Beauty Top Down: Weight Loss

Dear Mouth:

This is Butt talking. You better check yo’self befo’ you wreck yo’self! What’s that? What did you say? Oh, I can’t hear you because you’re stuffed too full of M&Ms! You piggy-pig-pig.  Look, you are making me look bad and it needs to stop. Right. Now. So, zip it.




Folks, I’m in trouble. I have about three weight categories. There’s “Well, Alright” and “Mmmm, Gotta Watch That” and “Oh HELL No”! Today? I am one pound away from “Oh HELL No” which is making me say…um…”Oh HELL no!”. Yeah, that really lost momentum there, didn’t it? My fat-i-tude may be affecting my ability to construct a witty sentence. And we can’t be having that, can we?

My weigh IS affecting the way my pants fit and that is a problem. I don’t want to buy new pants. Shopping for pants is miserable because I’m bottom heavy and my hips are kinda low so pants don’t fit me so well. Plus pants shopping because your butt has over-flowed your current pants merely adds insult to injury. It’s like standing in a dressing room with a Drill Sergeant who’s yelling “Those pants look bad because you’re a wimpy little M&M fiend with no willpower! You suck! Now drop and give me 20! And spit out those M&Ms!”

M&Ms are really only the tip of the ice-berg for me lately. There’s a pint of Ben & Jerry’s in the freezer right now and I will eat all of it. Maybe not all at once, but I will eat every bite because I live with two freaks who don’t like ice-cream. There’s also left-over meatloaf in the fridge and I make a mean meatloaf so you better believe that I’m dreaming of a big slab of it for lunch at work this week. When we had it last night, fresh from the oven, we had it with corn on the cob with real butter. Mmmmmm…

You might as well just butter my butt and skip the middleman, doncha think?

We’ve all been here, right? Where every day brings with it a new excuse to have just a little treat? Please, tell me we’ve all been here because I don’t want to think I’m the only one who thinks “That meeting sucked. I need an extra beer tonight!” or “The commute was miserable so I need to eat a whole bunch of gourmet olives stuffed with garlic the minute I walk in the door.” or “Project finished! I rock! Pass the red velvet cupcakes!”.

Basically, I’m living my life in a  Skinner box and rewarding myself for basic tasks with food. That’s not good. I know it’s not good. This is an old pattern  and it always leads to going up a pants size. And I hate slipping back into it almost as much as I hate shopping for new pants. (See above.)

I’ve successfully lost weight in the past using several different methods. There was the Move to Southern California and Work Out in the Glorious Year-Round Sunshine method, which probably isn’t practical now, especially since it requires being 25 and single to really work well. Then there was the Shed the Ohio State Chicken Wing and Beer Weight By Going To Italy for Two Weeks and Coming Home Disgusted By All Processed Food and Start Eating Better method which actually would work if I just skipped the Italy part (boo!) and headed right for the produce aisle instead of the freezer section. The there’s the Indulge the Need For Treats With Non-Food Treats Like Lipgloss which is expensive and is probably the root cause of my massive box o’ lipgloss problem. The there’s Weight Watchers.

I. Hate. Weight Watchers.

Don’t get me wrong. Weight Watchers works. I’ve used the online version twice to slim down when my treat seeking behavior was unmanageable otherwise. I just hate watching $30 per month go from my checking account to the Weight Watchers account because I lack the will-power to stop constantly eating just from 5m-10pm without a website to make me accountable. And I hate having to enter recipes into the Points calculator. Not because it’s depressing to see how my recipes rate; because I’m lazy.

I’m going to try and avoid Weight Watchers this time around because I have a new tool in my arsenal: Twitter. I am going to try and Tweet the pounds away. See, my plan is to Tweet when I’m about to eat something bad for me and beg my followers to tell me not to eat it. I have almost 1,000 followers and I’m pretty sure some of you are just dying to tweet “Step away from the Pop-tarts, fatty!”.  And even if you’re not willing to do that for me (and why not? Doesn’t my health matter to you? Jeez, I thought you people liked me.) the mere act of writing down “I’m about to shove a Snickers bar into my gaping pie-hole!” should probably be enough of a wake-up call to make me rethink my stupid food decisions.

I’m going to try this for a week along with my work-out + True Blood routine and see where it gets me. Wish me luck and I’ll see you on Twitter!

P.S. As I was proofing this I found an awesome typo: I had typed “meaLOAD” instead of “meatloaf”. Yeah, I’m still giggling.

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20 comments for “Beauty Top Down: Weight Loss

  1. Liz
    August 3, 2010 at 7:23 am

    But your twitter plan may just shift the pounds to the rest of us!

    You: “I’m about to shove a Snickers bar into my gaping pie-hole!”

    Me: Mmm, a Snickers sounds really good right now….

    I am going to have to protest.

  2. August 3, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Fun! I’ll participate, but I refuse to call you Fatty, because I’ve seen you naked. Also because it’s mean.

    p.s. Lance Armstrong’s website has a calorie counter thing that’s free. And then at the end of the day it seems like Lance is personally mocking your crappy food choices. Very helpful. OK, I’m totally going to blog about that.

  3. August 3, 2010 at 7:50 am

    I also had success with the “Dysentary from unfiltered third-world-water ice cubes” diet, and the wildly popular, “I just had a c-section and my stomach hurts” fad.

    If the twitter thing works for you, please let me know. I am also tired of WW sucking my money down the drain.

  4. Tonya
    August 3, 2010 at 8:31 am

    I second although I swear, nothing works for me to lose weight except, “Oh so I really DO have ADHD? Then yes, I’d love to take that stimulant that helps me focus but leaves me with absolutely no appetite.”

  5. August 3, 2010 at 9:25 am

    I am totally eating a Pop Tart right now… what? Are they not the breakfast of champions?

  6. August 3, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Don’t count on me. I’m afraid I will be confirming the deliciousness of that dark chocolate truffle, dark chocolate dove bar, and Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino. Then I am going to scream at you (in all caps) to get YOUR ASS IN GEAR…GET ON THE TREADMILL….DO 30 MINUTES OF THE GOD AWFUL JILLIAN 30 DAY SHRED DVD…just like I do.

    Then I will say good job. See you again tomorrow. But only with one hand because my other hand will be busy stuffing dark chocolate raisins in my raisin hole.

    Sorry. I’m a terrible friend.

  7. August 3, 2010 at 11:01 am

    That sounds like a good plan. I can definitely scold other people for doing things that I do myself 🙂

  8. August 3, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I will totally be in your twitter-posse because, well, as we’ve already discussed, my ass in now the size of Cleveland. Or, at least a major sub-urb of Cleveland. And my MILF status is now in major danger…of never existing.

    So clearly, Something Must Be Done.

    I’ll tweet too, when crap is calling, when the donuts are dangling, when the M&M’s (a weakness of mine, also) are…uh…mewling?

    Shapely asses and pants that fit with be OURS.

    To The Celery!

    (I friggin’ hate celery.)

  9. August 3, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    I personally like the marry-a-controlling-asshole-who-makes-your-life-miserable-then-divorce-him-and-stop-eating-due-to-all-the-stress-you’re-under weight loss method. It worked really well for me, twice. The drawbacks is it’s even more expensive than WW. And there’s that asshole to put up with until you divorce him…

  10. anthrogrrl
    August 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Whenever I try to lose weight, I gain it. The sense of deprivation is too much, and I cheat more than I would normally.

    My only success has been reminding myself that I actually really do like veggies, and that half my plate should be full of them every night — which I have not been successful at since I started cooking for T — and also remembering that I Love Yoga and should do it every week — also not successful since I have no money for yoga classes, and no willpower to have a “home practice.” The only other option for me is the I-am-too-busy-to-eat diet, which never lasts long enough.

  11. KLZ
    August 3, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Oh, I think everyone is rewarding themselves somehow. Sometimes with food, sometimes with alcohol, sometimes with episodes of true blood.

    I mean, no. I’m perfect and my pants are not currently getting smaller. At all.

  12. August 3, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Yeah. Willpower is a bitch. I also promise that next time you are tweeting about a milk shake that I will encourage you to go for the diet coke.

    I haven’t had sugar or white flour for almost three weeks now. It SUCKS hardcore because waffles sound so good. But, I have lost 10 pounds and that has to count for something, right?

  13. August 3, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    My best diet was “Food Poisoning in the Bahamas.” 12 pounds in two days. Boo-yah.

    Just send the doughnuts to me.

  14. August 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Best diet for me? Was “birth control causing daily violent nausea and frequent vomiting.” Like morning sickness. For 2 years.

    Yeah, I’m a little slow on the uptake. Couldn’t figure out what was making me sick until I stopped taking the damn things. But I was 5’8″ & a size 3. And my friends and family were worried about me. But I was a size 3.

    So yeah. I have a boudoir shoot in 4 months. I need to get my ass in gear. Actually, I need to get rid of some of my ass. Perhaps a gym membership is in order since I can’t quite bring myself to haul said ass out of bed in the morning and exercise at home…

  15. November 10, 2010 at 6:05 am

    Awesome pics! I appreciate the post so much! 😉

  16. April 7, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Cheers for

  17. Iara's Chamber
    July 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    omg…i totally giggled in my cubicle while reading this…I’m sure everyone knows I’m not working now lmao!!

  18. September 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I think losing weight can be positive not just for yourself, but for others around you like family members.Maybe dieting is all about positive thoughts?

  19. September 9, 2011 at 8:42 am

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  20. February 20, 2012 at 5:53 pm

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