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So THIS is how it happens

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Maintenance is a minefield. I got to the weight where Weight Watchers lets me attend meetings for free late last year. So at that time, I intended to lose another 5 - 10 pounds to move more safely into the normal BMI range for my height. I have kept up with the journal, although sometimes just on paper without calculating the calories, Went down about 2 pounds from that original maintenance goal, then it has been a fight ever since to stay down. I wondered what happened back in 2006 or 7 when I began the regain of about 30 - 40 pounds from this weight I am now.
AHA. Now I remember.
The thoughts are resurfacing these days, especially this morning when I was .4 pounds over my original goal. It will be March soon, and one month from my last "free" weight watchers weigh in. I have lost track of how many of my goal of 365 days of journal have passed. I am stressed at work, and at home. I am bone tired of all of this. It just feels impossibly hard, and my HEAD starts saying "well it would be easier to maintain if you just went for a healthy weight and never mind the weight watchers thing. You Know that you are very healthy a few pounds heavier than this, and you are Not going to reach that goal of being 10 pounds less than now....."
NO. Just NO. I am AT goal now. No way this crazy brain is going to get me to let it go this time. HELP me everyone !! I need sane remarks. Motivation. Something.

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DIDMIS 2/27/2013 9:47PM

    Portion control and lots of water. You can do it.

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MOM4407 2/27/2013 9:25PM

    You can do it. Summer will be here soon and how can you bring your grand daughter to the beach and wear the emoticon . I know work is hard now. You have more stress than you can talk about.

Set your priorities. If the house is not clean who cares. For now use paper plates so you do not need to wash the dishes.
Stop testing those students just give them all A's OK that may not be a good idea you are dealing with life and death.


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SUZYMOBILE 2/26/2013 1:49PM

    Okay, I get it now. I let this happen to me, too, when I "allowed" myself to maintain at a higher weight, then promptly gained 10 more pounds. I'm not sure what weight you need to maintain in order to attend WW free, but that's clearly important to you, too.

So, you're right. This is the time to STOP the trend. And I understand how devious the mind can be in seducing us into more and more sugars, and more and more pounds. I sent a few ideas for "controllable" nighttime sugars in a SparkMail, but forget what I said. This may not work for you and could get out of hand real easy.

I checked your food tracker, and you DO eat healthy all day long ... until the evening, when things get out of control. Try this: During the day and with dinner, really load up on low-calorie, low-carb veggies (I'd say fruits, but it's hard to find low-cal ones sometimes). And I mean LOAD UP! A HUGE bowl of salad for lunch, with a few tortilla strips, nuts, or croutons for crunch and some interesting low-fat protein. Put anything on there that's low-cal and that you like--even popcorn. Have a BIG salad with dinner, adding something to it, like half an ounce of grated cheese, for interest. These will fill you up. I use bagged greens because they're easy. A plain baked potato, maybe with salsa or Laughing Cow, is also filling. So is spaghetti squash, if you're craving something like pasta.

I learned, long ago, that I need vast quantities of stuff in order to feel satisfied. And the only way that works is with veggies.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/26/2013 1:26PM

    This could be how it happens or it could be the point that you just stop the bad stuff in its tracks and turn in a better direction. I sent my best ideas in an email. Just don't give up. You know what it was like in the "other place" and you don't want to go back there. Even the present is better than that and the future holds even greater possibilities.

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AMARILYNH 2/26/2013 12:34PM

    I fight the same battle every day - so my answer is JUST DO IT!! Keep fighting - I'm convinced the way to get past this is to give our bodies time at goal weight to become convinced that THIS is our new set point. Only then will our bodies quit fighting us!! emoticon

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GAILRUU 2/26/2013 12:11PM

    The same thing happened to me! It took over a year for me to get back in control but at least I didn't gain it all back.

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