@CJ don't despair. I was heavy for about 3 years before my breast cancer diagnosis (so were talking 5 yrs now). Unlike chemo for some cancers, breast chemo makes you gain weight (my regimen was dose dense so I didn't gain,, I lost maybe 2 lbs). Obviously that was not the time to start dieting lol. Chemo also pushed me into early menopause, so my metabolism has slowed down (I read somewhere that's 50 cals a day, not too bad).
So when I started to try to lose now, I found things that worked on the past don't work anymore. But guess what, something always does work :)
I watched the HBO documentaries, "Weight of the Nation". An obesity researcher said that once you've dieted you will have a 20% reduction in metabolism compared to someone the same weight. That's not so bad, I think for a woman it translates into 400 calories, which if you walk for one hour a day and don't eat 100 cals you're set.
3/19/13 11:39 A
I was down to a size 8. Then I pulled a tendon in my shoulder, which dramatically decreased my weights & variety. Next I got a heel spur and, while trying to decrease that pain, I twisted my ankle. So I couldn't lift with my right arm, chest, etc & couldn't walk, run, jog, stair, etc. Then my neck started hurting so I went to a chiropractor and found out that I have a bone spur on my 5th vertibrae. This all happened in one year's time. In addition, I'm peri-menopausal, so my metabolism is slowing. So now I'm at a size 12-14. It's very depressing, to say the least.
I put it all back on by going back to bad eating habits and reducing my exercise. I also stopped tracking my food diligently. I think my metabolism slowed down quite a bit when I was dieting too, as the pounds crept on even when I was trying to be careful.
It's harder this time to get the weight off - I keep sliding back a few pounds and having to renew my efforts :(
3/19/13 10:17 A
I also experience "weight loss optimism" when I'm gaining back. I think, oh 10 lbs, not a problem (and it's not that easy to lose). Before I know it, my weight is out of control!
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2,116 3/19/13 10:16 A
I usually get depressed after I hit a plateau for awhile and slide back into my old habits. Totally my fault but when I don't see the scale move at all, I get bummed out and think what the heck.
I am the only one to blame. i can blame the relocation process, sickness, laziness and all the rest, but it was all me. I was the one who didn't handle the situations well. It had nothing to do with anything else.
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3/19/13 8:35 A
Scikness is mentioned here - when I get sick I quit exercising and eat comfort foods. Also, when I reach goal weight I stop depriving myself of the things I gave up to lose the weight. I tend to catch more colds when I am thinner - why is that?
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3/19/13 7:55 A
I had lost 119 pounds, and was way underweight. Doctor ordered me to gain, & messed up my meds. Gained tooo much.
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3/19/13 12:44 A
They changed my job at work, and I hated what I was doing. I kind of gave up for a while. I'm trying to get back on track.
3/18/13 11:51 P
I stopped tracking and literally "lost track" off what I was eating. Then once I started gaining again I went back to my old mantra... Oh well, I've already gained some of the weight back so what's the difference and before I knew it it was all back again!
3/18/13 10:02 P
I think part of my issue is that I overeat in response to stress (my mom can't eat when stressed, so loses). I'm really hoping I can face life's challenges with equanimity instead of food.
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4,787 3/18/13 9:33 P
I have re-gained a significant amount twice. In both cases, the triggering event was health problems ... decreases in thyroid function ... a broken ankle ... etc. And then once I started re-gaining, I just kind'a gave up and regained more than I needed to.
What scares me now is something similar may happen again. I can't totally control my thyroid condition ... or prevent an injury ... etc. and I live with a certain amount of fear that something my happen again and I won't be able to stop the re-gain that will come with it.
I was fat unhappy and didn't care.........but now things are so different. I like me better so I am willing to do this life style change..........putting one foot in front of the other and keep plugging along........me and Jesus.
I have gained back all my weight I have lost twice now. We live in a rural area and the last time I gained all the weight back was when a wildfire went through our property. Our house wasn't touched but we lost everything else. So I was stress eating alot but now I am reading everything I can find about emotional eating and working on it.
3/18/13 6:06 P
I've been anywhere from 112# up to 305# and when I regain it starts with the decision to stop. Stop tracking, stop training, stop focusing on me and my health and goals, my dreams. Every time I've been in an abusive relationship and every time with I leave, I lose weight and get healthier. I'm not at my goal yet but I've maintained a significant weight loss for more than a year and continue to push myself.
3/18/13 5:37 P
Getting sick several times and holiday stress where I thought I didn't have time to work out or think about counting calories
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513 3/18/13 5:37 P
I just started back after over a year off. I didn't gain the weight back though. I think what worked for me was praying and trying to stay active (but not working out). Even though I knew I wasn't in a place to lose weight, I did work on trying to maintain. Trying to maintain weight loss gives a little more leeway than trying to lose it. Take one day at a time and get a buddy. Having my husband to motivate me or walk with me really helps.
3/18/13 4:44 P
What made you gain the weight back last time? I was severely stressed, and turned to food for comfort (need to find new ways to cope, as life can deal funky hands).