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How I gained weight . . . and how I'm taking it off!

Friday, April 05, 2013

"People do manage to lose weight and keep it off. I know some of them, and I've probably corresponded with hundreds. Their secret? They figured out how they gained weight, and did the opposite until they lost it."

LOVE this quote, which I found on VHALKYRIE'S blog. I think it is totally, 100% on the money! Here's how I gained weight:

Eating take out weekly
Eating out in restaurants almost every day
Drinking large quantities of alcohol regularly
Doing no physical activity beyond what little walking I did to get from point A to point B
Bingeing regularly
Alternating between "Feast" and "famine"
Trying harebrained diets
Eating as entertainment

And here's how I'm losing it!

Take-out is an extreme rarity
Eating out about 2% as often as I used to
Drinking small quantities of alcohol infrequently
Working out 5+ days a week AND walking constantly
Controlling the binge monster (and the emotions that awaken it)
Never starving and trying not to overeat
Educating myself on how to eat in the manner best for ME
Having actual hobbies OTHER than eating

Yep, that quote is right on the money! I really am figuring out what I USED to do and then doing the EXACT opposite. I highly recommend this approach! I'd only make one little change to the quote:

"They figured out how they gained weight, and did the opposite UNTIL THEY LOST IT."

If you only change until you lose, and then revert to your old ways, you'll be back where you started! So, I'm choosing to disregard those last four words. emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    Love Love Love this blog!! emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 4/8/2013 12:38PM

    Now that is food for thought... I sure know how I gained weight... mindless eating of foods that are not the best choices... and doing it on a regular basis. there is not a thing wrong with eating chocolate... as long as you are not gorging on it every day. Even my healthy snacks have become habits... not really a great idea. Thank you once again for inspiration!

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FLDEEZ 4/7/2013 12:38PM

    What a great and logical thought! I really like it - I will give some thought to it, too. I like your list, very specific and helpful. It is also very similar to what my list will be, I think ;) Thanks for posting!

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CIERAPOET 4/6/2013 8:08PM

    emoticon emoticon

It really does start with the mindset to CHANGE what we are doing. Thanks for sharing and reminding us what works! You can do anything you have set your mind to do. I'm cheering you on to GREATER Victory!
Be and Stay Blessed!

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    Great plan! Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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STEVIEBEE569 4/6/2013 9:52AM

    Way to go! Keep doing it!

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JONEIL513 4/6/2013 8:53AM

    great blog and an awesome way to look at it!

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SPSPSP1 4/6/2013 1:03AM

    Great point and great plan! The only thing I'd add is digging deeper into why you made unhealthy choices. For instance, remember a specific time that you binged and really explore the source of that. Was it to compensate for some bad feeling? A way to numb feelings? What caused those initial "bad" thoughts/feelings? If you were in the same situation, how could you deal with it in a healthier way emotionally?

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    This was so right on time for me. Most excellent blog!

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BEECHNUT13 4/5/2013 9:53PM

    I gained my weight last time while pregnant... so to lose it, I'm NOT BEING PREGNANT. Bahahahaha...

I ate a crap ton of cereal every day while I was pregnant, hated vegetables, quit exercising, ate a bunch of candy and junk food. Unfortunately, doing the opposite is a lot harder...

Oh well - get the f*ck over it, as I like to say! :-D

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CARAMELANGEL247 4/5/2013 9:37PM

    :-D sounds like a plan to me!!!!
Whenever I start going crazy on the food I say to myself
"Are Cheetos going extinct? Can I still buy them from Walmart? Then stop it."
Its crazy how I start eating like the yummy food will suddenly disappear...

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VHALKYRIE 4/5/2013 8:56PM

    This is also very similar to how I gained weight...and lost it...and kept it off. :) It can be done - I've done it!


Comment edited on: 4/5/2013 8:57:17 PM

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LAILATN 4/5/2013 8:51PM

    Awesome! controlling that binge monster (and emotions) - that's key for me too! Way to go - you rock! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 4/5/2013 7:55PM

    Perfect! I'm so proud of you.

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    Sums it up nicely. Good work.

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KNYAGENYA 4/5/2013 7:01PM

    You can do it. I have faith in you.

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