Friday, October 8, 2010

Losing Weight and Using the Force

Please don’t get me started about the size of my ass. Being on TV next to Kate and the beautiful but somewhat underfed hosts of Let’s Talk Live did not do much to enhance my self-esteem. The sight of the four of us all in a row – three little pretties and Jabba the Hut – made me feel pukey. When I bring this up, friends and family are invariably like: “Awwww, stop it! You look great! Don’t say that.” This subject makes people uncomfortable. My ass has always had that effect on people. It is pretty special.

I’m not trying to make anyone feel awkward. I just want to be able to discuss this honestly and for some reason it seems impossible to do. Everyone is terrified of hurting my feelings. I totally get that. I once asked a waitress if she was pregnant and she was not. It’s been almost three years since that happened and every time I think about it I want to punch myself in the mouth so that words will stop coming out of it.

The truth is that my oversized haunches are just another part of my life that I’m not crazy about. Like the fact that apparently, the laundry fairy is smarter than me. And that there’s a funny smell coming from the back of the van and I can’t figure out what’s causing it. It is what it is. These are the facts of my life, except without Mrs. Garrett. But the only person that seems completely at ease discussing these facts with me is Hawk.
Hawk is my five year old son. If you want honesty, you’ve come to the right place. My “does this make me look fat?” will be followed by his “OOOOH yah”. But he also will look at me sometimes and cock his head to the left and say: “You look pretty today. Like a Jedi.” And I know he is being honest and I take it for the compliment that it is. Hawk likes Star Wars just a little.

In August, I decided to start working on my weight. For some reason, it just seemed like it was time. I’m random like that. Most people have a reason; a big birthday, a reunion, a new year’s resolution. I just had a hunch it was time to start. Like it would be easy. Stupid hunch. YOU’RE DAMN LIAR.

My first step was to ask all the mommies on Facebook what they thought I should do. I got about a million responses. It was really, really helpful but it made me wonder if everyone is on a diet all the time. Isn’t there someone out there who’s not pre-occupied with eating and ass-size and burning calories? Even the skinny people who seem not to have anything to worry about are stressed over staying thin. It’s all a big cluster. I just want to stop thinking about it. I don’t want to be preoccupied anymore. I want to set a good example for my kids and I want to move onto being dissatisfied with something important. Like my hair.

It’s just such a pain in the haunches. I am determined to make some changes and feel better because at least I’m trying. I tell my kids (and my sister) these random Lydia-isms all the time: [Editor's Note: These are WAY better if you insert something about shoes into each one of these -isms. Just sayin'. -Kate] 
  • You only fail if you don’t try. [to buy new shoes...see! Totally works! -Kate] Get up and do it again.
  • No one cares if you mess up, it’s what you do next that counts.
  • You need to take responsibility for yourself. The world is full of people who sit around blaming  everybody else because they never bothered to try harder.
  • If you don’t like something – change it. Otherwise please stop complaining.
  • I know you don’t want to. You need to try and find a way to make the “have to” and the “want to” work together.
I know. I’m practically a motivational speaker. But I’m also the world’s biggest hypocrite. I need to start practicing what I preach.  What is about stupid parenthood that makes you have to be so much better than who you really are?  So I made a deal with myself that if I was making an effort, I was not allowed to feel like schmidt anymore. I have been mostly successful except for one rather spectacularly crappy week.
I decided to use an on-line program called Spark People because (1) it’s free and (2) it had an app for my smart phone (also free and another reason to sit around playing with my phone all the time). I decided to go walking with the Mini-mini-me in her stroller every day. I had sort of a plan. It was time to tell the kids about it, because the mommy cooking they were used to (home-made macaroni and cheese with bacon crumbled on top) was coming to an abrupt halt.

I told them I was going to try and start cooking healthier food for everyone so that I could get thinner and fitter. But not fat. [Editor's Note: We don’t say that word because of an unfortunate incident at preschool last year after Hawk learned the phrase “big, fat ass”. Heavens! Where would he hear such a thing? I'm sure I don't know.] I asked the kids what they thought about it. They shrugged and said it was good and they wanted me to be thinner and fitter and healthier. But they worried that dinner would no longer be delicious. They are skinny little whippets but as my grandmom would say: they sure are good eaters.  I reassured them that we only cook and eat delicious food around here. That’s the law. I wrapped up my little speech by saying how hard I was going to try to lose weight and make sure our whole family was healthy.

Hawk cocked his head to the left and said in an extremely grave Yoda voice:

“Mommy: Do or do not. There is no try.”

I knew I could count on him to tell me the truth. To date, I’ve lost 15.6 pounds.

xo, Lydia
(c)Herding Turtles, Inc. 2009 - 2010

74 comments:

  1. I just started Spark last week! Great job!!

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  2. I hear ya, Lyd. It's good your kids are on board. I let it slip to my kids that i was trying to lose weight and my eldest let EVERYONE know. Eek. But, then again, my husband told him that I weigh 100 lbs, so he's trying to calculate in his head how much I weigh.
    "So, if you've lost 19lbs...that means you now weigh 81 lbs." Lies can be educational. But I'm definitely not 81 lbs or even 100lbs.

    Sorry, got sidetracked on a tangent. Love you at any size, Lydia. In a non-creepy internet stalker kind of way.

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  3. Seriously? 15.6 pounds??? You should be very proud of yourself - I, of course, have been going to the gym 3 days a week for 6 weeks now and have only been able to GAIN 5.3 pounds!! Whuck??? Maybe I should just stick to buying shoes...

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  4. Lydia!!! Whacktabulous for you!!! I am with you on trying to change my rear/baby-belly/etc. Three kids in four years does not do a body good (for me). :) And I just decided to make changes this month as well. Keep posting your progress - it inspires me to keep going! Love it!

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  5. Congrats Lydia, I know how hard it is, believe me, and I have been asked (twice) if I'm pregnant, which I'm not, and once by a 5 year old, but yeah, I can't complain if I don't anything about it, so WAY TO GO!!! keep it up and good luck :)

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  6. Oh my Lydia.... I so understand. I really, really need to lose some weight. We were interviewed by a local news station about our homeschool program... it was SO hard to see myself on t.v. I was like WHUCK??????? Who is that fat girl?????? I used to be skinny... that ship has looooooooong sailed away.

    I have a treadmill AND an eliptical... in.my.bedroom. My husband, Grumptastic, refers to them as Valet #1 and Valet #2. They are AWESOME for hanging laundry on to dry. Really they are. I bought myself some new sneakers so I could start walking... they are still in the box w/the tags attached. I really need to find some time to exercise. And get my laundry done.

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  7. Oh girlfriend, I am SOOOO with you on needing to use the force to lose weight. My DH and I are both pretty overweight and getting older - I'm starting to be afraid that we're going to suffer some serious consequences sooner rather than later. Ugh ugh ughitty ugh. We eat pretty healthy. We just eat WAY TOO MUCH healthy.

    The homemade mac cheese with bacon sounds *awesome*, btw, and I keep kosher so I don't say that lightly.

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  8. Lydia, that is awesome! I have a "big birthday" approaching and am trying to do a little ass-reduction myself, so I hear ya!

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  9. Kudos to you! Keep up the good work! And on a side note, Hawk sounds incredibly adorable! He must be a Jedi to come up with a perfect quote at the perfect moment. :o)

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  10. You've lost 15 pounds in 2 months?? Go on, girl!

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  11. That is awesome!! Check into Naturally Slim. It has totally changed my life and it's NOT a diet because diets don't work!

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  12. Congrats on your accomplishment! Just remember that taking care of yourself is another way of taking care of your kids so don't feel like you're being selfish by taking time to exercise.

    I jumped on the exercise bus a long time ago. Pre-kids, I actually did triathlons (more for the personal challenge than any sort of athletic ability) and let me tell you, all that exercise made me the nicest person ever. I obviously don't have that time now but just fitting in a 25 minute workout from Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred (it will literally kick your ass and change your body in amazing ways - I can't recommend it enough) is enough to keep the B at bay. And that's good for EVERYONE! Now, if only she made a special mommy vocal track for the dvd that yelled at the kids to quit climbing on me while I was exercising ...

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  13. 15.6 lbs is awesome...I start a new diet oh, about 3 times a year, and make it a week, maybe 2. Lose about 5 lbs and then just eat it all back on in pizza. :(

    It's SO hard :(

    FWIW, I KNOW what I should be eating (vegetables) and NOT eating (carbs..anything that basically tastes really good, lol. Italian is my favorite food group, so that nixes that)

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  14. I kept thinking, through the whole post, that you were going to end on "starting over". 15.6 pounds?!?! That's incredible!

    BTW, Hawk is rad! He would totally fit in at our house (my husband insists on keeping a life-sized Chewy in our front entrance.) Master Yoda is right. The force is with you...

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  15. One of those Oprah things to do to motivate is to go to the grocery store and line up as much ground beef as you've lost in weight and realize that IT"S NO LONGER SITTING ON YOUR ASS. It's a good feeling.

    And I know the preoccupied feeling. It's ridiculous. A few years back, when I was within spitting distance of my goal weight, I didn't obsess about how gross I was or fat or food or whatever. Every time I'd start thinking about it, I'd just say (to myself), "Ah, I'm working on it," and then I'd be done. It was AWESOME.

    Another thing? Practice saying to yourself (out loud, preferably) several times a day, "HONEY! You look like you've lost weight!" It's fun!
    --kate in Michigan

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  16. You go girl! I have been trying to lose the last 10 pounds to get to my weight watchers lifetime goal...trying for the last year-and-a-half! So count yourself sucessful and keep up the good work!

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  17. You are amazing. 15 pounds is a lot! Keep going. You can do it!

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  18. You go, hot mom. I know what you mean about the subject of weight making people uncomfortable. I find that when I'm working on my weight, the best people to talk to are actually the naturally skinny ones. That way I'm not afraid I'm going to trigger weird insecurities in them.

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  19. Almost 16 pounds in two months! Woot! And here I've been trying to lose the same damn 10 pounds for 4 years! :-) Keep on doing whatever you are doing...I need a motivator like Hawk around... THIS blog entry actually makes me MISS my little ones! (Whuck did she say?)

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  20. That is awesome! I had a friend tell me that she thought I was Lydia in disguise the whole time until you guys outted yourselves on TV. Now she is convinced we are twins separated at birth. I was fairly sure she was right before now, but now, come home, sister! I am so glad we found each other!! I am so over, over, OVER being worried about what I eat every minute of every day. But I also know that doing the same thing and expecting different results is the definition of insanity, so something has got to give. More power to you, sister. And geez, would it kill ya to call once in a while??

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  21. I love everything about this post! I am also over-weight and I applaud your accomplishments thus far. And "Do or do not. There is no try.” is my fave Star Wars quote ever! I quit smoking in July and Yoda's words echoed in my head more than once since. ;)

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  22. hawk is win.

    spark is fun, i've done it before; it's got a lot of great motivational stuffs. also, insane congratulations on the 15.6 pound loss! that's awesome!

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  23. 15 lbs is awesome!! And so is Hawk and his well timed thoughts!

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  24. http://beltwaybabywearers.blogspot.com/2010/01/greener-side-of-babywearing.html Don't use a stroller strap that kid to your back. Just like long hikes in the army carrying your kid is a weight loss plan without the crappy subway sandwiches. You are strengthening your back and legs as well. In addition when the kid gets whiny or cranky you speed up to your destination and that brings in the aerobics. All this while grocery shopping. Plus you can get carriers with cool designs like skulls and dead hello kitties so all the other moms are awed by your innate coolness.

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  25. First of all, let me just tell you, you are beautiful. Secondly, you are awesome. Thirdly, (I've had a WHOLE cup of coffee before it got cold so my brain is particularly happy and counting in order this morning, my kids have gone to Grandma's for the. whole. day.) losing weight is the singe most sucktastic thing in the world. Fourthly, every single woman in America, no matter what the size of their ass, hates or is disappointed with their body. I've been very fat (also a bad word at my house) 300lbs and size 28/30, and I've been relatively thin, 145lbs and a size 10 (!!! imagine that! I've ALWAYS been heavy), and my husband couldn't care less either way. Unfortunately, it's not his voice I hear when I look in the mirror. I've pretty much been stuck at about a size 14 for the last year or so and while I have fantasies of those size 10 jeans that are still hanging in my closet, I also remember that I'm not at all close to the size 28s that are also hanging there.

    SparkPeople is awesome, and they're really great at inspiring me to keep on track with consistent, slow, steady, long term weight loss. And your weight loss is a major accomplishment! Congratulations!

    And listen to Hawk. He sounds like a treasure. And I'm being completely sincere in that, my own 5yo boy is the same way. "Mama, you look pretty in Daddy's sweatshirt and Michigan hat." And think about it this way. If the 5 year old boys thinks you're pretty, the 35 year old boy you're married too thinks you're pretty too. They're mostly all the same, right? No matter how old they are?

    And on a side note, I had a friend with 4 girls who had told them during a special week at church that she was fasting and praying. At dinner that night the 6yo asked "Mama, are you going to eat with us?" The 4yo answered for her "No, Mama's fat and praying about it." Oh the joys of children. ;)

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  26. Congrats, Lydia! Keep up the good work!

    My problem is that I know exactly what I need to be doing, as far eating right and exercise, but I just can't begin the process. It's so hard to stay/get motivated when you're having a crappy day/week/year.

    I went through a divorce this past year and gained 40 lbs. I was not in shape to begin with either. And honestly, I would rather sleep than do anything else. Oh, and eat a bag of Halloween candy at one sitting.

    Why can't I *want* to be healthy? For my kids, for me, whatever. How do you get that motivation to start and make a lifestyle change? I don't want to have a stroke or something in order to be kicked into changing.

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  27. I use to weigh 300 lbs. Now I weigh 180lbs and the reason I decided to lose weight is because a customer at my old retail job referred to me as "the fat one with glasses" to my co-worker who asked who assisted him the last time he came in. EMBARASSING. But true. The fat word hurts, but sometimes it's the only one that brings us back down to reality. I cried for a day about that. Then I made my big fat ass climb a really steep set of stairs every day (243 stairs to be exact), cut out soda, and watched my salt and sugar intake. I dropped the weight because I would be damned if anyone was going to remember me as "the fat one with glasses" anymore. I'm so much more than that and it would be unfair to myself to allow others to sum me up that way. The fat words stings. HARD. But then you learn to appreciate the sting of the word because it's what motivates you to lose it. The only thing that sucks is that it is a lifetime battle. I struggle every day because I LOVE food. For me it might be worse because I'm a chef! Food is my job. I still have to work on moderation and exercise. It really is hard work to stay healthy, but it's a heck of a lot better than being "the fat girl with glasses" again.

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  28. Good for you!
    I've had my Yoda moment a few weeks ago so I'll see you in the skinny jeans isle! Oh sorry, it's supposed to be about heath and quality of life, isn't it? "Size matters not." Damn.

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  29. Hey, I just joined Spark because of you! Can you please start a RFM spark team? Pretty please?

    --kate in Michigan

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  30. Congratulations, 15 pounds is awesome! I myself am a hypocritical fat ass who needs to be bitch slapped by Yoda, so I think I'll print this out and put it on my fridge.

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  31. Great job, Lydia! I am three weeks into my new lifestyle of eating healthier and MUCH smaller portions, and I'm down about half a size. It feels nice, and knowing and seeing progress is enough to encourage me to keep it up. Yay for being a better Mommy!

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  32. Okay, Kate looked fabulous but those TV chicks? Bag of antlers.

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  33. You're a rock star, Lydia! Good for you! I've been there, and it is not a good place to be. The work is worth it, the results are worth it. The thing I have to remember is not to ever quit. It's not a destination, it's a journey for the rest of my life, and that's fine with me as long as the overweight, unhappy me is far, far away at the beginning! You're awesome!

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  34. Congratulations on your weight loss. You should be proud. Losing weight is HARD. I should know, I've done it enough. I'm struggling right now, as I seem to be the one person in the world who can't lose weight by breastfeeding. It makes me as hungry as a sumo wrestler. Anywho, it sounds like you are doing great and that is quite an accomplishment for someone who has children in the house.

    I too would love to just be able to talk about the size of my ass without being told that I'm being ridiculous. I KNOW that I'm fat, why can't I discuss it?

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  35. Hawk quoted Yoda!!! So awesome.

    First I want to say that you are beautiful. I really mean that. Second, I know how you feel. I have a sweet tooth and that has caused me to pack on the pounds as I get older. And I hate it. And everyone says I look fine. But they don't have to look at me naked in the shower every day!

    What's worse? I am now single. I have a date tonight and I am so afraid he will think I am too fat when he sees more than a photo from the chest up!

    So. If you can do it, you go!!! I keep saying I am going to get healthy too. (I have two daughters so I don't like to say fat because I don't want to give them a complex.) Maybe you will inspire me and I will stick with it this time.

    But candy corn is soooo good!!!

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  36. Keep us posted Lydia!! We can be group support as you're right - everyone is either worried about loosing weight or worried about not gaining it. I finally just bit the bullet and got a trainer! Eeek! It ain't cheap - but then I decided what else would I spend my money on? Clothes? - well I have plenty of clothes in my closet- that unfortunately don't fit anymore!! So if this trainer bit works - I guess I'll rationalize that it paid for myself for my wardrobe doubling!
    Also, I am signed up for spark people - but I haven't been diligent about it! I just feel like I get a zillion emails from it. What are some tips on how you're using it so well?

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  37. That's awesome! The weight loss AND the fact that he <3s Star Wars so much! You taught that kid right.

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  38. Even skinny Mitches worry about weight Lydia! I worked off 50lbs twice - basically after each turtle. LORD - you know it's wrong when you realize you have lost the big, fat @ss - but talk about it like it's still there. Like it's following you or something completely insane. Totally rooting for you - and 15 + lbs since August is actually quite amazing. I also recommend giving any pre-schoolers at home sugar and THEN taking that walk. WHUCK - you will run like you've never run before. Plus - you'll be yelling at them, and that burns calories too, right?

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  39. OMG love that Hawk. A combination of child's innocence and The Force...how awesome is that. And 15.6 lbs is awesome. I am on a getting healthier quest as well...down 8-10 lbs depending on the time of day, what scale I'm using, etc. I need to lose 30 more. For me, all I cook is healthy food in my home...so it is portion control that I have to watch. And I have to stop eating the stuff the kids don't finish. I've been swimming laps for 30 minutes 3 times a week which has been the reason for the weight loss...but if I could control my portions as well I'm sure I'd do even better. It sounds like you really have the right attitude about this and you obviously have a great support system so I know you can achieve this goal. Good luck to you :)

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  40. Ive been telling myself that Im going to loose my baby weight since my son was born. He's three now.. So thanks for posting this. It gives me some inspiration to start doing it!

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  41. Congratulations on the 15 lbs!!! See if there's a Stroller Strides in your area. It's an awesome way to exercise WITH mini mini me, and a great workout! I started with my daughter when she was 1. She's now 4, and still likes to hang in the stroller for our workouts. Only when I bribe her with snacks and playtime at the park after, of course. ;-) Seriously, it's a wonderful support group and a great workout!!

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  42. 16lb is HUGE, Lydia!! Congrats!

    I've recently hit my goal weight after a year and a half of Weight Watchers. 55lb, baby! And I lost it all without an ounce of exercise. Not sayin' exercise is bad (clearly it is good), but you don't have to kill yourself trying to do.it.all. For me, it was easier to start with the food than the exercise (I started WW when DS was 2 months and DD was 2 1/2. 'Nuff said). I am trying to get some exercise in for the other benefits, but I've always been bad at it. However, I am successfully maintaining my loss and that is HUGE!

    I know you've had tons of advice, but the thing I had to get my head around was that it was okay to f*ck up. Just get back on track. It's easy to say f*ck it and never get back on track. Just get back on track. *You* are WORTH IT!

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  43. Thank you for your post! Love it. So with you right now, boobstains and all. It is a hard subject to discuss, especially with skinny friends and family.

    I have hired a personal trainer which is expensive but the only thing that has worked. She is my inspiration, my butt-kicker, my therapist and my butt-kicker. Oh, did I say that already? Yesterday she was really on me for continuing to make bad food choices, even though I am working my butt off exercising. I am REALLY good at rationalizing pizza and queso and being whiny about how I'm TRYING to be better. Now, I will officially adopt Hawk's Yodaspeak. Run it through my head next time I am thinking that it isn't FAIR that I can't have a big fat juicy burger. Do or do not. There is no try. Maybe Cafe Press has a shirt for that!

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  44. Congrats on the 16-ish lbs!!!! Amazing job! You and Kate both looked great on the show the other day. :)

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  45. 1. congratulations
    2. highly recommend growing braincells rather than shrinking ass cells. Much easier.
    3. unless you see the head protruding from the vagina, do not congratulate a pregnant woman.
    4. love your blog.

    http://returntoworkmom.blogspot.com/

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  46. I am an avid Sparker! I run the San Antonio Team.... Spark WORKS because it is a LIFESTYLE change, NOT a diet.

    If you are looking for some motivation through Sparkfriends, come find me, VegLils. Having support ON the site is one of THE most important things you can possibly do there. It makes a HUGE difference.

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  47. Wow, congrats on the weight loss. Seriously! And I think I should watch SW again so I can come up some motivational stuff. I did the 50lb weight loss after my turtles as well. Partly health issues but mostly vanity. You should be proud of yourself, it's hard work!

    @ Kristen; this post may be deleted, but I'm going for it anyways. I think you may need to talk to your doc about depression. Divorce is awful under any circumstances, and you are possibly still working through the stages of grief? I'm not trying to be mean, but you should get help if you need it. There is no shame in it, and some outside perspective/meds can make a huge difference.....

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  48. 15.6 pounds since August?!?!?! You are awesome!!! I did Weight Watchers for the first time when I was 10 years old....yes, 10. I've pretty much been fighting it since then. I had gotten down to a really good weight and kept it there for a couple of years.....then I had 2 kids in 3 years. Still working on it, but I've lost all of my 2nd pregnancy weight. I got into triathlon between the 2 kids, and having a race goal has helped keep me on track with the exercise. Plus, it turns out, I really enjoy the events. Lots of women yelling "you go girl!" and actually meaning it. I'm still super slow, and you would never guess by looking at me that I did a triathlon 3 weeks ago, but I can finish the events, and I'm a lot stronger. I know it's not for everyone, but it's been a big help for me.

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  49. You are doing fantastic!

    You should also be very proud of the way you explained the changes to your family. 2004-2006 I lost 95lbs through WW (I've realized I need to pay someone to look at the scale and tell me what I weigh for it to be real and kick me in the butt). I kept it off until I was pregnant, and gained 80lbs. Who prays for a 10lb baby and 60lbs of fluid? Me. Over the last 16 months, I've taken off all but the last 5lbs I need to lose to be back in WW no-pay Lifetime good graces.

    I vowed that DD would not have the same food and body issues that have plagued me my whole life (my mother is overweight and a serial dieter, which set me up for an awkward relationship with food and my own never-been-skinny-never-will-be body). We eat healthily, with occasional indulgences. I make sure I do not make any negative comment about my body or anyone else's in her presence (which helps boost my own self esteem).

    Do I still have insecurities? Yes. I hated feeling all loose and jiggly when I got back into the pool for water aerobics. I've done 19 5Ks, two 10Ks and two half marathons since she was born, and I still sometimes feel like I have no business being at the starting gate with all of the "real athletes." Then I look at my daughter. She thinks...knows...I belong at the starting line. I hope she also knows that everyone else who is with me belongs there too, no matter what their size.

    Congratulations on the 15.6lbs! Congratulations on teaching your children about health and wellness over size. You are wonderful!!!!!

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  50. That's amazing! The weight struggle is so hard...and calorific food is so delicious. You should be super proud of yourself, Lydia!

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  51. So many inspirational comments, and wow Lydia 16 lbs!!! That's a great accomplishment in 2 months!
    I can second what a babywearer posted, to strap Mini mini me to your back and hike. When I started training for yoga, the teachers were amazed at my stretch in my back and arms. I can hold a plank for half an hour and it comes from babywearing my kid for almost 18 months!
    Second, I can recommend ashtanga yoga. It's so quick and fast paced that you won't know what hit you and by the end of the hour you're sweating toxins out by the buckets. Since you don't hold poses, you don't get tired but the many many chatarunga push ups really get your triceps and back working and then you get a break in the the downward dog pose.

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  52. That's fantastic Lydia! Good for you. I'm going to try Spark. I want to lose a few pounds and look more like Leah than Jabba. (But no gold bikini. No way, no how.)

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  53. I think 15 lbs loss = serious committment. And who mentioned Beltway Babywearers? OMG grabbing a toddler and toting them along for kindergarten pickup is working wonders for me right now!

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  54. This is awesome--and of course, so are you!! Congrats, and thanks for the motivation.
    Jen Deming

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  55. First, I absolutely adore your blog. Second, I had to comment because I'm a dietitian and I feel professionally obligated to tell you that losing weight is sooo hard and 15 lbs. is awesome and I should know because I'm prepetually 15-20 pounds overweight and embarassed to tell people I'm a dietitian. Also - I came across this amazing book recently (when I was trying to cram my 75 continuing education hours into the last two weeks before they were due). It's called "Intuitive Eating." It sounds all hokey and "duh"ish, but it's really great. Anyway, just thought I'd throw it out there. Also - very cool blog I found incorporating the intuitive eating into family life...www.raisehealthyeaters.com

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  56. You've lost 15.6 pounds?!?!?! HELP ME, LYDIA!!! I need to get on the bandwagon but it's just so easy to sit around and drink wine... and, you know, complain about how fat my ass is.

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  57. Lydia:
    Or, you could just eat Yoda pancakes.
    http://tinyurl.com/2fy322o

    You too can use the Force for breakfast preparation.

    xo,
    Kali

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  58. Awesome, Lydia! Keep up the good work!

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  59. Hi Lydia :D I'm perpetually on a diet and perpetually losing and gaining like the same three pounds. Good luck with your new adventure!

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  60. Congrats on the weight loss. I know it may not feel like much, but HOLY CRAP GOOD JOB. (I am in the exact same boat- lost 15 pounds, but it has barely made a dent.) So good job, keep up the good work.

    Oh, and your son is freakin' adorable, and someday I hope to have children that espouse the wisdom of Yoda.

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  61. Lydia, hon, I'm a fellow Sparky! Joined back a couple years ago (if I want to be completely honest, but got serious about it in late August. I'm with you, have lost about 15 lbs since starting. I love the fact that it makes me take responsibility for my eating habits by making me track it. My biggest issue right now is eating ENOUGH! I think we should start a RFML SparkTeam!

    It's so worth getting the weight off to feel better. :) I'm not doing it to look better, but to be healthier.

    hugs, and lots of love and support from Seattle!

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  62. Congrats on the weight loss! I must say, Hawk is very wise.

    I don't think there is a woman in the Westernized world who is not concerned about her shape. It's the affliction of a society that has plenty. I love to eat and so does my family, so I have long ago come to the conclusion that I will no longer starve to fit into a size 6, as I did in college. I recall looking super-hot in college, but I recall being hungry and tired ALL THE TIME.

    My new thing is fitness. Nothing extreme. We joined the Y and I actually look forward to going to the classes there and hanging out at the pool. I also enjoy going for power-walks when the weather is decent (which can be challenging in Seattle) - just me and my iPod blasting Black Eye Peas, with no one asking me to slow down or to stop for a snack or complaining about being bored.

    I've also started cooking better for my family. We still have the fatty stuff, but not as often and not in such big portions. It's all about moderation. My daughter is whippet-thin and my son is a little chubby. I'd hate for them to reach the age where there metabolism slows down and they don't have a clue on how to eat healthy.

    You go, Lydia! I thought you looked amazing on TV. Most of could stand to lose a few pounds, but make sure you do it for yourself and it makes you feel good. If anyone suggest limiting yourself to certain food groups or doing brutal, non-fun workouts, kick them with your clogs and run.

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  63. The smell in your van...is probably a dead stink bug. I had a vile smell in my car for a week also. Found dead stink bug. Removed it. Smell gone. Oh...and I have a fat ass too. It is what it is.

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  64. Congrats Lydia! I was happy to see someone (that's you) who looked like me on TV. I could try to hate Kate because she's thin, but I can't because she's KATE. I'm a Sparky too, but I have to admit to falling off the wagon recently. I'm still trying to run that sucker down.

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  65. 15 lbs, that's awesome! (like really awesome, not snarky awesome). I find I can hold weight just fine by listening hard for the inner 'enough', but to lose I really have to track (and not 'forget' to track that I-need-a-pick-me-up brownie IYKWIM). Good for you for finding something that works for you! For me, part of the secret is finding indulgences that feel indulgent but aren't black holes of calories - especially something chocolatey that isn't that brownie. This is a favourite: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Monkey-Tails/Detail.aspx Also nutella on bread. The other thing that works for me is drinking water instead of juice/pop/what have you. Taking the Starbucks sugar-free and skim. Little things. Congratulations, and keep it up!

    Oh, and third or fourth or whatever the babywearing - it is AWESOME for toning your abs with no apparent effort. This is a good carrier for toddlers: http://hyenacart.com/blookangaroo/index.php?c=20&p=37284 but the price might kill the Cap'n. You can get an 18" Olives and Applesauce (also great for a toddler) secondhand for half that on Thebabywearer.com - you have to sign up to see the For Sale or Trade board, but they don't spam you or share your info.

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  66. Congrats on your weight loss and keep up the good work!!

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  67. That is a significant weight loss, congrats!!! Also, little kids are the BEST for honesty (and the hysterical Star Wars references are such a fun bonus!) :)

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  68. Congratulations on your weight loss - that is awesome! Love Hawk's Star Wars references, too. He is a smart little bugger. :)

    In the past year I've been working on losing 20lbs that I gained after I weaned my youngest. For me breastfeeding and healthy diet were the best weight loss catalysts. I was really lucky that my metabolism and milk production burned so many calories. Then I kept eating like I was still making lots of milk for consumption and put the weight on.

    Even though I'm back down to my low weight, those babies do a number to your body. I guess I never did wear bikinis, so not wearing them now is not that big of a deal. ;) I wish I didn't have to pay so much attention to everything I put in my mouth, but I guess it is what it is. My metabolism is just not what it used to be. Working out is not my favorite thing to do, but I think it helps me emotionally. Good endorphins and all that.

    Keep up the great job. Being good healthy role models for our kids is important these days. I know in my family we have plenty of hereditary health conditions that excessive weight makes worse. I know I need to stay healthy for them as well as myself.

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  69. Lydia! WAY TO GO!! I am so proud of you. I spent the first 20+ years of my life being overweight, then decided "SCREW THIS" and lost 50 pounds (Curves and Weight Watchers) and I have kept it all off (except during pregnancy) and the year I turned 30? I DID A MARATHON. So yeah, YOU CAN DO AMAZING THINGS. And ALSO? Guess what my life motto is?

    "Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try." It worked for Yoda, it worked for me, and it will work for you too! Do not allow yourself the possibility of failure! You are doing SO WELL!

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  70. I think you are a motivational speaker. I just wrote down your points to look at daily. I won't bore you with my story, just know I'm with ya! And counting carbs stinks, but Do or Do Not, right? :o)

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