Dropping Those Extra Pounds

One of Mama Kat’s writing prompts this week asks us what’s sabotaging us in dropping those extra pounds. I remember about six years ago responding to a similar prompt on my old blog. At the time, the prompt asked us specifically about those first five pounds. That would be somewhat fitting for today too, as my weight currently is about five pounds into the obese range.

It hasn’t always been that way. Back in 2015, losing five pounds wouldn’t even get my BMI under 30. In 2017, I had a BMI close to 35. I managed to turn that around and lose almost 10kg or 20lbs in six months, crossing the line back to just plain overweight for the first time in many years.

Now I’ve been back within the obese range for several years already, but my weight has been more or less stable for about two years now. I would really like to lose those first five pounds, but something’s sabotaging me. And that something isn’t binge eating anymore.

In fact, back in 2015, I admitted that the problem wasn’t most likely my emotional overeating either. I’m not sure that’s true, as I considered it a win that I hadn’t had a binge in a few weeks. Now, I haven’t had one in months.

However, I was probably right that it was more my habitual snacking and lack of exercise. Currently, I do try to get in enough exercise at least with my walking, but I still eat just a little too many cookies and chips.

The fact that I get in enough walking, probably keeps me stable, but I could be doing so much better if I just resisted the urge to have a cookie or two with each coffee break. Like my husband once said, if I removed just one cookie from my diet and didn’t make it up with anything else, I would have lost those first five pounds within six months to a year.

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15 thoughts on “Dropping Those Extra Pounds

    1. That’s totally understandable. One of the problems with me is that I don’t like the relatively low-calorie cookies, so I snack on high-calorie cookies everyday.

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    1. Definitely difficult. I’ve heard that for weight loss, whether you decrease sugar/carbs or fat doesn’t really make a difference, they each work equally well. However, I don’t really feel that eliminating any particular food from my diet would help me, given that I’m already quite a picky eater. I guess I just need to eat less of what I eat now.

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  1. Crazy what one cookie can do. I used to keep a pot of coffee and a jar of cookies in my library for all the teachers but was forever dipping into the jar myself. And was always cold so always warming up my coffee. Which meant I needed another bite of cookie. These days I don’t eat cookies much but I am not moving as much either. Hoping to do a little better about exercising this week…

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