Let me come out of the gate and say the scale showed a gain this week.
BAM there it is. Up .6.
I’d be lying if I told you it didn’t sting a little but I’d also be lying if I told you I didn’t expect it.
My evening snacking has been a bit out of control.
So many people ask me how to break the cycle. How to stay motivated. How to start. What to do when you’re in a plateau. etc. etc. etc.
Here’s just a few questions that I’ve received these that few months that I can completely relate to…
SO… I am having a lot of trouble loosing weight. I am about 176 and just last week I was 171. I cry every time I see I’ve gained weight. I use to weigh 125 pounds TWO YEARS AGO! I met my husband and ever since then I have been gaining weight like crazy. He doesn’t eat healthy but he also doesn’t gained a single pound! He is so small! I am depressed now and I know what I have to do to loose weight I just don’t know why I can’t stick with it. I go to cross fit and I try to eat healthy but then I snack and it goes downhill. Do you have any advice or help?
I could have written that same exact letter myself.
I have followed your blog for several years. When I first started reading, I was a weight watchers member and loved reading your recipes. Since continuing to read, I have grown to love reading about your daily life and your family. Right now, I’m stuck in a rut. I guess I should back up and tell you that I’ve struggled with weight my entire life. I went on my first diet in 6th grade. I struggled with bulimia in high school, and finally got some control my senior year. I followed ww with my mom and reach my all time low of 135. I felt happy. Slowly, I gained it all back. At 185, I started again. I lost to 150 and maintained for three years. When I got engaged, I started the Atkins Diet and lost quickly. I looked and felt amazing on my wedding day. Since me wedding last April, I have gained a total of 50 pounds. FIFTY POUNDS IN ONE YEAR!!! I am now tipping the scaled at 200. I have never been this heavy, and I am at my wits end. How do I get control of this situation? I’m not happy, not healthy, and I don’t feel attractive for husband. I know that I need to get control…I just don’t know where to begin.
I could have written that same exact letter 10 years ago. Down to the Atkins diet and gaining 50lbs in a year.
Could you give me the plan you followed and how you kept on it .. I continuously fall everyday.. I feel like such a failure. I restart my diet every single day for 2 years..
This one hit home for me, I’ve been in the cycle and it’s hard to break out.
I’ve been following you for years and I think you are an awesome mom, wife and all around person. In 2009 I gave birth to my first child, I gained over 80lbs with the pregnancy and by the time she was a year old I had lost all but 10lb of the weight. In 2010 I gave birth to my second child, again I gained over 80lbs. My baby just turned a year old at the end of October. I’ve been going to weight watchers and the first 30lbs came off quickly and easily, but now I’m stuck and I can’t seem to pull myself out of this hole. I find myself thinking about what I can eat after my husband goes to work so he wont see me. I find myself wanting to over eat just to eat and I find myself constantly arguing in my head about what I want to eat and what I planned/should eat because it’s better for my body. So my question to you is… What would you do if you were having trouble making the lifestyle changes you want so desperately to make but can’t seem to get your brain on board with it?
Again, I’m there. The internal battle. The self-arguing. I know it well.
I know I want to make changes for my life style and work out more. What is your first step in advice on how to conquer this? You are huge inspiration to others going through this.
Funny, I don’t feel like an inspiration and then it hit me… Inspiration or not what is different about me now vs. "then" comes down to two little things.
Persistence and Perspective
Like Erin I still has some snack issues and am married to a man who doesn’t eat healthy and really has no desire to.
Like Heather I still feel a little out of control some days.
Like Gypsy I still get into the "Restart" mindset.
And like Sabrina, I still sometimes battle my own desires to overeat even though I want to eat healthier.
Regardless of these feelings and defects I have (there’s no denying these patterns of behavior and mindsets are defective) I am persistent in my pursuit of living a healthy, balanced, active life. I also have a different perceptive about my body then I used to, even from the beginning of my weight loss.
This morning I worked my ass off at the gym. Seriously one of the hardest routines I have ever done and I pushed myself to my limit (yes it was crossfit.) I didn’t do it to look good in a bikini. I didn’t do it to drop a number on the scale. I did it because I like feeling strong and fit and capable. That’s a completely different perspective than when I started. I didn’t even know I was capable of doing the things I can do know and I’m motivated by pushing myself to achieve even more.
That’s me doing my #YogaADay pose all sweaty after the workout and I felt AMAZING! Still do.
So I may have gotten a little deep in this weeks weigh-in post but I can’t stress enough how persistence will help you reach your goal while possible changing your perspective on what those goals should really be in the first place.
Did that make any sense?
Ok, weigh in time. Again, feel free to post number/no numbers and join us whenever you’d like this week. There are no rules accept using this weekly “check in” anyway it helps you to stay accountable.