Tuesday, January 05, 2010

deprivation versus moderation

Will I ever learn? I would like to think that this has been a true lesson and that we have learned it correctly this time. I know that I vowed on the way down that I would never weigh over 200 pounds again. Yet, here I sit. But I had never lost weight before. I dont think I realized how monumentally difficult it would be to maintain my loss. I think I Just figured the worst part would be losing and then it would all be pretty with the weight loss. I knew that I would always have to keep an eye on my weight. I just didn't realize how closely I would have to gaurd against excess weight.

I think another issue I had. When I was losing, I was so 'into' it that I didn't mind skipping over hte desserts. I didn't mind all that. Yeah, I splurged every once in a while and got something yummy (totally splurging...but still watching carefully my intake of food). So when I reached the pinnacle...my lifetime membership while I knew that I couldn't have those fattening things all the time, I gave myself the go ahead to splurge more often....and to splurge even if it wasn't exactly accounted for and prepared for in regards to my caloric/points intake. So after a year or so of watching carefully, I started to sample and I found that I couldn't stop. Basically the doors opened to a world of no deprivation and 40 pounds just popped back onto my body. This time around I'm determined to do it right. I'm not going to deprive myself. I will be eating cake every once in a while. It will be planned for, accounted for and I will have the points available to eat it. There will be no deprivation, there will be lots of moderation. :-)

I made it to the gym this morning. Got a nice cardio workout in...AND another strength training session. WOOO HOOO!


BEE said...

awesome job on the great workout
the pounds will most likely come off quickly
it is really hard mantaining but its ok to mess up every once in awhile
you caught yourself and you headed in the right direction
its ok!!!!!!!!!!

lindalou said...

you're right that the feeling of deprivation does suck. i originally thought i could stick to 1200 cals....but quickly found that to require too much deprivation. now i'm thinking around 1500....it's hard to get the right mix of diet and exercise and for it to equal weight loss - a deficit.

karen@fitnessjourney said...

Planning it into the equation should really help this time around. If you know in advance that you can have something that you want, it might help you to avoid making bad choices earlier in the day.

Donna B said...

you go girl! good job getting to the gym!

Sonya @ Eyes on the Hourglass said...

This journey is a hard one. Don't give up. I have lost and gained several times and each time I do I learn something new. It sucks to gain weight back, but at least something positive does come out of it.

Congrats on the workout. Keep putting one foot in front of the other and you'll reach your goal again.