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Weight Loss Attempt # 47,564

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Well, things have become uncomfortable again. And by things, I mean waistbands. And looking down in the shower and catching a glimpse of what not staying on top of healthy eating looks like. It can't go on.

I have a fairly relaxed personality in an overall sense and maybe that's why I continue to roller coaster with weight loss and weight gain. I can figure out how to lose it, and successfully lose it, but then I default back to my natural, in-born, "live and let live" personality and I let all the sugary/high calorie foods come "live" back in my house. And then eventually back on my waistline. Getting it off is hard, because I have to change my easy going personality to drill sergeant brain for the duration of the weight loss, but keeping it off is impossible because that is NOT my real personality!

So how do type Bs lose weight, keep it off, and still have some sort of food/life balance? When I'm in loss mode, the only way I can do it is to follow a strict diet of some kind that is written to ensure calorie count stays below 1200 and protein intake is high. The only way this can be accomplished is by low carb and pretty much cutting out sugar altogether. When I honestly ask myself if I can live that way for the rest of my life the answer is a definite NO. (Unless my life unexpectedly ends in the middle of my diet. In that case, I would like someone to speak at my funeral, praising me for making good food choices right up until the very end, but then also to say, "and look where it got her.")

I have heard of one approach used where the only days you can have sugar is on days that start with S. I liked that, because it incorporated moderation in a way that was regulated and easy to remember. (Plus alliteration is appealing...Sugar- Saturday- Sunday- SSS...come on, it's cute, admit it.) But then I remembered that I am a sugar fiend! Once I get started on it I am down the rabbit hole and I won't be back again until I'm 20 pounds heavier. Another similar approach I've heard of was 5 days on and one day off your diet. Sounds great, until I take into consideration what I just mentioned above. The one day off would turn into at least 6 months off for me every time.

So, I don't know what's going to work in terms of maintenance with my personality and tendency to love sugar way too much, but I do know that finding the answer is going to be like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack. (Why is anybody looking for needles in haystacks these days anyway? It's 2020, you can literally go buy a brand new needle for like a dollar. Wait, maybe it's to keep the livestock from ingesting it? At that point, forget it, just burn the haystack and start over. You're never going to find it. Maybe don't sew in the barn next time.)

Anyway, advice from anyone who's ever successfully overcome similar challenges would be appreciated. But before I get to maintenance again, I need to get back down to an ideal weight. So here goes weight loss attempt 47,564. Tomorrow boot camp begins! Wish me luck.

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    Good Luck.
    Daily, consistent action is key!

    Do you use weight tracker?
    38 days ago
    Boy, do I relate to your problem, I am in the same boat as you, and I haven'[t seen any sign of land in months. I to just keep gaining, and haven't found that magic formula. Here we can send a man to the moon, but we can't come up with a formula to help with weight. Not that I blame anymore else for my gain, but me. I have yet found a snake oil diet that works, most say you have to not eat this, the next say this is okay but don't eat that, and the next say you can have this and that, but not those. So where does it end, I don't know, I can gain weight on lettuce, which I no long buy cause of the bad name it has for bacteria. So if you find the magic solution I will be standing in line. lol
    46 days ago
  • MAWMAW101
    emoticon I wish I had the answer for you... however I do not!
    I’ve lost 45 pounds that I’ve kept off for about five years now. The problem of maintenance without returning to my general weight loss routine on a regular basis has never been anything to write home about!
    What makes me be like you #47,564 redo is knowing I never want to start on the 45 pounds again so I will continue to do the best I can and just Spark on!
    All the best to you on however many numbers it takes and if you ever find the secret, just bottle and sell it because you will be a very rich person!

    46 days ago
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    46 days ago
    You can do this. You knee is all better now?
    47 days ago
    The good news, which I am able to infer, is that your knee has healed, and I am very happy about that! So now you are able to wear pants again to your hearts content. Hooray!

    I certainly am wishing you every success with your weight loss. Unfortunately, I am not a good example of I wish I were. The only thing I have learned during my weight loss efforts of many years is that one needs to alter one's 'set point.' By which I mean that weight that one's body is currently used to being.

    I have actually done this - one time. I was at my highest weight and managed to lose, with excruciating slowness, about twenty-five pounds. I mean, it took years. And somehow, probably by losing so slowly, I convinced my body that this new weight was where it needed to stay. One result of that has been to make it impossible (so far) to lose and keep off any more weight. Over Christmas, I was very sick, and ate almost nothing for days. When I finally felt better, I had lost over ten pounds. And, I was starving. Constantly starving. In a matter of about 1/10 of the time it had taken to lose by starvation, I was back at my starting weight, and have stayed there ever since.
    47 days ago
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