A Single Solitary Pound

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“You really need to cut out sugar”, he said and I told him I didn’t have a problem while I stuffed cookies in my mouth.

We talked about how MUCH sugar is in EVERYTHING and how BAD it is for EVERYONE and he challenged me to a two week cleanse.

I 100% refused the cleanse because I’m just not willing to live a life without Ketchup or coffee creamer. End of story.

So he challenged me to a “treat free” month. No sugary snacks. I was fine with this because although I love sugary treats, I’m not addicted to them. I don’t HAVE to have them. I just like them.

He knows I’m looking to lose a minimum of 5 mom pounds (ideally 10) and after a month of not eating my treats I was all, “interesting, after cutting out those treats for one month I didn’t lose a single solitary pound…”

And he was all, “You need to cut back on carbs though. Bread, pasta, and grains are taking up too much of our diets…”

And I was all, “You got it!”

And I cut out virtually all bread, pasta and cereal from my diet.

After a month of eating nuts, fruit, vegetables and soup I was all, “interesting, after cutting out the sugary treats and severely decreasing my intake of carbs and grains…I still haven’t lost a single solitary pound…”

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And he was all, “You gotta move your body!…consider working out again…”

And I was all, “Ugh…you know I really would prefer to never workout, but maybe it’s the jump start my body needs to take my new food lifestyle seriously and drop those pounds it’s hanging onto!”

And after three days of working out I was sitting at my computer and I was all, “Interesting, after cutting out the sugary treats and severely decreasing my intake of carbs and grains…and working out for three days I’ve actually managed to GAIN TWO POUNDS”.

And he was all, “I just read a study about sitting and how bad it is for us. It’s not the natural human instinct to just sit all the time…”

And I was all, “Oh sweet Betsy, I can’t even SIT anymore without feeling a pang of guilt about what I might be doing to my health!?!”

He shrugged, “Just telling you what I read…”

I think I’ll stop consulting my husband. If I continue listening to him you’ll find me in constant motion gnawing on beef jerky and Kale chips between my “intermittent fasts”.

I’m not going to give up on the changes altogether (except the working out…I might give up the working out), because I do think my family needs to clean up our sloppy eating habits a bit…but it would be nice to be rewarded with the loss of a SINGLE SOLITARY POUND.

I’m starving for no good reason over here!


  1. says

    That is very discouraging indeed. I remember my mom trying to lose weight. She did not overindulge in anything but just had a really hard time losing. She did finally lose weight over a long period of time when she was in “Take Off Pounds Sensibly” but it was really hard. Me, my downfall is sugar. I try to avoid it but it finds me and calls to me. I really have to be determined and pass by all that bakery when I first enter Giant Eagle. It all looks so good!

    Do you drink pop? I used to drink a can every day (150 cal.) and when I quit, I lost weight easily. I didn’t even miss it after awhile and seldom drink it at all now.

    • says

      I second this. You don’t look like you need to lose a pound. Give your husband the book “Intuitive Eating” and let him read that.

  2. says

    That stinks! Husbands must all take that same class where they are taught EVERYTHING so they know EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING. My husband is brilliant too.

  3. says

    I think of my butt sitting for hours with this blogging shindig, and how much weight I have gained because of it. Good to know trying to cut out carbs and suger and working out don’t help! Thanks for that tip! LOL (You officially have let me off the hook! YOU ROCK!)

  4. says

    I recently decided to take another stab at losing 5-7 lbs. I stumbled upon this 7 day Detox diet (http://www.idiet4u.com/diets/sacredheart.html) began my journey. Well, I didn’t lose the 7-10 lbs they promoted but I did lose FIVE and it was amazingly simple. To begin with, I enjoyed eating as much and as often as I wanted, in the confines of the plan. ( I tweaked the soup to include a small can of Rotel tomatoes with peppers and found I quite enjoyed the spiciness of the soup) By the end of the week, my stomach had shrunk even with all the eating I had done and I easily transitioned to eating mainly fruits and veggies, with some lean chicken fish and nuts thrown in. As week 3 began, I chose to start my day with a green smoothie most mornings, big green salad with chicken for lunch and either a small portion of the family’s dinner or a bowl of roasted veggies (mushrooms, brussel sprouts, broccoli). I’ve continued to lose (though not as fast as the first week) and feel so much better. For me, it’s getting a jump start — if I don’t see results soon after starting a new eating plan, I jump ship. Seeing the results HAS to come first for me, feeling the results keeps me going. Next up, is exercise. I’m really not a proponent of pain so I may have to ease into this. I could NEVER have stayed motivated as long as you did without seeing results!!

  5. says

    Try Jazzercise. It’s the oldest dance-fitness program around for good reason. It’s totally goofy, which makes it tons of fun, you don’t need to have any dance background (no matter when or where you go there will be someone more uncoordinated than you in the class), and it seriously kicks your butt despite all this. Try it and report back. I challenge you!

  6. says

    Ugh. I feel your pain Kat! My husband lost 20 pounds last year just from walking our dog. (Bastard!) Okay, he walks him 4 miles a day – but still! I work out like a fiend, watch what I eat (though I REFUSE to eat fat-free, sugar-free, no-taste, bad-for-you-manufactured food) and NOTHING! Sometimes it totally sucks being a girl!

  7. says

    I’ve tried it all over the years and while I do usually hit the gym about three times a week, that is not what gets the pounds off. Counting calories is the best way I’ve found. There are a few good sites online that calculate how many calories you need a day to reach your desired weight (based on height, build and activity level). Works every time.

  8. says

    Oh, I so feel your pain! Although I would much rather work out and then eat whatever I want…used to be able to do that! Now I have to work out (with weights!!! training for and running a 1/2 marathon didn’t do it for me!!!) and eat “right”, which for me includes no processed foods and no sugar (only honey or maple syrup). My two new favorite resources together finally working for me: 1) Beyond Diet (http://beyonddiet.com) and 2) Fit Moms for Life (http://fitmomsforlife.com). And no, I’m not paid by either of them (wish I was!), but the programs are literally worth their weight…11 lbs lost since January and counting…finally…

    Oh, and I agree with Jen above…you are already gorgeous and fabulous…so have that cookie you’re craving. ;)

  9. says

    I am seriously having the same problem. It is so discouraging, but like you, I’m totally willing to keep up with cleaning up eating habits and making healthier choices. I also don’t hate exercise and have been using treadmill regularly. I haven’t weighed myself in awhile, but I can tell by how I feel that I haven’t lost more than a couple pounds. I feel like my fat is STUCK to me and will be FOREVER. Like, there was a window of opportunity to lose it, but I missed the window. Good thing I’m stubborn and will keep trying……

  10. says

    I’ve been looking at the treadmill desks…now all I need are money, space for it and motivation.

    I could blog and walk and never sit again.

    There’s something wrong in my brain – every time I watch The Biggest Loser (or other dieting shows), I immediately want a snack.

  11. says

    Have you tried those pretzel filled M & M’s? I think that might work for that last 5 to 10ish pounds……yes?…..no? Heck, I’m going to try it.

  12. says

    Ughh me to. I don’t even bother talking to my husband who probably weighs less then I do now cause he is all you need to workout, you need to quit eating so much junk, you need to …… and I am all you need to shut the hell up skinny boy.

  13. says

    Have you tried using Lose It or My Fitness Pal? Maybe you are eating something that is really high calorie without even knowing it. It really helps to track your calories so you know how much you are REALLY consuming. Also gaining weight when you exercise is common because your retaining water and building muscle.

  14. says

    Lately I feel like I can’t do anything right… I sit too much, I yell too much, I eat too many carbs… everything in a box is manufactured to kill me even if it tastes delicious. I can’t cook right or shop at the right places. Everything I buy my family is evil. And… if I don’t know all these things I’m apparently failing at life. (according to the internet at least)

  15. says

    I can imagine how frustrating it must have been and to know that all the hard work of depriving yourself was in vain..SUCKS!! For me to lose weight I have to eat at least 6 small meals a day. It’s backwards with me and I’m overweight. I eat 1-2 times a day now but if I ate 6 times a day I would lose weight. I’m actually trying to eat more because I just found out my BP is elevated so now I have to but who the heck has that kind of time!