Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hello fellow Chunkersons...

Anne here.  It's been a loooonnngggg time and I've been a very bad girl.  Last February, I slipped on the ice, swore a few times, and ended up with a nice sprained cankle.  It was too painful to exercise so I didn't.  Then we went to Florida for vacation, and I pretty much started to spiral out of control after that.   Too much intake and not enough output = weight gain.  I look and feel horrible, but I'm ready to change that.  I'm going to have a good summer!  I'm going to think so flippin positively that I'm going to drive everyone nutso!

I'm anxiously awaiting for the fresh, locally grown fruits and veggies to ripen and I have incorporated some very important "mommy time" into the daily life around here. 

This is my problem.  Scratch that.  THESE are my problems.

1.)  I am addicted to pop.  Mountain Dew in particular.  Bad. Bad. BAD!  And diet pop is something I can only have occasionally as the artificial sweeteners give me massive migraines.   Crystal Light....same thing.  Water - well, that's pretty boring.

2.)  I still despise cooking.  I bought this awesome cook book at the book fair for inspiration.  It's from the Taste of Home people..."Comfort Food Diet Cookbook".  It's real food that I would buy and eat and the writers of the book have done all of the work for me as far as calorie counting etc....  All I have to do is shop for the food and make it. 

But even still, I just want to go crawl back in bed and curl up into the fetal position.   It does have something to do with the fact that I live with picky eaters and they do not participate with the meal planning EVER.    Are family meals all that important then??   If I ask Brian what he wants for dinner I get a lot of sighing, lots of eye rolling followed up with "bacon!" for an answer.  And if that's all I made, he'd be completely fine with it.  Yes, I'm being totally serious.

I now understand how my mother must have felt, and she had to cook for a family of 5.  YIKES.

I wish we all lived closer to each other; I could use a little weight watcher's meeting - without having to join weight watchers.   Maybe I should see a hypnotist or acupuncturist or a food therapist (is there such a thing?).  I could use some serious help here. 

Keep fighting the good fight!


  1. Oh, I hate cooking too. SO much. I think Kristin is on to something with the frozen meals. I think when I get back on the horse I will make the kids whatever they want for dinner and have a lean cuisine for myself.

    I have a hard time dieting in summer. But if you are willing to give it a shot, I will give it a shot with you. After this week. I'm going to the Falls this week and my dad is a fabulous cook.

    I'm dreading exercising again because I've been a total slug and I will be SO SORE again. Ugh.

  2. Giving up pop (real OR diet) is the hardest thing I have every tried to do. I still can't get through the day without at least two (and sometimes four) Coke Zero's or Diet Dews. The artificial sweeteners will kill me. But I figure it's a ways off, so...

    If you want to lose the weight and hate to cook, go fill your freezer with frozen meals that are 275 calories or less each. Then eat FIVE per day!!! Spread them out over the course of about 10 hours, and stop eating before 8:00 p.m. Drink water. Brew some ice tea in the fridge. (That helps a LOT with the pop replacement, BTW...) Go for walks. I challenge you to try it! What I found the frozen meals most helpful for is the sheer burden of counting calories is GREATLY reduced. The meals do it for you. Other similar foods that help in this regard are yummy cans of soup (I love Progresso's Creamy Mushroom and Hearty Tomato) and a skinny Thomas-brand "Everything" bagel with a package of Carl Buddig turkey slapped between it. 200 calories, exactly. AND... look in your pizza section at the grocery store! Most of the major pizza brands now have 200-calorie versions of their big pizzas. I am eating pizza again, WTF?! AND... I'm losing weight again. I took the month of May off, pretty much... and the first half of June. But now I'm eating my frozen meals, getting back on the machines (SLOWLY), and I FINALLY dropped my 21st pound this week. That stupid "next pound" was the hardest pound I ever fought for. But now that it's gone... it means I'm MORE than half-way to my "lose 40-pounds" goal! I am newly motivated! (Again!!!) ROTFL