Weigh In … Motivation Question

Today’s Weight: 187.0

Loss/Gain: +1.5 lbs
Total Loss So Far: -44.0 lbs
TOM arrived this week, so I’m not surprised about the gain. Of course, it’s never fun, but at least I know what’s up.
I have to say that I made it through PMS without any chocolate this month!! Woo Hoo!! When I started my no-desserts month I wondered how it would be during this week. It wasn’t too bad, but it has been the couple of days that a piece of chocolate has sounded good more than once. 🙂
That’s about it for today for me.
I leave you with with a question that a friend asked me this week and I’m curious what everyone has to say on the subject. She had reached her healthy weight about five or six years ago and has since gained it all back. She said she wonders what happened.
So, if you ever lost weight in the past and gained it back what do you think caused you to lose your motivation to stick to whatever was helping you stay thin?
Share as much as you care too. Thanks!
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6 Responses to Weigh In … Motivation Question

  1. jesseybell says:

    Sorry about the gain, but it is just temporary- unless you throw a pity party (which I know you won't), you'll have a great loss next week.

    We're still at the same place – after my Chinese food yesterday I was up 2 lbs this morning 🙂

    I think when people lose the weight and gain it back, it means that they really were on a diet and did not change their lifestyle. Also, they stopped being accountable – whether that means stopped going to meetings or posting on-line, and stopped getting on the scale. I know I will need to get on the scale every day for the rest of my life. When I have gained weight, and at times in my life I have gained it very rapidly, was not because I was stepping on the scale and just not caring that it was going up and up and up. It was because I wasn't getting on it and at all. Even if I am successful in changing my lifestyle, I will still need constant checks in addition to if the scale does creep up, making immediate changes.

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  2. Jams says:

    When I lost weight previously and gained it all back, it was because I did things to lose weight that I wasn't ready to do to maintain it.

    I was exercising every day, for up to 2 hours a day. I wasn't going out with my friends. I wasn't eating out or having any treats. So when I got to my goal, I thought – I've made it, now go back to real life. Go out with friends, cut working out way back, stopped tracking my food intake…

    That sure didn't work.

    This time, I've been maintaining now for almost 2 years! OMG. As I lost the weight, I didn't do anything I wasn't willing to do to maintain it. I built activity into my life, but didn't make it something I HAD to do every day. I still allow myself treats and I still keep track of the foods I'm eating.

    I still have to do the work to keep the weight off… I realize that now. And it's still worth it. That's not to say that I'm perfect, cause I'm not. I just know that for the most part, I need to stay on track.

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  3. Tricia says:

    I wonder how your friend lost the weight. Did she go on a “diet”/do something extreme, or did she make sustainable lifestyle changes. I think the difference between those two approaches is the difference in keeping off and regaining.

    have a great weekend!

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  4. Ivy says:

    I lost 30 pounds and gained it all back. Why? Because I got lazy. After the weight loss I started making excuses for myself. Excuses like it's ok I can eat Mcdonalds just this once, or it's ok I can miss the gym for this week.

    This time around I know I have to stick to the life change!

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  5. J says:

    I was depriving myself to lose weight rather than learning how to eat normally. Emotional eating definitely caused me to gain back.

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  6. jojo says:

    First of all, I enjoy reading your blog– I'm closer to the beginning of my journey than you are, but we started in right around the same place…I haven't seen 187 in many years, but reading your blog encourages me that if I stay the course, I'll get there too. I did lose 24 lbs and thought I was well on my way to a healthy body weight for life. I stopped paying attention, though, and little by little, all my good habits evaporated…and it sure doesnt take as long to put the weight back on as it took to lose! I'm encouraged and motivated again, and it feels different this time…I do believe I'm ready for success. Cheers…jojo at onehealthynana.com

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