In case you were wondering Sister M has gone MIA, diet-wise that is! It seems about the time I left on vacation she hit a speed bump in low sugar dieting and completely jumped ship. She way over did it on exercise one weekend and ended up gaining weight. The weight gain was upsetting and led to going off plan a bit, which I can really relate too. But that weight gain totally discouraged her further... and frankly I think she is avoiding me...
Her workplace is literally a diet war zone. Not only are there boxes of donuts in every meeting, coworkers will hold pastries under her nose to tempt her. They think its funny to try and get her to stray from her diet. I cannot imagine having to go through my day with those kinds of temptations! As a Stay at Home Mom, if I don't buy it I don't have to see it in my house. Other Mom's at school and my Husband are extremely supportive, and I've never once had someone wave food at me and say "Too bad for you!" My big temptations come from eating out and the California Budget Deficit (small family edition) has pretty much eliminated that all together for us.
If I didn't live 1725 miles away from her, here is what I would do: I'd come over bearing a bag of great Belly Fat Cure groceries. Maybe make her my favorite BFC dinner, pepperoni pita pizza with a spinach salad. To remind her how good the food is and that it doesn't taste like diet food. I'd bring my favorite tea and make us a big pot. We would plan a week's menu together and talk about cravings and what has worked best on them so far. I'd make a list of snacks that she can take on her 50th birthday cruise that is coming up, ones that worked great for me in Hawaii. I'd tell her not to overdo things, like the exercise. Baby steps are okay. I'd tell her its okay to slip up, we are human. Don't concentrate on the bad week (or two) but on all the other great weeks she has had on the plan. Put this behind you, and move on.
I told her I had a great photo of when she lost a lot of weight about the time my youngest was born. I kept promising to find it and send it, as she thought it would be really motivating. I was searching for a photo of my son's "baby steps" to include in this blog post tonight and I found it!
I know it's hard and it's easier to just give in and give up. But you CAN do this. Come back Sister M!