Monday, May 18, 2015

Moving on without the ducks

It seems that I am one of those types of people that feels they must have all their ducks in a row before they can properly start their weight loss program.  For example, I'm hung up with not having a food plan in place or maybe I haven't found a diet coach/mentor yet.  Now, I am smart enough to know that this way of thinking is only holding me back and allowing me to procrastinate even longer.  Yet, I 've been stuck on the ducks. 

Tomorrow, I am giving myself permission or maybe just telling myself to move forward without all or many of the pieces of a plan in place.  Will tomorrow be perfect?  Maybe, maybe not, but it will be better than any single day I had last week.   Last week and the many weeks and months before it, I ate whatever was convenient or sounded good.  It wasn't entirely carefree eating, I had inner-struggles most of the time, but the lazy-I-don't-want-to-cook-and-I-will-do-better-tomorrow side always won out. That girl always wins.  Screeeeeech, halt, wait a darn second here, let me change that to that girl used to win.  Tomorrow she will lose.  Tomorrow, will be different.

What will be different about tomorrow?  For one thing, before I go to sleep tonight, I will have written a food plan out for tomorrow.  I wasn't able to create a plan for the entire week, so this week, I will take it one day at a time.  I'm not sure yet what my exact calorie budget will be, but I will aim for a range between 1400 and 1800 calories.  Another thing that often holds me back is that I am trying to make the perfect plan as far as restricting my calories, fat, and sugars, increasing my fiber, reducing my sodium, trying to stay away from nitrates, and so on and so forth.  It's dizzying.  Well, no more.  I am giving myself permission to start with the calorie restriction.  I need to be realistic and it is not realistic for me to change my eating 180 degrees overnight.  I'm not perfect and my eating won't be perfect either.  One day at a time, I can learn to throw out more of the bad habits, form better habits and incorporate healthier food options all along the way.

I cannot say that I am 100% confident that tomorrow will go well, but I'm feeling optimistic.

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Hi Tammy, here's to optimism! Cheers!

  2. Thanks Marc! Today is all about action.

  3. I like your plan to stick with one thing for now. One of my biggest mistakes in the past was to want to make ALL changes on that first day and, if I failed I would give up completely. Now I focus on ONE change and work on that. I've found that it's easier to master that one change and then the other changes seem to be easier to achieve.

    It can be done! Happy thoughts & encouragement for your restart!

  4. Good to see you back LTR; that means you haven't given up. My only question is this... Why tomorrow? Why not today? Why not right now. Regardless of what you plan looks like, there's nothing stopping you from eating healthy right now while you get the kinks out of your plan. Ultimately I believe it's the decision to begin that's more important than the actual plan. Best of luck; we're all pulling for you!

  5. Hello Tammy!! So glad to see you back with a post. And I used to be that person - the ALL OR NOTHING approach and it back fired on me every.single.time. No one is perfect. And trying to go from zero to 100 mph with having all your macros in place will not work for you either.

    I love the calorie approach. If you want - you can send me what you eat and I can work the numbers for you if we need to see if you need to increase protein, etc. - I could be your meal planner from Chicago!


  6. We're definitely all on your side.

    Now next post good news for you and all your supporters.

    You CAN do it - and you are so worth doing it for

    All the best Jan