flagchic's Journal, 23 July 2017

Wow.

It's July 2017. I first started a weight loss journey in December 2011. I lost 75 pounds in my first year with the support from this website, working out four times weekly, and rigorous calorie monitoring. I was so healthy and happy. I looked and felt great.

You can see the weight bouncing up and down in my journal entries here. At some point I felt like I had made my goal and I could be less strict with myself. Like I could maintain a healthy weight by not working out at all and not watching what I ate.

What a dope!

I was at my lowest of 190 by September 2012. In the years since...

I was unhappily married, turned to food and going out and drinking to feel better. Got a divorce, sold my house, had a major career change and several moves, got into a serious relationship with a man I'm so happy with, but also now in this first relationship year food was central to our courtship. Going out to restaurants, snacking at movies, drinking at sports games, going out to the bars and being social. This all added up to a huge weight gain.

Man,
Oh man.

Back to 245.8. I'm so embarrassed. I wanted so much more for myself. I've gained back 60 pounds. The clothes I was so happy to fit in once can't even button anymore.

Here's to second tries, and second chances.

Diet Calendar Entries for 23 July 2017:
1412 kcal Fat: 53.31g | Prot: 105.23g | Carb: 128.13g.   Breakfast: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Turkey Sausage Patties, Egg, Ketchup, Tabasco Original Pepper Sauce, Blueberries, Dannon Light and Fit Greek Blueberry Yogurt, The Baker Honey Oat Granola with Almonds, Coffee. Dinner: Pork Chop, Green Giant Steamers Baby Vegetable Medley, Applesauce. Snacks/Other: Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew (Tall), Silk Pure Almond Milk - Unsweetened Original, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Blueberry Muffin, Nonfat or Fat Free Mozzarella Cheese, Jack Link's Premium Cuts Original Beef Jerky (35g). more...
3282 kcal Activities & Exercise: Swimming (slow) - 30 minutes, Weight Training (moderate) - 10 minutes, Power Walking - 30 minutes, Resting - 14 hours and 50 minutes, Sleeping - 8 hours. more...
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You have very much in your favor the fact that you actually know you can do it. And you know how to do it. Welcome back! This time, stick around in maintenance after you reach your goal. Good luck! 
23 Jul 17 by member: kpwcalories
Thank you! I feel like I've learned my lesson. 
23 Jul 17 by member: flagchic
It's tough for sure. There are some awesome maintenance "lifers" here whom I am going to try to emulate. Congrats on the happy romance! 
23 Jul 17 by member: kpwcalories
Welcome! I remember you well and am happy you are here again. So sorry about your first marriage but glad you are happy now - you can do this - you know what to do! 
23 Jul 17 by member: HCB
I remember you so well, HCB! You seem like you are doing great! 
23 Jul 17 by member: flagchic
You can do it! Don't forget that this is for you! 
23 Jul 17 by member: Dawn97
i support you...u WILL do 
24 Jul 17 by member: Padmamani
We are ALL here rooting for you for a successful Journey, Glad you are taking a second chance, as I took a hundred chances !!! You will succeed !!!  
24 Jul 17 by member: DO N OK
Life sometimes kicks us in the butt. I gained back 65 lbs after my 100 lb weight loss in 2012--I really relate. Maintenance is hard, especially when "life happens". We can do this! 
24 Jul 17 by member: minniethekitty
I did that when I started datinh my husband. I had lost over 75lbs and then I just stopped doing my thing because we started dating. I did not take control of it and let myself gain 117lbs from the day we met. This was over the course of 5 years and about 35 was from my first pregnancy but I was miserable. I have been trying for the past 2.5 years to really take the weight off and am down about 70. I was at my heaviest 5 years ago. Good luck! I get the struggle. 
24 Jul 17 by member: smerbear
I did the same thing; I got close to my goal weight and decided that I could eat "normal food" again (after 18 months on a 1300 calorie diet and 109lb loss). It's now two years later and I put 100lbs back on. I was so mad at myself for erasing all my hard work, but I'm back on the wagon and I'm empowered because I know how to lose the weight. After all, I've already done it once. I hope that your journey this time around is healthy and rewarding! May the willpower be with you! 
24 Jul 17 by member: tkd_kiki
Try to stop beating yourself up and take heart in the fact that you are back and ready to start again! That first step can be the absolute hardest and you've already done it. 
24 Jul 17 by member: Broccolibabe
Tkd_kiki is right. We've done this before, and we can do it again! Maintenance is always harder than losing weight. I turned to food for comfort after my dad passed away, and I gained back 65 lbs. Sh!t happens, but we get up, dust ourselves off, and try again :)  
24 Jul 17 by member: minniethekitty
Every day is a fresh start... welcome to mine, I'll even share it. 
24 Jul 17 by member: From371to184
And it's awesome you found yourself in a healthy relationship you're happy with. I wish you the best :) 
24 Jul 17 by member: minniethekitty
We aren't here to condemn or ridicule. We wish you the best and support you all the way. 
24 Jul 17 by member: Trucker Larry
This community is truly the best! 
24 Jul 17 by member: flagchic
Good for you that you're back on track! You can do it! 
24 Jul 17 by member: djsjazmyn
you did it before, you can do it again. 
24 Jul 17 by member: Sweet Georgia Peaches
Make a life of it. Not a diet but a lifestyle :) 
24 Jul 17 by member: revvit

     
 

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