Staying Consistent

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

This is always the hard part for me. I start out like gangbusters; watching every morsel that passes over my lips, getting up early to exercise when all I want to do is catch a few more winks, and almost looking forward to getting on the scale or taking out the measuring tape.

Then after a few weeks--let's face it--a few hours, I get bored. I don't want to pay attention to my food or obsess about fat grams. I want to go back to the way things were in my twenties when I could eat anything I wanted and make fun of old ladies in their forties who stressed about weight.

Since joining SP in January, I have seen some results. Two pairs of jeans I couldn't pour myself into a couple of weeks ago now fit. (At least I can get them zipped, even if I'm not ready to wear them in public.) The scales have moved a little and I'm feeling pretty good about myself.

Well, you guessed it. I'm getting tired of watching what I eat. Especially this week. I've been filling Easter eggs today. More candy has gone in my mouth than in the eggs. As usual I bought too much candy so the overflow is in a candy dish in my living room. I don't want to guard my diet every minute of every day. But I need to realize this isn't a diet, it's a lifestyle change. I'm not 23 anymore. I can't eat like a pig with no repercussions.

I read somewhere today that exercise during perimenopause keeps weight gain during menopause to a minimum. Are you telling me that not only am I going to suffer mood swings and night sweats, I'm also going to balloon up and not fit into those jeans in my closet anyway? My mother never warned me about that.

Here's to surviving Holy Week and the family Resurrection Sunday dinner with no weight gain. I wish you all the best.
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    Sounds like you are doing much better than I am. For two weeks, I ate instant oatmeal for breakfast, peanut butter and crackers or a peanut butter sandwich for lunch and a regular dinner. I lost about 3 lbs and got tired of peanut butter. I'm still eating the instant oatmeal but switched to a Cliff bar for lunch. I bought a 6-pk of those wonderful Reese's easter eggs over the weekend and have two of them left. I gained back the 3 pounds and more.
    I would really like to be skinnier for my 25th anniversary next month, but like you said, it's so much more difficult to lose weight when your in your forties and as inactive as I am.
    I would love to be able to exercise, but Cerebral Palsy has always been a big deterrent for me. Flexibility, balance and wearing my shoes out keep me from exercising and walking.
    4873 days ago
    Hi Theresa, Happy Easter and BRAVO on losing 9 pounds so far. Remember, it is far better to lose the weight slower and keep it off. I have only lost a total of 8 pounds since January, so about the same. I actually started my diet before I found Spark People, hence, more wt. loss then stated on my spark page ***smiles! Just think, the Lord teaches us so much in HIs timing, so He wants us to trust Him in our weight loss too. Keep the faith and we will lose our wt. together. Hugs! Nancy
    4875 days ago
  • STAR1970
    Don't give up on yourself, nobody said we had to be perfect at it. As long as we keep trying we are bound to succeed eventually. I still have 50/50 weeks and i am okay with that as long as i don't give up because eventually i will have 80/20 weeks and for me that will be acceptable.
    Good luck and stick with it you are worth it.
    4876 days ago
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