The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2011-05-01

Friday, May 6, 2011

Part 2 Nutrisystem Story

*This post was sponsored by my wiggly upper arm fat.  Nutrisystem doesn't know I'm writing it although they might suspect the wiggly upper arm fat thing because I buy their food.*

... so to continue the story of my journey to back Nutrisystem (Part one is here) ...

When I started Nutrisystem for the first time (in my twenties) I was in a bad place, every which way.  I had one pair of pants and two shirts that fit; no drama here, that was really it.  About a week prior to the little boy calling me fat my boss called me into to her office to tell me I could not wear "those pants" to work anymore. 

As awful as that sounds, the look on her face said she felt as awkward as I did. There was really nothing for me to say except, I know.  The pants were terrible, I'd worn them every day for as long as I could remember.  I'm sure I went home, ate, that was my answer for every pain, and waited for a paycheck to  buy pants. 

If you don't know how bad binging feels; it's bad.  I used to binge before I went to bed and was still sick from all the food in the morning.  My routine was to stop on my way home from work and buy a bag of groceries to eat before bed; a main meal and  a bunch of stuff to eat while the main thing was cooking.  Like I said, it was bad.  The last binge was the worst; I'd eaten so much I woke up and was sick.  I almost didn't make it to the bathroom in time.  

The day I joined  Nutrisystem all these things were in that mirror I talked about in my first post.  Not the one you look into, because I didn't look into any of those if I could help it, but the kind you examine your life with.  I didn't like what I saw.

At the time contemplating weight loss felt like moving a train with my mind;  an enormous prospect.   You can't will a train to move  but if you can find a way to get a wheel going, all the other wheels will follow...

Joining Nutrisystem was like the first push against a wheel. 

To be continued...


Thursday, May 5, 2011

My journey to Nutrisystem part 1

It started decades ago...

I've had weight issues for a long time but maybe the worst time was in my twenties due to binge eating.  I don't know why I ate like that, I've never eaten like that again.  But it was bad.  The worst point was right before I found Nutrisystem (for the first time) and back then it was a much different program.

You went to a local office (no mail order) and the program  was (pretty much) a no carbohydrate affair.  Three times a week you drove there,  peed on a ketostick,  brought it to the nurse, and prayed for dark purple.

The food was not a party in your mouth back then.  I only remember a few meal options because I ate a canned meat patty in gravy at dinner for four months. There were shakes, broths, and um... a jello, I think.  There was more but I didn't eat a lot of the more. 

But back to how I got there, one day something happened that shook me enough to look in a mirror.  And not an actual mirror but the kind you examine your life with..  I was in Bloomingdale's at the Short Hills Mall (sheshe and high end to the nth degree ). I was walking around, shopping maybe, daydreaming for sure,  when I heard a kid about five years old say, Mommy that lady's faaaaat!

I turned around and he was pointing at me.  

I wanted to die.  His mother looked like she wanted to die, too.  I left the mall although I don't remember leaving - I went blank, went home and cried.  I cried all night.  The next day I started Nutrisystem.

I didn't go into it joyously; I was at my lowest point ever.  I felt about as bad as I've ever felt.   Did I love all my meal choices? No.  Did I care?  No.  All I had to do was look in a mirror to see what my own food choices had done to me.... Not having to think about what to eat alone flooded me with relief.  Dinner time came and I opened something.  End of story.

Well not the end because I started losing weight.  To be continued....

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*Today's post was sponsored by my muffin top*


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Treasuring everyday as a mother

Johnson's is sponsoring a campaign called Treasure Everyday Joy and I really wanted to be a part of it:

First, Johnson's has made it super-duper easy (and also free for you) to donate to the March of Dimes with a mouse-click.  No cash involved, just a click.  For every  LIKE on Facebook - And I made the that word LIKE a link directly to Johnson's Facebook page -    Johnson’s will donate $1 to the March of Dimes.

Go click.  I'll wait....

 Now, didn't that feel good?

Next reason - Treasuring everyday joy. My son is nineteen; a lot older then many of the kids inhabiting the mom blogosphere.  I've read posts where moms are afraid that they won't have anything to blog about when their kids get older ... And aren't (or don't do) cute anymore.  I've read that.  It made me sad.

Being a mom starts here (for some)...


One day we see this face staring at us and think we could never love anything so much.


Then this face shows up one day...


And this face, which was close to my favorite face..

Until this one. My heart.. I love that face.

Smiling Ben

But honestly, this face...


The face that follows all the other faces, I don't know - It's the best face so far.  I treasure these moments so much because once that face appears he needs me so much less.  And it tugs at me something awful because he'll be leaving me soon.  Talk about treasuring everyday joy...   

And when that happens I will know I did a good job with all the other faces.  And I will probably cry myself silly for all the right, and wrong reasons.

But until then I Treasure Every Day because you are my Joy.


* Johnson's will host a series of photo contests on its Facebook page beginning in May. Selected monthly winners will receive one of a variety of prizes and be eligible for the $25,000 Grand Prize, to be announced in January 2012.

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Johnson’s and received Johnson’s Baby products and a  promotional item and to facilitate my review.”


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A journey of a thousand miles...

...started with some rockin' shelf stable Swedish Meatballs.

Nutrisystem Swedish Meatballs with Pasta and Sauce


My scale is a real tool

 Disclaimer : This post was sponsored by my back fat, stretch marks and one of my double chins. 

Eureka! I know why I cleaned the pantry over the week-end!   No idea why it took me this long to figure it out but I got it; last night my Nutrisystem order came and I needed a shelf.  Makes sense right?

Let me back up though, I was randomly watching QVC last Wednesday when up popped a Weekends-Off Nutrisytem Package. Even though I had no intention of ordering I watched, always do, because I credit a one hundred pound weight loss to Nutrisystem when I was in my twenties (another post).

The longer I watched the more disenchanted with the state of my back-fat I became and I am now proud momma to a bouncing baby Nutrisystem Program.  The stork delivered her last night.

nutrisystem order 1

Isn't she cute?

nutrisystem order

Smart too, she's color coded.

My darling plan came with a few important things. (Now that I'm thinking about it, maybe more important then the  food....)  First, a little book about food choices. Basically, what to eat (and buy) and when;  I've not really gotten to that yet so no info at the mo.

The other thing was a workbook and oh ---- We will be BFF's her and I.  They call her the  'Mindset Makeover 12 Lessons Behavioral Guide'.  Me? I just call her Charlotte.  

Last night I perused Charlotte's intro (she said it tickled) and there was a lot for me to consider. I want to do this right and  not just food comes,  open food, eat, lose weight and then gain everything back plus ten more to teach me a lesson.  I want to participate. Think about what I am doing, mindfully.

And the first thing I have to do is decide why I want to lose and then I will move on to Lesson One: Getting started and setting goals.  Getting started I am good at, goals not so much plus I still have to decide WHY I want to lose from the intro section.  The short answer being, I'm so unhappy like this. (FYI - I checked with some Fashion Stylists and chafing's  nevahevah gonna be the new black...)

The truer answer is (do your best Dr. Phil impersonation), What do you get from eating this way, Tracy? You wouldn't be packing it away to the point of discomfort if there was no pay-off?

Today's goals
1.   Try and answer the question about why I eat like this.  And why I want to lose.  
2.   Weigh myself  (Done and Oh my.  My oh my.  Our Lady of the Scale was a cruel mistress this morning.
3.  Find a few nice stickers for Charlotte's um, face.

You're a Tool...

Disclaimer : This post was sponsored by my back fat, stretch marks and one of my double chins. 


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Monday, May 2, 2011

Pedigree Dog Food meet Annoyingfoodseekingmissile

A couple o' maybe two weeks ago I posted about Ginger becoming a brand ambassador for Pedigree (here)  and how she was going to try their small breed dog food and report back and how she liked @PedigreeUS  because she was a rescue dog and they have a Facebook Pedigree Adoption Page (here) and....

Is any of that ringing a bell?

Ginger black and white

I wanted to try Pedigree brand because things weren't going well with the state of  Ginger's food.  She has been eating homemade food for hm, - Not sure but in excess of six years. She's had to change proteins once before and was at that point again.   The current ground lamb, veggies and a starch was not sitting well with her.

That was a big reason I wanted to try Pedigree (another was hard food for her teeth but that's a different post) and for her it was an easy change, here look.

First, I didn't have to 'change her over' to a new dry food since she was not on one. Since her stomach was wonky and she was eating small amounts anyway I added this in small amounts too.

Second, This was the perfect time for Ginger to try something new since I had to make a total change anyway.  Her stomach  saying,  Enough lamb, clearly and in no uncertain terms.

Let me put it this way... There are three forms of matter; solid, liquid, and gas.  In a perfect world you want only one of them coming out the business end of your dog and it hadn't been a perfect world in over a week.

I kid you not.  With in a few days, maybe two? - of  adding Pedigree and changing her protein Ginger was solid and we had come full circle on the Chemistry lesson (That is to say, solid achieved and no more of the other two forms of matter) .   There were cries of relief all around and it's been at least a week since anyone has used the word, drippy.

And third she has eaten every kibble - Hang on.  Sorry. I stopped to giggle.  The word kibble cracks me up. - from the first one I've given her. That is something I wasn't expecting.  I thought maybe she would tolerate it but I didn't expect her to really, really like it. After all her diet was people-food...

And forth - She used to be really hungry all the time and by 3 in the afternoon she was impossible until I fed her dinner.  I used to call it the Witching Hour because that was the hour Ginger started to nag me constantly. Following me everywhere. Scratching on cabinet doors... Now she's downright relaxed.

It's not that she doesn't want to eat or won't if I feed her...  It's just that she doesn't seem to be a relentless food seeking missile.   Pedigree seems to keep her tummy satisfied longer so she's not, I don't know -  An annoying, fuzzy, alarm clock set an hour and a half before meal times.

I mean, look at her. 
ginger resting

 The only thing more relaxed then Ginger after she's eaten...

ginger beddiebye

Is Ginger when she's all tucked in and ready for bed.

Sweet kibbley dreams, Ginger...

I wrote this review while participating in an Ambassador campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Pedigree and received dog food to facilitate my reviews and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate


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