They aren’t lying. Keeping the weight off IS the hardest part.Posted: October 25, 2011
By “they” I mean the diet “experts” you always hear saying, “Keeping IT off is the hard part.” I always thought, “Easy for you to say! You are thin. I
am in the middle of trying to lose this weight. That’s the hard part.” How wrong I was.
When I was losing the weight, I had very tangible goals in mind:
- Fit into regular sizes, not plus sizes
- Lose at a slow and steady rate
- Fit into some great jeans
- Be able to do hot yoga three times a week
Without the forward momentum and the goals, I’ve lost my way a bit. I have let things slide. I’ve slacked off on my physical activity, namely not keeping up with yoga. I’ve also gotten really slack about my diet. The times when I go off my food plan have started to blur together, rather than being isolated incidents.
The result: A slow, but steady, weight gain and loss of muscle tone. I am getting soft again. What a colossal bummer. And I have to admit the diet experts are right on this one.
So, what now? Well, I am taking heart that I know eating protein, carbs and fat in balance is my way back to maintaining my 90 pound weight loss and feeling better in my clothes. I am also planning on going back to my nutritionist (weightandwellness.com) for guidance. I also have thought that doing a cleanse with Metagenics Ultra Clear may help get me back on track. I also know I need to start doing yoga consistently for tone and well-being.
The main thing though will be to slowly get back to my program, rather than trying to be heroic and do everything perfectly right away. The all or nothing thinking that caused me to fail at weight loss so many times before is at the root of this latest setback. So, being accepting of failures will be key to getting back on track.
I would love to hear your comments as always!