Author Archives: Jennifer

Let’s talk about it

By Jen (one of the Bossy Chicks)

Well Fluffy folks, it seems that we’ve been in kind of a rut here at Fight the Fluffy.  There hasn’t been a new post in almost two weeks and, in general, not a lot has been going on.

From this I can conclude that everyone’s either been super busy lately, everyone has hit their target weights, or everyone has lost interest.

I’m guilty of neglect too; I can’t even remember the last time I posted here.  And believe me, I certainly haven’t hit my target weight.

But that’s just me.  What about you?  Are you still interested in Fight the Fluffy?  Leave a comment and tell me honestly what you think.  Should we keep this going?  Thanks.

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Reintroducing myself

Hi.  Remember me?  I’m Jen and I used to post here regularly.  Then I went MIA, so now I’m totally a hypocrite, as I’ve also been the Bossy Chick who would occasionally kvetch about how no one was posting or commenting.  Sorry about that.

So, in terms of life in general, it’s been a pretty good summer.   Busy.  Fun.  Time is flying by.

But, in terms of my weight loss, the last several weeks have been a disaster.  In three weeks, I managed to regain all the weight I lost the month before.  I’m walking 2-4 miles every single day, so I lay the blame on all the fun foods I’ve been eating this summer.  Ordering pizza for dinner and then having two or three slices.  Making homemade ice cream sandwiches.  Baking.  All because, hey, it’s summer and we’re having fun.

There have also been some stresses — my father is terminally ill, plus we’re building a house while the economy is in the crapper — and I’ve caught myself stress eating a few times.

Some days, I’m so caught up with what’s going on with my life that I forget that I’m supposed to be mindful about what I eat.  That I’m supposed to be watching my portion sizes carefully.  That I’m supposed to be tracking points.  I’ll get through an entire day and then suddenly remember, “Oh yeah, I’m supposed to be careful about what I eat.”

So this week, I’m just taking things one step at a time.  Forcing myself to focus on food, even though my mind is on far weightier matters (no pun intended).  Trying to remember that, no matter what is going on, my health is still important and losing weight is critical to that equation.

Letters to myself

By Jen

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Dear 12-year-old Jen,

99 pounds is NOT fat. Don’t judge your pre-teen appearance on the over-processed women you see in the Miss America pageant.

Love, Future Jen

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Dear College Jen,

107 pounds is not fat. That said, 107 pounds is not necessarily fit either. Eat more fruits and vegetables and lay off the Ben & Jerry’s or else you’ll regret it down the road.

Also? The ’80s are almost over. Stop perming your hair. Now.

Love, Future Jen

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Dear 26-year-old Jen,

Girlfriend, you need to lay off the junk food NOW. You’ve gained 20 pounds since you got married and it’s only going to get worse. Don’t believe me? Here’s a photo of what you’re going to look like in 13 years.

[pause]

Stop weeping and get off your fat butt now. Exercise more and discover salads.

Love, Future Jen

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Dear New-Mother-Jen,

Okay, this is it. The baby you’ve been wanting. And even though you’re taking her for walks in her baby jogger almost every day, you’re going to have to do more if you want to be a healthy, fit, SKINNY mother.

Actually, you’re going to have to do less. As in, snack less. You think you’re overweight now? You’re going to weigh 40 pounds more in nine years unless you get a grip on your eating habits now.

Love, Future Jen

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Dear 35-year-old Jen,

Okay, so you accidentally lost 15 pounds without trying. Good job. Now, don’t rest on your dimpled rear. Keep up the good work. Join Weight Watchers NOW or else you’re going to regain the weight and then some. Seriously. Do or die.

Love, Future Jen

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Sigh…

Too bad I can’t go back in time.

The administrator speaks up, again

By Jen, the Wicked Enforcer of the East

Last week, I reminded everyone of the basic rules of Fight the Fluffy:

  • Post at least once a month, if not twice or more. Don’t feel like you have to post just for the sake of doing so, but please let us know how you’re doing, share interesting news articles and recipes, and just generally keep the content going on this blog.
  • Comment. It’s not time consuming or difficult, so do it.

I also asked those of you who have not posted in the past month to please let us know how you’re doing. Also, please please please COMMENT.

Some of you stepped up to the plate and I thank you. Others of you have not, so I’m going to ask you again to please participate fully in the Fight the Fluffy. If you have a compelling reason for why you cannot, please email me offline and explain. If you simply want out of Fight the Fluffy, email me and I’ll remove you from the list on the right, no questions asked.

Thank you and have a nice weekend.

P.S. If you’re doing Fluffbusters, don’t forget to email the MomBabe tomorrow.

Because somebody has to be the bad guy

By Jen (a.k.a. The Enforcer)

Just a reminder that Fight the Fluffy only works if EVERYONE participates. That means every single person listed on the right hand side of this screen. After y’all pretty much unanimously decided that you wanted to keep FtF going, we set two easy guidelines regarding posting and commenting. To remind you, they are:

  • I encourage you all to post at least once a month, if not twice or more. Don’t feel like you have to post just for the sake of doing so, but please let us know how you’re doing, share interesting news articles and recipes, and just generally keep the content going on this blog.
  • I also ask you to comment. It’s not time consuming or difficult, so do it.

So, I’m asking nicely for you to hold up your end of the bargain, please, pretty please. If you haven’t posted in the past month, please do in the next week or so.

(But don’t everyone do it all at once, let’s keep it to about three posts/day.)

And, if you haven’t been commenting, please stop lurking. Because I can see the stats and I know you’re out there.

Thank you, and have a nice day.

How to lose weight without trying (you’ll still suffer)

By Jen:

This past week, I learned the hard way how to lose weight without trying. The really hard way. I’ll share this method with you, although I strongly suggest you not try this.

Step 1: Somewhere, somehow pick up a stomach virus. Without this critical first step, the other steps will not occur.

Step 2: Become ill, very ill. You’ll feel so terrible, horrible, no good, and very bad that you won’t even know from which direction you might possibly expel food from your body. (Both ways, as it turns out.)

Step 3: After many hours of one-on-one time with your bathroom, emerge — shaky and pale, but alive. Vow to never eat again.

Step 4: For the next day, stick to a bland diet of toast, water, and (once you’re feeling slightly more adventurous) applesauce.

Step 5: 48 hours after the original sick-fest, move on to regular foods. However, eating will not interest you. Good thing, as your stomach will still be weak and grumpy and might still revolt at any time.

Step 6: For one week (and counting) after the original sick-fest, continue to have no interest in food and a diminished appetite. In fact, you will not even use up all of your daily allotment of Weight Watchers points.

Step 7: At the one week mark, weigh yourself. You will discover a net weight loss of approximately three pounds. Woot! Yay you.

Okay, okay, so I’m joking. (And I am in no way encouraging any sort of unhealthy behaviors that could lead to an eating disorder.) That said, I have learned that it is possible to lose weight without trying. I don’t recommend it, but at least it worked to my advantage.

How is everyone else doing?

Administrative stuff

A note from Jen:

Yo Fluffy people! When you post, please remember to click on your name in the category list so that we know who’s posting. Even better, put a note at the top of your post to let us know who’s writing, so we don’t have to scroll down to the bottom first. I’ve gone in and added categories when they’re missing, but I’d really appreciate it if you could take of it when post.

Thank you!