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On A Rollercoaster

Monday, February 11, 2013

I feel like I'm on a rollercoaster and don't know how to stop! I keep having bad days. I still exercise as much as I can with my RA. I drink all my water and more veggies and fruit, more than ever and count everything and go over my ranges every day. I eat too much. I don't feel satisfied with healthy food all the time. I find I need a little more fat in my day or I'm hungry all the time. I wonder if this is a time that I have to go through and have a little gain here and there before I get my feeling of soaring once again. I don't want to gain back all that I've worked so hard to lose. It sure can come back on in a hurry, that's for sure! I've thought about throwing in the towel. It gets almost embarrassing to be here on SP, when so many around me are doing so well, and I just stay in one place for soooo long and then gain 10#! The one thing that I'll keep in mind is that I am a changed person since finding SP and learning what I know now. SP has taught me so much about exercise and eating right. I know that I can do it and I've proved to myself that it works. It's just a matter of doing it and denying myself every day and that hasn't been very easy for quite some time, I would venture to say even since Halloween. Yes, Halloween and then with all the holidays that followed, I struggled. I pretty well held my own then with this last month, I've been giving up. I need help! Help to stay above water. I feel like I'm the only one to have these problems and I know that can't be true. That's why we're all here on SP! emoticon emoticon
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    Get off that coaster and try the Ferris Wheel! Hope you can find ways to workout pain free!! emoticon
    1471 days ago
    I think how you're feeling is normal, and I've seen it with a lot of people who've lost large amounts of weight. There have been times I feel the same way. I can't eat much at all without gaining, even with the workouts I do, if I go over my calories a little bit I either don't lose or gain. Sometimes for a while I just focus on maintaining. I think sometimes you need a mental break from it too. It just gets to be overwhelming. I hope you're feeling better now. I realize this was written a bit ago.
    1472 days ago
    try adding more protein and more healthy fats to your diet, it will keep you fuller longer
    1474 days ago
    Just go at it One Day At A Tine. It's rally hard this time of the year but the longer you can hold out the better. Thanks for all your positive support on my end! emoticon
    1478 days ago
    Don't cave in just try to go with the best energy and strength you have. I have lost weight at SNAILS PACE but I did loose and now I just need to get to my finish line. Just keep your positive attitude and remember God does not put more on us than we can handle! emoticon
    1478 days ago
    I hope you are doing okay! Just sending a lifeline to rescue you. Once the weather gets better you might perk up! Whatever the situation you are a good person and lossing weight is not as important as your happiness! If dieting drags you down then find another way to be happy with yourself.

    Just thinking about you and hoping you are okay! emoticon
    1482 days ago
    I have been stuck at the 6 pound loss for awhile now and I just started this the first of the year. I eat mid to high range on my calories. Any less and I am looking to much on things all the time. I don't care how slow this comes off. I am learning a new healthy lifestyle. I know it will take time. Just hang in there. Quit focusing on the numbers. Look at all the positive changes. It will come. Just don't give up.
    1491 days ago
    You know your body and what it needs don't stress out about it.
    We all go through the ups and downs. We are here for you!
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    1492 days ago
    Fat is satiating and it helps the nutrients in some foods like veggies to be absorbed better. Have a small amount of healthy fats like olive oil.
    1495 days ago
    oh Karen,
    My heart echoes yours! I've been at basically the same weight for close to a year! I've been "with the program" off and on all year with almost no change Istill stumble over the same old obstacles and I wonder if I even have it in me any more.

    But don' t give up!! And your encouraging voice has kept me on an even keel more often than you know! Now is the time to dig a little deeper for both of us. We are right on the verge of success but our appetites trip us up every time we approach a loss. Dig deep my friiend! In you SOMEWHERE is thedetermination and the will to succeed at this. Just think how good we will feel when we finally break through! I'm exchanging daily sparkmails with one other person. Would you like to do that with me too? We can encourage each other daily and bring our frustrations and challenges to the table and help each other with them. I hope you say yes. I hope you decide to give it one more shot. YOU CAN DO THIS!!
    Cynthia (with many many emoticon )
    1499 days ago
    Dear, sweet sister of mine. I have not lost a pound in at least 2 months. I have been working out like a fiend, but my body feels it needs to keep this weight on. I am keeping up my exercise, my positive attitude, and trying to be nice to myself as well, and I am still not losing. Have been at 240 for over 2 months. It's pissees me off, but at least I am not wobbling up and down 6+pounds like I was.

    I honestly think our bodies are "testing boundaries" when we get to a plateau. Just don't give up, keep that towel in your hands because you are gonna be sweating throught the summer soon and you will NEED that towel. Plus, we can use it to snap your tail into gear when you spend too much time on the fat your body wants to eat.

    MODERATION in all things, my dear. You can still do this, and you still have that car as motivation. Just picture you in that car! It WILL happen for you, I promise!
    1500 days ago
    Never give up! I keep telling myself this every single day. It is so hard I know. I left SP for awhile and boy do I regret that. I put 20 lbs back on. Stick with it. I will have ups and downs just like you. At least we are trying. I really think if we stick together we can accomplish anything! Let's do this! Keep up the good work!

    1501 days ago
  • WINNIE1978
    Hang in there and remember... even if you are not losing weight, you are doing your body a huge service by staying active and eating healthier! And don't forget that some of us are struggling right along with you. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1501 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Right there with you on the roller coaster ride. **HUGS** Been there done that with the weight gain/no loss in a very long time. Slowly going down again though so there is hope. Be gentle with yourself.

    If you are living a mostly fat free diet you may want to consider adding in some good fats like nuts or olive oil into the diet. If I don't get enough fat/protein I get major cravings. Good luck!
    1501 days ago
    I'm ravenous when I drop below 30% fat very many days in a row. I try to stick between 28-32% and occasionally even more if it's "healthy" fats from salmon, nuts, avocados, etc. And it's not that I'm perfect and don't eat unhealthy fats - it's just where I try to aim the majority of the time. Those healthy fats are just as important as other vitamins, minerals and nutrients.

    Do you use the Spark Food-tracker and do you know approximately what % of calories you get from fat?

    Good luck finding what works for you! I don't believe you will have to slide backwards in order to feel better! And don't compare yourself to anyone. We all have our ups and downs and there are a lot of people struggling on SP. It's interesting how it seems to come and go in cycles. Try to find a little motivation and don't give up!

    1501 days ago
    no, you are NOT alone!!! i've re-gained 10 lbs, as well. winters are hard.
    regarding fat, i've been reading in lots of places that we need fat with our veggies in order for our bodies to use all the nutrients in the veggies. the key to success is to give our body what it needs in moderation. fat satisfies us, and keeps us full. emoticon
    1502 days ago
    We all struggle with the same issues. You can add some fat but subtract from another area of your food or add more fitness to support your increase. You may need to do more Cardio to rev up your endorphins. A table top bicycle is an alternative for someone with RA. You just add some resistance and go at it until you break a sweat. Another option is a mini-trampoline for light bouncing.

    Please don't give up! It's a hard battle and we understand the frustration but you will be glad you stuck with it. Your weight gain might be medicine induced depending on what you are taking for your RA.

    I am getting too personal, sorry, emoticon but I do hope you will stick with the program!
    1502 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/12/2013 11:11:13 AM
    Your aren't alone in being stuck and then dealing with a gain. emoticon I am always over on fat when I feel satisfied. My excess fat usually comes from nuts and avocados so I am OK with that. Hang in there and keep pushing forward emoticon

    1502 days ago
    I agree with BUTTERCUPP76 that adding fat to your diet is not a bad thing. Stay strong and never give up!
    1502 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    Are you hitting at least the minimum on your protein and fat amounts on the nutritional tracker? If so, then aim for mid-range or higher of it.

    Protein really does make you feel fuller and more satisfied during the day. The same with "good" fats.

    I just went through the same issue - where I was at the topmost of my caloric range and feeling ravenous. When I looked back at the tracker I can see where I had not had enough protein or fat for a couple days, so at least I knew why I was feeling the way I was.

    I don't cook or bake low-fat so I don't know what's involved and I feel for your struggle. (I use unsalted butter, virgin coconut oil, olive oil, or Spectrum non-hydrogenated shortening - just not in a "Paula Deen" kinda way!)

    Keep on with the good SP fight, my SparkFriend! You can do it!


    1502 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/12/2013 7:39:03 AM
  • TORTISE110
    Every once in awhile I take a breather day. I don't go crazy, but I schedule at least one special treat. Last time I went out and had a latte with a Napolean (luscious pastry). Or I might have a donut. Or I might have a great steak for dinner. Taking the time to treat myself and savor it really helps me stay on track.

    I hope it helps you.

    I also wonder, like Buttercup if you are eating enough fat. It can make even simple food more satisfying.

    I guess the question is....what do you need to feel more satisfied?
    1502 days ago
  • _LINDA
    I am on a serious chip binge addiction right now. I eat absolutely everything else healthy, but when I come home from bridge, my snack is chips. Of course, they tell you eat a healthy snack, but the ironic thing is I already eat all the healthy things for my meals and 10-14 servings of freggies a day is enough, any more and I will be sitting on the biffy all day because of all the fiber (I have problems as it is because I am always way over in fiber :(()
    You are supposed to have a healthy fat with each meal as that makes it easier to absorb certain vitamins and nutrients. That was my early mistake in my life. I went fat free everything and as a result was always hungry after my vegetarian meals. I have learned to add it back in. But never dairy fats, those are bad, but nut butters, olive oil, basically any plant based ones. I actually went off grains in order to keep in my calorie range as they are so high calorie. Its hard to avoid them as Mom makes incredible muffins and keeps dropping them off on me on a regular basis :P
    I may be maintaining my weight, but its just barely. I am getting sore from all the exercise I am doing, but if it wasn't for it, I would have regained about 10 pounds by now in just a month.
    So you are certainly not alone in your struggle. If you can avoid bringing anything tempting you into your home that would be one small step in the right direction.
    You can turn this around. We all can.
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    1502 days ago
    Believe me I struggle every day with food choices especially! I don't think adding a little fat to your diet is horrible. Do you like peanut butter or avocado? That is a good way to add in a healthy fat and hopfully help you feel more satisfied. Keep up the good work, you are worth the fight! emoticon
    1502 days ago
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