I Wonder....

Thursday, March 29, 2012

I am back today from a 2-month hiatus. I have gained a few pounds, but I did not totally reverse all of the work I'd put in. Whew! While trying to find my motivation again, I wonder if I am afraid of losing weight. I want to lose weight so that I can look great in my clothes. Of course, I'd love to have the side effects of good health and the ability to move about better. My biggest issue with my weight is how I look. I'm being honest here, please don't judge me. With that being said, I see all the stories about the sagging skin left after significant weight loss. Who wants to lose weight and possibly look worse? I know this all sounds ridiculous and vain. However, it is a valid issue for me. One that I am trying to work through, so that I can go ahead and get started again. I don't think I will ever really stop trying to lose weight, but I know there is a mental barrier that is holding me back. I get started, have some success, and then quit. Excuses creep in and next thing I know, it has been 2 months since I tracked and went to the gym. I need to really stay out of my own head and get out of my own way. :(
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    Hang in there and keep trying, you never fail when you don't give up. While you're working on getting healthy, research working on the mental side of things as well. You want to be healthy in all areas. As I was told, part of winning the journey is seeing yourself there before it happens.
    3098 days ago
  • TIFFY0906
    I agree with PNICHOLS31 and TJSELLERS if you lose the weight at a not so rapid pace, your skin will usually adjust with you.

    During my 54lbs weightloss I had a very small amount of sagging skin here and there during the journey but my skin quickly adjusted and continuing my workout particularly my weight training has helped tightens things up.

    You did good on your 2 month hiatus and you have done good in the past so I know you will do good in the future.

    3099 days ago
    Thanks for the great advice and reassurance. I do not want to lose the weight rapidly. My concern is that I have so much of it to lose. I am 327lbs, down from 345. I was down to 320 before I went on hiatus. If I can manage to average 2lbs a week over the course of the next year, then that's 104lbs gone; 223lbs is looking pretty sweet right now. I am not going to just settle for being this heavy. Besides, my aching knees won't allow it. I am going to try to follow the Spark Plan, instead of my own, to see if it yields the slow results I desire.
    3099 days ago
    One of the things I like best about SP is the timeline that I am put on.

    The thing about our bodies is: they are amazingly resilient; your body, your skin, will change, grow, shrink, and stick to you. The BEST way to get your skin back into appropriate positions is to lose weight slowly - give it time to react and shrink back. I'm sure there are other nutritional and health aides that can help with keeping skin more elastic, and more likely to return to it's smaller size, but losing weight slowly is a prime way to encourage your skin to rebound.

    And here's another thing to consider: are you willing to jeopardize your health, your longevity, simply for the fear that everything may not turn out the way you expect or want? It may take three months for your body to readjust to your new size, and it may take four years, but you'll be healthy, you'll be living, and you'll have a full life!!
    3100 days ago
    I understand how you feel. I was cool with being 250lbs for over 10 years. I never had a problem with my weight until I stepped on that scale and it said 296. I couldn't believe it. It was definitely a wake up call. You are not alone in your struggle. We are all here for the same reason. As far as the extra skin...I've only heard of people being stuck with extra skin when they lose a drastic amount of weight in a short period of time. My aunt got the gastric bypass surgery done about a year ago. She lost her weight, but she's stuck with all that skin. It's hard for our skin to keep up with the rapid weightloss. But, that's why they recommend you to lose no more than 2 lbs. That's slow and steady. And our skin can keep up with it. You can do this. Just take it a day at a time. Good luck! emoticon
    3100 days ago
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