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If You Slack - It Comes Back - Tales from 100# Down

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

On my journey to "Health & Fitness" I have discovered that without consistent attention to my nutrition, fitness etc. the weight is so quick to come back. Over my lifetime I have lost and found the equivalent weight of several people. I think this is because I always had a "diet" mentality. I would stick to 'whatever' plan for several weeks seeing a nice drop only to put it back on (and then some) when I relaxed on the "regimen". On three separate occasions I dropped significant weight (1980, 1998, 2002). In each occasion I dropped between 50-80 pounds.

So what is different this time? How have I been able to sustain my progress?

I moved from diet to lifestyle change. I had to get over the "temporary sacrifice" mentality. There IS no going back to how I was before my journey here on Sparkpeople. I had to WALK through that one way door that has no handle on this side and let it slam shut behind me.

Does that mean I will never gain? No. I have had upticks when I have let my tracking and exercise slack during breaks between BLC rounds. Thankfully, the BLC rounds are never that far apart that I can do too much damage to my progress.

I was commenting to a friend earlier today that Doughnuts are on my "NO" list. In my life on the other side of the door I always bought doughnuts at the grocery and I could easily eat two or three in an afternoon. At 350 calories a pop those add up and the nutritional value is low. I will admit that I could go in a gas station and buy a package of Little Gems and have them finished off before I got home. I haven't had a doughnut in over a year. Will I EVER have a doughnut again - YES. There will come a time when I will let myself have one as a "treat" as part of my daily calories but for now it's on my NO list and it will never be part of my daily habit again.

IF I allowed myself to slack with a doughnut today... I might find myself driving through tomorrow. I might then justify the grocery store doughnuts because they are cheaper... soon I would be eating doughnuts like before and then it would be just a hop skip and a jump and I'd be back to my Combo meal at Steak 'n Shake or that sausage biscuit in the morning.

Fitness is the same. I have a daily commitment to cardio of at least 30 minutes and most days I do 60. It's part of my routine now and it has to be that EVEN when on vacation or sick (yes I get on the exercise bike when I'm under the weather) because FOR ME if I slack it comes back.

This is my PERSONAL experience and it may be different for you but I felt I should share because someone reading this might still have that "diet mentality" and be rudely awakened when the weight starts coming back.

Hoping the changes in your lifestyle are seeing you to the destination keep...


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  • AMARILYNH
    I DO love your blogs - they really tell it like it is!! This lifestyle we're living isn't a temporary thing - its our LIFE from now forward! Yes we can have little treats every now and then, but they can never again be a daily part of our lives! Buying in quantity may seem to save money, but I've learned, as you have, that its much better to buy one QUALITY treat, savor it and know that its 'special'. Not to be repeated any time soon!! emoticon emoticon
    1152 days ago
  • REDSPIRALWOMAN
    More good info!
    1157 days ago
  • CAROLJ35
    Thanks for making us all think of the things we do to slow our progress.
    1163 days ago
  • DEEGIRL50
    Your donut is my candy bar. Now, when I can leave a grocery store or gas station without one... I give myself a mental high five and way to go!

    I'm at the beginning of my weight loss journey... I will keep the "if you slack... it comes back" message in mind. Thanks for posting things that are meant to help others along the way.
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    1163 days ago
  • LADYJ6942
    Great blog and oh so true. It is a lifestyle change, not a diet and it takes dedication which is ungoing not short term. While I've not reached by goal weight yet I'm closer then ever and see the same patterns or similar patters to what you described. Thank you for giving it voice.
    1164 days ago
  • MARTHAWILL
    Almost my story! Great attitude. Thanks for taking the time to write this blog. It benefits so many others as well as yourself. I find by writing, I take more ownership of my battles - and the public accountability often helps to turn things in the right direction again. Maybe it's time for me to write a blog again.
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  • ROSINVN
    thanks for this blog, so true, it is easy for me to slack off about recording food as I find it such a chore, but for sure if I dont it is easy to let things slide and a little bit of something leads to a little bit of something else until.... you get the picture, thanks for the reminder
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  • IRISHGAL46
    It's exactly the same for me.
    1165 days ago
  • KJHOUSTON
    Great insights as usual!
    1165 days ago
  • DEE797
    Love your blog. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. I am also going to borrow "if you slack, it will come back" from you. I've been slacking for a while now due to some life stressors. I need to change my thinking and get back on track. emoticon
    1165 days ago
  • PRESBESS
    Excellent blog! Soo darn true too. I'm completetely and totally with you. No slacking here. I love my new lifestyle of fitness and eating right. I love being able to fit into clothes and feel confident about how I look. I could go on and on with the "I loves".

    My fellow Sparker... don't ever slack. Stay vigilant. You have what it takes. Keep making it happen.
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    1165 days ago
  • MY1FAN
    This is so true. I'm going to borrow your phrase " If you slack - it comes back." What a great reminder.
    1165 days ago
  • GOING-STRONG
    I slipped back into some nasty eating habits when I was on vacation in April. I'm STILL struggling to take off those pounds. Not worth it!!!

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  • LOVINGKATE
    Thanks for sharing. You are so right!! If I have junk in the house I will surely eat it.
    I know when I go shopping what areas not to go because of the temptations. If I let myself do it once I know it will be easier the next time. For now, this is what works.
    Today is a is a gift. How we choose to open it is up to us. God Bless.
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    1165 days ago
  • GBSLIM
    Yep same here. Give myself an inch......
    I'll definitely have to see about that door handle on this side though. I think someone might have left it on the door I came thru.
    Love your blogs. They cut right to the chase. Thank you.
    1165 days ago
  • JCRAFT6
    Thanks for sharing. I see that in my own life. I guess I haven't gotten there yet because I slip back way to much.
    1165 days ago
  • SKEEWEE2MEK
    Very good blog! This topic strikes a cord with many people and it always serves as a good reminder when we don't feel motivated to keep pushing. Thanks for sharing! emoticon
    1165 days ago
  • WATERDIAMONDS
    Again, you've said it so well. Thank you.
    1165 days ago
  • TDEMAIO2
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  • SUSIEMT
    You speak words of wisdom! So true so true!

    Keep up the good work!
    1165 days ago
  • SIMONEKP
    make sure you're taking rest days every so often
    1166 days ago
  • SIMONEKP
    make sure you're taking rest days every so often
    1166 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Awesome Blog!!! A lot of very helpful thoughts and things that work for You and others. Thank You for Sharing. You are doing a Great Job with your Journey. Keep Pushing Forward. You will make It to Your Goal. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Super Nice Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    1166 days ago
  • WILDKAT781
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  • HUNNI55
    You so hit the nail on the head! I have been on this roller coaster for YEARS...and I am so going through that door...thanks for the great visual and the inspiration to keep on keeping on... emoticon
    1166 days ago
  • ELEPHANTSOUL
    Something in your blog really stood out to me:

    "I had to WALK through that one way door that has no handle on this side and let it slam shut behind me."

    What an awesome visual! It reminds me of the notion that recovery is a spiral staircase with no end. So true.

    Thanks!
    1166 days ago
  • GOODLANDGAL3
    Nice blog. emoticon
    1166 days ago
  • MARYBETH4884
    I use to do the same thing! I still pause at the doughnuts at the store. The longer I go w/o doughnuts the easier it gets to say no. I to need to exercise everyday. I want it to be an ingrained habit! emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing the tips on what works for you. It helps so many people!
    1166 days ago
  • LUVSBULLDOGS
    I understand the 'diet mentality' and know it to be true for me. I will never be a person who is naturally thin. If I ease up, I'll regain all the weight I've worked so hard to lose. I am one who can not 'relax' on the regimen.
    1166 days ago
  • JACKSGRAN
    I never thought I would say this, but I'm really enjoying the exercise part. I'm only walking. I may do more in the future, but today I've actually signed up to do 5k in 5 weeks!

    Your post is inspirational. Thanks for sharing.

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  • AZULVIOLETA6
    A very good perspective. I was trying to explain this to someone on the message board recently. I haven't had a doughnut in probably 5 years. I might have one tomorrow. However, I won't have one every day and on the day that I do have a doughnut, I will not also have pizza, chicken wings, fruit loops and 16 corn dogs.

    It is possible to enjoy food and enjoy life while still employing some common sense!
    1166 days ago
  • ROBINJOY61
    This is Exactly what I needed to read today! I slept in late, skipped my workout at the Y and had pizza for dinner. Now I've been trying to convince myself to get a workout in yet today. But the pizza has made me feel sluggish, and I don't feel like moving. It is hot and humid out, so much more comfortable on the couch watching TV. Bit I WILL get a workout in Today, and pick up some groceries so I can cook a healthy meal tomorrow! I do Not want to have to Re lose the weight I've lost so far. Thanks for the perspective, and encouragement! emoticon
    1166 days ago
  • NASFKAB
    such a true observation this for life no going back hope can do it
    1166 days ago
  • YOYOGRAN
    My alter ego. Great name for a blog I think I'll adopt it as my motto. I hope just pray that this time I am on the other side if the door.
    1166 days ago
  • KLONG8
    You are SO right! With a lifestyle change you must be ever vigilant and there is NO kidding around that what we're doing is just "temporary" until we get to the magic number on the scale. And although there is no "bad" food there are dangerous foods, that's for sure. I have trouble with french fries. Wow. They have my number so I have to be so careful when I do eat them. I avoid ordering them but when I do I immediately eyeball half of them and eat those. Then try to give the rest away to others who don't have my problem with the dreaded fries...or just leave them there!
    1166 days ago
  • PRETTYPITHY
    I don't eat doughnuts but for me Starbucks treats are off the menu. There's a Starbucks right across from my office. IF I let that back in, it's just a hop, skip and a jump to heading over there for "just a little something sweet" every day. I actually prefer to not even go in there now although I will occasionally. But I know the more often I go there, the more likely I am to crack and get something I don't need.
    1166 days ago
  • TRAVELGRRL
    "When you slack it comes back!"

    Truer words were never spoken. Sometimes when I've not been tracking for a few days, and haven't gained, I think "Hey, I'm cured!"

    Yeah, I really fool myself like that sometimes.

    But sooner or later my weight goes up and I'm left with the realization that "WHEN I SLACK, IT COMES BACK."

    I'm so proud of you for doing what you have to do, and sharing your lessons learned.

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  • JEANNETTE59
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    Thank you for sharing what you've learned on this journey emoticon
    1166 days ago
  • WORKNPROGRESS49
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    1166 days ago
  • PRETTYPITHY
    Wow, "If you slack, it comes back" -- a great turn of phrase and, unfortunately, totally true!
    1166 days ago
  • BUNNYKICKS
    Love the title of this blog! And i so relate to the content. I lost-and-gained small amounts throughout my teens, 20's and 30s... lost a large amount (50-ish pounds) in 1999, and here I am working on losing an even 100# in 2013/2014. AND THIS TIME WILL BE THE LAST TIME. It makes me cranky sometimes to imagine I'll have to count and log calories for life, but, if that's what it takes to keep me on track for life - so be it.
    1166 days ago
  • JUSGETTENBY42
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  • COCK-ROBIN
    You're doing great! I'm proud of you. emoticon
    1166 days ago
  • JUST_BRENDA
    So true! We've gotta be cognizant of what we are doing or not doing all the time so we don't slide back into old habits.
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    1166 days ago
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