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Stress and Food (Glorious Food!)

Sunday, May 05, 2013

I don't think I eat that differently from when I was thin ... ner ... (those reading this who are old SP friends know that I got down to 152 lbs, nearing my goal of 145, before I fell off a big ol' wagon, struck with back pain after living my dream vacay to Spain and Portugal almost three years ago ...) Anyway. What I don't do is run. Or walk. Or work out on a treadmill. Or lift weights. Or swim. Basically I've become the couch potato that I swore I never would be again, and boy has it hurt me. My clothes don't fit, even the ones I still have that used to fit my bigger body in 2008. (I got rid of most of them in 2010! Sigh.) But the last nine months have really stressed me to the max, and my response to that has been mostly to eat. Not too much - rarely bingeing - but just enough of the wrong stuff (too much sweets) and not enough of the right stuff (not enough salad). And zero efforts toward fitness, other than a single 10K in summer 2012. The inevitable result? I've gained back all but 3 pounds. I was 193 in 2008 when I started on the quest to get fit; 152 when I halted in my tracks and started going in the wrong direction. I used to tell people proudly, in 2010, "I've lost more than 40 pounds!" Now it's all back on my body, somehow. I know I need help from my SP community to support my efforts to climb back on that wagon. But fitness is going to be tough - I've got a new problem, with my foot this time, that is going to need attention from a doctor, a physical therapist, and some kind of orthotic to get over. So for now, my plan is to start tracking again. I vow not to fudge. (Ha ha, that doesn't mean not to eat any ...) I vow to put on SP every calorie that I consume. That should at least help with awareness, and maybe I'll keep within the 1500 calories a day or so that used to keep me on the straight and narrow. It's a start, anyway.
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    I am right there with you. I lost over 90 pounds on my first Spark Journey and I gained 60 of it back over the past two years. And, like you, I'm nursing a foot injury, though mine may not be as severe. I've found that I can safely ride my stationary bike without irritating it and if I tape it up really well, I can WALK on the treadmill (don't dare run yet).

    The important thing is we are back and we are committed! Getting back to tracking my food has been easier that I thought. I fell right back into my old good habits there. Working out has been a bit more challenging because of my foot, but I have no problem doing my bike, like I said, plus my core and upper body strength training. I even do most of my old lower body ST with just some minor modifications for my foot. I'm sure you could manage some ST as well, just focus on floor work that doesn't require standing.
    1568 days ago
    I am right there with you! I am not a couch potato, but I know the pain of gaining back a lot of weight AND the foot pain thing, which I'm suffering with right now (in fact, I don't know what the problem is, only that it hurts a lot when I walk). I'll be rooting for you as you get your momentum back and get back on the horse! Good for you!!
    1569 days ago
    You haven't failed as long as you're still in the fight. Keep up those healthy habits, listen to your body and be good to yourself!
    1569 days ago
    I think all of us have been here before. Each time you fall off the wagon and choose to get back on, you do a little better because you are armed with more knowledge and experience that will ultimately help you be successful and keep it off.
    1569 days ago
    One small change at a time. Good choice. I find that starting to track what I eat gives me the oomph to eat "better". Eating right enables me to take the next small step, water, or a little more motion in my day.

    You've done it before. You have some changes to deal with. But you CAN do it again, and you DESERVE to do it again. Because YOU are worth the effort.

    The first step is making the decision. Your blog put the line in the sand. emoticon emoticon
    1569 days ago
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