I do not know what to title this entry, but I am tempted to title it “who needs sugar when you’ve got Gabby.?”

Last Wednesday, I started The Atkins Diet. The plan was to do it for 2 weeks to jumpstart my weight loss and then to gradually add the good carbs back in and go back on weight watchers.
Well, as of this morning, I have lost 8 pounds. In a week.


I’m back to my lowest weight since starting this weight loss journey and honestly, I couldn’t be happier about it. But! (There’s always a “But!”)
I have decided to stop at one week, instead of two. How very flaky of me.
Me? Flakey? How totally not at all shocking!
For one, I’m SICK SICK SICK of eggs. Oh my God. Just saying it makes me want to vomit. Also? I kinda miss pooping. No, no, I TOTALLY miss pooping. Last night, I felt “the urge” and I jumped up, ran to the livingroom and said “Tony! I think I feel a poo coming on! I think I may actually take a dump!”
It was like Christmas in July! “A POO! I GOT A POO!”
Also? I don’t want to deprive my body for too long of the “good” carbs, because I know what happens once I’ll start eating them again. (And I will start eating them again because hello? I’m half mexican and have you ever heard of a little thing called TORTILLAS? Yeah.)
Ah, who am I kidding, I’m quitting because I WANT A BOWL OF CEREAL ALSO? QUITE POSSIBLY A PLUM.
Honestly, I knew going into it that I probably wouldn’t last, but I was so desperate to lose those 8 pounds and now that they are gone, I am SO done with it.
I’m not going to start scarfing down The Carbs now that I’m done with Atkins. I’m still going to stay away from the bad carbs and just add things like fruit and cottage cheese and unsweetened iced green teas from The Bucks. (Have I told you that I’ve been frappicino and also coffee free for over a month? But that now I am addicted to iced green teas? Which, is so much better because a)cheaper b)not sugared up c)better for you. Hurray for breaking addictions only to replace them with new and healthier addictions!)
In other, more exciting news, my daughter has FINALLY started calling me “Mommy.” She’s always called me “Mom.” No matter how many times I’ve begged and pleaded with her to say Mommy. But this week, when I went to pick her up from her crib in the morning, she stretched her hands out and said “Ohhh, Mommy.
And then my heart exploded and I cried.
My Dear Gabby Goo

76 thoughts on “I do not know what to title this entry, but I am tempted to title it “who needs sugar when you’ve got Gabby.?”

  1. Sarah

    What is it about being called “mommy”? Hearing those first chirpy little attempts at one phrase that completely alters your life, it’s amazing. I bet all moms, at one point or another go through those moments. I for one, am still in awe at every single “mommy” he speaks.
    Congrats on the weight loss. I’m insanely jealous, and totally inspired, thank you.

  2. eve

    Congrats on the 8lbs! Atkins is hard but you can do it! Just drink lots of water! And i love the “mommy” thing!

  3. Stacey

    Congratulations on leaving the 180’s behind!
    One reason I read your site is for FRAPPUCINO updates…so addicted. Now I will try the iced green tea…if it comes from starbucks I will love it!

  4. Itchy

    Congratulations!!!! 8 pounds in a week! I’d give one of my…well, I’m not sure what I’d give but I’d love to lose that in a month! That’s great Y!!!

  5. Brandi

    Congratulations on jump-starting your weightloss again!
    My 19-month-old has been calling me “Da” for the last 7 months. I’d be so happy with a “Mom” at this point!

  6. ishouldbeworking

    Betcha can’t wait til the first time she looks at you like you’re from another planet, rolls her eyes and says, in a very pained voice, “Motherrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!”
    Good job on the 8lbs – hope they take more with them.

  7. a.

    Okay, this shows how I think…are you holding the camera while weighing yourself? If so, maybe you’ve lost even more weight! 😉

  8. Vicky

    Jeebus! I’m gettin me an Atkins book. I’ve been stalled at 15 pounds lost for the last 4 weeks…I have gone nowhere!
    …and the Mommy thing? Isn’t that the best!

  9. Jennifer

    Oh my god. MY heart just exploded. That sound file was too much.
    I assume that was your voice coaxing her to say Mommy? Totally not what I expected you to sound like! Man, you have one of those “pleasing” radio voices. YOu can probably sing well too.
    PS — When I said not what I expected, I didn’t mean I expected you to have a brutish sandpaper voice or anything.
    PPS — When I said you had a pleasing voice, I meant that in a totally non-stalkerish way.
    PPS — Seriously, I’m a chick. And you’re hot (especially since you’re getting so damn thin) and and all but I’m trying to get my boyfriend to propose through my powers of mental suggestion, so I don’t think this would be a good time to start an internet lesbian affair.
    PPPS — you can block me from commenting now.

  10. Chickadee

    I’m delurking to say that that little .wav has made my uterus throb and the rest of me want to jump aboard the first fellow I see so I can get me one of those! Oh. My. God.
    Also, congrats on those 8 lbs. Holy moly! :)

  11. jayne d'Arcy

    Gabby is way too gorgeous in that photograph. Honest to god, Y, you take the most beautiful photos of your kids. If I had kids, I’d hire you around the clock to make ’em look good. Seriously, I think you could make a lot of families kids look beautiful.

  12. zorgon

    Kick. Ass!
    And I concur with those other posters who laud your mad photog skillz. Holy cow, you are a goddess. Also with camera. 😉

  13. daysgoby

    Oh! I teared up and choked up and sat here with the biggest grin on my face….and then I peed myself, reading Jennifers comment.
    Congrats on Mommy and congrats on the lost pounds. Both are spectacular!

  14. Stepherz

    Go ahead wit your bad self! 8 pounds is HUGE progress! And you earned it because a week of eggs is PAIN. I know, I did the Atkins last year for 2 weeks. I lost 13 pounds and looked pretty good. But I thought I’d die if I ever heard the word omelette again. I still get a nervous tick when anyone says that word.

  15. demondoll

    Go on with your weight-loss self! Congratulations!! Gabby is, as usual, just beautiful…

  16. Nina

    Okay…glad you lost the weight (I could never do Adkins…yuck)…and happy to hear the “mommy” thing (so cute!!) but the first thing I noticed was your feet. Do you wear flip flops all the time? Because I have that weird tan thing going on and you look like you have it too…haha

  17. the infamous xtine

    The Atkins diet works incredibly well for people who don’t exercise. But if you do exercise? You’ll probably lose weight but it won’t be good for you. Carbs are fuel for your muscles, important if you exercise a lot. Mind you, that applies primarily to “good carbs” and in moderation.
    I recommend picking up an issue of Fitness RX for Women. It’s a great magazine; it has a lot of diet pill ads, of course, but the information within is pretty awesome. They compile a bunch of studies and research and present them to you in easy-to-understand, brief paragraphs. There are also diet and exercise tips. It’s helping to inform women about health, not preach to them.
    I’m back on my health kick, trying to do better, put in some more time on the treadmill, do a little lifting to get toned. I have a wedding in a year, dammit!

  18. clickmom

    8 pounds is all I need to hear, Atkins here I come. I am so there and so ready to jump start my own diet too. I have been trailing you in the weight loss department and you can’t imagine how much inspiration I get from seeing your photos and reading about your struggles.
    Keep up the good work.

  19. Maria

    I thought the same thing as “a”, Y.
    What kind of camera do you have? It could be another 2-5 lbs. lost.
    Congratulations!

  20. Lucy

    I know you said you are off of coffee, but if you want to get back on…here is a recipe to make frappuccinos at home, here is a recipe. They actually taste pretty good…you could probably use Splenda instead of sugar too, which would make them not so bad for you. All you need is a blender. We make them at home all the time now, so we don’t have to go to Starbucks and spend way too much money. Enjoy!
    http://www.kitchenlink.com/ch/2002/december/topsecretdrinkrecipes2.html

  21. sarahb

    “Did you ever know that you’re my hero” Yhea for you! I am getting married on Aug 12 and CAN NOT get off the last 10……eggs I can do, but black olives and cheese for snack? Any other ideas?

  22. Michelle

    I found your site through Guy Kawasaki’s post. Good luck with the dieting! I have been trying as well since i had my son 8 months ago, but I still have a lot to lose. The best thing for me is just to keep food out of the house. Then I have nothing to munch on. It is the only thing that works. I hope it keeps going well!

  23. ambrosia

    delurking here . . .
    just wanted to say that it’s a good thing that the not-having-any-poop coincided with the not-having-the-time-to-poop that you mentioned just two posts ago.
    always gotta look on bright side of things. :)
    also, grats on the weight loss.

  24. jen

    You continue to amaze me. Wow.
    My theory is Gabby knew you were due for a “Mommy”…her way of offering her congrats on your week’s weight loss.

  25. Cheri

    I miss being called Mommy. Well it still happens some, at home. But my now 8 yr old insists on calling me Mom and not Mommy almost all the time now. Unless I ignore him altogether until he figures out why I am and says “Mommy would you please…”. And he loves me SO much more when I do that too! lol First it goes from Mommy to Mom then it’s kisses only on the cheek, then only hugs and then nothing. I’m so not looking forward to the nothing. Although my son swears he always going to kiss me, even when he’s 16. Ya right!

  26. Oh, The Joys

    Wait! Does coffee screw up your diet? I don’t mean Frappucino’s, but does regular black coffee interfere? If so I’ve just spend a MONTH counting the freaky little POINTS for NOTHING. Arg. (Only three pounds gone despite NOT cheating and NOT using up all the floaty points or whatever the F they are.)

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