ATL, how did wifey arrive at her goal weight ? Has she been there before ?
*Less and less am I asking clients of mine to entertain hard weight loss goals. More and more I'm inviting them to make small changes of the sort they are likely to sustain.
*I'm not a weight-loss expert. My clients are weight-loss experts. That is to say that everyone of them has lost weight in the past ... and regained it ... often multiple times.
*Sounds like your wife has been dedicated in this. I applaud that. Has she enjoyed the process or has she white-knuckled it ?
*'Cheat days' and 'refeeds' aren't even in my lexicon anymore. As far as I'm concerned that's just what we do. We eat in a flexible manner. Indeed, that's how you lost all your weight. You ate what you wanted in the context of calorie budgeting. So, I rarely ask clients to 'tighten up' anymore. Instead, I invite them to have their cake and eat it too.
*Now, I am working with a woman now who is 5-0 98 who obviously doesn't need to lose weight. Rather, she aims to recomposition. She may be a candidate for 'tighten up' because she's already in fine-tuning stage.
*Two of my clients were using myfitnesspal when I met them. It didn't work for either of them. I'm all but certain that at least one of them (and likely the other) was grossly underestimating portion size. So, it wasn't the phone app's fault.
*BTW, I tell people that they WANT to be wrong on their calorie counting. Beats hell out of and is much more empowering than "Something is wrong with my body."
*Is this an opportune moment, given her frustration, to coax a little strength training out of her ? It hasn't worked with my wife. On the other hand, she weighs about two pounds.