I just finished two handfuls of goldfish crackers, a half of a hot dog, and three sips of a juice box.
You guessed it, I'm on the Mom Diet. And it's not working. Winter may be on the way, but I'm already a good 15 pounds heavier than I should be. I'd like to call it "bulking up" for the cold weather, but who are we kidding? I live in Southern California.
I pick off my children's plates. I "finish" their lunches, snacks, dinners. All of those string cheese sticks and yogurt cups are adding up. Even when I make myself one of those "diet" frozen lunches, I still end up "cleaning" the mac and cheese off a plastic, animal-shaped dish.
Motherhood is a one way ticket to FATville. I'm on the express train and I'm trying to jump off. But it's hard when babies keep you up at night and the lack of sleep and lack of energy to buy, prepare, and cook low-fat foods are constant. And exercise? Does laundry count as exercise? I haven't been great at keeping up with the laundry, either.
I obviously cannot wait until my children are grown to lose weight. I MUST be the role model they need in this department. But it's sooooooooooooo haaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrd. And yes, that is me whining like a 3-year-old. I need motivation. I need a kick in the butt. Or I need a million dollars for lipo and a personal trainer. Maybe a chef, too.
So what are your weight loss secrets? Do you have any? Or are you hoping for a miracle, like me?
Erin Kotecki Vest lives in Southern California and is a writer and stay-at-home mom of Jackson, three, and Hala, one. She spent nearly a decade as a news reporter and anchor in Orlando and Los Angeles.