The 100 pound curse...

Written by cwforlife on 4/19/2012 12:37 PM | COMMENTS (20)

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 blog
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!

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  • Post Image tracyr97 (tracy)

    4/26/2012 8:36 AM
    Thanks you for this post. It helps to hear from someone who has lost it and the struggles you still have to face. I especially like the "staying public" part. That is one I've never tried before but I think I'll use it now. Keep're an inspiration!

  • Post Image bairdstud (sarah)

    4/26/2012 7:18 AM
    Thanks I really needed this today. I am so glad I am not alone!

  • Post Image marilyns66 (marilyn)

    4/25/2012 11:39 PM
    Oh...this is good...this is really real. I get every word of it. I have the curse - I have not lost one hundred - yet but I have always dropped weight been derailed and then thought that I was immune from regain - I'd go underground and then 8 months later BOOM it all comes back and then some. I know I am not alone.

  • Post Image katfalen5 (katherine)

    4/25/2012 4:22 PM
    I'm 1 day into my return to WW, and now, instead of 60 lbs to lose, I have 100. You have already made it to the point I am just starting to journey toward--you can do it!! It was this same curse that threw me off course when I was halfway to my goal of losing those original 60 lbs 5 years ago. Don't give in to it!

  • Post Image tjcircle76

    4/25/2012 3:52 PM
    I'm right there with you. I was only 2 pounds away from reaching 50 pounds down when I woke up one morning up 20 pounds! It's disgusting. I started over a couple of weeks ago...thanks for keeping it real! Best of luck! all of us!

  • Post Image pinkjxks (courtney)

    4/25/2012 3:13 PM
    Thank you for the post! This is hitting very close to home for me and I appreciate your courage to share. I wish you much luck with your journey.

  • Post Image spetty3

    4/25/2012 12:29 PM
    That is where I am at - I have lost 84 (give or take a few) and I just can't seem to get the momentum going again! I know I am not going back to where I was but I really want to move forward! I have to get out of my comfort zone!

  • Post Image mrsfawlty

    4/25/2012 7:32 AM
    I just saw your 'no longer diabetic' post on the wall - that is HUGE, and I'm so proud and happy for you. You must feel great to be free of that burden - keep up all those good habits, you're living proof that this system works! OOOh this is going to make me feel good for the rest of the day, no matter what else comes up!

  • Post Image lesslisa1 (lisa)

    4/25/2012 1:24 AM
    YES! Thats IT! Thats it exactly! Well said. I've been at a plateau for 6 weeks at 53 lost and 58 to go in 9.5 months and I'm so impressed at how much you have lost! I feel like I have worked SO HARD, so can't imagine what you have done...well I've read some of it. Anyway, plateau broken, numbers reversed, I will persevere! And, no more frozen yogurt stores for me! sniff, sniff, it seemed like such a good thing...

  • Post Image auntiedeen2 (doreen)

    4/24/2012 8:09 PM
    I've lost 100 pounds before (twice) and believe me it is a curse. I started over again 54 days ago... down 15 so far and while I pray this will be the last time, I will never say never again. I try to just take one day at a time. You inspired me to blog for the first time.

  • Post Image rungemichellem (michelle)

    4/24/2012 2:54 PM
    Yes girl right on! I'm down 130# plus but i seem to get to my 225# curse and go back up. I WILL NOT AND I MEAN WILL NOT let it get me this time. Great timing on the post.

  • Post Image janiecasta (janie)

    4/24/2012 1:08 PM
    Thank you for the post. I am struggling, with my weight also.

  • Post Image tessa1dog (gail)

    4/23/2012 11:18 PM
    I'm in this place too. I have 5-8# to go and just can't seem to get it off. Must like where I am, or, I'd bite the bullet and DO IT. I've been here for over a year. Just up .4, down 1.8, up etc. The only way I got it off previously was extreme denial. Doesn't work. I gained it back and some more. I know we all have a craving that can't be filled with food or anything else. I know it's God only can fill it, and I'm working on it.

  • Post Image amydizzle (amy)

    4/23/2012 7:31 PM
    This was so good for me to read. I've been on WW for a little over a month and am faced with the daunting task of losing half of myself- 175lbs. I'm already struggling to stay OP when all I really want is a flippin tray of nachos. Melted cheese- that is my demon.

  • Post Image ejbiker

    4/22/2012 8:01 PM
    Excellent post! Thank you for writing what is so universal... For me, too, refined sugar and flour are not for my lips. Weight loss is fragile...but you are stronger than anything trying to trip you up!

  • Post Image abithompson (abigail)

    4/22/2012 4:51 PM
    Very well put. You definitely speak for us all.

  • Post Image wcloninger (wanda)

    4/22/2012 11:39 AM
    Thank you for this post. I have been suffering from weight loss fatigue for about a month now. I know what I need to do but I keep slipping. So.. I just keep tracking and coming on-line to help me refocus.

  • Post Image buttercup591 (valerie)

    4/22/2012 10:45 AM
    I so agree with this blog!!! I have felt those pangs and know that I can NOT let my guard down one bit. If i do, it will be downfall. I am not the kind of person who can eat whatever and stay slim, not now at my age. I have to be on guard and tell myself, i am NOT like other people who eat and stay "normal" sized. I have to be held accountable for whatever I put in my mouth. It is tiring sometimes, but i can't give up!!

  • Post Image panpie

    4/22/2012 10:32 AM
    I love what you wrote. I need so much to do this but for some reason the concept does not click with me.I have gone to the meetings and tried online, I still do not understand what to do. could you please explain to me. I really really need to lose this weight.

  • Post Image rollerset

    4/21/2012 10:56 PM
    Awesome blog! You are such a great writer!


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