A New Year, A New Try

My frustration with diet failure!

by Jamie Franklin

My youngest kids are four-year-old twins. I have lost the “baby weight” from their pregnancy about three times!

Each time I lose the weight and will stay that size for a couple of months, and then I fall off the wagon. I get tired of counting calories, tired of workouts, and I gain the weight back plus some more! It’s so frustrating. It’s so deflating. I have tried different workouts, different diets all to keep my attention. I want to be healthy. I like the way I look at my lower weight. I like the way I feel. I love the feeling of accomplishment after I complete a tough workout. I love seeing muscles appear. But I inevitably get bored with the restraints of counting calories. I get tired of being hungry. I reach my goal and think that I will be able to maintain and loosen up. But what always happens is that I will gain back 4 pounds, then 10 pounds. Then I get frustrated and throw the towel in on trying at all. I get in a spiral that I will never be able to maintain. As a woman, I feel if I’m either losing weight or gaining weight. Does anyone else feel this way? Does anyone else get tired of the roller coaster?

So now, again, I am trying to get back in shape. It’s a new year, which means it’s a great time to try again. I need to lose at least 40 pounds to get to where I want to be, so this time, I’ve decided to try a new method called Diet Bet (www.dietbet.com). The concept is you put in a small amount of money as a wager each month. I started with a $30 bet. I’ve got to lose 4% of my body weight within a month. If I do, I split the pot with the rest of the contestants that put money in. I’m hoping that this will keep me accountable. But I would also like you to keep me accountable. I would like you to keep me accountable today, and next month, and six months from now. I have to make time for this in my daily routine. My goal is to workout, at least, three times a week. We have a treadmill that I can run on; we also have a gym membership that I can use, and I have workout DVDs as well. I have the tools; I just need to add this to my routine and make it a priority. My eating goal is to count calories using MyFitnessPal app. I am going to eat 1600 calories a day. I want to eat a wide variety of food, more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains food.

I cannot keep riding this roller coaster. I get more and more frustrated with myself as I gain weight back. I know what I need to do so now I’m just going to do it.

What have you tried and had success with?