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Ah Hah! I Know Why I Yo-Yo!

Friday, September 14, 2012

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It seems to be the story of my life to constantly go up and down. I don't mean that I would lose 40 pounds and then gain back 50 -- I'm just speaking of 2 or 3 pounds here. The only positive I could find in my yo-yo behavior was the fact that after starting with SP I would yo-yo in lower and lower numbers. I finally made it into the coveted 130's and it just struck me this morning as to what my problem is!

Take this example: the other day I weighed in at 139.2 (getting painfully close to those 140's)
So of course, I did what any logical person would do, I tracked my food carefully and resisted the temptation of my trigger foods. Not one peanut square crossed my lips. If I gave in and ate any almonds, they were carefully counted out and the rest were put away. I ate the foods that were good for me, and the ones I knew my body would love. And the scale would go down. I couldn't make it do that without throwing in some exercise, naturally -- so that was always a factor too. I'm a true procrastinator, but I would get up in the morning and walk, knowing I would take another walk in the evening. I would throw in a little gardening -- anything to keep me moving and NOT plopped down in front of the computer or TV. And sure enough, in a day or so I was rewarded with a nice (low-for-me) 137.2 and I'd be happy!

But what would happen then? Why didn't the downward trend continue? I'll tell you why. I would feel so complacent with my low weight I would tell myself -- "You're at a nice low weight, so go ahead and enjoy __________ (you can fill in the blank)" And so it would go, until within a couple of days the scale would be creeping it's way back up toward the 139 or 139+.
It's like having the devil and an angel on my shoulder. At different times of course!

emoticon or emoticon You'll know who's on my shoulder by looking at my weight!
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    I know you feel, I do so well and eat the right things and work out loads but then eat cr*p! It's not easy for sure!
    1986 days ago
    So true--only I would kill for the 130's. Hit it for one day last Oct. 30, never to see it again. Now I would be happy to see the 140's. Like you say, just need to measure, track, move and practice restraint. It sounds so easy.....
    1986 days ago
    I am on Tips for Writing, Wellness and Health, just like you are. I find that Marian has lost a lot of weight with her diet, and she handles the weight, I handle the writing, mostly. So why don't you ask her some questions about how she did it.
    I know there are a lot of salads involved, and shakes, of the good kind. I eat a lot of salads and like you, I enjoy my sweets, but only once a week, when I go grocery shopping. I try not to buy big ones, only two small ones and then no more till next week. Today we had sardines in a salad. Tomorrow, maybe veggie burgers. Keep it small and yes, exercise. First thing before I tackle anything else, is my bike and weights, then I do whatever has to be done. I also take Hailey up the street and back tills he goes, in the morning. I feel your pain, like many others, but the only way to get to that mark you want, and by the way mine is l35, and I am the same weight as you, going close to it and then back up a few lbs. but they come off fast. When you find you are going to add weight, the the next few days you have to eat smaller meals to lose what you gained. Try eating light meals for breakfast and supper and having your bigger meal in the daytime. Good luck on loosing. See you on Tips for Writing, Wellness and Health, and thanks for becoming a member. As you know, it is a very nice team to be on.
    1987 days ago
    SOUNDS A BIT LIKE ME emoticon emoticon
    1988 days ago
    Well now you know what your ups and downs are and can adjust. Great observation and figuring it out! That darn devil and angel can be so confusing. Who to listen too, that is the question. Good luck on that one! emoticon or emoticon
    1988 days ago
  • BERRY4
    Good observation! And definitely more accurate than not for a lot of us.

    To KEEP being diligent...that is the challenge!
    As I would tell my class of kids at school: "lazy" is a 4-letter word, and we ALL have to fight the tendency to slack off. It just shows in different ways for different folks.
    Enjoy your weekend. Keep the emoticon happy.
    1989 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/15/2012 1:30:35 AM
    Same with me. emoticon emoticon
    1989 days ago
    I have that problem with a couple of pounds, but have not been inconsistent with eating, tracking or exercise. I feel the problem is more natural fluctuations. My normal response is OH NO! I'm going to gain it ALL back! But I keep doing what I know is right, and then it goes back down.

    But you know yourself and what it is that is tripping you up. Do you weigh every day? I know that in doing that I see ups and DOWNS from day to day, but if I weigh once a week I fear that it has only been going up and UP, does that make sense?

    I'm happy you've figured out what to do for you!

    You look fantastic!
    1989 days ago
    Sounds exactly like me! Thanks for a great blog.
    1989 days ago
    1989 days ago
    Hoo, boy, do you ever sound like me!!!! I've only yo-yo'd myself as far as the low 160's so far, but at least for now, staying a bit more consistent with the food and exercise. Really want to be well into the 150's by Halloween. It'll make it so much more fun with the grand kids the closer I get to the weight I should be!!!
    Bruno likes walking like Amber. I was just thinking wouldn't it be cool if we could walk them together, in person, but then I remembered....... they'd probably both be afraid of each other!!!! emoticon
    We can do this thing together, my friend! I'll try to help keep you "honest" if you'll do the same for me!!
    Love reading your blogs, my friend!!
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    1989 days ago
    That has been me the last few weeks had been so good then think ok can eat what I want - WELL found out that is not true so been yo yoing also so back to counting everything I put in my mouth and exercising more
    Keep up the good work we will see our goal one day
    1989 days ago
    Oh, yeah, That is so me. If I hadn't had those 3 cookies yesterday and the ice cream and, and, I'd be making better progress.
    But we are making progress, as you say, the yo-yo's are at lower numbers!
    1989 days ago
    I do remember those days..used to do the same thing, every time I would lose weight, I would reward myself with food...what works for me is I follow Dr. Fuhrmans Eat TO Live Plan 100% during the week, & then I alllow myself a meal or snack on the weekend that is not on plan. Now, my weight stays between 105 & 107...BTW, he's going to be on the Dr. OZ show this next Tuesday, the 18th! emoticon
    1989 days ago
    It happens to all of us. Good luck with your battle I know you can win it. Stay positive
    1989 days ago
    I get that way too!! I just had to teach myself to keep on keeping on.
    1989 days ago
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