Thailand 20 Tuesday – Week 3

Hello everybody! Hard to believe my third week of Thailand 20 Tuesday has come and gone. Lately I look at the calendar and think “WHERE DID 2012 GO?!” It’s been pretty wild how time keeps going faster and faster. I’m happy to report this week I lost 1.8 pounds! While it’s not quite my weekly goal of 2, it’s damn close and that’s just fine with me.

Last week I had a couple of things that helped me stay on track – like exercise! Here I am after an hour-long bootcamp class. I wanted to quit so many times, because this class was HARD – cardio, and then intense weight lifting in intervals. But each time I wanted to quit, I reminded myself that everything I’ve accomplished in my life has always been filled with those moments where you just want to stop. But you don’t stop – you keep going, and then eventually, that long, hard battle comes to an end and the victory is even sweeter.

I also ate pretty clean this week. Matt and I enjoyed delicious and rustic meals like grilled chicken breasts and roasted vegetables. I love meals like this because I can eat as many vegetables as I want!

I really focused on the protein this week. A lot of you know I’m not a big meat eater, and I probably eat vegetarian 80% of the week. I really tried to make sure I got protein somehow this week – like tonight, where in addition to three pieces of bacon (yummy), I made an egg white omelet packed with lots of fresh veggies. The egg whites help me get up there in the protein, and because it’s not meat, I don’t have that heavy feeling after. (PS: Breakfast for dinner? WINNER!)

This week I need to kick up the exercise even more, and stay focused on eating clean. There’s a few challenges in my way, like Halloween, but I’m determined to keep this trend moving downwards! Tomorrow, April has a great Halloween post about self-confidence, and then pretty soon we’ve got a chance for you to win a fancy new bra from our friends over at FullBeauty. I’ve also got a great review of my rad new scale from the kind people at EatSmart. Lots going on in Double Chin land! As always, thank you for reading – we wouldn’t be here without you! <3

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

UHi everybody – just a quick check in today! It might be goin’ slow, but the scale is on a downward trend! Today I lost another .8 of a pound, and while it’s not a whole pound, it’s close, so I’ll take it! I’ve been tracking on My Fitness Pal and reaaaally paying attention to portion sizes, and that seems to be helping. For example, this BLT on sourdough clocked in at 428 calories – notice the plates? Look familiar? 428 calories isn’t exactly low-cal, but for the richness of this sandwich and the yummy-ness factor, it works great for me.


So far I’m down 7.8 pounds and hoping to hit 10 by the end of the month. I need to remember to drink my water and also to amp it up in the physical activity department. I plan on buying some work clothes this weekend, so I wonder if I’ll be able to see or feel it anywhere.

That’s pretty much all I’ve got (I’m sleepy!) so I’ll write more to you on Monday. Have a fantastic Friday!

*update: this morning I lost another .2, so I officially hit 8 pounds lost! Yay!

My letter to Paula Deen


Oh, Paula. I remember the first time I watched your show. How delightful it was to see an apple-cheeked granny, someone who looked like my own Nana, flit around the kitchen with hands full of flour and butter and dough. I loved that you wore your wedding rings while you cooked, and I loved it even more when you’d say, “I’m not your doctor, I’m your cook.” And oh, how I loved watching rings of dough fry in glittering canola oil, or how pats of butter melted into sweet yellow pools on top of vegetables gone bad, like green beans braised in bacon grease. Your food reminded me of home – of all that’s good about Southern food – the richness, the heritage, the rib-stickingness, the warmth that comes from a freshly-baked biscuit or a slice of gooey pecan pie.

I don’t know how to feel about your recent announcement. Nobody is surprised, frankly, but guess what – many of us, including the author of this post, are obese. So it’s not fair to blame this just on your weight, because there’s so many things that are factors to diabetes – smoking, genetics, heredity, stress…. It’s likely that your weight was a big contributor to your diagnosis, but it might not be the only thing. However, I’m irritated that your Diabetes is a bigger deal than SOPA, a bill that threatens the free speech of the internet that allows me to write things like this post. I’m also irritated that because you’re a woman, the story is gigantic, more gigantic than it would be if Mario Batali or Emeril was diagnosed with diabetes. Your gender makes everything more controversial, like the Lindsays and Britneys and Madonnas who get so much press coverage, yet the Charlies, Mels and Ashtons get a day or two in the press and are then freed from the scrutinizing public eye. (Don’t get me going on media discourse. It’s scary.)

How do I feel about the fact that you’re signed up as a spokesperson for a diabetes medication? Are you “selling out” like everybody thinks? Guess what, Paula… you’ve been selling table cloths and body lotions and pots and pans for way longer than you’ve been hawking pharmaceuticals, so I say go girl. Make some more money out of that diagnosis, and give some of it away, maybe to healthy school lunch programs, or to sponsor urban gardens.

Many people have suggested that now that your diagnosis is out in the open, you should re-work your recipes and opt for a leaner, lighter presence on TV. This is the one area where I’m going to say I hope you stick to your guns, and keep doling out the butter. I’m a strong believer in everything in moderation, and I believe you once famously said, “I don’t want to spend my life not having good food going into my pie hole. That hole was made for pies.” Your sons are already re-working your genius recipes into lighter, leaner versions of the fat bombs we all know and love, so your TV presence should stay the same – because that’s you. I’m no famous TV personality, but even when I lose all my extra weight, I’m still going to eat popcorn with butter on it, because that’s what I love. It’s part of who I am!

Keep walking on your treadmill, and cut down on the splurges. But for the love of God, Paula, keep your cooking show the same. Your TV presence is just what I want to see when I’ve got 5 points left to eat for dinner and all I want to do is bathe in mayonnaise. You’re not Jamie Oliver, You’re not Giada DeLaurentis (she’s impossibly perfect looking), You’re not Anthony Bourdain.

You’re Paula Deen.

You’re the house that butter built, and nobody can take that away from you.

Not even Diabetes.

What I Ate Today

Hey bloggies! I’m back on track, trackin’ away on the Weight Watchers plan. I decided it’d be fun to take pics of everything I ate in one day – you know, kind of like those “What’s in your purse?” features in trashy magazines, except this is “what’s in my belly.” Let it be known – remembering to photograph everything you eat is difficult. I may or may not have consumed two green olives and a small chunk of bread that didn’t get glamour shots… shhh.


I started the day with a 0% Chobani Peach Greek Yogurt (3 points), mint green tea (o points) and a banana (0 points). I’m not a huge breakfast person, so this is enough to get me through the morning. The Greek yogurt has a whopping 12 points of protein! I tend to skimp on meat so I figure this is a good way to get my protein.


For lunch, I had my ultimate favorite – a cobb salad with no cheese and light ranch dressing from a Jewish deli. DO YOU SEE ALL THAT BACON?! Today I tried something I’ve always read about but never actually done – dipping your fork in the dressing then spearing your salad. Um – it totally works, and is awesome, and at the end of the salad I had TONS of dressing left. SCORE! This salad clocked in at about 13 points.

3:30 Snack

At 3:30, I started getting the rumbly tummy of hunger (ok fine, and maybe a bit of “I’m sick of copy editing these blogs, so what else can I do? EAT!”) and decided to have a snack. I forgot to take a picture of the pear before I ate it, so enjoy the art work. (There’s a reason I’m a writer and not an artist.) The pear is 0 points, and the string cheese was 2 points.

7 pm snack

Matt and I went to Trader Joe’s after work to stock up, and as we left the store, I was famished and ripped open a bag of unsweetened dried mango. Four nice, thick chewy pieces is 3 points, and tastes kind of like mango astronaut food. Yum.

7 PM Salad with Dinner

While we waited for our mini pizzas to bake, we each had a green salad with cucumber, tomato and romaine lettuce. I used the Trader Joe’s Spicy Peanut dressing (2 points per 2 tbsp).

Pizza for dinner!

We each had half of the Trader Joe’s Mini Portobello and Garlic Pizza (6 points) and half of the Margherita pizza (7 points). These are super tasty and great in a pinch when you’re too lazy to cook.

Snack: 10 PM

Then I went to the gym and did an hour of yoga… and came back and ate an organic brown rice krispy treat (3 points).

So what did I learn from this little exercise?

1) Weight Watchers is cool, because this is obviously a lot of food.

2) Little snacks are important for me, because I turn into a crazy, bitchy cookie monster if I’m hungry.

3) Taking pictures makes me feel somewhat more responsible for the choices I make – for example, I knew if I ordered a big fat reuben at the deli… I’d have to be honest and take a picture. I still enjoyed my delicious cobb, but I made choices to lighten it up, like dipping the fork in dressing and nixing any cheese.

If we looked at your visual diary of what you ate today, what would we see?



Weekly Weigh In #5

Yesterday I weighed in for the fifth time since beginning Weight Watchers Online. Here’s a few very important things to note about this previous week: I hadn’t tracked a thing since the following week. There’s no excuse for WHY I didn’t do it, but work was crazy busy, I was not in that tracking mindset and I just didn’t do it. However, on the plus side, I worked out like a beast this week – taking three hardcore cardio classes (boxing, impact kickboxing and bootcamp) in addition to getting lots of other activity doing household things like weeding, washing the car, etc.

That’s why this week I’m surprised – and not surprised at the same time – that I lost .6 of a pound. It’s not a massive loss, but it’s a loss. It’s a shift in the right direction, and this week provided some key learnings for me. All week I was MINDFUL of what I was eating. Did I indulge? You bet. In homemade banana muffins, a chicken gyro at King’s, and beef Teriyaki when out with my friends for lunch. I indulged, but I was sensible about it, and instead of stuffing my face, I stopped when I was full, and balanced everything with cardio and activity. I also SERIOUSLY upped my water intake this week, after having a chat with my nutritionist friend.

Glamazon Woman on her Bitty Beach Cruiser

I’m at 3.2 pounds lost in five weeks. That’s not a ton, but it’s something. It’s better than staying the same. I had a very inspiring experience this weekend by meeting two new friends who can help me on this long, tiring road to a healthy weight. (Watch for that post on Tuesday!) This is a big goal for next week, but I’d love to lose at least 1.5 pounds at my next weigh in. I’m going to do it by drinking tons of water, continuing the aggressive cardio, and watching what I eat. And YES, I will be tracking. In fact, I’m going to track now (piece of toast, 1 piece of bacon, 2 egg whites. Breakfast!).

Have a wonderful Monday – and remember – it’s the start of a new week, and it’s never too late to make positive changes. 🙂