Why do I keep putting the weight back on ?
For the second year running I have lost weight twice only to gain it all back on by Christmas. I have managed to gain over a stone, (shockingly 8 pounds in this last month). I am so annoyed and disappointed with myself . How do I keep repeating the same mistakes? .
My Parkinson’s symptoms have worsened and arthritis in my knees is becoming more painful , So I have struggled to maintain my high level exercises .
Stress! The past 2 months my home life has been very stressful and the months ahead I see nothing but more stress looming, I know the future is uncertain and I have a feeling my life will be changing hugely. All this has had an impact on my diet, irregular meals and snacking has crept back.
Feeling low. I use this terminology rather than depression because I don’t suffer with depression. Feeling low for me is when I cut myself off and distance myself from communicating with friends. Does feeling low have any reason for my weight gain? Well I think so, when I feel low my body goes through some sort of hibernation, it just slows down. Of course, I have no medical experience and have no idea if there is any actual truth in my theory!
What can I do?
Exactly, what can I do? Well, I am in control of my eating and My first step is I know the benefits and importance of recording my food intake, I use the app Nutracheck. I think Another reason for my weight gain is once I have reached my desired weight I tend to stop recording my meals. This is a mistake, I must continue to use Nutracheck all the time, not just the period of my diet.
I have restarted on my treadmill after taking a month break, I do a 30 minute session every morning. I will try to increase this by 15 mins in time and do another session in the afternoon when possible but afternoons I tend to slow down and my symptoms are at there worst, so I can only do what I can do. I still do my chair weights which I love, and at 49 I am proud of my toned and muscular arms!
As always I return to my cooked breakfast of grilled Black Pudding, Tomatoes, mushrooms, 2 small slices of whole meal toast and 1 poached egg, for lunch I have 6 cracker breads with low fat spread or ham and for dinner a weight watcher meal. I always allow two snacks a day and one hot chocolate in the evening, this is worked in to my calorie control diet of 1200-1400 calories a day.
These are photos of how I look today, I am 5ft 9inches,( my height does help disguise my 12st 12lb) I am currently a size 12-14. My goal is to get to a more healthier weight of 11st 7lbs and try to keep it off!!
So Here I Go Again
This is exactly how I feel, it would be nice to go into the New Year not having to embark on yet another diet but this is life, gaining weight happens and I’m sure many of you will be able to relate to the daily struggles of losing weight and then trying to maintain it.