No Fudging, No Judging

Okay, so I’m guilty. What did I do? About ten days ago I entered into a contract with my daughter. We became fitness buddies. I’d told her my goal was simple: exercise more, eat a healthy diet, lose one pound a week and keep it off. Sounds easy, right? MP900049773

Well, not so much.

I have the world’s slowest metabolism, and if I’m being really honest some bad habits I need to shake off. Like sitting at the computer for too many hours, and mindlessly snacking. I worked really, really hard. I added in one mile on the treadmill to my 3X per week Curves resistance training. On the alternate days I rode the bike, did stretches and abs, and then went to the pool. I took one day off to rest. I lost two pounds.

Yay!       Cowboy Rounding Up Wild Horses Ah, hold on to your horses. No applause yet.

We agreed to weigh in on Thursday mornings. Feeling pretty darn good about myself, and my two pound loss, (especially as I’m working on edits right now and that’s always stressful) I celebrated on Saturday night with a small pizza and two glasses of wine. Remember those bad habits I mentioned? Anyway, Sunday morning I had put back on 1.8 pounds. Sigh.

My sweet daughter’s response when I fessed up: “At least the number is going down.”  Yes, indeed. I had taken off .2 of a pound for all of that effort. But my philosophy is no fudging and no judging. I’m in this for the long term. In mid-July we’ll see each other face to face and the truth will be evident. So, what’s on the agenda for this week? I’m upping the time on the treadmill to 1.5 miles, and after my next Thursday weigh-in I’ll celebrate in a way that does not include food, perhaps with a manicure and pedicure, a massage, or a movie.

Now tell me what you’re feeling guilty about these days. You can confess here, this is a non-judging zone. Come on guys…don’t leave me hanging. Ha ha.


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18 Responses to No Fudging, No Judging

  1. Sarah Vance-Tompkins says:

    I have a donut every Sunday morning from a local bakery. It’s usually still warm from the oven. I have the New York Times delivered and I sit on the sofa and indulge. The rest of the week I count every calorie.

  2. robena grant says:

    Now that’s a sweet confession…um…confection, Sarah. ; )
    It’s good to give yourself a small reward, mine was a big one. Ha ha.

  3. Gina B. says:

    You’re doing awesome, Robena! You stuck to your agreement with your daughter, and did a great job upping your workout routine. You worked hard. Weight is a strange thing and it fluctuates so much…sometimes I feel like Bridget Jones, wondering how I can go to bed at one weight and wake up heavier. LOL. I think it’s the sticking to your plan over the long haul that counts…and if there are a couple of pizzas and wine on the long haul, so be it 😉

  4. robena grant says:

    Thanks, Gina. And yes I get the Bridget Jones references. : ) This morning I was pedaling away on the bike and reading about weight gain: muscle, lean, water, fat. So many ways that little old scale can confuse us. I wish I could quit the morning weigh in and just do it once a week.

  5. Kady Winter says:

    Agree with Gina! Congrats on the overall commitment to healthier eating and more exercise. Don’t even bother with the scale if it’s a source of discouragement. Over time, you’ll feel stronger and healthier, which is all that matters.

    As a fellow author, my vices are similar to yours. Too many hours at the computer and a weakness for the ice cream sandwiches my son bought a few months ago. I used to eat one every day for lunch in high school and they’ve now crept back into my daily routine. Sigh.

  6. robena grant says:

    Yep. I should gauge my weekly weight loss by how my clothes fit and forgo the scale. I’ll try it, but you know… I’m a control freak. ; )
    Isn’t it funny how those little treats can creep back in? I experience it every time I visit my mother in Australia. I want one of everything I see that reminds me of my youth.

  7. This sounds like a win-win plan, Robena. Maybe half a pizza and one glass of wine next time? But I totally agree that non-food rewards like a movie or a pedicure is the perfect solution for meeting your weekly achievement.
    I had a huge lobster roll in Plymouth, MA last week, and the most delicious blueberry bread pudding in Sandwich on the Cape, and enjoyed every bite. I can’t do that every day, or even week, but once in a while we need special treats!
    Have I mentioned my favorite treat that I have almost daily, and it is only 80 calories and very satisfying? Dark Chocolate covered raspberry bars – Weight Watchers. Delish – no guilt.

    Keep up the good work, you’re on the right path and it will pay off.

  8. robena grant says:

    Yep. Everything in moderation. Right, Lynne? I know you’ve done really well on WW, not that you had much to lose. But you look amazing, and you’ve mentioned your increased energy level. That’s what I want. : )

  9. Sam Beck says:

    You touched on what I think is the key to changing habits…find a different reward and a different way of comforting yourself after disappointments. Instead of food, (or…gulp…wine), reward or console yourself with a foot massage, or a manicure, or some other indulgence.

    I feel you though. I have the second slowest metabolism in the world. Anything over 1,200 calories per day is overeating, unless I run five miles. (And I can’t run five miles). :{

    • robena grant says:

      Sam, you’re so slim, but now I know why: 1,200 calories per day. Eep! I’m doing this slowly, because I’ve spent a lifetime doing severe diets. I’m shooting for a slow weight loss at 1,800 calories per day.
      Like you, I used to be a runner. Now I’m old, and my knees are shot and if I do treadmill two days running I suffer. : )

  10. Michelle says:

    McDonalds Sausage Burritos. Two or three times a week. I can’t help myself. They’re so good. I won’t eat anything else from there though. On that I stand firm. 😉

  11. robena grant says:

    Ah, Michelle. I haven’t eaten fast food in years. My one bad for me treat is a small gluten free pizza from Trader Joe’s. I deliberately do not look at the calories. Guess I’m going to have to do that now, or use it only as a once a month treat. : )

  12. Susan B James says:

    I think you are doing it right. Yeah, writing snacking, huge problem. I’ve been doing the Paleo Whole 30 to try and improve my energy and lose weight. I cheated yesterday because my son made some insanely delicious dehydrated chocolate chip cookies. These are allowed on regular Paleo , but not on the Whole 30. I loved them and I can’t wait till they will be legal again. I do feel better and healthier on this diet. Don’t know if I am losing weight because I’m not supposed to check till after I finish.

  13. robena grant says:

    Thanks, Susan. I haven’t heard of Paleo Whole 30. Will look it up. I’ve decided not to weigh until each Thursday. It makes more sense.

  14. Tanya Hanson says:

    i love this post, Robena.I set a New Year’s goal to lose 20 pounds by next Christmas. Oh, yes, it’s work, and I’d rather be writing than exercising. But I have two grandbabies now and want to live a good, long life with them! We just got back from visiting relatives in Oahu and it was an eight-day eat-fest. I am so happy to report I didn’t have to kill myself getting on the scale yesterday. Whew.

    My temptation happens when I’m watching TV late at night. So I try NOT to have anything after 8 p.m. Sometimes I fail. Sheesh. Keep up the good work, my friend! xo

  15. robena grant says:

    Oh, good for you, Tanya. And that’s a great reason. Grandbabies! : )
    Travel can add on the pounds as everything is so irresistible. Glad you didn’t have to thrash yourself yesterday.

  16. Dee J. says:

    I’m trying to lose a few pounds too. (Yes, even skinny girls gain weight and don’t fit into their jeans!) I caved and ate a few chocolate chip cookies last night. My downfall. Ugh… I admire your schedule and you workouts! I need to get my body moving and burn some calories! Great post!

  17. robena grant says:

    You have such high energy, Dee J. I bet you burned off those calories before morning. : )