See Mommy Lose Weight — Week 1

I wondered for years what it would take for me to drop the 15 to 20 pounds I've always wanted to lose and to get my butt in gear and get fit. Seems I've found the answer: The threat of public humiliation. 

Over the years, I've tried Weight Watchers (which is healthy and works for many people, but I just hate that darned point system) and I've tried going it alone (which lasted for about three days). What finally worked, I learned last year, is weight-loss blogging.

Woman's Day asked me to write a three-month daily weight-loss blog, "Scaling Down and Fessing Up," for Talk about motivation!

Having to confess my weight each week, in front of thousands of readers, helped keep me on the straight and narrow (most of the time). In three months, I went from 142 to 127 pounds. (OK, technically, I was 127.2 at that last weigh-in.) But still… Woot! That's close enough to 15 pounds for me.

It has been just over a year since that last, triumphant weigh-in. But what did I do once the blog ended, and I didn't have the threat of public humiliation to keep me in line? I stopped. I stopped logging my weight loss every week. I stopped
exercising regularly. I stopped watching what I ate quite so

I "got cute," as my old Weight Watchers instructor called it. Started hitting the chocolate and the chips. Started this parenting blog and kept my butt in this chair way too much. (And I was already working as a freelance journalist for magazines, another butt-in-chair job.)

So here I am, August 27, 2008, at 138.6 pounds. Sigh. (At least I didn't break the dreaded 140 barrier.)  I told you I got cute. But I can turn this freight train to flab around!

Let's face it: You, dear readers, are my best hope. No, I'm not morphing Parent Talk Today from a parenting blog into a weight-loss blog. But I do know there are a lot of busy moms who, like me, would like to drop some weight and get more active.

So here's the deal. Every Wednesday will be "Weight-Loss Wednesday" here. I'll confess (with photo evidence from the scale — yikes!) my current weight. We'll talk about the week ahead and what we can do to eat healthfully and get moving. We'll do it together. I'm living proof that this works. I just didn't realize, until now, how much I need you to keep me on track.

Today is my son's first day of seventh grade. It's an excitiing day of new beginnings for our family. I can't think of a better day to make my own fresh start. Care to join me?

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4 Responses to “See Mommy Lose Weight — Week 1”

  1. sugar mama says:

    Kathy - you can do this! remember, it’s calories in, calories out.nothing complicated.
    also: cut down on sugars, increase fiber and the pounds tend to melt. (well, ‘melts’s a strong word)
    GO YOU!

  2. Kathy Sena says:

    Hey, Sugar Mama!
    Great to see you here. I’m following orders (G) and eating a plum right now. Keep stopping by and making these good suggestions. See you next Wednesday!

  3. Joy says:

    I’ll join you and also weigh in on Wed. It’d be nice if I could get down a pound a week. Today’s purchases at Henry’s groceries should help-radishes, squash, a great whole grain bread, soymilk, kashi cereal, peaches, grapes.
    BTW-a great snack is 1/2 cup cottage cheese and red grapes mixed in. They could make a candy bar out of these yummy mix of flavors.

  4. Kathy Sena says:

    Joy, I love your grocery list! You inspire me. OK, tomorrow morning is the weigh-in! Today I’m lunching on low-fat Triscuits, low-fat Laughing Cow cheese, homemade limemade and a banana.