Thursday, April 22, 2010
Andrea Shockling! And we have an additional surprise for her. In addition to getting some coin, she will also be receiving a Motiva Strapless Mio heart rate monitor watch compliments of the good folks at MIO.*
Second prize goes to Tiffany Blue, and she will be given coin, and she get a surprise too...A month's membership to Gold's Gym!
We are so excited by the progress all of you have made during the contest. And it doesn't have to stop! Sarah and I still have not made our goal weights, so we are going to start up another contest! Details will be published next week. So check back with us! Whether you lost 30 pounds,3 ounces, or nothing at all we are damn proud of you and you should be proud of yourself. Sometimes it takes a while to make that connection, so don't get frustrated if you didn't keep with the contest until the very end. Slow and steady wins the race too. We're all winners at losing!
Devra and Sarah
* MIO has also made a generous donation to Susan G. Komen Foundation in honor of our Loser Mom contestants. If you buy a pink MIO watch, 10% of the proceeds will go to Komen. Yay!
Special shout out to RoadTripMom for creating our LoserMom Award pic!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Folks have asked if we will be conducting another contest after this one ends. It seems quite a few of you found your groove and want to continue grooving. We think this is totally groovy! So in answer to the question of whether we will have another round of the contest...
Not sure about the start date yet, but we'll announce it either at the end of this week or the beginning of next week.
Thank you for your continued patience. Now while you're waiting, why don't you get some cardio in?
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Looking forward to the final results and announcing our grand prize champion and second place champion!
Today I walked for two miles. It felt great. My goal for this contest was to increase my exercise, and I've been steadily working toward that goal. I'll write more about all of that later this week, right now I need to get to bed. Evidently walking two miles exhausted me.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
What is a person to do? I say fuck it. Wear what fits your body and don't even look at the size anymore. No one is a "00" it cannot physically exist, and yet you can purchase a size "00" in some stores! This is crazy talk. Don't buy into the madness. Don't get hung up on what size your clothing says it is on the tag, it's just one big lie. For every 10 pounds you drop, go buy something that fits your body. Try on all the sizes, who gives a rats ass what it says on the collar or on the waistband. You're not wearing your clothes inside out. If the label bothers you, take it out. We all know the Feds are far too busy pursuing people who remove tags from mattresses, and no one is going to bust you for taking your scissors to your Ann Taylor dress and cutting out The Lie from the back of the neck!
Size is just a number, and by the looks of it, it's not even a real number. So go buy what fits, feel good in what you are wearing. Maybe you can't afford a whole new wardrobe as you lose weight, but one pair of jeans, or a top, that fits you at the size you are, may be all the encouragement you need to keep on track and not feel discouraged. Let's take back our own vanity and not let the fashion industry tell us how to feel about ourselves!
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
We're on the phone and I am eating Tagalongs. Having eaten all of the Samoans, I had no choice. However, I could feel my ass expanding almost immediately with every bite. I finally thought, "Dammit, I need to get these things out of the house." So with Laurel on the phone with me, I opened the front door and threw the remainding Tagalongs onto the front lawn. In my ferver to get rid of the
It is once again cookie season and this morning I noticed my son had left half of a Thin Mint on the kitchen table. I decided to maintain Pie Hole Control. Grabbing the cookie, I raced to the front door, swung it open and tossed the
My neighbor, walking his dog. I'm confident he saw me. Especially since this time I was wearing these. But I don't care because I am also confident the next time I throw those
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
We still love you.
Don't forget to weigh in! Progress reports to come as soon as my children go back to school.
Did I say I was exercising? Ok, I lied. My twins both have strep throat. Ian lost three pounds. Can I count that?
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Think back to two months ago: January 1, 2010. This was it. It would be different this time -- the start of a new decade and the start of a new you. The fitness goals were set, the determination was there, focus was rock solid. You jumped into your new fitness routine and perfect nutrition with gusto.
Fast forward to now. Slow (or no) results. Snow, snow, and more snow. The oatmeal is not hitting the spot anymore and there seem to be more reasons why you need to do drive-bys of the neighborhood Dairy Queen. The goals and focus have given way to boredom and burn out. What is the point, anyway?
That’s a good question: What IS the point? Why should you stick with this? Well, I’ll tell you the point:
You are worth it.
I was putting my kids in the minivan the other day and laughing with them while getting them buckled in. My daughter asked, “Why are you in such a good mood, Mom?” Before I could say anything she answered her own question, “Oh, you worked out, that’s why.” Nice.
After years of extensive research and experimentation, these are my tried and true formulas:
Workout + Eating Well =
No Workout + Eating Crappy =
“You’d Better Do What I Say NOW ‘Cause I Just Might Bite Your Head Off” Mom
Being a mom is synonymous with giving. You are giving to the kids. Giving to the PTA. Giving to your husband. Giving to the neighborhood. Giving to work. Giving to your dog. Giving to everyone. You must give back to yourself. It’s that simple.
Regular exercise and awesome nutrition are healthy, productive ways to give back to yourself. Sure, you could sit in front of the glow late night TV, finishing off the half-gallon of ice cream and coin it as “Mom time”. However, this is undermining what you really want – time to feel like yourself again, and the energy to meet the demands that are being thrown at you from every direction.
Your kids are worth it.
Our kids are watching our every move. If we are taking the time to care for ourselves through healthy, smart food choices so will our kids. If we are carving out some time to exercise every day, so will our kids. Perhaps not immediately, but someday they will fall back on our example of health.
I became and adult and found myself heavy and miserable. When I was ready to commit to make changes in my life, guess who looked to for guidance? Mom. Her example had always been there, I had just chosen not to follow it for quite some time. The healthy habits that were instilled in me as a child got plucked off the shelf and finally put to good use.
Your future is worth it.
I have a client who is 75 yearsold. Mrs. J has never, I’m talking, never exercised or stepped into a gym in her life. Ever. She complains about having to exercise and I finally asked if she hated this so much, why did she call me? At first she said she called me because she liked my teeth (the channel changing as a kid must not have done much damage). But then, she went on to admit she has been stubborn and stupid (her words) about fitness and knows she has no choice. She has 13 grandchildren. She is tired of being left behind and passively observing the action from the perspective of her La-Z-Boy recliner.
It is never too late. Whether you’ve had no children, one child or five. Whether you are a former college athlete or were a dedicated band geek. Whether you are 35 or 75. None of this matters. We are doing this for our life 40 years from now. We want and deserve a high quality of life now and then.
Our bodies don’t like being inactive. Our bodies don’t like eating lousy food. Our bodies let us know that by rebelling in not-so-kind ways:
High blood pressure.
Gall bladder disease.
We are not just exercising and eating clean to fit into our skinny jeans, gals. Weight loss is a very welcome side effect, but we are also doing this for our overall and long term health. We don’t want to be left behind and just observe life. Now is the time to live it.
Your future is worth it.
Your kids are worth it.
You are worth it.
-- Mandi Reading is a certified personal trainer and a certified nutrition consultant. She works part-time training clients, then spends the rest of her day (and some nights) chasing after her three rascals. Check out her blog Trainer Momma at www.trainermomma.com for daily fitness and nutrition tips for mothers and their families.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Did you send it? Don't read another word until it's sent.
And while I wait, I'm going to go get on that lonely looking exercise bike.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
And I only ate half of those two pieces of candy that you see in the video which are half-eaten. I'd like to think this was my way of not being half-assed about my commitment to lose some El Bees.
Regardless of whether you observed the holiday, weekends are unstructured which usually pose challenges regarding food choices. I tend to choose Chinese food. Le Sigh.
On a positive note, those PJ's were a Chanukkah gift from the kids and they are definitely less tight than when I first put them on in December!
What about you? How did your weekend go?
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
This week I worked out pretty much every day. I think I may have skipped a day, it is impossible to tell because the Snopocalypse is making my days all run together. I haven't left my house in a week.
Apparently being a shut-in also makes me eat and drink more because I was up 2.5 pounds this week.
I am a little bit discouraged but even though I am back up I feel better. I look better.
My scale can suck it.
Monday, February 8, 2010
How do you fit it in?
I've been an on and off exerciser for many years now. When I feltlike I could fit it in, I did. I would exercise for months at a time,up to three times a week. And then, work would get busy, I would have a baby, my husband's hours would pick up... whatever. And then the weather would change, the baby would start school or I would find a new gym, or pool, or something.
So how do you fit it in? How do you decide not to quit?
This time, back in September, before I started going to the first gym I could find, I thought about it. What would I do? When would I do it? What where my goals? Why do I want to do this? I thought about it for a month, maybe a little longer even. I visited more than one gym that would have been happy to have me start that day. And Ididn't sign up. Once in a while, I thought about just jumping right in, but decided not to and though a little more. How often would I go? Who would take care of the baby? What would happen when she was bigger than a baby but not in school yet?
I wanted an activity that would push me. I have tried many, many sports. I could go on and (and on and on) about each one and what about it did and did not work for me. But this time, I spent more time thinking not just about what I would enjoy this moment in time, but 6 months from now, and a year from now and three years from now.
(I decided further than that was just silly).
I started working out 4 months ago going one day a week to my gym.
And theoretically, every day (but it was really more like 3-4 additional days) I would work out at home for fifteen minutes. And sometimes that fifteen minutes took an hour due to crying babies and potty emergencies, but I would do it. And a month ago, I started to the gym twice a week. And I was thinking about upping it to three times a week but then I realized that I had stopped my fifteen minutes at home, and I should start that up again before moving to three days. Commitment and intent. But I'm hoping, that if I can keep up my fifteen minutes a day and twice a week gym commitment, I will be ready both mentally and physically to go three days a week next month. And beyond that, I can not say, but I hope a year from now, I will be going at least twice a week and spending fifteen minutes a day at home.
So the short answer, How do I fit it in? With intent.
- Natalie can also be found at Eating Local in D.C.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Admittedly I gave him a hard time about the generator. I even invoked his childhood in rural Colorado into my argument with "Did your family have one? How often did you use it?" And his answer of "No, we didn't have one, but we could have used it if we had" didn't win me over. No generator would be purchased on that day. I nixed the idea.
The weather gods laughed, but I couldn't hear them.
So early early Sunday morning our power went out. I apologized to my husband when I awoke later that morning and felt the chill in the air. Both from him and the lack of heat. I shouldn't have made fun of him about the generator. I thought he was awfulizing the situation. I admitted I was wrong to have laughed at his suggestion that our power might go out. But in my defense, I've been in a lot of snow storms and never lost power. Rainstorms? Yes. But not snow. I'll chalk this up to "live and learn" and we might even buy a generator when they restock the shelves. After a day without power, I learned something surprising about how I have been stuck in a bad mood about winter food.
Winter cooking, for me, has always translated to big pots of soup, slowcooker cooking, meat and potatoes, gooey warm cinnamon rolls. Stuff that is rich and heavy. I seem to eschew anything cold, anything resembling a salad. I turn away from tomatoes in the grocery store because I fear they will be bland and grainy. I skip melons, I ignore berries. But is it really necessary? Why do I have to eat the big vats of comfort foods? Maybe I should pay a little extra for the vine ripened tomatoes and enjoy them? If it keeps me from packing on the pounds during winter, then maybe it would be a worthwhile investment. Every winter when I pack on the pounds I get grumpy as I make my way (weigh?!) into the Spring.
As I stood over the hotdogs grilling for lunch (all beef, reduced fat) and later the hamburgers (90% lean) I had an epiphany. It doesn't have to be summer in order for me to make healthier eating choices and I actually decided I had been allowing myself a "pass" on gaining weight in the winter because it is winter. I was using winter as a justification for weight gain.
As I sat down for dinner with my family last night, I looked at the happy faces enjoying the burgers and thought they love summer too, why not bring summer into our lives all year 'round?
Here is a recipe my whole family lives on during the summer, and I'm going to make this sucker next week. It is from My Stolen Cookbook (or more commonly known as The Creme De Colorado Cookbook). All of the ingredients can be purchased in the dead of winter easily.
Grilled Sesame Chicken: 4-6 servings
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup soy sauce
1-2 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1 tablespoon dry mustard (I prefer Coleman's)
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 cup chopped green onions
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 whole chickens quartered (or you can just use a lot of chicken breasts)
Combine marinade ingredients in a large ziplock bag. Add chicken. Squeeze out air and seal. Marinate in refridgerator for 4-8 hours. Remove chicken, reserving marinade. Grill over medium-hot coals or if using a gas grill, low to medium heat for 15-20 minutes or until chicken juice runs clear and it is cooked. Baste frequently with reserved marinade
Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments. Let's get some more Loser Mom recipes on the radar. Maybe more of you will join me in my mood swing!
*As far back as I can remember we have always had Weber grills in our family. My father loves his Kettle grill, we now have a gas Weber. Being the daughter of not one, but two sociologists, I cannot help but name our grill Max, after the famed sociologist Max Weber. I know, it's a sickness.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
I'm not proud of myself. I have foods that I cannot control myself around: bacon, brownies, Tootsie Rolls and Doritos. I cannot keep Doritos in my house but my mom buys them for the kids and then I eat them.
Oh, it gets worse.
Since I drove to Florida with two five year olds - 13 hours both ways - there was crappy fast food to be eaten.
Here is the interesting thing, fast food doesn't even taste good anymore. I thought I would miss it, but as it turns out some of those burgers are really, really gross.
But I ate it anyway.
The silver lining to the whole fast food thing is that all that grease gave me horrible intestinal distress. While I don't recommend trying this at home (or on the road) I did lose two pound this week.
I know, the irony is killing me.
The real truth of the matter is that I think all of the exercise is finally working. My belly is decidedly less disgusting even though I haven't even lost six whole pounds yet.
Some of you people are kicking my ass in this contest, but I am still pleased with my progress so far.
Keep sending in your weights and guests post, so far this contest has been a huge success.
ps - Clearly not my scale. I haven't weighed 124 since sixth grade and my toenails don't look that nice.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
This time I'm taking it seriously. I need this. I need it for my self esteem and my mental health. And probably my actual health too, but whatever. I am here to KILL THIS. I don't care if I lose the prize, because my prize is a substantial start on weight loss.
But here's the thing. We're heading into the third weigh in, and after a disappointing week and a great week, we've arrived at the I-want-to-kill-myself week. Because I seem to have gained weight from last week, bringing me to just one pound under my start weight.
Normally, I'd be all, "Yep. That's sucks." And then I would go eat a batch of cookies and forget I was part of this contest. But not this time. This time I want to know: What? the? FUCK?!?!
* I cut out my daily morning brownie.
* I eat waaaay fewer calories than I used to.
* I have been working really hard at exercising. I'm doing the couch to 5k three times a week and I'm trying to get in a Wii Fit or EA Active Wii workout six days a week on top of that. And I'm doing it. I am actually working out once or twice a day for a total of an hour.
* I've been drinking more water.
* I've been eating vegetables.
* I've cut down on my evening snacking.
I'm doing everything right. So what am I doing so wrong?
Stimey can be found grumbling into her salad at Stimeyland.
Monday, February 1, 2010
This sucks. I know I need to work past the anger and frustration. And while I know there is "no easy way" to do this, I can't help but resent that gaining this weight seemed like a piece of cake.
Or maybe a few pieces of cake. Dammit.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Amazingly the weight came off easier than I expected. I had a few starts and stops, but eventually lost 55 pounds and managed to keep it off with healthy eating and bicycle commuting.
Then I took a new job, one with long hours and a long commute, almost two hours each way. I loved the project I worked on but my body didn't love the demands and 15 pounds crept back on. About nine months after starting that job I got pregnant and my thyroid started misbehaving, and it was all downhill from there. During my last pregnancy in 2006 I was diagnosed with a nasty stomach disorder, and unfortunately the medication to treat it can cause weight gain, the absolute last thing I need. So I've been losing the same 10 pounds over and over and over for five years, and despite exercise and eating right, for the most part, I have not been able to get past that plateau to get back to a healthy weight.
Then last week in a completely unexpected development, I broke that through the plateau. As I stared at the scale I couldn't believe my eyes, and I stepped on and off about a dozen times to make sure it wasn't a mirage. Then I did a little happy dance. I've still got a ways to go before I reach my goal, but seeing that number on the scale gave me more hope than I've had in a long time.
Andrea is a forty-something mom to three young boys, and her favorite healthy activities are biking/spinning, yoga, and Pilates. She writes about cooking, edible gardening and occasional delicious travel stories at Andrea Meyers: cooking, gardening, & four hungry guys.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
It is our second weigh in Wednesday!
Friday, January 15, 2010
And if you read that first paragraph really fast you can count it as cardio. HA!
The first few days of a new routine suck. I have increased my water intake. This means we're going to need more toilet paper. That's how it is. Really.
What's happening with all of you? How have the past couple of days been?
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
But I'm here to tell you that you should. In fact, I want you to go RIGHT NOW and take just about the least flattering self portrait you can imagine.
It's time for your "before" shot.
The first reason you need to do this is because you need a reality check. If you're like me, and have avoided being in front of the camera as much as possible, and have no full-length mirrors in the house... you need to know. You need to see where you are right now. For some people, it might be a little disappointing. For some of us, it might be an intensely harsh slap in the face. Welcome to rock bottom. It sucks there. But now you know. You need to know.
Here's what I know: on August 17, 2009, I weighed 226 pounds. I'm 5'5" on a good day. Two. hundred. twenty. six. pounds. This is how I walked around for the two years following the birth of my children. I hate this picture (and what it represents) with the heat of 1,000 suns. But I took it. I needed to see that. I needed to understand where I was.
OK, so now you've got your motivation. You can make it the desktop on your computer, post it on your blog or your refrigerator, or just let it sit on your computer. You know it's there.
The other reason you need to take that shot, though, is so that you can see your own progress. Weight loss can be achingly slow, the changes subtle. And if, like me, you've got an awfully long way to go, it can feel like you'll never make it. That's why, once you're down 5 or 10 pounds (or some other portion of your longer-term goal), you have to take another one. Preferably in the same clothes. And then you need to take those two pictures and hold them next to each other. Lo and behold, progress!
Here's me, six weeks in and 10 pounds down. You see, I still felt plenty "fat" after six weeks. And 10 felt like such a tiny fraction of my overall goal. And yet, it was heartening to look at these two shots side-by-side and see changes.
A few guidelines for your "before" picture:
- Do not wear a big t-shirt and baggy sweatpants. If you want to see the pudge go down, you have to see where it is in the first place. Wear something form-fitting, probably something that's a little too snug to wear out of the house at the moment. That includes whatever you're wearing on your legs. If you're feeling really bold, take a picture in your sports bra.
- Get as close to a full-body shot as you can. Find a full-length mirror (maybe it's in the back of your closet somewhere?) and stand back so you get the full effect. A side-view is a good idea, too.
- The photo self portrait can be tricky. Make sure you look at the camera's reflection, not your own. Or get a trusted friend/spouse to take it for you.
And here I am, today. Five months in. 26 pounds down. Ready to kick ass and take all of your money!
Thanks Liz for the awesome guest post! You can always find Liz over at her site Goddess in Progress.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
For those of you that are already signed up today is your last chance to eat.
I just had some chocolate.
That being said, I've already stopped drinking (beer and wine, I still do water and coffee) Monday through Thursday. It might not sound like much, but if you know me this is a huge deal.
If I can do that, you can throw your $10 in the pot and give it the old college try right?
We've got over 35 participants already. The winner of this contest is going to win a serious chuck of change.
Bring it on!
We will see you tomorrow.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
"You know this means I have to go out and actually purchase a scale, don't you."Guess what? I need a new scale too. I've purchased many in my lifetime and never found one I liked all that much. I guess it would be easy to blame the scale for telling me things I don't want to know, like I weigh more than I thought I did. Damn scale. Truth teller. Condemning me for my love triangle with these guys.
I've had both digital and the kind with the needle that goes around. (Is that called analogue? My husband and I just had about a 5 minute debate about it. Still no answer.) The problem I've had with digital scales is they tend to record my weight differently each time I hop on. This causes me to step off and on the scale a few times and attempt to average my weight after three attempts. The hopping on and off does not raise my heart rate and I can't count it as cardio, plus it makes me do math. I hate both. Math and Cardio.
The scale with the watch face (what the hell do you call it?) I'm never sure if I get the cheap-o one if that one will be accurate. I'm not sure I even know why I feel as if the mechanical (that's still not the correct term Is it?) one has to be expensive for it to be accurate. Do the less expensive ones do the job and last? I have no idea. The expensive scales seem really big and might take up the entire square footage of my bathroom.
For those of you who have a scale, or purchased one recently:
What kind did you get? Digital or the manual? (that just sounds wrong. Is it?)
- Do you like it?
- Where did you purchase it?
- How much did it cost?
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Not too shabby.
I just wanted to clear up a couple of things:
1) I think we will do our weigh-ins on Wednesdays. Devra and I were talking about it and smack in the middle of the week seems fair. Plus the Weigh-in Wednesday has a nice ring to it.
We don't really care when you weigh in on a Wednesday, we just want you to weigh yourself at the same time each Wednesday and preferably wear the same thing. If that sounds complicated just weigh in in underwear or naked. I personally will be wearing clothes since I will be posting pictures.
2) Anybody is welcome to guest post here. In fact, we encourage it. Tell us about your loser journey.
3) You don't have to be a mother to participate. Hell, you don't even have to be female. You just have to pony up your $10 and be honest.
4) E-mail your weight each Wednesday to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will not share your weight with anyone. Only Devra and I have the password to this e-mail. We are not cruel, just unusual.
5) Invite your friends. We still have time and the more the merrier!
Bring it on!
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Which is a fabulous segue (and yes, this still is a blog where we will throw in gratuitous SAT words from time to time) into our 2nd Edition contest. The rules are the same as our first contest. The contest dates are from January 10th until April 10th. It just so happens that April 11th is my birthday, it's a coincidence people, not a dastardly plan for me to be able to eat copious amounts of cake and ice cream.
Whose in? Or who's in? Remember, no grammar police. Although we do acknowledge that some of you may not be comfy with announcing to your friends and family, "I'm doing The 2nd Biggest Loser Moms Fuck All Y'all Edition" so for you people, we suggest the acronym "F.A.Y.E." Sarah and I have even made it easier for you to win. We've gained about 10 pounds between the two of us already, although we like to think of it as bulking up for the winter. Spring will be here before we know it, so let's get going, let's shed the poundage together!
Sign up for The 2nd Biggest Loser Moms Contest (aka FAYE) right now!
Rules are simple. Because if they are complicated we'll just give up, drink beer and eat icecream.
Length of Contest: Begins January 13, 2010 Ends April 10, 2010
Entry fee: $10.00 per participant. Contest is open to anyone over the age of 18 who wants to participate. Entry fees will be kept in a PayPal account which will then be used as prize money for the two winners. All monies collected will be distributed to winners, no money will be kept by Sarah or Devra (unless of course we win the contest fair and square.)
Liability: None for us. You participate of your own free will, medical clearance is your responsibility. Basically we're holding the contest, but participation is at your own risk. Think of this declaration as being similar to the sign you see in restaurants stating they aren't responsible for any articles of clothing left at the establishment.
Weigh-in: Weekly. Weigh yourself on the same scale at the same time of day, wearing the same clothes for each weekly weigh-in. Loss will be measured in pounds. Once everyone is signed up, we will create a Google Doc contestants can access and enter our weekly weight.
Awarding of Prizes: The week of April 10th when the contest officially ends. Two prizes will be awarded, with first prize going to the person who has the highest percentage of weight loss, and second prize to the next highest percentage of weight loss.
* The contest is named for our site "Loser Moms" there is no requirement that participants be moms. All are welcome!
Our PayPal button is tempermental, if you can't access the page, please send payment to LoserMoms@Gmail.com via PayPal.