Welcome back to the next installment of AIM! This month’s topic is quite interesting and affects all of us on some level. Weight regain. It’s so common in life to lose and gain weight over and over again. And after a really large loss, is it inevitable to have some regain? I don’t think it is a universal truth, but it is common. Some people are able to lose the weight and stay there. Others, not so much.
I have lost and gained over my lifetime and it wasn’t until I really made a lifestyle change that the loss stuck (mostly). I know that you always hear that, but it’s true.
I was here:
Then I got to my lowest point here:
And for the last 2 years I have been here:
Don’t you love my most recent dressing room shot? This was a couple months ago. I’m a size bigger than the previous picture. The reason? More food, basically. I am a foodie. Not a 5-star restaurant, snooty nose in the air, must have the latest and greatest item foodie, but someone who appreciates good food. Simple food that is well made – or gourmet food. So, there was some weight creep from that – and I was aware when it was happening.
I also find that I have trouble in the summers when I am doing tons and tons of biking trying to balance calories in and out. That seems to be where I struggle the most and that season is pretty much here now. When you burn 1200 calories in biking and need to take that back in on top of your daily – that can be hard. Then the next day if I am not biking, my stomach is like a bottomless pit. It’s hard to balance. I am hoping to do better this year.
While the black pants in the middle photo are a pair that this year I said I was going to wear again, the work that it takes to get there (and STAY there) could be more than I want to do. I have made some progress this year so far, which is good, but it’s extremely slow. I’m not totally comfortable where I am, but then again, I am not really uncomfortable, either.
Yeah, I could drop my calories really low and exercise like a demon and cut out more of my favorite things and get a lot smaller, but at what cost? Food is enjoyable to me. I love to exercise, but I don’t want to spend more than an hour or so doing that a day – unless we are talking a cupcake bike ride on weekends! I have a full-time job and I don’t want to spend all my free time trying to burn calories off. Exercise is fun to me and I want to keep it that way.
I guess I am just a bit more relaxed about the whole thing as long as I am not gaining more. Then I tighten things up again. Then I relax. I don’t want to be someone who white-knuckle rides on the scale and is paranoid about eating. I finally am in a pretty good place with food, other than over snacking at times, and I do not want to ever associate food with guilt again.
One blog I love to read is by Dr. Yoni Freedhoff called Weighty Matters. He really has a great way of viewing weight loss in the context of real life and not a weight loss bubble.
He recently had a post about all or nothing thinking. The title is pretty awesome in itself and if I was a quote person, I would probably hang it on my wall. All Or Nothing Thinking Will Always (Eventually) Get You Nothing
Ain’t that the truth?
The other thing he has stated a few times is this: “Life is about the healthiest life that you can enjoy, not the healthiest life that you can tolerate.”
I think that plays a role in my maintenance journey.
Make sure you read about “Through Thick and Thin,” at my fellow AIMers’ blogs for their thoughts on this topic!
AIM: Adventures in Maintenance is Lynn, Lori, Debby, Shelley, and Cammy, former weight-loss bloggers who now write about life in maintenance. We formed AIM to work together to turn up the volume on the issues facing people in weight maintenance. We publish a post on the same topic on the first Monday of each month. Let us know if there is a topic you’d like us to address!