I can't blame this on the Ethiopians...

Monday, January 07, 2013

I don't know what is going on.

I DID this. I lost the weight, I learned the lessons, and I fell in love with fitness. I got below my goal.

Well, the holidays happened, and the ethiopian night happened, and I've just been unable/unwilling to control my eating. I'm up to 127.6 (which is actually down from 128.4 - which totally freaked me out) and I just keep making bad food choices!!!

Maybe I need to try to track again - I know it helps, but it is exhausting, and I don't feel like I should have to. I maintained for 5 months without tracking, but that was when I was making good eating choices.

On the positive side, I've been working out like a demon - and having fun doing it. I could broken record all over you people about how turbo/kick/fire/jam and Chalene Johnson make my heart sing, but I won't.

I just really need some thoughts here, because I promised myself I'd never go above my goal weight again, and here I am. Instead of fixing it, I'm drowning my disappointment in food, which is a really bassackwards idea.
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  • OPTIMIST1948
    Holidays are like a freight train with you tied to the tracks. You can see it coming and then BAM! You are picking up the pieces of yourself afterwards.

    I know tracking is a PITA. But you need to do it - just long enough to get your brain back in gear. Seriously, I've been back on the wagon for 10 days and already lost a lb. Its not bad once you are back in the habit - bike riding analogies spring to mind.

    And - food for thought. I know you love your tapes - but perhaps your body has adjusted to them and its not challenging your system the way it used to. You may need to try a new exercise for a while. Does the college have a gym? Pool? Can you be persuaded to run/walk once in a while? What about jump rope? Sign up for a MMA class?
    2259 days ago
    Don't Panic! Track a little - give yourself a couple days of tracking with ESTIMATES not measurements (keep the scale under the counter). If that doesn't show you the problem, then maybe track a couple of days with more exact numbers. Tracking sometimes is the price we pay for the body and health we want. Sucks, but it's true.
    2261 days ago
    Try not to panic. You aren't even 3 pounds up and you will nip this in the bud. Tracking for awhile is a good idea. It can help get you back. But above all, don't panic. That is what always gets me into trouble. Breathe and know you are doing great and you will get back to goal!
    2262 days ago
    Sorry to hear about your slide. I absolutely have to log my food to be successful and I haven't been doing it because it takes soooo much time. Hence the huge slide backwards for me. I'm 15 pounds higher than my lowest and that wasn't even my goal weight. I would definitely try to get back to logging no matter how long it takes. I think for some of us that is key. On the bright side, at least you have manged to maintain your work outs which is really more important than the number on the scale.
    2263 days ago
    It's always the food that gets us, isn't it? There are just so many good things to eat.

    Vixsterlu is right...cut yourself a break. You figured out how to lose the weight. You'll figure out how to keep it off. Perhaps tracking once a week or so to keep yourself in check?

    And, broken record or not, I love hearing others' hearts sing.
    2263 days ago
    It might help you to track at least one or two days -- to give yourself the reality check of just how much difference the choices make.

    Alternatively, it might take a little soul-searching. What reward are you getting for making the bad food choices? If you think of making the good food choice instead, what sort of reaction do you have to that?

    I always find that I get something out of bad habits, something that makes them seem more appealing than good habits. Staying up late, for example, has a bit of "bad girl breaking the rules" and gives me more time to play around (pleasure). Going to bed early just means getting up to another day of work, so it can be hard to see the appeal.
    2264 days ago
    Haha, bassackwards, that's what I say all the time. But really what it comes down to, at least for me, is it's bassackwards thinking that we can stay there (at goal) without putting just as much effort into staying there as we did to get there. I am bouncing up and down and am learning that, for me, tracking must be included. I had 3 friggin cookies today, BUT I am still under my goal for the day, I know cuz I tracked.

    You'll find the balance, give yourself a break :) You are catching it now and that is the best thing! Pre-spark, you may have just kept eating or succumbing to the sofa. That said, I have to get off the sofa now. Good night.
    2264 days ago
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