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Failed Attempts

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

We talk about our successes, what helped us get through, but what about the times we flat out failed?
Before I got this journey “right”, I had so many other failed attempts at weight loss. I believe it came down to a lack of knowledge, not fully understanding how calories and cardio work TOGETHER.

About 3 months or so after having my son I agreed to join a gym with my husband and this place was NICE! Child care and a wide variety of workout equipment, I would use the bikes, treadmills, stair climber, and EVERYTHING for strength.
While building muscle is very important, it didn’t even cross my mind that I should of spent most of my time burning calories and eliminating fat. I’m not even sure I realized how over weight I really was; no amount of muscle would hide or fix it.

The other mistake I made was stuffing my face after a workout. Something about exercising made me feel like I was starving! And, after all, I had just worked out, right?!?!
*Hangs head in shame*

OBVIOUSLY, this didn’t work for me. I started packing on pounds like never before.
OH what I would give to be able to fully utilize that gym today!!!

Another negative aspect was I did not know how to use the equipment properly.
For example: I knew I needed to adjust the seats on the bikes, but I didn’t understand where it needed to be in order to take full of advantage of riding it and avoiding injury. And move the handlebars…?? Say what?!?

I had tried eliminating soda once, goal was for a year, turns out I gained ten pounds because I replaced it with food.

Here is the sad part… I MADE it more complicated than it is. It’s still hard, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not that complicated. Do we have plateaus? Yes! I’m in the middle of one as I type this.

Instead of jumping on the latest “diet train”, how about we get informed?

How important is this journey to you??

Are you willing to do your homework so you can succeed??

Eat less, eat better, get active! Read up, understand what you have to do, and then rock it out!!

Pass your goals!!

Much love!

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    For me, I would start failing around the time that my weightloss was evident but maybe 10-15lbs away from goal. I would start feeling good about the way I looked and start resenting all the things I can't eat. Tired of the limitations cramping my style. This time I've decided not cut anything out of my diet. Instead of cutting things out, I eat healthy and exercise regularly. This way I don't feel deprived. Hopefully, for the first time in my life, I hope to hit my goal and join the maintenance crowd!
    3507 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/15/2011 12:54:56 PM
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    3507 days ago
    Well said. It must be a life change - not just in one area - but across the board. It is hard and complicated, but once you've made the change, it's easy not to go back.

    Not that you don't have a bump in the road - but it's much easier to forgive, forget and move forward!
    3507 days ago
    Great blog!! I always love reading yours.! I cannot tell you how many times I have started this "i want to get healthly" just to quit a couple weeks later. Ever since I bought my biggest loser workout for Kinect, I only do it for a week or two then stop. Back in Feb 2011 I stopped drinking pop until Memorial day. THen I said "ohh a little pop won't hurt me" yeah it did .. it just made me gain more weight. After sever appemts this summer to start running (and not sticking to my goal) I seen my friend start exercising/cutting her portions down & loseing weight. I told her SEVERAL times I was done with pop && I'm serious. But I still wasn't until Sept 6th. I have been logging my food, updating, and taking pictures too! I really am ready this time around.
    3507 days ago
    Great blog! I can relate to everything you posted. I am so glad that I finally got a trainer to help myself. I can't believe how many exercises I've done before with poor form or just lack of knowing what to do at all. He's giving me the confidence to KNOW I can do it.
    The eating after a workout has been a struggle with me. There are days that I have to fight to stay out of the kitchen. I am glad that I am not the only one. I know how hard it is to burn X amount of calories...so it's been easier not to blow it on something not even worth it!

    Thanks for sharing !:)
    3507 days ago
    I LOVED reading this blog! I've had my share of failed attempts, especially after having the first five children (I found Spark after #6). Thankfully, I am healthier, more fit, and sharing what I've learned with my family....all thanks to what I've learned here on SparkPeople. Just knowing that I've changed most of my eating and workouts habits for the better helps keep me going.

    Thanks for sharing your journey! Keep on Sparkin', girl! You're doing AWESOME!!!! :)
    3507 days ago
    You are absolutely spot on. THanks for the great post. I needed the motivation right now. Ive hit a plateau now. But for me i know why.. I dont excercise much..run 2 days ina week and ignoring the fact that im eating as normal...Thanks once again.. i need it.
    3507 days ago
  • JILLV1022
    so true....i love this site for all the information they have, you dont have to go off site to look up anything...it is all there for you. we just have to put in the time and effort!!! emoticon
    3509 days ago
    Great post! Failed attempts in my case were related to not really educating myself regarding food. I lost a lot of weight when i started college... instead of gaining the freshmen 15 I lost about 20 pounds. I was working out every day, sometimes twice a day, I was studying... and I was eating crap, or skipping meals and substituting them with orange juice and some kind of pastry. I did lose a lot of weight, but I also had duodenal ulcers.
    Years afterwards I got diagnosed with PCOS and went on a very low carb diet with the aid of some prescribed pills for weight loss. I did lose a lot of weight, but I wasn't able to sustain the no-carb diet as a lifelong change. I tried to replicate it a couple of years later without the pills and got results the first two months, but them I was back to carbs and gained all the weight back.

    For me, SparkPeople has changed the way I see food and understand labels. I would read a label and see the calories, and I thought i was doing all right if I picked the cookies with less calories... even if I was chosing between a 300 calorie cookie or a 250 calorie cookie! Now I know that fruits and veggies are not optional and that I CAN eat in a healthy way, control cravings and keep full while losing weight. And that i can have that slice of cake, or eat that chocolate if I really want it, and not feel that I ruined my diet. I just get right back on tracking, and try to balance it out.
    3509 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3201713
    Great blog. Can totally relate. Doing the homework this time around. Keep up the good work!
    3509 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8301081
    It has been a journey for sure. emoticon
    3509 days ago
    I always love your blogs. I can always relate. I have tried so many attempts to fail but now I am happy to say I have lost over 40 pounds. I've hit a plateau like you but so glad to be healthier :)
    3509 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1035627
    Wow - GREAT blog! You are so right! Thanks for sharing!
    3509 days ago
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