Can’t Ignore It Anymore

I’ve alluded to it many times on here, but I am officially back up several pounds over my goal weight and am not happy about it. I am extremely gifted at coming up with excuses and blaming the stresses in my life as reasons for why I’m struggling, but I can feel myself slipping back into my old habits and to be honest, I feel like I’m finally waking up. I knew that maintenance was going to be hard, but I didn’t realize just how easy it was going to be to slip into the old mentality of using food for comfort and finding ways to justifying overeating.

Besides wanting to get back to my goal weight for personal reasons, I have to be there in order to work for Weight Watchers, and for good reason. I am supposed to be a role model to the members who come to my meeting and be a “real life success story” to show that the plan works, so it makes sense to me that it’s a requirement. While I still weigh drastically less than I did when I first started Weight Watchers, my weight has been slowly creeping up over the last few months and I’ve been back burner-ing and ignoring the issue, as if that is going to help.

One of the things you have to do as a WW employee is weigh in monthly to show that you’re within 2 lbs of your goal weight, and I’ve been barely been squeezing along with a few extra pounds for the last several weigh ins. This month, I couldn’t squeeze by anymore. I’m honestly not sure exactly where I am and will be weighing in later today and then weekly going forward, but I need to get back to my goal weight to stay in good standing for Weight Watchers in addition to the fact that I just want to be back there. I’m guessing it’s somewhere in the 10 pound range, but I am not certain.

I can blame it on the fact that my grandmother just passed away, that I’m single and have been struggling with being social and keeping my drinking/eating under control when I’m out, or that the holidays just passed and everyone overdoes it during the holidays. But those are just excuses undermining the real problem: my eating has been out of control.

The one good thing I’ve been doing is consistently exercising. I’ve continued to workout 3-5 times a week and have been doing a great job sticking with my half marathon training plan, so for that I am proud and know that I’m still in good shape athletically.

Outside of that, though, I’ve been eating like crap, and I know that weight loss and weight maintenance is much more about what I’m eating than how much I’m moving, so working out 3-5 times a week isn’t going to cut it.

In order to get my weight back in control, I am going to be doing weekly employee weigh ins starting today. I know exactly what I need to do – track EVERYTHING I eat even if it’s not pretty, take advantage of the accountability that weighing in once a week gives me, up my water intake, and drink less alcohol. For my own sake, I’m going to be doing weekly menu plans every week until I am back at goal, and will report on my progress each week on here as well.

While I am pretty disappointed that I let myself gain back some weight, I also feel pretty relieved that it’s finally out there and that I feel ready to do something about it. I do have a lot of things coming up in the next several weeks that are going to make it a struggle, including friends visiting from out of town and a work trip to San Antonio, but I am 100% committed to making it happen.

Who’s with me?



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72 Comments on Can’t Ignore It Anymore

  1. Winnie
    January 19, 2012 at 8:39 am (3 years ago)

    This is such a wonderful post! I lost about 70 pounts with Weight Watchers and have been in maintenance mode for four years. I am constantly surprised by how difficult maintaining my weight loss has been. I am still below my goal weight (by about 7 pounds), but I have definitely seen the scale bounce up and down over the past few years. I think a lot of times we forget that maintaining is as great as accomplisment as losing weight. I try to treat myself for weeks when I feel like I have really done maintenance right – maybe go get a pedicure, try a new class at the gym, buy a trashy magazine to read on the elliptical. Congratulations on maintaining your fitness routine and acknowleding the steps that you need to take to get back to where you need to be. I know that you can do it!

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  2. Jane Tierney
    January 19, 2012 at 8:42 am (3 years ago)

    Good Luck! These sort of trials are what make a good Weight Watcher leader, great. You can do it!

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  3. Kimberly
    January 19, 2012 at 8:55 am (3 years ago)

    I’m with ya Beth. I am not happy with myself for gaining the weight back. I have many excuses as well but its time to take the bull by the horns. We can do this!

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  4. Katie
    January 19, 2012 at 9:02 am (3 years ago)

    I can totally relate. I went through some of the same feelings and reactions when I first hit maintenance. In some ways, it is like a subconscious rebellion against all of the hard work, planning, and diligence that got you to lose the weight in the first place. You want it to be easy because losing weight is the hardest part, right? Wrong…maintenance is absolutely hard. And after over 2 years of maintenance, it still is hard. It is still a daily effort to make good food choices, to exercise regularly, and to constantly plan and prepare. But in the end, it is ingrained in us because we are so immersed in this lifestyle, which makes it not only natural, but worthwhile. Good luck… you obviously care so much about maintaining your healthy habits, which is the most important step!

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  5. Diandra
    January 19, 2012 at 9:02 am (3 years ago)

    For the last five months, I have been plus/minus two pounds of 68.6kg. Which is not my goal weight, but several kg above. And I have been working like a maniac, only to stay there. Do not know yet what to do to get to my goal, but at least I know how hard maintenance can be. ^^

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  6. Linda
    January 19, 2012 at 9:02 am (3 years ago)

    Good luck! Since you’re out and about a lot, you might want to try taking pictures of what you’re eating. There is a great app for the iphone called mealsnap. The calorie count isn’t that accurate, but it’s a great photo food diary.

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  7. Heather
    January 19, 2012 at 9:07 am (3 years ago)

    Bbeth- Did you know that if one or more of the 6 human emotional needs is missing, you will continue to comfort yourself with food? It goes back to the “old blueprint’ of your childhood- All it takes is a quick read-through and one of them will stick out.
    I help people self-administer those needs.
    It requires some thought- but it works!
    H~
    It’s a journey, not a destination…

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  8. Amy
    January 19, 2012 at 9:15 am (3 years ago)

    I’m with ya! I’m 5-6 pounds over goal and have been over for several months now. I’ve got my paper tracker on the counter so I can easily write down my food and I feel like I’m finally motivated enough to work on it. I was going quite a bit with cookies or ice cream every day and have come to the realization that that is probably not the best choice.

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  9. Michelle
    January 19, 2012 at 9:22 am (3 years ago)

    I can completely relate. I lost about 60 pounds and hit my goal weight about four years ago. I’m generally pretty good about keeping with healthy habits, but it occasionally (maybe once or twice a year) I have a rough month or so. For whatever reason, it becomes harder to make smart choices and the number on the scale inevitably creeps up a bit. But, I always have that “I have to turn this ship around” moment that you described and manage to get back to my goal weight. It’s never easy to get back on track, but just remember that those little setbacks happen to lots of us. It’s not where you’re at that’s most important, but rather what direction you are moving in :-)

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  10. Kate
    January 19, 2012 at 9:24 am (3 years ago)

    I’m with you! I’m still in the losing phase, but I also love all those excuses. The social thing is hard (recent breakup can attest) but I find it’s easier if I just have the bartender put water in a fancy glass. Cheesy, but it works. (Same as the food journal- cheesy but it works- you make it happen.)

    Please keep posting the weekly menus- I love them for ideas and planning ahead.

    Keep it up- you’re an amazing inspiration and I love your voice.

    Rock it.

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  11. Life's a Bowl
    January 19, 2012 at 9:26 am (3 years ago)

    I always feel so much [lighter] better once I get things off my chest! You’ve done a great job in the past and sound motivated to do something about it- no doubt you’ll have success!

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  12. Liz
    January 19, 2012 at 9:30 am (3 years ago)

    You can do this, Beth. Really, you can. And while this may be a little forward of me, if you ever need to email and say OMG TELL ME NOT TO EAT FOUR SLICES OF PIZZA, I would be happy to e-smack you upside the head. :)

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  13. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    January 19, 2012 at 9:37 am (3 years ago)

    I’m not overly happy with the 2-3 pounds I seem to have gained over the holiday season. It’s the eating, not the lack of exercise, that’s bringing me down. I’ve been trying to cut back on the smaller things (um hello peanut butter and diet coke addiction) to help, but I know the breakroom birthdays aren’t helping either… ugh

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  14. Kim
    January 19, 2012 at 9:38 am (3 years ago)

    Good for you, Beth! I’m totally with you. It is SO easy to slip right back into old habits, but remember how great you felt when you were on track and eating right. You can do it! :)

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  15. Stefanie
    January 19, 2012 at 9:41 am (3 years ago)

    Beth – Thanks for being so open with us and letting us in on your battles. You are NOT alone. I lost 40lbs over the last year and have gained 10lbs back. It’s tough, but I’m back on track attending meetings and weighing/measuring everything. Get back to basics girlfriend. You can do this! I’m with you!

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  16. Megan
    January 19, 2012 at 9:42 am (3 years ago)

    I am with you. Last year, i lost 20 lbs by going to WW meetings. after that, i quit WW b/c I wasn’t doing so great w/ the Pts Plus and have remained at a plateau for a whole YEAR even though i have been exercising and writing down everything i eat. I even went back to WW online twice but still missed the old Points program which i was successful on so cancelled both times. I have 20 more lbs to lose and feel like its hopeless!! I have been doing Jamie Eason’s livefit trainer for 3 months, and even that way of eating doesn’t seem to work for me. I think my weekends might be derailing me b/c we go out to eat a couple/few times. The second main thing is that I sit on my A$$ all day long in front of a computer so that isn’t helping either. i need to be more active and start really watching my nutrition. I really want to do this, and break the year long plateau!! I am with you girl!

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  17. Megan
    January 19, 2012 at 9:42 am (3 years ago)

    I am with you. Last year, i lost 20 lbs by going to WW meetings. after that, i quit WW b/c I wasn’t doing so great w/ the Pts Plus and have remained at a plateau for a whole YEAR even though i have been exercising and writing down everything i eat. I even went back to WW online twice but still missed the old Points program which i was successful on so cancelled both times. I have 20 more lbs to lose and feel like its hopeless!! I have been doing Jamie Eason’s livefit trainer for 3 months, and even that way of eating doesn’t seem to work for me. I think my weekends might be derailing me b/c we go out to eat a couple/few times. The second main thing is that I sit on my A$$ all day long in front of a computer so that isn’t helping either. i need to be more active and start really watching my nutrition. I really want to do this, and break the year long plateau!! I am with you girl!

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  18. Kelly
    January 19, 2012 at 9:42 am (3 years ago)

    Although I’m still trying to lose quite a bit of weight, I can completely relate, Beth. I’ve definitely been making excuses — travel, the holidays, visiting friends — for the past two months and my weight loss has stalled. Sometimes it’s hard for me to remember that even if I don’t keep an accurate record of the number of pts+ I eat each day, my body and the scale do. But, I know that we can both get back on track and meet our goals!

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  19. Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner
    January 19, 2012 at 9:54 am (3 years ago)

    I have just gotten back on track with eating and exercise after a few months of too many deserts and not enough movement. My weight has crept up a couple of pounds, which isn’t the end of the world, but something I’m obviously not happy about. It’s awesome that you have a plan, I’m sure you’ll be successful!

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  20. Jessamyn
    January 19, 2012 at 9:57 am (3 years ago)

    Honestly, Beth, your honesty about your journey is the reason I’m such a loyal reader. Go forth and conquer, girl!

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  21. Ericka @ The Sweet Life
    January 19, 2012 at 10:06 am (3 years ago)

    Beth, I feel for you. Though I’ve never been really overweight, I am struggling right now as well. I have been using food as comfort for years and masking that problem with a lot of exercise. I continue to do that but I’ve decreased my exercise some and have gained a little weight. It feels overwelming to maintain sometimes…so just know you are not alone. I’d suggest going back to old tactics you’ve always heard — like drinking tea, counting to 100, chugging water, taking a walk, praying (or meditating) BEFORE you run to the food. That way, you aren’t not allowing yourself to eat when you aren’t hungry but at least you will have the extra time to think about it — and it usually helps. Night time is WORST for me. Every night is a struggle. I find that I don’t usually do what I know is 100% best but if I try to do the best I can, I eat less than I would if I just threw in the towel….hope this helps a little.

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  22. rachel m
    January 19, 2012 at 10:09 am (3 years ago)

    we’ve all been there, you’re definitely not alone. personally, i’ve been coasting ~5 lbs up from what i was at my wedding this summer, and it’s driving me battery (my wedding weight is not even my goal weight; that’s still at least another 25 lbs away).

    but my heart hasnt been in trying to loose it either. post-wedding was finally a time i didnt have to worry about a lot of things, so i stopped paying attention as harshly to what i was eating.

    you know what you need to do, and you’re committing yourself to doing it. if it’s what you want to do, and you’re passionate about it, i know you’ll do fine!

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  23. Laura
    January 19, 2012 at 10:28 am (3 years ago)

    Beth, I gained over the last year and it’s driving me nuts. Your blog is really helpful! I’m sure your readers will encourage you just as much as you are a support to us. I lost the weight once so I know I can do it again; it’s definitely a put your mind to it ordeal for me. So I’m right there with ya!

    P.S. Had savory oats last night with spinach and parmesan. So. Good.

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  24. Sharon
    January 19, 2012 at 10:41 am (3 years ago)

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss! It’s great to see that you are not harboring on the past (even the past of yesterday), but have a plan to get back where you were and that’s what counts. You are not that far from your original goal! Keep it up. I know you can do it and we look forward to hear about your journey!

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  25. Sheri
    January 19, 2012 at 11:14 am (3 years ago)

    It’s always nice to know that we’re all in the same boat, and it’s not just me that feels that way! It’s really hard! I’ve lost 20 lbs on WW about 3 times now, but I just can’t keep it off. I’m up 15 from where I want to be right now, and it’s just really, really hard to keep doing it. Good luck! We can do it!

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  26. Ann
    January 19, 2012 at 11:18 am (3 years ago)

    Oh, Beth…as you can see, so many of us relate to you. I’m a recent follower of yours and am so thrilled that you share your life with us.

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  27. Michel
    January 19, 2012 at 11:19 am (3 years ago)

    Don’t be so hard on yourself. Life happens. You recognized you were gaining obviously with your weigh in and what’s been happening with your life. So you’ll be able to get a grasp on it and turn it around!

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  28. Lauren
    January 19, 2012 at 11:23 am (3 years ago)

    Yep. I’m about 5-7 lbs higher than I was over the summer. I don’t know that I need to be as low I was then, but now I’m hovering just under goal. I’d like to be maybe 2 under goal. I’m Lifetime and happy about it, but I want to eat more than I was over the summer haha.

    And yes I’m so with you on the working out thing. I work out alot, but WW taught me it’s about THE FOOD. I have to keep telling myself that. I love to work out. And I love food. So I try to eat 29 daily points during the week and I splurge on Sat usually.

    I gained this weight while marathon training this summer. Luckily I’ve stopped it from going higher, but I think I could lose a lb or two.

    I’m so with you! Good luck!

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  29. Heather
    January 19, 2012 at 11:36 am (3 years ago)

    Go get it! The goal is yours for the taking. I’m working on dropping a few pounds myself, so I look forward to reading about your progress for inspiration!

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  30. Gwen
    January 19, 2012 at 11:48 am (3 years ago)

    I’m with you Beth! I KNOW how hard this is. Better to make realizations and changes now than to be where I’m sitting, having regained pretty much all of the weight I worked so hard to lose. WE can do this. Losing a significant amount of weight and maintaining that is difficult. This is a new stage in your life, and I know that you can accomplish what you set your mind to. We’ve both already proven that before. You got this girl. xo

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  31. Danielle
    January 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm (3 years ago)

    You can do it girl! You’ve done it once before and know what it takes! I completely understand though… I know I need to lose some weight before the upcoming summer (have so many events I want to look/feel good for) but getting the motivation to keep working out, keep eating healthy… it’s hard. If you ever want to schedule an exercise/healthy lunch or dinner, I’d definitely be up for it!

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  32. Liz
    January 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks for a great, honest post! I’m with you , tracking and all! I’m not on WW, but am tracking with friends on Lose it!

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  33. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    January 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm (3 years ago)

    I feel for you so much! There is really nothing more frustrating than gaining weight back that you have lost. Plain and simple- it sucks! And it seems to be much more difficult to lose those pounds the second time around! I lost 60 lbs and then gained back 10-15 and have been trying to lose them ever since. I just haven’t been able to get in that mindset, I don’t know why. Like you, I am motivated to because of my job (as a group ex. instructor)- I’m sure that no one wants to take a fitness class from the fat girl!
    You know what to do- and you have tons of support. Just don’t be so hard on yourself. You’ve got through a lot of changes, and you’re human.

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  34. Mindy
    January 19, 2012 at 12:31 pm (3 years ago)

    Admitting it is the first step in getting back in the right direction – I know you can do it! It’s crazy hard and I’m struggling right here with you!

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  35. Ann
    January 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm (3 years ago)

    I am with you! I have had success with WW in the past and am technically still going… but really need to recommit. Working on that, starting today!

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  36. Roz
    January 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm (3 years ago)

    I know you can do it Beth. (our leader was saying she’s gained 7, and is doing the same as you to get back on track for her employee weigh in) I look forward to cheering you on!!! Have a good Thurs.

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  37. Katie
    January 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm (3 years ago)

    Beth, I am in exactly the same boat, so I totally know what you mean! We can do this!

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  38. Lana
    January 19, 2012 at 1:31 pm (3 years ago)

    We are human and we ALL go down this road regardless of how much we gain/lose…the important thing is you always go back to being the best you can be….as long as you do that, you have nothing to lose….except the pounds you gained ! ;)

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  39. Lisa
    January 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m with you. I’ve been out of control too. I blame work stress, life stress and Michael losing his job last week. But honestly I’ve been eating out of control and it needs to stop.

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  40. Dev
    January 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm (3 years ago)

    Great post Beth. I’m definitely with you!! Just take it one step at a time :-)

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  41. Alexa
    January 19, 2012 at 2:57 pm (3 years ago)

    We have all been there. When the after dinner ice cream bowl that’s a “treat,” becomes a habit, and you’ve added an extra 200 calories to your diet each day. You’ll get there!

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  42. Megan C.
    January 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm (3 years ago)

    I think we have all been there. Over the holidays I put back on lbs that I had lost so I’m working on getting it back off. And I have to tell you that some of my favorite WW leaders (when I was doing WW) were the ones who had put a little bit of weight back on because I think we often think “oh they hit their goal and it was easy for them from then on.” Not that I wish weight gain on anyone but it made them more relateable to me. So I’m glad you’re back on the wagon and I wish you the best but don’t be too hard on yourself!

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  43. Mary
    January 19, 2012 at 3:51 pm (3 years ago)

    You are such an awesome cook. You could look at this as an opportunity to host your friends for meals at home (or suggest cooking together at their places).

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  44. Mis
    January 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm (3 years ago)

    Beth,
    I have been lifetime for 8 years. Maintenance is hard, real hard. It is close to impossible to stay within 2 pounds of your goal weight for an extended amount of time. I do better when I am accountable. I weigh-in almost every week and stay for most meetings and I still fall into old habits from time to time.
    Best wishes!
    Mis

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  45. Karisa
    January 19, 2012 at 8:09 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Beth,
    I just discovered your blog a couple days ago (after googling PointsPlus 2012 trying to learn more about the changes) and I’m hooked. I’m only on week 2 with WW and would love to lose about 30 lbs. I’m inspired by your journey, and I believe that you WILL get back to your goal weight. I look forward to exploring more of your blog, and to seeing you make these positive changes! :-)
    Karisa

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  46. Hilary
    January 19, 2012 at 8:15 pm (3 years ago)

    Yay you…and thanks so much for your honesty! I am right there with you…I’m even higher above my goal weight! Honestly though, I’m not sure quite what else I can do, since WW hasn’t been working lately, but I’m trying to cut out a lot of processed crap/late night carb-y snacks, so hopefully that will do the trick….I know we’ll get there…and you are so right…maintenance is WAY harder than losing, don’t let anybody tell you different!

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  47. Doran
    January 19, 2012 at 9:21 pm (3 years ago)

    Ok! Yes! ME TOO! I hit lifetime on December 14th, 2011 and then went directly into Christmas! I threw caution to the wind and went crazy on all the treats! After the holiday I couldn’t stop! So, I decided to change things up! I have done this before went I start feeling lethargic and out of control…I DETOX! It is a week long raw fruit and veggie detox. It totally gets me back on track and makes me feel so fresh and clean! Sometimes you just need to get renewed and start over! It makes you remember what’s important, you! We are not perfect! Let me know if you want the info on this detox, I will email it to you. Good luck!

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  48. Melissa @TryingtoHeal
    January 19, 2012 at 9:34 pm (3 years ago)

    Good luck Beth! I know how hard it can be to get back to better habits with everything that’s been going on after the holidays and stuff…I’ve been giving all the excuses too. i’m with you! We can do it!

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  49. Sarah
    January 19, 2012 at 10:06 pm (3 years ago)

    Good luck! I think that you have to really deal/solve those pesky emotional attachments to weight loss and food. I know that I found maintenance fairly easy until very unexpected events changed my life and I spiraled into anorexia and then BED. I don’t want to presume to know anything about your relationship with food but I know that slowly tackling my emotional issues has helped me deal with food. I just hope you find happy and healthy balance in your life! And again, I’m really sorry about your grandmother.

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  50. Annie Ormiston
    January 19, 2012 at 10:36 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Beth!! I am doing WW too and have about 10 more lbs to lose! I am with you on this! My friend and I started a 3 day tracking challenge, tomorrow is day 3, to help us get back in the habit of tracking EVERYTHING! and it has been fantastic! I am so with you, if you want or need extra accountability I am available! I am doing my challenge on twitter (Annieo5) if you want to follow me! Getting back to tracking is so hard but WORKS! Back to basics :) Good luck to you, I know you can do it, reading about your struggles and success is so helpful to me! Thanks for that :) And I am very sorry to hear about your grandmother, I can only imagine how difficult of a time you are having right now, sending positive vibes your way in this hard time!

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  51. Marlena
    January 19, 2012 at 10:43 pm (3 years ago)

    Not only do you feel relieved about getting it out there, but I’m sure many of your readers do too! It makes you normal and someone we can relate to.

    Your post really hit home with ME because I’m in that same situation as well….giving myself “reasons” for eating poorly when in reality they’re EXCUSES. My exercise has improved but once I get the eating part right & coupled with exercise, I know I’ll be back to goal (about 10-ish pounds). So will you!!

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  52. Summer Pennington
    January 20, 2012 at 12:00 am (3 years ago)

    Beth,

    I read something on your blog every single night, helps me stay motivated:) Best of luck this week with your honest tracking! Sending good thoughts your way.
    ~Summer~

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  53. Laura
    January 20, 2012 at 12:17 am (3 years ago)

    Good for you for not ignoring the weight gain! I know how tricky maintenance can be. I lost 75 pounds, through both WW and general lifestyle changes, and slowly gained them ALL back. I’m in the process of starting over again, and I love reading your blog for inspiration. You can absolutely get back where you want to be! Don’t be like me and pretend it’s just fluctuations… ;)

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  54. cindylu
    January 20, 2012 at 12:18 am (3 years ago)

    As I read this post, I thought about how unrealistic staying within 2 pounds of your goal weight is for the vast majority of people. Maintenance is so hard and I feel good saying I haven’t gained more than 10 pounds from my goal weight. The science behind it is fascinating and somewhat sobering for someone who has lost a significant amount of weight and is also trying to keep it off (check out The Fat Trap from last month’s NYT Magazine).

    Best of luck with your efforts to get back on track.

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  55. Brenda
    January 20, 2012 at 2:07 am (3 years ago)

    I have been in your shoes more than once, but you are holding yourself accountable and that’s the first step! You want it and you’ll make it happen, it’s obvious! I’m a WW member and it’s a constant battle for me because it’s so easy to skip a weigh in here and there…then it leads to a two lb gain, then five….you get the picture! You are back on track…and check out all these peeps on here supporting you…simply amazing! Good luck, girlfriend. We’re all here cheering you on!

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  56. Caitlin
    January 20, 2012 at 7:03 am (3 years ago)

    Beth I love how honest you are – it makes you so relate-able and is one of the many reasons I love you! It’s so nice to be reminded that issues with weight and food don’t magically disappear when you lose weight and that it is constant work. I have been maintaining my current weight for about a year and while that’s fine and it’s not going up, it’s also not going down. I recently had the realization that while I’ve talked about wanting to lose the last 10-15 pounds for about 3 years now, I’m the only person keeping myself from that goal. I’m in it with you – can’t wait to support each other on the way!

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  57. Laura Jane @ Recovering Chocoholic
    January 20, 2012 at 8:27 am (3 years ago)

    You are so right about it being easy to slip back into bad habits and try to fool ourselves. It is so easy to do! But you’re on the right track, and you can definitely do it. You’ve proven that already!

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  58. Sharon
    January 20, 2012 at 8:52 am (3 years ago)

    Hi Beth, im TOTALLY with you..i have gained 10lbs within the last two months just eating nonesense during the holidays and i havent been able to kick the habit after the holidays have now passed. Im totally bummed because i havent been able to loose or really control the way i have maintained my weight loss for the past two years. I havent been this heavy or gained weight in two years so i feel out of it , and its not a good feeling. I’m def looking into getting back on track and hoping my March im back at a comfortable place.

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  59. Lili
    January 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm (3 years ago)

    Maintenance is def. not that easy, and I cant totally relate, Beth. Personally, I found that tracking is very helpful as well. You can do it! We all get out of track too here and there :)

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  60. janetha
    January 21, 2012 at 1:28 am (3 years ago)

    i admire your straight forwardness. you know what you need to do and you will do it. maintaining is SO much harder than losing. you will get there and you will stay there, you are awesome.

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  61. Prathiba
    January 21, 2012 at 9:47 am (3 years ago)

    I love that you don’t shy away from this kinda stuff! I think you can see that you are not alone! Losing weight is just as challenging as keeping it off. Taking it one day, one decision at a time makes a difference.

    I appreciate your honesty. You are an inspiration. You can do this! Looking forward to reading about it!

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  62. LoriV.
    January 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh, Beth, I feel your pain. Good luck with getting back to goal. I know you will be able to do it.

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  63. Autumn@Good Eats Girl
    January 22, 2012 at 8:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Good luck! You can do this! It sounds like you have a great plan in place!

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  64. @h0neyb
    January 23, 2012 at 11:42 am (2 years ago)

    Beth, Once I hit goal I went up as well (I know lot’s who’ve done so). It’s a whole new game on this maintenance thing. I know you’ll get back asap to goal, because you are a role model :) Good luck lady you’ve got this!

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  65. Cathy
    January 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Beth:
    I am a Weight Watchers employee here in Canada. I made my goal weight and got lifetime status a year ago November 1st. It has been a struggle since then. I did some thinking and adjusted my goal weight by 5 pounds. I am currently about 3-4 pounds over my new goal weight. I am 54 years old, I’ve struggled with my weight since I was young and I wish I would have been in the place I am now when I was younger instead of constantly beating myself up over my weight. At least my new goal weight is 7 pounds away from the top of my BMI range. :-)

    So you’re not alone, we all know what to do, it’s how we fool ourselves when we add a little of this, a little of that and “oh, I don’t need to count it, I’m really mostly at maintenance…” LOL.

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  66. Mindy Lipsky
    January 24, 2012 at 9:21 am (2 years ago)

    Beth you’re awesome! Take that bull by the horns and do what you do best! I too have been struggling… I’ve been exercising (thank God otherwise I’d have gain MORE) But I have been making excuses as to my eating. First it was the holidays, then I was stressed (which I ALWAYS am!) I just feel out of control with my choices. I find myself saying… this isn’t the best choice for me.. then I eat it anyway! I’m trying a Daniel Fast while continuing WW. A Daniel Fast is where you restrict certain foods for 21 days all while going through a spiritual reflection. I must admit I’m still learning as I go, but having a “Reason” to eat healthier other than I know I should has been helpful so far for me. Best Of Luck! You don’t need it! You’ll do great! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

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  67. Erica
    January 24, 2012 at 8:12 pm (2 years ago)

    Beth,
    Thank you for posting this!!! I am a weight watchers member since last April. I have lost 37 pounds but for the last 4 months have been playing with the same 2 pounds up and down over and over. I have also been under a lot of stress and have found myself clinging to that as blame but I know deep down I could be doing more to continue my weight loss progress.

    I know we can both get back on track!!!!

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  68. Jennifer
    January 25, 2012 at 2:01 pm (2 years ago)

    It’s so hard to admit when you’ve gained back a little weight, especially when you blog about it or, as you do, lead WW meetings. I struggle with that too. I’m up about 10 lbs. now from my lowest weight and working hard, and having ups and downs, at getting that number back down again. It’s so hard to admit it, but admitting it and then devising a plan to tackle the problem is a good step! We’ll get there, Beth!!

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  69. Melanie
    January 30, 2012 at 10:34 am (2 years ago)

    How fantastic you are working for weight watchers! I considered it when I made goal too back in 2006 but never pursued it – but still think about it.

    I too am about 10 lbs over my goal and it’s making me crazy! Amazing how easily it creeps back on and how it’s too easy to make excuses! I’ve been making excuses for the last few months. But this is my 2nd week back counting honestly and working out – Jillian DVD’s and running.

    I try to remember that I lost 70 lbs to reach my goal – I can definitely get rid of these 10 no matter how long it takes.

    Also I haven’t been going to meetings regularly either – maybe I should make that a habit again too. Once i made lifetime I initially went for my monthly weigh-in and then stopped.

    Good luck and I know you’ll get back to your goal in no time!

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