You're going to think I'm talking out of both sides of my mouth. On the one hand, I'm always yakking about the media's crazy obsession with weight and size 0 is NOT attractive and when you're laughing your ass off, no one cares how big it is... blah, blah, blah. And I really mean it.
I recently posted a link to this article on Facebook. Interesting to hear a size 12 plus-size model talk about the industry. Did you know that ten years ago plus-size models averaged between size 12 and 18 and today they range from size 6 to 14. Huh? Size 6 is a plus size now? I'd love to be a size 6!
Don't get me wrong. I'm not obsessed with my weight. I'm heavier than I've ever been and even weigh more than the day I gave birth (both times), but I'm a healthy size 8, and Jesus Christ for 54 years old, even I can tell that I look pretty goddamn good.
December was a big eating month, though, and I packed on some pounds I really want to get rid of. I don't like how my clothes are fitting and I'll be goddamned if I'm gonna buy a bigger size. Mike's bigger than he's ever been, too, and although there's certainly something to said for being fat and happy, we'd both rather be just as happy but not so fat.
I told Mike that I know first-hand that the quickest way to lose weight is to cut out the carbs. Before I met B.H. (for new readers, that's my ex-husband) (okay, one of my exes) (the star of my book) he had lost a shitload of weight on Atkins and was still doing the low carbs thing. When we were together, I joined in and was in the best shape of my life. Then when we split, I got away from that way of eating.
Anyway, Mike and I decided we'd give the low carb thing a try. We're not cutting carbs altogether--that's just crazy--but we're definitely choosing our food more carefully. And it's working! Here are the results from the first week, captured on a little whiteboard in our bathroom:
Seriously, something had to be done. I NEVER thought I'd see the day where I weighed 145.8.
The good news is, we're finding this REALLY easy to do. And the even better news is, because you see results immediately, it's easier to pass up the typical temptations (bread, pasta, ice cream, junk food, cookies, candy, Starbucks lattes and banana walnut bread, etc.) because nothing tastes as good as skinny feels. And the best news of all is, you can still have fast food.
I hate to admit it, but I do eat lunch out every day. I know I should bring a lunch, but the break room at work is too depressing and I'm not about to eat at my desk in my cube, so I usually run over to the food court at Red Rock casino or eat at Baja Fresh down the street. Well, once Mike and I started counting carbs, I started checking out the menus of some of the places I eat, and it was a real eye opener.
Here are the links to nutrition information for my two favorite fast food restaurants, Panda Express and Baja Fresh. You can see that by switching from Beijing Chicken to Broccoli Chicken, I'm saving 44 grams of carbs. Forget the chow mein and rice--at 65-86 carbs, the price is too high for something that doesn't even taste that good. Burritos at Baja Fresh, which are all over 80 carbs and about 900 calories, are a thing of the past. I now have two shrimp tacos, which combined are about a quarter of the damage.
This seems so simple. Don't deny yourself your favorite restaurants; just make sure you know what you're ordering. Get online and look at their menus. I swear, simply being more conscious about what you're eating will make a huge difference.
Twenty minutes after I posted this...
Oh, freakin' super. I just saw that if you do a Google image search for "women middle age spread," this shows up on page 6.
You gotta be able to laugh at yourself, right? OH, BUT THAT PISSES ME OFF!!!
Five minutes after I posted that...
OMFG, if you do a Google image search for "handsome 50 year old man," this shows up on page 1.
THAT IS SO NOT FAIR! These pictures were taken on the same goddamn trip!