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5lb regain red alert!

Monday, May 27, 2013

I don't take the number on the scale very seriously. I know it fluctuates based on a variety of factors and is not an accurate representation of how much excess body fat I have or how overweight I am at any given time. As long as the general trend of the numbers is downward I accept fluctuations within a 5 or so lb range. That being said, on May 12 I weighed in at 159. Woohoo! Best number in many years! On May 19 I weighed in at 161. Hrm. Okay. No reason to take that seriously. It's definitely not a loss but that's not necessarily a gain, either. On May 26 I hit 164!?! 5lb upwards fluctuation over 2 weeks??? That's bordering on regain!

So now I have to do something I'm not very good at. Something that can be kind of painful at times. I have to be honest with myself. Looking back over the last couple of weeks I have slipped on some of my good habits. Spring... May in particular... is full of birthdays and activities so I haven't been working out as much and I've been eating more empty calories. In addition to getting back into some bad habits (sleeping during the day, chips, cake) I haven't been using the tools. I haven't been reliably recording all my meals and snacks. I haven't been doing a lot of the things that have helped me with all this progress.

And what kind of results am I getting? I'm gassy. My jeans that were so comfortable 2 weeks ago are a little snugger. 5lbs up on the scale. I'm falling asleep during the day everyday. I've had a headache that I can't kick for several days now. The other results are so much more pleasing!

I've known that this will be a lifelong battle for me. This month I've realized how easy it is for me to get back into doing nothing. Fortunately I've caught this issue before it becomes a trend. This time. Now I can start over again and maybe my rate of loss will pick up again! It's been painfully slow for the last few months! The worst part will be re-detoxing from sugar.

But I've done it before and I'll do it again this time! And as many times as I need to after this!

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    emoticon I understand where you are coming from. I lost from 272 down to 197 in 1997 using the Form-U-3 program. The success was great. Unfortunately, I didn't stick with the program long enough to learn how to maintain my weight which I understand better using SP. The one lesson I learned from that experience was that not all pounds are created equal. Losing 5 pounds when I was weighing 250+ was much easier than losing 1 pound when I got down to 203.

    I agree that weight fluctuates. Sometimes my weight can change 5 pounds during a day. However, I know when I've not been as true to form as I should be. I know when I'm overeating or not exercising.

    Whether the weight is water retention or food retention, I encourage you to take a few days of tracking your food, drinking the water, and taking time for exercise even if it is short walks.

    You own this. You can do it. Before you know it, these 5 pounds are going to be a memory! Keep sparking!
    2832 days ago
    It takes a while to break bad habits. You will have ups and downs like that as you fall in and out of a healthy lifestyle.

    Just keep plugging away. Soon those old habits will fade away for good....plus, 5 lbs isn't anything to sweat....it may only be a couple of lbs. On your previous weigh in you may have hit it right....not holding excess water, not a lot of excess food in the system where this time you may have been facing that.

    You can't look at one or two weigh-in's to find a trend. You have to graph it out over several weeks. Then you get a pretty good feel on how you are really trending.
    2838 days ago
    Sometimes we get a hard reminder of why we need to keep pushing forwards whenever we can. Keep fighting the temptation. Have you tried new healthy foods to get a wider variety of tastes? A lot of American food is very over flavored, with too much salt, sugar, and fat. If you can cut down on these and wake your taste buds up to new and exciting flavors it might help! Of course, your kids might not be open to new foods, but start out with small servings for yourself and offer them a bite or two to see if they like it.. If you can turn them onto new foods it may help you to keep the house filled with healthier foods and get rid of the unhealthy foods.
    2838 days ago
    I think that happens to a lot of us. Most likely it's a temporary gain due to various things and will go away as long as you are taking care to eat right, drink water, exercise, get enough sleep, etc.
    2838 days ago
    I have to have one good meal a week to keep from gaining. I like to do this the day of my weekly weigh in. I eat every thing on the tracker that day. I read it in SPARK PEOPLE and it really helps to know I can have a little extra once in a while . The other days I stay near the low end of my calorie count if I remember to write down every thing. I like your honesty. Thank you

    2839 days ago
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