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I'm tired...maintenance is hell.

Monday, December 20, 2010

I know why people fall off the maintenance wagon. After awhile you get tired of having to watch every bite you put in your mouth, and this is KEEPING IT OFF, NOT TAKING IT OFF! Losing was easy compared to this.

In the beginning there were lots of changes I could make. I stopped drinking sodas of any kind and started drinking water, I stopped eating fast food breakfasts and lunches, I started exercising regularly, I started eating more fruits and vegetables. I dropped weight pretty steadily for about a year. Then I hit a plateau. I decided I was at a pretty good weight even though I would have liked to lose about 5 pounds more but it wasn't moving so I decided this must be where my body wanted to be so I started trying to maintain. Then my weight started to creep up ever so slowly. Nothing alarming and my clothes were fitting fine so I didn't worry. Then I decided to give a little more intense exercise a try so I started Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred a try. It seemed to work at first, I lost about 3 pounds, then I got a cold and didn't workout for about a week. Starting back over again was soooo hard, harder than starting the first time. I gained back the 3 and have been moving slowly up the scale since then. I know I have built muscle so the weight alone isn't that bad...it's that my pants are beginning to feel a little more snug in the waist, my main trouble zone and the first place I always notice fat gain.

So what am I to do? I know I need to get my calories back under 1500 and I suppose I will have to keep them that low always to keep this #$%@&$@#%!!!! fat off my belly 4-ev-er!

I DO NOT want to grow out of my jeans. I guess this is what it's like to get old, your metabolism just craps out on you and no amount of exercise or muscle mass will get it back. (my arms look like Rosie the Riveter).

I just don't know where to go from here, back to 1300 a day I guess, I did it once but it seems harder to keep it that low anymore. I've kept all my healthy habits so there is nothing big I can change. All I can do now is give up any remaining good stuff I am still eating.

No, I do not want to go back where I was. I'm not giving up. Maybe I'm just tired or whatever. My waist line has always been my worst problem area, my waist is what grows out of my pants first, then the next size up doesn't fit right either, still too snug in the waist and big baggy in the back! I hate it.

Sorry, I guess I'm just having a little pity party tonight and it's not even TOM!
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  • VALERIENEAL
    I've been out of town and then taking care of a few things at home, so I just got back on SP. I hope things were good over Christmas, and may 2011 be your best year yet!
    3792 days ago
  • BAREADER
    I've done better the last couple of days, I was at Mom's and didn't eat out or have much sweet stuff around, I was being very conservative with my eating. I think it has helped already but it just confirms what I already knew, I was eating too many calories. No matter that I kept all my healthy habits and was exercising, too many calories is too many calories no matter how healthy the choices, and you can't burn off that many calories no matter how long or intense the exercise.

    No more Nutella for me. emoticon
    3795 days ago
  • CARRAND
    My waist is my problem area, too. I'm just an apple shape and can't do much about it. I just hit my goal weight and it scares me. I'm not sure I can maintain without lots of food tracking and exercise. I don't mind the exercise, but I'm wondering if I'll have to track my food for the rest of my life. I need to learn to eat like a thin person, but I've never been thin long enough to learn that. Good luck to us both!
    3796 days ago
  • ASPENHUGGER
    I'll come to your party! I'm also less than thrilled about having to give up everything forever, and exercise like mad, just to stay at some sort of decent weight & state of health. I don't have any answers, except that I know I don't want to put any of that weight back on -- I know I wouldn't stop at that high water mark but just keep on going, like a Macy's Thanksgiving Parade balloon! emoticon

    I think what happens if you stick with it long enough is that your tastes change, your appetite decreases -- so you don't crave the sweet carbs like you did before, & you're happier eating less. That's what has happened for my friend who lost 90# 30 years ago & has kept it off.

    Have a great Christmas, and hope it helps to know you have a friend who is struggling with all the same things!
    3796 days ago
  • MEADSBAY
    You need to get thee onto a maintenance team and get some pointers on doing this thing!
    DO NOT let yourself get all discouragey!

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    3797 days ago
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