Thursday, 6 January 2011

Weight loss roller coaster ride

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You may have noticed I have been pretty quiet on the weight-loss blog posts of late. It was deliberate, initially. I was plodding along weight loss street feeling pretty good about myself. I rejoined Weight Watchers at the end of November, lost another 4+ kilos and was within 200g of my 'healthy weight range'. Sweet. And then Christmas struck.

I wish I could say that I was not deterred from my efforts, but I can't.

I wish I could say that I maintained my exercise even if my intake was out of control, but I can't.

I wish I could say that I am not scared to get back on the scales, but I can't.

I really don't know why I keep getting to this point. So close and yet so far. So disciplined and restrained but then not. At the heart of it, I still crave chocolate and chips and all things bad, and once I start 'allowing' myself to have it, I just can't seem to stop.

I don't think I have got to the bottom of my problem with food and I suppose that until I do I will always yo-yo back and forward.

For now I am returning to the safety net of Weight Watchers. Re-committing to my regular running. Tracking my food-related thoughts and feelings. And hoping. Hoping that I can find the answer to this weight conundrum. Hoping that I can find it within to let myself succeed.

Do you have any answers or are you on the weight loss roller coaster too?

18 comments:

Emma Burgess said...

Hi. I'm Emma, and it's lovely to find your blog. I can so relate to weight loss struggles at this time. My baby is 11 weeks today and I am feeling frumpy! I think it's going to be a slow and steady road!!! Looking forward to enjoying more of your blog in 2011. Emmma.

Lucy said...

Some times I think I have it sussed, then other weeks I fear I have changed nothing about my instictive habits.

The emotional eating thing - it is quite simply the hardest thing to reprogram.

(Fat to Fit will go up later today, by the way!)

Cate said...

Food and diets are not my thing, so I can't really comment - I've heard mixed reports about weight watchers - Lori at dropitandeat.blogspot.com has opinions!!
But I'm good at exercise. I find that as long as I eat moderately and exercise I can maintain my wieght and fitness and stay off the roller coaster. But that's not to say I *look* the same as I did before kids!! I weigh the same, but my body will never be the same :-)
xxxCate

Rebecca said...

I can honestly say that carb restriction (ugh), eating the same basic foods every freaking day (boring), and regular exercise with cardio (ew) are what helps me. Unfortunately, my body is only able to do one of these things at a time! Yikes!!

Jane said...

Hi MM I'm going to do a post soon praising the Tony Ferguson shakes - they've been so easy to use and so effective. It might be worth a try. Best of luck with working it out. J x

Maxabella said...

No help from me. :(

Tat said...

If you are not at your goal yet next Christmas, you can come along for our yearly family holiday. A week of my MIL's cooking will sort anyone out ;)

the rhythm method said...

Give yourself a break sweetie!! Weight loss takes consistency. Its 30% exercise and 70% food intake. I have always had a problem keeping my weight down - ever since I hit puberty, I have always tended to be slightly overweight. I am the Queen of emotional eating.
These are the things that help me keep a healthy weight:
1) Not buying the foods that I know I can't resist - the kids shouldn't be eating that anyway.
2) Baking - no more baking unless there are enough people around to help eat it. I used to bake to entertain the kids - but then eat most of it myself :(
3) I walk EVERYDAY. Once baby is in bed, hubby does the big boys' bath and I walk. At least 30 mins , up to an hour. I tried running but its too mentally draining. No excuses - rain, hail, shine. Me, my dog and my iPod. And I love it.
4) Keep a food diary, be honest about what you are eating. Do it for a month or so and get a feel for where you are going wrong. Boring as it is, weight loss all comes down to accounting. If you know what you are taking in, you'll have a better chance at losing the weight.
I know its hard, the more kids you have, the less time for yourself. But if you schedule regular time for exercise, and only surround yourself with good foods, you'll get there with consistency and positive thinking. x

Cate said...

the rhythm method makes some excellent suggestions! I whole heartedly agree with 3 and 4 (especially the 'no excuses' bit in 3!!)
xxxCate

The Clip Cafe said...

So many people are doing fitness posts to start the year. I am wanting to loose about 8kgs. seems like a small amount but hmm haven't shifted any yet! There is the battle of the blogger butts at A farmers wifey blog. We can all inspire each other :-)

DancingInTheRain said...

Where is Will Power? I too dont seem to be able to strike the balance between a little and a lot. Chocolate is my weakness. I have contmeplated giving it up for the year but I dont know how pleasant I would be so dont know if that is fair on my family!

Kymmie said...

I'm not one to give advice, but I want to encourage you. You're so close. And I remember hearing the quote "Food never tastes as good as slim feels". I'm 10kgs more than I was before kids, and have made a vow to get back to that. This is the year (but don't quote me if it doesn't work). Yikes! Hang in there. Sending you some extra will power. xx

Cottongirl7 said...

I have been on that damn roller coaster for pretty much my entire life. I don't want to be tiny, I would just like to not wear an XL everything. :) My girls will be 2 in March and I am sad to say I am still not back to my pre pregnant weight. However, I have been dancing. I know it sounds funny, but we got the Kinect as a gift for christmas and let me tell you it is a workout! Plus its really fun. I have stopped gaining and have started losing a little at a time. Now I'm working on denying the chocolate call. Good luck to us both. :)

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh i missed this post, i was slim & healthy after 4 children, then i hit 30 & as the children all started school i wasn't as active, so it's Tony Ferguson for me, walking the dog & mixing up the bike riding, bush walking, running & general chasing older & faster children!! I'm on my way, so far i've lost 3kg in my first proper week back with Tony Ferguson. It's all about low carbs, replacing them with salad or vegetables & eating the same as the family, it's easy!! Oh & shakes in the moring for me + 2L of water, weight falls off. Love Posie

reanbean said...

I love the roller coaster image and text!

I never really felt the yo-yo with diet and food until after my twins were born. I had so much to loose, having gained almost 70 lbs. during my pregnancy (almost 32 kilos), and although I've come close to getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight, I've never gotten all the way there. I go through periods of time where I'm very disciplined about eating right and exercising regularly, but then I slip up and spiral downward quickly. I'm hoping this might be the year that I finally get it all under control. I've joined the Move It 2011 challenge, and hope that that will help me to stay motivated for the long haul.

Annette Piper said...

Losing weight isn't easy. I'm going through it at the moment too, trying to move every day and keeping an eye on what I'm eating. Small steps that will lead to bigger ones I hope!

Ellie said...

I took a break during the holidays saying I'd start again at the first of the year. So here we are in the second week of 2011 and I'm still not back 100%. Why is it so hard?

Myzdamena's World said...

I can't say anything that hasn't already been said but thought I'd send you a

*hug*

Gail xx
http://journeywithslimmingworld.blogspot.com/

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