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becka
06-23-2003, 08:16 AM
OK this is my official "come back" thread. I didn't exactly fall off the wagon but made a definite decision a few weeks ago to take a break from WW (and WISH too because it made me feel guilty and I didn't want that). I had lost 22 pounds but while dealing with a number of other issues (injured back, etc.) I just felt like I could not deal with WW at the same time so I took the break and I think it was the right decision for me at the time.

I have slowly been feeling stronger and so I think it is time for me to return. I weighed in this morning up 1/2 pound from my 22 pound loss so now I am down 21.5 pounds. I am very happy with that! :) It shows me that I can pretty much maintain even when life has been stressful. Imagine that? :)

I do not think I will be meeting my June goals (5.5 pounds is a lot to lose in 1 week) but that is OK because just getting back here and back on WW is pretty good right for me right now.

I did want to thank those of you who sent me PM's wondering if I had fallen off the face of the earth. :) It is nice to be missed and it is nice to know that I can count on such a wonderful group of people to support me. I only hope that I can return the favor in the future. :)

Jomrog
06-23-2003, 08:33 AM
:wave: Welcome back, Becka!! I hope your back is getting better. Sounds like you had a lot of your plate for a while there. I'm glad that you only gained 1/2 lb.

Most of all, I'm glad to see that picture of you adorable son again, here on the WISH board. ;)

TigH
06-23-2003, 08:50 AM
WELCOME BACK!!!

Hope your back is healing up nicely. Sounds like you are READY to be back and that the break you took did you a world of good. Congratulations on doing a fabulous job maintaining!!!! I have missed you, Becka! Looking forward to celebrating more clippie changes with you in the near future!!!!!

rbuzzotta
06-23-2003, 08:59 AM
This board is so welcoming!!! I have derailed several times and each time I get more and more inspiration and support from everyone here.

Welcome Back!! Hope your back is feeling better.

tiggerlover
06-23-2003, 09:16 AM
Welcome back, Becka, glad to see you here. Congrats on doing what you needed to do for you and for only gaining 1/2 pound, that is really great given the circumstances. Now that you are back on WW you will lose that 1/2 pound in no time at all. Don't worry about reaching your goal on time, you hit a bump in the road that slowed you down, the weight will come off, just be patient.

CrzyforPiglet
06-23-2003, 09:34 AM
You should be sooooo proud of yourself for making it through some tough times and only gain back .5 lb.!! That means that you were still making some good choices and didn't fall off the wagon completely!! Believe me I know all about wagons - I lost mine a couple weeks back and it's tough to find and sometimes even harder to get back on but you can do it and it is worth it!! Welcome back Becka - I look forward to hearing more from ya!

d.kurz
06-23-2003, 09:58 AM
Hi Becka! I just started last week, so I never knew you left!! So I'll just pretend like you didn't!!

PS Welcome back!!

Beanie
06-23-2003, 10:36 AM
Welcome back, Becka:wave: I am glad you are feeling better now! :)

WebmasterKathy
06-23-2003, 12:05 PM
Hey, Becka!

I'm glad life is settling down a little bit. Don't worry about the little short-term goals. It's not a race, we're just getting better as we go along.

(I know I could, and have, pack on a lot more than .5 pounds in a few weeks!)

Chasing cutie-pie around might be your exercise and weight-loss maintenance secret. Can I borrow him for awhile? :p

karebear1
06-23-2003, 12:13 PM
OK! :p You can come back!!! I missed you so much Becka!!!!!!!

I'm so excited that you're here again. I've missed seeing your posts. And, even though I knew why you were gone, it still was hard not seeing you here everyday! I'm very excited for you that you only gained back a half pound. I don't think I would've been that successful ! Do you think you'll be able to get back to things full scale, or is it gonna be a little slower then that?


WELCOME HOME BECKA!!!!!

mowsie dreamer
06-23-2003, 12:16 PM
Welcome back, Becka! I'm glad you are feeling better and are back with us now! :D :D :D Sounds like you maintained very well while you were away. You should be proud!

CamColt
06-23-2003, 12:58 PM
Welcome Back, Becak!!!

Glad to see you are back here. Good luck back on the wagon. :D

geetey
06-23-2003, 02:43 PM
Hey Becka!! Welcome back to WISH!!!

nativetxn
06-23-2003, 03:13 PM
I'm so glad to see you here again. I missed you but I figured you were still trying to get that back injury healed.

How great that you only gained .5 pounds while you were away from WISH and not able to move much because of your back. You're right--it's a great sign of success. You are going to do just fine maintaining your weight after you lose all you want to lose. That's a great thing to know, isn't it?

Hang around a while, we miss you when you aren't here.

Katholyn

AlreadyexcitedGrammy
06-23-2003, 06:44 PM
Yep, I missed you Becka and I do have to admit I missed that little Nathan, too!

So glad that your back is better and hooray you will be joining us again!

Take it easy those back problems can sneak up on you and especially when there is a little one who likes to be swooped up by Mamma! Cautious is the word.

And, I am so impressed that you only gained 1/2 a pound, I can do that just sniffing the food that is brought into my office as I pass by - an no intentions at all to partake! You did good :bounce: :Pinkbounc :bounce:

lmhall2000
06-23-2003, 06:54 PM
When I saw your thread- I thought "was Becka really gone???" I honestly didn't miss you because I had a chance to catch up on threads I missed and your posts from the past made you seem like you were in the present!!! Confused yet? But what I mean is that you encourage so many around here that even if you're not here everyday you're still part of the family and always will be.

AND HOW AMAZING that you MAINTAINED!! I think that's a HUGE realization for you and should give you confidence!! I have set a goal of 196 for 9/23- and I've already discussed it with my PM that when that point hits- I'm gonna go a month off of watching and weighing in. I'll keep my exercise up but I don't want to be concerned about a weigh in day. I think it's very healthy to take a break and you come back refreshed- kind of like ya need a vacation from a vacation! :) Glad you're back and here to inspire us all- even your absence inspires us!

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That .5 pound will be gone quicker than you can spit! Hey- if ya spit alot it'll be gone in seconds! :)
Bless ya sweetie!
Tara

Debbie
06-23-2003, 08:43 PM
:wave: Hi, becka! Nice to see you home!

Disneyaholic
06-23-2003, 08:47 PM
You can stop posting any time you like, but you can never leave...

(Supposed to be sung to the tune of "Hotel California"...)

;)

Glad you're back with us again. I haven't been posting much either -- with the kids home for the summer, I just don't have as much time!

wdwnutze
06-23-2003, 10:09 PM
Welcome back! Glad you came back. Hope your back is getting better. You should be so proud of yourself for having only a gain of .5. That is awesome.

ohMom
06-24-2003, 07:25 AM
you are always WELCOME back!

note to self: WISHers are always welcome back if and when I ever fall off the wagon for more than just a cheat moment!!

But, you knew we'd have our arms open wide for you!

Glad your back OP! I'm a bit envious of the thought of eating freedom for a while, but seriously, how did you feel?? I know your energy will be soaring after being back on the wagon!

Hope you back is healed and your life ups and downs are stabilizing!

I think that's awesome that your gain was only .5, jeesh, I can do that with a couple beers! That must put alot of confidence in your ability to maintain when that time comes!

becka
06-24-2003, 07:46 AM
Thanks everyone! :)

I figured you would let me come back but I had to make sure. ;)

I think this break was a good thing for me. I did have a lot going on in my life and sometimes (as we all know) we just have to put doing things for ourselves on the back burner. In my case that includes WW. I really was struggling (I cannot imagine how people with chronic pain deal with it because it can be so debillatating and depressing) and honestly sometimes trying to stay on points can be stressful and I just didn't feel like I could handle any more stress.

The real hurdle however was making sure that my break did not last too long. I ended up taking off about 3 weeks which is not too long but it gave me a chance to get some other things settled and I was very pleased to see my weight yesterday and knowing that I was not back up 10 pounds. I was a little afraid to step on that scale. :eek: I really had not been doing too great but I guess overall it wasn't too bad and I really feel that it makes me think that perhaps maintenance will not be as bad as I feared. Maintenance still scares me (probably most of us) but as least I now I can go about 3 weeks. :)

In the end I think this break will end up jump-starting my metabolism again as well. I had been slowing down and my "break" may have shocked my system again. I think the bloat fairy had been lurking around my house the last week or so (why can't the bloat fairy leave you alone when you are on a break? :rolleyes: ). I was feeling like perhaps he left so I weighed this morning and it showed me down 2 pounds from yesterday. I think this means that I may have even lost a little bit of weight during that 3 weeks.

I had started to stall before my break so this could be a very good thing for me. :) From my past dieting experiences my body does tend to start stalling out at around 20-25 pounds lost and that is usually about the point when I just throw in the towel but this time I am back and I have my WISH buddies to thank for that. I really could not do it without each and every one of you here.

Well thanks for letting me ramble. :)

Mskanga
06-24-2003, 07:57 AM
Becka, you never left here, your heart was always here, I know, I felt it.
I may not PM people , or respond to every single one of their threads, but that doesn't mean I don't think of them and wonder how they are, I knew you were having back problems and trying to deal with that and a young baby is not easy, I know from when I had a dislocated shoulder and a 1.5 yr old toddler, changing diapers became a real chore, and doing other stuff was just out of the question.
I'm glad you feel up to posting again and very happy to hear that you only gained .5 lbs, you have been in control and I'm very proud of you.
I have been in a stalled mode for like 3-4 weeks now, I think I got to the point where what I really need is more exercise and toning up my abs, but I know this is going to be a slow process after 2 c-sections, working on it though, and as long as I am not gaining, I'm happy with that.