Humiliation Diet Update

I started with 35 pounds to lose, last week I had 33, and this week I am at 32 pounds to go.

Not as much as I would have liked, but not a total loss seeing as Pete brought me back Laduree Macaroons from New York. And my approach to handling temptation is to make it go away. Into my tummy. So I ate like 18 macaroons in a day. 

I couldn’t help it! They got all smushed in his bag and I didn’t want them to think I was judging them or thought they weren’t pretty enough to eat!

For workouts this week I have been walking with Gracie, doing the Tracy Anderson post-pregnancy video which is NO JOKE PEOPLE! I did half of it on Saturday and couldn’t move for two days. I like that it is only 45 minutes and is sort of divided in three sections, abs first, then legs, then arms so that if I don’t have time to do the whole thing I can do at least the abs first thing in the morning and maybe legs later if Gracie is chillin’ for 10 minutes. You need weights (no bigger than 3 pounds) but other than that you can do it anywhere. It is all mat work mostly using your own body weight and Tracy’s crazy kookie (you were right, Jenny) moves.The things I don’t like about the video are that she is super quiet so sometimes you are mid pike and check the TV and she has moved on without letting you know. And also the music is bizarro. Otherwise I feel like it is really doable and effective.

Diet wise I have basically been doing a paleo diet, at least at night, fish or chicken and veggies. My new favorite thing is roasting a brussel sprout within an inch of its life so that it basically become like a potato chip. I am sure I am cooking all the nutrients out of them, but it is delicious.

I have been trying to keep up with weight watchers online but I don’t super love it. I think it works really well if you are eating prepared foods or cooking their recipes, but trying to log in what I cooked and how I cooked it is super tedious. I am going to look into the other food/exercise logs y’all suggested this week.

Also this week I am going to try some barre classes, Tracy Anderson cardio, and slim in 6. And I need to start limiting my alcohol. FML. But its true. Skinny girl margaritas probably aren’t “skinny” when you consume and entire bottle at a time.

So, how are you guys doing? Any progress? Favorite workouts or foods I should try? Anyone else fall victim to some aggressive macaroons?


  1. tharon January 27, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Try the livestrong app on your iphone– easy to enter items and it adds up the calories. Much easier than the WW online.

  2. Melissa January 27, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Is that a salted caramel one I spy? Laduree is magic and worth the calories-I fully support you eating every last one!

  3. Alaina @ LCY January 27, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Roasted within an inch of their life. Hahah that’s how I cook them! So good!

  4. Jillian January 27, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Oh my gosh, I am SO with you on brussel sprouts. Is it bad that I almost knocked some poor woman over to get the last container at the store this week?

    Part of my New Year’s Resolution this year was to commit to 3 barre method classes a week for two months and then assess results. Some of the moves are kinda weird, but I promise I’m seeing some results. GOOD LUCK! Keep it up!

  5. lauren January 27, 2012 at 10:57 am

    We LOVE brussels sprouts that way, including my (almost) 3 year old daughter! If you love those, try roasting cauliflower. Preheat oven to 400. Cut into florets. Rinse, pat dry. Spray roasting sheet with pam. Spread cauli in single layer. Sprinkle with olive oil (or misto), salt & pepper. Roast for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Trust me, You will LOVE it!

  6. Marianne January 27, 2012 at 11:05 am

    I second the previous poster re the livestrong iPhone app – it’s amazing and free. I’ve done ww before, but i prefer the livestrong app – a lot easier to keep up with! (also, pass me a laduree will you?)

  7. Jess January 27, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Love the brussel sprouts, but be careful how many you eat. Once I ate almost an entire pound of them by myself and I was begging my hubby to jump on my stomach I had gas so bad! You can also roast carrots, little olive oil, salt and pepper at 450 for about 20-30 minutes. Turn them until they are nice and brown, not burnt, all the way around. It is like eating candy.

  8. Megan@twodelighted January 27, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Have you been to ? Has all recipes with weight watcher points. I lost like 25 pounds with WW last year and after the first few weeks it was easy. Also get mission carb balance tortillas and eat them with everything. They a really low points. You can even slice up and bake them like chips and eat with salsa. I didn’t really super follow it anyways, just kinda guesstimated

  9. The New Diplomats Wi January 27, 2012 at 11:22 am

    nice work! you’re 10% there!!!! love the tracy video, when you become familiar with all the moves, you can also turn it down and just put on your own music if you prefer. jillian michaels is also good to change it up when you get tired of tracy or just the tracy mat workout video (sames types of moves but different order).

  10. Tricia January 27, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Never tried brussel sprouts (because, obviously) but if you roast baby carrots that have been spritzed with butter flavored Pam-spray and sprinkled with brown sugar Splenda they taste like sweet pototoe fries! Honest to God.

    And yo, I did the HCG diet (which my family called Hungry Cranky Girl) and while it’s not for sissies it is VERY fast and VERY effective and seems to shock your metabolism back to its senses. I lost nearly 20 lbs in 6 weeks and have kept it off with very little effort. Good Luck!!

  11. Elizabeth January 27, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Try myfitnesspal– you can have it on your iphone/ipad or just log in old skool on the computer. on the app it even has a QR code scanner if you need to scan oh say blue bell mardi gras king cake ice cream. not that i know or anything. and it has lists of a lot of places you eat out and grocery store items. and you can log your fitness in there, too. and it sends you mean messages like “WHY HAVEN’T YOU LOGGED IN 3 DAYS GET ON IT” and then you do.

  12. sophie January 27, 2012 at 11:48 am

    bailey, i’ve been reading your blog for probably about a year now (have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it!) but have never commented … until now. and i feel i have to. i am also on a “diet” and also have consumed 18 laduree macarons this week (@ 3 points a piece!) i coordinated an event for my company on wednesday night, for which we had ordered 120 boxes of 3 macarons each as takeaways for the end of the evening. to cut a heartbreaking and no fun story short, we had to change our idea at the last minute and were ‘stuck’ with 120 laduree boxes. in our office. in front of my desk. you know how that story ends :) all i have to say is that next week is a new week!!! good luck!

  13. Elizabeth January 27, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Try the myfitnesspal app. It’s wonderful b/c it’s tailored to you, and you can log your food and exercise (and it evens has a water counter). It almost has almost EVERY FOOD imaginable. I think i’ve only found 1 thing that wasn’t listed.

  14. Jhatt January 27, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Umm I would have taken those down in 30 or less. Even smashed they are making me want to spend way too much and have them shipped to me! LUCKYYY! BUT not this week!! I am doing the fast track detox! Its really easy and it sounds like you are basically already doing it!! Brussel sprouts and all! Good luck!! Ill email you this detoxxxxx

  15. Rebecca January 27, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Hi!! Happy to hear that you like the Tracy Anderson method, I think I am going to try it out. Also, can’t wait to hear how you like bar classes.

    A good snack is to heat up an apple in the microwave and then drizzle some honey or splenda on it. It sometimes works to curb the sweet tooth…

  16. Colleen January 27, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I had a serious Rice Krispy addiction after my first one was born and yet couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t lose that last 5 lbs…don’t beat yourself up, don’t deprive yourself of any foods, limit your portion size and keep exercising…”they” say it takes 9 months to put it on and 9 months to take it off…you’ll be all good before you know it!!

  17. Emily January 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    LOVE Tracy Anderson workouts, I feel sore in placing I didn’t know I could get sore. Try the Fooducate app. You don’t track what you eat but you can scan items and the app grades the item from A-F. It tells you why the grade is low or high like really high in sodium or minimally processed. It also suggests better alternatives. Good luck!

  18. Bee January 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I’ve been on weight watchers for 2 almost 3 weeks and seeing minimal results. However, I think this mainly due to the fact that I was putting away an entire box of Waffle Crisp and the only exercise I was doing was the slow movement from sitting to laying on the couch.
    That’s all changed because exercise no longer bores me. I invested in some Jazzercise and hot yoga classes and downloaded an app on my iPad called something something fitness class (it was free) and has a bunch of neat classes you can get d

  19. Melissa January 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    At least macarons are gluten-free! That’s how I justify them, better than cupcakes. I also have a severe Sriracha addiction. I added it to the dressing on a superfood salad I Pinned this week– seriously so delicious I forgot it was healthy. I’m making it again this weekend. It’s on my blog, yesterday’s post, you definitely need to try it.

  20. Allyson January 27, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I definitely fell guilty to Chuys last night.. margarita AND queso AND enchiladas. It was bad. And you are so right about Weight Watchers (or any other food logging system) it is a pain in the ass if you cook your own meals.

    Now I’m going to write you a paragraph about some dishes I recently discovered/created hoping that dieting wouldn’t be so bad. And they really worked for me. I don’t know what your food preferences are so I’m just taking a stab here.

    #1. The Spinach smoothie. Sounds disgusting, but it really isn’t. You take whatever smoothie you prefer (I like strawberry and raspberry but most people prefer strawberry and banana) and cut up the fruit the night before (hell- I do the whole week before) and put them into little baggies and pop them in the freezer. This freezing technique is not good for bananas, those just have to go in when you blend. So you start your smoothie with 3/4 cup of fat free milk (you can also use water or coconut milk but I haven’t tried this) and 1 cup of spinach and you blend. It becomes like a creamy gooey green milk. Then you pull out about 1 cup to 1 and 1/2 cups of fruit from your freezer and throw them in. Blend. The fruit not only acts as the flavor- but also the ice. Try it and then add some Splenda or a little bit of honey. I would go with Splenda because honey can be bad in large quantities- and I can’t be trusted not to pile it on. So basically you end up with a green smoothie that tastes exactly like a normal smoothie. BUT you get all of this fiber and good stuff from the spinach (without actually having to taste it) and it keeps you full much longer. Seriously, I just replaced breakfast with these bad boys for a week and I could tell a difference. I tried strawberry, strawberry and banana, strawberry alone, strawberry and pineapple, and strawberry and raspberry. And, if you are sticking to the “entering everything you eat” plan, this is pretty easy.

    #2. My second genius discovery (can you tell how proud I am) is wheat toast Laughing Cow. You need to find the healthiest whole grain (nastiest tasting) bread, toast a slice, and then take one of the little Laughing Cow squares (I prefer Swiss) and swipe it all over that bad boy. It makes all the bad taste of the whole wheat vanish AND it’s only 50 calories for the topping (toppings and dips are UNHEARD of in diets) AND you are getting protein. Great mid-morning snack after the spinach smoothie. I eat this for breakfast sometimes when I’m in a hurry and it tastes so good (hello- it’s cheese) but it has all those good things you need. Fiber, protein, blah blah blah. Also, the Swiss tastes great on a red apple. So you cut it up and swipe a little on each slice. However, I do not suggest multiple Laughing Cows in one day. Although, I won’t deny that I haven’t done it.

    #3. Eating meals that don’t make you feel like you are on a diet. So scramble some egg whites with cilantro and put them on a wheat tortilla with a little bit of avocado (vegtable- check!) and a tiny bit of salsa. BAM! It’s so good yet not bad for you. Or try cutting up zucchini and tomato. Lay them out on a pan and sprinkle with a LITTLE (I’m really guilty of my ‘sprinkling’ being more like ‘dumping half the bottle’) of olive oil and then some of the Italian bread crumbs. Toast in the oven at 350 until they get all golden brown and pretty. If you don’t have olive oil, try the “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray” that has ZERO calories and douse them in that. At the end, you can also sprinkle them with low fat mozzarella cheese and put them back in on broil. It’s so nice. Also, these both have very little ingredients you have to count out for Weight Watchers (I don’t think you have to count veggies or fruits if I remember correctly) so it makes it less of a pain. Also, try Kashi cereals. They do a really good job of imitating delicious cereals (they have these Frosted Wheatie imitations that I’m addicted to) but making them much more healthy. And they are packed with fiber and protein (i.e. keeping you full longer). Also, one of my crazy health friends introduced me to humus. I get the one at HEB that is in a red circle carton and is labeled “Roasted Pine Nuts”. It sounds disgusting but it is really good (and full of protein) and you can dip it with cucumbers or carrots. So you are getting vegetables (that aren’t burned to a crisp) without really having to taste them. I HATE carrots and I can tolerate them with this!

    Hope this helps somewhat!

    And if not- Slimfast (Rich Chocolate Royal) may not taste the best, but I definitely lost a lot of weight replacing one meal a day with them. However, it was hard to keep the weight off once I stopped. So they are great for losing weight but then you have to be really careful with that meal once you stop.

    Okay- all done!

  21. Eliza January 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Hi! New to your blog, but I just love it! Just wanted to say hi and let you know I’m following along :) xoxo, e

  22. bevy January 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    i do Tracy Anderson’s metamophosis videos and yeah, same peeve, she doesn’t even warn me that she’s moving on to the next move. grrr!

  23. elizabeth January 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    i have an iphone app that i use–lose it. i’ve also heard that my fitness pal is good. i like it because it recognizes foods that i eat a lot and i can program in meals/recipes that i’ve had. its also a lot easier to do it on my phone than on my computer.

  24. elizabeth January 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    also, another thing that i have started doing to get in fruits and veggies is having a green smoothie in the mornings. greek yogurt, milk (or water), spinach, frozen bananas, a mix of fruits (i especially like strawberry with mango) and a hint of cinnamon. i promise you can’t taste the spinach and its filling! plus, it tastes like a milkshake but it isn’t completely void of nutritional value.

  25. Annie January 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    one thing i’ve been trying to do for the past few months is not eat any carbs mon-fri. it gets tempting sometimes but once you get into the groove of it, it really isn’t bad and you’ll see results within a few weeks. and try substituting breakfast or lunch with a freshmade juice. my favorite is spinach celery cucumber apple and lemon. i know it sounds sound great but it actually is really good over ice and fills you up. gets you all your nutrients and keeps you feeling energized but light. good luck!!!

  26. CQ January 27, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    one thing i totally reccomend is spaghetti squash!! i had it this week and it is pretty awesome to eat a massive bowl of “pasta” and not feel guilty!!

    i just had chicken fingers and fries for i feel you on the temptation. and i live in new york and the first time i went to laduree it was pretty absurd/disgusting/awesome how many i ate!! :)

  27. kkrs January 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm


    Way to go! As I sit here, I am eating a macaroon. (its my third!) So good. No laudree, though! Here is the secret on the “skinny girl” stuff… read the label. It is the portion size that makes the calories seem too good to be true… it is. When did anyone ever have a 4 oz. margarita? It is a marketing ploy and she is a genius.

  28. pure.ruth January 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    so just spent about 10 minutes reading all these great comments. i can’t wait to roast some calliflower and carrotts! i must say though— SPLENDA = CANCER= DEATH. it’s better to use honey, maple syrup, real sugar or NO SUGAR at all. you know how i feel about aspartame bqdm :) xoxo

  29. kate January 27, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    do you have a hot vinyasa flow studio in your area? sounds like hell but once you get the hang of the class and the heat its nice. definitely slimmed me out and toned me, great combo with the other workouts you already do!
    i am challenging myself to 30 days no sweets – cookies, icecream, chocolate, candy etc – i am on day 10. i legit went through withdrawl but i survied and its ok now. sucks a lot at first.

  30. therobynnest January 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Baily, I’m still nursing my 7 month old but am thinking of weaning in the next few weeks. I am not one of those women who loses weight through breastfeeding. At all. That said, in the fall we tried eating paleo (well, really primal– paleo bacon and dark chocolate) and cooked from the 30 minute meals Mark Sisson cookbook. I can’t fathom spending more time than that cooking a meal several times a day, so I’m glad I got the short version. In the first 2 weeks I probably lost over 10 pounds. It was incredible and the recipes are delicious. Since then, ice cream and beer snuck back into my diet so LBs aren’t dropping like they were, but I’m 20 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight and 30 pounds from my pre-marriage weight. Let me know if you decide to get that book; I’m happy to tell you what’s yummy and what’s not. Good luck! I sincerely believe Paleo/Primal is the way to go.

  31. Michele January 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    YES! I love brussels sprouts that way too. And if you love balsamic vinegar like I do, put some on your green beans at the very end of sauteing them. YUM!

  32. Melanie January 27, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Bailey, you should try the 30 day shred by Jillian Michales! I just started and I’m on day 7. It sucks for maybe a day or two, but then you stop being sore and start feeling great. Best part is that it’s only 20 MINUTES. Sneak it into your routine and you won’t regret it. Plus read about it online, sooo many good results from people.

  33. Dawn January 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I tried the slim in 6 tapes after I had my first baby, and I wound up losing about 30 lbs. I also watched what I ate, but I have never met a glass of wine I didn’t enjoy, so I never totally cut out the alcohol. The Slim tapes work though. I just had my second baby and have about another 30 lbs I want to lose – it’s a bit harder the second time around (at least for me). I just picked up the Mom into Fitness tapes, and while they were certianly made on a low budget, they are actually quite effective. If you get tired of the tapes you have, I would look into them.

  34. Lisa January 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Macaroons?! UHM, actually yes! My brothers girlfriend/my own friend lives in NYC sent me the sweetest package with those in it!! They looked identically crumbly and such, but were AH-MAZING! What dolls we have in our lives, huh? Thinking of us, and the macaroons, yum!!

  35. Mary F January 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I act the same way as you with sweets – this morning I woke up and had 4 elephant ears (i.e. puff pastry & sugar). I just couldn’t resist. But, I decided to go to Pure Barre and felt great afterwards. It really is addicting and the music is so good, I usually end up forgetting about the pain and just sing along. Advice: don’t forgo sweets all together….that is like suicide. Just remember: moderation. Good Luck!

  36. Sally January 27, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    UM yes…Tracy Anderson is killer. Everyone thinks its a joke because I mean they are dvds afterall. But there something about those moves she does that gets me every time. SO HARD. I use 1 pound weights and can hardly lift my arms with them. Our mom had a ton of success with TA. She looked like a total DIME.

    This little diet of yours will have to take a small break when Molly and I come, k?

  37. Tara Pettyjohn January 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I follow weight watchers online too, but I also find their recipe builder/tracker hard to use. SO…..I go on to and use their “my plate” app and recipe builder, then plug those stats into WW calculator, sounds complicated, but it’s actually MUCH easier! Hope that helps :)

  38. Courtney January 30, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Hi Bailey! I’ve been reading forever and I just wanted to offer congrats to you for sticking with this! I have to second another comment about the primal/paleo diet – it sounds hard but once you get used to it it makes cooking so easy. I’m not completely strict, but I’ve found substitutes for certain things that don’t give me “the guilt” like baked zucchini instead of potato chips and mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes. Agave nectar is the best sweetener I’ve used and it doesn’t add a weird flavor to things. I’ve found that pretty much and form/intensity of exercise with this diet is a major weight loss. I do CrossFit, so they typically go hand in hand but I’ve found that eating this way has kept off any weight even if I have a slow month or two, workout-wise. Good luck!

  39. Bee January 30, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Take comfort in the fact that you aren’t over 40! I just read the most depressing article about how much the metabolism slows down after 40. Good luck with your efforts, which sound considerable (never minding the occasional macaron).

  40. Cat January 31, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Again, super late to this party as well, but I got this stupid thing called a Big Girl job so I had to pretend like I was working. I am doing the Paleo Diet and I got a Paleo cookbook for Christmas! Also, try Crossfit! It’s soo fast and I went down 3 sizes in my clothes. Lost not weight, all fat,and gained a ton of muscle. It’s really fast too. Try it. Do it. Facebook me. We’ll chat.

  41. Caroline February 16, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I realize I’m a bit late to this post, but I just discovered your blog (I love it!!). I too am trying to lose some weight (for my wedding in May) and it can be soo hard sometimes (or all the time!). For what it’s worth I’ve been using to track my food intake and exercise each day and I really like it. I also recommend Body Pump classes (I take mine at the Y). It’s a 60 min bar weight training class, that I do twice a week and this really makes a difference.

    I know it’s hard but just stick with it as much as you can (I feel like my diet goes completely out the window on the weekends, hello wine and pizza!) and it will come off slowly but surely!

    Keep up with the great blog posts!

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