It sounds trite to say, but it happens. I gained back NINETY-SEVEN pounds. 97. Ugh. Worst.number.ever. But you are here. You came back. You are ready and willing to do it again. Good for you and welcome back!
You'll never regret the workout you do, only the one you don't.
The last time I was on spark I lost 36 pounds. Then I quit and gained 50! Ugh! I'm on day 49 of being back on track and the weight is coming off. Just think, you've done this before and you can do it again.
Please don't feel down. Weight re-gain happens to lots of us, at least to some degree. Look: we are learning to eat "normally." If we were naturals at it, we wouldn't be at Spark to begin with. The main thing is, you are here!!
If you feel down, I would focus on the fact that you kept off the 20 lbs! Even though you gained back some, look what you kept off! I remember twice when I lost about 50 lbs (pre-Spark), I gained it all back in what seemed like a blink of an eye. It is SO EASY for many of us to put on weight.
Just say to yourself, "I'm not where I want to be right now, but I'm getting there!" and then off you go, doing what you know you can do, 'cause you've done it before.
You got this!!!
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1,724 7/13/14 11:25 P
So I was doing well and lost 5lbs, but over the last 2-3 months I've gained it back... I need some motivation to get back on track and lost the 10+ pounds I want to lose in the next 2-3 months. I have 2 kids (4 & 2) whom I have to work around (I usually take one or both with me when I walk/run)... I'm not a big fan of veggies and I tend to stress eat. Any advice would be appreciated!
I know how it feels to gain weight back and having that "will I ever achieve it?" question inside my head. The best way to keep motivated is to think the same positive thoughts that you had on the first place. Create an image of how you will look and feel. More important, remember that a healthy life is something thats lasts for life, not for a couple of months and then you can start eating whatever you want. This is about balance, want a cookie? Have it! but don't eat 12 and never stop exercising.
current weight: 150.0
Fitness Minutes: (162,553)
20,813 7/13/14 2:01 P
First of all, welcome back to SparkPeople It took a lot of courage to come back and I'm so proud of you! You really had to swallow your pride to do it and it took even more courage to admit it on the message boards! Good for you, Hon!
Oh Sweetie, I do understand, really I do! Try not to be so down on yourself! It really does you no good at all! The past is in the past where you should leave it! Move forward from here!
I, too, lost a lot of weight on Spark, 56 lbs from 2012-2013. I hit my goal weight @Nov 20013, and then I disappeared. I left Spark and commensed to gain back 21 lbs in 10 months. Yes, I agree, it's so easy to gain! .I "woke up" last month, and came back Jun 25, 2014, just 3 weeks ago! I've been working really hard since then, walking a bit and trying to keep calories to @1200 a day, except for maybe 3 days of messing up and going way above my max calorie range. I've only lost 1 lb and was really discouraged.a few days ago.I almost quit. But I didn't! Yay me!
Anyway, unlike you, I've actually been very happy for coming back and my self-esteem is soaring! I'm so proud of myself! I'm so sorry you're feeling bad about it! I guess it's just a matter of perspective. Be kind to yourself and accept you're not perfect. We all make mistakes! Forgive yourself and be happy you have made it back! Recognize, and congratulate yourself that you didn't gain it all back before you "woke up"! Yay for you! Celebrate, Hon, and be happy and move forward from this day forward, doing your best. That's all that really counts!
Edited by: ADIOSALL at: 7/13/2014 (08:05)
Total SparkPoints: 65,648
SparkPoints Level 18
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530 7/13/14 4:54 A
I've been back three weeks now after gaining everything back and then some. What I try to tell myself is that I made the mistake of breaking my good habits after I lost some weight instead of sticking with them. But we can all learn from our mistakes, so after I reach my goal I will know exactly what to do to keep of the weight permanently.
current weight: 219.0
Fitness Minutes: (19,090)
1,724 7/12/14 8:01 P
Just see it as another step on the total journey. Learn from what caused you to drop your healthy eating habits. Did you have a diet mentality? Did you let stress get to you? How can you adjust your mindset and behaviors to accomplish a new lifestyle?
Be kind to yourself. Live and learn and be with what choices you can make today.
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. -- J. London
March Minutes: 694
Fitness Minutes: (162,553)
20,813 7/12/14 1:38 P
Be grateful that your new starting point is 20 pounds down from when it was last time. This is the time to resolve to create a new lifestyle, new healthy habits and commitment to achieving this healthy lifestyle forever. Decide to be mindful about what and how you eat. Leave the past and be present in this moment knowing that every choice you make can be in the direction of your goals and progress forward. Empower yourself with determination, patience and perseverance.
"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions." Albert Einstein
587 Maintenance Weeks
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7/12/14 1:25 P
I'm back on Sparkpeople after losing 50 pounds and gaining 30 back in less than a year *sigh*. I went to the doctor for a physical and that number on the scale shocked me. I wanted to cry. This is my first day back on the site in like months and I'm already feeling a little down on myself because I'm almost back to square one. I didn't realize just how fast you can put the weight back on. How do you stay motivated after gaining a significant amount of weight back? I'm down in the dumps.
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