How To Get Back On Track After Gaining Weight

On New Year’s Day, I stepped on the scale after 10 months of avoiding it and I found out I had gained 9 pounds. I was horrified! But I started a health and fitness plan that got me back on track. This is how I did it!

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How I gained weight

Last year was incredibly hard for me. My sister died of leukemia, my husband fell ill, our family business nearly went bankrupt, and we had to downsize and move to a tiny house. Difficult times.

With all the stress and anxiety, my healthy eating went out the window. I’m prone to emotional eating so you can imagine I indulged far too many times.

On top of it all, I lacked the energy and the motivation to work out properly. I kept working out, but my exercise routines weren’t challenging enough. I had no real progress. In fact, I didn’t even have enough physical activity to keep me from gaining weight.

During the holidays, I finally had to admit all my clothes were tighter and I felt physically terrible. After the New Year, I finally stepped on the scale and realized I was 9 pounds heavier. The horror!

How I got back on track

How To Get Back On Track After Gaining Weight

To tell the truth, it was hard to get back on track. I realized I had to stop eating unhealthy food and I had to do challenging workouts again. I had to clean up my act.

Even though a few months ago I took on the No Junk Food Healthy Eating Challenge, I was still eating too much and not healthy enough. 

I joined Scott Colby’s Lose 5 Pounds in 7 Days Facebook group, and it was everything I needed. I found a community, workouts, meal plans, and a motivating coach in Scott. I admit I didn’t stick to plan perfectly, but I started feeling like my old self again.

After those 7 days were over, I stepped on the scale and found out I hadn’t lost 5 pounds. I had lost only one pound, but I had gained the momentum, the motivation, and the direction I had been lacking. Thanks, Scott!

It’s been almost 4 weeks since I started, and I’ve lost 3 pounds. I’ve already noticed my belly is getting smaller, and my clothes are fitting a bit less tight. Yay!

But what exactly am I doing? Here’s the plan.

Healthy eating plan

How To Get Back On Track After Gaining Weight

1. I eat natural, single-ingredient foods and avoid food from a bag or a box

This means I eat food I have to cook, not food I can simply grab out of a bag. Any food that’s ready to eat or precooked is processed, and it has to go because that’s what makes you gain weight.

2. I try to keep daily sugar intake to 25 grams or less

Of course, this means sweets, snacks, cookies, cakes, ice cream, and anything of the sort is out of the question. Artificial sweeteners are not allowed either. The sugar limit includes fruit, so I try to have only one or two small servings per day.

3. I drink 8 glasses of water a day

This isn’t easy. Some days, I only have 6 glasses of water, but I try to drink as much water as I can. Infused water is great for this! I also have to limit my alcohol intake.

4. I avoid certain foods

Specifically, I avoid dairy (including cheese), anything made with wheat, and processed meats like ham and sausages. I had been indulging too much on these foods, but they make me bloated and they’re not good for fat loss.

5. I eat complex carbs, lean protein, veggies, and healthy fats.

Complex carbs like oatmeal, quinoa, lentils, beans, amaranth, and sweet potatoes are great but I only eat them after my workout.

I need to eat protein in every meal, and it can be eggs, lean meat, chicken, turkey breast, tuna, sardines, other lean fish, or nuts.

I need to have veggies in every meal. It can be any kind of veggie except lettuce because it’s not very nutritious.

Healthy fats like avocado, olive oil, nuts, nut butter, and flaxseed are also on the eating plan.

Sample meals for the healthy eating plan

How To Get Back On Track After Gaining Weight

I play around with the ingredients, but I need to have protein and veggies in every meal, and fruit and complex carbs only in the morning or after my workout. A sample menu might go like something like this:

Breakfast

Veggie omelet, diced fruit, and green tea

or

Leftover chicken breast, veggies, and green tea

Lunch (post-workout for me)

Smoothie with almond milk, oatmeal, and fruit

or

Overnight oatmeal with chia seeds and nuts

Dinner

Chicken breast over a green salad and vegetable soup

or

Lean meat over sauteed veggies and a green salad

Snacks

Veggie sticks and 2 tbsp of nut butter or a handful of nuts

or

2 hard-boiled eggs and chopped veggies

Challenging workout plan

How To Get Back On Track After Gaining Weight

I spent an entire year slacking off in my workouts and it did me no good. Now, I try to make my workouts harder and more challenging, and AMRAP circuits are great for this.

On one day, I do a dumbbell workout. It could be squats presses, lunges with bicep curls, renegade rows, and sumo squats with high pulls. I do 10 to 14 reps of each and repeat the circuit as many times as possible in 20 minutes.

Another day, I do a bodyweight circuit. It could be push-ups, mountain jumpers, in-outs, and burpees. I do 15 to 20 reps of each and repeat the circuit as many as times as possible in 20 minutes.

I also do a HIIT workout on another day. It could be 5 Tabata circuits or 60:120 intervals for 15 minutes with a high-energy move like burpees.

This is more challenging than what I was doing because rests at kept at a minimum and I have to push myself to the limit every workout.

The point is that I need to make sure I’m working out hard enough so that my heart is pounding, I can’t speak, and I feel like I’m at my limit. I alternate these routines so that I exercise 6 times a week.

Start losing weight again!

How To Get Back On Track After Gaining Weight

If you’re stuck in a plateau, or if you feel like you just can’t lose weight, don’t throw in the towel just yet. You have to raise the bar. Remember if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.

I must admit sometimes I make mistakes. I still need to work on sticking to the plan. Sometimes I don’t push myself hard enough during my workouts. Sometimes I give in and have some cookies. I’m only human, you know? But it doesn’t matter. What counts is that I realized I was making a mistake and I did something about it. I decided to change and I’m not going to give up. Will you?

Challenge yourself and make a change!

Have you gained weight or hit a plateau recently? How are you planning to get back on track?

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33 thoughts on “How To Get Back On Track After Gaining Weight

      1. that is what I am trying to do. I keep myself busy and am eating healthier meals. With the resistants of my teenagers. With that in mind, I am doing more salads. Which is good because I am a type 2 diabetic and wait to beat it.

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  1. Afortunadamente saliste bien de tanta tormenta. Me alegra que estés de vuelta con tu objetivo. Buen comienzo reconociendo y corrigiendo los errores. Felicitaciones y ánimo!

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  2. Thank you so much for this tips! I just moved to a new apartment with a gym that I need to start taking advantage ASAP, and I will be implementing some tips of this post to lose that extra weight that I gained during the holidays. Congratulations on getting back on track!

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  3. Found your blog though “Journey Feed Blogging Community” I know what you mean by “getting off track” I call it falling off the wagon.
    I belong to weight lost support group. Every so often we have a challenge…we’re starting a new one…To get us back on track.
    If you fine the time stop in for a cup of coffee.

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  4. Congrats on getting back on the wagon with your exercise and eating. You and I share quite a few things including losing a loved sibling recently, being emotional eaters and working on a path back to optimum health. I’m rooting for ya chica!

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  5. I read you and I understand you totally, some times its hard to get back on track, but it’s worth the effort. Keep going and I am so sorry to read about your sister. Hope you find the strength it takes to overcome the loss and take better care of yourself.

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  6. Your advice is timely for me. I became full-time care-giver for my mom in 2016 and gained 20 lbs. while I was focused on helping her. She passed away two months ago. I’m trying to muster the physical and mental/emotional energy to get back on track with weight loss and exercise. Maybe some of your tips will help. Thanks!

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    1. It’s very difficult to cope with loss and start thinking about yourself again, but you can make a big difference simply by making a few little healthy changes. So sorry for your loss and sending love.

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  7. Well done for getting back on track! It’s not easy but in the end it all pays off! I just started my own blog about healthy and affordable eating (all gluten free), so feel free to check it out! 🙂 I’m looking forward to more of your posts!

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