Jokingly my husband told me the other night that I should blog about all the diets that don’t work.  He was mainly referencing the fact that I’ve tried nearly everything and I’m still not where I want to be.  Scratch that.  I’m not even close.  I weigh as much today as I did when I was almost due with Eleni.  I obviously lost some pounds simply by having a child, but I’ve eaten bad food and put them right back on.  It’s really sad honestly.  I struggled with my weight (although it was never this high) before I was ever pregnant, and now it’s my daily battle.

I’ve tried counting calories, Shakeology, Atkins, 21 Day Fix, Paleo and most recently counting macros.  A couple days ago I was thisclose to clicking “order” on $215 worth of Isagenix products that would last me NINE days.  But here’s the deal, nothing is going to work unless I make it work.  It’s hard.  I would way rather eat a deep fried corn dog and drink Diet Dr. Pepper for lunch than go home for a piece of chicken and salad.  I want to make spaghetti and meatballs for dinner, not carb-free soup.  But it’s not just that is it?  If I’m being honest, I’ll admit to sneaking pieces of Halloween candy and eating cookies or cake with the kids whenever we have it.  Every single bit adds up and it’s added up to an extra 30 pounds.  Seriously, 30 pounds is what it’s going to take to get me back to where I want to be.  I know it’s the same old song and dance, but my face is a lot heavier than I’d like, my clothes definitely don’t fit and I have fat in all the wrong places.  Going to the gym for the past 6 months has made me stronger, but as “they” say, you can’t out-exercise a bad diet.

I’m not sure what I expect from publicly posting this.  Maybe someone to say “I’ve been there.”  Maybe just putting it out there will help me be accountable.  Maybe someone to give me an amazing diet tip.  I’m not sure.  What I do know is that it’s hard to be a working mom and take care of yourself.  When you’re trying to do it all, you don’t always make the healthiest food decisions.  Obviously I could do better at prepping food ahead of time, but again, it comes down to the time I have as well as when I do have time, I’d rather spend it doing something with my family.  Weight loss (or the lack thereof) is probably the hardest thing for me.  I know there are people with worse problems or who have a lot more weight to lose, and I sympathize, but I also don’t appreciate those who tell me I’m thin “enough” and don’t need to worry about it.  Thanks for being polite, but I feel differently.

At the end of the day, the message is the same–food is my choice.  Until I choose to consistently eat healthy, no diet, fad or method will work.  I need to work on my own willpower.


  1. i’m a huge fan of weight watchers. it’s not a diet. you eat real food. the program just teaches you to make better choices. you can dine out. you can have candy. it’s not really a diet — a lifestyle change is more like it. i highly recommend the program.

    • angsamp says:

      My whole problem is MODERATION. I know what I should have and that I can have some candy and treats… I just struggle with self control and not binging! Why is it so hard?!

  2. Jamie says:

    Skinny taste recipes! Gina is amazing. They’re often quick and family friendly. It’s seasonal and she doesn’t let you miss out on holidays or entertaining just because you’re eating healthy. Started the “diet” 4 years ago and never got off.

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