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See Mommy Lose Weight: Week 5

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

You guys are awesome! This morning I got up and knew I had to head to the bathroom scale because it was WEDNESDAY.

But I decided to procrastinate a bit and check e-mail first. Waiting there for me were two messages from readers wishing me well because it was weigh-in day. That made my day! I love all the comments you're leaving on Wednesdays, too. Lots of great tips. Thanks.

I was dreading this weigh-in because last week was Randy's birthday week, and he had to have chocolate cake with chocolate frosting… And I ask you: What kind of wife would I be if I didn't have some cake on my husband's birthday?

The trouble is, it was a big cake. And that meant cake for dessert for the family fA decorated birthday cakeor a few nights after the big day. I didn't want to feel too deprived, so I cut myself a tiny sliver after dinner a couple of times — and enjoyed every bite. Portion control! 

Who knows… If I hadn't done that, and had my "fix," I might have been down in the kitchen later that night, "evening up" that darned cake. (I hate cakes with crooked edges, don't you?)

I guess the portion control did the trick, because, Randy's birthday and all, I lost a little more this week. Here's the score card:

Week 1: 138.6 (starting weight)
Week 2: 137.2 (total loss: 1.4 lbs)
Week 3: 137.2 (total loss: 1.4 lbs)
Week 4: 136.8 (total loss: 1.8 lbs)
Week 5: 136.0 (total loss: 2.6 lbs)

OK — 2.6 lbs. in four weeks. Not a huge loss, but it's a rate I might have a chance of sustaining for the long haul. My old Weight Watchers instructor used to say that 1/2 to 1 pound per week is a safe and reasonable amount to lose. Works for me.

See Mommy Lose Weight: Week 4

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Yep, yesterday was technically "Weight-Loss Wednesday," but I was so swamped with work that I ended up waiting for today to hop on the scale and get down to business here.

So here's the rundown so far on my Wednesday weigh-ins:

Week 1: 138.6 (starting weight)
Week 2: 137.2 (total loss: 1.4 lbs)
Week 3: 137.2 (total loss: 1.4 lbs)

And… drum roll… Week 4: 136.8 (total loss: 1.8 lbs) Woot!

OK, it's not a huge loss. But it's better than last week's plateau. And I had some challenges this week, namely taking my son to Olive Garden for lunch one day. Now, soup, salad and breadsticks doesn't sound too bad, right? Until you add in the word "UNLIMITED." Unlimited OLIVE GARDEN BREADSTICKS. Oh, man.

Happy to report that I had ONE breadstick. Somehow I knew that if I had two, I'd have five, and all would be lost. So I nibbled one while Matt, happy to have the basket to himself, scarfed down five. And I had a salad and a bowl of soup. Not bad. Certainly better than my old Olive Garden habit of hitting that bread basket 'til I burst. All in all, I'm counting it as a victory.

The other challenge: exercise. I'm just not getting enough. Too much desk-bound time and not enough time walking the dog. So today, I'll commit to going for a long walk with Charlie the Wonder Dog. (He pooped on the rug this morning — I have no idea what possessed him to do that — and I had to clean that up before I even had breakfast. Talk about an appetite killer!) So Charlie will help with the weight-loss plan in two ways today.

Ah, the weight-loss gods work in mysterious ways.

See Mommy Lose Weight — Week 3

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

This is a photo of last week's weigh in. Why? Because I weighed EXACTLY the same today as I did last Wednesday. Ugh. The culprits:

°    Brownies — with extra chocolate chips added. I had to go to a meeting Monday night, so I made some brownies to take along. The mistake? Making them Sunday afternoon, and then continuing to sneak past them and "even them up." (We wouldn't want messy brownie edges, now, would we?)

°    Work. I spent too many hours with my butt in the chair in front of this computer last week, and not enough hours walking the dog and hitting the treadmill. (I'm a bit of a politics/CNN junkie, especially lately, so watching CNN would have been a pain-free way to do a 30-minute treadmill session. But nooo!)

°    Twitter. Oh, boy, this social-networking tool can be used for good or evil (i.e., more butt-in-the-chair time). I'm afraid I'm hooked after just three weeks. Already I've met new writing and editing colleagues, learned about great websites, gathered article ideas and a lot more. You can also spend waaay too much time on Twitter having fun and reading everyone's thoughts on everything from the presidential campaign to back-to-school challenges to where to get the best pad Thai in San Francisco. (You can follow me on Twitter here.)

So here's the rundown so far on my Wednesday weigh-ins:

Week 1: 138.6
Week 2: 137.2 (total loss: 1.4 lbs)
Week 3: 137.2 (total loss: 1.4 lbs)

I'm already working toward next week's weigh-in. No brownies this week! I'm snacking, right now, on apple slices dipped in a bit of natural peanut butter, and drinking lots of water. And I'll be out walking Charlie the Wonder Dog later today, I promise.

How about you? What do you do when you have a less-than-stellar weight-loss week? If your week was like mine last week, let's climb back on the horse together, share tips and encouragement, and aim for a great weigh-in next Wednesday!

To see all of my weight-loss posts in this series, just click on "See Mommy Lose Weight" in the category cloud on the left sidebar.

See Mommy Lose Weight - Week 2

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

"Weight Loss Wednesday" is being posted on Thursday this week, due to magazine-writing deadlines yesterday.

But I did take time to hop on the scale, camera in hand, for the weekly weigh-in yesterday. And I'm jazzed! I lost 1.4 pounds. I know the first week is probably the easiest, in terms of motivation and water-weight loss. But I'm happy to see the scale this week, just the same. I'll be keeping a running list like this each week:

Week 1: 138.6
Week 2: 137.2 (total loss: 1.4 lbs)

Of course, there were weight-loss challenges this week, but I'm figuring out how to deal with them:

°    Randy and I celebrated our 15th anniversary at our favorite restaurant, and the food is NOT low-fat there. I decided to have salad and a pasta-with-chicken entree, and then took half of the pasta home for another meal. And I kept my mitts out of the bread basket…

°    I'm having trouble getting motivated to get my butt out the door for a walk, or on the treadmill. Work deadlines always loom (and e-mail, Twitter and Facebook are always calling!) But today I took our dog, Charlie, and met my friend Farn for an hour walk to start the day. I feel energized and less likely to want to eat junk the rest of the day. Thanks, Farn! (Oh, and Charlie is happily passed out at my feet as I write this.)

If you're following along with our Weight-Loss Wednesdays, I'd love to hear about your successes and your challenges. Some of the most active members of the Parent Talk Today community, like Ellen and Joy, will be "weighing in" from time to time to share their great weight-loss tips, too. Please join them and add your own! It's more fun doing this with friends.

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all of my weight-loss posts in this series, just click on "See Mommy
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See Mommy Lose Weight — Week 1

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

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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It’s Weigh-In Day (A Day Late!)

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

To follow this mom’s weight-loss journey from the beginning, just click on "Weight Loss" on the "Categories" list at right and scroll down.

Well, Wednesday was supposed to be weigh-in day, but a big work deadline kept me from blogging. I DID jump on the scale, however. I thought I’d include my weight loss from the Woman’s Day blog to show how it has gone over time — and to show what happens when I stop blogging and get "cute." The pounds come back!

Starting weight: 142 (May 1)
End of week 1: 139
End of week 2: 137
End of week 3: 136
End of week 4: 135
End of week 5: 134.8 (started using a digital scale)
End of week 6: 133.2
End of week 7: 132
End of week 7: on vacation; no weigh-in
End of week 8: 132
End of week 9: 131
End of week 10: 130.4
End of week 11: 130.6
End of 12-week blog: 127.2 (July 31)

No dieting or blogging for five months or so…

Starting weight (back on the wagon!): 131.4 (OK, I gained 4.2 pounds since July. Probably not so bad, given that it was the holidays recently.)
End of week 1: 130.8

Not exactly a big drop, but it’s going in the right direction! If you’re doing this along with me, please leave your comments and let us know how your weigh-ins are going. Let’s do this together!

I’m going to commit to doing one thing differently this week: Drinking a lot more water. Care to join me? Let’s see how much of a difference it makes.

P.S. I also walked for an hour today with my buddy, Ellen. Need to do more of that, too!

Scaling Down and Fessing Up — Again!

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

The fact that I’m eating chips and salsa as I write this post confirms that I need to be writing this post…

Back in May 2007, Woman’s Day magazine asked me to write a 3-month daily weight-loss blog based on the advice in Ellie Krieger’s wonderful book, Small Changes, Big Results. You can see the entire three-month process unfold at

When I started the blog, I weighed 142 pounds — not too good for a 5’2" chick. My doctor agreed that it was time to drop the pounds. At the end of 12 weeks, I weighed 127.2, almost reaching my tentative goal of 125. I was flying high and committed to staying with my plan.

Then I got "cute" (as my old Weight Watchers leader used to call it). Without the threat of blogging-related public humiliation to keep me on the right path, I started falling back into my old habits: not exercising enough, eating when I was happy, eating when I was sad, eating when I was bored. (And scarfing chips and salsa at my desk…)

Sound familiar?

I’m back up to 131.4 now, and I can see that if I don’t get serious about this I’ll be back to 142 before I know it. I’m not going to let all that work go down the drain! Since this is a parenting blog, I can’t think of a better place to write about the challenges of dropping the weight while juggling the demands of motherhood. So I’ll be weighing in here with my thoughts, my struggles, some great tips and, every Wednesday, a weigh-in report.

Please join me. I want to know what you’re doing, as we start a fresh new year, to get fit, lose weight and inspire your family to live a healthier lifestyle. Let’s scale down and fess up — together!

Holiday Pig-Out Alert!

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

As a health and parenting writer, I cover women’s health issues frequently. Here’s one in an occasional series of posts on health tips for busy moms. — Kathy

It’s the holidays — and we’re all being tempted with fat-loaded dinners and butter cookies. Of course, we want to celebrate a bit. But health experts remind us to keep our eye on the long haul. How much do we really want to pay — in weight gain, potential health problems and just plain sluggishness — for our holiday cheer?

It’s about balance, our experts say, noting that we don’t need to make a Herculean effort. Even moderate changes in what we put in our mouths, and how much we shake a leg, can really add up this holiday season. But there are some simple psychological reasons why so many of us dig in our heels when it comes to building healthy habits. And during the holidays, it’s even tougher to get motivated. Here are some of the most common pitfalls, along with some suggestions for hoisting ourselves over the healthy-holiday hurdles:

°    IGNORING YOUR QUIRKS. So you can’t stand the thought of exercising after a busy day? Well then. Might as well give up, grab some eggnog and rent a few videos, right?

Try this: Work around your likes and dislikes, suggests Lynn Fischer, an author of more than 20 healthy cookbooks who hates to exercise at night. “I work out at 6 a.m.,” she says. “By 7:30, I’m home and I’ve already accomplished the toughest part of my day.” And because she has a sweet tooth, Fischer doesn’t deny herself the occasional holiday goodie, because it helps her say no to other temptations. “But I don’t make it a habit,” she says.

°    FEELING DEPRESSED. Depression occurs, for many people, during the holiday season. “When you’re depressed, exercise is the best medicine, and it has no side effects,” says Scotts Valley, California fitness-motivation consultant Ron Useldinger. But if you’re not feeling good about yourself, it’s tough to get motivated to exercise or eat healthfully. Is depression tied to decreased fitness? “Absolutely,” he says. “If your body isn’t rested, properly fed and exercised, you will feel the effects emotionally.”

Try this: Bundle up and go for a winter walk. The first few times you may have to just trust the experts who say exercise really is good medicine. But have faith. You should start to feel better fairly quickly, says Useldinger. Try to look at those walks as a gift to your well-being. Of course, if your feelings of depression continue, you’ll want to talk with your doctor.

°    BECOMING A REBEL. This is a tough one, because it’s hard to recognize it in ourselves. After all, you love yourself, and exercise is good for you, right? But have you ever heard this little voice in your head? "I have wrap packages. I have to send out all these cards. I have to decorate the house. And now they’re telling me I HAVE TO eat right and exercise, or else something horrible will happen to me? Oh yeah? I think I’ll go flop on the couch, watch ‘Survivor’ reruns and have a big slab of fudge. So there.” “It’s as if these healthy things become just more pieces of work that we have to do, says Robert Ochs, M.S., LCSW, a Los Angeles exercise physiologist and psychotherapist who specializes in working with clients’ exercise-related issues.

Try this: Make your choices the reward, not the torture. “People have to find things in their life that are soothing,” says Ochs. “None of us can do well if we’re just going from chore to chore.” Especially in the early stages of a health-behavior change, try tying the change to a reward, he suggests. Allow yourself a massage after a certain number of workouts. Or exercise while chatting with a friend, reading or listening to music. “Now the new behavior becomes associated with something more pleasurable, and you probably won’t dread it,” says Ochs. “Maybe you’ll even look forward to it.”

°    TAKING AN ALL-OR-NOTHING APPROACH. It’s easy to get psyched and start off with great intentions, only to over-do it and quit on day three. “We know that the three biggest days for exercising are January 2, 3 and 4, and then it drops off quickly,” says Useldinger.

Try this: Get the jump on the new year now by making small changes. Then you will be in the groove come January and not so inclined to over-do it — and then drop out. “Your new behavior cannot be so punishing that you give up, so start with baby steps,” suggests Ochs. “One little change at a time.”

After you make fitness a habit, “the exercise itself becomes the thing you look forward to when you have all those other chores to do,” says Ochs. Pretty soon, stepping away from your holiday to-do list and stepping outside for that blood-pumping daily stroll might just become your favorite part of the holidays.

Get Thee Behind Me, Halloween Candy!

Friday, October 19th, 2007

It’s coming. In just 12 days and 3.5 hours (but who’s counting?)… Butterfinger. Milky Way. A Hershey’s kiss or two (or six). All the wonderful things that my son collects in his trick-or-treat bag will call to me as I work in my home office the week after Halloween.

Normally, I sneak a few pieces here and there, and it’s no big deal. I just don’t get on the scale until, uh, January. But this year I’ve lost 18 pounds since May (14.8 of it blogging over at, and I want to keep it OFF!

Happily, the good folks over at Keeping The Castle have some terrific suggestions for using all that excess Halloween candy that tends to hang around until Thanksgiving. Just a few of their great tips:

* Melt caramel squares to use as drizzle over apples, ice cream or cake.

* Instead of jam, put mini Reese’s cups in thumbprint cookies.

* Freeze the candy for use as decorations on gingerbread houses in December.

Of course, I realize that doing these things will fill my kitchen with caramel sauce, thumbprint cookies and gingerbread houses. But at least those are the sort of treats that I tend to make with Matt to share with friends and neighbors. Sneaking Halloween candy at 1 p.m. on a Thursday, while Matt is at school? That’s a solo act of taste buds over common sense.

OK, twist my arm. Bring on the thumbprint cookies! Hey, I can freeze ‘em and be that much more ahead of the game when I get invited to a cookie-exchange party. (Hint, hint.)