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emoticon Ravel!!!! You got some extra sleep and dropped those 2 pesky pounds. I started getting more sleep, also and the pounds are dropping!

As far as till hanging on to those other 2 pounds, it just might be muscle, as you did increase your long distance run. Then again, it could also be water retention.

I'm so glad I went through menopause back in the 80's, so now I no longer have those feelings of I want to eat everything in sight, nor do I feel like I want to crawl back in the bed. Well, I'll take exception to what I just said, because if I eat a trigger food, I EAT EVERYTHING IN SIGHT! Now, I don't purposely eat trigger foods to do that, but sometimes when I'm slowing incorporating foods back into my lifestyle, it ends up being a trigger food, and then ALL GLOVES ARE OFF! The only time I feel like crawling back into the bed, is when I'm really sick.

I'm so glad that you went on to kettlebell class, as it did pick you up, even if it was just a bit, to where you didn't feel lazy. THAT'S AN IMPROVEMENT!!!

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Oh Me Me,

You're right, it is hard fighting emotional eating along with the prepping and planning to try and stay on track. Keep it up, young lady, as TI PAYS OFF IN THE END!!!! We're right here for you, and I'll do whatever I can to help you, all you have to do is HOLLER!

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8/20/14 6:19 P

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I realized I was not getting as much rest as usual, so I made an effort to get a bit more sleep. Two of those four pounds disappeared pretty quickly. Hanging on to two pounds more than I've weighed in months but hoping it's water retention from increasing my long run distance.

Today I'm struggling with hormones - feeling like eating everything in sight and/or crawling back into bed. I made myself go to kettlebell class anyway and I'm glad I did. I still feel lousy but at least I don't also feel lazy.

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Trying to be realistic and honest with myself without self sabotage. Fighting emotional eating. Planning and prepping doing good on high end of range but slipping up by dinner time to tired and stressed with good reasons but sending me over range way too often. Plus a few bad falls with desserts the past couple of weeks. But accepting and realizing that this is just where I am right now and fighting reverting to old patterns. This is HARD!

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Excellent, Sandi. Great to hear!

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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I'm full speed ahead!

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Tina,

You're so correct, about the body holding on and causing a gain when stress is involved! Not getting enough sleep will also do it. No matter how well we do eat, these two culprits make it hard to be stable in our weight!

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You could try asking some of the runners in the group. ONEKIDSMOM, SLENDERELLA and MJREIMERS spring to mind as people who might be able to help you out and share their experiences.

Is there anything else going on that might be contributing to the uptick? When I'm very stressed or not getting enough sleep, my body often holds onto weight or adds it no matter how well I'm eating or how much I'm exercising.

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I will try not to panic and cut calories drastically. I don't want to risk burn out or hinder my race performance. I wonder how long it takes for things to settle when training like this or when increasing calories to find the maintenance sweet spot?

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I think really intense training can have a range of effects on our bodies and weight, so you're probably experiencing some of those and your uptick in weight is a reflection of that. I think the really important thing is to not panic or rush into anything drastic to try to get the weight off. I know we're all different, but overcompensating almost always backfires for me. It can sometimes be very hard to stay patient when our weight is up, especially when we feel like we're doing all the right things, but try to think of the bigger picture and focus on the habits that have gotten and kept you more or less where you are.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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TINAJANE, LOL, no I didn't have entire cakes. In fact, at least one of those times I shared with my husband. It's a real bummer to have gained 4 lbs because it took me like six months to lose that same 4. I really prefer to be below my goal to allow for water retention, hormonal fluctuations, etc. I know people say what matters is how my clothes fit but it's tough for me to use that as a gauge since most everything is made from stretchy fabric these days.

Nancy Jean, I haven't had a weight jump like this (except for when I went on a week long vacation and ate out every meal) in the past 8 months of maintaining. I hope your medical problems resolve soon.

Another Sparker who just finished her first marathon told me that her weight went up too - apparently increased training = muscles retain more water. So I hope that's what is happening. It could also be the temporary weight gain the spark coaches warned me about when they told me to eat more to support my half marathon training. They mentioned that when they encouraged me to link my fitness and nutrition trackers. So maybe this will settle eventually? They did say 3-5 lbs temporary gain is common when you increase calories.
I was eating 1350-1400. Now I'm sort of calorie cycling based on my activity level, with most days being 1400 and a couple of days being 1500-1600.



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I've also experienced some of what you've described, Nancy Jean. At first my day-to-day fluctuations were pretty big and it was quite alarming. Now that I've been maintaining a healthy weight for almost two and a half years, my jumps aren't as big and my body tends to want to be in more less the same place. If I have a big fluctuation now, it's usually one I've earned by consistently overdoing it!

Sorry to hear about all of the medical issues you've been facing and hope that you're able to get everything under control soon.


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I had a huge backslide of 50 pounds, due to steroids, medical issues, and my cardiologist taking me off of my thyroid medication. I put myself back on my thyroid mediation and the weight is starting to come off once again. They finally stopped the steroids, too. As for the medical issues, I'm facing heart surgery, among other surgeries.

RavelGirly,

When my body hit its lowest weight, which was 167 lbs. I actually got scared, that it wouldn't stop. Fortunately my Coach at Curves, is also an RN, and she explained, as she's been through it too, that when the body finally hits its low weight, it gets a signal that it shouldn't be weight this little, so it will start picking up lbs. again. I fluctuated between 10 and 15 lbs. a month, that I would be up and down. I became discouraged, but my Coach, told me that the body hasn't gotten the signal that you're in maintenance mode, and until it does, there will be that fluctuation. My Coach went through it also, as she lost more than 100 lbs. It took her system 2 years to finally get the signal, and now she fluctuates 2 to 3 lbs. in a month. I just listened to her, and each week, she would weigh me and if I gained any weight and she saw my look, she computed my body fat and BMI and each time that I gained, I lost major body fat, but was building a bunch of muscle. I then accepted the weight gain. I finally evened out at between 170 and 175. Give your body time to adjust. It took my Coach 2 years, but it took me 6 months.

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Probably not, unless you had a whole cake each night. I know it's mentally tough to deal with gains like this, but my best advice is to stay patient, make small adjustments and eventually you'll take off those few pounds (that is, if you want them back off). I spent the better part of the past year about five pounds above where I really wanted to be and I'm so glad I didn't panic and do something stupid that could have led me down the path to real significant regain. I just stayed the course, focused on not gaining anymore weight and when I felt like I was in a better place, got serious about tackling the extra pounds. So, although once I got serious I got the weight off pretty quickly, it took me nearly a year to drop about five pounds.

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Thank you all for the support. TINAJANE, thank you for the specific and helpful tips.

My weight jumped up 4 lbs a week ago and it's stuck there, despite me lowering my calories, cutting out desserts, and watching my sodium intake. It puts me exactly at my goal but it's still very discouraging to have a 4 lb gain. It makes me feel like I have no control over my weight and no clue why it went up. I was hoping it was hormones but now that it's been a week, it makes me worry that it is fat. Can a person really gain 4 lbs just overnight like that from three nights of dessert?

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@RAVELYGIRL, I've struggled with similar issues to what you've described as well--initially when I was transitioning to maintenance and subsequently when I've been through intense physical training periods like my summer boot camps. My own personal experience has taught me that the best way to deal with the increased calorie needs of greater physical activity is to:

1) Slowly increase my caloric intake. I usually add 100 calories a day, wait a few days to see how my body responds and then add more if I'm still losing

2) Increase my calories with healthy food. This has nothing to do with how my body burns different kinds of calories and everything to do with how I handle eating more without going off the rails. If I can eat 500 more calories a day due to my increased activity, I generally do that by increasing the amount of lean protein, fruit and vegetables and healthy fats I'm eating. They fill my calorie needs but don't lead me down the road of overdoing it, which would be very likely if I were to, say, fill my calorie deficit with chocolate cake.

3) Experiment with the food combinations that work best for me. As I said in #2, I do best adding more calories if they're mostly coming from the sources I mentioned there, but that's just my experience. When I'm consuming more calories, it generally just means that my meals are a tad bigger or slightly richer and maybe I'm having one extra snack a day. A few hundred calories is really not THAT much extra food, so I still have to stay pretty attentive if I want to hold my weight steady.

@SANDICANE, welcome back to the team and please don't ever feel like you have to leave us again! You can earn points for the team by going to your start page. If you go to the "Browse Community Features" section and click on "SparkAmerica Team Bonus Points" you can then click on the flags of the teams you want to give points to each day. You can give up to five teams bonus points depending on how many points you earn by doing other things around the site. I think you get one bonus spin for every five points you've previously earned. Hope this helps!

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I did a huge backslide...regained 30 lbs AGAIN, so I didn't think I belonged on this team any longer. This morning Watermelen posted that even us "regainers" are welcome so I'm back.

Can anyone tell me how to get points for my team???? Oh, I'm soooooooooooo glad to be back, even though I'm still 14 lbs away from my goal weight.



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You know all the "right" things to do. Concentrate your efforts on your mindset. You know where that sugar monster can lead you so beware. But yes you can have dessert occasionally. Right now it sounds like your dessert escapades are triggered by emotions of frustration and deprivation. If you are a planner/tracker plan or schedule an added 300 cals daily with healthy choices and occasional indulgences. If you are trying to relax the planning, think of it as once or twice a week. You know that increasing cals by a few hundred will not make you gain all of your weight back, but returning to old sabotaging habits could make true regain possible. Main thence has been really hard for me too, but I continually work it out by experimenting with strategies. Under eating and overtraining physiologically can send you into a binge of bad food and bad habits so beware. Think LOGICALLY and eat STRATEGICALLY for whatever training you are doing. It is easier to keep the emotion out of this if your body is properly fueled, so remember that 80% of your eating is for fuel and 20% is for fun! comfort! joy! of passion! celebration....You can do this. Keep at it! You have come this far all by yourself. Trust and believe in that.

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Hi RavelGirly,

Given that I have not been successful at stopping the weight loss myself, I'm probably not the best person to provide constructive input. However, I relate to some of what you are saying.

Connecting my nutrition and fitness trackers does not work for me. It makes me feel kind of frantic and unfocused. The day to day changes make for an uncertain, unstructured and difficult situation for me in terms of my eating. I look at trends week to week, month to month and longer and then work the averages.

If you are using a heart rate monitor for your training and have a feel for what your training program requires of you in terms of calorie burn week to week; then, it seems that caloric intake could be estimated ahead and then a calorie range could be chosen for the week.

If eating desserts to increase calories sets up cravings, could another choice be made to increase calories without stirring up cravings? Bananas with almond or peanut better perhaps? Peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole grain bread? (Assuming one can handle the grain...) Hummus with vegetables? Eggs?

Wishing you a restored sense of peace and relaxation...

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I'm having a tough time. I had been slowly losing weight - probably more than I should have lost - because I was afraid to increase my calories to what spark and my doctor recommended. (1500) I was eating 1300-1400 for a while. Well, I'm in the thick of half marathon training so I had to eat more because I was feeling exhausted all the time. Spark coaches suggested I link my nutrition and fitness trackers to make sure I eat enough for my training. It's hard because every two weeks I do a really long run and need to eat substantially more that week to support it,

Anyway, now I'm trying to relax a bit but feel out of control -- I've had dessert far too frequently and the sugar craving monster has reared its ugly head again.

Friday I ran 13.1 miles and ate 1600 cals. Spark said I should eat 2100, so clearly I ate too little. Saturday I was totally exhausted, didn't get enough sleep, and pretty much ate like I did when I weighed 100 pounds more, right down to cake for dessert. I estimate it amounted to 1800 cals. Today I weigh 2 lbs more than yesterday and 4 lbs more than last week.

I need to figure out how to support my training and relax and let myself eat more without being out of control and making bad choices. How do I get over feeling guilty and awful when I have a dessert? How do I relax without going all the way back to old habits?

Help please!

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LOSING! 1 lb closer to maintenance; 19 more to go! emoticon


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I get those too, klynnthomas! Even when I am eating all the right nutrients, I still get that feeling. I also try to use something mostly natural to end my meal like fruit and /or yogurt or flavored yogurt. Sometimes I use the 100 calories South Beach snack bars for dessert to end my meal. I don't like using processed things as such but on occasion. I also never eat fruit or the packaged stuff as a snack that just throws me for a real sugar loop. Another tactic I use in cycles is budget cals and to eat that one little sweet treat of the real thing like 2 fresh baked cookies or cup of ice cream only at night after dinner so that is it for the day. But then again, I must be really careful on that slippery slope that it doesn't become a new daily habit or that just a little bit more, a little bit more, just a l little bit more. Lol. But not really laughing because it is so true. Manage, manage, manage. Eat strategically. Stay diligent but allow yourself some lindulgences. Best wishes and keep Sparking!

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I hear you LOUD and CLEAR Sparklingme176! As I just posted, we share the maintenance issues. But we WILL figure this out. Keep Sparking.

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While I am still within 5 pounds of my maintenance range I am struggling internally. I thought my summer(off from my teaching job) would at least bring maintenance, but it looks like a trend totaling a +5 lb gain...I think I could have been happy with even that, but I am unhappy about my inconstancies of splurges, treats, binges, emotional eating episodes... If I had been consistent within range or even used well-planned, off-regimen ideas I would be happy with myself teetering from the low end to high end of maintenance weight. The inconsistencies scare me and make me concerned with total relapse and yoyo. Though I have basically maintained my weight for the last two years, relapse comes way too often.

Just as with weightloss, I "know" all the right things to do. For some reason I just cannot stay consistent. I have tried numerous approaches both psychologically and monitoring food intake. I keep searching and researching and finding techniques or should I say recalling techniques that help me through. Spark is a wonderful place for information, motivation , and inspiration, but something has just not completely clicked for me yet.

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I'm having intense sugar cravings after every meal -- I mean intense! Like the meal isn't finished unless I have desert to go with it. Last night I grabbed a spoonful of chocolate frosting to satisfy the craving -- the rush of the sugar high made me feel dizzy and sick to my stomach -- but there I am reaching for sugary treats after every meal, again and again and again.

This morning I reached for 3 apricots after breakfast......... My meal feels complete, the cravings are gone, and I don't feel sick.

I know, I know, why don't I do this every time!!

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FABULOUS TUESDAY TO ALL OF SPARKLAND!

My new motto: (AS OF 1-23-2014)
"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!
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Up AGAIN! Starting to get scared, I keep hovering at 6# over goal. I always said if my body hits a certain weight, then I will keep it there. BUT I feel SO much better at less weight! I wish I didn't get so attached to the scale number! I have been at goal for over 2 years & now this! I might have to re think my life's goals. This 6# feels more like 20! emoticon

My new motto: (AS OF 1-23-2014)
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WAY2GOCAT, I like your honesty. I have stayed in my range when I got up to 153 this winter, but if I want a decent chance at next winter, I needed to lose at least 10lbs over summer. You see, I still have a winter weight and a summer weight. I'm really going to work on narrowing that gap this year. I don't want to have to lose so much again to feel my best, even though I technically am ok at either weight. (I'm 5'7.)

My weight is day by day becoming more dependant upon Whose I am than on my circumstances and feelings.

Life here is a one-time deal. I want to live it well.

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Maintaining for 1 week at 160 because I'm too stressed to keep on dieting right now. I WILL try losing again, just not right now.


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My weight is still going up but I am trying to be kind bad remind myself the heat and humidity does me in and not sleeping well in summer. Also the cookouts the foods are just not good to eat they taste great but are not good for us.

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Way2GoCat, hang in there. My weight has been creeping up, as well. I'm getting very frustrated and I just need to eat "cleaner." It seems like if I eat salads, chips and even a cookie or two, I start gaining weight. Maybe my metabolism is dropping, again. Whatever it is, I will prevail!

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I got honest with myself and you last night and changed my ticker from maintenance (41 wks) back to weight loss! emoticon

I hope I can remain on this team.


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I was actually BACKSLIDING for 10 months after hitting goal, although I couldn't admit that until now! I left Spark and went crazy with my eating and didn't exercise anymore. I gained back 19 of the 55 lbs I had lost. I'm surprised I didn't gain more in those 10 months.

"Came to" last Wed Jun25 and decided to log back on Spark. I had a great day sparking and continued to log on and spark. A woman from Jamaica had seen my SparkPage and sent me a SparkMail. She was praising me for my 2 year accomplishment and asking.for help in her new journey! Always wanting to help a new member, I wrote her back and said "Yes, I'll help!" Actually, she was helping me more than I was helping her. I continued to log on and went for my first walk Fri morning. I could only walk 10 minutes where I had previously been able to walk 5K! That's how much fitness I lost in 10 months, doing nothing! I was happy with my start and committed to walk 3 days a wk on MWF. Then yesterday, Tues Jul 1, I decided I wanted to start eating healthier again and cooking SparkRecipes again. My Spark disciple was eating so good it encouraged me to do the same. Today, I ate within (maintenance) calorie range, 1428 calories. I had a healthy breakfast and lunch and .made a SparkRecipe for dinner for my DH and I and only had 1 serving! I was eating way too much and it was all unhealthy food. Many, many calories a day at least 2500, although of course I never logged it into my tracker until yesterday!

Writing this, I've also decided to try and take these 19 lbs off and return to 143! That's the biggest step of all. I had actually CONVINCED myself that 162 was my new ideal, even though it's very much considered overweight for my height of 5"5'. The lies we tell ourselves! I'm done lying to myself and others. I am no longer in maintenance (my tracker says I was for 41 weeks, that's a big, fat lie! Thanks for listening and helping me get honest with myself and you, my SparkFriends) I am attempting to lose 19 pounds! I'm gonna change my tracker right now! emoticon

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What wonderful advice! I just knew that this forum would open my eyes and help me focus. Thanks so much for the responses.
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Patimage,

I have had multiple experiences over the course of the past 6 months where I was prompted to update my fitness tracker because my nutritional intake was not in line with the amount of energy I was expending. When these mismatches occurred, my weight loss slowed.

Updating my fitness tracker and gradually increasing my nutritional intake increased the rate of weight loss for me. Sometimes, it took some time to manage the increase in calories.

I have found things like bananas, apples or other fruits along with nut butter (usually peanut or almond) or adding nut butter to smoothies a wonderful way to boost my nutritional intake. Can you eat nuts? Do you like them? Healthy fat in moderation has been supportive of my process. What about hummus? Have you tried incorporating it? I have also added nuts like pecans or walnuts to salads. Do you like avocado? How about small snacks made of dried bananas, raisins, almonds, and peanut butter chips?

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Maintenance is a work in progress. It is work...it does not just happen. I have read lots on this topic over the last year. Anytime you come "off the diet" or better stated...raise caloric intake or change exercise like going from 6 days to lose and now just 3 days...your body will rebel, adapt, compensate. It will take a while to reconfigure calories in and calories out to find a weight that's maintainable. Be patient but diligent. Keep researching what works and doesn't for so may of us and find YOUR way. Spark and especially this team is a great place to do so. Best wishes...and keep Sparking!

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Hi, all
Looking for support -- I went on SparkPeople two years ago this summer and lost a total of 65 pounds -- from 194 to 129. That was last October. then I went on Maintenance and managed to keep it at 130-131. Not bad. I've see it creep up to 138-139, a 10 pound gain, although I have kept tracking my nutrition, fitness, water, and Other Goals. I think my problem is that I changed my lifestyle so much that I enjoy the increased exercise combined with lots of water, and the fresh veggies and fruits with limited high-fat protein. (I pretty much stick to chicken, fish, and turkey.) As a result, I rarely end up within my recommended calorie range - I'm almost always too low for the exercise-to-calorie ratio. I have read that my body may be rebelling at the low calorie intake, and sending the "I'm starving" message to my body. Could that be it? I have a hard time eating so much that I am in the right calorie range. Anyone else experiencing this issue? Thanks so much!

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Okay, here's the story.

So back in October, my goal was 130 pounds. I am 5'11/2" and at the time, I weight 145 pounds. I reached my goal in January or February (I think). As time went by, I wasn't trying to lose weight anymore, just trying to be healthy. Continuing to eat a better diet and exercise at least 30 min cardio 5 days a week. I continued to lose weight and now I'm down to 119.

When I am at home, I can eat healthy. If I go to a party and there are sweets like cake and cookies, I binge. Earlier this week, I went to a party and ate a slice of cake, a cupcake, and some nacho chips. Other stuff too. When I see the stuff, even if I'm not sitting near it, its like my stomach says, "oh my God! I want that!" Then when I get home, my stomach hurts and my body is in rebellion.

I am afraid of gaining the weight back. I just went through my whole wardrobe, got rid of a bunch of stuff and bought new stuff. I have lost weight and gained it back before. I saved back some of the larger sized clothing that was in good shape.

I could use some support here. Don't know what my question is. Maybe it is,, how do you keep the weight off? Does anybody else feel anxiety about this?

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I, like many of our maintenance group members am feeling an upward creep simply due to life's circumstances...both positive and not. My strategy this time is sticking to the higher range of suggested calories incorporating more protein and staying away from processed carbs for a few days. I use flavorful spices and a little added fat (even bacon) to my meals to increase satiety. I really fill up at meals with meat, veggies, and fruits so the urge to snack does not appear so quickly.

I have to tread carefully with emotional eating so I do not feel deprived. I remind myself that after a few days of regaining control, I can reincorporate more of a variety of foods adding some whole grains and a few treats.

There are Lots of recommendations from experts about post binging that suggest these kinds of techniques of gradually limiting and reincorporating for both emotional and physiological reasons. The physical reason being that your body will "fight" back if we try to diet down too quickly.

If I can think about and approach the process as science I don't get so emotional about poor poor deprived me internally kicking and screaming because I can't have what I really want. Lol

THINK eating strategically (planning and tracking) and control emotional eating with logical thinking just for today. Just as in the beginning of the journey...one day, one healthy choice at a time.

I apologize for being long winded...guess I need to hear myself say these things.
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Sorry that you're struggling--I know that feeling. My best advice would be to relax (like you're doing), focus on making small changes that will get you back to where you want to be and give them a bit of time to work before you try doing something else or cutting back more (or adding more exercise). Although I think it's best to nip weight creep in the bud before it gets out of control, four pounds isn't much and small, consistent changes should take care of them without making you nuts. Hang in there!

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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I am up 4 pounds and it has been a week and I am stuck, hoping to get it moving soon.
I am frustrated but trying to relax and work through it.

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Hi Marcosmaster,
I'm kind of in the same boat in that I broke my ankle 25 years ago and have since had to have it fused, so I can barely move it. It makes it difficult to do some leg exercises that I would like to do, especially to build up my calves. And I've had surgery on my back for a ruptured disc, so that limits my movements even more.
Don't get me wrong, I do what I can at the gym and have had a couple of trainers who have helped some. And I did lose the weight with clean eating and exercise, mostly elliptical workouts. Then, a few months ago, I started gaining again. I've gained about 30 pounds, mostly because of a medication change. I talked to my doctor and have had 3 medication changes since and none of them have made a difference. I'm still not losing. Instead, it seems I'm still gaining little by little.
Now I'm walking at least an hour a day in the mornings and go to the gym after work for strength training workouts. I'm hoping this will make a difference, and I can at least work on toning, while I talk to my doctor again about another medication change. I wish I could go back to what I had been taking when I lost the weight in the first place, but it was hurting my heart.
Hope you're having a good day.

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Sorry to hear you're struggling. When I'm having a tough time, I often find it helpful to take stock of what I'm currently doing that's not working and what I was doing when I was at my best. Obviously your injury complicates matters a bit, but if you've made adjustments to your eating according to your more limited activity levels and you're still putting on weight, there might be something else that's changed in terms of your habits that could be derailing you.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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Wow, I am having the same issues, I lost down to a weight that was good for me, never got to my normal BMI range, but was happy.
Now, I am up 30 pounds and it happened in a blink. I have reinjured an old ankle injury and have to wear a brace, but I walk at least five days a week.
I have been having tremendous IBS issues that are complicating all my eating habits. Still getting in my fiber, as the doctor ordered.

So, any words of wisdom would be appreciated. I am clearly frustrated. And to top it all off I haven't eaten any sweets, zero, and I have returned to the work force in the last 30 days and god bless my coworkers they are all thin and into their chocolate. And, I have passed every time the brownies or cookies or doughnuts come my way.

Thanks!!

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Thank you Julie

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Thank you Tina, Irene and Kellibean. I will check out your blog very soon, Irene. I'm trying to be conscious of what I'm eating. Some times are better than others. It depends on what's available and what mood I'm in in how I eat. It's harder when stressed, which is what I am most of the time. Today I ate through almost a whole box of crackers. Multi grain, yes, but still...I didn't need those. I wanted them. And I haven't been to the gym yet either. Need to help my daughter make peach cobbler from some fresh peaches we picked up at the farmer's market this morning. And wouldn't I love to have some of that? It will be difficult. At least she's not putting any added sugar into it. The peaches should be sweet enough.
Wish me luck for the rest of the day. And I will read your blog later this evening, Irene.
Thank you all for your thoughts and comments.

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I wrote a blog mainly because of what Susie said about sweets. etc.
I was putting it on the team and it was so long I just put it in the blog instead.
Irene

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Hi Julie--sorry to hear that you're struggling. Sometimes the food itself is not the main issue. Do you have other things going on in your life now that are wearing down your resolve to say no (or at least say yes in smaller doses) to the foods that are setting you off track? Stress in its various forms can be a killer and I'm often struggling the most when I've got a few different stressors being thrown at me all at once.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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Julie, I am a lot like you! I love me some sweets and carbs! Irene has a point, the longer you go without it, sometimes the better off you are. I have been on a no-sweet streak and after several days when I finally gave in, I felt so gross and bloated.

Have you tried the sweat buster challenge team? That really helped me. I also worked hard at the attitude "I don't need it" not "I can't have it". That mindset made a huge differenence for me.

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I would love to join you, Irene. I just fear that i would come to feel like I'm depriving myself from foods that everyone else around me is eating. I'm afraid i wouldn't be able to keep to a specific mindset. It's not only sweets and deserts for me either. A lot of times it's anything that's full of carbs and sodium. Processed foods especially.

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Julie did you read what I posted right below yours?
I invite you to join me on my streak of no desserts. You can do it. They say after 3 days you no longer crave it.
Wanna join me?

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Hi. My name is Julie and I maintained for a year before I started gaining again. I'm up about 30 pounds and can't seem to get it off. In fact, it seems that I'm still gaining.
I'm trying very hard to exercise more and watch what I eat. That's my problem though. I eat when hungry and I try to keep to healthy food, but have a sweet tooth, especially when faced with the food at work. It's offered and I can't say no. And it seems to be offered often.
How to turn myself off from this food is my problem. I need to find a way. I want to get back to my goal weight and maintain again. I'm just having a lot of difficulty doing that.
Help!

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My biggest downfall id food. That is why I went on a streak of no sweets. Many questioned that idea but I'll tell you why.
Hello, I'm Irene and I am a sweetaholic.
I can't have a tiny bit and leave the rest.
I can eat a piece of cake, a piece of pie and ice cream in one sitting.
I would eat ice cream where ever I could find it.
If someone gave me a good box of chocolates I could eat every one of them in one sitting.

I went on a streak before my 2 TKR which lasted almost a year (No desserts)
Then I went to rehab and they fed me dessert at almost every meal and lots of salt neither of which I needed.

I returned home and kept on because my body once again craved sweets.

Well 33 days ago I started a streak again, no desserts and no candy.

Now your problem might be another thing but whatever it is you can make up your mind and do it. If you want to join a streak, put what you are streaking and make up your mind to do it and of course post it. One team I am a leader of is co-operating and posting. I also post mine in a journal so I will know just how I am doing. If we miss a day we just start over in day one and go again. We don't give up.

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Creating an outline or writing a fast crummy first draft in a hurry and then filling in the blanks sometimes helps make a project go forward. I wish you the very best with it!

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Sounds like you made a reasonable and sensible decision in the end. Hope today brings you the focus and clarity you need to make some more headway on your project so you can go to your spiritual retreat without any of this weighing you down.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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Opted for now to allow myself the possiblity of eating BIG meals if I want to. I went to a local taco shop for a bean and cheese burrito, saying to myself I could eat the whole thing. Not even close Had half with some crudites and it was plenty. I debated whether I would have got more work done if I had gone ahead and eaten the whole thing, but I'll never know because I didn't. I was full enough that I think I would have been distractedly full. In the old days, that wouldn't have been distracting. It would have been how I got unpleasant things done! Can't depend on that anymore.

Funny, I never considered not going on the trip. It's too late to get my money back. Yet I'm thinking I could lose my job? Wouldn't missing a vacation be worth keeping my job? But I"m hoping I won't miss the trip (it's a spiritual retreat and I NEED it) or put my job in jeopardy.

Got a bit of the research done for one fo the required documents. I still didn't get started until very late, but it's something, Just like having a bad day of eating, I have to put the day to rest and give it another try tomorrow.

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