I can understand your feeling it is pointless and the thinking of why bother. I can tell you that in the early hours of this a.m. I had a wee bit of a binge - a few snickers bars went down the hatch. Then tonight the same thing happened. I had done brilliantly in-between. The thing is I ACCEPT that this sort of thing will happen on occasion and I actually allow for it in my plan. It was 14 days since my last binge. I don't go out and exercise extra hard, or severely restrict my calories the next few days. Instead I worked out long ago that for me for maintenance, my weight remains static at an average of 1600 calories daily. To allow for my occasional 'eat whatever I like" days, I mostly eat around the 1500 - 1550 calories. I don't get as much exercise as is normally recommended because of skeletal issues. I have arthritis of the spine, and scoliosis. I also have sleep issues, and suffer from fatigue.
I could have thrown in the towel a very long time ago, but I figured if I did nothing, then my weight wouldn't go down. My weight-loss was a slow journey - 16 months to lose the first 50lb - but it improved my very high cholesterol (even tho' I was/am on medication for it and always ate very healthily) and it improved my HbA1c, so I am no longer borderline pre-diabetic. If I had chucked in the towel in the beginning, odds are I would be diabetic by now, and still have bad cholesterol problems - possibly other health conditions, too!
I understand the tiredness with young children. Altho' mine have long flown the coop, I still remember what it was like. I grabbed the odd snatch of sleep as and when I could. When my daughter was about 2yrs old, I would be on the floor doing exercises with Richard Simmons on TV showing how to do them, and my daughter would do HER exercises too :-) My son was a wee bit different tho', and I used to pop him into a play pen so he couldn't get into any mischief. With him I also needed that extra sleep as I was breastfeeding him - for 2 1/2 years, 2 years of which were 2-3 hourly through the nite, so you could understand how zonked I was.
You can do this - you just need to have faith in yourself AND your abilities :-)
I sympathize with how hard it is to stay on track, especially since you have a family to care for and are a bit sleep deprived.
I just wanted to mention two things:
1) Exercise and healthy eating are both important for health, but they do two different things. Exercise keeps you strong, and eating fuels your body. So, even if your diet isn't great, there is still a point to doing exercise! If your body were a machine, exercise is like the maintenance work, and diet is like the fuel. You can't substitute one for the other, and even if you are using the cheapest fuel, you still need to get your engine maintained regularly!
2) I think you may be underestimating the role your sleep deprivation may be playing in your weight gain. Here is an article that explains it better than I can:
It may be that things will greatly improve when your youngest learns to sleep through the night. That's OK - realistic expectations change throughout life, and you can decide what is realistic for you right now. Maybe you need to just concentrate on exercising and portion control for now, and wait to get into the details of calorie counting until you are better rested.
Hope this helps!
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Old habits are hard to break, but we must look forward, not back. I am having difficulty getting the exercise in. Today I decided at noon, I am going out to get on the treadmill. My goal is to get up at 6:00 a.m. and do 20 minutes for the first 2 weeks 3 times a week. So far I have not made it out there, but it WILL NOT stop me from getting it done. One day at a time and all I need to get started is ONE day.
Don't give up because you have already proven that you CAN do it and you will get there again. Figure out why you binged and forgive yourself and get back on track. You have lost over 100 pounds and that is a major major success in my book. WHOOOOOO HOOOOO!
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REBECCA, I just start binging and stop exercise because, after binging, there's no popint in exercising. I just feel off track. My sleep pattern is erratic and am always sleep deprived. The kids have something or the other. My 22 month old has always been alight sleeper andwakes up many times in the night for feeding...so......... Thankyou for understanding. with all your support, I hope to be on track soon
COPPERFIRE952, Thankyou for your input. Congrats on your wt loss. I must really really do the reward-goal thing.I must. I've been meaning to get a layer hair cut done once I achieve my goal but its just too far away from me now. Thankyou for the inspiration. I really hope to do it. :-)
SLIMMERKIWI, I saw your weight track- It's just remarkable!!!! Kudos to you!!!!
My 1200cal intake update was an old one, now I don't keep track of my intake at all as I actually lost the calorie chart I had of Indian Foods. But thankyou for enlightening me.
I fall off track by binging foods I should not eat. :-( And then I give up my 30 mt walk by thinking, what's the point when I've eaten too much and that cycle repeats. :-( I think I need to do up some visual motivators .:-)
OLGA18, I'm glad you understand. Sometimes I just don't get the time to even log in to SP. My sleep pattern is also very erratic, thanks to my 22 month old son. :-) So you can imagine what energy I have left, to be on track. Sigh. My daughter is 6 and in grade 1- so lots of activities of her school too. Phew! I can only hope I reach my goal sometime in my life!
Hi There - First of all I've been there - and I understand. Losing weight and then gaining back is extremely hard both physically and emotionally.
You CAN do this. You have the desire and goals - now you just need to execute. I agree with the previous poster. 1200 calories is probably NOT enough to keep your body going - especially with your goal of working out 1 hour per day.
I can tell you I have my nutrition tracker set for my current weight and cardio 30 minutes 3 times per week and strength training two times per week - and I have a range from about 1400-1800 calories. At this range, I've been losing 3-5 lbs per week. If I find I am consistently going over what i have set as my cardio I will start to stall in my weight loss, so I re-assess. I have seen plenty of times where increasing my calorie intake actually INCREASES my weight loss. If you're eating to little your body goes into stavation mode, which not only makes it harder to lose, but also zaps your energy.
Have you tried using the food and fitness tracker - I know this really helps me when I'm in a stalled place and keeps me accountable. Also I reccomend setting up some goals and rewards for yourself. They don't have to be huge - you can even set them every 5lbs or 10lbs and make the relevant - a trip somewhere with your kids (or without if that's more of a reward:)!) - I see you like sewing - maybe a new fabric or pattern as a reward - whatever is motivating to you!
Again - you CAN do this. Just take a minute to assess where you want to go and how you want to get there and you can make it happen!
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I read your SparkPage and noticed this: "Strict Calorie Intake- 1200 cals per day"
It is quite likely that that was insufficient calories for you, which COULD account for why you fell off the wagon! Generally, 1200 calories is the minimum recommended for an average weight woman who is sedentary. When a person is heavier, they NEED more calories - factor in exercise and/or being physically active, you generally need more calories still.
I can imagine that with young children it can be difficult to stay focused. But you should also be proud of yourself that you have kept much of the weight off, that is an accomplishment! I totally understand the falling off track part. I do great for a while, then I don't and so on and so on....I guess the only suggestion I can make is to go on SP every day, track your food and try to focus on your accomplishments so far. Good luck to us all!
It's so depressing because with great effort, I lost all of my pregnancy wt and some more(20 kgs +6 kgs) in 1.5 yrs but then I just fell off track and gained 2kgs again. :-( It's very difficult for me to beon track. How do you all do it? I've about 15 kgs to go to be slim and fit. :-( Please help.
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