How do I lick this weight problem for good?
August 19, 2011 2:04 PM Subscribe
How do I break the gain/lose/gain cycle?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (11 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I am a woman in her late thirties. I have struggled with my weight since I was about six or seven years old. I have repeated this pattern many times: gain weight up until life sucks unbearably (I've been a plus size and a single digit size, many times) then hold for a few years, then starve it off for a year. Maintain for five minutes....regain. I have done Weight Watchers, I have done Nutrisystem, and very low-carb. I have done hard hard work and exercised daily. I hate it and the weight always comes back.
Last year I actually took doctor-prescribed stimulants to lose weight, it was the BEST THING EVER although I still had to restrict what I was eating very mindfully. I lost eighty pounds in a bit less than a year. Life was grand, I had ten to go until goal, and then the shit hit in a number of ways and now I'm in the regain cycle. I have been off the drugs for a few months and I've put half the weight back on.
How do I stop? How do I ever get to where I want to be and stay there? I've done it slow, I've done it fast, but I don't know how anyone licks a weight problem for good. I don't want to take the drugs again, but as the pounds stack on alarmingly fast, I have no idea what to do next. I've gone up three sizes in two months and I've stopped wanting to go anywhere or do anything. I don't want people to see me, I feel ashamed.