diet Follow me as I take you through a typical day in my quest to lose copious amounts of baby belly blubber.

My exercise schedule:

Wake up and tell myself I will workout today. Consider working out in the morning … then right after lunch … okay after the kids are in bed.

I decide to put it off until tomorrow.  It’s the thought that counts right. 

Watch The Biggest Loser .. okay, I did this once … about 6 months ago.  That counts too, right!

And here is a fair estimate of my food intake:

Breakfast

Consider eating oatmeal today. 

Make a Chai latte while contemplating this.

Forget to eat breakfast.

Brunch

Remember haven't eaten and throw some bread in the toaster or wait for Jay to cook up a plate full of bacon.

Lunch

Oh, you want chicken nuggets & chippies kids.  Okay

Dinner

Pasta.  Mmmmm.  Delish. Should really have a tomato based sauce with this.  On second thoughts, let’s have cream and workout after dinner … yeh right.

Snacks

Chocolate covered strawberries.  Chocolate covered raisins.  Chunky Monkey ice-cream.  Chocolate cupcakes.  Chocolate chip cookies.  Chocolate.

Now, all of the above I wrote out in a draft blog post a month ago.  I’ve seen it sitting in my drafts folder each and every day that I’ve blogged about something else.  Last week I’d finally had enough of seeing it and after realizing that I still hadn’t worked out or stuck to anything vaguely resembling a diet I decided it was time to do something about this.

After all, hubby will be home next month.  He’s lost about 40lbs.  I’ve gained about 10lbs on top of what I already had to lose when he left a year ago.  *sigh*.  Now I have 20lbs to lose. *double sigh*

So last week I enlisted the help of the wonderful Coach Jenn at Team Beachbody and the on-line forum Bookie Boo to help get me motivated.

On Sunday I weighed myself.  I gained a pound.  What, so you can’t just join a forum and enlist the help of a coach and lose weight.  Huh!  Why didn’t anybody tell me that?  Oh wait, they did, I just had my fingers in my ears at the time while shoving my face into a big plate of chocolate cake.

So this week I decided it was time.  Time to get myself motivated and actually try to lose the wretched weight that has been plaguing me for the past 2 1/2 years and forcing me to not fit into any of my pretty summer dresses without the help of a shoe horn to stuff myself in.

Today I worked out.  I went back to my old stroller class.  It had been so long (maybe 6 months) since I had been last and I didn’t recognize one single person there and there was a new instructor.  Good grief.  These girls looked fit.  I nearly hightailed it back to the car, but no, I forced myself to keep on plugging along.

I knew though after the first 2 minutes I should have listened to my instincts and gone home.  Today was jogging day.  Jogging and walking for 1 hour.  Jog for 2 minutes, walk for 1.  Are they crazy.  Who can jog or walk for that long besides fit people.  I thought this class was for lazy, slow, overweight people like me who’ve had babies and haven’t seen exercise in a loooooong time.  I thought wrong.  The first street I managed to keep up. We rounded the corner into the second street and I was trailing along behind.  Way behind.  We rounded the corner into the third street and I caught up to the rest of the mummies doing squats, jumping jacks and leg lifts.  After running.  I managed a couple of squats, thought I may pass out and feigned feeding my kids to avoid anymore.  Then off they went running again.  After the 2 minutes of running … which I lasted about 10 seconds of, this is what I saw.

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No-one.  Absolutely no-one.

I rounded the next corner:

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At about this point, they stopped for another workout.  I thought I may have a heart attack and wondered if the nice policeman driving past me might give me a lift back to my car.  Then realizing that I was not going to catch up anytime soon, they turned around and walked back to me so I could ‘catch up’.  Can anybody say HUMILIATING.  Because I can.  I must have muttered it about 30 times under my breath.  After a very short walking spurt of clearly not 1 minute (in my, by now, delirious mind) they were off and running again.  Was this ever going to end?  With the blink of an eye they were gone.

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Gone! Gone! Gone!  Nowhere to be seen!

Thankfully I had a fair idea of how to get back to the starting point where they were all WAITING FOR ME. 

Anissa and Amanda you had better be there on on Monday, or I may cry.  I need someone to walk with me.   It was great to see you at the Health Fair today even though neither of you smelt like sweat and humiliation.

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94 comments

Jane May 12, 2009 - 5:00 pm

LMAO. With you, not at you! Love the picture of the ladies off in the distance. Keep it up!!!!

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Alliegatorfables May 12, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Tonya-you are too funny. You should wake up and Shred each day. it is only 20 minutes and the only person laughing at you will be jay. It is free on demand.

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Seraphim May 13, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Ha!I can relate this this all too well! I’ve started Operation Swimsuit because I go on holidays in four weeks and I’ve regained 6 of the 40 pounds I lost last year. I’ve promised myself I’m going to post a pic on my blog of me in my swimsuit after I get back from holidays so my motivation is STRONG!Good on you for keeping up with the stroller class. I think I would die. Seriously.

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L I S A May 13, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Loved reading about your day and I’m sorry I laughed at your expense. Thank you for reminding me why I should NOT work out.Keep it up, you can do it! xxoo

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Amy May 13, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Oh gosh- why can’t chocolate help you loose weight?! I have such a sweet tooth that it is very hard for me to have enough self discipline to stay away from that stuff, I LOVE IT! :)I’m sorry you didn’t have the greatest experience… don’t worry- it’s only bound to get better because it probably couldn’t get much worse! Oh man- I’m sorry!

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Bre May 13, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I can feel your pain, Tonya. Starting is the hardest part. But it will get easier. It better! Sorry, but I couldn’t help laughing….the pics were hilarious. Good luck and I know you can do it!!!!!

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mak'n Changes May 13, 2009 - 5:00 pm

its always hard and breath taking in the beginning, but it does get easier and you will get faster, be strong,, you can do it.

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Anonymous May 13, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Good luck! I always find the easiest way to control my eating is by really using the power of small-I take my diet one day at a time. Behaving for 24 hours is a task I can accomplish but thinking about losing a lot of weight can get so overwhelming it’s tempting to give up.

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Lady Mama May 13, 2009 - 5:00 pm

But chocolate is so much nicer than exercise… I can sympathize – I have 20 lb of baby fat to loose too. Good luck!

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albert amp; angela fontenot May 13, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Is it bad if I am ROLLING on the floor laughing at this post! Espicially the picture that says “Here they are” wayyyy in the distance. I saw you in person in Denver and you are beautiful. You don’t need to loose any weight. YOu are georgous and lovely and beautiful and I know Randy will be thrilled to see you when he gets home. You are a great Mom, a fabulous wife. You need no improvements darling.You should publish your weight loss journal. It would be a scream! Definately a best seller!love,angela

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familyadventureguidebooks May 13, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Wish I lived closer. We could work out together. I’m so out of shape you would look like a jock. It would be great for your ego LOL! At the risk of sounding sappy you are absolutely beautiful just the way you are, so don’t take it all too seriously.

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mrsmottz May 13, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I agree with Stacia, Shred it up! Way easier then getting in the car and following a bunch of fit brats! Love you, my best freinds are procrastination and I have absolutely NO self- control!!!!!!

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Shannon May 13, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I’m sorry but I am laughing! I’m so sorry you felt humiliated but I love the way you told the story! Oh so entertaining 🙂 Good for you for getting out there. The first day is the hardest right? Keep at it, you can do this!!! xoxo

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cat May 13, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Oh gosh girl, yes it is so tough to start exersizing again. I also have to start, somewhere…

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Brooke May 13, 2009 - 5:00 pm

The run/walk thing actually works well….you just need to find people who run the same pace as you. We have a whole program in our area with thousands of people who do it, with the goal a 10 mile race at the end of the summer. You gradually work your miles up each week. They start out with just 2 miles….which would only be about 30 minutes. Starting out at an hour would be really hard. I am cracking up at my word verification….it is nonwog. Some people call the run/walk a “wog”

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The Romero-Schroeder May 13, 2009 - 5:00 pm

OMG LMAO this post was so good…….. GO GIRL

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Donna May 14, 2009 - 5:00 pm

ROFL!!! Oh – Tonya I needed that laugh!!! …which according to my Weight Watchers group meeting tonight burns 50 calories if I belly laugh for 15 minutes. So I got a great workout reading and re-reading your post!! THANKS!You GO girl!! Keep it up – you CAN do IT!

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Melanie May 15, 2009 - 5:00 pm

CRACKING up Tonya. Remember, baby steps. These girls have been doing it for a while and you are justing getting started again. Don’t feel bad- you did it!!

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Lamonica Epps August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I hope you reach your goal.Stopping by from SITShttp://fabulousgccandles.blogspot.com/

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The818 August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Oh, that sounds like my nightmare.

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shortmama August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Wait what? You mean Im supposed to get up off the couch to lose weight?? No wonder this hasnt been working for me

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allycupe August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

If it makes you feel any better, Im currently reading your blog when Im suppose to be going for a long walk! Happy SITS day!

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Miss Peregrin August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Good luck with your weight loss journey! Also, I love the picture of the girls way off in the distance. Priceless. Visiting from SITS. 🙂

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Susan @thindepenence.com August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Happy SITS day!!! I was entertained by your intake story at the top 😉 Especially breakfast! Great fitness/health giveaways this month if you stop by!

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Elizabeth August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Good for you for trying to keep up though! Its hard when you start exercising. Im still in the starting phase, in my opinion – I started working out at my local Y about four months ago, and Im slowly trying different things. I even tried a beginning spin class last week. Just keep trying. If the stroller class isnt for you, try something else. Good luck!

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GreedyGirl August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Hi http://www.greedygirlsguide.com checking in from SITSThis is a great story, this is exactly what getting back into a routine is about HARD baby steps but soon they get easier and you catch up. I also think it was nice you class turned around to wait for you.If your interested in more weightloss tips check out my blog http://www.greedygirlsguide.com thats what its all about

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Christine August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

OMG, you are too funny! And shame on all the mommies that left you behind. What happened to No Mommy Left Behind….wait…differnt story. AnyWay, guess its their loss(not the weight) someone could have had a wonderful walk with a witty woman AND made a new friend! Best wishes in your weight-loss goal!

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Becky @ Our Sweet Peas August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I have twin two and a half year olds and also need to get on the weight loss bandwagon. I can SO relate to this. At least your lack of fitness allowed for these hysterical pictures! 🙂

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Elizabeth August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

LMAO!BTW, Love your blog header/button picture!

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Rachel August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I love the menu, especially all of the chocolate!Good luck with your weight loss journey. I applaud your work.

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Pam August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Good for you for not giving up.

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knit1kids4 August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Oh that sounds like something that would have happened to me in the beginning of my weight loss journey. Stick with it and then you can look back at this and see how far youve come!

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Rhonda August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Hilarious!! And I feel your pain. Only mine is 40 pounds worth! Sigh…

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A Fist Full of Dandelions August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I too have struggled with getting back into shape after Baby Boy was born. I decided to do the September Shred that In the Trenches of Mommyhood is doing.

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Amanda @ Serenity Now August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Hahaha…you and I very similar. I count watching The Biggest Loser too. Its all I can do to keep from watching it and eating ice cream. 😉 I was reading your to-do list on your side bar and I love Sophie Kinsella and Lauren Weisberger too. Have you ever read Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin? You might like it. :)Happy SITS Day!

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Queenie Jeannie August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Thank you for this! Im feeling oh so much better now!!!!

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D2the4thPower August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

UGH! I hate exercise! I feel your pain on the chicken nuggets and chocolate. Its really hard to completely change your lifestyle. I WILL do it one day though :)Happy SITS Day!

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Tater Tot Mom August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Trying to lose weight is horrible…just horrible!Happy SITS day!

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Creative Junkie August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

*sigh*Im trying to get healthy right now. I didnt know I had it in me to cry so much in one 24 hour period.

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Julie @ Little One-of-a-Kind Design August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

my thought parallel yours exactly. losing weight is one of the hardest things in the world.i try telling myself that nothing taste as good as skinny feels but I still go for the jar of peanut butter.

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Mox August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Hi SITSA!Hereto check you out on your special day. So glad I did – I heart your blog! Very funny.See you around!Mox

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Sara August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Running is a filthy, disgusting habit… and Im just jealous that you actually did it without giving up!Good for you. Youll be great!

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Nicole- Chasing Blue August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I used to do strollerfit classess and I would always be lagging behidn. Im not a fast runner but I can go for hours. By the time Id catch up they would be doing another exercise. Did they ever do the choo choo train? (Last person runs to the front when the whistle blows) Brutal I tell ya!

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Connie Weiss August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Oh my…that would soooo be me!

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Ungirdled Passion August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

At least you got out there – I wouldnt! Good for you! Ive fought the lard, and the lards won! Happy SITS!

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Miss Behavin August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I need to lose the 20 (or so) pounds myself that seems to be sitting in my mid-section. I mean, the air bag does come in handy when I round sharp corners and such chasing Corbin, but its so…so…annoying. Especially when I try to put on a cute skirt or dress and the muffin top gets all contorted, like a loaf of bread baking in the oven and someone slammed the oven door and it sank in the middle – you know?My problem is I hate to exercise, well, except for the 10 repetitions of lifting a serving spoon of Chunky Monkey to my lips – that counts, right?

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withoutadornment August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Dont worry, Id probably be there right behind you puffing along with embarrassment. You can do it!

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aforestfrolic August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Hahahah, Im sorry…I have to laugh! I have had very similar experiences (which totally sucks because Ive always been the fit athlete). But after baby #3, I just cant seem to get my butt motivated and need to lose this baby weigh. I went to a boot camp my girlfriend was teaching and barely made it half-way through, ugh. Thanks for the motivation.Jamie 🙂

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Janna Bee August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I had a similar experience with an unknown jogger, it was totally embarrassing how much faster she was than me! LOL

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Amanda August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Oh what a great post – I feel for you!!! Nice to see a fellow Aussie on SITS!!

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tori August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Right there with ya. cookies and icecream are my downfall. I am the yoyo queen of weight loss. Happy SITS!

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Leah Rubin August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Good for you– you started, which is ALWAYS the hardest part! Hang in there– the payoff will be worth it! Yay for you!

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Reluctant Housewife August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I run really slow. I was always at the back of the group, too.Good luck with your weight loss! I should do the same… but probably wont. Oh well.

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Stalker v1.5 August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I run for 30 seconds, then walk for 10 minutes – then run for 30 seconds, then walk for 10 minutes. Haha. I totally feel ya!!SITS congrats!

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Mammatalk August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Keep on truckin. Youll get there!

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Michelle August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

POOR THING. Wheres the picture of you?

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missy August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

ugh….diets!!!!!!!give me some cookies and ice cream ANYDAY!!!!!

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Pricilla August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

You can do it! If you need further motivation I can send Abby the goat to butt you along.Happy SITS day.

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Karen (KayKay) August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Your method to weight loss and exercise is exactly the same as mine. Im sure I burned some calories laughing at your description of the class!

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samsstuff August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Happy SITS Day!The Here they are photo is priceless! I hope things have gone better since. Im still looking for that perfect, more motivating fun exercise/diet weight loss combo. Someday…Great post!

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Mary August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

The first part of this post sounds exactly like me. I couldnt even bear to read the last part!Happy Feature Day!!

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Joy August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

LOL! Im not sure if there was enough chocolate for my taste in that snack list. ;o)Congrats on your SITS feature day!

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Jewls August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Ha ha!! Good luck with the working out!! 🙂

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Robin August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I hope you are still at it…….and stop comparing yourself to the others. Remember they were all where you are once but have stuck to it. If you stick to it you will be there too. And one day someone else will be looking down the bike path wishing they could keep up with you. BTW….gotta love that barbed wire on the fence…..ah, military life. 🙂

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The Mom @ Babes in Hairland August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Love it! Thanks for the good laugh. Know that youre not alone in this! Every day its the same thing – set the alarm to get up earlier than the kids to exercise — almost every day smack snooze and get the extra Zs! Ah – it stinks being a woman sometimes! 🙂 Enjoy your day in the SITS spotlight.

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Over Thirty Mommy August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

And that is why I never joined a stroller group after having my baby!Your menu looks very similar to mine with the addition of some chocolate at breakfast and lunch!

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Zeemaid August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

awww. Good for you for sticking it out. Maybe you need to start your own group where you dont jog. Good grief. Joggings all fine and good when youre in great shape but most of us need to work up to it. I hope you went back though, cause I need the encouragement too. ;)Happy SITS day. I really enjoyed your posts!

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Bill and Lorie Shewbridge August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Good for you for trying… but I am sure your hubby wont care what you look like when he gets back!! All hell care about is that you are there with open arms!!

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Laura August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

You sound just like me. I keep saying Im gonna start exercising, but havent managed it yet. But in my defense, I am working full-time in school full-time, so Im not lazy, just down right worn out.

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MommyJenn August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Great post.You can do it!!!I am going to work out too … tomorrow.SITS,SITS,SITS 🙂

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La Belle Mere UK August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Oh Im feeling your pain. Ive just signed up to do The 30 day Shred with some other bloggers over at…www.sarahviz.blogspot.comOh what have I done??!!!LBM xxx

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Meg August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Sounds like youre the same kind of runner as me…not one. At least you tried to keep up! I would have given up. Detour anyone?

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Simply Mommy August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Kuddos to you for aleast putting in the effort. Getting back in shape isnt easy and its hard to find time. My downfall is chocolate too. I try to at least eat dark chocolate. http://www.simplymodernmommyhood.comStopped by from SITS!!!great post!

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Lisa August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Oh the weightloss journey….. Where do begin??? I struggle just like you, except that my baby is 5 yrs old….way to long to call it babyweight!! You go girl!!

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Michelle August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Thats about how I feel when I try any of the workout classes at the Y. I need to amp it up and push myself but I seriously lack motivation!

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[nikki lynn] August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

The pictures were great. haha! I just busted out laughing at work. too funny. I know your struggles. I am currently facing them myselves. We can do it though!! 🙂 Happy SITS day!

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Missy August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I feel you. Im on baby #3 and still trying to lose the baby belly I got with baby #1 almost 6 years ago. It sucks. They need to make classes for moms like us. We are the ones that need a class and need help; not the ones that are already fit. Happy SITS day!

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Holly Noelle @ Domestic Dork August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

The 30 Day Shred kicked my butt (in a good way)!Happy SITS day!

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Jen August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I can relate to the need to lose weight, yet lack of ability to not graze all day long. I am excited to see you promoting the BookieBoo site, they are very motivating!!! happy Sits day!!!!lown

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Mighty M August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Love your workout schedule!! 😉

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Blarney August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Ive got 30 to drop since 5 years ago. Isnt he instructor (drill sargent) supposed to be riding you all the while you are behind?! Seriously. I would have walked away just to spite them.

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Helen McGinn August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

It takes every single, wee step to reach a 1000 miles. You go, girl. x

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Nadirah Angail August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

good effort. keep trying

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Senora Muertos August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Love the chocolate too. I feel your pain. Congrats on being featured on SITS

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Are You There Mom? September 1, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Ha! This so true!!! I talk myself out of workouts one too many times! Visiting from SITS!!!

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Single Mama NYC September 1, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Ugh, I know the horrors of dieting/working out. Just started my own regimen today (South Beach Diet and Fat Burning Pilates DVD). Good luck!

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Rbarakat September 1, 2009 - 5:00 pm

At least youre trying which is more than I can say for myself! Happy Sits day!

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French Picnic September 1, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Absolutely hilarious and completely my life. 🙂

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Kim September 1, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Yuck! I have seen those stroller strides groups and I always think hmmmm maybe I should join something like that. That is until I watch what their striding looks like. Not so much! Ill definitely pass on that one! At least you stuck with it! Finished up, I probably would have run (ok maybe not run) away as fast as my already quivering legs would take me!

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Andrea September 1, 2009 - 5:00 pm

That was so funny. What if I told you that was me 18months ago, yet in April this year I ran the London Marathon!! Anything is possible!

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firststepforward September 1, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Your weight loss journey is the story of my life!! Its terrible right?

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Hoity Toity Baby September 1, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Honestly, I struggle with this every day!

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Adrian's Crazy Life September 1, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Oh my gosh, Im glad Im not the only one who struggles like this. I let a friend talk me into trying an Irish Step class a few weeks ago. I show up and I am 15 years older and probably 50 lbs heavier than anyone else in the class. After about 15 minutes, I knew I was FAR out of my league. Thankfully, my son called me half way through the class! I hid in the hallway and pretended to talk on my cell phone for the rest of the class. Then I ran for it.

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Karen amp; Gerard Zemek September 2, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I give you a lot of credit for hanging in and finishing at all! That sounds awful! Dont you know youre supposed to start exercising gradually, a little at a time and work up to longer sessions. Just walk about an hour a day, take it easy!Visiting from SITS.

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