Thursday, March 17, 2016
I've really been enjoying the social aspect of SparkPeople this time around. Reading member posts in chats and blogs is motivating, enlightening, and it helps me to realize that so many others are having the same experiences as me.
I noticed that a lot of people talk about unexplained gains, like "I worked out and ate less, but still gained weight". The thing I've realized, though, after years of going up and down, is that gains are almost always explainable, and more importantly, reversible.
If you're eating less than recommended calories, don't be surprised if you gain - your body thinks you're starving and it's going into survival mode. If you think you don't need to measure portions any more or that you can track in your head, chances are you're wrong. If you could do that, you wouldn't need to be on a diet.
I'm not trying to be harsh - I have made all these mistakes in the past. Losing weight, getting fit, and staying healthy is a learning process, and even when you know a lot it can still be difficult. I lose some, I gain some, and I lose some more. But when I stick with the program, I know I'm going to lose more than I gain over time - that's the important part.
I don't let gains get me down. If I think about it and ask others for advice, I can always explain the gains and make adjustments to continue working toward my goals. We can't change the past, but the future is wide open.
I plan to learn from my mistakes, make good choices, and reach my goals, even if I suffer setbacks along the way! Good luck to everyone here trying to do the same!