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Losing and Maintaining

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I have been reading some of the blogs posted and find many from people who have lost a lot or a little weight, hit a plateau and became so discouraged, they quit, gained some or all of it back and had to start over. I know just how they feel, because I have been battling with this problem all my life. I considered myself "over weight" but not "obese" because I had never gone over 200. Well one day at my doctors office I weighed in at 207. That was when I decided to get serious about weight loss. My doctor told me I needed to lose weight which I already knew. So I went on a diet. I found a diet website, not sparkpeople. It was only a place to message back and forth with people who were also trying to lose. We encouraged each other, had weight loss and exercise challenges. This helped me a lot, but it was nothing like the help we get here. Anyway I had soon lost about 20 lbs. I went back to my doctor and he was so excited. He said "I am always telling people to lose weight, but no one ever does it" Then he told me to do something to put into prospective what I had accomplished. He said "go into the grocery store and pick up a 20 lb bag of potatoes. carry it around for a while." I did it, and it was quite a revelation for me to feel just what a difference 20 lbs made. I could hardly carry it. When I lost another 20 lbs. I didn't try it but I imagined trying to carry two 20 lb bags of potatoes at once. I don't think I could do it. However at about a 40 lb loss, I hit a plateau and stayed on it for many months. It seemed like no matter how hard I worked, I couldn't lose any more. I became very discouraged. I decided maybe that was where I was supposed to be, even though I was still overweight. I maintained for a couple of years, then started gaining it back. Before I knew it I was back to 195. I knew I had to do something or I would be right back to 207. That is when I found sparkpeople. I can't say enough about what I have learned here. I don't think that I have done enough with the exercise plan, I am a natural procrastinator when it comes to exercise. I put it off, then I run into medical problems, when I have to put it off. But I hope I can soon start with it again and really work at it, with no more procrastination. However, the nutrition tracker is a different story. I am using that to the fullest. I track all of the food I eat. Not just for calories, but for every thing, even vitamins and minerals. I read all the articles and blogs, message boards etc. and I am learning so much about food and the nutrients in it. I now eat the food for all the right reasons. I have learned a new way of buying and cooking food to provide us with the best possible diet. And I feel whatever I can lose now, I will never gain back. I am eating better then I have ever eaten in my life. I like what I eat and I am never hungry. I even incorporate foods that I feel I need to make sure I do not feel deprived. When you feel your are not accomplishing enough, just go into the grocery store, pick up a bag of potatoes, be it 5, l0, or 20 lbs. and see for yourself what you are accomplishing, then continue to track, track, track. That is the key! emoticon emoticon
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    Great story! I am now in a similar position and will be watching for your successes and hoping I can share them with similar successes and not just read how fantastic you are doing.
    Rose Marie
    2801 days ago
    Thank You for your blog today.. I am going through much the same thing now.. It is one pound down ,one pound up for over a year now.. And ,yes, I am fed up with it.. I still keep trying to stay on tract. It is real easy to lose control..
    2802 days ago
    I loved your blog today! You are a true inspiration! I love the idea of trying to carry a bag of potatoes to show what it is like carrying around all the extra weight or showing the amount you've lost. I too have lost weight and regained more than I care to admit! Now I will have that mental picture when I think I want to cheat! LOL Thanks! emoticon emoticon
    2802 days ago
    Dotti, I have done that very same thing myself and couldn't have expressed this any better. We have come so far and I, too, love reading all the articles and learning every day. Keep up your good work, you're almost to your goal now! You have such a great attitude and inspire me all the time!

    Lonna (((hugs)))
    2802 days ago
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