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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.

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.

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?

Facing reality

By Jen

Last November, I faced reality and began attempting to lose weight for the first time in my life, even though I’d been overweight for a decade.  I joined Weight Watchers and helped start this blog.  I lost 20 pounds in two months — not bad considering it was the height of the holiday season.  I broke a lot of bad food habits and recommitted myself to exercise.

By January I was bored with WW and, in February, decided to quit WW and see if I could lose weight on my own.  The result?  I have lost and regained the same five pounds for three months and have made no progress toward my overall weight loss goals.  Some of my bad eating habits have come back, including mindless snacking and not getting enough fruits and veggies.  Luckily, I get a lot of exercise, so I didn’t get completely off track in the past three months.

On my birthday a couple of weeks ago, I announced here that I want to be fit by 40, which means losing a minimum of 40 pounds by my 40th birthday next May.

Yesterday, I ate half a batch of rice krispy treats.

Today, I rejoined Weight Watchers.

Clearly, I’m not ready to go out on my own without the help of WW.  I need to be forced to track my food, as I’m pretty sure my snacking is the source of my troubles.

I’m going to succeed.  I’m going to lose my next set of ten pounds.  Then I’m going to lose the next ten pounds.  And so forth.  I’m going to be fit by 40.

Going forward with Fight the Fluffy

By Jen

Last week I asked y’all if you want to continue Fight the Fluffy or scrap it due to lack of interest. Your answer was loud and clear — let’s keep FtF going. I’m glad you think it’s a worthy cause.

I think we do need to set some parameters:

  • 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.

That’s it. Just two easy things.

Now some housekeeping matters. Several of you have expressed frustration about the early days of FtF when there were ten or more posts daily. I agree, the sheer volume was overwhelming. Let’s keep things a bit simpler and try to keep posts to no more than three per day. I said “TRY” and I understand that sometimes you might have a pressing issue that will need to be blogged about immediately, regardless of how many posts are already up in one day.

I could put together a schedule so that everyone posts on a certain day, but I find those to be constraining. What if I don’t feel like posting on a particular Tuesday but have something to say that Thursday? So let’s just sort of figure things out as we go along.

So, to reiterate:

  • post at least once a month
  • comment

Everyone agree?

The Future of Fight the Fluffy

By Jen

Have y’all noticed how quiet it’s been around here in recent weeks? Most of the people listed over there on the right haven’t posted in a while — weeks or even months. Comments are down down down. I’ve been keeping an eye on our stats and our readership is slowly and steadily declining.

From all of this I can make two conclusions: Either everyone has lost all the weight they want to OR people are losing interest in this blog. I’m thinking it’s the latter.

So, I’m going to put this out there for a debate and vote: What should we do with Fight the Fluffy? Keep it going or put it out of its misery? If it’s the former, then we need to see some renewed and sustained vigor. If it’s the latter, each one of us could write about our successes and failures on our own blogs and then everyone else could comment, cheer, and/or console.

So PLEASE leave a comment and let me know what you think. Let’s leave discussion open until next Friday. Lack of comments on y’all’s parts will be considered votes of disinterest.

Thanks for your participation. Enjoy your weekend.