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A Year-One Reset

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Monday, May 20, 2019

It has been one year since I finally took my weight issues seriously. I have lost 70 pounds and I am very happy with my success so far, but I still have 30ish to go. Last year my weight loss was very consistent, about 6 pounds a month. This year, well actually since December, has been much slower, closer to 2 or 3 pounds a month. But this month?

Well this month has been a tough month weight-loss wise. The fault is all mine; too much junk going into my mouth. I need to regain control and I am not sure how to do it. I know what to do, but by evening I just start eating and throw all caution to the wind.

Why? Why am I doing this? What is driving my appetite? This week I want to really focus on this, figure out why I am doing it and what are the triggers, and what I can do to stop it.

My goal this week is to pass on after dinner eating of all kinds. No dessert, no chips, no handful of nuts or cheese to quell the tummy demons. If I start the grazing I will go straight to bed. Resist! Have a big glass of water or cup of tea and go to bed.

I hope to lose at least 2 pounds this month but since I have gained 3 pounds, that means I have to lose 5 pounds in the next 12 days. That is my goal. 5 pounds from now until May 31, which will put me at 170.
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    Good for you. You are in control.
    120 days ago
    Night time is hard for me, too. You are not alone. Different things have worked for me at different times, like deciding not to eat after a certain hour. Some people plan a healthy night time snack. Sometimes we are tired and just need to go to bed.
    145 days ago
    I ask myself those same questions. For me I think it comes down to the all or nothing mentality... I'm either "being good" or I'm completely off the wagon and paying no attention to what goes in my mouth. I'm trying to focus on achieving more balance... letting myself have a treat, but not making the entire day a splurge... because a day turns into a weekend turns into a week turns into... crap I regained all that I lost.

    Oh and evenings are tough... I'm hungry while I'm cooking dinner so I try to have a seltzer with lemon and baby carrots or pickles on hand. Crunching helps a lot :)
    147 days ago
    I struggle with the same issue, and no matter what I say in the morning, I find myself grabbing things after dinner. I think you're right to focus on the "why". What emotion are we feeding when we feel the need to snack? For me, it's nervousness about things I should be doing or have left undone, little disappointments that I don't want to think about, so I distract myself with food. It's easier to say I'm going to stop this than it is to actually do so.

    Good luck and thanks for sharing!
    147 days ago
    148 days ago
    I’ve been stalled out and have gotten on board with a strict no eating after 6pm. Call it intermittent fasting if you want... on days I don’t workout in the morning I don’t eat until about 1130am. It’s helped me tremendously !! I’m still logging, but it’s been easier to stay well within my calorie range. May be helpful for you too? I find I’m not craving food in my off hours....
    148 days ago
  • 908887
    I like the suggestions. I have one more to add. I have low calories choices I eat when the nighttime gets me - I can eat a plate full of pattypan squash for 100 calories. It is great fiber and it is filling. Try one of those. I found subs by looking at vegetable calories. Hope this helps.
    148 days ago
    Getthe junk out of the house. That’s one of the things that works for me. If I can’t find it, I can’t eat it and have to choose from the healthier options I do have.

    Congratulations on your very successful journey. Just remember your WHY and you might be able to resist the edible temptations. I wish you much success in reaching your short term May goal.
    148 days ago
    I am having the same issue for the last couple mths (since getting back from vacation actually) - I just don't have the will (actually "won't") power to plan meals, shop w/o getting the trigger foods, etc. We both have this! 1 hr, 1 day, 1 week at a time towards our goals!
    148 days ago
    You have done great. I only lost 40 pounds in my year but keep working on it. I hope you just keep working at it. 5 pounds in 12 days might be a bit much. Slow and steady wins the race.
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    148 days ago
  • JUNETTA2002
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    148 days ago
    You can do it. I find brushing my teeth right after eating helps as does hot tea.
    148 days ago
    148 days ago
    Hang in there! You have already made a lot of progress!
    148 days ago
    Very well done..
    148 days ago
  • MARTHA324
    You have done an amazing job and as we get closer to our goal weight, the weight loss will slow down. And please don't see any of this as "your fault." Losing weight takes hard work and sometimes we just want to give it a rest.

    Now you're back at it and focusing our your healthy habits will get you where you want to be. One thing that really helped me was not having a goal to lose x pounds by y date. Two reasons: 1 - I know sometimes this is out of my control. My behaviors however were in my control and 2 - what I did to lose weight was what I'd be doing for life. So no rush.

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    Keep up the good work and give yourself a big pat on the back.
    148 days ago
    You can do it.
    148 days ago
  • 2019ITSTIME
    I've been in that rut before also. You can do this. Positive thoughts going your way. emoticon
    148 days ago
    Never give up
    148 days ago
    Congratulation on your success thus far. It a good thing to refocus your efforts and revisit your goals. I wish you the best.
    148 days ago
  • BABS4625
    149 days ago
    149 days ago
    You got this. You can do it. Just keep moving forward.

    149 days ago
    Keep pushing forward you got this
    149 days ago
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