come back to the scene of my former success and admit Iíve failed. I failed to maintain my weight loss. Sickness originally derailed my exercise program, and I didnít get it going again when I recovered. (I donít love exercise Ė I love how it makes me feel AFTER Iíve exercised.) Of course, I didnít reduce my intake, either. (Have I mentioned I love food?) I failed to stop the upward spiral even when it became impossible to ignore. It takes time for muscle to turn to fat.

Of the 30 pounds I lost, Iíve regained 26. Sigh. Iím ashamed to come back to my Spark friends in this condition.

BUT! Failure can be good groundwork for future success. Itís not a permanent failure if I get back up, pay attention to the things that sabotaged me before, and plan what I will do if those circumstances happen again. I now know where some snares lie in wait for me. I believe I can loose the weight again, but I want it to be permanent this time. No more yo-yo!

So, Spark friends, Iíd appreciate your encouraging support again. And when I get back down where I belong, I will need to keep on with a maintenance team. I need those trackers and the accountability of checking in with others. Iím so thankful that the Sparkpeople website and community is available.

Here I goÖ.
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  • KLONG8
    This is the cool thing about SP. We are learning skills that show us how to lose weight sensibly (no starvation diets for this crew) and we know there can be set backs. You've just had one of those but here you are. Ready to go again. Very brave, very smart, and you've set your sights on healthy living again. So proud of you.
    1444 days ago
    I'm so glad you have decided to work with SP once again. You are not alone, by any means. I'm in something of the same position and need to use the trackers again, too. Yet, I'm finding it difficult to devote the time and attention to actually following through with the trackers, especially the nutrition tracker. How are you doing with that? Any tips for another returnee?
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    1705 days ago
    Your courage will see you through.
    1710 days ago
    You are so not alone. I"m actually back for my third try. Each time I come back wiser and stronger and always, always, always healthier!

    You have an excellent outlook and I'm sure you will achieve success!
    1710 days ago
    I had to eat humble pie in December and do EXACTLY the same thing. I regained 20 of the 25 I lost, and I wasn't even at maintenance. emoticon

    But, happily, I am now down 15 pounds and really excited about doing it FOR GOOD this time.

    You are in good company. Congratulations for coming back and 'fessing up. Now that you've got that off your chest it's time to move forward! Good luck and welcome back!!!

    1710 days ago
    Well! I wasn't here when you were before so welcome my new SP Friend!!! Just think, the lessons you learned in round one will serve you well in this final round of loss and on to maintenance! Think of it as a head start. Don't give up, power on and know that you are in good company with the current SP community! Blessings on your journey! Karen
    1710 days ago
    You've lost the weight before: and you KNOW that you can do it (and will do it) again.

    That "At Goal and Maintaining" team is a great one!!
    1710 days ago
    It takes courage to come back and report your
    situation. You have not failed; you have gathered
    more information for your individual success! emoticon

    At times when we have stumbled; and lost sight of our
    goals, what we each need more than anything is
    self-compassion. And that can be the hardest thing
    to give. We are quick to punish our slip ups.

    Most of us here have been where you are. Some of
    us, like me, several times. The best way to approach
    this crisis; is take all the information you have gained
    both from your success and your setbacks, and move
    ahead toward your goals.

    We are here to support you. emoticon

    Go for it! emoticon
    1718 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/14/2012 1:15:26 PM
  • MS0669
    You are back where you belong !! I have been in your place before lost the weight of a whole person, and gained the weight back of person and a half. It happens. The only thing we can do is keep trying to make the healthy choices and move on from there. Start each day new and fresh and forget about bad mistakes from yesterday, easier said than done, I know !!
    Good Luck and don't give up !
    1718 days ago
  • KANOE10
    We have all been down your path and regained weight. It takes courage for you to come back. Good for you. As you siad, you know how to lose weight, you have the tools and Spark People is the perfect place to be!

    Hope you have a great day. emoticon
    1718 days ago
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