Putting Down the Fork

“Want to lose weight? Put down the fork!” I always thought that was kind of mean, until I tried it and it worked.

I am getting back to normal eating again. Not “back on track” because I really felt like I wasn’t on a diet, I was eating like a normal person should eat. What I ate to get to 260lbs was not the right diet for anybody.

After losing over 50lbs for the Rachael Ray show and being under 200lbs for the first time in over a decade, I relaxed and celebrated too much. I started going back to the lifestyle I lived when I was 260lbs. I guess the good news is that I immediately felt like I WAS 260lbs even though I was floating around 200.

Last week my mom mentioned that I might have a hard time losing weight because as a teen I was considered a high risk for polycystic ovarian syndrome, and because I was never tested I may in fact have it. At first I was alarmed because I am thinking of starting a family soon, and this would surely interfere. However, after talking more with her she said I was considered a high risk because I was gaining weight year after year as a teen for seemingly no reason.

I am ashamed that I didn’t fess up right there but I know in my heart that I gained all this weight because of my diet. I know that I am where I am because of poor food choices.

I’m not going to rush to the doctor for tests, if I have it then I have it, but I have been able to lose weight by making the right food choices, not from pills or medicines, and not because of anything related to genetics. I lost weight because I stopped eating 2000+ calories every single day.

So my message to anyone who wants to lose weight is (in the nicest way possible), put down the fork.


Sometimes a “Camera Crew” is really just one guy with an iPhone

With days away from the Rachael Ray Finale filming, the show reached out to me and asked if they can send a camera crew to my house to get some footage of me and my husband, because we had been so successful with the program.

This lead to what I’m only assuming is a completely normal reaction and I went home and did some touch up painting in the living room, among other small chores that have been on my to-do list for months.

The house is spotless. Josh has lost 45lbs and I’ve lost 55lbs so we look great. The house looks great. Everything is great.

The camera crew comes and it’s one guy with an iPhone. Our footage is going to be mashed together with footage from 2 other Weight Loss Warriors who shot their own videos at home, so he’s filming on an iPhone to give it the “home movie” feel. It makes sense, and the guy they sent was super nice.

We had talking points they wanted us to hit, which they filmed first while we stood in our dining room talking to camera. Then he had us change for action shots.

I had a dress, and a jeans/shirt combo and I wore them completely backwards. I should have worn the dress for the talking shots and then the jeans for the walking outside/cooking, etc shots. Now I’m going to look like a total 50s mom who cooks eggs in a spring dress.

That being said, I did look really good. I can’t wait for the finale filming to see what they do with the footage, and I hope it all comes out alright. Very excited to be under 200lbs going into the finale!

Starting Week 2: Jumpstart to Skinny by Bob Harper

I saw awesome results with week 1 so after a lax weekend I’m more than ready to get back on track. Last night I went through the Jumpstart book and planned out a shopping list and our lunches and dinners for the week. I went grocery shopping this morning before work and bought a ton of veggies again, along with some steak and ground turkey breast.

Lunches for this week will mostly be spaghetti squash with ground turkey and spicy marinara sauce, because it was my favorite recipe from last week. Super delicious.

Dinners will include skirt steak “fajita” salad, Fiesta Fish, Salmon with dill & lemon sauce, and cauliflower chicken soup.

Today is prep night; before I left for work I was about to start the 1st squash in the slow cooker but I bought one that was too big and the top won’t close. I thought about wrapping the top with aluminum foil but wasn’t sure and didn’t want to risk anything since I wasn’t going to be home to watch it. I’ll roast it tonight with the rest of the veggies and make the marinara sauce and pico de gallo too.

This diet takes up all my time

Doing the plan from Friday to Sunday was actually not very difficult because I spent a lot of time preparing and eating food. Going back to work on Monday even with a packed lunch made it hard to stay on track, just because there is so much time I have to devote to this program. I have to prepare and cook 3 meals (which I’m just not used to doing, I usually skip breakfast and get takeout for lunches and dinners). It almost feels like my whole life is food.

Today was difficult because it was pouring rain when I woke up so I blew off my walk, which threw off the entire process for the day. I still had a good lunch and dinner but I didn’t drink enough water and didn’t get any exercise and feel like I messed up the program. I feel a lot of pressure to get back on track with this now because this week is when I have both of my cheat meals for the program, so I have to keep it up now or it’ll be worse later.

Tomorrow is eggs and avocado for breakfast, a big salad for lunch, then fish for dinner.

This Diet has Too Much Food I Have to Eat

Today was the start of following Bob Harper’s Jumpstart to Skinny 3 week plan. I weighed myself last night and it came in at 205lbs, but I didn’t weigh myself this morning because things were too frantic.

Like most Day-1’s I had all the motivation in the world the night before I began. I was all ready to get up early, work out, and get a healthy breakfast in before work.

Seriously, why do I NEVER REMEMBER how hard it is to get up earlier than you’re used to and find that motivation to change course from your norm. Even waking up at 7 was hard. I slept right through my alarm and got a late start at 7:30. I put on some walking clothes, had my 1st 16oz glass of water and made a green tea for the road, and then did a 40min walk around my block. I was in no mood but I did it and it wasn’t hard.

When I got back to the house I made breakfast which consisted of quinoa, egg whites, pico de gallo, spinach, and avocado. It took me so long to eat it all and I was stuffed. I packed lunch of chicken, roasted veggies, ½ apple, and some arugula, and finally left the house to head to work at 10. Thankfully my job is flexible with coming and going, but this would be very difficult to do with a job that had varying shift times, or if I had kids.

Thankfully this is only for 3 weeks then I can ease up.

Preparing for a 3 Week Program: Jumpstart to Skinny

In preparation for the Rachael Ray show finale (and the date I need to at least hit the 50lb weight loss goal) I bought Bob Harper’s Book Jumpstart to Skinny. I read the book and spent yesterday and today prepping to start it on Friday 4/17. It’s a 3 week program specifically for short-term results based on strict modifications of his Skinny Rules (which is the original Rachael Ray plan I was following).

For example, the Skinny Rules program cuts carbs after lunch. Jumpstart cuts carbs after breakfast.

I went to a farmer’s market yesterday and bought the first wave of produce for about $30.

  • 3 zucchini
  • 2 yellow squash
  • 2 green bell peppers
  • 2 red onions
  • 2 yellow onions
  • 5 plum tomatoes
  • 2 heads of broccoli
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 3 avocados
  • 3 apples
  • 2 bags celery
  • 1 bulb fennel
  • 1 head cabbage
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 bag radishes
  • Baby bok choy
  • 1 orange
  • 4 limes
  • 4 lemons
  • 1 package spinach
  • 1 package arugula


I still have to get protein, including ground turkey, chicken breast, halibut, and eggs later today.

Here’s a sample day plan so you get an idea what I’m in for. The main recipes will be different each day (the quinoa rancheros, chicken salad, and fish will change tomorrow but the water, exercise, and supplements will stay the same).

  • Before Breakfast
    • 16oz Water
    • Tea
    • 30-45 min low intensity exercise
  • Breakfast
    • Quinoa Rancheros
    • 16oz Water
    • Multivitamin
    • Electrolytes replenishment w/ 16oz water
    • 1000mg fish oil
  • Lunch
    • Roasted Mix Veggie and Chicken Salad
    • Tea or Coffee
    • 16oz water or soda water
    • 1000mg fish oil
  • Dinner
    • Mexican Fiesta Fish
    • 16oz water or soda water
    • 1000mg fish oil

I’m not supposed to have “cheat meals” but I’m giving myself 2: my niece’s birthday party next Saturday and my birthday dinner this coming Wednesday.

I’ll let you know what recipes are the best and how it’s going.

I start tomorrow. LET’S DO THIS.

33 Days to Make it Count

It’s super easy to keep up with blogging and sending out positive thoughts and messages when you’re successful.

It’s super embarrassing to admit you stopped following the plan and, as a result, have gained back about 3lbs. It’s not a huge deal, especially since previous slip ups have seen +10 or +20lbs gained back in a heartbeat. Better just to stop this in its tracks.

The BEST news is that the finish line is finally on the horizon. I got a call from the Rachael Ray show and they are going to be having everyone back on May 12 for the filming of the finale.

Here’s a handy dandy countdown clock for you: http://days.to/until/12-may

I have 33 days to finish the show’s challenge of losing 50lbs during season 9 of the Rachael Ray Show. I started at 252lbs and today I’m 207.

That’s 5lbs away. I’ve been so close for so long. I just need to lose 5 more pounds.