The ending of my post from last Monday included these statements:
- Each night this week, I will plan the next days meals.
- I will track every bite via MFP.
- I will start some exercise, no matter how little it may be.
- This will be a good week.
I am happy and proud to report that all of these goals were accomplished. Planning and tracking takes time. Since I am not in the habit of planning meals, it probably took more time than needed. I'm hoping that after I continue this for a few weeks and have more ideas of what I want to eat, the planning part will take less time. Last week I only ate two meals not prepared at home and both were from McDonald's. This is a huge improvement over my normal previous eating habits. The amount of exercise last week was minimal, but compared to previous weeks and months where I had no intentional exercise, I consider this goal met as well.
The result of planning and tracking my meals, eating at home and exercising was reflected by my weigh-in yesterday. I lost four pounds last week! My weight is now at 387 pounds. The more distance I can add from the 400 pound mark, the better. It feels good to finally be moving in the right direction. I will confess that I am worried about whether I can keep it up. This is something I will be talking about with my diet coach. I've already filled him in on some of my history so that he can be aware of my habits and behaviors.
This week will be challenging. Well, mostly Friday and the weekend will present the challenging part. My nephew is turning six on Monday and family will be coming to town to celebrate. My mother and favorite aunt arrive Thursday night and my father and step-mom will arrive Friday. There will be a barbecue and cake on Saturday, at least one or two meals out, and game night snacks. Eating out will be the most difficult part for me to control. My goal for the weekend will be moderation. I am not going to stress out over food. If I am over my calories one or two days, I will live with it. I still plan to be cautious so I don't plan on any crazy over indulging. I will enjoy my time with family and concentrate less on the food. The days leading up to the weekend, I will stay on track and do all of the things that helped me last week (planning, tracking, exercise).
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