Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Weight Loss High

'Weight loss high' is a term I use when I describe what it's like to lose weight.  It's a high I had experienced while in the midst losing all that weight.  It was a feeling of nothing getting in my way and almost being invincible.  When I lost the weight for the first year I didn't go to any groups or meetings.  I logged my food in a journal, counted my WW points and exercised.  Every Monday morning was like Christmas morning for me.  I couldn't wait to see what the number was on the scale.  I averaged 2lbs a week weight loss for many weeks.

Fast forward to today: I've 'lost the weight' and I'm in maintenance mode or I should be.  I gained 10lbs and now I'm trying to lose them again!  Maintenance is hard because the weight loss 'high' is gone.  The 'high' during weight loss is a nice distraction and it feels great.  I kept thinking I wonder when I'll fit into the next size down in jeans?

Without the distraction of the weight loss high is when the really hard work begins.  The initial shock people have when you lose 80lbs goes away and it's no longer 'new'.  It's difficult finding something new to replace the high and committing myself on a whole different level.  Food has always been my crutch but it can't be my crutch anymore. It's about working through my emotions instead of stuffing them down - the high I used to have was enough of a distraction that the emotions didn't seem to matter at the time.  However the emotions/stress seem even more of a distraction than ever with the absence of that 'weight loss high'.  Unfortunately food has always been my 'drug of choice' and old habits die hard when your in the thick of things.

I'm still here and I'm still fighting.  I've received a message or two from people asking if I'm still blogging and I am.  I'm here working harder than ever - no matter what!  

7 comments:

  1. I was just thinking of you as I am starting back on the weight loss journey. Keep up the good work, you are an inspiration for many!

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    1. Thank you for writing and nice to 'see you' again. I've been thinking about you and wondering how you are doing. Cheers!

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  2. Interesting that you identify the thrill of weight loss as a "high," because it's the first time I've heard that. I think there's some truth to it, though--we get our need for positive interaction and love filled when people come up to you and tell you how great you look! However, that will (for better or worse) taper off. You may want to take a look at how food is your crutch, because it relates to other needs we have.

    For example, a need for comfort and certainty is one of our basic human needs–so if you go home and know you can dissolve whatever issues you had during the day through eating, the need is met. However, we can get caught in an unhealthy cycle where we know what we’re doing isn’t helpful for weight loss, but keep doing it out of want for that comfort. Take a look at this video in my link. It does a great job explaining our different needs and how those sorts of habits develop–and more importantly, how to stop the difference between what we know we should do and what we end up doing.

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    1. Courtney thank you for posting a comment and sending the link to the video.

      I loved your comment "You may want to take a look at how food is your crutch, because it relates to other needs we have." I agree with that completely. Food is an emotional crutch for sure! Something I'm working on. It's always about more than the food. :-)

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  3. I completely understand where you are coming from. I have lost 89 lbs doing WW and have met my goal and am in the maintenance phase as well. I am a lifetime member and that feels great. However, one thing that I have since noticed about WW is that they do not have a good program for those of us lifetimers. They ask that you weigh in at least monthly (I still go weekly, for accountability)and at those meetings you are still only getting tips for weight loss. I think they need to come up with a program that is at least once a month for those of us that have met the goal.
    I think that maintaining is far harder...You get in a mode of losing and when that is gone it is easy to get discouraged. Plus some members look at you like they cant figure out why you are there. Sometimes I want to scream..."Hey, I used to be over 250 lbs! I did the work and now am trying to keep it off"
    Hang in there! Continue to have goals that may not be weight related but that are healthy such as Run a 5k, 10k, marathon...Be able to do so many sit ups...you get the idea.
    Feel free to email me anytime you need some encouragement! abrownie76@live.com

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    1. Anonymous bravo for reaching goal! If there were a support group for people who are maintaining I think they would call it therapy :-) In all seriousness once the drive/need to lose the weight is gone we are still the same person on the inside in many ways. I'm growing as a person from the outside in and it's what drives us on the inside that shows up on the outside.

      I can relate to your comment about being the 'skinny girl' at a weight watchers meeting. I've had a few looks and was asked if I reached goal yet and FYI according to WW I am not at goal yet but my body fat composition is 21.9% :-)

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