A BIG Reveal (Cue Dramatic Music Now)

Sometimes I feel as if my life is nothing but some wild ride in my imagination.  I cannot even fathom the situations BFF and I find ourselves in, let alone the fact that people actually read my blog, buy my books and that a publisher actually publishes me.  This month has been a whirlwind so far in that realm as I have been preparing for the release of the second installment of my Running Experiment. Yup…you read that right, the SECOND book is due to come out soon my sweet readers.  So open up your pocketbooks and get ready for some laughter.  There are even book exclusive essays for you to read…never published before.  I am so thrilled!!  Thrilled that Inknbeans took another chance on me…a simple Fat Girl who doesn’t mind putting her life out there for you all to read.  Viva la Fat Girl Revolution!!  What?  It’s a thing…I am gonna make it a thing anyways…let’s make it our new hashtag with everything. #FatGirlRevolution  I see it catching on..I wanna see it trend on Twitter because that would be awesome!

In all this prep work that my wonderful publisher, the Boss Bean, has put into my book, has been the discussion of a cover and a book title.  Immediately, BFF said that the title HAD to be The Revenge because all good sequels are the revenge or the return of something.  I laughed and quickly dismissed her title idea because I never thought Boss Bean would go for it.  But BFF does have a point.  I mean sequels are usually about revenge, right?  And since I didn’t go anywhere, the return really didn’t make sense.  Where would I be returning from?  The sofa?  The edge?  The brink?  Where are these places anyways?  I mean do you have to travel to them?  Can you say to your family “Yeah I decided to take my vacation this year to The Brink”?  Pretty sure everyone would flock there and it would no longer be this elusive thing and then we would have to start a travel club and all sorts of things.  Way too much work for me.  I prefer just to be The Revenge.  What do I have to be revengeful about?  Hmmmm….good question.  The sofa?  Cancer?  The Brink?  I have no idea but it is a good idea.  I like to create mayhem, remember, and a Fat Girl Revenge could involve many things but for sure throwing hummus. Why hummus?  Because chickpeas.  That is all.

This week, Boss Bean emailed me the new updated cover for my book. You may have seen what we originally thought was going to be my book entitled The Running Experiment:  A Weekly Walk Away From the Sofa Book 2  Further From the Sofa.  I had that cover posted for a while on Facebook (and if you don’t follow me there or on twitter you are surely missing out!)  but then she told me she had a surprise for me!  Unlike my weirdo BFF, I like surprises.  She sent it to me in my email when I was in the midst of a rousing game of Clue with my Redheaded god-daughters and BFF and there was lots of squealing and jumping up on down…and not on the Reds part.  Best. Cover. Ever.  Wanna see it?  Ok…cue dramatic reveal music here…

Have I said how much  I love my publisher Inknbeans?
Have I said how much I love my publisher Inknbeans?

There you have it!  The cover for the new book!  Squee!  BFF got her wish and the title is one I completely owe to her.  So thank BFF next time you see her for such an awesome book title.  Soon I shall have a preorder link as well to share with you lovelies.  Can you hardly stand it?  I cannot!  I am even dancing now…at work…to celebrate…to Shake It Off of course.  Fat Girl Dance of Joy!

On another slightly revealing note to celebrate, I am down 8.2 pounds on Nutrisystem!  Woot Woot!  Maybe I will be the Skinny Girl Running….nah….I will always have an inner Fat Girl for sure.  But, in one month I have lost 8.2 pounds!  This is the lowest I have been in a very long.  Thank you Nutrisystem for getting me to lose weight, feel full and still enjoy food like I like to enjoy it.  This is a great program and I cannot tout it enough to all you other Fat Girls out there.  They have counselors on-line you can even talk to about things like taking a vacay to The Brink to help you through it.  I mena we have all been there.  So come back from The Brink and Shake It Off….you can do it…I am!

Oh yeah.  I didn’t die today.  I did get a HUGE surprise in the form of The Revenge but I didn’t die.  I am Fat Girl coming back from The Brink to have The Revenge of the Sofa AND losing 8.2 pounds Running,  #FatGirlRevolution  The experiment continues…

Real Life Numbers and How I am Changing Them…Fat Girl Makes A Life Decision

So I didn’t want to say anything until a week had passed and I stepped on the scale for the first time, but I made a decision last week to really get on the move and lose some weight.  Part of my motivation was my health screening at work where I was shocked and disheartened to see my BMI was 36.2.  Yup, you read that one right…36.2 puts me in the obese category.  I had also gained weight and was up to 217…ugh.  You see I am not afraid to share these numbers with you because this is real life stuff, readers, and I know some of you struggle as much as I do in this weight loss journey.  Go ahead, share you numbers with me…don’t be ashamed…I am serious.  These are my real life numbers and I am out to change them.  I am done with toying around with trying to lose weight on my own.  I have tried numerous diets over the years, including trying to Weight Watchers again this year with little success.  I am going to be honest…I cannot do this on my own.  I end up sabotaging myself and not even caring if I am eating a huge thing of Skittles or fast food every night for dinner.  That BMI is horrid as is that number on the scale.  SO I made a life decision after talking to my wonderful college roomie who has recently lost over 30 pounds and understands my struggle.  I joined Nutrisystem.

Why Nutrisystem?  I needed something easy.  Something I didn’t have to think about.  Where my food was spelled out for me, yet allowed me the flexibility to eat out and make better choices when I do so.  Plus, working nights is horrid with trying to lose weight.  You would think that a hospital cafeteria would have soe healthy options, but nope.  Everything they serve in the middle of the night is deep-fried or covered in sauce and really your only option is to grab a salad from the salad bar, which is sometimes gross itself.  I can only eat so much salad as well and 3-4 nights in a row it gets super-duper old.  Not to mention, they have no decent fat-free or low-fat salad dressings.  So, I usually end up grabbing something off the grill along with chips and pudding or something like that.  I needed help.  I needed something to be easy and I could bring with me to work.  That would force me to follow it because I spent money.  That is also a motivator.  When you spend money to get yourself to lose weight, it really does help.  So, after talking to my best support system, BFF, I made the decision to buck it up and join Nutrisystem to change my life.  I want to not shop in the Fat Girl section in the store.  I want to go into a dress store and slide into a cute dress like BFF does and walk out with several outfits.  I am tired of being the Fat Friend.  I joined Nutrisystem knowing it would be hard for me to cheat on it because I would feel guilty with all my food already handed to me.  My college roomie assured me that the food tasted good and it was super easy to follow.  I need super easy in my life,  So, late one night I went online and joined…my heart pounding in my chest as I entered my weight and my BMI and picked my plan.  I even made a member page so you all can stalk me under the name ladymiryaa.  Go ahead…stalk me.  Some call it stalking, I call it love…Fat Girl love.

I chose to customize my food mostly because of my nut allergy, but also because I knew if I didn’t pick food that sounded good to me that I would immediately have trouble sticking to it and try to sabotage myself.  So I picked what I thought I might enjoy and waited.  My plan came with both what Nutrisystem calls the Grab and Go items and frozen items.  I must admit, I was curious as to how the frozen food was going to arrive at my doorstep.  The Grab and Go items came first…in a HUGE box and immediately I knew I needed some place to store it as my pantry is not that big.  So I purchased a rolling three drawer cart that I could seperate the meals into and set about doing that.  I was excited at the prospect of starting right away the following day even though the frozen items had not arrived yet.  BFF and I excitedly texted about all my food and I read all the materials sent with it so I knew what I was doing (or at least hoped so!).  The next morning, I got up and started off my day eating a breakfast item…a cinnamon roll of all things! I mean, come on, who doesn’t like a weight loss program that includes dessert every day and sweet things for breakfast?  This Fat Girl was thrilled that I could pick ice cream and cinnamon rolls!  Hello sweet yum nummies that I do not have to give up!  I was pleasantly surprised that the food was not gross and didn’t taste like diet food or chemically at all.  We all know I have tried diet programs before, like the liquid shake one that tasted like I was drinking chemically laced fluid every time I drank one.  I might have turned slightly into a Borg with that one (you will be assimilated!) and this food did not give me that impression what so ever.  I was surprised by a knock on my door later when the UPS guy delivered a large styrofoam cooler with ice in the lid containing all my frozen items.  This styrofoam cooler was seriously ig enough to hide a body in it…well maybe you would have to dismember a little to fit a whole body in it.  Not like I have those thoughts…but it did cross my mind that maybe that was what I was gonna find when I opened it.  I was relieved it was just my frozen Nutrisystem items and not a dismembered body.  Whew!  Those quickly got put away and the cooler thrown in my trash for the next serial killer or SOTL Man to find and use to dispose of his Fat Girls he is keeping to get their skins.  Now he will know he can’t have me when he realizes that the cooler came out of my garbage can and I am trying to not be one of his Fat Girl prizes.  Take that SOTL Man!!

So, this leads me to this morning…one week on Nutrisystem and stepping on the scale for the first time.  I was nervous, scared, and excited all at the same time.  I stepped on, took a deep breath and looked down…wait.  That can’t be right.  Let me step off and step back on…yup same number.  I better check a third time…so I did…same result.  A Naked Fat Girl Dance of Joy ensued…down 2.8 pounds to 214.2!!  WHAT?????? Yup, you read that right!  2.8 pounds gone off this Fat Girl body!!  Hello being below 215 for the first time in years.  This feels amazing. When I went and logged my weight, Nutrisystem happily told me that my BMI was now down to 35.7…even that made me happy!!  I am super proud of myself and I love all the support I am getting from my friends, my Bubby and Pocket GF.  I couldn’t do it without the support system.  Tonight starts my first time back at work since I started Nutrisystem so adjusting the program to working nights will be a slight challenge but I know I can do it because I want to see more numbers like that…numbers that get smaller!!  Cheers to Nutrisystem!

Oh yeah.  I didn’t die today.  I did decide to change my life and wonder if the styrofoam cooler that could hide a dismembered body in it would be stolen out of my trash by SOTL man to put his Fat Girls in but I didn’t die.  I am Fat Girl sharing her real life numbers and down 2.8 pounds Running!!  The experiment continues…