However, look at all of us "weight loss" bloggers. I include myself when I say that almost every 'big' weight loss blogger I read when I got started... from 2007 to 2010 or so... the ones who were popular and widely read and a source of inspiration... almost every one is fat again. Some have gained back all the weight. Some have gained back most, or half, or just some. But there are so, so few that have kept off a large amount of weight since back then. It's kind of discouraging. Upsetting, even, when you used to be one of the people who read those blogs for inspiration. We read them because they were doing it, they had done it, they made it possible for the rest of us to do it, too. And yet now, everybody's fat again.
I've gone back in my Favorites and looked at the folders I'd labeled "Bloggers 2007", "Bloggers 2008", etc and you know what? About 90% of them are not blogging anymore. I guess we could assume they just got tired of blogging, moved on to other things, are enjoying their new fit and healthy life. I'm sure that's true for some people. But many, many of those blogs had final posts that sounded sad or desperate and were fighting a regain. Many blogs were completely deleted. But some, the brave ones, kept posting... kept sharing their struggle with weight. And very few post updates that they've kept all the weight off.
I look back at the 'buddies' that were new bloggers around the same time that I was... the ones I was inspired to start by, and the ones I lost weight with. And the ones who lost weight after I did. Some of them have talked about regaining the weight. Some have just stopped talking about it and don't post pictures of themselves anymore. Some of the 2009-2011 bloggers have regained a lot of weight, just didn't talk about it, and then finally came out and admitted it. And several who lost a large amount of weight have regained 20 or 30 pounds and decided they can live with that. And of course, here I am having lost 103 pounds and gained about half of it back. I mean, look around at the bloggers... it makes me sad. I could sit here and easily list two dozen bloggers that had amazing, inspiring blogs and lost a lot of weight and looked and felt amazing. But everybody's fat again.
I read some of the newbie bloggers... the ones who are losing or have lost a ton of weight and who say they've got it figured out. They're never going back. They feel so great. They believe they have won. And I remember so many of us, myself included, saying and thinking and believing those same things back when we had figured it out, felt so great, were never going back. And sometimes I read those newer blogs and I can see their addiction still riding on their back like an ominous black demon, waiting... waiting to tighten their spindly black fingers around the throat of their victim. I see it. They don't. They'll see it in a couple of years. They'll wake up fat again and wonder what the hell just happened. How could I let it happen? How could I let it go? What do I do now?
Odds are against us all. Maintaining a large weight loss is statistically improbable. It is a fact, and looking over the old blogrolls just bears this out. Almost everybody's fat again.
The one thing I hang onto is this: each of us does have it in our power to change that statistic. Perhaps in 2020, they will find that more and more people... higher and higher percentages... of people who lose weight do NOT gain it back. Statistics are not static. Time changes everything. Even though I have had a huge regain, I have beaten the odds so far in that I have kept off 50 pounds for about 4 years. And I can beat them... change them... by losing the rest of the weight and keeping it off. So can you.