Lost Over 100 pounds but the Weight is Creeping Back On

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    Jan 16, 2011 5:21 PM GMT
    So, I lost over 100 pounds. It wasn't easy but I did it. Now, however, the weight is slowly creeping back on. I WASN'T EVEN AT GOAL YET!

    It's a combination of stress, depression, and poor life choices recently. I've been trying to get back on track but it only lasts a few days and then I fall off. On top of this, I got hurt recently and haven't been able to go to the gym.

    My question is for those who have lost a significant amount of weight: How do you handle it when the bullshit that caused you to gain weight in the first place creeps back into your life? How do you stay focused?

    Any advice I can get from people who have been there would be greatly appreciated.
  • momewrath

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    Jan 16, 2011 7:20 PM GMT
    I'm going through the same thing. Lost about a hundred and then a year of he'll in which I spent a few months under doctors orders to not do anything. During all that, lost my father. Then right when I felt like I was at the point where I could get back to working on myself about four months later, my mother dies too. And those were just the major events that made the end of 2009 and 2010 a time I'd like to forget.

    Getting back to the gym was the easier part for me. Eating was the bigger challenge to conquer.

    The big thing is just to get people around you that'll support you in any way possible. There's always us if you cant get anybody else.
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    Jan 16, 2011 7:33 PM GMT
    momewrath saidI'm going through the same thing. Lost about a hundred and then a year of he'll in which I spent a few months under doctors orders to not do anything. During all that, lost my father. Then right when I felt like I was at the point where I could get back to working on myself about four months later, my mother dies too. And those were just the major events that made the end of 2009 and 2010 a time I'd like to forget.

    Getting back to the gym was the easier part for me. Eating was the bigger challenge to conquer.

    The big thing is just to get people around you that'll support you in any way possible. There's always us if you cant get anybody else.


    Sorry for your loss.

    It's the same scenario with me. Was getting so close and then the shit hit the proverbial fan. I also was under a doctors care and unable to do anything. Then, after getting back to normal I find that I am under a doctors care and unable to do anything again.

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    Jan 16, 2011 8:01 PM GMT
    Food can be an easy crutch to lean on.

    I had a client who was overweight, lost all of it and came roaring back even heavier than ever. Basically he was an exercise bulimic - had no problem eating either the wrong food or too much even though he knew better but yet he'd go to the gym faithfully.

    Come to find out that it was easier for this client to identify with being overweight since it was something that had been with him since he was a kid. To let it go would be letting go of a part of him that had been instrumental in forming him as a person whether good or bad - sort of like a point of reference from his past. After having been familiar with being overweight for so long, it's a no brainer to regain the weight so there's no struggle there. It's also a vicious cycle.

    Not sure if this hits any of the right buttons but if you have access to a therapist, you may find out quite a bit about how your subconscious plays a part in this matter. His therapist and I plotted a strategy for getting the weight off. We were making some progress but unfortunately I relocated. How about working with a trainer who will hold you accountable?


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    Jan 16, 2011 8:07 PM GMT
    Make sure you're eating enough. Stay active.
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    Jan 16, 2011 9:19 PM GMT
    ThisJourney said
    momewrath saidI'm going through the same thing. Lost about a hundred and then a year of he'll in which I spent a few months under doctors orders to not do anything. During all that, lost my father. Then right when I felt like I was at the point where I could get back to working on myself about four months later, my mother dies too. And those were just the major events that made the end of 2009 and 2010 a time I'd like to forget.

    Getting back to the gym was the easier part for me. Eating was the bigger challenge to conquer.

    The big thing is just to get people around you that'll support you in any way possible. There's always us if you cant get anybody else.


    Sorry for your loss.

    It's the same scenario with me. Was getting so close and then the shit hit the proverbial fan. I also was under a doctors care and unable to do anything. Then, after getting back to normal I find that I am under a doctors care and unable to do anything again.

    Why was getting back to the gym easier than getting back to eating righticon_question.gif


    ssguy69 basically said it. Food is a crutch when depression and bad times strike. My eating for most of 2010 once I got back into the gym basically put me at the perfect point of stabilizing my weight.

    I've been eating better the last few weeks and actually managed to drop a lot of weight during the holidays. So I'm at least refocusing myself now.

    A personal trainer may be part of what you need. I'm not sure of your injury, but it could very well be one that you can work around and a trainer will do exactly that. Doing something is better than nothing.

    However, if you are like how I was and cant because of doctors orders, you should just wait until you have the go ahead. At least start eating healthy in the meantime.
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    Jan 16, 2011 9:47 PM GMT
    Adipose tissue (fat cells) are like memory cells, once they have formed we dont lose them, they can empty and re-fill. so it maybe a reason its easy for people to put weight back on if they fall into old habits. keep up the good work tho bud.
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    Jan 16, 2011 11:33 PM GMT
    i used to weigh about 245 lbs now about 165, i found swimming and stairclimbing the best exercises, all i realised i needed to do was find one or two foods i was eating that were not promoting my goals, like no more fries at mcdonalds and cut out the sugar in my coffee, I chose one fat and one sugar i constantly consume that are not my favorite foods but eat regularly... i lost my weight very fast, the strectchmarks actually cost me pain, its interesting how sleight adjustments to one's diet when combined with exercises one enjoys pays off unlike some of the Obsessive Compulsive routines, I just went from machine to machine without rest, till i hit the 3 target muscles..... just find what was succesful for you, see if you can revamp it, everyones like and dislikes are different, yours truly cocoa butter's ex
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    Jan 16, 2011 11:47 PM GMT
    I remember how hard I worked to get where I am.
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    Jan 17, 2011 2:54 AM GMT
    In 2000 I was 165 lbs...way too light for my height and body frame, but had planned to bulk.
    Then I started college AND flight school, and I was working full-time, too.
    By 2009 I'd let myself get back to 225 lbs, but it was all fat.
    Now I'm back to 175 lbs (which was my original goal) and holding it by eating properly and staying active.

    It can be done, but you have to be persistent.
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    Jan 17, 2011 2:59 AM GMT
    If you did it once you can do it again! Get back on track and kick some ass. You just have to be motivated for yourself. I lost 70 and work everyday not to get it back. Losing it at my age is tough enough so definately won't put it on.

    If i eat extra I work out (ellyptical) extra. Today was 1 hour on there and 1 1/2 hours of racquetball just because i pigged out last night.

    Check out http://www.exerciseformen.com/ for some good info.
  • FriscoJansen

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    Jan 17, 2011 3:10 AM GMT
    Lol, that is exactly what it does right? It creeps back on, lol. I can understand what youre saying. We all go through it at some point. Congratulations on losing that weight, that's tremendous. You obviously have the drive there and once you get better mentally and your body will tell your brain you need to get back out there and workout. I don't think you will let yourself slip too far. Try to eat right if you can while your healing. You can only go up from here! (:
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    Jan 17, 2011 7:32 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidUPDATE:

    Losing more than100lb is amazing. I hope you find a way to continue your progress or at the very least find a way to maintain the level of achievement you made for yourself.


    Just read your rant about me (after posting here) and how you made me the scapegoat of a completely fallacious argument in another thread.

    YOU SUCK. YOU ARE FAT BECAUSE YOU ARE MISERABLE.


    I never made a rant about you. If you're so hypersensitive about being HIV+ you shouldn't have put it in your profile. You should also stay away from threads where your own comments can be used against you.
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    Jan 17, 2011 11:23 AM GMT
    Stress and lack of sleep raise cortisol levels in your blood which put your body in fight or flight mode. In that mode you are more likely to produce fat than lean muscle. We sometimes forget that sleep and rest are as important as diet and exercise. I think there is a RJ article in the archives that goes through the chemistry of it.

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    Jan 17, 2011 12:51 PM GMT
    ThisJourney saidSo, I lost over 100 pounds. It wasn't easy but I did it. Now, however, the weight is slowly creeping back on. I WASN'T EVEN AT GOAL YET!

    It's a combination of stress, depression, and poor life choices recently. I've been trying to get back on track but it only lasts a few days and then I fall off. On top of this, I got hurt recently and haven't been able to go to the gym.

    My question is for those who have lost a significant amount of weight: How do you handle it when the bullshit that caused you to gain weight in the first place creeps back into your life? How do you stay focused?

    Any advice I can get from people who have been there would be greatly appreciated.


    I lost over 80 pounds and occasionally in that process 2-4 pounds creeped back on but each time I

    1) went back to the exercise regimen or varied it if I was getting bored with it;
    2) carefully watched my diet and eating times
    3) watch for "excuses" for eating the wrong things or not paying attention to the number of sweets you eat, snacks, etc. Make sure meal times are at regular times.

    Basically, I just got back to basics. My hardest part is that each time I got back down to 170 and pretty much have stayed there for over 6 months and haven't been able to get lower...My goal is to get to 155 and wear my Jimmy Conners tennis shorts again. So, I'm trying very hard to refocus, keep the incentive and determination alive, stop making excuses for not running, etc. Once I start running 4 times a week I start to love it again, but if I run fewer times than that I tend to get a bit lazy.
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    Jan 19, 2011 1:44 AM GMT
    I lost about 240 lbs. dropping from 422 to about180. I had bariatric surgery to loose my weight, back in October 2005. Since then, I have been responsible for my weight, diet and exercise.
    I was told that I could expect to regain a portion of my weight, even as much as 30-40 lbs as a "rebound". I have rebounded about 20 lbs and am happily staying between 195 and 205. It is inevitable that you will "fall off" the wagon. You get bored and life reclaims its place in stress and complications and demands. All I do, is realize what happened and not dwell on what happened, but just restart the good habits and healthy eating without lamenting what has happened...you can't change the past anyway...so move on!
    Try keeping a food log of everything that goes in your mouth....from water to meds, to oatmeal to eggs to apples to dick! EVERYTHING! Make sure you are getting enough hydration, get your sleep, get your exercise, eat 6x a day.
    Depending on our activity level, you should be getting at minimum of 60 gm of protein. The equation I was given by my surgeon and sports nutritionist was your weight in pounds divided by 2.2, times (0.5 upto 1.5) to give you the number of grams of protein you should be taking in daily....if you are body building the numbers are higher, with conditions.
    The water is critical in your diet. You can estimate your needed intake as 64 oz for the initial150 lbs and then add 8 oz for each 5lbs....again this is minimum, and goes up as you get more active and as it gets hotter.....
    The carbohydrates you take in should be complex carbs, with low glycemic index. and about 1/3 to 1/2 as much in simple carbs.....Fat...the body NEEDS some fat, because some vitamins and minerals are fat soluble...I was told to limit fat to less than 20 gm/day....make sure you keep your fiber up, as it will help you feel full longer and with colon health........remember, that muscle weighs more and is denser(smaller in size) than fat, so you could be dropping fat and adding muscle which may cause your weight to rise...get tested for body fat composition....don't freak out and don't give up, stay the coarse get back on the diet and just do it! Clean out all the shit food and reload with better food.... get moving, turn off the TV and the computer.....they are TERRIBLE for the diet and the mental game...
    Good Luck!, you can do it!
    Gary aka SPORTY_G