Getting back to healthy: Week 3 complete – potluck and cookie disasters

by Don Smith

All products and services featured on this site are independently selected by our authors and editors. If you buy something through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Weight Loss Journey Chart

Maybe I should rename this series 2 steps forward and 1 step back!  I think you can clearly see from the chart above that weekends are not my friend in this journey!

For those of you who are new to this series, 3 weeks ago I admitted that I had once again fallen out of the healthy weight zone, and started on a journey back to health.  I have been sharing that journey with my readers.  This article is a continuation of my Getting Back To Healthy series.

This week is the first week that I felt like I'm hitting that plateau.  I did lose weight again this week so I'll still call it a win, but only 0.2lbs.  I expected this, having previously made the journey from borderline obesity to a healthy weight and maintaining a healthy weight for nearly 5 years, I knew this wasn't going to be a straight line to my weight goal.

I was hoping to be able to share yet another several pound weight loss victory with you this week, but alas…I've got a confession to make.

Cookies…I love cookies!

Cookie Monster - Addicted to Cookies

Dang those Chocolate Chip and Oreo cookies!

I didn't even bring them into my house!  I found them at an event that was supposed to be healthy, a 5K charity walk for MS!  They turned up again at a potluck dinner for our Sunday night couples group…cleverly labeled as “Veggies”.

I didn't even bother to log those suckers, but they sure turned up on the scale!  Now one isn't bad, but a half dozen or more?  *SIGH*

I was excited going into the weekend, thinking this was the week I would announce that I had officially made it into the healthy weight range, which starts at 174.2 for my height and age according to the Ideal Weight Calculator.

I hit 174.8 on Friday, almost there!  Unfortunately, by Monday I had bounced back to 176.8.   

Dang those cookies!!!

It's pretty easy for me to control what I eat when I'm alone, but with friends and family around dangling endless wonderful food and mouthwatering cookies in front of me?  That's a big challenge.

My plan is to keep on moving forward following my 4 step plan which has served me well in the past.  Even with only another 0.2 lbs lost, I consider the week overall as a win.  At least I'm heading in the right direction.

Now I've got a question for you.  How have you overcome your weekend munchies, especially when around big family gatherings or with potluck dinners?

Update:  Week 4 Complete – 6lbs down – weekend struggles continue

About the Author 

Don Smith

Happily married with five kids, Smith owns a technology company, is the founder of this site, has served on the board of directors for multiple companies, and loves playing soccer, hiking, and mentoring.

{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}

Sometimes the solution has nothing to do with the problem. Why? Because the problem is not really the problem. And if the

Read More
The Solution Has Nothing to Do with the Problem

Runners need enthusiasm and a certain amount of love for what they do if they want to see it to the end.

Read More
Take Your First Step in the Right Pair of Running Shoes

Mensa is an international organization that only accepts members with an IQ higher than 98% of the population. Recently, I asked some

Read More
Life Lessons From Some of the Smartest People in the World

I hope you've been enjoying my Getting Back to Healthy series where I have been documenting my weight loss journey. This article

Read More
Getting Back to Healthy: 3 Habits That Helped Me Lose 16lbs

I've written about my weight loss in the past in Losing Weight: 4 “Easy” Steps, explaining how I've gone from borderline obesity

Read More
Getting back to healthy: Time to get back to the basics!

Rich Roll woke up the night before he turned forty to the fact that he was fifty pounds overweight and his sedentary

Read More
Book of The Month: Finding Ultra by Rich Roll

My personal trainer was sick the other day, and I found myself filling in and helping the other people he usually trains

Read More
Why I Use a Personal Trainer When I Can Teach the Class

Most of us put on a few extra pounds over the years and have tried various methods to lose it and maintain

Read More
How to Lose Weight Using the 400:4 Diet

Exercise, sports, and other recreational activities that include physical exhaustion keep us fit and mentally sound. The human body is designed for

Read More
Role of Exercise and Sports to Curb Chronic Diseases

I was in the gym on Saturday, and Jeremy, my trainer, told me to do dips. “Give me three sets of ten.

Read More
Comfort is a Lie

It's the start of a new year, and many people have made resolutions to improve their lives. Whether it's to eat healthier,

Read More
10 Tips for Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions and Achieving Success

We often believe that the key to success is making some massive change in our lives. It is possible to take significant

Read More
To Succeed, Do Something Small Today, and Tomorrow, and the Day After That


Get new articles and course discounts from leading providers every Friday in your inbox with your free subscription!