Starting Over with Weight Loss Requires a Positive Attitude and Accountability

Melodee has been blogging about the ups and downs of her weight since 2006. Do not send her cookies. Find her at

Five years ago, I weighed 225 pounds. I’d meant to lose weight before a rare visit to the in-laws and a long-awaited trip to Disney World. But I didn’t. A few months later, I was still fat and mortified when I attended my grandma’s 100th
birthday party. All my thin relatives saw how fat I was because even a pair of black pants couldn’t hide my weight.

In 2006, I was hired to write a diet blog for a now-defunct website ( I weighed 226 pounds. I ruled out counting calories and attending meetings. I’d been diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and chose the recommended low-glycemic index diet. I changed my lifestyle–eliminating sugar and flour–and to my shock, my weight began to drop. After a few months, I added daily exercise. I felt great. My weight stabilized at 170 pounds and I was zipping up size 12 jeans. I had a walking buddy and got up every morning at 6 a.m. to walk a hilly 3.5 mile course.

Even though I wanted to lose another twenty pounds, I felt confident, triumphant, absolutely certain that I’d conquered my weight problem. That was that. I’d made a lifestyle change and I easily maintained it for about two years.

Then I started working full-time. My last shift ended every night at midnight. After a couple months, I quit my morning walk, choosing sleep over exercise. Some stressful issues affected our family. Inexplicably, I started eating refined carbs, even though I knew my body does not handle them well. My life changed and my “new” lifestyle no longer fit. Instead of adapting, I embraced my old bad habits.

And now I’m fat again.

It’s disheartening to regain weight, horrifying to face people who raved over your weight loss the first time around.

I’m finally regaining my equilibrium. I’m gearing up to start over again. This time, I’m gathering a team of supporters to hold me accountable through daily emails. I’ll be blogging. I’ll change my lifestyle, one healthy bite at a time.

The only way to fail is to stop trying. I’m trying again.

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