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  • charmmethcharmmeth Member Posts: 378 Member Member Posts: 378 Member
    hildegard7 wrote: »
    Hi, I lost 8# in 6wks and was off to a good start. ... Over the last 2 weeks I gained the weight back. I let my guard down ...

    I really feel for you! This was me at Easter: down to 81kg, then I ate Easter eggs and went right back up up to 88kg. i am below 81kg now but I really wish I hadn't let it all come back. However, I did. The good news is it does come off again. Such hard work, all this weight loss: who knew?
  • CorvusCorax77CorvusCorax77 Member Posts: 2,516 Member Member Posts: 2,516 Member
    hildegard7 wrote: »
    Hi, I lost 8# in 6wks and was off to a good start. I had my labs checked after my 8# loss and all my numbers improved signifigantly. Over the last 2 weeks I gained the weight back. I let my guard down and stopped tracking on MFP and didnt exercise 5x/week as I had done over the 6 weeks of weight loss. I am so down. I am starting back at square 1 and tracking and exercising 5/week or more. The best thing is I know I can do it again. I just wish I wouldn"t have slid back into my old eating habits!
    Also I had stopped alcohol for those 6 wks and that really helped my weight loss... Thanks for listening!

    not drinking alcohol was key to my first successful weight loss- not just because of the calories, but because it is easier to say "f it" and binge when I'm drunk.

    I think losing 8 lbs in 6 weeks sounds like a rate that is actual fat loss. Gaining 8 lbs in 2 weeks sounds more like water weight. I'm trying a new thing of weighing myself every day to get used to the fluctuations and using programs that average your weight over 7 days to see patterns. I am hoping I can stop taking it so personally when the scale goes up a few lbs, and just stay true to my course.
  • JosephfunkJosephfunk Member, Premium Posts: 27 Member Member, Premium Posts: 27 Member
    (ETA: i didn't realize i was posting in "Success Stories"... and now I can't figure out how to delete it. Sorry!)


    I started MFP in 2010 at approx 182 lbs (I'm 5'4). In four months I got down to 155. A few more months, I was 145. A year later I was down to 123. I decided at that point to start lifting weight, and slowly gained back up to 135-145, which I consider to be my healthiest size. In November 2016, I let myself creep into the 150's, which then crept into the 160's. I was hospitalized in 2018 and got back into the 180's.... anyways.... Today, I'm floating around 165-170.

    Here's what I am interested in talking with folks about.... I managed to lose 50 lbs and maintain a healthy weight (under 145) for at least six years, but obviously my food addiction issue has come back. I have for the last two years been saying "enough is enough!" and tracking calories and working out, and then obviously not doing it enough to really make a change. I just don't see why else I would still weigh this much- I know I have no medical excuse. I'm simply finding it harder to do this a second time around. I don't know if it's age, or if I am just less bothered by the weight or what. I am less bothered because I know I'm smaller at 170 now than I was before because I still exercise and lift. But I also know I can't fit into my old clothes- I feel a lot of fatigue, i feel less attractive than I did at 123, and I know it isn't as good for my health as it would be to be at a healthy weight.

    Has anyone else experienced this? Any tips on how to overcome? FTR I'm 42 years old now. Maybe it's just age? HELP!

    What kind of foods are you eating? When i start having problems with appetite i will lower carbs and sugar so as not to have that spike that falls fast and triggers hunger. If needed ill eat like that for some days more along the keto way of eating and it has benefits as a eating strategy to help you regain footing then switch back afterwards. Just one thought on the subject. Ive been losing for a little over a year right now and have a bit of trouble from time to time.
  • Jackie9003Jackie9003 Member, Greeter, Premium Posts: 938 Member Member, Greeter, Premium Posts: 938 Member
    I’m in the same position, I’m in my early 50’s and 18 years ago lost 6st but it (and more) crept back on after 2 redundancies, a divorce and a sedentary job. 3 years ago I decided to do something about it, started on here and lost 5st but then COVID hit and working from home made me more sedentary than ever before. I also started drinking loads more and then binging and I’ve put 2st back on. I’m so ashamed and cross with myself, I thought I’d beaten the food addiction but obviously not.
    I restarted (again) this week and so far have done an exercise class, a session on my new cross trainer and logged most of my food. I’ve bought into the plan and feel mentally ready to tackle this for the 3rd time, hopefully this will be the last.
  • charmmethcharmmeth Member Posts: 378 Member Member Posts: 378 Member
    I have come to the conclusion that I need to think of this journey as an on-going commitment to eating healthily, exercising regularly, and thereby staying at a healthy weight.
  • judefit1judefit1 Member Posts: 7 Member Member Posts: 7 Member
    Love this thread...My personal mantra is "Back Again".
    Basically, I've been on a diet since I was 11. Thin mother, chunky child. I'm able to stabilize for a while, then I say, oh, I've got this under control- I can eat what I want. Ha. Right now it's the "Covid-15" (yes, I was one of those yeast hoarders). It was fun while it lasted...now my pants don't fit. I can do it, but the key is not to get to within 5 lbs of my goal and say, YAY- hand me the bag of chips...
  • charmmethcharmmeth Member Posts: 378 Member Member Posts: 378 Member
    judefit1 wrote: »
    Love this thread...My personal mantra is "Back Again". ... I can do it, but the key is not to get to within 5 lbs of my goal and say, YAY- hand me the bag of chips...

    Exactly: so well said!
  • lorrieannoberrylorrieannoberry Member Posts: 40 Member Member Posts: 40 Member
    Just not giving up on me. I was out with my 81 year old mom and mentally challenged 67 year old brother in law who had covid and then i got covid. WE did not get it to bad. my brother in law was the worst but we are good but i gained 7 pound. But i am back at work and starting over on those pounds .. gonna get them off and then some.. we just can't give up!!!
  • AlexandraCarlyleAlexandraCarlyle Member Posts: 1,603 Member Member Posts: 1,603 Member
    I can't remember the last time I logged in. It was ages ago... since then, I have fluctuated up, then up, then down, then up again - until I hit 9st.10lbs.... way, way heavier than I have ever been!
    I decided to Fast, and since the end of May, I have lost 1st 10lbs... yup. Back down to 8 stone again. I'm happy. It works. It's a lifetime commitment, but I am gloriously happy about that; it's a lifestyle change, and a new attitude to food. That, coupled with LCHP/F, is a winning formula for me! Once I reach target weight, 7 or so lbs to go!) I shall be Fasting for 'maintenance' only... so I will be able to vary my intake now and then, and not have to overly worry. As with any eating regimen involving discipline, it should be an invigorating challenge, not a fearsome ordeal... it fits with me; I don't modify my life to fit with IT.
  • MadisonMolly2017MadisonMolly2017 Member Posts: 6,368 Member Member Posts: 6,368 Member
    I read in a scientific research paper recently that obesity is a “chronic relapsing disease.”

    Every time I regained my weight, I stopped weighing myself & went into an “amnesia”
    State & got really busy with school, motherhood, and/or work, often completely unaware I was gaining it all back. Really.

    I read in a book there is a big difference between a FOTP (formerly overweight/obese thin person) & a NOTP (never overweight/obese thin person).

    I took stock of how I saw my two obese parents eating. How my dad decided to do an experiment with us and filled a HUGE box with individually wrapped candies... His theory was we’d get tired of it (although he was over 300lbs & he never got tired of quarts of ice cream late at night as he “zoned out.” My mom eating Chunks of butter, cheese, peanut butter as she cooked & then eating “rabbit food” at the table.

    And I love them both dearly.

    This is a disease.

    It can be managed through vigilance, through honesty with ourselves, with supportive people in our lives, cumulative baby habIt changes, humility, courage, and development of other non-food activities that lift our spirits.

    I will always remember I’m not a NOTP. I will never take my Maintenance for granted.

    My motivations:
    1. Someone gave me her kidney & I promised myself I’d take at least as goos a cate of it as she did.
    2. In the later stages of CKD, my kidneys only cleaned 9% of toxins from blood. I had leg cramps (one snapped a tendon) every night, I could only walk 1/2 mile before having to rest, I missed out on active fun things with family/friends.
    i decided this was my 2nd Chance. I want to be as fit as possible so I can Actively enjoy like with my husband &son. I know the alternative.
    3. After transplant, I got labs very often as they adjusted meds.
    WOW!!! I could see what I ate directly effected the lab values. Of course! We eat food, our body breaks it down, blood stream takes it around. Labs are a blood draw. Something CLICKED. It all made sense.
    Eating isn’t about what tastes good or cravings... it’s Just Food (as someone else mentioned.) it’s not Love, it’s not Comfort (the next time I step on the scale), it’s not Solace, it doesn’t solve problems...

    It’s JUST FOOD helps me lessen its hold over me.

    I have found 2 groups Very helpful in MFP:

    The Ultimate Accountability Challenge

    Building Habits Group
  • MadisonMolly2017MadisonMolly2017 Member Posts: 6,368 Member Member Posts: 6,368 Member
    Can’t edit - got one of group names wrong...

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    But here’s a photo with the names of the two groups that are awesome, in case you want to search in Groups & check them out!

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