Bunny’s Small Victories

February 16, 2017

Bunny has been on Weight Watchers now for more than 3 months.

And it’s working!!!

Day by day, she counts her points, dipping into her weekly total when necessary, but using it mostly as a buffer in case she accidentally miscalculated that chicken picatta as 9 points when it was really 104,535,593. Every Friday morning, she attends a meeting, and everyone shares tips and hints and ideas and successes.

And it’s working!!!

Bunny has lost 29 pounds!

Her hips are smaller. She knows this because lots of her pants are sliding down her not-as-full hips. She’s down from a size 24 jeans to size 20. It’s easier to fasten the seat belt on an airplane. And with 10% of her body weight gone, she has noticed that she doesn’t get as tired doing things like walking long distances and up and down stairs ten million times.

See, it’s working!!!

Bunny is all about goals these days. Lots and lots of little goals. She notes that if she loses 0.4 this week, she can kiss the 260’s goodbye. She celebrates every 5 lbs. loss. She has always heard that a 10% body weight loss offers significant benefits, so she made that one of her little victories as well.

These small celebrations, even if they’re just inside her head, are motivating Bunny to stay on the path. It’s not hard. She’s not suffering and doesn’t feel deprived. She is losing daily points as she loses weight, but she’s adjusting — her 9 point morning shake had to get a tad smaller so it was only 7 points. And when she just has to eat something, fruit and veggies are free!

So as Bunny’s buns are steadily shrinking, we face a new challenge. Next week Bunny is going on a cruise.

Stay tuned!

We’re baaaaaack……!

November 1, 2016

We’ve been away for a long time. We’re very sorry.

Shortly after our last post, Bunny’s 85-year-old parents were in a bad car accident. This set off a long, horrible chain of events, involving nursing homes, assisted living, hospitals, the sale of their family home, walkers, wheelchairs, bedsores, innumerable financial issues, and dementia. It all came to rest last month with the passing of her beloved father.

This has been the perfect storm for an emotional eater, and bad things happened to Bunny’s weight-loss situation. Bunny is no spring chicken, and between enormous stress, a sedentary job, menopause, and the general insanity of the world around us (this is will not be a political blog, but this moderator has to say, just once … Trump? really?), our Bunny is heavmanpowerchairier than ever, and splady-cryorting quite a belly.

Well, she’s just tired of it. She just got off a cruise ship, and after a little rest and recovery, Bunny has declared war on all that extra weight. They say you can’t lose weight after age 60. Well, Bunny’s not in the mood to hear that. She has a new fitbit, is on her way back to Weight Watchers, and called us and asked us to revive this blog. Once we figured out the password, we were all set!

So welcome to the next chapter of Shrinking Bunny’s Buns!

First and Ten

October 12, 2010

Team Bunny BusOk, we found a bus. Team Bunny is on the move!

Here’s the situation:

Bunny has ten days before her doctor appointment where the Carb-Hating Doctor is going to weigh her. The doctor, as you may recall, has used some pretty sneaky tactics to guilt Bunny into losing some weight before this appointment. Guilt, basically. She’s made it clear that she personally will be sad and disappointed if Bunny hasn’t lost a few pounds.

Ten days, ten yards. Let’s see if Bunny can make a first down.

Here’s the play call for the next three days–Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

Breakfast:

A Bunny breakfast shake. This consists of:

  • unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • natural peanut butter
  • chocolate whey protein powder
  • a banana
  • ground flaxseed.

This shake, by the way, complies with a lot of The Nutrition Diva’s tips on how to make the perfect smoothie. And Bunny likes it.

Lunch:

A Luna protein bar. Not a perfect lunch, but not bad. At least it provides protein and some vitamins. Easy, tasty, quick, and leaves time for a walk at lunch.

Dinner:

A turkey sandwich with whole wheat bread, avocado, and lots of tomatoes. Mustard, no mayo. More tomatoes on the side, with a touch of olive oil. Not a traditional dinner meal, but it’s easy, and it provides protein, whole grains, healthy fat. And, again, Bunny likes it. She also doesn’t have to cook it. She likes that, too.

Snacks:

A piece of fruit, string cheese, one Skinny Cow chocolate truffle bar.

No-nos:

Sugar, chips, guacamole, alcohol. Chips and guacamole are a danger because today is Taco Tuesday at the cantina across the street from the office, and sometimes chips happen. We want Bunny to avoid this for the next few a days. As for alcohol, Bunny wouldn’t likely even think about it on a weeknight, but we’re putting it on the list just in case.

Water:

Three of those big SmartWater bottles each day.

Exercise:

Bunny is to do ten minutes of stretching exercises every day, and take a walk every day at lunch.

So that’s the plan.

Bunny is not allowed to change the play at the line of scrimmage. (She can’t be trusted to call her own audible.) Any variances (for example, if the boss wants to go out to lunch) must be submitted to the Offensive Coordinator (your humble bloggers) before any changes are made.

Let’s see how Bunny does.

Team Bunny

September 30, 2010

Bunny needs some motivation.

She’s daunted by the task ahead of her. She can’t get started on the next phase of her weight-loss journey.

She keeps falling off the wagon. Well, not the wagon, she’s not a drinker…let’s call it the bus.

Bunny on the ScaleYes, the team bus. Team Bunny’s bus.

It’s kind of like a team on the way to a football game, and everybody’s on board, but the key player keeps stopping the bus, climbing out and sitting on the curb.

This is not the way to win the game.

Bunny likes football. Actually, she LOVES football.

So let’s use that to help her get to the finish line!

Let’s see who’s on the bus:

  • Bunny. She’s the star player, the one who does all the work.
  • Mollie, Bunny’s gym buddy. She can be the team trainer and Defensive Coordinator. Her job is to make sure Bunny gets to the gym and doesn’t suffer any injuries.
  • Your humble bloggers. We’re the Offensive Coordinator. We call the plays.
  • Cheerleaders. That’s you.

Pardon us. We have to go find a bus. We’ll be back soon.

Anybody know a marching band that works cheap?

Commitment

August 23, 2010

Buff has started bringing cookies in the house, and Bunny has started grabbing a handful here and there, a couple of times a day (or three).

Mindless eating.

Bunny has Weight Watchers set up on a monthly autopay, but can never get to the meetings because of her job. She used to be able to make it to the Center in time to at least weigh in and maybe catch the last five minutes of the meeting, but she hasn’t even been able to do that for a couple of months. She gets stuck late at work, and traffic is awful.

RaceIt doesn’t help that Weight Watchers, a huge, global corporation, still runs its Centers like a mom and pop organization. They’re open only around meeting time, shutting down very soon thereafter, and there are only a few meetings a week. And only one or two Bunny even has a chance of making.

She tried to do Weight Watcher online, but she needs the forced weigh-in to stay on track. This isn’t working, and at this point Bunny’s not even following the food plan. Especially since the cookies arrived.

So. Bye-bye Weight Watchers, see ya later.

Hello, weekly weigh-in at the gym. This is good. That means she has to go to the gym at least once a week, something she has also not been doing in the last couple of months.

Bunny also commits to following the Weight Watchers food plan, counting her points, renewing her efforts, and keeping a food diary.

So. Let’s review the commitments Bunny makes today:

  • Weekly weigh-in at the gym.
  • Keep food diary.
  • Follow Weight Watchers plan.
  • Refocus and renew effort.
  • No cookies.
  • Make Trudy jealous when she gets on board that ship later this year.

Let’s do it!!!


Project Sailaway Begins!

June 14, 2010

Cruise ShipToday is Day One of Bunny’s weight-loss competition with her friend Trudy.

The girls and their hubbies will be off on a cruise to Hawaii later this year.  A traumatic swimsuit-shopping experience has Trudy resolved to skim off a few dozen pounds before the big event. Bunny thought that was a great idea and hopped on board, and they decided to make a game of it.

Only it’s not a game. It’s a serious competition. Trudy is extremely focused and ridiculously competitive, and she will never let Bunny hear the end of it if she wins.

Seriously. Never.

So it starts today.

Each participant was weighed today–Trudy at her doctor’s office, Bunny at a Weight Watchers meeting–to make it official. Bunny hasn’t been to a weigh-in for several weeks, but she only gained 8/10 of a pound, despite last week’s birthday festivities. Not too bad.

The girls live across the country from each other, so in order to keep them honest, a disinterested and reliable party was assigned to–well, to put it bluntly, check upon them and keep them from cheating. Bunny’s gym buddy Mollie and Trudy’s sister are the designated keepers of the trust.

We also took the girls’ measurements. Neither one will let us share their weight or measurements, at least not yet, but we have the numbers tucked away in a safe place, and will share how much hast been lost along the way.

And off we go!

Hi. It’s been a while, we know. We’re sorry.

We’re having a little bit of a problem with Bunny. She’s had some motivation issues in the past few weeks.

Mollie has gotten her into the gym a couple of times, but not regularly. Bunny couldn’t do their Saturday walk to the farmers’ market due to previous engagements.

Food-wise, she’s off her feed–or rather, on it. She’s not focused. She’s going out for lunch with her friends at work pretty regularly, and that’s never good in terms of keeping her food intake and her Weight Watchers points under control.

She hasn’t been to Weight Watchers in, well…

But we really think she’s going to turn it around very shortly. In about 10 days.

Why, you ask?

Fat MermaidWell, Bunny and Buff spent the weekend with their friends. The ones they’re going with on a cruise to Hawaii this Fall for Buff’s big birthday.

So here’s the thing. Bunny and her girlfriend went swimsuit shopping this weekend. Her girlfriend is in about the same situation Bunny is in, shape-wise.

They scared each other.

After they both stopped screaming in terror at the sight of themselves and each other in swimsuits, they had a couple of glasses of wine and made a deal that they are both going to lose weight before that cruise.

Bunny’s friend wants to lose 40 pounds. We’re sure sure that number is feasible, but she’s extremely competitive, so you never know. We suggested they turn it into a contest to see who can lose more weight, and let us post the results on this blog. They’re game, so that’s the plan.

First we need a name for the project.

Hawaii 4-0?

Project Swimsuit?

Two Fat Old Ladies Dieting So They Won’t Be Mistaken For Whales?

Whale On ScaleNeeds work.

Now, those of you who have paid close attention may ask–why 10 days? Why not now?

Bunny’s birthday is coming up.

Bunny has lots of good friends who like to take her out to lunch and dinner for her birthday, and there’s normally cake at the office on her big day.

It’s also her best friend’s birthday a couple of days later. Same problem. Party, dinner, cake.

So we’ll start the contest the day after her best friend’s birthday.

Stay tuned.