Is it even possible after losing as much as 70lbs for a person to go back to their old eating habits after eating healthy for 7 months? I guess the answer to that question is yes, if you let it happen. Well, I don’t want to let it happen to me again, I refuse to even allow the thought to enter my head.
I am putting myself in a bad situation right now. I was 264lbs when I started this weight loss journey in January and I had lost a whopping 70lbs thanks to the Noom weight loss coach. It helped me lose weight by giving me articles and letting me scan bar codes of the foods that I ate and told me whether it was healthy or not by coloring coding everything with red, yellow or green. I knew I was eating healthy when I was eating more greens than yellows and reds. I had dropped down to 192lbs in 7 months because of it. Although, the last 2 months have been very slow, but at least I was still losing weight and not gaining.
Lately however I seem to be in a bad plateau that I can’t get out of and I am slipping as a result of it. I’ve been eating food and not logging it into the Noom app because I know it’s bad for me. I feel like I’ve been sabotaging myself, and I am well aware that I am doing it too. The food I’ve been eating has been graham crackers, handfuls of Wheat Thins at a time, before I was pouring the Wheat Thins into a bowl which was sitting on a food scale, but now I just grab handfuls and don’t even log it. We’ve been eating Michelina’s frozen dinners instead of Weight Watchers because they are cheaper and I haven’t had the money for the Weight Watchers.
Lately my partner has been buying frozen pizzas and asking ME to bake them and then telling me that I need to eat the other half because he can’t possibly eat the whole thing. Of course, knowing he would do that to me, I could cut half of the frozen pizza and only bake half for him, but instead I go ahead and cook the entire thing. So I am not blaming him for that or for anything for that matter, because I knew what I was doing.
Last night he wanted to go to McDonald’s to buy himself a double cheeseburger and I decided that I wanted to go with him because I thought to myself “I haven’t had a McChicken sandwich in such a long time and I miss it” so I made the decision to go along with him and not just get 1, but 2. I thought I was being a good little boy by eating the chicken without the bun or mayo, but instead of throwing the buns away, I put them in the fridge and ended up eating them anyway within the hour.
One final thing. I haven’t been riding my bicycle and I really have no excuse. That is the only exercise I am comfortable doing because of my back problems which seem to be getting worse. I am however waiting to hear from the physical therapist to find out if cycling is going to damage my back or not since I now know that I have scoliosis. When I start going to physical therapy, then I am positive that I will start getting the exercise that I need to not only help my back, but to also help me lose weight. Perhaps the physical therapist will give me home exercises that I can do on my home gym, my Weider Body Works 5000.
So I am done with sabotaging myself and I am done with this plateau. I am going to get serious about this weight loss again because I really want to get down to my goal weight of 170lbs. The doctor said to stop losing the weight because he is happy with where I am, but I feel that stopping to maintain is only going to encourage me to eat unhealthy. So I will go back to my healthy eating habits so I can not only maintain a healthy eating lifestyle, but to also lose more weight and to lose this weight that I have regained.
I know I have enough money that I can go to Food Maxx and buy some more Weight Watchers Smart Ones meals. I’m going to try to get back into the habit of eating those again to give me the boost that I need. I am also going to cut out all crackers and replace them with fruits and vegetables. Finally, I am going to start using the word “NO” again, and I am not going to let myself get back to 264. Heck, I am not going to let myself get back to 200. It’s just not going to happen.