Sometimes you just want to be the biggest loser


After many months of prolonging the inevitable torture, I am finally ready to admit it is time to be serious and get myself into summer-shape.  And by summer-shape, I don’t mean round.


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It’s time to hold myself accountable for those invisible pounds that crept into my room at night and methodically attached themselves to parts of my body whilst I slumbered.  My wardrobe has begun to mock me while threatening to abandon ship.  It’s time to get a buddy and make the goal a reality.  It’s time to put the spring back in my step instead of breaking the diving board.  It’s time to get back what I’ve lost.  No, wait.  It’s time to lose….what I….got back.  Now I’m confused.

A few years ago, I went on a very noble quest to get healthy.  And that I did.  I diligently tracked my food choices and the only processed food I ate was food I had processed myself.  There was no bread involved, nothing packaged and nothing I couldn’t pronounce.  I simply ate whole, natural food and at the end of my journey I had lost fifty pounds and felt amazing.

As reality is wont to do, it came stomping in and replaced my determination with dejection.   It exchanged my willpower with weakness and it magically turned me into a shape-shifter.  I went from healthy and happy to fleshy and faking it without even putting up a fight.

Well, the gloves are back on.  I remember what it felt like to be so proud of my accomplishment.  I recall how wonderful I felt being so healthy and I wish that for myself again.  Since I began my first journey on May 1st, I shall do the same again this year.  The lemons will be stocked, the spices abundant and the determination back and in high gear.

Cooking has always been a passion so now I shall choose a much more intelligent selection of ingredients before I lift the “mystery box” and delve into the long-lost world of cooking with the right food.  I may not win a million dollars at the end of my arduous journey but I will be The Biggest Loser….or the smallest loser…..why is this so confusing??




17 thoughts on “Sometimes you just want to be the biggest loser

  1. YOU CAN DO IT! You’ve done it before (50 pounds—wow!) and you know what it takes. Use us, your blog friends, for accountability, and we in turn will cheer every lost pound as you cook your way back to where you want to be. And feel free to share your favorite recipes—I’m always looking for new ones!

  2. Consider this to be your kick in the pants!! I am also on a mission! I had hoped there would be less of me to drag round this 5k we’re doing in a couple of weeks. However due to Unforeseen Circumstances (otherwises known as life) it’s not quite worked out that way. Without sounding like I’m making excuses, I do have a confirmed medical condition – which I seem to recall was told to me with the same bluntness you’ve experienced – which does make it harder to shift the weight. So my mind set is to eat better, be more active; and hopefully weight loss will be a side effect of this approach!!

  3. This is perfect for two reasons, one of which I was just writing about. I too find myself in a similar boat which is slowly sinking under my weight. I have a theory I’ll share with you soon, perhaps you’ll agree. But the other is I just referenced Violet B. the other day in relation to how I looked–not as the result of weight gain, but after a severe allergic reaction landed me in the hospital swollen and so red that I was almost, well…violet. Good luck on your quest! I know you can do it!

  4. Good for you. Eating healthy is always a good aim. I am in the same boat. I desperately need to lose weight for my health and peace of mind (as well as to avoid wardrobe mutiny and mockery). I have decided to do it the right and slow way by eating healthy and exercising. Baby steps are better than no steps at all (or steps in the wrong direction) and if I do it slow then my changes will become habits and I will be less likely to fall back into the bad habits 🙂

  5. Good for you, Susan! I need to do this too, but I keep making excuse after excuse. #1 excuse…I’m addicted to Pepsi 🙂

  6. I know you can do this! Several years ago, I changed my eating so that I watched sugar and carbs. I felt better and lost weight, too. And then, we went on a trip to San Francisco, and I fell off that wagon clutching several loaves of fresh-baked sourdough bread slathered in butter. (man, it was really, really good though!) Well, I binged on carbs for several years and gained many more pounds before taking control of it again last year. I still indulge in some sweets and carbs, but watch it closer now. I hope you’ll write about your progress so we can cheer you on 🙂

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