Like Riding a Bicycle

Twenty days into my return to weight loss, and things are going GREAT.  I am eating meal replacements, I’m exercising, and I’ve lost 14 pounds so far.  I’m picking up nuances in our weekly classes that I missed the first time, and I couldn’t be happier.  This weight loss stuff is like riding a bicycle.

Have you seen this video of the guy with the backward bicycle?

The people trying to ride this bicycle know exactly what they need to do in order to stay balanced, but their bodies just aren’t cooperating.  When I saw this, I immediately made the connection to weight loss.  I know nutrition.  I know portion control.  I know exercise.  For the last year, though, there has been something inside me that has been preventing me from acting based on my knowledge.

Whatever that switch is inside me that needed to flip, it has flipped.  A close friend congratulated me on my success, and asked, “[Have you figured out] why you gained it back?”  What a complicated question.

In looking back at the timeline, I stopped exercising regularly during recovery from a surgery.  I was able to maintain within 20 pounds of where I wanted to be for quite a while after that, and I was exercising 1-2 times per week by walking or jogging.  I was not going to the gym.

After changing jobs and moving, I completely abandoned exercise, ate as much fast food as I wanted, and the rest is history.  I knew with every bite that what I was eating was a poor nutrition choice that would lead to weight gain.  I knew that avoiding exercise would cause my metabolism to slow and make resuming exercise that much harder.  What was stopping me?  I even posted on Facebook, “I wish 2012 Daniel would visit 2015 Daniel and give him some motivation.”

Like the man on the bicycle, it just flipped for me one day.  I got back on the bicycle and resumed my journey.  If you are in that place where I was, unhappy with your choices but unable to find the switch, believe me.  I know.  I know.

Everyone’s switch is in a different place, and once you find it, it moves.  The struggle is real, but know that you can get right back on that bicycle at any time.


2 thoughts on “Like Riding a Bicycle

  1. linda madrell says:

    Go Daniel!! I have found over the years that knowing and doing are two entirely different things. In many ways it is so easy to lose the weight once you make that decision – which is usually for a reason ( bad health, a big event like a wedding or reunion that you don’t want anyone to see you “fat”, or what ever it is that motivates you to lose). But it is so hard to not slip back into the old habits, although you know how to do what needs to be done. Most of the diets, weight classes etc. never say anything about that- and you have to be self motivated to continue to do what you know you need to do. But where do you find the motivation to “maintain” whatever that means, without an actual goal that you are working to, when you are actually done with the wedding, reunion, or event that began the journey for you? How do you resume your “life” and still “maintain” without a specific goal and what does a “maintain” goal look like- the one that keeps you on track and doing what needs to be done without thinking about it. This I think is the greatest problem with the loss of weight and I hope all of us who follow you will someday know the answer. For now, I am back on the wagon because my blood sugar and cholesterol are up and I need to lose to get them down, but the devil that makes me eat and not do it smartly is right behind me, waiting to see what I do when I am thinner and my numbers are down. Once they are down what is the answer to “what is the goal?” Perhaps your program people and your blogs could really look at that and offer some suggestions to us all. Welcome back!

    • Daniel says:

      The UAMS program’s 16 week weight loss program has a sister program that runs 12 weeks. It’s specifically for people working on maintenance, and I’ve been through it a couple times.

      Motivation is different for each person. Mine (this time) was, “there’s no way in Hell in going to buy pants that size.”

      You’re so right that maintenance is hard. It’s easy to get the teeter totter tipped in the losing direction. It’s nearly impossible to keep it balanced.

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