Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Weighing in Wednesday: Feeling of Defeat

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As many of you know, I have been trying for what feels like forever to lose weight.  I will get on a good start, then something will happen, and I will give up. I know it does not make sense to many of you, but there are so many reasons why giving up prevails over keeping up with the weight loss.

Some of my struggles are:

  • I am not losing the weight as fast as I know I can gain it.  I have been known to gain four pounds in one week, but the most I have lost is a little over two pounds in a week.
  • Exercise is not fun for me!  People say to find something you enjoy, but other than walking, I hate all forms of exercise.
  • I love food!  I absolutely love the taste of most foods and it is difficult to limit myself to smaller quantities.  This may be the greatest challenge I face.
I started walking with two co-workers earlier this year and started feeling good.  After I started feeling better about myself, I once again started going to Sparkpeople and counting my calories there and journaling my workouts. The problem with that is if I know I had a horrible day, instead of keeping track, I go on the path of ignoring it happened and do not track it at all.  This is not helpful, and I know it, but it is still something I do.

The weight loss journey started on October 2.  For some reason, I woke up and was sick and decided "why not start it today?"  I proceeded to lose about 20 pounds in the next few months, but that is where it stopped.  I track my calories, I walk, and still, the scale teases me.  I woke up last week and weighed myself and nearly gave up after I gained 4 pounds.  I still have no idea how I did that as I tracked my calories, walked, and didn't do anything differently.

After the pep talk I gave myself late that day, I decided to forgive the scales, forgive myself, and move on.  It is little set backs like this in the past that have made me stop and feel that it is not worth it.

I'm hoping some of you can relate, some of you can tell me how you continued to lose the weight after all the set backs, and that some of you can help me with motivational tips!  Weight loss seems to be easier with a group than feeling alone in the battle.
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