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Postby KimE » Sun Nov 12, 2006 9:51 am

This is for anyone to answer but I am interested in those amongst us who have lost a great deal at one time and either put back all of it or some of it. Especially those who had made lifestyle changes. What was it that caused the gain?

Obviously on maintenance I am keen to avoid any pitfalls I can and with Christmas looming around the corner I'm wondering if there are any extra tips I can work with. The one thing I know about myself is sometimes I start to feel 'safe' in my new smaller skin and it would be easy to eat more than I should so I will still need to moinitor my food intake and probably always will. But any insights would be appreciated. :D
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Postby Livy » Sun Nov 12, 2006 10:01 am

Sorry Kim, I can't help with this one. The most I have ever lost is about 3-4kgs!! Pitiful isn't it? Willpower is NOT one of my strong points... however, I will say this.
As you know, I gave up a 50 a day 15 year smoking habit. It was really the hardest thing I have ever done. Occasionally, a few weeks and months after giving up, I would actually go as far as putting one of David's cigarettes into my mouth and sucking on it. It felt really strange after so long without doing it. Every time I went to overeat, I thought about how HARD it was to quit, and how doubly hard it would be to quit again. Every time you feel 'safe', remember just how much dedication and hard work it took you to get to this point. You will soon realized that it's just not worth it. :D
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Postby Mandie » Sun Nov 12, 2006 11:20 am

Hey Kim -

I lost about 20-30kg and gained back about 10kg....

I originally lost the weight by making lifestyle changes (eating better, increasing the incidental exercise). I managed to maintain my loss for a year as I lived in Ireland.


I regained my weight after coming back home - I had missed FOOD - Mum's cooking, all the lovely different restaurants in Perth, and I went a bit mad! (seriously, no-one goes to Ireland for the cuisine...)

I also got back into uni and was so busy I "forgot" to exercise, and then I was forgetting to eat and having to grab from vending machines, and takeaway.. and so on.

I've recognised the problem, and I'm working on it now!

I think the MAIN reason I regained was because I got into "holiday mode" as in, I deserve a treat, I've done so well, so I'm going to have it! Which is a fair enough attitude, but maybe for a special day or week, but not for MONTHS!

My advice to you is to be careful this holiday season - have fun and let loose, but try to keep the non-party days healthy, and have a definite "end date" to the holiday fun to get back on track!

I'm sure you will do fine maintaining your weight, you have come so far!

Good luck Kim :D
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Postby Puffer » Sun Nov 12, 2006 11:36 am

When I finished high school I lost 10kg... I can't even remember what I was thinking at the time, I know it wasn't easy but it didn't seem hard either.

Then I moved to Canberra for uni and was suddenly exposed to all these new exciting cuisines and discovered iced chocolates. I was living apart from my boyfriend (he was working full time back in our old town whilst looking for a job down here) and we made it our mission to taste iced chocolates (he had iced coffee) everywhere we went@ Every weekend was a massive takeaway and iced chocolate binging session.

I don't even remember what I was thinking at the time. How could I have lost 10kg and put it all back on without even a second thought! I can remember stepping on the scales and thinking 'whoops' when I got to 68kg but it didn't even occur to me to buckle down and get back into the dieting routine again.

And then without even realising it I was back up to 75kg - right back where I started. Well I can tell you it seems very hard to loose weight this time around (maybe my metobolism has slowed in the 3 years since?) and when I get to my goal weight I will not ruin such hard work without even a second thought again!

I am so angry with myself!
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Postby KimE » Sun Nov 12, 2006 1:21 pm

Thanks for your input guys. :D

Hmmm 'holiday mode' I think I can understand that. It would be so easy to eat whatever I want but I know that won't help me at all. Thinking back to how hard it was to get here, yeah that will be a good one to keep in mind.

Cardio to Christmas music, here I come.
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Sun Nov 12, 2006 1:23 pm

aw i dont know mandie those irish mashed spuds would be delish!
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Postby Mandie » Sun Nov 12, 2006 1:27 pm

for sure Kate.. but trust me, you get sick of having two or three kinds of potato with every meal!

Irish food is all about the "stodge" as fellow Aussies and I called it... meat and a couple of kinds of potato and some gross vegetable like turnip!

always the same thing.. went mad!

When I came home, I was dying for...
a) stirfry! chinese vegetables!
b) mongolian lamb
c) mums chicken n apricot
d) fish, cooked WELL
e) fresh fruit!

oh I could go on and on....
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Postby KimE » Sun Nov 12, 2006 1:31 pm

I also have a theory about people who live in cold climates. Their metabolism must be completely different to ours. They seem to be able to eat very stodgy food but not gain too much weight from it. I worked with a chap from Scotland and he said he would gain so much weight here if he ate the same as he did at home, yet there no problem.
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Sun Nov 12, 2006 1:33 pm

i always wanted to move to ireland and be a nanny and marry an irish man, their accents are such a turn on! lol. i wouldnt mind some of your mums apricot chicken mandie. i love the stuff!!
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Postby Fairie » Sun Nov 12, 2006 1:59 pm

Hi KimE I lost almost 30kg and put most of it back on :oops: I know my dangers it is when I get sick or am injured or when I'm so busy and worn out for a long period of time. I totally loose the plot because I start to feel sorry for myself and get depressed. It is something I'm constantly battling myself with and I just have to keep on trying to stay on top of it.
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Postby SarahC » Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:51 pm

I have lost and regained the same 5-7kgs sooooo many times since leaving high school 12 years ago. A very long-running battle :shock: I lose the weight just by reducing my eating and doing a bit extra excercies. But as soon as I start seeing success, I start eating again! So I have never been able to maintain a low weight - it just keeps going up and down :(
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Postby Ally » Mon Nov 13, 2006 9:53 am

Hi Kim..good question there....

I lost 30kgs over 8 months and then I got sick and was continually ill for 6 months and just gave up and piled 35kgs back on in 6 months.. I got really down and just gave up caring...which I know now was such a stupid thing to do. I lost it following a healthy eating and exercise plan, but just gave up caring.

This time I am learning to deal with things differently and not use food as a crutch. I can sort things out without reaching for the choccie etc. It has been the first time ever that I see things differently to any other time before...

Sorry just rambling, probably no use to you at all Kim!!! LOL
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Postby Groovychic » Mon Nov 13, 2006 10:23 am

Well Kim....I think that you have been given some great advice. I agree with keeping it healthy on the days you aren't socialising, but also at times when you are out don't have a pig out sess! Eat slowly, drink a few glasses of water before going out or expecting your guests(will make you have to go to the dunny more but hey it will stop you eating as much!!!) and know your limits. Don't let people talk you into eating something that you don't want to eat. Its a terrible habit that we have all grown used to. As kids we were told to eat everything on our plates or else it is rude and so on and of course that has stuck with us! And if you are eating more, do another 20 mins of exercise a day. Just keep your water intake up and go for the least processed food that you can find when out. When making a meal for people at your own home, make things that you can eat. Salads, low fat dips with mountain bread etc. I'm sure you will be fine Kim. O and another trick with alcohol. If you are drinking a mixer drink, such as CC and dry or vodka mixers or whatever, fill a glass with ice then pour your drink over the top. Makes the drink last much longer, as well as adding extra water to your diet. I do this quite regularly, for the fact that we live 4ks from town and have to drive after going out for dinner etc. I can have 2 CC's and dry and make them last for 4 - 5 drinks with the ice! Lasts the night and I'm not over the limit! I don't think the pub likes it so much tho! :lol:
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Postby Ally » Mon Nov 13, 2006 10:41 am

That is some great tips there Groovychic!!!
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Mon Nov 13, 2006 12:03 pm

yeha groovychick you should put those tips in the home grown tips section :)
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