The 100 pound curse...
4/19/2012 12:37 PM
There are many, many on this site who have lost a ton of weight, feel pretty darned good about it, and are currently fighting the 100 POUND CURSE! Some of them have up and disappeared, citing reasons like they are too busy with work and family and... and...
I have lost 101 pounds in 11 months. My friend Cheryl (yoyo_gal) has lost 105 pounds in the about the same period of time.
Cheryl wrote a blog post today that could have easily been called falling down (and getting right back up!). She very eloquently outlined the steps involved in the derailing process. I could totally relate because I've been struggling with these things myself lately. I have bitten into the forbidden fruit and once bitten it's hard to get that taste out of the mouth.
What is the 100 pound curse?
I think it's weight loss fatigue. You don't even have to lose 100 pounds to be subject to it's effects. You just have to be in long-term weight loss mode and sooner or later it strikes. I can't say that it will hit everyone, but it's hitting me and it's hitting a lot of my friends here on the site.
We know what we need to do. We've proven that. We know what triggers us, we know what we can get away with, and yet, we fall prey to the dreaded curse! Things that many of my Big Loser friends have in common:
We reach out to the community
We read ... finding options and alternatives to make this "lifestyle change" doable
We challenge ourselves
We stay "public" with our weight loss journey
When we start to falter, the first thing that happens is we become a bit scarce on the site. We're too busy - life, work, family, friends, commitments...
The things that helped us to achieve weight loss start to get pushed aside. These things are not that important anymore. WRONG! These are the things that worked for us! Staying real and staying accountable are the most valuable tools in my weight loss toolbox.
Speaking for myself only, I have learned which foods that I can have in the house. I know many strategies for keeping myself from grazing on high calorie snacks. I know that if I do it once, I'll do it a thousand times, and yet, quite recently, I ate some of the things that are what landed me here in the first place. Refined sugar and flour. For me, it's that simple. One bite leads to another and another and another.
I can work it off... Wrong!
I can stop whenever I want... Wrong!
I have learned moderation... Wrong!
I know some of you can binge and get right back on board. It doesn't take a binge to get me off track. It takes only a taste.
The 100 pound loss, which has become a 100 pound curse, gave me a false sense of security.
I thought I would be able to just eat something decadent and be done with it.
I didn't expect that I would be wanting that decadence every minute of the day after that taste. I thought I was past all that.
It's going to be a neverending battle. I am literally starting over this week after my 0.8 pound gain on Tuesday. I have to put more thought, more time, and more energy into making the right choices. It's not a relaxed control at all. I am having to talk myself out of poor decisions all over again.
Weight loss is a very fragile thing.
Putting my best foot forward (all over again) and hoping to keep moving forward!
My weight loss