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I am almost 2 years out from my surgery. I got down to 163, but I’m back up to 170. I’ve been working out, but I feel like I’m stuck. Any motivational advice? I tried to find diet/portion meal suggestions, but most advice is aimed towards pre-op or immediate post-op. I won’t let myself go back, and I’m so mad I gain ANY weight back in the first place. I know. Few things like slowing down my chewing, or lowering my calorie intake, will help. Any advice is welcomed and appreciated!

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You are almost to goal! You have done great! It took me almost five months to lose my last 4 pounds! Hang in there. It will come off.

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A seven-pound gain is insignificant, particularly if it's the result of lockdown and the holidays. Don't beat yourself up about it! Early in my weight loss journey, I thought I had to be perfect all the time and would feel guilty about exceeding my calorie or carb goal for the day.

I've learned that when I do make a mistake I just need to put it behind me and focus on the future. You lost 112 pounds, so you obviously know what you need to do. Forgive yourself for the seven pounds and focus on getting back on track!

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Not a big Deal - I had to push hard to get the last few - However I am a male so may not work for you. I bounced my calories around big time one day 500 or less then bump up then down. Then I did a fasting program and that worked well

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I am in the same boat you are and I just started back restricting calories to 600-800/day and the weight is falling off for right now, so I think it might work for a while. Also, I've been putting on headphones and my iPod and dancing around the house a couple of times a day, 10-15 minutes at a time to get some cardio. This boost was just what I needed to get those awful COVID 10-12 pounds off that I gained this year.

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Thank you everyone! I don’t want to blame quarantine, but that is the time frame of my weight gain! I love the idea of dancing around (I play “Just Dance” with my stepson)! I appreciate the words of encouragement! I’m so proud of where I am, but I have that creeping fear of going back. So while 7 lbs isn’t a lot, I certainly want my clothing to fit better 😝 I just got off my elliptical; a step in the right direction :)

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If I may bring some heresy into this thread, what would happen if you shifted focus to not gaining more? When you've got that down, then consider your options. Just to avoid yo-yo-ing, and to avoid creating a new imbalance between your weight and the set point your body wants to be at :) Maybe 170 is a good weight for you (only you know, but listen to your body)?

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I’m about 3.5 months behind you. I think our convictions & will power sometimes just fail us. All the changes & effort to lose the weight has been pretty exhausting & then our old habits raise their horrid little heads. I often worry about this happening.

It’s why I work at being very routine in what I eat, how much I eat & when I eat. I try not to buy foods that may cause me to gain. If it’s not in my house I can’t eat it. (Honestly, I’ve been eating Christmas cake lately which will be off my eating cycle in two days when the last pieces are gone & then it’s back to my normal routine.) If I have guests, I send them home with the leftovers so I’m not tempted by what’s in the fridge or cupboard. This is easier for me because I live alone. I know it’s more of a challenge if you have children or partners in your home.

Go back to checking your portion sizes. Protein first, reduce your carbs, cut down or out your Snacks.

You can do this.

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