Monday, May 25, 2015

Last week's good and bad

Sunday's are my weigh-in days and yesterday I stepped on to see a one pound loss for the week.  Not great, but not bad either.  This brings my total for the year to nine pounds gone.  Going forward I plan to kick it into gear.  With my metabolism working so slowly, I know that I am in for some frustrating weigh-ins ahead.  Even still, I will keep fighting.  Hmm, I think I am counting my chickens before they hatch.  I don't need to worry about future weigh-ins, I need to concentrate on what I am doing today.  Yeah, that's the ticket.

Last week didn't go as well as I had planned.  At the same time, it wasn't all bad.  Here is how I would break it down:

The Bad:
  • Most days I did not have a plan
  • I ate Mexican food two nights, high-at and large portions
  • I consumed too much chocolate from "Candy's" desk at work
  • I did not exercise

The Good:
  • I did plan my entire snacks/meals for two days
  • I tracked every bite for two days in [username=losingtherolls]
  • I did not eat out this weekend
  • I found a diet coach/mentor

Did you catch that last bullet about a diet coach/mentor?  I am reading a book that deals with changing the  ways I think about eating and the choices I make.  It's a six week program dealing with cognitive therapy and has daily tasks.  One of my tasks was to find a diet mentor to support me along this journey.  I knew right away that it could not be my husband or sister.  Yes, they support me, but they are too similar to me.  I'm not sure they could give me the tough love I might need or talk me down from a cupcake (mostly because they would likely be about to consume one too).  Instead, I opted to reach out to my dad.  He lives about 340 miles away and over the years we've grown apart a little.  I only mean to say that we are not as close as we were when I was under his roof, and I miss that.  I chose him because 1) he and his wife have lost weight and maintained it for over a year, 2) he can provide tough-love  and incentive just because I won't want to disappoint him and 3) it will bring us closer together.  He is already proving to be very supportive.  I think having him for support is going to help in many ways.

In my last post, I mentioned being optimistic.  Well, I am even more so about this week.  Each night this week, I will plan the next days meals.  I will track every bite via MFP.  Also, I will start some exercise, no matter how little it may be.  Notice that I said I will do these things and not I will try.  This will be a good week.

Thanks for stopping by,


  1. Congratulations! A 1 pound loss is a great achievement! Don't look down at a small loss. Even if you lose no more than half a pound a week, it's still progress. Thumbs up for your good moments this past week as well as recognizing where you could have done better. I believe that's the first step in achieving our goals.

    1. Thank you and you're right. I accept the one pound loss as the positive progress it is.

  2. The Very Good - You have made progress! Keep it up LTR

  3. LTR, it sounds like a GREAT plan, and it will lead to success. I'm sure of it. I'm very proud of you!!!

    1. Thanks Gwen. I'm looking forward to what else you are learning with the Diet Fix.

  4. Tammy ... Sounds like forward momentum! A small loss is a loss and any loss is positive! Having your dad as a coach is an awesome idea ... I like the idea of having a coach that is not your / my husband because all it takes in my house is for me to say I want ... and it magically appears ... LOL ...

    1. Ah yes, my husband has a hard time saying "No" to me. Also, he jumps when I mention food because he usually wants it too. Keeping my mouth shut and my food temptations/cravings to myself will help us both.

  5. It sounds like you are off to a good start! I'm glad you have your diet mentor now too, that will probably help you a lot on this path. And I'm with Retha, if I were to rely on my husband, it would go completely the wrong way! :)

  6. Hi, Tammy! I stumbled upon your blog today - sent you a friend request on MFP, too. I'm 42, have a painfully slow metabolism, too, and am stumbling through this journey. Keep up the good work!

  7. I love how positive this post is Tammy! And you know, each week is not about perfection, but trying to make each day better than the day before.

    I wish I lived closer to you!! But glad that you have your Dad as a mentor - I am sure it will be a positive experience.


  8. Well done on the loss Tammy - and I'm sure yo will see another one.

    Keep in touch with your posts.

    All the best Jan