Yep, my butt really is that big

I got a new camera on Sunday.  My husband and I went to our local botanical gardens so Mr. Independent could have some water fun, and I could play with my new toy.  Since I’m great at sharing, I let my husband have a turn with the camera.  I clearly need to renew my dedication to losing weight and getting healthy.


Dragging My Carcass To The Blog

Posted by Toni

How did I ever find the time to blog before?  It seems I don’t have a minute to myself anymore.  Where did all that free time go?  Oh yeah, I remember, I gave it all to my nazi personal trainer.

Yes, I still submit myself to his tortures.  Yes, I am still humiliated as he laughs at my pain.  I even “high-five” him at the end of our hour as I drag myself out the door, whimpering, wondering if I can lift myself up into my Suburban, and somehow raise my arms enough to grab the steering wheel and get myself home.

Why do I do this?  After all, my nazi PT is merely 21 years old, still a runny-nosed kid only slightly older than my dear Tinkerbell.  I’m old enough to be this boy’s mother!  And yet I dutifully obey him as he gives me impossible tasks to perform.  And while my arms are trembling, and my legs feel like I have lava in my veins, and while I am wheezing walking at 3 mph at an incline of 25, he grins and says “It’s only because I love ya!  And the best part is that you are paying me to do this to you!”  The only thing that makes me feel better during this hour is knowing that he is even more torturous to my sweet Nacho, and when I get to hop off the treadmill two minutes sooner than Nacho, it feels so great to say in a sing-song voice “Neener, neener, neener!”

So why do I do this?  Because, my friends, I am seeing results.  Yes!  I have lost 13 pounds, gained tons of muscle, I feel stronger, and my clothes are starting to hang – this after five weeks.

So I guess I will wipe his runny nose, knock him upside the head when he needs it, give him motherly advise, and submit myself to his exercises for another three months. 

The fond farewell

Well, ladies and gents, this is goodbye. I had a lot of fun at Fight the Fluffy but now I’m pleased to announce that, while I’m still a few pounds shy of my original goal weight, I’m very pleased with my reflection. You guys kept me focused while my husband was away and during that time, I lost 20 pounds. I’ve kept it off for two months so far and now that I feel a bit better about the way I look, I have found that I’m spending more time outside and at the pool. In a bathing suit, even! I’m happy with the way things are and I think it’s a good time to make my exit. I didn’t think I’d ever lose five pounds let alone 20 with my health problems but I did. Don’t give up, you guys. I sincerely hope that each and every one of you get to the point in your life where you’d rather enjoy your new physique rather than dwell on it. Thanks!


Fluffbusters 2: Week 3

Jill is the winner this week! Four pounds down, way to be!

Here’s your Badge.


Current Weight


Total Loss

Amy 215 5.3
Apple 147.2 -1.2 -1.6
Candise 239 -0 -3
Grace Ellen 134.2 -0.4 3.2
Jill 204 4.0 -6.0
Liz 171 -0 -2
Melissa 215.2 -1.8 -1.8
MHuff 169.8 -1.2 -3.7
Miranda 245 -0 -3
MomBabe 212.4 -1.4 -6.8
Sarah M – Badness 153 -0 -2

Challenge: Walk for 30 minutes every day.

Low-Carbing It

Posted by Toni

For the past few weeks, hubby and I have been trying to cut out all grains (not a permanent thing, just like a jump-start to metabolism) and starchy products like potatoes.  It really hasn’t been too bad, at least not as bad as I thought it would be.  Instead of making burritos, we have lettuce wraps (which I feel we make just as good as P.F. Chang’s), instead of sandwiches for lunch, we have salads.

So last night we had hamburgers.  And french fries.  Hamburgers weren’t really a challenge.  We made a low-fat bleu cheese sauce to go on the hamburger patty, which was way more delicious than a regular hamburger on a bun.  But the incredible part was the french fries.

We have been substituting sweet potatoes for regular potatoes.  Last night we cut them into fries and put them in a ziplock bag with some olive oil, seasoned salt and cinnamon.  After shake-shake-shaking them, we baked them.  They were absolutely delicious.  Much tastier than regular fries, however not as crunchy.

It has been a very tasty experience as we have looked for low-fat substitutes to our very carbohydrate-laden way of eating.  Only two more weeks of no grains, and then we plan to only have whole grains, on a limited basis.

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.

Fluffbusters: Week 2

Way to go ladies! Thanks so much for getting your weigh-ins to me on time. I really appreciate that. It looks like we’re all kinda slow going. Small changes. Don’t let it get to you, though. Small changes eventually lead to bigger better things! (BTW, Melanie, I totally didn’t get back to you before the weigh in. My bad. Of COURSE you can still join!)

This week, the winner is……me! Down 2.6 pounds. Jill came in 2nd with a loss of 2 pounds. Great Job!

Weekly winners get a special prize this time. Bragging rights, if you will. Bragging rights in the form of badges that you get to display on your sidebar.

And now for the results:


Starting Weight

Current Weight


Total Loss

Amy 209.7 215 5.3
Apple 148.8 148.4 +0.6 -0.4
Candise 242 239 -1 -3
Vegas 162
Grace Ellen 131 134.6 -0 3.6
Jill 210 208 -2.0 -2.0
Liz 173 171 -1 -2
Melissa 217 215.2 -1.8 -1.8
MHuff 173.5 171 -0 -2.5
Miranda 248 245 -1 -3
MomBabe 219.2 213.8 -2.6 -5.4
Sarah 290
Sarah M – Badness 155 153 -0 -2

Great job everyone!

This week, your challenge is to UP YOUR WATER INTAKE. It’s JULY ladies. Get your water in, and then some. Dehydration makes weight loss almost impossible. So drink up!