About Hot by Thirty

  • Desperate not to spend another summer hiding out in fat and/or maternity clothes, I'm determined to drop thirty pounds of baby weight by my thirtieth birthday- July 18, 2009. How unfortunate, then, that I prefer to spend nap time in front of my television with a vat of ice cream. But I've lost these same thirty pounds twice before and I can do it again. I shall do this by steering clear of white flour and sugar and moving my stumpy legs as fast as they will go on our new treadmill. In front of the television, of course. You can also find me at mightymaggie.com.

Beyond The Baby Weight

  • Week 10: June 1
  • Week Six: May 11
  • Week Five: May 4
    There was no Week Five
  • Week Four: April 27
  • Week Three: April 20
  • Week Two: April 13
  • Week One: April 5
  • Starting Weight: March 30

Weigh In

  • Week 21
  • FEBRUARY 13, 2009
  • Week 19
  • Week 18
  • Week 17
  • Week 16
  • Week 15
  • Week 14
  • Week 13
  • Week 12
  • Week 11
  • Week Ten
  • Week Nine aka After Thanksgiving
  • Week Eight
  • Week Seven
  • Week Six
    Wait. Was there a week six? Oops.
  • Week Five
  • Week Four
  • Week Three
  • Week Two
  • Week One
  • Starting Weight

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September 25, 2008


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I think it's totally normal to feel discouraged about weight loss before you start. In fact, I think that's why so many of us never start. Good for you for starting anyway.


Ha! I know! TV is no longer good enough. Ask P to set up a wall mounted, voice activated computer where you can dictate the sites you wish to visit, and add comments too. Stay strong! I am totally trying your version of south beach and have failed on day 1 by adding 2% milk to my soup. Mehh, Rome wasn't built in a day.


Dude, I have so been there. I have the internal conversation with myself about twelve times a day that goes something like "I really want to lose weight, I just don't want to actually do any hard work to lose it."
I don't suppose Phillip can hook up a laptop to the treadmill? Did you see that NYT article where people worked in their offices while walking on the treadmill? Total solution!


I think you're doing it just right -- "your body just did something amazing," and all. Right? One step at a time. If you're cutting out the obvious carbs, I'd say you've successfully started dieting. No, Dieting. Capital D.

Do you read Linda/Indigo Girl? I lurvh her. No nonsense. She posted the other day about exercise and it help get my butt off the couch today:

I am all over her "low standards" approach. Heh.


The WHEN is the key. I'm SO psyched to get back to exercising. I'm weird that way. Love to exercise. Crave it when I can't. I'm allowed to go back slowly to my pre-pregnancy regime in about four more weeks.

When will I do it, though? I'm thinking I'm going to have to aim LOW as someone was saying--Jim has a four day work week so maybe I can do two days while he is home and two days a week with the kids, saving the long work outs for the Jim days.

My other plan? To immediately dress in my workout clothes and running shoes each morning so if I see an opening in the Scheduled Chaos, I can make a mad dash for the door.

I'll be doing a bloggity blog blog, too--can't wait to join you!


It seems like you are being really hard on yourself. I'm sure your body still needs carbs when you're breastfeeding. (You need 120 grams of carbs a day for normal brain functioning activity, after all). And, yeah, okay maybe it's better to get those carbs from fruit and whole grains than from chocolate, but still. :)

Also, who says you have to sweat to make it worthwhile? Why not just make it a goal to get on the treadmill two separate times for ten minutes. Ten minutes at a low pace shouldn't be enough to make you sweat, but it might be enough to convince you that you're okay with going longer and the addtional activity will help with your anxiety & show results on the scale to boot.

:) Becky


My trick is putting a tv in front of the treadmill. Then you can exercise while watching your show and kill 2 birds with one stone!


Oohh...you need one of those treadmills with the laptop attachment thingy that some super trendy offices are using to keep their employees healthy. Then you could blog and exercise at the same time. Talk about multi-tasking!!

If I were you (and this is totally just my opinion), I would cut the sugar and the white flour and forget about the rest of the regulations. Fruit is totally good for you. Yeah, yeah, I know about the carbs, but you have to have some sweet joy or you will totally cheat. And fruit tends to be lower glycemic index. Eat it with some cheese and all will be well. Real fruit, not canned or juice. I did the no sugar, no white flour for three months before my wedding and dropped ten pounds without exercising, so I think it alone will work.

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