Weightloss Struggles Continue

June 15, 2008 · 22 comments

The last month I have been extra busy at work with a lot of writing that caused me to have no interest in writing in my personal life. And I’ve strayed significantly from my diet and exercise plan. I’ve updated the charts today and they are not pretty. I am particularly disappointed in my waist measurement. As we are going to my parent’s today for Father’s Day (not to mention my birthday) it promises to be another challenging feast. I’m not up for moderation right now. Then I’m going to Vegas next week so it promises to only get worse. The good news for me is the only thing I drink when I am in Vegas is water and coffee so maybe I can find a way to stay away from the buffets.

So I’m gaining weight and inches, I’m not exercising and I’m stressed. All bad combinations but I actually feel pretty good this morning. Why? Because despite all of this bad news here I am writing about it.

That gives me hope.

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Andrew is getting fit June 15, 2008 at 1:24 pm

You need a better plan John! :)

Whew, isn’t that the truth! Problem truly is I don’t have a plan.

Israel June 15, 2008 at 4:11 pm

John I noticed that when I dont write about my weight loss journey that I stray from it. So keep writing, even if its just a sentence or two, or just tracking your intake and outtake.

I’m still convinced this blog will help, so I’m sticking with the writing.

Lisa Newton June 15, 2008 at 5:45 pm

I agree with both Israel and Andrew. Buffets, schumfets, it’s up to you do plan and find a way to move forward. I’ve been where you’re at, and planning and keeping yourself motivated by writing are the best way to go…………:)

It’s all a matter of choice.

Planning is the key, I had a plan once and I have to get back on that plan.

John June 15, 2008 at 6:07 pm

“And I’ve strayed significantly from my diet and exercise plan.”

We’ve all been there. Major kudos on the honesty. I know you can turn it around.

Thanks John. I know I can too, but it takes momentum in the right direction and right now it’s taking awhile to turn the ship around.

MizFit June 15, 2008 at 6:17 pm

as well it should.

and would for me as well (I SO HEAR YOU on the writing for day job dampening the blogging urge).

if we can lend a hand and youre in the ‘hood drop by the MizFits.

fatbastard June 15, 2008 at 7:19 pm

Recognizing the problem is the start. But, unfortunately it is just a start. This is a journey and when you make a wrong turn on a journey, you have to make the proper correction and get back on track.

You’re posting, but do you really want to do something about it? Decision time.

Good luck!

Decision time indeed. Yes, I do want to do something about it, damnit!

Jessica- weight loss,habits June 16, 2008 at 3:43 am

You should not feel stress. What’s done is done.The charts starts looking scary…I agree with fatbastard, now it’s the decision time. Get back on track NOW! Come on what can you do now right at this moment? :) You don’t have to do everything perfect. Just start something, it’ll add up to the good habits. Maybe trying to lose weight all the time put you into stress. How about just trying to maintain the weight for a while?

I could be wrong but I don’t think I was getting stress from trying to lose weight, although I suppose it could have had some impact - but mostly it was work related stress. Thanks for the reminder about not needing to do everything perfect, that is so true.

justoofat June 16, 2008 at 7:22 am

“So I’m gaining weight and inches, I’m not exercising and I’m stressed.”

I feel like this sentence was written backwards. It should read… “I’m not exercising and I’m stressed, so I’m gaining weight and inches.” I don’t know about you, but stress plays a huge factor in whether or not I’m able to stay on plan. When work (or other stuff) starts to stress me out, and I find myself exhausted at the end of the day, it’s *that* much harder for me to make the right choices. In fact, it’s mostly impossible. That said, I feel your pain. Hopefully, work/life demands will ease up soon and you’ll find that you have more time/energy to devote to yourself. *fingers crossed* In the meantime, it’s good to see an update from you. Keep that chin up!


Bingo, you are absolutely correct - that is the order. Thanks for the well wishes!

Steve v4.7 June 16, 2008 at 11:48 am

There’s lots of encouragement, inspiration and motivation above my paltry comment (and lots to follow, I’m sure). The thing is, John, you’ve lost significant weight in the past- so you KNOW what it takes and you KNOW you can do it. DECIDE and DO.

And hey, if you need any more encouragement, go to the same blog I initially went to: http://www.johnisfit.com (it really helped me!).

Wow, what a great reminder - thanks Steve!

metroknow - AlmostFit.com June 16, 2008 at 2:28 pm

@Steve v4.7: Great comment. It’s the deciding and the doing that is the thing.

I definitely agree with Israel, Lisa, Andrew, and the rest of the gang - but one other idea? Lately I have been reading a lot on motivational techniques outside of the diet and exercise world, for the purpose of inspiring action in my diet and exercise habits. While I’ve never actually done the Getting Things Done system, many of the ideas I think apply to health - identify your daily, weekly, monthly, and lifelong objectives, and set a course. Get up early, and do the important things first. Your health has GOT to be in the top 3… Do those things first.

Leo’s ZenToDone eBook (ZenHabits.net) really is useful for this, by the way. Well worth checking out.

Don’t lose heart…we’re all rooting for you!

Thanks! I utilize some of David Allen’s principles in how I manage my email, I’ll have to take another look at the book to see if I can apply anything to my health regimen.

GeorgieGirl June 16, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Hey there John! Maybe if you think back to your motivation for starting this weight loss program, that will help.

I’m struggling too. I’m struggling to find time to write anything in my own blog. But I find if I go back and read my old posts it helps motivate me to continue moving.

Your blog has been a huge part of my motivation for nearly a year now. Go back and read through it. We can do this John!

YOU can do this… I know you can!

Thanks so much Georgie! We’ve both shown that over short periods we can do it, time to get focused on doing that again first and then look long term.

MizFit June 17, 2008 at 5:35 pm

checking back in.

hoping youve been buoyed by the support you obviously have in blogland.


Thanks Miz, I have been buoyed. Now I just have to see if I can take action.

Steve June 17, 2008 at 10:33 pm

Hey John,

Hang in there. Just remember that trips, stress, family and buffets are always going to be in your life so you might need to find a better way to deal with them.

You can stop this slip before it becomes a slide.

Good point Steve - you are right that you can’t hide from those things. So many long term habits to knock off…

Johnny June 19, 2008 at 10:56 am

John, you have been an inspiration to so many people (myself included). I’ve had meltdown after meltdown and I must say that out of all the disappointments in my life, these hurt the most. Reading your blog, along with many other weight loss blogs has been a great help and inspiration to me (so much that I decided to start my own as well). Every time that I’ve fallen, I’ve managed to pick myself up again and hit it just a bit stronger than before. Sometimes I think it’s the only way I can learn to stick with something.

You’ve done it before. You can do it again. Can’t wait to read future posts about how you did it! :)

Thanks for the kind words - and for sharing your new site. Bookmarked!

Jules Jordon June 19, 2008 at 2:18 pm

I think there are good days/times and there are low days/times and pretty much, in my years of trying to lose weight, I’ve come to the conclusion that managing those days/times is the key to successful weight loss.

It’s very easy to lose the weight when all is going well and the plan is working, but when the chips are down, how do we cope! Key for me!

Boy, isn’t that the truth. I’ve used a poker analogy before, but another one would be that poker is mostly not about focusing on doing things well, but rather not making the mistakes. So focus on managing those down days.

Sue June 19, 2008 at 4:01 pm

Thank you so very much for your story. It was truly an inspiration. I hope mine is also. Please feel free to view it at blogger.com Weight Loss Reviews.

We folks with this particular problem need all the help we can get. Thanks again and God Bless.

metroknow - AlmostFit.com June 19, 2008 at 9:49 pm

C’mon man…an update! Please! :)

Not much to share, I’m afraid. Knowing I am going to Vegas tomorrow makes it a real bad time to get into full gear - but I haven’t been terrible either.

Weight Loss Natural Supplements June 19, 2008 at 10:24 pm

I really thank you for the time sharing with us your experiences because you need discipline to achieve your weight loss goals and writing often is too distracting.

Karen June 20, 2008 at 8:37 pm

Hi, John! I am in the midst of my own weight loss journey right now and have been hitting some road blocks too. I think that comes with the territory. The fact that you are still writing shows your dedication and I am inspired by that! Visit my site if you get a chance and good luck in Vegas!

Thanks for stopping by, I’ll go check your site out now!

Weight Loss June 23, 2008 at 11:08 pm

John you have acknowledged and identified that you have gone a little off track. Most people dont make themselves accountable, which you clearly are if you are graphing and measuring your results. I’m glad that it helps writting about your weight loss journey. I like reading it because it reminds me of what i went through and what my clients are going throught on there weight management journey.

Sara June 24, 2008 at 10:56 am

Why don’t you try an appetite suppressant? I know, I know, that sounds super shady and icky. But I don’t mean diet pills… I rather like this: http://www.pastoreformulations.com/product_p/005.htm.

It’s an all natural supplement with no caffeine or stimulants so I don’t think you’d be risking your heart. The main ingredients were used as appetite suppressants by tribes during long hunting trips. Scientists only found out about these plants recently and extracted the ingredients for supplements very recently.

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