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Am I Ever Going to Win?

I don't know about you, but even though I am not afraid of being mugged my a chocolate cake with vanilla icing (is this profiling), this effing food thing is tough. I does not care how fit you are, or what you do; when you consume more calories than you burn, you gain weight.

This should be easy - easy after 7 years. It's not.


Most of you know that since I first logged onto MFP I became a marathoner. I have run 10 of them. The real deal, the 26.2 mile kind! I have run about 90 other distances and did a 60 mile charity run across Massachusetts and a 30-miler across Rhode Island. I do love running, but it is not a weight loss program.

You cannot outrun a bad diet.

Marathons are a lot different than shorter distance races. You need to have lots of rest before and lots of recovery time after. With a 3 week taper leading up to the race and a week or two of recovery, you don't get a lot of exercise.

The problem is that it is hard to cut down on your food intake.

Well it is for me. I need to be in a highly controlled environment. That means nothing that I should consider an occasional treat can be in walking distance. I can't have left over birthday cake, chips, dips, and other types of snack foods close by.

I just can't do it!


I have to divide up portions meat, fish, chicken and turkey when I get home from the grocery store. It's SO easy to toss the second turkey burger in when I get home from work and I am hungry. If there is more than one in a package, I will eat them all. The good news is that when I run, I am a lot less hungry.

What I don't do is control portions.

One of the things I know about failing is that we give ourselves permission to do it. We make excuses. "It's only once", "it's vacation", "it's OK to start over tomorrow", "it's just a stressful time" and the hits keep on coming. In 4 years on MFP I have seen a lot of people come and go - a lot - thousands in fact!

Overeating is an enemy of mine

The fact still remains that 55% of those who lose weight will not keep it all off, 20% will return to their previous weight and 20% or so will gain even more weight then they lost. That leaves 5% to win the championship and make a true lifestyle change.

I want to be one of them.

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11 comments:

Sand_TIger wrote 4 months ago:
Me too - I want to win, too. I think you are on track to win that championship. Understanding the pitfalls and planning ahead to avoid them is absolutely essential to that.
kendallvon wrote 4 months ago:
I can definitely understand. I don't think I can ever "go back to normal". As a matter of fact, I know I can't. I've been on this journey since October 18,2009. I've been up, I've been down. I don't know if I'll ever "win". For me, it's all about the journey.
Anonymous wrote 4 months ago:
Agreed. I too have to keep on the journey, because the alternative is being 400+ pounds and a blind, amputee diabetic on dialysis....

Someone pass me the kale....and broccoli!
Dootzy1 wrote 4 months ago:
You said something like this before---if you hate starting over, you don't quit! I think many people quit because of an "all or none" mentality. They don't have a perfect day, or let the scale defeat them....and it IS hard work to maintain a loss!
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Consider reading Bright Line Eating by Susan Peirson Thompson. I finally understand why keeping weight off is so hard! I finally feel like I’m on my way to healing my badly behaving brain!
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