Plan of Attack

I’ve mentioned here several times that I’ve been working with a personal coach for weight loss – she also is a Registered Dietitian and she is fabulous. We’ve been working together for nearly 6 months and in that time, I’ve learned a lot. I also started losing weight, albeit slowly but I was okay with that. I had gotten down to 189 last month from a high of 198 right after Christmas. Slow and steady, right? 

Aaaaand then my hormones staged a coup. And then I gained 6 pounds in the last 4 weeks. Being a middle aged woman is AWESOME.

My monthly visitor has been MIA for the last 2 months, a non-event that prompted me to take not one, not two, but three pregnancy tests this week just to be sure there wasn’t another Lil’ Pear taking up residence in my uterus. All three tests were NEGATIVE (Thank You!) That’s just not something I am prepared to deal with in any way, shape, or form right now. So I’m pretty sure I am in full-on menopause, but that leaves me with the question of “Really, Menopause? That’s how we’re gonna roll now?” I am so not down with that. 

Even if my eating was a little loosey-goosey for a while, I know I haven’t been eating enough to justify a 6 pound gain. The fact is though, that I am back up to 196 and that is just not gonna cut it. I find that to be terribly unacceptable. 

Sometimes I feel like I am BAD AT WEIGHT LOSS. I mean, like really, really bad at doing what needs to be done to lose weight. I have had a registered dietitian at my disposal for six whole months and as of right now, I’ve only lost 2 pounds. I am in email contact with her daily and phone contact weekly. We have had some great talks and made great strides in a lot of areas but I haven’t been able to translate all that into a significant loss. So I’m asking myself: Have I really done everything I can to lose weight? No. No I haven’t. I could be putting in a lot more effort than I currently am right now. I do a lot of things right but I there’s so much I can improve on. Because if I were doing everything I could, I’d be a heckuva lot thinner right now I think. 

Some people (and even I myself) have said “I will do whatever it takes to lose weight”, but will we really? Are we? Are we honestly doing everything we can to lose the fat? My answer would have to be no, honestly, so that’s why I have been thinking what it is that I still need to do. And here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

My Plan of Attack 

  • Pre-plan my meals – an entire week would be great, but even 3 days would be an improvement. 
  • Add more veggies – I’m thinking a morning snack of raw veggies and hummus and maybe an afternoon snack of the same.
  • Give up coffee altogether? I’ll admit this one makes me cringe, and I’m already down to one cup per day (one precious, precious cup) but I’m wondering if I need to cut it out completely. OR I could cut out the 1 spoonful of sugar I add to my daily coffee. I’ll think about this one for awhile. 
  • STOP THE FREAKING GRAZING IN THE AFTERNOONS. Sheesh, this one kills me every day. All the BLT’s (Bites, Licks, Tastes) are killing my progress and it needs to stop. Wondering if I should start listing them here on the blog just so I’ll have an extra layer of accountability.
  • Add more movement to my day. I work out 5 days a week early in the mornings, but then I go to work and sit for 8 hours, then I go home and sit for at least another 2 hours in the evenings. I’m considering driving to the gym on my lunch break to at least walk around the indoor track. It’s $3 per day to do that, plus a 15-20 minute drive from my workplace to the gym. I’m just wondering if it’s worth the time and gas money to do that. There aren’t any local parks near my work place to walk, and also it won’t be long before it’s 100* here in Oklahoma, so walking outside is not a pleasant option. I’m not sure how to work this one out, but I know there has to be a solution in there somewhere. I could add a yoga class to my evenings twice a week. You know how I loves the yoga. 🙂

Those are the main things I need to work on/tighten up/focus on right now. I have an appointment with my doctor next month to talk about the Rebellion of my Lady Parts and hopefully she’ll have something helpful to add to my plan. I’ve also just started taking an iron supplement (my levels are borderline low) to help with my energy levels, as well as making an effort to get to bed earlier so I can get a decent night’s sleep. 

I have never struggled with anything this much in my whole life. Weight Loss is the one area that has totally and completely kicked my ass and I just can’t seem to get off the ropes and make a comeback. I seriously sometimes wonder “what is wrong with me” that I can’t lose ten freaking pounds?!  Ugh. But, I fight on…and on…and on because I just can’t give up and let things get worse than they are now and they will get worse if I don’t turn this thing around. 

Any suggestions are welcome – I’m open to hearing your opinions on all this. I really want to do this – get healthy, lose weight, keep it off, but wanting isn’t going to get it done. I need action. I need to put my plan in place and ACT on it. 




17 thoughts on “Plan of Attack

  1. Good luck! I’m working with a coach too, and it’s been fabulous for my morale and willpower. I’m also slow at losing weight, but slow and steady wins the race, right? Good luck and keep trying!

    1. That’s a great idea Kitty. There is a Walmart about ten minutes away, but if I’m going to drive ten minutes, I could drive another 5 to the gym, but walking around WM might be a good way to get my shopping list knocked out on my lunch hour. 🙂

  2. Here’s some thoughts I had:

    1. I read a book where the author said it took 60 cups, but he changed his taste buds to enjoy black coffee. I have not been able to make myself try this yet.

    2. Afternoon grazing–maybe plan for it? Like have just a bit fewer calories for lunch, and then have a snack that you will really be looking forward to in the afternoon (says the coffee break/Quest bar queen : ) )

    3. Silver lining–if you weren’t always working at losing weight, there’s a good possibility that you would weigh a LOT more now.

    1. I think if I were going to limit myself to just black coffee, I’d rather switch to tea. I don’t put very much sugar in my coffee now, and it’s about as bitter as I can handle it. Going full black wouldn’t be worth it to me. Blech.

      1. I am loving peppermint tea. I have it midmorning instead of a second cup of coffee. Still start the day with coffee though.

  3. It looks like you have a good plan of action in place. Grazing is a downfall for most of us trying to reduce calorie intake. Debby has a great tip to plan for the grazing when you meal plan. I’m a coffee junkie so it was hard but I now only have one 12oz cup a day and will NOT give that one cup up. I’m not a fan of artificial anything, however, I use Coffeemate sugar free creamer. My favorite is Caramel Macchiato. I get my creamer and my little bit of sweet for only 15 calories a tablespoon. Do you use a level tablespoon of sugar at 48 calories or do you just heap it on and eyeball it? “Really, Menopause? That’s how we’re gonna roll now?” I love that and yes it sucks! It is inevitable and I guess we have to make the most of it. I feel too young and you look to young to be going through it already. BTW I really enjoy your blog!

  4. Is there an air conditioned building with stairs or a mall anywhere near work? Because both of those would work well. Alternating walking with stair climbing on lunch break.

    Exercise is important, but you are exactly right, you have to clean up your food habits to lose weight and keep it off.

    Personally, I do not plan meals, I simply stock kitchen with all the things I can eat and none of the things I can’t eat. Then I just decide what I want at each meal.

    There are foods here that other people eat (bread, noodles) but it is not my food so I don’t eat it. We are very into labeling and portions so that makes it simple for me.

    Eating only at meal time helps a lot.

  5. I SO understand your frustration. Eventually, you will find your groove and something will work for you. My groove has been low carb, high fat. Even though I had lost weight before on WW, Jenny Craig, calorie counting, etc., I never kept it off until I started eating this way. I truly believe that weight loss is 80% what you eat and 20% exercise. I’m so glad you’ve not let this setback discourage you. Keep on keepin’ on!

  6. Thanks for sharing your frustration. In the same boat . . . and looking for a better paddle. Always nice to know you are not alone!

  7. Oh I can relate to you in almost every way…except I am on my feet for 12 hours and almost too exhausted on my days off to exercise. I have found a journal is a great way to really know how much I am putting in (I am not a fan though). This works well with my low carb (not no carb)plan. I found as I age carbs took a toll on me. Eating a complex carb for breakfast really helped and eating a protein veggie dinner was great. I love your blog..its real and honest.

  8. This is so funny…exactly (to the pound) what happened to me today! I lost 26 lbs since September (took about 16 weeks)…very pleased, as you can imagine. Then coasted along at 184 (by the way…my goals are the exact same as yours…it’s eerie)…and still at 184 end of April (but not surprised as not working out yet, eating comfortably, and having to make a 2-week int’l trip to non-diet-supportive destination)…came back still 184. Yay! And then, apparently May and June did a number…I missed my period for 2 months too…yes…was apparently pre-menopausal (am 49), and now…menopausal?. Had a normal ob/gyn checkup in late May. When asked doc for advice on how to ‘deal’ with menopause, she (not unsympathetically) said ‘just have to grin and push on through menopause like all the other women, pal.’ This month, I’ve been feeling a bit tight in new jeans…so finally climbed on the scale, and my eyes nearly fell out…195…wtf**!!! Except I know what happened…too many exceptions every day…not enough days of good eating in a row. My personal downfall…grains/bread and sugar. Oh, and avoiding the scale. So back on the Eat to Live program, which personally suits me pretty well…esp in the summer. Very comforting to read that I’m not the only (temporary) weight loss fail out there!

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