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Red flags: the warning signs to watch out for

Monday, October 05, 2015

I used to weigh in every week. I used to count all my calories and track my proteins, fiber, etc everyday. I used to peruse Spark and the blogs and my friends' status updates regularly for inspiration. I used to work out 6x a week, at least.

And then I started to slip.

It was very slow. A couple pounds up here and there, one or two back down. The consistency started to falter.

emoticon Red flag: I started eating more nutritionally void foods- desserts, mostly. Some more chips. Foods I know that, a piece here or there may not make a huge difference, but that repeatedly adds up. Or, within the last 4 months I was celebrating life like the world was ending- drinks! Food! Oh the calories.
emoticon If I could have stopped right there and reigned the excess eating in, it would have helped.

Which lead to the slippery slope of:

emoticon Red flag: Not tracking all my food. It is SOOO easy to turn a blind eye to that extra brownie, or the burger and fries if I was good the rest of the day, right? Tracking my food kept me consistent. Even if I went over 100 calories, or 1000 calories, at least I knew what I was doing.
emoticon Tracking, tracking, tracking. For someone like me, that means all the difference.

Which lead to the next big hit:

emoticon Red flag: I started to not weigh-in regularly. I knew I would have gained a little weight, so I didn't want to weigh-in. Then I would get back on track for a couple weeks, eating the same foods in the same amounts that I knew would lead me to weight-loss, yet I didn't weigh-in. I didn't use the subsequent weight-loss as a celebration because I didn't have a starting point. Had I gained 10 lbs by then? 20? How much did I lose a week- 1 lb? 2 lbs? 3? I knew I lost a few, but I didn't celebrate the success. My weigh-ins should be recorded at least once a week.
emoticon If I would have weighed in consistently I could have held on for dear life to the number I was on, wherever I was at, and decided enough was enough. It is a visual reminder of what I'm feeding myself.

emoticon Red flag: I stopped perusing the blogs and updates. I didn't regularly check-in, because I knew I wasn't weighing-in, all all the other excuses I gave myself.
emoticon Perusing Sparkpeople regularly helps keep me consistent.

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emoticon Red flag: Inconsistent fitness. I tore a quad. That was serious. I was off running, off boxing, and even walking hurt so much for about a month and a half. That is not the bad thing at all, that just sucks. However, I didn't change my eating habits and calories. And then I renovated, causing me to be tired and again, completely inconsistent in my workouts. Working out for me is the easiest of the battle with weight. All of a sudden I worked out once, maybe twice a week. and still eating like I was. I gained a large chunk of weight in those 3 months.
emoticon No matter what life throws at me, there's got to be a way to get fitness in. It makes me feel better every time.

These were my warning signs I turned a blind eye to.
emoticon If you see one of these warning signs in your weight-loss journey STOP and take stock of what's happening and where you are at. Do not let the slide keep going.

It took me seeing a couple of pictures within the last couple of months, and the sudden shock of seeing myself in a full-length mirror when I rounded a corner to make me realize I can't let this all slide anymore.

Let's do this!
P.S. Sparkpeople needs a 'red flag' emoticon.
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  • REEBADABEEBOOS
    All. Of. Them. .... Thank you for smacking me upside the head!
    1726 days ago
  • MUSICALLYMINDED
    all the red flags, here, on this end! Onward. Injuries suck.
    1782 days ago
  • ANNETJE
    This is such a good blog! I'm not even near goal (almost half way) & I can see some of the Red Flags happening already! Thanks for writing this. It's a bit of a game-changer
    1803 days ago
  • READY4CHANGE81
    I can SOOO relate!! So thankful for a new month and a fresh restart!
    1818 days ago
  • KJACOBS1111
    I understand! I'm glad you came back. I left and came back too. It is hard, but we both did learn what worked before, we just needed to apply it in our every day life again!
    1818 days ago
  • GEE-KNEE
    I hit my end weight, and I've been sort of maintaining for like 7 years, except for that 20-30 pounds I keep going up and down with. It's so easy to slip. I'm sure you'll pull it back together. Fall down seven times, stand up eight
    1829 days ago
  • ANWYNS
    I read this and every "red flag" is what happened to me!! It's definitely a slope that you can easily slide down if you're not careful! Great blog!! Keep up the hard work! We will get there!!.
    1841 days ago
  • SMILINGTREE
    Injuries suck. Without the injury, you probably would have caught all the rest a little quicker. The psychological part of not being able to do what you want to do is rough. It's good to see you back, though :)
    1843 days ago
  • GETSTRONGRRR
    Very cool and welcome back! Those are good warning signs to watch out for...and you're absolutely right, it's an insidious slippery slope....we don't even notice it sometimes.

    My Red Flag for working out is 3 consecutive days of no workouts...on the 4th day I HAVE to do something. Only if I make a conscious decision not to for a specific reason (vacation, cruise, etc.)

    Goos to see you back!
    1844 days ago
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    1844 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15520811
    I really liked your blog...I can SO relate to the back and forth over time. I have been there doing the same things......take one day at a time, one moment at a time and keep moving forward. So glad that you recognize this! You can't change the past but you are in charge of the present and future! Good luck to you!

    1844 days ago
  • JUSTDJNOW
    You just described all the red flags of my summer!

    Great blog--I'm going to have to print this one out and post it as a reminder. Thanks for sharing.
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    1844 days ago
  • ADARKARA
    woah! you tore a QUAD? that would set me way back, too! I'd be miserable. Glad things are going better now and that you're back on track!
    1844 days ago
  • MISSUSRIVERRAT
    Really liked the blog. You show clearly how things slipped and how you got away from the plan that worked for you. Your analysis shows a lot of self-knowledge and self-awareness. Now you can get back with a program !
    1844 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    You're back on track & that's the biggest step! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1845 days ago
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