If you’re new to the series, I’m putting my mom on a diet (because she asked me to, and I’ve lost 135 pounds myself (naturally). So here’s what you need to know: Part 1, here is the plan I designed for her, and here are her weekly updates: week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5, week 6, week 7, week 8, week 9, week 10, week 11, week 12, week 13, week 14, week 15, week 16, week 17, week 18, week 19, 1 month eating on her own, 1 year later.
You guys! Remember Mom? Well she’s back. A whole month has passed since I left Massachusetts, and she’s here with all the details about her time adjusting to eating on her own.
She even sent along these progress pictures! Guaranteed that she will burn that tank top very soon since she’s worn it just shy of a million times in all of these very public photos.
So very sorry for not having written sooner — I have no good excuses. I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with their loved ones! I truly enjoyed mine and loved having my kids around (except Anthony and Claire, who spent the holiday with Claire’s family). Andrea was home for the week and I loved it so much. She worked so hard and made a beautiful meal for us with Paul that was so delicious. She made apple, blueberry and cranberry walnut pies (no she did not make her famous coconut custard, but she can’t do everything!) She made pecan stuffing, squash, homemade cranberry sauce (and I mean vats of the stuff).
Andrea shopped, she cleaned, and she even helped me decorate. Below you will see pictures of our house, all festive for Thanksgiving.
I have to tell you that it has not been easy without her here. I don’t quite do the same portions of food with the ease that she did. I was never one to measure or someone who would carefully portion out her food. My sandwiches now are a little plumper and my snacks are a bit larger also. I have been up and down by 5 pounds for the past month or so. Actually after she left I had a few treats to ease the pain. I got the fudge, I had the Chinese food buffet and yes I had pizza and appetizers. I pie tested, I sampled, and I ate half a dozen of the chocolate mints that I put on everyone’s plate for Thanksgiving dinner. They looked great and people didn’t eat them so I saw no reason to pack them away when I could just have a few, or six (they were small, how many calories could they possibly be?).
I worried about Andrea every minute that she was gone — Was she okay? Was anyone bothering her? And did she have food to eat at her new place? I worried about the 96-inch sofa that she and I spent hours picking out, only to have it delivered and the guy wouldn’t even take it off the truck, simply telling Andrea, “Lady that couch will never fit up your stairs.” I was panicked thinking of my little girl not having anywhere to lay down and watch TV, or to sprawl out and read People magazine. Luckily she just found another sofa that will work.
Anyway, everyday I keep at it. I eat fruit, Paul makes me salad, and I still drink diet soda and water. I consciously make a choice to give it my best. I really don’t want to gain back the weight I’ve lost. With that said, I am still weighing in at 173 lbs. Mind you, I weighed 163 lbs when I delivered Anthony and Andrea. But I will get there and I will make it through Christmas with some sense of ownership for my actions. I am not having the wonderful meals Andrea used to put together, but we are still eating some good stuff. I had Paul take pictures of me at my current weight. I will tell you that I did not put too much effort into how I looked as it is winter and I am always cold and tired. Now that I have lost 37 lbs in total, my body is pretty jiggly and loose. You can see some of that in the pictures. I am getting older and my muscle tone isn’t quite the same, but that’s OK. I still feel good.
This is the basic menu of what I’ve been eating:
Breakfast: an English muffin with a tablespoon of peanut butter and a banana
Lunch: a wrap (on Joseph’s Lavash bread) with ham or turkey and cheese, along with an apple and a diet soda
Snack: an orange or a handful of nuts and raisins
Dinner: 4 ounces of meat/chicken/fish
1/2 a large sweet potato
Dessert: Always a SKINNY COW ICE CREAM
I also drink several bottles of water during the day.
Well, I will sign off for now. I will talk to you again soon, hopefully around Christmas, and I’ll let you know how I’ve fared at all the holiday parties! Wishing you all some peace with the Christmas rush ahead and a very happy and safe Hanukkah to all of my Jewish friends.