Mother: Daughter and I talk a lot about our weight, how much we need to lose, how much we have lost, how we are going to lose the amount we deem is the right amount. If only talking about it made the weight go away. Losing weight and keeping it off once you have lost it is a lot like laundry or housecleaning, no matter how many times you’ve done it before, you have to keep doing it. I would bet that anyone of the folks out there who have lost weight and weigh what they would like to weigh still look at it as a work in progress. It is as I like to say the “never ending story”.
I have spent enough money on pills, books, gym memberships, doctors visits, shots and anything else that is offered to lose weight to finance my retirement. And still I have twenty pounds I want to lose. I need to lose twice that amount but I am starting small. I am 65 now so losing very much weight will make my skin nasty so I will stick with twenty.
When I was pregnant with my son I gained a whopping 65 pounds. Considering the fact that I had always been skinny, this was huge! I didn’t breast feed but for some reason the weight just fell off of me, within a short time I was within 5 pounds of my before pregnancy weight. When I got pregnant with my daughter four years later my weight was still the same as it had been for years. We didn’t even own scales, I only got weighed when I went to the doctor. My weight was something that never crossed my mind. I gained 22 pounds with my daughter and when I went in for my six weeks checkup I was back at my before pregnancy weight. Well life started to happen, stuff hit the fan and I started to gain weight. It wasn’t enough to take seriously, maybe ten pounds, but then husband was not happy about it. Jogging had just come on the scene so I thought I would start jogging, this lasted one jog. Adkins had just put out his first book so I tried that for a short while, it was ok and lasted a couple of weeks. As time passed I tried Weight Watchers, TOPS, no breakfast, counting calories whatever I read about. Then I had to have surgery and was in the hospital almost three weeks and miracle of miracles I lost 20 pounds. Heaven!! It never crossed my mind that that 20 pounds would come back and bring some friends! Weight and size were not the topic they are today. Slowly but surely the pounds came back. I took my first doctor prescribed diet pills, I joined a gym, I ran six miles a day, and the battle continued.
I am a low carber now. I do believe that sugar is the enemy, but I LOVE the enemy!! For a few months last summer and fall I was zero carb, this means you only eat eggs and meat, mostly meat and drink only water. I got to the point that I couldn’t stand steak. I was zero carb for about 4 months, never lost any weight but did drop inches. But veggies were calling my name and I had to answer the call, HELLO broccoli! After the first of the year I joined the gym. I do spin class two or three times a week plus “body sculpting” a couple of times also. I will never be as thin as I want to be but I am trying to be healthy.
I am so sorry I passed the weight issue to my daughter. Maybe if I had been less concerned about my weight during her formative years she wouldn’t have to worry about hers. Who knows, is it nurture or nature. I am just praying for the time when that magic pill is here and gaining weight becomes a non issue.
Daughter: DIET…..it’s such a 4-letter word!! Like any “diet” ever really works. In order for something to permanently change, one has to make a life style change. And that is sooooo hard, I stomp my foot at it because I hate it! At this point I weigh the most I ever have without being pregnant, I’m horrified at what I weigh.
For the past four weeks I have been strictly low-carbing and going to the gym 5 to 6 days a week. (I have actually been going to the gym regularly since the beginning of the year) I make sure to hit my daily 10,000 steps on my FitBit. I have given up diet soda (mainly because of the aspartame), I have given up the occasionally glass of wine or bottle of beer, all in hopes of losing my “winter fluff”. At today’s weigh-in I was down 0 lbs!!!!! Yes, you read that correctly……I have lost NOTHING!! I would love if someone could explain this to me!! I am at my wits end! How can you cut your food intake and work your a$$ off at the gym to not even lose a single pound!!?? And it gets worse!!! I am even taking my measurements every week, I do know with low-carbing that even if the scale doesn’t change you can loss inches. At week two, I was down 3 Lbs and 3 inches over all! Okay, that was great, I’m finally getting somewhere, right?? Not!! Week three I held steady! Then WHAM! Today, week 4, the 3 lbs were back along with one of the inches! What the heck??
Two weeks ago I started taking a fat burner that my co-workers are raving about. Yes, I want that magical pill that will make it all melt away, even though the adult inside of me knows this just isn’t going to happen, I would think it would at least help me knock off 1 lb! Needless to say, I’m at a total loss here! To say I’m frustrated is an understatement! I basically have no idea where to go from here! I guess I will keep telling myself that if I continue to show up that something will eventually change, that’s truly the only thing I have to hang on to at this point, lol!