March 30, 2009 7:00 am
Welcome to week 23 of Club HASAY! Not sure what HASAY is? Read all about it here. I’m still sticking to the new diet, it’s been a week today and I’m down 6.4lbs. That pretty much puts me back at my pre-Thin Mint weight, so now I’ll start losing for real. Only 60lbs to go and I’ll be able to fit back into my high school prom dress. The other mothers might give me a look if I pick up Graham in the prom dress but we’ve already established that I don’t care what they think so what the hell.
Today’s guest poster is Jenni from Oscarelli. Jenni recently had her second kid and has joined HASAY to help her shed those last few pounds of baby weight. Her kids are close in age like mine so I know what kind of workout and how little sleep she’s getting over there. Still, Jenni is doing a kickass job keeping up with HASAY.
Be sure to check out Mr Linky at the bottom to read other HASAY success stories.
For last weeks Spin Cycle, I confessed that I cheat at board games and cards. It’s true, I do. I can’t help it. If we’re playing Monopoly, you better not let me be the banker because I will DEFINITELY skim from the till. And when I deal at cards, you can bet your ass I’m dealing myself aces from the bottom of the deck.
I feel bad about cheating. I really do. Well, not so much when I’m cheating. I feel bad AFTER I cheat. Mostly because I’m usually playing with my friends and it sucks to cheat your friends.
But in the moment, all I want is to WIN WIN WIN and I’m not afraid to cheat in order to do it.
Which brings me to dieting. Oh my god do I hate dieting.
So, I’m on the Weight Watchers program this go around. It works for me because 1) I do better when have set rules to follow; and 2) It helps me to have someone else looking at my weight every week – it motivates me to loose more. WW is points based – each person has a set number of points per day and every food has a points value. You also have a bank of “Weekly Points” so you can eat more on special occasions, and you can earn more points (more food!) by being active. Every day, you are supposed to record what you eat and it’s value.
You may think that I, as a self-proclaimed cheater, would cheat on my diet. Eat a cookie here, an eclair there, and not write it down, not “count” it, as WW folks say. Pretend it never happened.
But, I don’t do that. I do not cheat on my diet. Not ever. Seriously.
The reason I don’t cheat, is because if I cheat on my diet, I’m only cheating myself. No one else cares if I loose weight and get fit. Just me. The only way to WIN WIN WIN is to be honest with myself about my eating and exercising habits.
Do I have the occasional splurge? Sure I do, but I do it within reason. I eat one normal sized piece of cake, not two gigantic slices. I have two slices of pizza instead of four, and I have a gigantic green salad to fill me up.
Is it hard not to cheat? Sometimes. And when it’s hard, I remind myself why I’m doing this: so that I can keep up with my kids; so that I can live longer for them and for myself; to teach them healthy eating habits. And that’s enough to make me put down the third slice. I love my kids more than I love food. It’s as simple as that.