My first major weight loss attempt occurred during my college years. When I was 20, I got pulled over for speeding and had my licence revoked under some special GA law. Because of the speed I was going, I lost my drivers licence for 6 months! It just so happened that the 6 month period stretched across my entire summer break, meaning I couldn't drive all summer....it was awful. Two good things came from this:
1. I decided to use this boring summer to start working out.
2. I was forced to eat at home most of the time, and my mom was a very healthy grocery shopper. So, I decided I would try healthy eating...haha.
With the help of my Mom, I was basically on the Body for Life eating and workout plan. Needless to say that with such a drastic change, the pounds fell off pretty easily. I was looking and feeling really good, and I was proud of my hard work. But, it didn't last... I went back to college that Fall and settled into the unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle I was used to in that setting. No exercise, high calorie foods, lots of soda, little sleep and a lot of stress.. I'm guessing I pretty much gained back all of my weight back by Christmas, though I'm not entirely sure. I had stopped weighing myself, which everyone knows is a sign of a failing diet. I proved that I could lose weight in a closed environment, but not in real life.
I had another fairly successful diet in 2008, when I tried a low calorie diet along with a personal trainer workouts twice a week. A friend agreed to train me almost for free and he really kept me accountable. This really worked for me, and I lost about 50lb. Yet, when I moved back home to find a job in my home town, that major life change, along with a tough job market caused me to revert back to my old lifestyle. My weight loss soon disappeared and eventually I gained back more than I had lost. This time, I proved I could lose weight in real life, but not through a major, stressful life change.
So, as I'm moving forward, beyond the first 50 pounds, I am definitely approaching this whole process differently. I'm taking these past failures and turning them into a learning experience that will get me through to the end this time.
In my next post, I'll explain what I've learned and what I'll be doing differently as I move forward.
What about you? Have you ever experienced this type of "yo-yo dieting" where you lose a lot and then gain it all back? Share your experience below in the comments section!