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Why Did I Regain Weight?

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Hello Friends!

I've regained 19 pounds over the past year after loosing 75. It's time for me to relearn (or rather practice) what I have learned.

The motivation article today was timely. I had, like so many of us, said I'd address the weight gain as of January 1/14.

What happened? Well, sometime in mid November I stopped weighing myself emoticon. This is a behaviour which had helped keep off the 75 pounds I had lost 1.5 years ago!!

Overall, I have a pretty valid excuse...except that doesn't make me feel any better, or avoid episodes like this from recurring in the future!

For the past year I have been off work due to illness. By July of '13, I developed exercise intolerance and so was unable to follow my routine, a routine which made me feel in control and the lack of it left me feeling 'down'. emoticon I started regaining and loosing the same three pounds. I heard but didn't acknowledge the emoticon alarm.

The icing on this not so sweet cake was that by November, although getting better, my MD suggested I not add the stress of going back to work given my age.. I'm near retirement.. and my slow recuperation together with my vulnerability to stress caused in part by a difficult to treat sleep disorder.

This really rocked my boat!! Yet I realized the truth of his position and my husband, who has been through a lot this past year with me, agreed with him emoticon .

My reaction was to eat. emoticon A part of me knew what was happening and the other just observed from afar.. aware as I was eating, "..you are not savouring nor enjoying the flavour," and .." you're eating too quickly". I feel sad about this emoticon I knew what to do... I was vulnerable and gave up on disciplined eating and took my eye off my goal!

The long and short of it is that I am back to loose the weight! Now i need to back up accountability with action!

It's so nice to be able to 'talk ' about this with other Sparkpeople!! Thanks for listening!

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  • PCOH051610
    Jan,

    So good to see you back but I'm so sorry to hear that you've been ill.

    Susan emoticon
    2576 days ago
  • NHES220
    Well the good news is that 1. you did not gain it all back and 2. you are here and ready to tackle it again. Welcome back!
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    2576 days ago
  • no profile photo CD301320
    Now that you know what happened, the symptoms and how to cure it go ahead and recharge your body and your mind! Get ready for 2014.
    2576 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14253479
    Well I hope things turn around for you.

    As to a doctor telling me what to do and to stop working???? I'd say forget that! You have a husband, I don't and don't want one. LOL I'd rather support myself.
    2576 days ago
  • UMBILICAL
    Telling your story is healing.
    2577 days ago
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