I have finally come to understand what people mean by the "yo-yo" effect. You guys, I have been incredibly frustrated with myself lately. I can't seem to stay consistent with my eating. Working out and being active has never really been a problem for me. My diet however is a whole different story. Over the last few months I have gained and lost the same (insert bad word here) five pounds over and over.

This is how it goes down. I eat great for weeks, sometimes for over a month, and I lose some weight! I start to feel pretty dang good about myself and feel like I have the whole eating thing down pat. This is right about when I start to slack off. I eat horribly one day and before I know it I have thrown in the towel and go crazy for a few days. The weight that took weeks to lose, I gain back in half that time. STORY OF MY LIFE.

What makes this even more frustrating is that I keep doing this with these dumb five pounds, and I still have another five on top of that to lose to get to where I want to be. I get close to my goal and then keep ruining it over and over again. Which in result makes you want to work out less, because you feel like you have "ruined" everything anyway.

Honestly, I am not really that focused on a magic "number" anymore. I have come to realize it isn't so much about how much I weigh but more about being healthy and having my body be in great shape. I use the weight as one of many indicators to see where I am. Right now I know I am not doing my best consistently, which is what is keeping me stagnant. 

I can't tell you how many times I have started over! But I know that it is never too late to keep on trying, and that I hope I never get to the point where I stop trying again when I have messed up. With that said, it would make my life easier if I could learn to stop quitting so I wouldn't have to keep starting over again, but at least I know there is always tomorrow and we can always keep on moving forward.

What concerns me is that I haven't lost the weight I put on last year, and now I am entering the holiday season. I always put on weight during the holidays. This year, I would really love to lose weight this holiday season. With that said, I love treats and baking, so what I really want is to find that perfect balance that I can realistically live.

Habits take time. One of these days I know that if I keep on trying it will "click." Just like other goals have in the past. It has been an interesting past year learning how to work with a body that has grown out of the teenager phase and into an adult woman. I made the goal to get in the best shape I have been in as an adult, and I really want to achieve that. Here is to starting over, no matter how many times it takes to get it right!

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  1. I hear ya. My weight never changes but I go from "skinny fat" to toned to "skinny fat." I am so bad at staying consistent!

  2. I seriously could have written this post WORD-FOR-WORD. I am so angry with myself for packing on extra pounds BEFORE going into the holidays and now I feel like "why even bother until after New Years" which at that rate I'll be a million pounds.

  3. You are not the only yo you out there. Eating the right way is really hard! If it were easy everyone would be a pro at it but that is not the case. I have a vacation coming up right smack dab in the middle of the holidays! What was I thinking. I'll have vacation weight and holiday weight to deal with. I know you are tired of that same 5 lbs but you are at least maintaining and there is something to be said for that.

  4. honestly getting used to an adult body and not having a teenagers body with a crazy awesome metabolism is the worst. like a huge "i really am getting old" confirmation (ha!). that being said, i have recently been trying really hard to improve my eating habits because i have been so bad about treats and just eating whatever i wanted. i know i'm not fat but i'm definitely not at thin as i used to be and i know i can do better. one of the things that has helped more than ANYTHING else with keeping me consistent is planning meals and cooking from home as much as possible. my husband and i budget out our dates and groceries every month, which keeps us fairly honest, and when i plan meals i am one thousand times more likely to cook at home because i know i have all the ingredients i need, i know what i'm going to make, it completely eliminates the whole "what should i make tonight" dilemma that always ended in pasta...it has been super helpful. and if you have a husband who isn't afraid of cooking, you can just toss him a recipe and let him help if you have a late night. its been a really fun experience exploring new recipes and slowly but surely i'm losing weight. and i know this is a habit i can keep up too! one last thing i would recommend is trying to consistently eat 3 meals a day. some people are grazers, and some people recommend that. but i totally end up overeating when i snack instead of eat an actual meal. sorry for the long comment...but those are my tips!

  5. Oh my, you are not alone! I used to be all about the number and I would exercise and eat amazing and then boom one day I would do horrendous! Then I had to start all over again, I didn't feel good at all... But then I decided I didn't care about what I looked like or what the number on the scale was. I just started caring about feeling great! I eat well, but still have treats maybe once a week or whenever I feel like it and go for walks or some type of exercise everyday and I feel great! The nice part too is when I changed my thought process I lost weight and am the smallest I have ever been. I would definitely recommend just going for a healthy, balanced lifestyle and just feeling great!! You can do it!!

  6. Chocolate covered almonds - scratch that - anything chocolate - gets me every.time.
    I totally relate to this, girl - I'm rooting for you! You can do it!
    And don't get too down on yourself when you give in a bit - we're all human here. But as you said, it's about finding balance, and I hope you discover what works best for you (and then share it with us so we can steal your secrets!)

  7. Oh, I can empathize. I've been battling with my weight ever since my son was born, and I still can't get it off. I was good for close to 10 months and felt AMAZING. Then, I slacked off with my diet and exercise, and my stomach and love-handles came right back. The holidays are such a difficult time to diet. I might need to start w/ everyone else on Jan. 1. Good luck to you :)

  8. Thank you for being brave and posting this. It is never easy to talk about weight or where we fail...again and again. I am right there with you. I have the exact same issue. I kept reading and saying yes, yes! out loud. Keep posting about your success and hard work! I will work hard with you too :)

  9. The holidays are the worst for me too. I feel like I'm dedicated to change and then I walk by the bowl of candy and tray of cookies and I'm done for.

  10. first of all, wonderful post, this is such a problem for me too. i just FLUCTUATE! all.the.time.

    fist bump to doing better this holiday season girl!

    1. also, thank you for the lovely feature, your words are too kind!

  11. I ca relate! I did this 30 day challenge that was amazing and I looked a lot stronger! But afterwards I slacked and I want to do it again to get back on track. It is hard, but so invigorating, especially since Lisa does the whole workout by your side.:) http://www.bodyrock.tv/2013/10/07/30-day-i-real-time-challenge-1/

  12. Yep, I can completely identify with this! I was unwell for a couple of weeks so I didn't exercise then my baby was unwell so again, I didn't exercise. Now I really know that I need to start again but I can't seem to get that motivation! My aim is go start again on Monday so we'll see how that goes!

  13. You took the words right out of my mouth. I totally will do well for a week, and then one little slip-up and all my hard work is ruined. I totally gained the marriage 10, and now there isn't much I can do about it because I'm 4 months pregnant. Guess I'll take it a little easy and prep myself to go full force after the baby is born.

  14. I think you look great! It's hard to manage your weight during the holidays, but you have the motivation to keep going. You have a great perspective about a healthy body and less worry about weight gain, too. Good for you.

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  16. I completely understand! I'm trying to lose a good amount of weight and while I can go to the gym for 1 1/2 hours easily, I'll totally blow it with my eating. One day I'll eat completely on point and then the next day I'm all, "I NEED A DONUT, STAT!!!!" Stupid hormones. :)


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