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Top Ten Signs You Did the "Slimdown"


So I don't know about you, but I love making lists. It keeps me on target, keeps me productive. There's nothing like the sense of satisfaction you get from taking a nice, gel ballpoint pen and crossing out an item on the list. Or, if it's not a to-do list, it's still fun to see just how many books you've read (OK, or maybe it's a little disappointing). So for my last post, I'd like to create a "Top Ten" list, partly in homage to David Letterman, partly because Andy Samberg and T-Pain weren't available to help me make an SNL music video. The topic I chose is "Top Ten Signs You Did the Joy Bauer/Woman's Day Slimdown." Here's what I came up with.

10. About six months ago, you spent an entire week feeling very cranky and actually having dreams about carbs.

9. About four months ago, you suddenly became very interested in seltzer water, bell peppers, and frozen bananas. Or basically anything that you could trick yourself into thinking might be booze, chips, or ice cream.

8. You receive at least a dozen encouraging emails a week from other Slimdown bloggers (thank you for all the support, ladies!)

7. You find yourself behaving like a Joy Bauer groupie.

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Mothers and Daughters and Weight

Yesterday was my mom’s birthday, and on a few recent phone conversations we’ve been discussing recipes in Joy Bauer’s Your Inner Skinny (Mom is trying Joy’s plan, just like I recommended!) It’s gotten me thinking aboutd how much mother-daughter relationships, for those of us who are lucky (well, on most days) enough to have one, can have such a big impact on a woman’s health, weight, and self-esteem.


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Reasons to Stick With It


Like many of the other bloggers, I'm having trouble motivating myself to stick with my meal plan. I will lose my holiday weight (right there with you Eve!) and the next week I've gained a pound back. I'll be back into my cooking meals regimen, and then I'll have a crazy night and pop a bag of popcorn and eat that instead. How can I stay on track?

Fortunately, in just a few weeks, I have a great reason to be thin: My first bridal gown alteration. My gown doesn't fit quite right, since I ordered it before this Slimdown and was about 20-25 pounds heavier then. But I still don't think I'm quite at my wedding (or more accurately, honeymoon bikini) weight. And I don't want to up my alterations charges by waiting until the last minute to drop those pounds.

In a few months, I'll continue to be motivated by thoughts of pending nuptuals and those surfing lessons that my fiance and I want to get.

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But like I wrote at the beginning of all this, we need reasons to be healthy that last a lifetime. Reasons that will still be around when the weddings and beach vacations and high school reunions are over. Here's one reminder that came to my attention just last week: Number of Americans with Diabetes Rises to Nearly 26 Million. The CDC says that if rates continue rising the way they have been, one-third of Americans will have diabetes by the year 2050. That seems far away, until I realize that I will be 66 that year. Hopefully I'll have kids. Hopefully my kids and I won't have to deal with all the hard work and serious health risks that a diabetes diagnosis brings. Heart health in my family hasn't been stellar either, and women always forget that heart disease is the number one killer of women, too, not just men!

It's hard to think about numbers, or things that may affect me in 50 years, each time I peek in the refrigerator though. I need to make shorter-term goals, too. For now, it's losing 5 pounds. How are you sticking with it?--Katie Bunker



So I won't be writing much of a post today, because I was stuck in this last night: WashpostSNOW_Page_1
Washington Post headline the morning after the Thundersnow. For more information, visit washingtonpost.com.

I was in the car from 4 p.m., when I left my office, until 1 a.m., when I arrived home. Oh, and I live 15 miles from work.

I am thankful for the help from other motorists, and that I didn't get in an accident though! Plenty of people did. It's hard to feel too bad for myself when you read Jennifer's and Lisa's posts before mine. Jennifer, I have definitely been there, and wish you luck. And Lisa, we are all thinking of and praying for you!

OK now it's time for me to start my workday. (From home, thankfully). Hope you had a great thundersnow, fellow East Coasters.

--Katie Bunker


Starting at the Beginning


Since the 5-pound holiday surplus is still hanging around, I've decided it's time to start Joy's Slimdown meal plan again, week one. It wasn't nearly as daunting as that day 6 months ago when we first received our copies of Your Inner Skinny, and I wondered how on earth I would be able to eat ONLY that much, with NO sweets and TONS of water and "skinny salads." Now I know how fast that week goes, and that I can absolutely do it!

So far, I've hit just a few obstacles. A couple days in I started experiencing major heartburn, which means I've had to lay off the acidy fruits and can't eat as much fiber without feeling sick. So my "week 1" may have to spill into "week 2." Kevin and I are back into P90X full-time so I know the workout component won't be a problem. But it's January and that means it's time to catch up with all those friends I haven't seen since October, since we were all traveling so much in November and December. And Joy's plan is definitely something you can follow when going out and in "real life" but the week 1 plan is not quite like that. It's a little tougher to stick to the strictest part of the meal plan when you're at a Mexican restaurant, for instance.

My goal is to lose 6 pounds by next Friday. Hold me to it, you guys! Have you lost your holiday weight (if any?) What was your success strategy?-Katie Bunker

Pounds lost so far: 25


My Engagement Photos are Here!


You know how losing weight changes your confidence level when doing things you normally wouldn't think twice about? For instance, in the past I would always wear a big sweater or long tunic over pants that are somewhat form-fitting-it never occurred to me, when I first started losing weight, that I could dress differently. Now, I have to make an effort to remind myself: You can wear that! Other people keep telling me how much I've changed, but until I look at the tag on my pants or open up Woman's Day's February issue, it's hard to believe them.


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Big Changes Happen All at Once


Around this time about two years ago, I remember calling my best friend, and just crying about how nothing seemed to be going my way. It wasn't like tons of horrible things were happening to me-it was just that nothing particularly good was. My job wasn't going anywhere. My relationship, I worried at the time, might not be going anywhere. I was broke and would probably have to move to a new apartment. I felt like I was in a rut and I wondered if anything exciting would happen to me before my 40th birthday (that's 13 years away, by the way).

Well apparently, huge changes all come at once. All within a year after that conversation with my friend, three of the biggest changes that can happen in life happened to me. I got engaged. I got a house. Then I got a promising new job. Somewhere between all that, the Slimdown helped me lose 25 pounds.

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The Tough Questions


Earlier this week, my fellow blogger Celeste posted a link to Joy's "Diet SOS" segment on the Today Show. Celeste called in to the show to ask Joy a great question: Is sea salt really better for you than regular table salt, or is that just clever marketing?

I remember when learning that drinking water would help you eat less was news to me. I remember being surprised that carbs turn into fat, and that it's not just fat grams that are responsible. But for those of us who have been dieting for awhile-or for people who are in the business of health and nutrition like I am (I work for a health magazine, so I read and write about this stuff all the time), it's not as frequently that we learn really useful, completely new information that we can use.

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Marilyn Monroe Was a Size 14 (Not That 14)


When I was home in Cincinnati over Christmas, Mom and I spent a couple of hours one afternoon checking out an exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum (for those unfamiliar with the area, Cincinnati actually has an amazing arts scene). The exhibit is called "Wedded Perfection: Two Centuries of Wedding Gowns."

The gowns were gorgeous. OK let's be honest-some of them were pretty weird-looking, but that only made me feel more excited and confident about my own wedding dress. But there was one thing all the gowns had in common: Thin women wore them. True, if my dress looked like a tent I probably wouldn't loan it to a museum, but we all know that women from a century ago-heck, women from 30 years ago-tended to be much smaller than we are today. So what gives?

Well have you ever heard a woman proudly cite the factoid: "Marilyn Monroe was a size 14!" Well I hate to burst anyone's bubble (as mine was burst when I found this out), but apparently a size 14 in Monroe's day would equate to something like a size 8 today. Some sources point out she was a size 12 at the time of her death, which would make her a 6 today.


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Healthy Holiday Gifts


Open up a magazine or read any health blog like this one-there are plenty of ideas out there for gifts to give the health-conscious people in your life. Many of us are done with our holiday shopping at this point, so I'm curious-what healthy gifts did you pick up this Christmas?

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