As I suspected, most of my "vacation" weight was water weight/bloating type of gain. One day back eating right and exercising and two of those pounds dropped off. Since I knew what to do and valued how good I feel eating well & exercising, it was a delight to get back to my NEW "normal".
In the past, I very likely would have given in to the despondency and slowly reverted to my old habits on a more permanent basis and all the weight would have eventually returned. I won't do that to myself again.
Thanks for listening to me vent a bit yesterday; things are right back where they need to be!!
Old habits die hard...the biggest difference for me, now going on two years of maintaining, is remaining focused on reinforcing the new habits and learning how to keep on track. I am not 100% there, I still have a hard time making myself stay as active as I would like. The good news - I haven't even once gone above my original goal. In fact, at the high end, my maintenance range is 5 lbs below my original goal number. I really plan on keeping it off this time and being part of the 5%.
"If you keep on doing what you've always done you'll keep on going where you've always gone"
"The road is long with many a winding turn that leads us to who knows where Who knows where?"
SW 193 October 2004
GW 132 with Weight Watchers achieved Oct 2005
current weight: 147.0
Fitness Minutes: (31,020) Posts: 27 7/27/07 9:04 P
That question of "Why?" has been pestering me off and on for 30+ years!!! I struggle to lose the weight, which is more and more difficult with every decade, only to proclaim that I'll never gain that much again. Ha! Ha! But I'm ready for it this time. Yes, I met my goal, and yes, I went on a 10-day vacation just two weeks later, and yes, I gained about 3-1/2 pounds!!!!
Egads...what to do now???? Well, just what I did before. At first I felt so demoralized because it took me soooo very long to lose those last four pounds. But I was eating out 3 times a day with virtually no chance to exercise...what did I expect? Do I use that as an excuse to keep eating and sit on the couch. No way! I felt too good at my goal weight, and with only one day back home I know I'm on my way back to my goal weight already. AND, I FEEL GREAT ABOUT MYSELF!!
So what puts the weight back on??? A lack of self respect and belief that you CAN get back on track after a week or two or three of bad habits. It feel great to get back on track. Getting back on track is a gift you give to yourself, not a punishment for temporary "bad" habits.
Attitude and perspective are everything!!
Fitness Minutes: (68,665) Posts: 3,020 7/27/07 2:45 P
The article I read said that the reverse IS true - that if your friends lose weight, so do you... but generally, America is getting fatter so they focused on the negative rather than the positive. The news? Doing that? Who knew! ;)
You may also have seen that recent study in NE journal of Medicine (it's been in the news lately) about obesity being ralated to who your friends are, like a viruse, if you have obese/heavy friends you are more likely to become obese yourself. Hopefully the inverse is also true and we can become the antidote to the "virus" for ourselves and our friends and loved ones and spread healthy eating/exercising habits like a good virus. It will likely take a more conscious effort, and we won't always be perfect, but we can maintain a healty lifestyle in the long run.
Here's to being in the 5% category!
highest weight ever:202, SP starting weight: 143
New goal: more practical new goal, 130, updated ticker to reflect that goal.
H: 5''4" 51 y.o.
"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers
"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan
current weight: 5.0 over
Fitness Minutes: (68,665) Posts: 3,020 7/15/07 1:23 P
I agree with Michelle and Geoff... the opportunities are there. I lost a lot of weight when I was 16 and then when I was 24 and now again right before I turned 30. The first time I treated it as a diet and not a change, but since i was in high school and running a lot of sports, it was easy to go back to my original eating habits. At 24, I nearly had it down but I had knee troubles that left me never pain-free and I gave up and the weight slid back on.
This time, I had knee surgery and PROMISED that I would learn to exercise afterwards and learn to keep the weight off. That was July 2005. I started the diet in January of 2006 and now, July 2007, I'm still doing much better than I was!!
But I work on a college campus. One street away from me I can have: Bruegger's Bagels, an organic pizza place, sushi, Cosi's, a diner, Buffalo Wild Wings, a deli, a Starbucks, a Potbelly's, two ice cream stores (next to each other!), Jimmy John's (oddly, the healthiest!), and two sit down restaurants. That's just one street over and on my side of the campus. My DH is on the other corner and he has as many options!
Plus, it's always easy to make excuses not to exercise! I hope I'll be successful at this because I bribe myself with exercise bike: I read a book! I never read otherwise - I'm either knitting, stitching, or writing. For me, it's GREAT motivation!
Now, to keep it up forever!
Fitness Minutes: (73,076) Posts: 11,620 7/14/07 10:42 P
I think it's the slippery slope. You know that you can have an off day and still be ok, then pretty soon you're having more off days than not, and then you're back to bad habits rather than good ones. It takes a lot of focus and energy to be mindful of eating and exercise all the time.
Michelle Be as you wish to seem.
Fitness Minutes: (5,071) Posts: 414 7/14/07 4:42 P
It is so easy to not exercise and incredibly unhealthy food is all around us. Most people in their daily lives don't need to take more than a few steps a day and fast food, resturaunt food, pre packaged food, pop, and junk food are everywhere and are fantastically high in calories and people are eating this stuff all the time and expect you to do so as well. It's just so easy to gain weight and it takes a concerted effort to cook good food at home and exercise. I am not at all surprised that so many people are overweight and am pretty scared about going back to my easy, bad habits.
Let's band together and make sure we are in the 5%.
current weight: 186.0
Fitness Minutes: (14,825) Posts: 2,592 7/14/07 4:34 P
I THINK THE REASON FOR SUCH A SMALL % AT 5 YEARS OUT IS THAT PEOPLE GO BACK TO THINKING AND EATING BADLY. NOT REALLY BY CHOICE BUT RATHER OUT OF OLD HABITS. I HAVE BEEN MAINTAINING FOR 13 MONTHS AND HOPE TO MAKE IT PAST THE 5 YEARS. IF I CONTINUE TO LOG AND KEEP TRACK OF THINGS I KNOW I WILL MAKE IT THAT LONG.
According to statistics, maintenance rate of success (for 5 years and over) is only 5 % !!! ( I hope I'm wrong!)
We, of course, are included in the 5 % ! And so are all other members who are on their way to maintenance.
WHY ? If we know so well what to do to lose the weight AND what to do to keep it off, WHY maintenance success rate is still only 5 % ? I know we can maintain our goal weight for life! I was just wondering...thinking....
What are your thoughts? Why? How? What? ...etc...
Edited by: PERSISTENCEMIMI at: 7/14/2007 (16:23)
I'll celebrate 12 years of maintenance on July 2nd, 2016!
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