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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Gaining Weight

Well, hell.

Alice isn't in Wonderland anymore.

I am today, but I wasn't yesterday or the day before that. I had to text my friend Shana yesterday and tell her that I was thisclose to falling out on the floor and having a world class, kindergartner in the corner, "Bitch, don't do me!" kind of meltdown. Not a screaming fit....a guttural wail, no-bones-in-my-body, melt and collapse onto the floor like a good Victorian woman, meltdown......."Jeeves, bring the smelling salts and the vapours!"

This was after two days of careful tracking and watching my intake and my weight went up, so I thought I'd earned a right to have that moment. Shana took that away from me when she gave me the "Back away from the edge" encouragement that  needed. I'll never forgive her for that.

I just don't have a lot of wiggle room to work with. Other than my fasting times, I am ALWAYS less than 10 lbs away from kissing onderland goodbye. That is a precarious place to be. It's sooo easy to say that "it's just a number" but how many of you live in this zone AND don't have more weight to lose. For most of you, this is a transitional zone and you wave goodbye to it as you as happily skip to the 180's, 170's, 160's and so  on and so forth. I'm not that lucky.

Save the censure and reprobation for something else and don't tell me that it's just a number and that it's in my head.
It may be just a number, but the psychology of numbers is very well understood.
"Retailers almost never round up because of psychological pricing, the old marketing rule that dictates that consumers are more easily swayed by prices that end with ".99" because they seem substantially cheaper." source
I want to be substantially cheaper! Is that too much to ask?

Is this the normal "bounceback" weight that comes after I reach your nadir or lowest point?
Is this regain?
At what point does it turn into regain?
What's the magic formula? EWL/BMI + shoe size * (GW+CW+NSV)
Is this because I haven't been to the gym in a while?

Hopefully, I'll get this figured out because honestly I don't like the way that I feel in my clothes and I see it. This is not a case of lyzing.

 Do you think that you HAVE to accept some weight gain after the honeymoon period is over?


  1. No, I dont think we have to accept weight gain after the honeymoon is over. I havnet made it to goal yet. Which my goal is 190 and I'm 5'8.5 (i claim every i get there i want to be there forever or go lower maybe to 185.

  2. You know I am still trying to answer this question. I know I'm not happy with either the number or how my clothes are fitting. At this point, I know for a fact I can change my behavior and possibly impact the situation. So I'm trying to stay pissed off enough to stick with that.

  3. Unfortunately, we are both in this club right now!! I put on weight last year and it's not coming off! I was very stable for YEARS in the 170s and I have floated up to the 190s where I'm not budging. Oh girl I DO NOT like how close that number TWO is!! Oh no, do NOT want to go there EVER again!! And yeah, I just don't like how this FEELS.

    I wanted to start a new website but I'm also writing about this current situation.

  4. I'm not to my goal yet (though close) so I don't have any sage advice but as always your writing and sense of humor is delightful.

    I'd say don't beat yourself up but keep with it. No matter what the scale says you'll know you're treating your body right.

  5. OMG, WW you COMPLETE me! I am so so so right there with ya! Thought I wouldn't ever see a "2" again. Aaargh! But when you are in that "zone" of which you speak where you aren't that far away from the "2" then inevitably you will see that 2 again someday. I think part of MY problem is the damn clothes still fit (with a very very few exceptions) so I don't "see" it but the scale knows it's there. All I know is I'm not going down without a fight!!!

  6. For you...(this is a great article about regain)

  7. Melting Mama had a link to a study that talked about expectations and actual weight loss after surgery. Most WLS patients want to lose 40 percent of their highest weight. My highest weight was 255, so 40 percent would be 100 pounds. The article said that amount was unrealistic, and patients would feel like a failure because they wouldn't meet it. The normal loss is 30 percent; I am just a tiny bit above that. If someone loses 20 percent or less, they are very unhappy with the results even if they are healthier.

    I have a hard time believing you are anywhere near the 200 mark because you look TINY in those photos. Your collar bone also looks so prominent!

  8. keep up the great work. you're an inspiration to so many.


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