Gaining weight back after already losing it!

jraney_14
jraney_14 Posts: 3 Member
Hello! My name is Jennifer. Jenn to most people who know me. I am turning 30 this year and i wont lie, has me freaked out! About 2 years ago, after having my second child, i was at my heaviest weight of 210 pounds. (I am about 5'8".) Over the course of about a year, i lost 80 pounds and was very comfortable with my weight and physique at 135 pounds. Since then, a year has passed, my eating habits havent significantly changed, nor my exercise habits. However, ive managed to gain 30 pounds back. I almost said forget eating, but realistically, that is not the answer. Anybody else have a similar experience?

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  • bookworm_847
    bookworm_847 Posts: 1,903 Member
    I read that gaining some weight back when you hit maintenance is pretty common. I'm not sure how much of a gain.

    Also, are you weighing and measuring everything? I started eyeballing portions for a while when my scale went kaput, and my estimates ended up being way off after a while.
  • whmscll
    whmscll Posts: 2,254 Member
    I lost about 27 pounds a couple of years ago and slowly gained half of it back. That's why I am here today!

    P.S. Turning 30 is nothing. Wait until 50!
  • Sherryfood95
    Sherryfood95 Posts: 58 Member
    I find it very hard to lose and keep off the weight in spite of intense cardio. Sounds like you were at a great weight, I'm 5'9" and 135 is ideal for me too. If you truly are not eatting more or exercising less you may want to get your thyroid checked. Mine go out of whack with childbirth and makes weight loss very challenging.
  • lkc31
    lkc31 Posts: 4 Member
    @Sherryfood95 I'm in a very similar place as you! I'm 5'9" and was originally 163 lbs last August. I was fed up with not feeling good about myself started working out a lot more this past January (taking advantage of my school's gym). I went 5-6 days a week and typically was there for 1/1.5 hours per visit, doing intense cardio and weight lifting meant to tone. By the end of the semester in May I found that I only dropped down to 158/9 lbs even though I was eating healthy as well. When I got home, I decided to ditch the gym routine for training for a half marathon in the fall, but even with running 10-20 miles a week, I still am only 156 on a good day. I have had occasional thyroid nodules which usually turn out to be nothing, but I'm considering going to a specialist before I head back to school. Do you have any advice on how to kickstart extra weight loss or do you just deal with the slow progress?
  • tigerblue
    tigerblue Posts: 1,525 Member
    Same thing happened to me. I thought it was perimenopause, but perhaps it is common to everyone. Sure is annoying, though.

    For me, I think it is inaccurate logging.
  • PhatPat2be
    PhatPat2be Posts: 7 Member
    I have done that more than I care to admit. To cover up the shame I felt for gaining it back I would joke and say "the fun of losing weight is gaining it all back."
    I have a job that keeps me at my desk for 10 hrs a day....and a 2 hr. commute so that is 12 hours of sitting, except to use the bathroom. I have raised my computer up so I can at least stand and use it. I am an emotional eater and chocolate is my nemesis! One piece and all bets are off!
    I am back again for the first time.......making small changes that will hopefully turn into healthy habits.
  • Sherryfood95
    Sherryfood95 Posts: 58 Member
    I am just dealing with slow progress. Running is my best weightloss strategy as is low carb after noon. I stay away from all soy as that can aggravate a thyroid condition.
  • jujukempe
    jujukempe Posts: 2 Member
    I am struggling and gain and lose the same 5 lbs over and over. It's very frustrating and I would like to break the cycle since I am just 10 lbs ( to 15 lbs) away from my goal.
  • MountainMaggie
    MountainMaggie Posts: 104 Member
    I fluctuate, and I accept that, to a point. But now when I get to where I may need to lose 5-6 lbs, again, I remember where I came from, and my vow to never be there again. I am also a distance runner, so I sign up for a new race or challenge when I feel myself losing disipline. I have read from many pros who say that setting very specific goals is the secret to their success. Having a specific reason to work hard helps, and it doesn;t have to be a marathon dream. For example, I have a pair of tight pants that I love that I can't snap shut if those extra pounds are there, so I keep them visible and it motivates me.
    I also keep no more than 1 pair of "fat pants" in my possession.
  • gangstadoll
    gangstadoll Posts: 9 Member
    My biggest problem is becoming complacent after reaching my goal then eat bad foods and it all back, the hardest challenge is starting over, I finally did now the struggle lose 20lbs as fast as I can. I hate to look and feel fat in my clothes my biggest problem areas are my abs and back I just wish I could make the fat disappear! So depressing :(

  • alleycat88
    alleycat88 Posts: 756 Member
    I'm in the same boat. 4 years ago, I lost 27lbs. From 153lbs to 127. I felt great. Now I'm up to 150lbs. I watch what I eat and exercise. My physician said that it's normal to gain 4lbs a year if you maintain the same habits. time to kick up the exercise I suppose?
  • MicheleStitches
    MicheleStitches Posts: 306 Member
    alleycat88 wrote: »
    ... My physician said that it's normal to gain 4lbs a year if you maintain the same habits. time to kick up the exercise I suppose?

    :s YIKES! No wonder it takes more and more work to keep it off the older I get.

  • carole4000
    carole4000 Posts: 50 Member
    I am the same and have been told to get thyroid checked. Don't want to blame age (46) but might be a factor too.
  • MrsSchimmy
    MrsSchimmy Posts: 255 Member
    Are you exercising differently? Did your measurements also grow?

    I'm not the biggest fan of the scale. In fact, I only use it to help calm my (often loud) lingering ED. Otherwise, I'd just go off of measurements and clothing size alone. I'm currently 15 lbs heavier than I was 2 years ago, but I'm the exact same size. How? I stopped being a cardio bunny and started lifting weights. REALLY HEAVY weights. This has allowed be to grow a butt, toned arms and shapely legs.

    If I was going by the scale alone, I'd be VERY worried. But now, the only worrying I do is how to keep that ED in check because I KNOW I'm fine.
  • tigerblue
    tigerblue Posts: 1,525 Member
    I gained inches as well as weight. Even though I lift.

    My arms, shoulders, and legs look great but it has all shifted to my gut/abs. Maybe that is age and hormones. I don't know but I hate it!
  • MrsSchimmy
    MrsSchimmy Posts: 255 Member
    tigerblue wrote: »
    I gained inches as well as weight. Even though I lift.

    My arms, shoulders, and legs look great but it has all shifted to my gut/abs. Maybe that is age and hormones. I don't know but I hate it!

    I think age and/or hormones might play into it. What do your macros look like? You know what they say, "Abs are made in the gym and revealed in the kitchen."
  • Sherryfood95
    Sherryfood95 Posts: 58 Member
    carole4000 wrote: »
    I am the same and have been told to get thyroid checked. Don't want to blame age (46) but might be a factor too.

    I work really hard at losing. Time has proven that if I am working super hard and not getting results, my thyroid is off. Always something to check if you honestly have been making the calorie goal and exercising and getting no where for more than a few months.
  • sunshine77493
    sunshine77493 Posts: 25 Member
    Thyroid can wreak havoc with metabolism, on the lower end or upper end. I've been fighting with mine for the last 8 years. I tried bioidentical hormones for about 5 of those years. Now I'm on Levoxyl and trying to keep my gut healthy with Probiotics, Vit D, etc. I was off gluten for over a year while my gut healed. Now, I can have gluten again but in moderation. Oh, by the way, losing weight too quickly can also mess with your metabolism.