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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February 28, 2009


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Would it work if you just stopped thinking in terms of goals and just kind of kept going to see what happens? Now that the diet and exercise seem to be a little more routine, you could just keep them in your routine and not worry about actually losing more weight, but just think of it as Healthy, doing that exercise thing that all the doctors recommend no matter what weight you are.


I'm in the same sort of phase. I've lost the baby weight but I'm not sure what to make my next goal. I'm still about 40 lbs above my starting college weight (8 years ago) but I'm not sure I'm ambitious enough to go for all 40. At that point I was tiny and I think it would be too much effort to maintain that again. It's sort of weird right now though because I'm still watching calories but we're also not avoiding baby #2 so I'm not being as hard core about the calorie counting as I was. Anyway, I don't think I'm giving advice so much as rambling here. I hope other people have more helpful things to say than I did:)


I wonder if you'll hit another plateau, and maybe that would be a good time to say enough? Your body, it seems, should tell you when it's done, and you clearly aren't going to have time to up the exercise to overcome a plateau (I'm just guessing :)). Maybe let that be the "number" or size that is right. Not very helpful, sorry. :)


Okay, close your eyes (well maybe not close them, you need to read and all) it's okay. Chant it. NOW. Yes, I just said that last bit sternly and out loud. It's okay not because I'm a liar or permanently scarred optimistic by the state of my affairs, but because it is. Why not just do what you feel comfortable doing? Yes, that sounds easier than it is but hang a little willy nilly for two weeks or so, no scales, continue your habits, see what happens. Take away the charting, take away the goals, just concentrate on what feels good. Well, as long as what feels good doesn't involve a ganache of some sort. Or maybe it does. You're a wild hot(ter) before thirty woman, you ain't need no rules! Perhaps grammatical, I just cringed typing that, but still.


Oooo lots of good points from people. What I would add (and this is really advice for myself) is that if you decide to go for the gusto and see how far you can go, just make sure you keep appreciating your body for what it is now, and not just what it is in terms of a jeans size. It seems like every week a person hears about someone new who can't get pregnant or just got diagnosed with something scary or is plagued by mental health issues. Hearing all that stuff makes me thankful I even have the option to have to drag my butt to the gym or deal with losing pregnancy weight one day. When I think about things that way I already feel like I have a perfect body so far in life. I don't think it's bad for you to want a certain number or more, just make sure you keep perspective like you've been doing thus far.


At this point, I'd say the goal is the most difficult of all... maintenance and toning. If you make it your goal to eat healthy and exercise... well, then you don't have to worry about hitting a specific number. The more toned you are, the better your size 10s will fit. And if they start to get small? then you go buy size 8s.

Keep challenging yourself physically - maybe sign up for a 5K race. Who knows, you might like it!


I agree with signing up for a 5k race. It's a goal so you have something to focus on, but it's not exactly about the weight anymore, just staying healthy. And it's something you can do a couple of times a year, there's always tons of races to sign up and look forward too(if you end up liking running in races.) I did my first race five years ago, some years I'll race like a fiend, other years maybe just 1, but I love the feeling of finishing a race(I'm extremely slow in case you are curious) and it helps keep me healthy. Granted I don't have kids so I have all the free time in the world to do this crap.


Maybe now that you're at a weight you're comfortable with, and living a healthy lifestyle, you can just focus on the exercise without the weight loss? I mean, if the weight loss comes with it that's fine, but there are tons of other reasons to exercise, like it's good for your heart and your muscles and your stamina and the adrenaline rush is awesome, etc. Thin people who don't want to get any thinner still exercise and that's fine too. You know? It doesn't always have to be about the weight loss. So maybe a shift in perspective would help?

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