My Kids Played Hooky Today

Friday night my 15 year old had to decline an encore for his band because he was losing his voice and was on the verge of getting sick. Then yesterday he and my husband caught the little stomach bug I had last week (which of course did not result in any weight loss at all). Yesterday, my 7 year old also complained of a headache when his friend was here, then fell asleep before 7:00 pm. So this morning...this MONDAY morning...when the little one was saying he was "nauseated" and the big one saying he was sick, I didn't know. Are they full of shit? It's Monday after all, I used to do it too. But I've also not believed them in the past and then gotten a call from school that my kid … [Read more...]

Adding some color to my wardrobe….or not

The other day I had an acquaintance tell me she thought she saw me someplace. When I told her it wasn't me she said, "I guess it just looked that way from behind because you always wear a black t-shirt and dark jeans." She is right. At last count (and I'm sure I missed a few) I had 19 of the SAME shirt, motto mention the 100 other black shirts I have bought but rarely wear because they have either gotten shorter or hug my muffin top too much. It is the plus sized boyfriend shirt from Target (see photo). Tissue weight, long and boxy, they don't show anything I don't want them to. I always layer long necklaces and long cardigans or vests, but I literally wear a fresh one every day. As … [Read more...]

What Is It About Repeating Diets?

What is it about repeating diets? I have been on every diet. I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers from when the dinosaurs roamed the earth and they had exchanges. I was 27. I had no kids. I worked out 2x a day, and was taking the now banned ephedra. I lost 43 pounds and got down to a size 3/4....for a day. (I wasn't even that skinny when I was a high school cheerleader) I kept most of the weight off for 2 years until I had my first kid. Then I quit smoking and gained 65 pounds. I actually left the hospital heavier than when I went in, but I dropped a whole baby! WHAT.THE.FUCK??? That's when I tried all sorts of diets, I'd lose 20, gain 30. I developed joint pain so I could … [Read more...]

Plus Sized Shopping

I fucking hate shopping for clothes, though I still do it way too often. I have to get a new outfit every time I go away. Something new to wear makes me feel a little better about myself. The problem? There are so few places to go and try stuff on for plus sized girls. We have Macy's plus, which is OK if you can dig through the old lady clothes and the way-too young for me clothes. We have one Lane Bryant around here, but they are out of 18s in almost everything all the time. We had 2 Avenues, but one closed, leaving the crappy one with really nasty salespeople. Target has some cute stuff once in a while. That's it. There is no other place within 30 minutes to shop for cute plus-sized … [Read more...]

Book Review: On The Plus Side by Tabatha Vargo

I had heard some really good things about On the Plus Side by Tabatha Vargo, and I thought it would be a great book to feature on both of my blogs, Ana's Attic Book Blog, and Starting on Monday. I really loved this book even more than I expected, because it was filled with romance, humor, sexy times and great characters. Let me give you a little background on myself. I am now plus sized, but spent most of my adult life straddling the line between regular and plus. I didn't grow up heavy, (though I was referred to as bubble butt a few times), I was never overweight as a kid, just...almost. So I wasn't quite able to relate to someone that spent their whole life overweight, who never … [Read more...]

Spring Break is for Kids not Parents

Oh Joy. The kids are out of school for a week. It's day one and I'm already exhausted and my ears hurt. Let me tell you why. I currently have eldest spawn one in the garage playing guitar. My computer is on the other side of the garage wall. He is an fucktastic guitar player, but he is incapable of playing at a normal decibel, so my walls are shaking. It's not horrible when he is playing his regular music (thank God, he plays classic rock, so I love his taste), but the vibrations that run through my house as he plays are a little crazy. Right now, he is playing with effects pedals, so it sounds like I have whale song throughout my house. From the other direction is my youngest spawn … [Read more...]

Why I’m Chubby

I admit it. I'm not one of those people who says "I don't understand why I'm fat!"  I know why. I eat crap all day and don't exercise. Plain and simple. I go on crash diets. I lose a chunk of weight but never hit goal. Then I gain it all back with interest. Every time I start with healthy eating...number one, I have issues with number 2...haha, in other words fiber does not work in my body. Runs in the family. It makes dieting a little more challenging, but of course, EXC-- USE. What else is new? Right? Do you really want to know what my excuse is? I'm fucking lazy, and I'm happy. Yup! I'm happy! Am I happy with my body? No. I hate it. But obviously not as much as I hate not eating … [Read more...]