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When Does A 140 lb Weight Loss Become Depressing??

Sunday, December 02, 2012

A weird question, I know. But, exactly when does such a weight loss become depressing? When it's no longer that weight loss. It took me about 13 months to lose 140 lbs and just a few months to gain about 45 lbs back. I can't seem to get back on track no matter what I do. It's extremely depressing. Everyday starts off with good intentions and as the day goes on, well forget about it. I think the change in my work schedule and transportation home is affecting me to a point. My bf used to pick me up from work and I'd be home in 15 mins. Now, I'm back to public transportation which means it takes me about 90 mins to get home. This is throwing off my eating. I WAS so proud of myself and now I feel like I did when I started my journey at 328 lbs. Yes, a lot of weight is still off and it's a daily fight to not put back on anymore weight and to start getting the scale moving back in the opposite direction. I know I'm not the same person I was at 328 lbs and I'm still down about 100 lbs from that but the 1st time hitting this weight was such an accomplishment, now it's depressing. Isn't it funny how when I 1st reached the weight I am now I was celebrating but going past this weight and putting some weight back on and bringing me back to this weight is being looked at as a failure. And, that's what I feel like a failure. :(
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    Hang in there, love.
    2712 days ago
    Hi, I just saw your page posted on the Spark Pages - Inspirational site and I read your story, and saw all of the AMAZING Before and After pictures and I'm with everyone else here - you no where close to being a failure! Are you kidding?!? How can you fail after losing 145 lbs and YES, I include EVERY POUND you initially lost - because that is a weight loss journey you MUST CLAIM!!! YOU did it, no one else! And because YOU DID IT you KNOW - that YOU CAN DO IT AGAIN!!! WITHOUT A DOUBT!!! You have the fortitude, tools, physical, mental and emotional fortitude to steady your course and get back on the "lo-carb saddle" and GET IT DONE!!!

    I really wanted to share with you, and all of the other phenomenally supportive Sparkers that may visit this Blog, too, of the following great article I read from Dr. Michael Eads, one of the preeminent authorities on the Low Carb diet. He wrote an article about just why, from a physiological perspective, it IS so hard to get back to losing weight (esp., on a low carb diet) after bingeing or getting off course. It's not just mental and emotional but physical, too. The GREAT NEWS IS - all is NOT lost - although it takes a minute for our bodies to trust that we are truly committed to losing this go around - it WILL let go of the weight. Also, he explains why you might have so rapidly gained the 45 lbs, too. Here's the link and a great excerpt from his article:


    "People learn how to cheat in their first low-carb go round and remember how when they start again

    The first time around on a low-carb diet is exciting. You’re actually getting to eat all these forbidden foods – steak, eggs, real butter – that you’ve been taught make you fat and are losing weight like crazy. It’s unbelievable. But sooner or later, you get a little weary of steak, eggs and real butter, and you start looking to expand your food choices. If you stay on your carb restriction, you start to figure ways that you can keep carbs low, but eat facsimiles of the high-carb foods you enjoyed before you started your low-carb diet. You make the major discovery that low-carb brownies exist (or at least they call them low-carb brownies) so you give them a try. Then you find out about low-carb waffles, pancakes, bagels, etc. You discover that there is a whole low-carb world of what you’ve always thought of as high-carb foods. You are in heaven. You can have your cake and eat it, too, so to speak. But around about this time, the weight loss starts to really taper off and maybe even comes to a halt.

    A few years later, you’ve regained your lost weight plus some, remember how effortlessly you lost it on a low-carb diet, and decide to do it again. But this time, instead of starting with the steak, eggs and real butter all alone, you stock your low-carb larder with low-carb brownies, bagels, chips, and other junk as well. Strangely, the low-carb diet just doesn’t seem to work as well this next time around.

    If you want to be successful the next time around on a low-carb diet, you’ve got to follow a low-carb diet. And it takes commitment. You’ve got to realize it’s going to be a little more difficult than it was the first time, and you’ve got to go on an honest-to-God low-carb diet filled with quality low-carb real foods. And you’ve got to stick to it. You want to hang in there until you get to what was called in the old medical literature the dynamic weight stage. The dynamic weight stage is when weight is changing rapidly in either an upward or downward direction. Anyone who has gained or lost a lot of weight has experienced this. You can gain rapidly once you get into this phase, but ultimately you stabilize and hit the static weight phase. It works the same going the other way. Once you get your weight loss momentum built up, you seem to lose effortlessly while in this dynamic phase. This is where you want to be. But you have to commit for a few solid weeks to get there. You can’t just diddle with it, go on a few days and off, fill up on calorie-dense, low-or-no-carb junk, say you’re doing a low-carb diet, and wonder why you aren’t losing. You’ve got to get up into the low-carb saddle and ride."

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    2740 days ago
    You inspire me. I have lost and regained my weight over and over many times. I decided that this time is going to be the last time and I know from reading your story that you will get there again. I have decided that if I can just lose 1/2 lb a week then that is still a loss and the picture doesn't seem so far away and unattainable. So far it is working for me. I am rooting for you. One step at a time and you will get there.
    2760 days ago
    I understand! My lowest was 189 and now I've gained up to 222 again! And back when I first reached 222 down from 277 I was feeling small and proud, happy, confident...and now I feel like my stomach is poking out in all my clothes and when I pass a mirror think how big I look. BUT I have been back on it for a week. You just have to do one day at a time. I really like what you're background says. I wanted to grab a snack tonight but was dissapointed to see it had already gotten past 8pm and right now I decided I wasn't going to eat after 8pm. I'm just trying to do today what will help me reach my goal tomorrow. It has been a little bit since this post, I hope that you are in a better place now. We have to learn to love ourselves at any part of this journey. Best wishes.
    2764 days ago
    You are soooooooo an inspirtion. Look how far you came. Don't give up! Ok, so you have gained some weight back. You are gonna have set backs. You just have to force yourself to get back up and dust yourself off and get back in the game. I weighed in last week at 301 and have lost 10 lbs so far. I have a long way to go but it is people like you that have inspired me to keep going. Come on girl, jump back up and get back in there. Try to look for those things that are bringing you down and see if there is any way to change them so that you at least feel some what better about it. It is hard to get back on but if it was easy you wouldn't get that great feeling you are gonna get when you do! We are in this together! emoticon
    2767 days ago
  • MACEW6410
    Your don't a failure. Your doing a great Job. emoticon
    2768 days ago
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    You are not a failure, you are an inspiration! I have been doubting whether or not it is even possible for me to lose 92 pounds to reach my goal weight. But 140? I can't believe you did that! Even 100 is amazing to me! You must be such a strong, dedicated, and hard-working person to have managed to lose so much! You give me hope that I can get through this!

    Everyone loses track at times, but the secret is getting back on the horse! You can do it!! Take baby steps and you'll hit the ground running again in no time!
    2769 days ago
    You are definitely not a failure. You lost in 2 years what it's taken me 20 to loose. You are an inspiration to me that I can get the last 100 lbs off. Maybe there are things in your life that you are still trying to hang on to. I know that with kids in the house it's hard to keep certain things out of it. Just take a day and evaluate what is part of your life that is causing you to trip up. For me it was allowing stressful situations of others to become my problem, and feeling like a failure if I couldn't fix everyone else and there issues. I still fight with this but it becomes a little easier each day to say... I can't control that let it go. I also had to evaluate why I was eating what I was eating. Was it because I needed it or because I was trying to push away a problem instead of dealing with it. There are a lot of things that get in the way and some aren't easy to solve. Figuring out what those things are whether physical or emotional is the first step to getting full control. Changing habits is the hardest part, I often find myself on autopilot and have to regain control of the wheel. You can do this just allow yourself to be a human that makes mistakes. Instead of beating yourself up ask yourself what can I learn from this. Keep going, and never give up!
    2769 days ago
    I know it can be hard, but you can do it, you have come a long way. Perhaps you need to realize everyone goes thru this, ive lost 68 pounds but now the scale is not moving, for the past month. I still try! and i comend you for keeping up the fight.
    2772 days ago
    We all have weigh loss slumps no matter how much or how little we need to lose. What you have accomplished so far is simply amazing and if you keep trying you will find what works. The only way we fail is when we quit! emoticon
    2776 days ago
    You can do it, have today be your staring point and don't look back. I recently read a motivational quote here at sparkpeople that I repeat to myself often. ' If you're tired of starting over quit giving up'. I know how hard it is to slide back because I am there but you can make today day one and start fresh, don't even think about the gain, just start from today. I know you can do it!!
    2776 days ago
    Thank you Heart4Home....That means alot.....XOXO
    2782 days ago
    First you are not a failure! You are experiencing a down time but you are a fighter. You don't lose 140lbs with out having some spunk in you. I applaud you for sharing your feelings with us. I will be praying for your sweet friend. You got this!!!
    2782 days ago
    Thanks so much WholeBodyHealth and everyone else for your support.

    2782 days ago
    You are not a failure.
    You are worth more than your weight.
    This battle is not over.
    Stay consistent with good choices, not perfect, just consistent.

    You are a winner!
    2782 days ago
    Thank you so much ladies for the feedback & support. It means alot. Amanda I would love to fight this battle with you. XOXO
    2793 days ago
    I can appreciate where you came from, but we can get there together. I have requested you to be a friend. I am an emotional eater whom has had many ups, downs, & disappearing for long times from the site related to my depression, low self-esteem, & some difficult job situations.

    Each of us have come so far, even if travel backwards. One of the other things I have noticed with myself is that I grieve losing the weight. Yes, after it is gone, I actually actually as likely to feel bad that I lost the weight. Why didn't I do it sooner? Will my family who lives 1000 miles away & hasn't seen me in over 4 years accept the new me I am working on becoming. I know that I cannot change their prespective about food and my weight, but they are not the ones living in my body. I am.

    I need to do this for me, my health-physical & mental, my life & my career. I am willing to fight this battle with you. We can always battle with each other, as long as it is not against each other. (I know I am one whom is more willing to take care of others than myself, so I am hoping that such an idea may work.)

    Your loving warrior,

    PS-Feel free to check out my blog & page to get to know where my journey has gone, both the right & wrong turns. emoticon
    2793 days ago
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    2797 days ago
    You can do it - maintaining weight loss is (to me) just a difficult as losing those first pounds. It is a lifestyle and once you can make a "new" routine you will be back to losing. Hang in there - you are certainly not a failure just a little bump in the road.

    2798 days ago
    Thank you so much Grammy....Everyone has shown such awesome support and given me great advice.....xoxo
    2799 days ago
    You are definitely not a failure. Yes, you are experiencing a set-back, but that is all that is. If you are back to public transportation, can you find a different route to the bus or subway stop that would have you walking a little farther. Being farther away might also require that you walk a little faster and burn up some of those extra calories? Maybe you can spend some time during your commute to journal how you are feeling and what has been going on in your life. Anything you can do that doesn't involve food and might help your mind and/or body. I'll be rooting for you and will check back often to see how you are doing. Be strong in mind and body -- you can get through this and you will! emoticon
    2799 days ago
    Thanks LIL, you're right XOXO
    2805 days ago
    Try not to feel bad Mama! Life throws us all off sometimes, I had to lose the same weight four times before I finally got past that magic reset weight. You'll get there, just keep trying. As long as you keep trying you aren't a failing anything, you just took an educational detour. *hugs*
    2805 days ago
    Thanks Gem....that means a lot.....XOXO
    2806 days ago
    I just read your last blog before this one. I'm so sorry you are feeling this way now b/c I was just saying I wish I felt as you did when you wrote that last blog. I think you can't look back, but only forward and know you have us, your SP family to cheer you on! You can do it! You've accomplished so much already!
    2806 days ago
    Thanks Sis.....I appreciate the kindness....XOXO....Would anyone here be willing to exchange cell numbers so I can text someone when I need (like about to reach for a bowl of ice cream)....?
    2807 days ago
    Going up and down on the scale can be depressing but you have to look at where you came from to get to this point. You are such an inspiration to so many people including myself and we applaud you for your achievement. This is the time where you need to get it together and get back on that horse because if you can make it this far you can go so much further.... Girl, you can do it...

    2807 days ago
    Yeah....I'm still trying....won't give up.....I feel like for every step forward I'm taking 2 back
    2807 days ago
    I can totally relate. I came to SP after having my second child. I needed to lose the baby fat. I lost the weight and then slowly lost motivation and gained some of the weight back. I'm now back AGAIN trying to get to my goal weight and then try to maintain that weight. I have two little ones, ages 3 and 2. I am 35 years old and want to be healthy for them.
    2807 days ago
    Thanks so much....I'll look for those....I'll try the protein bars or something along those lines....xoxo
    2809 days ago
  • _MOBII_
    You aren't a failure! Sometimes life gets in the way. Just tackle one thing at a time.

    If you are having a problem with public transportation interfering with eating, bring a meal replacement bar with you to work and eat it on the bus (or whatever transport you are using) on the way home, or just before you leave work, that way you don't feel starved by the time you get home and fix something healthy.
    I keep a box of them in my drawer at work and there are days here and there that I will even eat a half of one for a snack. They are heavy enough to stick with you for a couple hours and reasonably priced.
    I get the Life Bars from Walmart, they are just a few dollars for a box of 5. I get either the chocolate or peanut butter ones that have 21g protein.

    You can do this!
    2809 days ago
    Thanks so much hun...xoxo
    2809 days ago
    Don't feel like a failure. Life gets in the way. You are strong enough to get through this. Find a way to get back on track. Start by working on your fitness and getting some in every day. Baby steps. emoticon
    2809 days ago
    Thank you so much for the support and advice. It is greatly appreciated. XOXO emoticon
    2810 days ago
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    Below is a link (I think you have to copy and paste) for a blog from IndyGirl about weight regain. I thought she and her story might be helpful to you.


    And just for the record, I think you're very strong and brave to continue on this journey to a healthy life and weight. Spark On.
    2810 days ago
    You are not a failure. Often, change is a catalyst, for good or bad. Unfortunately change in your routine through off your eating habits and now you're trying to figure out what to do. For those 90 minutes, maybe you can spark instead of get distracted and snack? Do some seated exercises- tense your bum and relax. See how many you can do. No one will know except you :) Calf raises. Etc. Try reading a book, or listen to something uplifting. Make that 90 minutes your "me" time and do something you like that won't be too hard on a bus (I used to knit and crochet heh). This is just a temporary set back if you let it be temporary. Use your disappointment at the weight gain as a catalyst to get back on track!
    2810 days ago
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