Club Half As Small As You: Week 23

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.




  1. K

    That is a beautiful post.

    Over 6 pounds already? That is amazing.

    Good luck and good work!

    Ks last blog post..You Want to Put What Where?

  2. WickedStepMom

    Good work! And Good Luck with WW! I never tried it but I hear it works great!

    WickedStepMoms last blog post..Beautiful Like Me Project Annoucement

  3. Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)

    Great post – and great job! My aunt is a successful WW participant and has noting but great things to say about the whole process. You have a great attitude – you’re going to succeed with your goals for sure! 🙂

    Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)s last blog post..Dora the Explorer – The Controversy

  4. Peggy

    Hi Jenni…nice to see you over here at Casey’s place!

    I did weight watchers after my Middlest was born for about six weeks (yeah, that’s about as long as I can stick to anything) but I lost about 15 pounds doing it! Yeah Me!

    The stranger weighing you in is a real motivator! Do you think it was weird for me to strip down completely naked at the meetings to be weighed? Yeah, I didn’t think so either.

    I quit when I found out a “friend” of mine that worked there was gossiping about people who attended the meetings and *gasp* telling other people about their weight (what a bitch!)

    Good luck with your program!

    Peggys last blog post..Happy Friday & Drunk…Squirrels?

  5. Sprite's Keeper

    Great job, Jenni! I am the same way about dieting. I hate to cheat and try to avoid any situations in which cheating would be possible. Like birthday parties for the kiddies. Diet’s worst nightmare. I try to stay where the kids are, because they’re usually not near the food.

    Sprite’s Keepers last blog post..HASAY: I have GOT to stop people watching in the car.

  6. Keely

    I’m so glad WW is working for you! Great job so far!

    Keelys last blog post..I hereby tender my sort-of temporary resignation

  7. FoN

    No cheating ever? That’s impressive. Ummm… probably shouldn’t read my post this week because if cheating = bad mother, you might as well start calling me Joan Crawford.

    FoNs last blog post..Fat Chick vs. Food – Week Thirteen

  8. mrsbear

    6.4 lbs is pretty sweet for one week, I guess all those soda sacrifices paid off. 😉

    I should take some inspiration for Jenni too. I’m terrible at sticking to diets, but I’m a straight shooter at Monopoly. 😉

    mrsbears last blog post..Denied – Half an Inch Shy of a Thrill Ride

  9. Heather

    I think we’d all like to see you in your prom dress Casey!!! 🙂

    Heathers last blog post..“Come over to the dark side”

  10. Jessica Bern

    darlin: you lose that weight and you better show up in that prom dres and I will tell you what? I wil drive you to the school just so I can be a witness. Keep it up.

    Jessica Berns last blog post..How Does THIS Sound?

  11. cyndi

    Casey, WTH are you going to find 60 pounds to lose?!? Unless you’ve been photoshopping those pix, I don’t get it. :shrug: GL regardless!

    Jenni, you have now shamed me. I DO love my kids more than I love food. We had a friend over today and they had homemade Lunchables with all sorts of healthy things, and I shared (and ate about half what I normally do) Thanx for the encouragement – and GL to you and all the other HASAYERs. I promise to jump back in soon :blush:

    cyndis last blog post..… growing up too fast for me

  12. Becky

    Yay Jenni! Good on ya. And thanks for an inspiring post.

    Beckys last blog post..A Tale of Two Lodgings, Part Deux: Hotel Kabuki in SF

  13. Petra a.k.a. The Wise (Young) Mommy

    Wow lady, kudos to you! It is SO hard not to cheat on a diet but it sounds like you have it all figured out. I am jealous 🙂

    Petra a.k.a. The Wise (Young) Mommys last blog post..He Blogs, She Blogs: Steenky Bee Style

  14. Beth

    Pizza is one of the hardest foods to limit/avoid. Well done. You’ll be keeping up with your kids from now on!

    Beths last blog post..Isn’t Food Grand?

  15. Lisa (Jonny's Mommy)

    I love my kids more than I love food….

    Wow. That speaks volumes. I was watching a movie tonight..the mother died (no not from being over weight, but still,..) it got me thinking about dying and leaving my son without his mom and how I need to get a clue and keep on this whole “eating better” thing for my own health and for his future as well.

    Great post.

    Lisa (Jonny’s Mommy)s last blog post..The Candy Room. . . It beckons me!

  16. Sammanthia

    Good for you and that’s awesome! I’ve heard nothing but good things about WW (my sil and a friend of mine are big fans of the program and both have lost a lot of weight) and it sounds like you’re already doing a great job! Congrats on the weight loss!

    Sammanthias last blog post..A Tale Of Two Bullies

  17. Barbara

    Yay – go Jennie! You’re doing a great job and for extremely good reasons.

    Barbaras last blog post..91/365 – Feeling Better

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