I am starting to hate ice cream. Ever since I realized the correlation between eating a bowl of ice cream with peanut butter on top (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it) at bedtime and my milk supply the next day, I have eaten it every night. Sometimes I am not in the mood, but I eat it anyway because if I don’t, my milk supply will be trashed for two days. Ice cream has now become an obligation.
My bedroom at 3 AM is the site of a reverse manufacturing process where my breasts turn ice cream into milk.
Needless to say, I am unlikely to lose the baby weight anytime soon. I am 20 pounds up from my pre-pregnancy weight. Before you pooh-pooh that, let me explain that I gained 30 pounds. Since the baby was 7 pounds and you have to figure another couple for all the fluid, breastfeeding for the last two months has clearly not helped me lose anything. I have resigned myself to the extra pounds right now, as feeding the baby is my top priority, and I went down to the local consignment shop to get myself jeans three sizes larger than I usually wear.
In an interesting turn of events, my husband also wants to lose 20 pounds., although he does not have a convenient scapegoat for the gain. He’s having a rough time sticking to a diet, so I have challenged him. We are going to see who can lose the weight first: him dieting or me breastfeeding. Over Thanksgiving, a cousin who also wants to lose weight joined the contest.
Now, I’m opening it up to the larger public. If you are struggling to stay on a diet, please feel free to join in. If you only have ten pounds to lose, you can compete for the first ten. If you have 30, stick with us for the first 20. Weigh-ins are Sunday mornings before breakfast. You do not need to tell your weight, just the weight change from week to week. If we get any participants, I’ll post my weight change each week and you can leave yours in the comment section. (You can also do it without telling the world your change, but please tell me if that is your plan so I know whether anyone is interested; if no one speaks up, I’ll not bother to post it.)
December may seem an odd month to diet, but I submit that it makes a good deal of sense. You don’t need to decide each cookie on an individual basis if you have sworn them all off.
I want to also note that I only want people participating if you are doing this to feel healthier and more active. If you are a swimsuit model trying to go from thin to emaciated, fuck off. We don’t need your kind around here. This is a friendly competition for people trying to support one another in a healthy lifestyle.
So, anyone in? After all, how hard can it be to lose more weight than the chick eating ice cream every night?