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Can't get excited

Friday, February 15, 2013

We have started Zumba down again. And in the last 3 weeks I have lost 9 pounds! But over the holidays I gained 20 back of what I had lost last year. So it's not really progress. It's just fixing the mess I made over the holidays. The smaller clothes I was fitting into by my goal last year aren't fitting. I already told my zumba instructor that even if I win this time, I don't want to be the winner. Because I don't think that's fair, since it's the same weight I lost last year. But in a way maybe that's also unfair to me. Everyone in life I think has setbacks. It's how you come back from those that set you apart. I am still putting the work in and making good choices, maybe I can allow myself to celebrate for at least that part of my success. I just wish I could stop the yo yo. It's not even like I crash diet and then binge anymore. It just seems that whenever I reach a goal, I become complacent. Grrr
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    Depends on what you call progress. Is it about losing weight or about learning new things and figuring out what works for you and what does not work? Apparently what you did over the holidays didn't make you happy. You can still draw conclusions from that and use it as lessons...
    1889 days ago
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    I gave up having a weight loss goal three years ago. I'm convinced weight loss goals have complacency built into them. Maintaining good habits has worked for me. I've lost 34 lbs. or 18% of my bodyweight. I determined I would do what I could to stop binging and that included eating regular, full meals, and limiting my sweets and snacks to weekends. I ate too much on weekends for a long time, but slowly, I got over it, and my good habits during the week became more and more influential. I've maintained whatever I've lost the past two years over the holidays, and I've lost more between New Year's and spring. There's just not that much appeal in overeating very often now, though I do sometimes. It's just not the wrestling match it once was. I love Spark, but I don't think calorie counting and weight loss goals could have gotten me where I am now.

    Commit to moderate eating consistently, no matter what you weigh. Then you can meet your goal a lot more often than a scale weight.
    1889 days ago
    Please don't be hard on yourself. I think most everyone has or will struggle with this. And if you win, you should feel proud and allow yourself the honor. You didn't put on weight just to give yourself an unfair advantage. You still have to work to get it off.

    Don't look back - look forward and use the lessons you have learned to make it perhaps a little easier this time.

    I so understand fighting complacency. I think a key is to always have another goal that inspiring. So that you only take a quick stop for some woo hoos on your way to the next goal. For me, I think I'm going to have to do this for the rest of my life. I hate the thought of having to fight complacency forever, but I think it is too much a part of me.

    You can do this! You are stronger now than a year ago! Use that strength to get there a little faster and get to the next step beyond. And never-ever give up!
    1889 days ago
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