Before and After

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Learning to trust yourself

Since I reached goal I've had this terrible fear that I would lose control and gain all the weight back. Maybe it's all the statistics that are thrown around in the media. They say most people do gain it all back plus some. The voice in my head says "why do I think I am any better/stronger than all those people". When my treadmill broke down I panicked and was sure I would gain the weight back. When I give in to the two year old in my head that wants cake I panic and think I will gain the weight back. When we go on vacation and I don't have as much control over my food I'm stressed about weight gain.
Through all of these situations it's important to find ways to cope. Realizing that even though the odds are stacked against weight maintenance there are plenty of people maintaining. It's not that I'm trying to be better than others, it's about taking responsibility and doing what's best for my own body. Without the treadmill i've learned to love running outdoors. Even with the summer heat, I can still get out early or late and get some exercise in. Portion control is so important. Giving in to the two year old doesn't mean letting her lose all control. Even when I'm out of my comfort zone with food I can still find the best options and keep the weight off.
I was a little scared to get on the scale this morning. I felt kinda bloaty after being out of town for a few days. The number was actually at the lower end of my maintenance window. It's great to get that reassurance that I must be doing something right and it's still working.
Do you trust your maintenance ability and how do you build that trust?


  1. Time was what built the trust for me. I was terrified the first few months and then less terrified the first year. Even now, 12 years later, I am very diligent with my food choices and exercise. I don't ever want to be 300 pounds again.

  2. I think it is just time. I hate those stats, too, because when you read all of these blogs it makes you think "Which of these people won't make it?"

    It's all dependent on the head work you do to keep the weight off. If you do basically the same things to maintain that you did to lose, then you made true lifestyle changes and have a greater chance of success.


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