Yesterday I weighed in to see the results of my first week. Unfortunately, it was just as I had expected. It was not the loss you would expect from a 387 pounder after their first week, you know something like six pounds or more. Instead, I lost one pound. No excuses, I did poorly.
This week will be a challenge. My step-father has lung cancer and may be in his last days. He doesn’t want to go to the hospital so my mom is home taking care of him. It is taking a toll on her health as well. Tomorrow morning I am heading over the mountain to lend a hand. I cannot tell my mom that I am coming, because she would tell me not to. She is the most stubborn person I have ever known and I know she could rival anyone for the top spot, if there ever was one. Everything she does is under the guise that she believes she is helping you. She wants to pay for everything, she wants to do everything for you and she won’t take help. My Aunt (mom’s younger sister) is with her right now and I can only imagine how that is going. Now my mom is taking care of her husband and making sure that my Aunt is fed and taken care of. I know that my mom feels she has to take care of me too and she will try. No, she will insist. But, I can handle my mother. Most times, I let her win because in the long run it’s not worth it. Knowing all this, I am heading there anyway. I think I can help her out. I’m not the most nurturing person and don’t have much experience taking care of others. Still, I know I can help and not be a burden. I will need to talk her into first. For that reason, there is a chance that I will be heading home the day after. If I find that she is not allowing me to help her and is instead taking care of me, I will leave. After all, I don’t want to cause mom any more stress.
Besides the challenge of dealing with my mom’s stubbornness and refusal to accept help, my eating will be a challenge this week. Mom likes to make sure people are well fed when visiting. She is worse than a car salesman in a slump. I will be strong this trip and will insist that I do the cooking. This will be a hard fight to win, but I am up for it. One, because mom needs any rest she can get and two, because I want to control the types of food and portions that I am eating.
While this week is taking me out of my usual routine and may be a challenge, I plan to be successful nevertheless. I am determined to lose more than one pound this week.
Do you have any challenges this week? How do you plan to overcome them?