Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday Weigh-In and How to Keep Going

I was very curious how my weight loss would go this week. Two weeks ago, I cut way back on sugar and carbs and last Sunday I'd lost 6 pounds in a week, dropping from 205 to 199 pounds. After such a great loss, I wasn't sure what to expect this week. Last Sunday after my weigh-in, I ate a few peanut butter cookies I'd made for my daughter to take in her lunch to school, and then on Monday I started back on Medifast again. I was really hesitant to do that. I knew it worked for me before and I felt good on it, but I was feeling a bit burned out and didn't want to keep trying to do it if I couldn't stick with it. However, since my doctor thinks it is a good plan for me and since eating "whole foods" without any counting/measuring was not working for me at all, I decided to give Medifast one more go. After all, I have a month's worth sitting here staring at me day after day (Medifast sent me another month's worth right about the time I decided to quit). So, I figured, may as well buckle down and  give it another go and try once more to get through the Transition program so I can figure out what foods trip me up and what foods work best for my body. This way, when I am ready I can reintroduce fruits, grains, more dairy, etc in a controlled manner and find the headache and palpitation triggers.

So after a week on Medifast I am down 5 more pounds to 194. I admit it does get old seeing the same numbers on the scale for months, losing the same 10-15 pounds over and over, but hey, it beats the alternative of NOT re-losing and just regaining without putting on the brakes. I am pretty proud of myself for keeping a good 80-90 pounds off for so long. Now to try for a new low.

Sometimes people ask me... and I ask myself... "how do you keep going when it takes so long to get the weight off? How do you not quit through all the stalls and regains and plan changes and hard times?" Well, I've come to a conclusion.

I do not always feel excited about losing weight. It is hard to be excited about seeing 194 pounds on the scale for the 10th time in 2 years. It is hard to stay excited when it takes a long time, the scale doesn't move, or it is very slow going.

I do not stay motivated about losing weight, either. A lot of people say they need to "get motivated" to do it. Well, that helps, but sometimes you just have to put one foot in front of the other and walk the path, even if you don't feel like it or care about it or WANT to. I guess that there is always some kind of underlying motivation. Kind of like when you have to get up in the morning and go to work, or school, or whatever. Some days you'd really rather stay in bed. You don't FEEL excited or motivated to pop up out of bed and go. But there is that underlying motivation that "hey I want to be able to pay the bills so I better get up" even if you don't really want to. So it's like that. I just don't think about it, I keep going, I do what I have to do to not weigh 278 pounds again. It doesn't have to be perfect, everyone screws up. Just get it together and keep going ASAP. Sometimes that is one meal later, and sometimes it is days or weeks later. I think the less time we screw around, the better, but the key is not to give up and to get back on track as soon as you possibly can force yourself to. Don't get discouraged. If you regain some weight, re-lose it. Just keep going. Don't give up. That's my key.

Looking forward to another good week. Take care!

*FTC-required disclosure: Medifast provided me with its products for my personal use for free. I am not paid or compensated in any other way for mentioning their products. Medifast states an "average weight loss of up to 2 to 5 pounds a week."*


Low Carb Daily said...

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.... It's kind of like that for me.

Sarah from Onmyweightohappiness said...

Great job on your loss the past few weeks, hopefully you will go down and stay down this time, it's all a learning process.

Anonymous said...

194. Yep, that seems to be my revisiting point, too. And 175 is my turn around and run the wrong way point.

What IS it with these two numbers?

Big congratulations on that nice loss--and on getting back at it. Hard to suck it up and hit it again, I know.

Currently at 194 :]

Spaghetti Cat said...

You know often times I feel the same. Wow. I am back at 205. Or should I be excited to see 192 again?
How many times have I gained and lost this weight in the last few years...

But you are right.. I am far better off gaining and losing the same weight rather than just gaining it all and really hurting myself.

Life is a beautiful struggle :)
I have missed reading your blogs.

Karen said...

Congrats on this weeks loss. Just imagine the numbers you'd be seeing, and the way you'd be feeling if you had not restarted!! Oh and the clothes you'd be wearing. Onward toward the goal. Keep up the good work. You and the pup will be so happy with the new things you'll be doing. It's a whole new world waiting. I spend a tiny amount of time thinking of hiking where I couldn't have hiked every day. Keeps my head in the game. Here's to another good week.

Lori said...

Congratulations on two weeks of great losses.

I know what you mean about just keep on even when you don't feel like it. That is key. That is why you (and I) haven't regained every thing. That is what is going to eventually get both of us to our goal weights and keep us there.

Susan said...

Great Job.. I am most impressed by your will to never give up. I can't say the same for myself. I find that if it is going to be hard, it de-motivates me. I tend to beat myself up over failures:(

Karen said...

You are doing GREAT, Lyn!!! I think those regained pounds will be off before you know it!!!

Gavz said...

Yes, true, it better to re-loose 'that' weight, than to re-gain it back!


Anonymous said...

Sounds good. It is very few people how can really get rid of extra weight fast and keep it off. Your story sounds like a real life. It is a rough path but you are going forward.

Princess Dieter said...

My rate loss is slow. I simply don't lose big numbers weekly. I don't lose 4 or 5. I might have one or two 3 pound weeks in a year's time. ; ) Usually, if I have a big loss, it's cause I retained water before relosing. BUT...I can lose, even if slowly.

And yep. We have to find ways to do it even when we don't wanna. Just like we find ways to brush and floss and do laundry and iron and groom on days we don't really wanna. Just do it. Like taking medicine. Like shaving or bathing. It's gotta get done.

For me, slow loss is fine as long as I'm ingraining habits. I want not to regain to a high weight, for sure, but I also never want to be OBESE again, and for me, that's just a few pounds above me. I need to move DOWN and stay out of the obese category. I dont' care if it's 1 pound a week...some weeks will be 1/2 pound, some will be holding pattern As long as the trajectory is down overall and the mindset is "habits for life, habits for life". I want OUT of the overeating and bingeing habit--well, okay, no bingeing in 16 months, but the desire to overeat is still there on occasion. It's learnign to deal, learning to deal, day in and day out....eating like a "normal" person, day in and day out.

It's possible. We strive for it. We'll make it if we keep at it and never give up. I believe that, too!

Curvy Natural & Fit said...

Just stopping by to say hello. Found you on another blog. Hope you don't mind us adding you to our blog list. We'll be back to see how you're progressing. Good luck! :)

becca said...

Thanks for your blog girl... you are right, sometimes you just have to keep going motivated or not. I'm trying Medifast for the first time after maintaining an 80lb loss for 4 years (I was maintaining but couldn't for the life of me lose any more). I really appreciate all your reviews and tips!