100 lb. Club - Other times, this IS ridiculously HARD.

09-21-2007, 08:40 PM
So a mere week and a half after my revalation of the EASE of weightloss :rofl:
Here I am..I have put back on two pounds (HOPEFULLY mostly water weight). Been eating like a CRAZY person...been eating like I used to eat to get this fat in the first place. Day after day on Fitday I cringe to enter all of the foods I have eaten. 2100 calories here, 2500 there..I am so out of control right now. I do fine most of the day...Then after 8 all bets are off. I kept trying to eat less the day after I ate too much, and it usually just made me eat MORE.
I am so frustrated I have ruined most of this month that I just want to quit. But I don't want to quit at the same time...I love feeling better about my body and I want to continue improving upon it. I don't want to be that person that lost weight and gained it all back. So here is my confession. This is karma kicking me in the BUTT for getting overly confident. I just have to calm down. It was just one week. I can get over it and pretend like it never happened. Just a little glitch on the radar.

:hug: to all

09-21-2007, 08:46 PM
Some days / weeks / months / hours :p it is easy, some it is not. But a week of not easy and bad choices doesn't undo all the hard work before it. Karma's a...well...you know. Have a better weekend and get back on track. :)

09-21-2007, 08:55 PM
I feel ya. I've been having these crazy binges too... I only eat once or twice a day, and usually not much, but its completely NOT the right foods. Take today for instance, I've eaten only once, but it was a roast beef, and large curly fry from Arby's... Arg... And I've found it nearly impossible to find the motivation/energy/time to exercise..

09-21-2007, 08:57 PM
Oh lalique you hit the nail on the head...It's the eating once or twice a day...but BAD stuff...that is driving my calorie count sky high...Today it was a muffaletta sandwich with chips...yesterday Whataburger..McDonald's the day before..you get th picture LOL *sniffles* I been a bad bad girl. :p

09-21-2007, 09:23 PM
Oh Mary how I feel for you. I could've written this exact post about my week as well. Just as I think this will be easy and I'll finally succeed - WHAM - disaster hits and I eat everything in sight.

My advice to you is this - don't limit yourself to one or two meals a day. Eat all three plus snacks - incorporate the fruit and veggies into your diet again at full force and when your hungry after 8pm have a piece of fruit or cup of hot tea.

Don't get down on yourself! You have come so far and are doing fabulous. Don't worry about yesturday or the entire work - your month is not ruined - because you will get right back on track tomorrow. Everyone has times in there life where they just lose it a little bit and now for you, for us, that time is over and tomorrow we return to our habits that we've worked so hard to commit to.

This too shall pass!

=) C.

09-21-2007, 09:30 PM
I've been doing ok **fingers crossed** but the old way of thinking pops in now and again == the old "but i've been good for months now....when can i stop?? wahhhhh i should be thin by now!!!" Of course i say that after 2 weeks of eating healthy hahahha "am i skinny yet???" hahahah

I saw myself in the reflection of a giant 2-way mirror today, sitting with 5 of my co-workers, one of whom is a 6'2 big husky guy and i'm BIGGER than him!!! OMG

09-21-2007, 09:33 PM
Hey, good for you for recording it in fitday! I've had times where I binged and PLANNED not to enter it into fitday because I knew it was going to be horrible. At least you're facing the numbers! :) You'll turn it around, just keep trying, reading, looking, doing what you know you need to do (get some veggies in the house, cook, plan meals, etc). It often helps me to pick up a book about weight loss from the library, "French Women Don't Get Fat" or something like that. It's kind of motivating.

09-21-2007, 09:51 PM
If there is anything that has kept me humble in life, it is my weight problem. Having tried and failed so many times before, I don't usually get overconfident when I'm doing well on plan. However, I do enjoy the moment when it is easy. I revel in it and celebrate it. When it gets hard again, I think about the times when it was easier, and look forward to the ease coming back again.

09-21-2007, 10:07 PM
That's just it Mary. Somedays it's ridicously easy and others, it's the hardest thing in the world. I think that we have to accept the fact that, that's just the way it's going to be. Up and down, back and forth.

Having said that, have you tried to decipher why you're making poor choices? Are you not planning well? Are you bored with your menu? Take a step back. Take a real hard look, maybe you'll find some answers.

You have done so amazingly well. You've improved your health and your very life so much already. You have SO much to be proud of and feel good about. You'll get it together again. And soon. I know there are many, many more "easy" days in your very near future. :hug:

09-21-2007, 10:09 PM
Hmm, BattleAx, something you said really struck me. Humble, overconfidence ... I was an overconfident student once, and I pulled very mediocre grades. I came upon a math class, and I knew it wasn't my strong suit, so I humbled myself quite a bit and really buckled down. I aced the class - it was such a successful strategy that I decided to major in math in college. I guess I should apply that logic to weight loss.

I also like what you said about during hard times, realize that it'll change and this will be easy again one day. :) Excellent perspective.

09-21-2007, 11:47 PM
Robin I don't know what it is...I think it's a mix of boredom with my menu and giving in to cravings. I am SO tired of chicken, but it's convenient to make and very nutritious so I WAS trying to eat it atleast 1 meal a day...Also I am so busy at school the LAST thing I want to do when I get home is cook myself a meal! I hate cooking for one person :( So I have started getting lazy and gravitating towards saying "Yes" when the finacee asks if I want to go to Taco Bell for supper...I am weak for fast food LOL.

Thank you guys so much for supporting me :hug:. You don't know how much I need it. I will never ever ever get over confident about this again. :rofl:

09-22-2007, 12:18 AM
Do you like asian food? Here are some recipes I love!

Asian Turkey Burgers (http://rakel.vox.com/library/post/tired-of-the-same-old-burger.html)
This is a recipe I posted in my Vox blog. I tend to have a lot of asian spices and sauces lying around so this is something easy & inexpensive for me to make ... plus, you can easily freeze these and pop them in the frying pan, grill, etc when you're hungry, so it's not like you're preparing a bunch of food that's just going to go to waste.

Asian Flank Stir-Fry (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Asian-Flank-Steak-Stir-Fry/Detail.aspx)
This is the best stir-fry I have ever made, seriously. It tastes better than going to a restaurant! If you make it by the recipe it's only 294 calories per serving, but I generally prepare the noodles in a separate pan with some oil & terryaki (sp?) sauce and throw some seasame seeds in to brown the noodles, and then mix the two together at the end. And it goes without saying that you can use as many veggies as you want, and just throw in enough meat to give it a boost. PLUS, you can change the serving size and allrecipes will automatically change your ingredients to reflect that, so you don't have to eat leftovers for an entire week! (maybe just a few days :P)

09-22-2007, 12:21 AM
Those both look awesome :) Thank you!

09-22-2007, 06:06 AM
Robin I don't know what it is...I think it's a mix of boredom with my menu and giving in to cravings. I am SO tired of chicken, but it's convenient to make and very nutritious so I WAS trying to eat it atleast 1 meal a day...Also I am so busy at school the LAST thing I want to do when I get home is cook myself a meal! I hate cooking for one person :( So I have started getting lazy and gravitating towards saying "Yes" when the finacee asks if I want to go to Taco Bell for supper...I am weak for fast food LOL.

Mary, I know it's got to be especially hard for a student. What with your hours, your studies, the social life. Very, very difficult. I give you gals uber credit for tackling this at such a young age.

How about making a bunch of meals ahead of time, say on a Sunday morning, and freezing them? Having them all ready for when you get home? Cleaning, chopping up a bunch of vegetables so they're all ready come dinner time? You can even use large zip loc bags to store salads for a few days ahead of time. They stay nice and fresh and it's great to come home and have that salad all ready for yourself. Soups are great to make also. You can make a huge pot, it lasts all week. Veggie burgers (Morning Star Farms Chick PAtties and Spicy Bean Burgers are my favorite) are great to have on hand as well for dinner. With a bowl of soup and a salad, it's a great meal. Canned tuna or canned salmon in that salad with a soup is a good, quick meal as well.

And I know you don't want to hear this, but, if fast food is your weakness, how about making a STRICT, STRICT rule - absolutely NO FAST FOOD WHATSOEVER for 4 weeks? NO MATTER WHAT. It might be just the "detox" that you need.

I know you said you will never get over confident again. But do keep in mind this easy/hard stuff does come in cycles. So I think it's okay to be semi-confident that though at times it IS hard (very), that those easier times WILL return. And what a relief it is when then do. I think when we are doing this for longer, we will come to realize that falling off track does not mean STAYING off track. And we can gain some confidence in that. :hug:

09-22-2007, 10:31 AM
Oh Mary, you're going to think I'm crazy, but I couldn't stop thinking about you this morning. I was just thinking. About setting some strict rules about fast food. Just an idea - how about for those 4 weeks, ya know, where NO MATTER WHAT you won't touch the stuff, for every day of those 4 weeks, you put aside one dollar in an envelope and by the end you will have $28.00. And then you can reward yourself with either a manicure/pedicure. Or a pretty scarf. Or maybe a nice piece or 2 of costume jewelry. Or some new make up. A pretty barrette. I don't know something like that. Sooo much of this is mental. If you make it a little more interesting, make a game of it so to speak, maybe that would help you.

I have so much faith in you. I KNOW you can do this. :hug:

09-22-2007, 11:41 AM
Ok, I can reply to this thread. Mary, your other one about it being ridiculously easy was one I just couldn't relate to.
You have done so well, I don't think you should quit. It's like we always hear on these threads... what are your options?? Keep going and continue to lose weight and be healthy or go back to bad habits, gain weight, and feel miserable?

You've received some great advice here, so I'm just adding my support! Remember that there are a lot of us that feel it is RIDICULOUSLY difficult to lose weight!!! :)

09-22-2007, 11:45 AM
This is tough.....life just keeps getting in the way! But, you can do this! This is just a blip on the radar and you can move on. Keep going. We're proud of you!

09-22-2007, 02:52 PM
Robin I think I will try the absolutley no fast food thing. I just fear it will make me want it more though hehe. Thanks for all of the good advice...I think I will try to make some soup this weekend to put up in the freezer. I loooove homemade soup. I just bought some veggie burgers hoping that will help also. I am hoping yesterday will be my last disaster :)

See Spot Shrink
09-22-2007, 03:02 PM
Mary, just weighing in (ha!) with my support! I read your previous post and was like, "Yeah! It does feel like I've hit autopilot! I'm kicking some serious rump!" :carrot:

Ah, but then this week came along to show me who's boss. I'm a student, too, and between work and school stuff and PMS from h*ll, I've been a junk food junkie this week: Taco Bueno, Sonic, Popeye's and Burger King. Just outta control! Emotionally, I am trying not to beat myself up. Physically, it's a little like this: :barf:

I am struggling to get back on plan. But I know that I have to--there's no shame in falling down, so long as we keep getting back up.

I get it--I completely understand that this thing is both ridiculously easy and ridiculously hard. Just wanted to let you know that you're not alone!:hug:

09-22-2007, 03:05 PM
Mary, that's the thing. It's not going to matter if you want it more - once you make the commitment to do without it for 4 weeks. It'll almost be a relief to you, if you absolutely make it NOT AN OPTION. And I think you will be pleasantly surprised just how quickly you no longer crave it. And once those 4 weeks pass, make it another 4 and then another 4 and pretty soon it will be a non-issue. And if 4 weeks seems to high a number for you, you just can't see that far down the road, make it 2 weeks or heck, make it one week - just make it SOMETHING. :)

09-22-2007, 03:07 PM
One thing that might help when going "cold turkey" from the fast food is to find something else (food-wise) that you can get excited about, so you're not focusing on what you can't have. Maybe you can get excited about crock-pot recipes, or stir-fries, or 100 things to cook on a George Foreman grill, something like that.

09-22-2007, 03:10 PM
hehe Phantastica I am looking for crockpot recipes as we speak!!

09-22-2007, 03:13 PM
OK Robin...I will go for 2 weeks first...If it has a drive through, I will just drive right by.

And SeeSpotShrink...THANK YOU! It sucks doesn't it? Rolling along doing so well...then BAM! Oh well. We can do this :) I hope lol.

09-22-2007, 05:04 PM
Mary - a couple of things from me...

1st - I have a file that I just got from a friend, yesterday, that has 100 Weight Watchers crockpot recipes. Let me know if you'd like me to email it to you.

2nd - Something I do when I'm having days or weeks like you're having. I bump my "allowable" calories up to a maintenance level. That way I don't have to keep kicking myself for being "over". I'm allowing myself some time to maintain at a higher calorie range. However, while I'm in the higher range I STILL only allow myself on-plan foods...I'm just able to get more in or a few of the treats that I usually avoid. I can have 2 tbsp of peanut butter instead of 1, for example. It kind of gets me back under control when I do that and it doesn't wreak havoc with the scales.

You can do this! Looking forward to you getting back to an "easy" week!!! :D

09-22-2007, 06:52 PM
Tricia- YES! I would love those recipes..I love cooking in the crockpot :D Thank you so much!!

OK...Right now I am cooking a beef veggie soup on the stove and a chicken enchilada soup in the crockpot so I have plenty of yummy foods put up in the freezer! I went grocery shopping and bought a ton of fruits and veggies and good stuff, and I am excited about eating right again!

09-22-2007, 07:27 PM
I was reading along thinking about what I wanted to say, because this is the exact same cycle that gets me into so much trouble. Then, I realized that Robin and others had said almost all of what I wanted to say and more, and said it better than I would have. I think she is so right about the fast food. You and I actually seem to be on exactly opposite cycles, though. When you posted how easy it seemed, I was really struggling. Now, I seem to be back in my groove, and you are struggling.

That being said, I'm going to share my lazy, busy-life diet tips with you. I keep a supply of low-cal, portable food on hand all of the time. I am a little embarrassed to admit that there are days when I don't cook anything at all - and I'm not even re-heating things I've cooked earlier. On these days, my meals and snacks consist of fruit (mostly hand-held, on-the-go fruit), carrots, raw snap peas, fat-free yogurt, protein bars (My favorites are Pure Protein Chocolate Deluxe at 170 calories, Pria chocolate mint cookie at 110 calories, and Luna Chocolate Peppermint Stick at 180 calories. I find them to be very filling.), and those packets of salmon and tuna. I actually really like the Teriyaki flavored Chicken of the Sea tuna at 140 calories, and it fills me up. Now, I really do advocate whole foods, and I really believe in the value of preparing well enough that I don't eat everything from a package, but as Robin said, fast food seems to be something with which you struggle. I thought that maybe some "fast food alternatives" will allow you to do some substitution of foods that I find to be tastier than most fast food options but won't destroy your calorie goals for the day.

Good luck! I know that there is NO WAY that you are going to destroy your hard work by giving up. You know that if you work through this struggle, you will be back here talking about the simplicity of it all again!

09-22-2007, 09:37 PM
Do you have a Trader Joe's in your area? Trader Joe's has some excellent low-fat, low-calorie, tasty packaged meals that you throw in the microwave. Fast, really good, and probably not as expensive as a fast-food meal.

09-22-2007, 09:43 PM
All I have locally is a Wal-Mart and a Brookshire's. The nearest Trader Joe's is atleast 3 hours from me LOL. I WISH we had one! You guys seem to rave over it.

I DID try Laughing Cow wedges for the first time today...OMG DELICIOUS!!

09-24-2007, 12:54 AM
Hey Mary. I've been in the same boat this last week. I even stayed away from 3FC because I felt so guilty...which is horribly ironic because 3FC's always what motivates me. I had pasta at Macaroni Grill and a chicken sandwich at BK....among other things. Bad Amber!
But this morning I decided to stop being dumb. I woke up and looked at my dress for the ball and decided I'm too close to quit...I HAVE to fit in it come November...no alterations, darn it! So I did some TurboJam and am once again drinking my water. Staying on plan food-wise is going to be a challenge, but my way of thinking is that I've done it before; I can do it again.

:hug: Mary. You're such an inspiration to us. You look phenomenal and you're going to look ever hotter when you get to goal!

09-24-2007, 01:05 AM
Awwww thank you! That's how I am...I stay away from 3FC when I am doing poorly with my diet because I feel so guilty..Like I am not worthy of giving advice and receiving it..So I have to stop being dumb too LOL. We can do this girl! :hug:

09-24-2007, 01:27 AM
((HUGS)) Im dealing with the same thing myself right now, and its not easy.

09-24-2007, 01:28 AM
Yeah, I feel like a total fraud when I'm posting here and being decidedly unhealthy. Like going to an AA meeting drunk, or something!

09-24-2007, 05:47 PM
Robin thanks for the idea about putting up salad for a few days...I get so lazy..It has been a life saver. I LOVE salad...I just hate chopping up cucumbers and tomatoes and carrots everytime I want one! :hug:

AND THANK YOU ALL!! I love you guys. Really, you have made this journey so much more bearable. You've helped me keep going when I normally would have given up by now :hug: to everyone.

09-25-2007, 01:00 PM
You're losing 39 lbs is wonderful! Hang in there and begin new tody.

09-25-2007, 02:20 PM
Hang in there Mary!! We all have those kind of days/weeks! :hug:

I am going to do some crock pot cooking this coming weekend and stock the freezer. Just gotta do it!

09-25-2007, 02:58 PM
I just hate chopping up cucumbers and tomatoes and carrots everytime I want one!

Does your grocery do the little bags of pre-cut veggies in the produce section? We have Hy-Vee here and they always have different bags all washed and cut and ready. They have different types for salad, stews, snacking, stir-fry, coq au vin, whatever you want to make. I used to buy them all the time because they were so convenient but they are pretty expensive so I have to quit being lazy and peel my own carrots now.