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A chat with my husband (a professional sports coach) about my weight loss frustrations
  • Me:I was SO GOOD this month! Ate clean, kept my calorie count low, worked out 5 or 6 days a week, balanced out cardio with lifting, and I only lost half a pound after two months of plateaus!
  • Husband:I know! I've paid attention! It looks like you've lost more than that, though. You look great and I can tell your energy is way up!
  • Me:Thanks hon... It's just frustrating to work so hard toward a goal weight and make so little progress.
  • Husband:You've been doing this for about a year and a half, right? And how much weight have you lost?
  • Me:22 lbs
  • Husband:Ok, so, that's about 1.5 lbs a month, yes?
  • Me:Yeah, sometimes more than that, sometimes nothing, but on average, yeah.
  • Husband:Do you like working out at the gym?
  • Me:Yeah, I do! It's my me time!
  • Husband:And all that running you do to train for that marathon, are you enjoying that?
  • Me:Oh you bet!
  • Husband:Are you planning to quit eating clean or were you just doing it temporarily?
  • Me:I don't feel like I need to ever go back to eating junk. I've found a good groove!
  • Husband:So how many pounds do you think you need to lose to get to your goal weight?
  • Me:22, I'm halfway there.
  • Husband:So let's say your metabolism is slowing a bit and a half pound a month is about the average of what you can expect. That means it could take 4 more years to get there.
  • Me:Oh no! Oh my god! That's too long!
  • Husband:Oh so all this effort was just temporary? You were planning to give up after a while? Stop exercising at some point? Eat junk again someday?
  • Me:Of course not!
  • Husband:Well, do you see yourself enjoying running, getting your "me time" at the gym, and eating clean foods for another four more years?
  • Me:Sure do!
  • Husband:So what's the problem then? You're having a blast, you look GREAT, you're feeling better than ever, you're making progress... What's four more years?
  • Me:I see now why you're such a great coach 😊