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Monday, July 22, 2013

Fat Girl Fridays

Let's talk about ice cream.

Or perhaps some Taco Bell?



Once I was at goal for approximately one year (October/November 2011), I started doing something that I originally self-labelled as, "Fat Girl Fridays."

Ever since then, this funny label has kinda caught on among my friends and family.

I can remember one particular coworker/friend in Oregon who would love to cruise by my desk on a Friday morning and ask "Is it Fat Girl Friday yet? Let's go get cherry turnovers in the cafeteria!"

Or sometimes I get texts like these:
My friends know that I am pretty strict with my portions and food choices most of the time.

What happens on "Fat Girl Friday"?

On Fridays, my food choices are similar to what I ate when I was a fatty.  Examples:
  • I may have a Nacho Supreme with extra nacho cheese sauce from the Taco Bell Drive-Thru
  • I might visit the vending machine at work for that Twix bar.
  • Perhaps I'll treat myself to half of a pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream.
  • Two glasses of wine? Yes. Please.
I know for a fact that if I made these once-a-week food choices while I was in my losing phase (Sept '09-Dec '10), then I would have MAINTAINED my weight.  Remember how HARD CORE I was for that long 14 month losing phase?

Not a drop of alcohol passed my lips.

No food choices were eaten that weren't on my plan to get to my goal weight.

I was very focused on getting to goal during my losing phase.

Therefore maintaining my weight was not acceptable for me and my goals.

I didn't have "Fat Girl Fridays" when I was losing or during the first year of maintenance.

Even though I am rockin' some pretty lame ass-hat food choices on "Fat Girl Friday", I still do the following:
  • Drink water like a badass.  100+ oz for the day.
  • Exercise like Jillian Michael's #1 fan would.
  • I have a tally in my head of the number of calories that I've consumed. Sometimes the total gets as high as 1800-1900, or even 2000 calories for the day.  But that's OK. No biggie.
I have maintained my weight for over a year and a half now doing "Fat Girl Fridays."

I guess this is what maintenance is all about for me.


  1. Alcohol is my problem...my weight loss problem. No, I'm not an alcoholic, but those calories add up fast!

  2. Can't wait to get to maintenance!! 23 lbs from skin removal (and yes, this mama not only wants it, but will need it medically and cosmetically)!! And then onto maintenance!!!!

  3. I love the idea of Fat Girl Friday. Unfortunately, for me it usually turns into Fat Girl Saturday and Sunday too....but I'm working on it!

  4. Of all the times I have had Taco Bell, I never realized I could get extra cheese. Years of missed opportunity!

    I'm the same, once I start, it is hard to stop.

  5. Your 'fat girl Friday' sounds way to similar to my everyday! I hope I can rock my first 14 months like you did when my turn comes in October!!

  6. I completely understand this post. I lived this for the past 18 months. Exercise and general weekly nutrition allowed me to maintain my 93 lbs, but turning up the dedication on nutrition is what's going to move me forward to 100 + lbs. thanks for this reminder. Weight loss is 80% nutrition.

  7. Fat Girl Fridays is SUCH a great idea. Thank you for posting this. Such an inspiration. It's a good reminder that if you just tough it out and do what you need to do at some point you'll get to indulge once in a while.