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Hi folks! I'm at it again. I'm going for another 20 pound loss in ten weeks. I've recently had another baby, a little girl, she is now five months old and I'm ready to drop some weight.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Straight Talk From A 14-Year-Old

15 weeks of 20 weeks
weight today: gained one pound
total lost:8 pounds in 15 weeks
1 slice of Natural ovens bakery toast:90
1 tsp of Smart balance light butter:15
post work-out:
1/2 cup of oatmeal:150
1 tsp of sugar:15
1 tbl of powder creamer in tea:30
2 tsp of sugar in tea:30
running total: 330
2 graham cracker sheets:140
1/3 cup of 1% milk: 40
some pretzels:20
running total:530
1/2 cup of brown rice:85
4 oz tilapia fillet:100
2 tsp of Smart Balance light butter:30
almost 1 cup of Blue Bunny premium light ice cream:225
chocolate syrup:30
running total:1,000
1 slice of natural ovens bakery bread:90
1 tsp of Smart Balance light butter:15
1/2 tsp of sugar:8
1 tbl of powder creamer on tea:30
2 tsp of sugar in tea:30
running total: 1,173
Today's victory: Allow me to smile as I share with you the fact that my husband and I got ourselves out of bed at 5:15 a.m. this morning, made it to the gym in frigid temperatures, got our work-out done and were home by 6:45 a.m. I'm having some issues with wanting to eat like a bear today...but I'm working through that.
I was actually not feeling really tired when I got up. But, around 9 a.m. this morning, I felt like I was going to fall asleep right there. I was homeschooling our 7-year-old, working on the reading lesson and needed to close my eyes a few times.
The plan is to weight lift five mornings a week and then do my running in the evening or lunch. I've never been able to maintain early morning work-outs for an extended period of time, but my husband has. I'm feeling encouraged about succeeding because he, too, is committed to work-outs in the morning.
Fitness: Have already done my leg work-out, and plan on running five miles tonight.
Note on photo: This is what I wore for our family pictures last week
Straight Talk From A 14-Year-Old
Here's the scenario: It's New Year's Eve. I'm in the kitchen with our 14-year-old daughter, Darling Rose, putzing around. We had gotten our family pictures taken that day.
She begins to tell me how it is "so cool" (or something to that affect) that I'm looking so good. Not only do I have a great body, but I have a beautiful face...that she loved how I looked for our family pictures. She added that I should find a reason to stop in at her school sometime so that her friends can see her mother looking so beautiful.
I told her thank you and then, "Well, it takes a lot of hard work to look like this."
But, then I couldn't help playing a little devil's advocate. So, I said,
"Well, what if I got fat again and gained a bunch of weight?"
With a confused look so says," what?!?"
So, I clarified, "Would you still be proud of me if for some reason if gained a bunch of weight back?"
Folks, I realize this question is almost unfair to ask. It's certainly one that my husband would never answer. In fact, he would be careful about even saying the first comment so as not to set himself up to have to answer the second question.
But don't you think it's the question we always want to ask when someone gives us a compliment after we've lost a bunch of weight?
And, so, since it was my daughter and I was curious to see how she would handle herself in her answer...I asked the question.
So, she truthfully says, "Well, I would still be proud of you but I would want you to lose your weight. In gym class we learned that obesity is a choice. There are things you can control and things you can't, but weight is something you can."
I suppose I could have said more after that. That being overweight and then losing the weight can be one of the hardest things anyone will ever do. But I didn't. I just let it sit and voiced my surprise that the school's were teaching the kids that being overweight was a choice.
I don't think it's as simple, and as black and white as that. But her insight was interesting nonetheless.
And...well, it was nice to have her admiration.


  1. Smart girl you've raised!

    I've just realized that you're "Sunshine Mama" because the sun is hot and so is "the Mama"! You look amazing!

  2. So sweet...and she is va voom!

  3. Congrats on getting up at the crack of dawn to exercise! It's not easy getting out of that warm bed when it's cold outside and it's still dark, but I know I always feel better once I've done it.

  4. Out of the mouths of babes...

    And great pic, btw.

  5. Awe, the secular humanist, social club called a school telling my children they have a choice and in this case of weight and they swerved into being right.I wonder if they would support that line of thinking if it didn't line up with the socially correct order. You do have a choice to maintain appropriate behavior. Hmm think about that for a minute. Your weight is a choice but other things you do you can't control. If I could get half as much assistance from this world as that specific comment. I would feel like I was being somewhat supported by the social order and not fighting against it.Pretty much EVERYTHING is a choice...but don't forget with each choice is a consequence. From the clipboard of Daddy Rainmaker.

  6. Love your picture first of all. Rose's words were kind and although I do not believe all obesity is a choice, I could see some logic in that. Interesting thoughts today.

  7. Hi~
    I've never commented before, but I like to check in on your blog, as you choose the same method to lose weight as I do. :) It works well for me, when I stick to it :)
    I have lost 35 pounds so far and plan to lose at least five more. . Would love to lose like 15 more. :)
    Good success, losing weight is hard work.
    Your daughter is right, you do look good.

  8. i don't know that she wouldn't still be proud of you - i think she'd definitely be concerned for you and your health though! bow chica bow wow she wants to show you off at school! ;)

    nice job getting up for the early morning workout! it is a tough routine to get into for sure.