(Closed) Have you lost weight and gained it back?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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998 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@dannielle89:  I am in the same boat. Lost about ten pounds and during my last semester of grad school I was so stressed between work and school I found myself eating fast food between work and class every day.  then i had to travel for work almost a month straight and continued to eat junk. gained it all back 🙁

Stay strong…..if we lost it once we can do it again!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I have…twice.  It sucks.  I used to be able to eat anything I wanted.  Now….not so much.  It’s like my metabolism packed up and left town the day I turned 25.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I haven’t but I do know how hard it is to keep off. The first thing you need to do is stop being embarassed. It’s HARD WORK to lose that weight and even harder to keep it off. If you want to, you can lose it again but you need to get over your shame and embarassment. 

Just a suggestion but if you are serious about this, get your weight in check before you go to law school. It will be so much harder when you are inundated with free pizza every day of your life and do nothing but sit and read all day.

First thing to do is get on the scale. It might not be as bad as you think it is. And stop hiding food and never be ashamed to go to the gym! 

I really suggest weight watchers. It helped me lose and keep lost 30 lbs. Good luck!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m in the same boat. I can’t offer much advice, but I can definitely comiserate. I’m so embarrassed that my clothes are too small. Nothing looks good on me now and I absolutely hate it. I’m really embarrassed to see friends or family because even though they won’t say anything now, I’m sure they notice because they complimented my loss.

The biggest thing I’m trying to do now is not get so negative on myself and try to take small steps towards weight loss. It’s very hard not to get discouraged and give up, but we just have to keep trying.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I have lost weight and gained it back…twice.  It sucked.  I was fearful like you to lose it again as a matter a fact I am mad at myself right now for wanting Pizza!  

I say hop on the treadmill (or however you work out) and get to working out.  If you start now you won’t have to get all new clothes like I did.  I don’t know why I didn’t just start up again when I started gaining instead of letting myself go.  I went from a size 14 to a size 8 back up to a 14 down to a 6 and then most recently up to a 16.  I now fit comfortably in a 12 and I’m working on getting to a point where I feel comfortable again and focusing on maintanence.  

Don’t be embarrased, dont avoid the scale until you ballon up to twice your size like I did.  Don’t wait til your almost 200 pounds like I did this time.  Weigh yourself face the facts and get back to fitness.  Develop a routine and let yourself indulge in things but be smart about it.  Best of luck to you.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Ranch

Yes! I could have written your post myself. I feel so disgusting, ashamed, and disappointed in myself right now. I avoided my best friend for FIVE years because when I lost weight everyone was so happy and everyone congratulated me when they saw me and my best friend’s mom told me WOW! YOU SHOULD TELL (MY BEST FRIEND) HOW TO LOSE THE WEIGHT. SHE NEEDS IT! How was I supposed to see her after THAT knowing very well what she was going to think? I moved away from friends and family for school so I had the excuse to avoid them, but that only allowed me to eat whatever I wanted without being ashamed of someone knowing. Well…..you can’t hide from the world forever! I took the first step and allowed everyone to see me the way I am. My stomach even hurt just standing in front of everyone, but it’s the first step to fixing the problem. I just finished school and will start my new career soon. It’s time to take this seriously and work on it. You are not alone. Many of us have gone/are going what you are going through. Thank you for also reminding me that I, too, am not alone. Oh, and I went from a size 14 to an 8, and I am currently a 14 again.  My goal is to get to a size 6. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I constantly lose and gain! I lost nearly 40lbs, and then gained 20 back now I’m back on the wagon and have lost 10, but it kills me seeing that number and knowing I was lower! (I also have alot more to go, my goal is to lose a total of 115lbs) But we can do it!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

@dannielle89:  Please don’t beat yourself up over this! The shame/guilt/anger will only hinder your progress – try your best to accept that you’ve made a mistake, and move forward! You are NOT ALONE – about 95% of people who lose a substantial amount of weight end up re-gaining it. Those are the facts, sad but true. We just have to pick ourselves back up and keep trying.

I lost 45 pounds last year, got close to goal and “comfortable”, slacked off on my healthy eating, got caught up in vacations / school stress / etc and regained over 10 pounds this spring/summer. It’s taken me another few months to admit the problem and get back on the wagon, but now I’m working towards losing weight again. I’m down about 5 pounds – another 6 to go before I’ve lost my re-gained weight, and then I can keep moving forward towards my ultimate weight goal – another 10-20 pounds. 

You can do it!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@CaliRorter:  Where did you create that image that your avatar! I remember making one of those after I gained all the weight back the first time to try and inspire me but have since lost the link.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Yep! I lost about 40 lbs in college (from 170 down to 130), now I’ve gained it all back and I’m 170 again, 3 years later. Sigh. Looks like I have some serious motivation though, if I’m getting engaged soon. The hardest thing is living with my SO, who is thin as a rail and has the metabolism of a gnat– he constantly laments having to eat so much to stay healthy, and doesn’t get it that I have to EAT LESS to lose weight. He has absolutely no clue what it feels like to struggle with over-eating.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Oh yes.  I understand.

Many, many years ago, I worked with a well-respected dietitian who always talked about how 95 percent of all people who lose weight regain it. 

Many years ago, there was a magazine cover story that featured someone who had lost weight and regained it, and there were three pictures on the cover.  They were labled:  BEFORE (the picture where the person was heavy), AFTER (a picture of the person after she had lost weight), and AFTER AFTER (the picture where the person had regained all of the original weight, and then some.)

My former co-worker the dietician told me her theory on the best way to lose weight, and to keep it off for the long term.  I have to say that it has worked better for me — in terms of MAINTAINING the weight loss for the longest period of time, not in terms of my quickly losing weight or losing lots and lots of weight — than anything else I’ve tried, and I’ve tried a lot of different programs. 

Her philosophy is that, if you reduce your caloric intake by 500 calories a day, and you increase your level of activity, you will lose weight.  Slowly.  But you will lose it.

I have my own version of this idea, and it goes something like this:  I eat as many calories as I can while still losing weight.  And I usually try to indulge my specific cravings by incorporating these foods into my calories for that day. I also now never do anything while I’m losing weight that I’m unwilling to do for the rest of my life. What I mean by this is that, if I am always going to want to put butter on my toast, I’m not going to eat my toast dry while I’m losing weight. 

I’ve just lost about 19-20 pounds in 13.5 weeks doing this, and I’m generally eating between 1,700 and 1,900 calories per day. I had done this very successfully prior to my wedding, and I was the thinnest I had been in many, many years. Unfortunately, in the midst of the shock and awe that hit me as a result of the overwhelming, enormous, transition that took place in my life following my marriage, I stopped counting, stopped caring, and ate anything and everything that wasn’t nailed down for the past three years and gained a lot of weight. I recently made the decision to go back to doing what I know has worked so well for me in the past.

I will conclude by saying that I know that anyone who is a medical practitioner or a true health and fitness expert would legitimately and rightfully criticize (and possibly even condemn) many of my higher fat, higher carb food choices. However, I know that, realistically, I’m not going to eat like a model or a fitness guru for the rest of my life, so I am simply trying to become thinnER, and healthiER than I have been, using a method that has worked better for me than anything else I’ve tried.

ETA:  I should probably add that I’ve used several programs along with my approach. I just add calories to them.  I’ve used Weight Watchers as a tool previously, and now I’m currently eating Nutrisystem food, while incorporating additional food items to reach the higher caloric level that I prefer.

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