How Relapses Happen in Long-term Weight LossPosted: September 5, 2011
I wanted to fire off a quick post before I leave on a business trip. I am currently in a relapse with my weight loss. By relapse I mean I have gained a chunk of weight (9 pounds) while still trying to lose the last 10-15 pounds. I guess it is more like a setback. What is interesting is that I started to focus really intently on the 10-15 I hadn’t lost, rather than on the 90 I had lost.
When that subtle shift of focus happened, my mind shifted to the “F***-it all syndrome.” “I can’t lose that last few pounds, so screw it. I am going to happy hour and eating nachos.” These are the kinds of things I started to say on a more regular basis. It was infrequent at first, and then when I went on vacation a few weeks ago, the flood gates opened. And, tah dah, 9 pounds have crept back on.
So, what made me successful in the first place was allowing and being permissive of the occasional slip up, but getting right back on my food plan. I found success in mindfulness and mindful eating. When I started shifting back to all or nothing thinking, I found myself in trouble.
So, the next few posts will focus on how I use some permissive self talk to get back on my meal plan. Hopefully you will find it helpful too.
Oh, by the way. The indicator for a weight gain for me is always tight pants. Rather than focusing on the tightness, I am trying to see that the tight pants are a 12 and not a 20!