Why Girl Scouts? Why?

And I have NEVER been able to understand WHY the Girl Scouts sell cookies starting in January. Hello? I just made my dieting resolution 3 days before those cookies went on sale! They get me when my will power is the strongest! Start selling those things in  April or May, or better yet September/October and I can guarantee I will grab a few boxes, but January? No. Maybe that is their money for the rest of the year? Maybe they need to change that. Because if I feel that way, I know I can't be the only one. … [Read more...]

Wicked Girls “GNO” Girls Night Out

A weekly feature from Ana's Attic and Starting on Monday This is a new weekly feature I am going to try out here. I will post on a weekend night. I may post similar or different from Ana's Attic, depending on my weekend. This is a place to chat about, men, books, sex, love, kids, shopping....whatever. We can "weigh in" and discuss successes and failures, play games, brag about your kids, and talk frankly. Nothing is off limits! Do you have a suggestion? E-mail me at ana@startingonmonday.com. This week, I am just going to weigh in. I suck. I couldn't even get through a week of dieting! WTF? I walked one day, rode my recumbent bike one day, and drank a lot of water and ate right for 2 … [Read more...]

Spanx You Very Much!

Yesterday I had a funny post on the facebook page for this blog. Kari said  "So, I've decided that getting into Spanx right after a shower should count towards my daily workout. :)" It got me thinking about some of the Spanx incidents in my life. After I had my first C-section and had to go back to work every day, I purchased some high waisted granny-panty control-type thingies. I wore them every day over my underwear. Then one day I stopped wearing them. I live in Florida. I was in sales, and it's really fucking hot to wear a non-breathable nylon tourniquet thingy. Plus, they started to roll down and I would be pulling up these things all the time. Since I became heavy, I stopped … [Read more...]

Well-Meaning Family and Friends

They love you. They care about you. They want you to be happy. They want you to be healthy. So they remind you all the time how big you are and ways you can change it. Or they tell you what to eat, or scold you when you eat. Or they hear about a new diet and call to tell you about it....daily. Or they just say something stupid, like "why don't you just eat less". My parents are AWESOME. They have been great parents my whole life. But they are perfect. My sisters are perfect too. Then there is me. I don't fit into the perfect mold. They don't get it. How come I'm not a size 6? What did they do wrong? THEY exercised and kept active their whole life. They watch what they eat (well, actually, … [Read more...]

How Your Body Image Can Change You

It's amazing how different I am since I became heavy. I used to be a figure skater, a dancer, I sang in a band, I was in every play. I was an attention whore. As I got older, I sold advertising, and was confident and flirted my way to be the best salesperson in the company. Now? Total opposite. I had a crazy weekend that I was in charge of this past weekend. As a blogger under an assumed name, I liked being anonymous, where nobody knew who I was and I can hide behind my computer. But to be out there and having to be at the center of things when I'm heavier than ever wasn't as easy as it may have appeared. This may sound awful, but we are all friends here. Since I was ordering shirts … [Read more...]

My Valentine’s Guest Post and Giveaway!

I am so grateful that I was invited to the Fools for Luv blog to do a guest post. It's all about body image, sexiness and how hot and sexy books can help. One of may favorite authors, Cherise Sinclair, has also graciously offered to give away one of her hot novels that feature a curvy heroine with body issues, Master of the Mountain, part of the Mountain Masters Series by Cherise Sinclair. Please pop on over there and leave a comment, and enter to win! … [Read more...]

Cleaning For The Cleaning Lady

I have always had a cleaning lady. Even growing up. Am I rich? No, not at all...even unemployed I would still have one. I'd eat spam before I got rid of her. My favorite day is the day I come home to a clean house, sheets changed, laundry folded. The amount of happiness that one thing gives me is worth any price. I SUCK at cleaning. I will start to put stuff away, then notice the drawer needs cleaning, dump the drawer, then get distracted and walk away leaving an even bigger mess. My ADD is so bad, I honestly have trouble putting away all the papers the kids bring home during the week.  I also don't deal with getting dirty...I have 3 boys in the house, toilets are gross. I don't get why … [Read more...]

My Hair Is My Shield

If anyone ever asked what my favorite feature is about myself, I would have to say it's my hair. Until yesterday, I had VERY long hair for a mom, very similar to the photo above. Almost waist length. It is my shield. I hide behind my hair, hoping people notice my hair first instead of my weight. I never wear it up, NEVER- unless I'm working out (haha, rarely) or sleeping. I also felt that without all that hair, my head would be too small for my body. But it was getting to the point that my hair was actually drawing the eye downward to my belly and hips....a place I certainly don't want eyes! And it was getting too flat on top because of all the weight, effectively making the small head … [Read more...]

New Year’s Resolution Failure

I have a big weekend away that I can't wait for next weekend. I am meeting my idols--14 amazing authors, and 80 other women, many who are fans of my other blog, Ana's Attic Book Blog. I really wanted to look my best. Especially after I just came back from an all inclusive gorge-my-faceathon vacation over New Year's. If I REALLY wanted to, I could have easily lost 20 pounds in the 5 weeks by going on the Smart for Life Cookie diet. It is the one diet that always works for me, because, well, I like cookies! These are pretty good too. I went, paid my money, did the Doctor visit. Then that same day, I strangely lost hearing in one of my ears. (Totally unrelated). The ear doctor put me on large … [Read more...]

Horizontal Stripes. Yay or Nay?

I was going through my mail today and came across the newest Lane Bryant catalog. I shop there a lot, even though I have some trouble fitting into their clothes correctly (my boobs are too small, but the rest of me fits fine). More than 50% of the catalog had horizontal stripes. I don't know about you, but I was brought up thinking horizontal stripes are a major no-no for anyone with a few pounds to lose. But this summer, I figured, since they are all the rage, I will buy some. I bought a pretty striped shirt, then I saw a photo of myself in it. Granted, I hate most photos of myself, but this one was worse. WAY WORSE. I never wore the shirt again. Obviously people are buying these … [Read more...]