Originally Posted by free
I was doing so great for a while, lost 10 pounds and then I fell off the wagon. Why do I keep doing this to myself? Last summer I was overweight and couldn't stick with it. Here I am on the cusp of summer and still in the same situation. I need suggestions to stay motivated I guess. Or something. I don't know why I keep doing this to myself.
I understand just how you feel. I've lost the same 20-25 lbs over and over again, the last time being in 2010. Slowly but surely, it came back. Over the last year I've done exactly what you're describing, except I'd lose maybe 3-5 lbs max.
Finally I decided I was just sick to death of dieting, period. Instead, I made one major change - I stopped drinking my nightly wine and the snacks that went along with it. That alone resulted in about a 6-8 lb weight loss, maybe more since I'm no longer weighing, but my clothes are even looser.
I walk most every day, but not a lot...about 2 miles. I'm recovering from a broken foot so I can't walk a great deal. I'm listening more to my body and eating only when I'm hungry.
Perhaps you can decide to give up one thing - just ONE thing - in your daily diet that you know you can do without. Make a pledge to give it up for 30 days. Accomplishing that one thing can jump-start you. If you take an all-or-nothing approach, chances are you're going to continue to fall off the wagon, as you stated.
Or maybe you could add just a little exercise; again, not much. You don't want to overdo. Baby steps all the way.