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11-20-2007, 04:12 PM
I have fallen down and I don't even want to climb back up. I let the fast foods creep back in slowly as my life got more busy. Now it's all I eat. I have completely stalled, and have gained back almost 4 pounds.

I KNOW what I am doing wrong. I KNOW I should plan ahead. But I can't get my mind straight. Apathy has overcome my weightloss struggle. I don't want it to be that way...But it is. I don't care what all I shove into my mouth. If it's greasy and tastes good I am there. If it's sweet and rich give me more.

I love the bad foods, and I hate the thought of going back to eating right :(
Grrrrrrr. So yeah. I am trying to make a come back here..But I don't know what to do.

11-20-2007, 04:21 PM
Hi Mary,
I'm so sorry to hear that you're going thru a bad time...but as Dr. Phil says, "How's that workin' for ya?"
As miserable as you sound, I don't think it is...and believe me, I know what you're going thru, because I just went thru it. I had lost 50 lbs, and then turned right back around and gained 6 of it.
You have the answers, you know what to do. Start with baby steps and definitely start planning your meals. Please don't go out and get any more fast food....it's so hurtful to our bodies.
You've lost weight, so you know you can do it. You just have to decide if you want to make the commitment to save your life.
Good luck to you, I wish you the best.

11-20-2007, 04:32 PM
Hey Mary,
Hope you're feeling better by the time you read this...
But in case you don't here's a couple of pennies for you...I hope they help.

Penny thought: YOU'VE LOST 42 LBS!!!!!!! Girl, I'd love to be down to your weight! I'd be feeling all good about myself and sexy...and probably like I "deserve" to eat fast food...thing is, if you continue to gain and "don't care about what you put in your mouth" you'll weigh as much as I do. You'll get bigger than you were before. Honey, YOU'VE DONE A LOT OF WORK to get where you are now. Be proud of it, it's hard to undo something you're proud of.

Penny thought: Read what those "fast food products" do to your body. I'm not just talking about excess calories here. But a TV commercial that shows a person smoking covered with the gooey nicotine (that covers a smokers lungs) is highly offensive to the visual senses. What offends your senses? I've recently been reading the awful things that extra sugar does to a person's insides (Dr Oz) because I have a sweet tooth. It kept me away from sugar for a while. Perhaps offending your senses with unhealthy food would help.

Penny thought: Take the OTC Orlistat drug. After a few bouts of uncontrolled diareah, the Pavlovian response is to avoid greasy food of any sort.

Penny thought: Review your goals. Do you really want to lose the weight? Are you truly motivated to do so? Did you feel better at 224? If not, then, what weight do you really want to be? Are you comfortable at your current weight? If not, what are you willing to do to lose? Is it worth it to you to give up fast food products (the hassel of waiting in drive thru's etc) in order to lose weight?

Ok...that's more than my 2 cents. I hope it helps. It's what I'd want someone to say to me, whenever I get to 182...cause I think we're all able to relate to how you feel.

11-20-2007, 04:43 PM

Ok, so let's start with baby steps. Often my life & lifestyle require fast food, there are better choices out there. Grilled chicken from Wendy's, chicken Taco from Taco bell, Roast beef from Arby's and subway is always a good choice. I know these are not "ideal" meal choices, but if it must be on the run, it doesn't have to be the really bad stuff.

11-20-2007, 04:46 PM
I am not content at this weight. Yes I feel more confident...But I know I m still fat. 186 is not flattering to my 5'3" frame. I could live with myself much easier at this weight than 224...but not really be happy. And if I keep eating like this, I know all my hard work will just evaporate. I want to look normal. Not skinny. JUST NORMAL.

I just don't understand why I feel this way. Is it laziness? Is it just stress? Whatever it is, I need to find a way to regain my motivation. I know this is a life long commitment...I just can't give up.

11-20-2007, 04:48 PM
Sockmonkey, you have come so far, don't give up on yourself! Does that fast food really taste good to you? Does it make your body feel good and does it make you feel good about yourself?
4 lbs is not so much damage to undo really, you can take care of that in a week or two and be back where you were!
Don't just try to come back here, do come back! Even if you are not eating completely right, keep checking in every day. You will find some inspiration here eventually and your mojo will come back.

11-20-2007, 04:52 PM
:kickbutt: :hug:

You may have to wipe this slate completely clean and "Start Over". Yes, you've lost a great deal of weight! (woot!) And you should never truly forget that, but maybe putting that aside and thinking of this a brand new start will help out. Make those small changes again.

You know what you have to do. You know that you can do it. Now. Do it.

11-20-2007, 04:55 PM
Ok Mary...here's a question...Do you take a coffee break or a lunch break, or even in the evening just take time to put your feet up and rest a bit?

Most of us would say yes.

Instead of looking at your current lull as stress, laziness, or lack of motivation. Why not look at it as a break?
It's not that you've lost your commitment, it's that you need to focus on some other areas of your life for a while. That said, making those more healthy choices (like calling ahead to Subway instead of driving thru McDonalds) might help you feel like you're doing better.
Then, as you get to the "I can't stand being at 186lbs anymore" point, you can pick up and lose some more.
We can't all feel "up" and "motivated" all the time. So, if you want to just breath for a while at 186, that's not a bad thing. The trick is to make those healthier drive thru choices so you don't gain.
You're a smart chick.
You can do this.

11-20-2007, 04:58 PM
Any chance you're just bored with eating well and exercising? It's a long road when you have a lot to lose and I think most people are going to have a point where always trying to do the right thing gets a little old. Then you realize you have to make the right choices forever and it seems a little daunting.

I'd suggest committing to three or four days of eating well and exercising again. I think it would let your head clear a bit to figure out what you're really interested in doing.

Good luck and keep coming back.

11-20-2007, 05:06 PM
I think I am bored with the routine...but how do I make it more interesting?? I work 2 jobs and goto school full time and there isn't alot of time for me to cook nice healthy meals. SIGH.

11-20-2007, 05:09 PM
Mary! Please listen to me! :)

I was exactly where you are now, when the same thing happened to me. Almost right down to the pound. I had gone from 230 to 187..I was proud of myself and feeling better than I had in a long time. Then that same thing crept up on me...and the bad stuff started sneaking it's way back into my life.

I wanted to stop it..but didn't know what to do to change my thinking.

Today, I am 252 pounds...I gained EVERYTHING back, PLUS 22 more. And guess what? I STILL can't get my mind around what to do. All I know is that to me..it seems like I am doing all I can to get to 300...heck, maybe 350!

I am angry at myself, and feel lost, and afraid for my life.

I do NOT want to see you go through this! Please...take care of yourself, and don't let your 4 pounds destroy all that you have accomplished...you are SOOO worth whatever it takes to get yourself back on track. I hope you can learn from my mistakes...and stop this spiral before you've done real damage.

I'm sending you strength, love, and prayers
:hug: :grouphug:

11-20-2007, 05:13 PM
No big advice from me except that you need to take it one step at a time. IMO, you don't want to be in this funk because you posted here. Now, don't give yourself any options. Cut out the fast food. I know what it is like to be busy. I have two jobs, too. One gives me a paycheck and the other is being a mom to two very active preteens. So, I know it is so much easier to go to a drive thru. But, it isn't too bad to go into a grocery store and buy a salad, or to get a healthy sandwich at Subway.

You can do it! I know you can!

11-20-2007, 05:15 PM
Linda...thank you..Seriously that made me cry. It's nice to know someone knows what I am feeling. I just don't know how to shake the apathy though. I wish you the best of luck!!!

11-20-2007, 05:27 PM
Hey Mary! I've been thinking about you. I went through a mini-version of what you're going through now, but I managed to gain 11 pounds in less than two weeks. Now, I'm re-losing those pounds and it kinda sucks. BUT - I know it can be reversed and that's an important step, too. It's a long journey, with lessons all along the way.

So, my bit of advice is this - Take it ONE day at a time, or even one meal at a time. You don't have to be perfect forever. Your good choices only have to outnumber your bad ones. And at your age, you get to make a few extra bad and/or marginal choices and still lose weight. So, what can you eat today to keep you satisfied and away from the fast food? Sandi's options might just be enough for you for now. With these as the staples, you might lose slowly, still be able to indulge your fast food cravings, and manage your crazy life. Other options are frozen dinners, protein bars, yogurt and other quick meals, making your meals on the weekend for the week ahead, etc. You know there are choices. Do you want it badly enough to figure out what choice works for you in your current life situation?

It's a long holiday weekend! Use the time off from classes to figure out how to make it work, and then go through it day by day. I really want to finish our my journey with you.

11-20-2007, 05:29 PM
Maybe take some cues from Nelie. She has lost an astounding amount of weight. But she has done it in stages, she loses a bunch, then maintains, loses a bunch, then maintains. It sure has worked for her!

11-20-2007, 05:33 PM
Mary, can you recall what the thoughts are that you have as you're deciding where to go to eat? Are they thoughts of "Oh what difference does it make?" or "Who cares anyway, I'm just going to eat." or are they kind of wicked, like "I'm going to do what I want, I deserve it." or are they miserable thoughts like "I'm fat and I'm always going to be fat."

Can you tell us what you think as you make those choices?


11-20-2007, 05:34 PM
I think..."Man I would love a big greasy cheeseburger and some fries. I can get back on track some other day. I haven't gained back THAT much weight. Since I am so busy I can get away with it for awhile"

11-20-2007, 06:14 PM
:hug: I am sorry you are having such a tough time..... I completly understand... I have gained 2 lbs back of what I lost. I really think for me two things have affected me... the holidays coming up and fall/winter being here. I am not giving up and I know you can do it too!! you have lost so much and I know you can do this.

11-20-2007, 07:37 PM
I love the bad foods, and I hate the thought of going back to eating right Grrrrrrr. So yeah. I am trying to make a come back here..But I don't know what to do.

I think..."Man I would love a big greasy cheeseburger and some fries. I can get back on track some other day. I haven't gained back THAT much weight. Since I am so busy I can get away with it for awhile"

Dear Mary. :( Weren't there ever any "good" foods that you liked?


11-20-2007, 07:51 PM
LOL yes, there are good foods that I like...but for some reason the bad ones just taste oh so much better :p

I am glad to be back here. I am feeling more positive already.


11-20-2007, 07:59 PM
What if just for one meal, like lunch tomorrow, you went to Subway and had one of their low-fat six-inch sandwiches? Without the mayo, maybe some vinegar, lots of veggies? And skip the chips. You could try it, anyway. It's just one meal.


11-20-2007, 08:20 PM
Actually I have managed to get so broke I think I will be forced to eat the Lean Cuisines in my freezer hehe. If I don't have the money to eat out, then I can't! Yay for being poor! :)

11-20-2007, 09:02 PM
Hey sockmonkey...

First of all, CONGRATS for catching yourself at just 4 pounds and starting to think this through now. You should really be proud of yourself for that, and recognize it for the sign of fundamental strength and committment that it is.

I recognize your 'all or nothing' diet mentality from every last effort of mine except this last and ongoing one. For me it was always veered between diet perfection and utter food chaos.

Last night I was making my lunch for today - romaine lettuce, salad veggies, grilled chicken, cubed cheese, assorted nuts and seeds to toss over it all. I was literally *salivating* over the green pepper and carrots. I nibbled a couple and was in heaven. I thought it was going to be delicious today, and it was! I had a healthy breakfast as well, and snacked on fruit and nuts in the afternoon. A model day really, and everything I had was exactly what I wanted.

And then, driving home? I was tired (really poor sleep last night) and a little stressed, and was suddenly overcome with the desire to eat something hot and greasy. So I checked in with myself...was this really what I wanted? Was I just tired? Could I conceivably make a better choice, and still feel satisfied with my meal? Nope. I wanted something hot and greasy. So I went to the grocery store and bought take out chicken wings and potato wedges, took them to my car and ate them right there in the parking lot. Half of the 10 small chicken wings and several potato wedges, just until I felt satisfied and no more. Stopped at the drugstore and polished it off with 70 calories of Lindt dark chocolate. All this completely without guilt or any sense of doing anything wrong. Just came back from an hour walk, and feel great.

I've learned that I can trust myself to make good choices for weight loss with ease most of the time. Part of that has been allowing myself non-typical diet foods in normal or reduced quantities whenever I want them. If you were to get up tomorrow and have a delicious healthy breakfast, it would not preclude you from making any other choice for the rest of the day. Consider just committing to one meal. Pamper yourself with a pretty dishes, a nice presentation, and a peaceful and quiet place to concentrate on your balanced and delicious meal and savour every bite. Then see what lunch brings! :) You'll already have done something wonderful for yourself for the day, and might be surprised how infectious it can be.

11-20-2007, 09:24 PM
You CAN do this. Congrats for catching yourself at such an early place. I have been there. I lost 70 lbs. Then I slowly let the old lifestyle creep back in and gained every single lb. back. I am so proud of you for posting!
I find that greasy foods are a trigger for me. The more I eat, the more I want. If you can break the cycle for a few days, your body will stop craving all of that grease. Your idea of using your freezer supply is an excellent one. Everyone else is spot-on. One meal at a time, one day at a time. Plan, plan, plan. Also - have healthy snack foods within reach. Make it as easy as possible to make the "right" choice, and as difficult as possible to make the wrong one. I just know that a week from now, you are going to be back on track and well on your way to shedding those 4 little lbs.

11-20-2007, 09:45 PM
I know how your feeling. After a 60 pound loss and more to go, I've started to loose motivation. But we can't give up yet.

My solution? I got more advanced work out DVDs to push for, signed up for a 5k walk, made a bet with a friend to not gain anything, and bought some books(Think thin, Be thin and Thin for life). Things that will help motivate me and give me tips on how to combat emotional eating. I think it's helped. I've exercised 3 days in a row so far.

Also, something my best friend said. "You either want this or you don't. And right now, it doesn't look like you want this." You don't want to have to do this again? I know I don't. It's so hard and it will be a lifelong thing. But hey, we'll be healthy, fit and hot at the same time. I know the last time I tried some fried mushrooms I couldn't finish it and wanted to vomit. It was disguasting. I grew up on fast food. I've been eating marginally well the last few months and already have had some change. I know some days it's so hard not to go to McDonalds or order pizza. That's why I keep Lean Cuisine for those times. Being broke did help me get out of that fast food rut. Also, if you got to have fast food, try order just a kids meal and get a salad on the side. At least it'd be a smaller portion of ick.

Good luck. You were one of the few "it" people I took notice of when I joined the forum. The people that help me feel like this is attainable for me.

11-20-2007, 09:58 PM
Actually I have managed to get so broke I think I will be forced to eat the Lean Cuisines in my freezer hehe. If I don't have the money to eat out, then I can't! Yay for being poor! :)

Many days the lean cusines are what my lunch is. I bought a bunch, like 15 and stocked the work freezer with them. It saves me from a couple things, lunch is done, I don't need to get up early to fix it up, and 2 I don't need to leave work anymore tempting me to make bad choices.

Much luck to you, I know how you feel bc there are days I would love a cheesburger or get a blizzard from dairy queen, I'm not even sure what has kept me away, but I have, and I"m doing my best to continue to do so. You know we are all here for you!! :hug:

11-20-2007, 10:46 PM
You did good at catching youself at 4 lbs... and your cry for help shows that you truly care about yourself and really want to get back on track.

You can eat those foods, but in a healthier way. If you have a hankering for a burger... get some extra lean ground beef and grill one up. If you want fries, cut up a potato, rinse it in water, toss with a bit of olive oil and seasoning and bake it in the oven :)

I'm coming to that time of month when I get bummed about everything, and I just want to eat what the heck I want. I've been cutting up veggies and keeping them with me to snack throughout the day, so when it does come time to lunch at work, I'm not craving for the nasty food so badly - and am satisfied with healthier choices. Eating smaller healther portions throughout the day instead of 3 big meals really help me a lot.

:hug: you've been doing so well and I know you can get right back on track, you just need to shake things up a bit and substitute for healthier but still yummy choices.

11-20-2007, 10:51 PM
You'll be ok, just don't be too hard on yourself.

11-20-2007, 11:34 PM
Hi Mary. Its so good to hear from you again. I've missed seeing your beautiful face around here. I'm sorry to hear that you're going through a rough time. These times always seem to come around, don't they. I've been going through another one of my rough times myself. One thing I'm realizing is that it is just about impossible for me to stay on-plan when I am not getting enough sleep. The lack of sleep makes me head for the kitchen to look for something to pick me up....mainly, the sugary carbs. Plus, I just don't have the energy necessary to keep myself on-plan and not giving into my stress, moods, etc. Could this be your problem, also? You mention working two jobs and going to school full-time. You have quite a load on your plate.

11-21-2007, 01:05 AM
Mary, you have came a long way. I wish I was were you are. Be proud of yourself. You have done a wonderful job!!!

Janny O
11-21-2007, 09:23 AM
Hiya Mary,
McDonald's got the best of me the last time I lost weight. Now, I curse that place. Maybe just a good old fashioned "kick start" can get you on the right track. Hang in there babe, you're sooooooo close.

PS Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Cuter w Curves
11-21-2007, 11:32 AM
This is going to sound REALLY superficial but...

Do you have any HAWT outfits you want to wear/get into?

I mean... That super awesome dress, etc...?!

I am also slacking *even though I said I wouldn't* and the only thing that is keeping me mildly in check is wanting to look good in a dress I have in my closet. The health aspect isn't phasing me... ****! My allergy isn't even phasing me as it should be. But my clothing is... :o:dizzy:

Maybe a more superficial goal like this might work to at least get you started...

For me I am a loose then maintain... loose then maintain... loose then maintain... loose then maintain... type. If you can't bring yourself to lose then just maintain for a bit.

11-21-2007, 11:51 AM
Hi Mary..it sounds as if you have had some really great responses..and people who genuinely care for you and what is happening,and I do too..

I would be lieing if I said this was my very first diet ever...its not..I have lost about 40pds in the past,and then back plus 10..umm or more..I know its hard to lose wieght,its hard to maintain,its hard,its hard,its hard...and yes,fast food is easy and addicting,its funny when you look at it,you wonder what the heck makes it so tempting,some frozen pattie,made out of parts of a cow I dont even know,and some buns made out of sugar,and some cheese that sat on the back of a truck for about a month before it got to McDs..and yet,put it together and I will fight you for it...lol..sad but true...I watched the "super size" movie,some of my friends were,I will never eat that again,and I was too,too their face,as soon as I left I couldnt wait to get 2!!!!...

but back to topic...I have slipped as well..and I would love to say here is what happend,here is how to get passed it...but I dont know..all I know is,you are sure not alone...maybe my mind was not ready,maybe I was to strict in my diet,which I usually am...maybe Iam scared of losing the weight and keeping it off..being a role model,I dont know...I honestly dont know..and I cry just thinking of it...and same as others,I know have more weight to lose than I did last time..how did that happen???...I guess,I just dont want to see what has happend to me,happen to you..I dont..do what ever you have to do,journal write your feelings,fustrations,etc...find a nice restaurant and pre order something healthy to pick up,or find some frozen meals that are actually good...or...this has worked for me lately,when I crave a burger,I made a sandwich..I was suppose to be watching my bread,but...I was craving a burger for the past couple of weeks,so I made a sandwich out of turkey,lowfat cheese,lettuce,tomatoe,toasted organic bread (lowcal,high fiber),and a mustard,and you know what,it was sooo good and a low cal tomatoe based soup....it was filling,and distracting...and I slowly ate it and realized that this is really good...and I have not had that burger for two weeks now..Im not saying this WILL work for you,but find your subsitute,and do what you can...its those small steps...

I know that when I start on that cycle it is extremely hard to break,I too use to hit it everyday just about,sometimes twice!!!...and then I would order more food...but I was trying to fill something...and I never got full.....to be honest,when I first stopped going I cried...lol...I was just about to pull into the drive thru,and I pulled off had a fit and cried on the way home..

all I can say is,beaware,take some small steps,find some good soups make a sandwich,a really good one,or wraps..and buy a magazine and relax...write in a journal..do what you have to...

take care...:(

11-21-2007, 12:24 PM
Whatever you had I seemed to have caught it too. I was going along SO well. I'd lost about 37 lbs and was so commited. I won the points challenge last month with a perfect score. I could do no wrong. UNTIL.... I went out for mexican and margaritas one night. The next day I didn't exercise. The next it was no exercise and not enough water. It just went totally out of control. I ate whatever I wanted. Sat on my butt all day. I gained a few (2-3) pounds back. It might not sound like much but it felt like failure. I've been trying to control myself without feeling completely restricted. I still haven't gotten back on my treadmill all week. I still haven't been drinking like I should. I still eat the wrong stuff but try to at least control the quantities. I think the time change and cold weather coming in has thrown my body into hibernation mode. I've been doind everything wrong.

The weight has been slowly creeping back down. This morning the most amazing thing happened. I got on the scale and I'm now down to 274.6. That's the lowest I've been in a very long time. How did I come down so much and still be doing it all wrong? I'm not going to question it but be thankful. Maybe my body just needed a break and time to readjust. I'll get back into the better eating, exercise and water. I just have to do it gradually again. I don't want to shock myself into another stop in the weight loss.

Hang in there girl. Don't cut out all the fun food. Just limit them to once in a while. (not once in a while everyday) You'll adjust and get back into the swing. It's just such a hard time of year to be good.

11-22-2007, 11:50 AM
I have to add...D.Q was the worst place for me..love the burgers,and a blizzard,or ugh...wont go into details...

I wished it gone...

it burnt down...

no one hurt..hopefully good insurance...but...umm feeling powerful and wearing a cape now..kids are scared to get on my bad side..becaues if I have the mind power to burn down D.Q...look out!!!!


11-22-2007, 08:01 PM
LOL Lannae!

11-23-2007, 02:49 PM
Just an update. I have been getting back in to watching what I eat the last couple of days. Not perfect by any means, but better. I weighed myself despite the feasting yesterday, and I am down in the 184's. I'll be back to 182 in no time! And then some!! It feels so good to be back. I have gotten the excitement about losing weight again!

11-23-2007, 05:08 PM
:cheer2: :cheer2: :cb: :broc: :cb: :broc:


11-23-2007, 11:46 PM
I am in a remarkably similar boat, so I have no good advice. All I can say is, we can do this! We'll fall, we'll get up, we'll fall, we'll get up, and the cycle may continue...but we CAN do this!

11-24-2007, 01:34 AM
I am not content at this weight. Yes I feel more confident...But I know I m still fat. 186 is not flattering to my 5'3" frame. I could live with myself much easier at this weight than 224...but not really be happy. And if I keep eating like this, I know all my hard work will just evaporate. I want to look normal. Not skinny. JUST NORMAL.

I just don't understand why I feel this way. Is it laziness? Is it just stress? Whatever it is, I need to find a way to regain my motivation. I know this is a life long commitment...I just can't give up.

I can relate. Sometimes I just...lose it, and I have to fight to refocus and get back on track. Give yourself a mental pep-talk, as MANY as you need! \Write lists, make motivational collages, whatever you need to do..but you're HERE, and I think that's a positive step.:hug:

11-24-2007, 02:05 AM
Well I am happy to see you are back on track bc I have a similar story to Linda's. I had lost a tremendous amount of wt of over 100 pounds and lost my motivation. I am currently only 57 pounds from my highest wt. That's how bad it got. It's good to see you got on top of it really quick. When you have a lot to lose it is difficult to maintain that motivation consistently.

I will institute everyone's suggestions here into my own life and learn that maintaining is okay.

11-24-2007, 11:52 AM
I used to crave fast food too it just was filled that void of desire for something hot and instant. I mean I didnt go everyday but a few times a week at least to Burger King, Wendys, or Taco Bell....I was never much for McDonalds.

A couple things have helped me to eat virtually no fast food. I watched two movies one fast food nation and supersize me. Those movies show you a lot about what it is you are putting into your body, its really not fuel....its just junk. Also I have read so much on the internet about how its suspected that fast foods have chemicals that keep people addicted to their foods...I dont want any part of that. And finally I became vegatarian so most fast food is out well BK has a veggie burger that I might have once a month or so if I am on the road.

All I know is that fast food is not a good fuel for the body at all...everyone knows but it tastes soooo good. My only thought is maybe you could eat a protein bar or a shake while you are on the run to curb your appetite until you can get somewhere to make a healthier meal.

You are so worth it! and you have gone so far already. Dont think back in a few years from now and wish you had just stuck to your guns and pushed through it all. I know I have wasted so much of my life with excuses and talks of starting tomorrow....

11-24-2007, 12:45 PM
Hurray for you getting back on track!!

I feel like a hipocrite offering my two cents when I am struggling myself .... however, I would like to comment on your life right now. Two jobs and full time school? That is a lot. I gained all of my weight when I was going to school and working and taking care of my kids. There are not a lot of people that can appreciate just how difficult and stressful that is. You most likely work two jobs because you need to and going to school WILL pay off - so don't give it up! You are aware of your limits and perhaps you just simply got overwhelmed with finals/schedules? I really, really wish I would have learned how to control the stressful times better back then - you can still do that. Know when you have a paper due, midterms or finals are coming up, or it is a busy time at work...and prepare for it. Believe me, if you let it overtake you it will get harder to resist the next time. After all, it is "only 4 pounds." :o

Best of luck to you!

11-24-2007, 01:28 PM
I think I am bored with the routine...but how do I make it more interesting?? I work 2 jobs and goto school full time and there isn't alot of time for me to cook nice healthy meals. SIGH.

I work long hours sometimes & have a long commute, so I can relate. I keep some Smart Ones/Lean Cuisine/Kashi dinners on hand. Along with oatmeal & Cheerios. And pre shredded salad and tomatoes and other salad fixings. That's usually what I eat for dinner. Sometimes I put tomato sauce on a pita & sprinkle a bit of shredded cheese on it. These are all pretty quick fixes.

Is there a Trader Joe's by you? They have some nice low cal/low fat convenience food options. Is there anyplace where you can get sushi or premade salads? Those would be good alternatives to the fast food.

11-24-2007, 04:17 PM
WinterStarzz so good to se you back!! I think we must have went on hiatus about the same time :p

Cassie I have been trying the mental pep talks as well as mental visualzation of me at goal weight and it really is helping!

likenoother I think it takes a very strong person to start again after a set back like that. I know I would have probably just given up completley out of frustration. You and Linda are warriors :)

Jasmine I have seen Supersize Me, and I was one of those people who vowed not to eat McDonald's ever again...But after a couple of months the shock wore off and I was back at the feeding trough. I guess I just need to work on my willpower!

Thanks Tonia! It's nice to have a sympathetic ear :)

nylisa I think Lean Cuisines are my one saving grace. I may just have to stick completely to them for supper. I am never home for lunch so I usually grab a chicken sandwich from the Chic-Fil-A on campus. And sadly, no Trader Joe's anywhere in sight.

11-24-2007, 05:31 PM
sockmonkey, let me just say right off the bat, that after taking a break for a month or so from 3FC when I started plateauing (maybe the two go hand in hand, eh?), I was thrilled to see you around the second I came back. Whenever I'm active around 3FC, you're always there, being incredibly cool and a big inspiration for me.

Secondly, it seems like every couple of days, at least, I have a craving for a big ole greasy cheeseburger, preferably from diner, where it is so greasy you have to lick the grease off of your fingers. And I realize it sounds gross. And I almost get to the point where I'm like "All right, as soon as I finish (whatever I'm doing) I'm going to Mom and Pop diner down the street." And at that exact moment, the health angel that lives on my shoulder pops in to remind me of the last time I ate a big ole drippy greasy burger and how I spent the whole rest of the night on the couch groaning and holding my stomach. That's the one big thing that helps me stay on track, realizing how much better I feel when I stick to plan.

The other big thing (the biggest thing, actually) is knowing that if I there is one day where I don't go to the gym at my scheduled time, or I eat three bowls of chocolate fudge ice cream, it will be so much harder to get back on the damn wagon. You just have to keep learning from your experiences. I've learned that I feel like crap when I eat crap, and once you fall off that effin' wagon, it speeds up pretty damn fast, making it harder to catch it.

Lastly, my favorite blog to read is called Cranky Fitness (http://www.crankyfitness.com/), and they once did a post called Re-Motivating: When it Just Ain't Happening (http://www.crankyfitness.com/2007/09/re-motivating-when-it-just-aint.html), that I appreciated so much that I copied it by hand into my weight-loss notebook. I really recommend checking it out.

11-24-2007, 05:38 PM
OMG I freakin loved that blog post! Thanks! That is so me LOL. :hug:

"I've been really good lately, so I deserve to eat whatever I want for as long as I want until I happen to feel like being healthy again."

11-24-2007, 07:53 PM
arghnurughhguehgh is there just something in the air? I'm in exactly the same boat... I've somehow managed to put on 5lbs (I'd never admit that to anyone other than on here - people think because I've lost a lot that it's ok I'm 'cured' or something.. I still have an ENORMOUS capacity to eat a lot of food in a short space of time) in just over a week and a half.

Its hardgoing - what with the dark mornings I'm having difficulty getting out to run. I've been to the supermarket three times this week - the amount of chocolate I've eaten is horrendous (driving home thinking 'do i turn off to the supermarket or drive straight home' n going to the supermarket with the express intention of buying junk food to eat when I KNOW what the result will be?) what the **** am I thinking *sigh*

on a positive note - 5lbs i can deal with. Yes I've undone the last months work but hey - its better than 55lbs. I refuse to update my tracker because I refuse to remain 'up'.

Tomorrow is another day as they say

11-24-2007, 08:15 PM
Don't lose hope denialisnthappiness. Those 5 pounds are going to come off quick. I have been SOMEWHAT watching what I eat this week and I only have 1.6 of the 4 pounds left to lose!! I wish the first forty pounds had melted off like this 4 has LOL.