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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June 29, 2009


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The focus is calories, basically, with an extra twist in that they are calculated as points, which also include fat and fiber to a certain degree.

WW helped me a lot for a year and a half, and then it stopped helping and in fact I regained some of the weight. You know this. It wasn't the permanent solution for me. A lot of other really overweight people agree that WW is designed to fail so that they can keep getting your money.

However, I still like the program, and also I think you might be well-suited to it. From what I've read, WW works best for people who don't have a whole lot to lose (see: Sundry). It can kick-start you, help you understand portions and caloric intake, and if you don't have that much to lose then it's not a big pendulum where you end up gaining it all back. And they have a maintenance option, too.


Oh crap you just reminded me I have to weigh-in today. BOO.
Also, don't even get me started on WW. I LOVE IT A LOT AND WOULD LIKE TO MAKE OUT WITH IT. Also, you get to make lists of everything you eat. It's kinda fun (if you're into anal things like making list like me). P.S. I had more than 30 to lose and I'm up to 25-ish ... does that count as a lot to lose?
WW is about portions and about also making better choices so you can eat MORE (like you can eat a huge salad for 1 point or you can eat a brownie for 7 points. I get 22 points a day. It's all based on the nutrition info ... fat-calories-fiber). It's weird. They have a free trial online. Give it a shot.

Becky aka StinkyLemsky

I have always liked WW (I lost 25 pounds on the program a few years ago and try to count my points off and on pretty much all the time - which ends up being 20% of the time, but you know how that goes...) Anyway, the online program would be great for you.

The thing I have always loved about WW is that it's realistic. YES - it's probably more healthy to eat an egg white omelet with veggies and fresh fruit for breakfast, but sometimes all you can manage is a bowl of lucky charms - and that's okay! you don't have to consider your whole day 'ruined' because you ate all carbs for breakfast.

Now I believe they are emphasizing filling foods to stave off hunger, and filling foods are basically good healthy low-glycemic foods - so they do promote eating healthily while also allowing for 'real life.' Plus, you earn points for exercise, so there's automatic motivation! :)

Shoot me an email at rma910 at gmail dot com if you have any questions!


I've done ww and when I'm falling to pieces on my own doing the 'just trying to eat healthy' thing without paying too much attention and I start to slip up, I go back to counting points. But I don't go to meetings or anything. I feel I should note I have TOTALLY fallen to pieces and as of yesterday pulled out my little ww point calculator to get back on the wagon. For me (like most women it seems) it will mos def be a life long battle. Boooo.


OH MY GOSH I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE WW AND HOW MUCH I MISS IT WHEN I'M PREGNANT (NOW.) (Because I totally pay attention to NOTHING WW RELATED when I'm pregnant.) (And I agonize over it, but that's just the way it is.)

I NEVER thought I'd join ww. But then Emily did. And she lost weight. I think she maybe lost all of her Asher weight before I even signed up. Asher is something like 6 weeks younger than Christopher. I signed up when C was NINE months old b/c I still had 48 lbs to go. But let's not talk about that. I loved it instantly. I love the way that it's all there for you. I love that there are measurable rules to follow. I love that ww totally works, provided you follow those rules. I love going online and entering my points and marking off the little squares for how much water, veggies, dairy, excercise I've completed for the day. I'm a charty, listy type and their online system totally worked for my OCD List-focused self. I love that the first couple of weeks you totally lose more weight than you'd ever imagine. And I love that you can get...what is it, a week?...a free trial at the beginning. I've done it all online - no meetings. When I got preg with Jake, and now with #3, I was within arms reach of my goal weight and it really took some adjusting in my brain to accept the gaining baby weight thing. But you know, it's wonderful to know that I've got a tried and true plan just waiting for me once I've had the baby. I found it a little tricky to figure out at first, but fell in love in no time.

convinced yet?


I LOVE Weight Watchers. It's basically low-cal, but I found that it helped me eat lower carb because carbs tend to be higher calorie. It also really helped me remember that I do not need to eat everything I want all the time, and just eat healthier in general. I don't tend to chronically over-eat, so for me it was just to help me get back on track and it definitely did that. I only lost 10 lbs before I got pregnant and had to quit, but I have a good friend who has lost 70 lbs so far and she loves it too. Anyway, there's my two cents.

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