Hey there! Welcome back!? That's not quite right, but you know what I mean.
Ok so, let's take a quick trip down behaviour change lane.... in a nutshell, this is the process we go through when we change a behaviour in our lives. This goes for everything from lifestyle changes to lose weight all the way through to giving up heroin. True thing.
Step 1 - Everything's peachy, no problem here - you can't see a problem so you keep doing what you've always done and anyone who says anything is just picking on you.
Step 2 - Maybe there's a bit of a problem, but I'm ok - There's some things telling you that something's not right here, but right now you're not wanting to do anything about it.
Step 3 - Ok, I have a problem I need to change - You've recognised a problem, now you start thinking about what you might do to change it.
Step 4 - This is what I'll do - you've made a plan and set it in place
Up till now you're pretty good, you're on the road to success THEN
Step 5 - lapse/relapse - Ooops!!! Fell off the wagon! From here people do one of 2 things. Give up and go back to step 1 or 2 (a relapse). OR Jump straight back to around step 4 and account for the new info they learned from the slip up (lapse).
The key thing to know is that lapses are part of the process. Most if not all people have them, and a majority of people will have a relapse at some point. You've had a bit of a relapse and lost a bit of ground, cool, you're still on that cycle and you've got a FANTASTIC opportunity to find out what to avoid this time. Just keep plugging at it, figure out what went wrong and implement something for this time around. If you make the most out of that relapse, it might be the only serious one you have! Maybe something to include next time is some kind of alarm, an indicator that will tell you as early as possible that you've fallen off so that you can get back on track.
As for exercise - yep, current best practice guidelines say that diet is the key to losing the weight and exercise is the key to long term maintenance of the weight lost.
I know you're a bit shitty at yourself right now, but from one relapsee to anther, you'll get there.
35kg lost. (November 2005 - October 2006)
15kg gained again (as at October 2010).
Back to the drawing board - Let's do this thing!
"You can't change the winds, but you can change the sails"
"Reach out and take control of what lands in your lap"