Diet Bet Results–I didn’t Win or Lose

I joined Sarah Fit’s Diet Bet 4 weeks ago. Everyone who wanted to “play” put in $15 and was challenged to lose 4% of their weight.

For me that was 6.5 pounds. Yes, it was a lot. My weight has been up since January, hence the reason why I wanted to join in the first place.image thumb15 Diet Bet Results–I didn’t Win or Lose

The bet started on July 18th, a Wednesday. I didn’t weigh in the first week out because I was on my period. Yes, I’m sure you didn’t want to know that, but if you want to know all the rest of my business you’re getting that info too.

Results: I didn’t lose any weight – actually, I gained. I lost 1 pound in 2 weeks, but now am back up 2 pounds. So, according to the scale, I’ve gained one pound from 4 weeks ago.

Dieting over the last 10 years and working as a trainer for the last year and a half, have taught me that the scale fluctuates A LOT. And it fluctuates more for some people than others. If I weighed myself every day for a week it would be different every single day – some days by 3 pounds or more.

I drink over a gallon of water a day and eat a lot of salt (I kinda have to eat a lot of salt given my water intake and I’m happy with that). So, I’m not going to berate myself over it. But, I am disappointed.

I don’t think I “earned” a big weight loss, but I did make a legitimate effort to clean up my diet. I didn’t earn a gain either.

My diet strategy for the 4 weeks was to:

1. Track my food – but not count calories. I just wanted to observe and report what I was currently doing and clean up the junk. <- The not counting calories is obviously dumb if you’re trying to lose weight. I didn’t want to get too obsessive about it, and I was hoping the small tweaks would be enough. But counting is what I would have to do if I wanted to actually lose weight. Shocking.

2. Stop afternoon grazing. <- I was really good about having one afternoon snack instead of eating 4 different things scrounging around the kitchen.

3. Not eat after 8pm. <- I did better on this, when I wanted to eat at night I tried to have cherries or 2 pieces of dark chocolate or something similar.

The progress I made is good and these points are realistic, long term changes – so that’s good! But, it’s not enough for me to lose weight.

Since I was at least writing down most of my food intake I don’t believe I actually gained a pound of fat or muscle or toenails in the last 4 weeks. Logically, I realize it’s very unlikely given my journal.

I do think my thyroid must have something to do with the challenges I’ve been having with my weight. I tested low for my T3 thyroid a while back when I realized I was gaining. My primary care doc gave me a very low dose of a T3 supplement and referred me to a specialist – but I can’t get an appt with him until OCTOBER. Boo.

This morning after I weighed in I got myself to the gym and work out the frustration and had a really good strength session!image thumb16 Diet Bet Results–I didn’t Win or Lose

Going forward I am going to continue to weigh myself on Wednesdays and I’m going to keep journaling – maybe even with calorie counts, genius right?! (I do still believe in IE, but there is something wrong with the fact that I am gaining weight despite being in my 20s, active and eating relatively healthy. I am not binging, I don’t have “junk food” in the house, I indulge like most other “normal” people.)

I like a mid-week weigh in since I used to do it on Friday and then go crazy on the weekends. Roni has called Wed – “Weigh In Wednesday” for years and reports her weight on her site. Last week she invited others to weigh in with her and I like that idea.

I won’t always report my weight here since there are a lot of people with eating disorders perusing the internet machine. If you think you have an issue please talk with a doctor, therapist, ventriloquist, paleontologist and/or RD. Better yet, talk to all of them.

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Comments

  1. Steph says

    If you are hypothyroid you can certainly have a very hard time losing weight because your metabolism is moving slower than it should. Also I really don’t think you need to lose weight and your body is resistant to it because you don’t have a lot of fat or places to lose from. I believe if you are being active, not eating terrible food, and enjoying life – who cares what the scale says?

  2. Dana B. says

    Thyroid function can definitely affect your ability to lose poundage. Hang in there. The fluctuations may be partially due to a fluctuating T3, T4, or TSH level. See an endocrinologist and check out Mary Shomon. It will help you determine if this is really affecting weight loss goals. I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and do not lose pounds quickly and have to go low glycemic to make the scale move at all despite a hefty workout and decent eating routine. Shomon has A TON of information out there that may help you tweak all of your already great habits. :-)

  3. Erica says

    It can be so frusterating to do all the right things and still the scale won’t play nice!
    A daily kelp supplement can really help with thyroid issues. :-)

  4. says

    Weight can be such a frustrating issue since it does fluctuate so much! From all appearances, you look great, eat healthy and exercise a lot so I wouldn’t worry too much about it either.
    But, I hate when people tell me that when I don’t feel comfortable or my pants feel a little tighter! I try to go by clothing fit versus weight, but it’s hard sometimes to not do the scale thing.

  5. says

    I was having frustrations with the scale – a year post-baby – and was sure that I had some kind of metabolic issue. As it turns out, I don’t and to add insult to injury my “high” metabolism means that I can only eat 1,300 calories a day to maintain (without exercise, of course). While it might not be true for your case, I think it’s easy to assume we can eat 2,000 calories a day if we ran 5 miles and maybe lose weight. In reality, I can eat 1,700 to maintain and <1,500 to lose. Something to think about. http://healthystrides.blogspot.com/2012/07/burn-baby-burn.html

  6. says

    Bummer, I noticed in your posts that you were putting in a solid effort. You of course have the right perspective and are super healthy and that is what really counts. I hear ya about the scale going crazy each day. There were times when I would weigh myself everyday and it amazed me how much it changed. Hope you have a great day!

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  7. says

    I totally understand your frustration! My weight can fluctuate anywhere between 3-5 pounds on any given day, regardless of what I eat or how much I exercise, so I’ve given up the scale (again) cause it was driving me crazy. I would love to lose 5-10 pounds, but at the same time I’m tired of fighting it. Good luck, and I hope the doctor can help you sort out your thyroid issues when you do finally get to see him!

  8. Brittany says

    I have a wonderful endocrinologist in Newport Beach who has helped me SO MUCH in diagnosing and treating my Grave’s Disease (an autoimmune disease that causes my thyroid to be overactive and basically turns me into a raving lunatic when untreated). I’m actually at the point of being medication-free going on one year thanks to her. I’m not sure what your insurance situation is, but e-mail me if you’d like her contact info.

  9. says

    Sorry to hear that this bet didn’t really go well. Back in November, I vowed to lose 10 lbs to get back to my college weight, but in college, I wasn’t working out like I am now and figure I’ve put on some muscle. Have you had your body fat measured? That’s probably a better indicator than the scale — you can aim to build more muscle to keep your metabolism up as you age (not implying anything about your age… it is a concern of mine though). You may not “need” to lose weight — find out more. Take tape measurements, etc?

    Second, although I wasn’t happy to realize this, to lose weight, you really are better off either a) cleaning up your diet and rarely “cheating” or b) counting calories. Both require dedication, but they have both worked for me to at least maintain weight. After a while, you have to own up to/be accountable for these habits. Of course, it’s hard… we are human and we screw up, get PMS, fall weak from a heat wave, etc.

    Finally, maybe there are some patterns that you could try to avoid. I see that you “challenge” yourself on here a lot, but maybe you don’t need to think of it that way and just think of them as environmental changes. For example, I used to eat in the car. I gained weight. So I stopped eating in the car, no matter how long my commute was. Also, the after 8PM thing… are you not eating enough/what you want for dinner? I promise you won’t gain weight if you eat a controlled portion of what you really want, plus you’ll be more satisfied. Or you can also try moving your dinner later?? I’m just throwing off-handed suggestions, but those little changes might help, rather than formal “challenges.”

    I apologize if this seems preachy — I struggle with the same things and am just offering tips that I’ve learned over time that might help.

  10. TF says

    With all due respect, reading your blog has become like watching a slo-mo train wreck. Are you genuinely surprised you gained weight? I’m not. I know your readers only see one, very edited, version of your life, but how can you say you aren’t binge eating? You wouldn’t consider gorging on an entire 9+ lb watermelon a binge? There are so many things that don’t add up in your posts, and every single time I read I see evidence of disordered and compulsive eating. It’s sad, and I think a large part of why I keep reading is that I’m hoping one day you’ll come to your senses and realize that you have a legit obsession with food. You need to stop blogging and stop running in order to get back in touch with your real hunger.

    • says

      TF, While you are correct that readers see one, edited version of my life and while I am offended that you are accusing me of binge eating and lying about it – I can assure you I am not binge eating. Yes, I did openly admit to eating a massive amount of watermelon on Saturday. Yes, that was overdoing it but I did not edit it out. I overeat my favorite food and it’s not good for the cause, but it’s not completely out of the norm for our society either, right? A lot of people have a “thing”, a food that when they start eating it’s hard to stop. For some this is Doritos or marshmallows or vodka – it doesn’t mean they all have eating disorders. This blog is about running and food, so that’s what I talk about here. It’s not my whole life though :)

      • TF says

        Actually I think the inability to stop eating something once you start is classified as disordered eating, but hey, I don’t run around telling people I’m a nutrition expert, so what do I know.

        It’s true that a lot of people have certain foods that they just can’t put down. I think the difference is that not everyone indulges in their particular weakness with such intensity and frequency.

        Anyway, props to you for leaving my comment up. I still don’t think you’re 100% transparent with your eating behaviors and what we see here, but I guess that’s my problem.

    • Erin says

      TF, maybe a better solution is that you need to stop reading and commenting absurd comments like this. By putting herself out there, Monica is making herself more vulnerable than many other women would even consider being. Clearly she desires to make changes and is working to hopefully encourage others the same along the way. If its really that negative of a space for you, then don’t keep coming back. No need to knock Monica down when she was clearly expressing a hard day that she was having already.

      • Erica says

        wow….just wow! I Fully agree with Erin on this!

        Just for fun lets look at the fact that yes Monica did eat an entire watermelon! So calorie wise she took in under 1500 calories! Far less then a meal out at most resturants! Binge eating is taking in much more then an extra 1500 calories!!! If she had sat down and over indulged to the tune of 5000 calories and did so on a regular basis there might be reason for concern!!! She was honest about it, posted about it and life goes on! This watermelon incident by no mean denotes disordered eating!! I just ate an oat fudge bar and a grande caramel macchiato coffee from starbucks…ringing in around 650 caories! I guess I have an eating disorder too! I mean they were 650 calories I did not need and I couldnt say no too and im not gonna lie….I ate those calories like I have never seen food before!

        Im sorry TF your comment reeks of an internet troll who has nothing better to do then sit back and make mean, rude comments while hiding behind a computer screen! Monica and other bloggers put themselves out there everyday and allow us into their lives,to their dinner tables, and into their struggles and triumphs! For that they deserve a high five and a hug and a big thank you! NOT rude patronizing comments!

        Monica if I lived closer id buy 2 Watermelons and come over for a Monica Rules watermelon eating party!!! Do not let peopleclike this get under your skin! You’re awesome!

        • says

          The problem isn’t the amount of calories in a watermelon (which you are still vastly underestimating since Monica just posted about the amount of calories & sugar per CUP, which is still a lot), but the fact that she isn’t aware that watermelon is a trigger food for her and is something she clearly overeats on a regular basis. A healthy person cannot physically eat a full watermelon without being uncomfortable, let alone continue to eat the recommended amount of food for their height and weight per day.

        • says

          Yeah…she just made a post about how a watermelon has 1355 calories in it so I don’t really understand how the 90% water comes into play – that is also taken into account when estimating the calorie contents.
          You’re clearly missing the point. Eating an entire watermelon is uncomfortable & unhealthy. Let alone doing it repeatedly.

          • Erica says

            I was simply stating a fact with the 90% and yes it is taken into account…you are the one who said the caloric number was underestimated and it wasn’t! As for missing the point..no I am not missing the point! I am however more disgusted with how some people are reacting and speaking to her over her food choices. And how some people are all the sudden pro’s on ED’s.

          • Sam says

            Sorry Erica but a binge isn’t necessarily about the calories. It’s the need to consume or the inability to stop. If you are overeating in a compulsive manner its pretty much a binge whether its low calorie fruit or high calorie Doritos

          • jayp says

            I just have to add my 2 cents here, a little bit of devils advocate.

            I have eaten MASSIVE watermelons in the course of less than 2 days in ADDITION to my 2000 calorie a day diet. Never uncomfortable besides the fact that I pee a lot when I eat these melons. I eat them obsessively over the summer because I cannot get them August-May. So yes, that is running total of 2600 calories a day. I am 5’9, 117lbs–aka UNDERWEIGHT, I am 17.1 % body fat, have extremely low blood pressure, excellent VO2, blah blah blah. I have never thrown up food. I don’t think it is fair to place a label on someone you don’t know. Knowing my stats, would you want to call me a binge eater?? No probably not, if you saw me on the street you’d probably think I had a restrictive ED.

            It all depends on YOU. and YOU alone. What works for YOU may not be at all true for someone else. As an overweight preteen who ate her feelings and then an underweight college student, I know the range of issues people face. If they want to change or think they have a problem–they ALONE will do something about it.

            I lost 75 lbs at 14 years old ALONE, although with research and a doctors advice. I also weighed 106 lbs through emotional trauma and stress. BOTH times I noticed my own problems and I ALONE fixed them.

          • says

            Once again jayp, you are MISSING THE POINT.

            Eating an entire watermelon in a day is not the reason why I take issue with Monica’s post. The fact that she has stated numerous times that she wants to cut back on watermelon & never follows through/cut out sweets & never follows through/go on long runs & never follows through/and on and on and on and then COMPLAINS that she hasn’t lost weight.
            She knows what she is doing, even if she is in denial about it. Her eating habits are not healthy & the fact that she is “surprised” about her weight gain is unbelievable to me after reading her blog for the past few months.
            People here are exactly right – it depends on Monica alone to make those changes, and yet she doesn’t because she is in denial about her food & weight issues. Most of the commenters on here criticizing Monica are also doing it from a place of knowledge and experience.
            I have no problem with how much she weighs or what she eats or how much she runs, except for the fact that she doesn’t have control of any of those nor does she admit to having her eating & exercise habits out of control.
            The fact alone that she believes she is following Intuitive Eating is a red flag right there & I hope that eventually she will get a wake up call (clearly it’s not happening based on this post) and get herself the help she needs to get to a happy place in her life, regardless of what she weighs.

        • TF says

          Okay, I can’t be bothered to respond to all the white knights up in here, so I’ll just instead thank Monica. She inspires me to dig deeper and finish my long runs, not bail on my training, and exercise restraint when tempted by foods that I prefer to enjoy in moderation. This blog is like a what NOT to do guide, love it!

    • Alyssa says

      TF,

      I’m an avid reader of RunEatRepeat. I don’t know Monica personally, but I read her blogs because they are kind of an escape from my boring routine of facebook and the Kardashians. Hey, I’m 21 years old before you all judge! :) I would like to talk about how your comment is a piece of work.

      I’m a 21 year old, division 1 athlete. I compete on a college track and field team. I’m active. What Monica does with her watermelon, and maybe other foods, and over eats, is not binge eating. It’s what most of America does, and has a few too many servings. If she did this everyday more than a pound gain would show up on the scale. Real reason I think your comment is a piece of work: I am a binge eater. I have been diagnosed with binge eating, bulimia, and anorexia. You should not throw a word like “Binge” around, especially towards Monica. You aren’t a nutritionist, and you aren’t a psychiatrist either.

      Please be more careful with your choice of words. Simply telling Monica she gained weight because she overate is one thing – but to call someone a binge eater is another. And trust me, when I binge eat, PB & J sandwiches are put down and I eat too much. Probably 3,000 calories. So be careful with your words.

      • says

        Monica herself has recognized that she has dealt with binge eating disorder in the past. Many readers, and what I am interpreting from TF’s comment, also feel like she is using excuses (watermelon is only one of many examples) for disordered eating. Just because you don’t fit the strict DSM-IV criteria for BED, doesn’t mean you don’t suffer from it or have an eating disorder.

      • Nicolette says

        TF,

        I shall piggyback on what Alyssa has mentioned, but I recommend picking up a copy of the DSM-IV-TR (or the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, published by the American Psychological Association) and read the descriptors of disordered eating and what classifies as binge eating before you start throwing around those words.

        Personally, as someone who has studied clinical psychology in some depth, I find it disparaging how society throws around words like “anorexic” and “binge” without (in your case) any evident knowledge of how disordered eating manifests.

      • Ali says

        This whole thread has really upset me. I normally don’t even comment on here, but felt the need to so today. “Eating” is such an emotionally charged subject for many women, whether it’s over-eating or under-eating, the fact is that women are held to a certain standard and expectation and when we fall short, no one feel it harder than we do. WE are the ones that put the weight of shame and guilt on our shoulders when we somehow fail to keep up with an impossibly restrictive and/or unrealistic diet.

        I have lost about 30-40 pounds over the past year. I never considered myself huge to begin with, but I was uncomfortable in my body. I was about a size 12 and had progressively gained weight throughout my 7 year relationship with my ex who was not active. When we split last year I rediscovered my love of running and healthy eating and the pounds dropped off. So much so (I went down to a size 2 and even 0) for a bit that everyone thought I was anorexic. I wasn’t or at least I didn’t think so, but I was being quite restrictive and very active. Anyway, I have found a balance and I am now comfortably at a size 4, but every now and then I just crave something like muffins or baked goods and I overdo it. I don’t have a blog so I haven’t put it out there for judgement. I already judge myself quite harshly as a result of my eating behaviors. All this rant to say that eating is a constant struggle for some, if not most women, whether they choose to admit it or not. I think there is a definite comfort in Monica’s willingness to be so candid. She reminds us that we’re all human and that we can be and need to be more forgiving of our flaws. I understand why Monica shares these experiences and I think that in some ways it’s so that she can feel more accountable to someone other than herself (at least that’s my impression). Nonetheless, although we witness her successes and failures, I don’t think it’s appropriate to stand behind the comfort and anonymity of your computer and tear someone down, label them or being insulting in anyway. Monica is human; she has feelings; if you cut her with your words, I am sure like any of us, she will bleed. THINK before you write, that is all I ask.

    • Elena says

      With all due respect TF, go eff yourself you worthless c. Hmm see how that clause doesn’t make your rude bs any less vile!? Leave Monica alone, we love her and her blog. You’re probably the one w a serious eating disorder, so go seek help instead of harassing monica

      • julie says

        This is more so directed at Monica regarding this post from Elena. Monica – it’s posts like the above that give your supporters a bad name. This is completely disrespectful to all of your readers, whether they agree with it or not. It’s okay for people to disagree but when the poster starts calling people extremely rude names, you should put a stop to this.

        Elena, this post was completely unnecessary and did not add value to this discussion. In fact, it just makes you look bad and I’m embarrassed for you.

        • TF says

          Thanks Julie, this is pretty much the reason why I NEVER read the comments and just follow the blog in GoogleReader. I don’t have the time or energy to get into a sparring match with Monica’s fans. I admit that my comments don’t necessarily count as constructive criticism, but I’m not attacking her other readers.

  11. lanie says

    I would say you are winner since your took steps to eat better and smarter – recognizing and modifying are just as important as what you put in your mouth for fuel. Keep it up!

  12. Jessica says

    I’ve read a lot of studies that show people who weigh themselves every day weigh less. It makes you more accountable. Yes, you have daily fluctuations, but the trend is much more easy to see than over a week. The weeks in which I weigh every day, I consistently loose .5 – 1 lb. The weeks I stop weighing, I don’t lose. 20 lbs in 3 months makes me think the studies are correct.

      • Kaycee says

        I did this when I had a weight goal. My rule was I only recorded my weight if it dropped under my previous low. I was able to see a trend over time of about 2 pounds per month. I still check my weight daily to maintain my loss.

    • Hanner Nanner says

      I lost a LOT of weight several years ago, and I was weighing myself daily and writing it on a white board in my kitchen. I had to look at it every day. It inspired me to keep going and to push myself further. I absolutely think daily weigh-ins work, but not for everyone. People need to do what is right for them, and what motivates them. I know some who are successful with weekly weigh-ins. It all depends on the person.

    • says

      I was going to say this too- I weigh myself 6 days a week (not on Sundays, since Saturday is usually a freebie) and it has helped me lose about ten pounds. On the other hand, I sometimes really dread stepping on that scale at 5:50- kind of a shitty way to start the day.

      I was thinking about this the other day- at what point will I really be okay with what I weigh? My BMI is normal, my clothes fit, I am not at risk for any weight-related illnesses, my husband has no complaints, so what gives? Vanity? Insecurity? Peer pressure? It’s frustrating and the rational side of me knows it’s crap, but….

  13. says

    Since you have blogged about eating popcorn with milk because you can’t trust yourself to not eat a whole box of cereal in one day, I don’t know how you can say “I don’t binge” with a straight face.

    • says

      First off, if you think eating one box of cereal is binging, you don’t understand nor have Binge Eating Disorder. Second, I have a box of cereal in my house right now and by some miracle have not eaten it all in one day.

      PS – Hope you’re feeling better :)

      • says

        Well, having a full fledged disorder is different from having binges. That’s like how some people can be restrictive with their food but not be anorexic.

        By binge, I mean you are eating more than you want and feel out of control of the situation.

        By any chance is it a box of cereal that you don’t actually like? :)

        Thanks for the get well wishes! Thank goodness I get to take narcotics at night for sleeping, that’s all I can say.

        • says

          Right, so I can say “I don’t binge” with a straight face because I don’t binge. I do overeat and that’s why I am not the weight I’d like to be. Not all people who are overweight binge. I used to eat too little during the day and come home and binge at night. It’s been years since I was at that place. Just because I used to do something, doesn’t mean I still do. Some people used to binge drink in college and now can have a glass of wine with dinner. It’s crazy to think we grow up and learn and change.

          You’re right, I don’t have cinnamon toast crunch in my cabinet but I used to put sweetener on any cereal and eat bowl after bowl so it’s all the same if I wanted to overeat it. Either way, I have never eaten an entire box of cereal in one sitting, despite what you may read into my posts.

          • says

            Maybe I don’t always know if you’re joking about how much you eat? I do always wonder if you really eat as much watermelon as you say (like one whole one in 2 days) or if that hyperbolic.

            Maybe you should just color code your hyperboles with blue font or something so we don’t have to be trusted to use our own judgment. :)

          • says

            Now where would the fun be in that?

            Just assume that every time I dance around like an asshole with a watermelon in my arms, I’ve already eaten 2 others… ;)

          • Georgina says

            Is that a response to my comments? I never mentioned the kitschy part of the watermelon photos.

      • says

        Gotta say… I began reading your blog because I did (do?) have an eating disorder — bulimia, mostly, though it’s varied over the years — and have used intuitive eating to deal with my issues. Going through an entire box of cereal could be just overeating, but it could absolutely be a binge, too. Really, it depends on context, and that feeling of a loss of control, and all the other emotions, compulsions, and behaviors that converge before and during a binge. I understand you may be offended that you feel like this commenter inadvertently called you disordered. But you saying, “X, Y, or Z behavior is/is absolutely not disordered, and if you think so, you just don’t understand,” just because it doesn’t match up with YOUR personal experience of a disorder, is, also, in a way offensive. Your personal experience of binging is not an absolute. Though I can’t recall an exact time, right now, I’m sure I’ve binged on a box of cereal at some point.

        All that said, I totally empathize with your experience and applaud your honesty with this entry. Many bloggers would gloss over this or just never address the contest again.

    • Elena says

      You’re a tool kara.. You seriously need to get a life if trolling on Monica’s life and leaving nasty comments is your idea of a good time

  14. says

    I think you look pretty good. But, I knew a runner in college who had problems losing weight because she ate so little, her body went into starvation mode ( not saying that’s you!) my point is that occasionally I will track my calories because I want to be sure I am fueling my marathon training with enough calories, and also making sure I don’t eat more than I need. One thing I switched was using real eggs instead of egg whites. I am less hungry and feel much stronger! Some fat is great for us!

  15. says

    I love this post!
    Thanks for putting it out there.
    I definitely go in spurts, and it just so happens that the summer is typically my highest weight time of the year. For that, I’m looking forward to fall and getting back into the routine of work and having a more rigid schedule.

    By the way…how tall are you? Silly question, but it’s so hard to tell from pictures! :)

  16. says

    your honesty, openness and realness about it is SO REFRESHING! almost as refreshing as the watermelon margarita i had the other night.

    do you wanna go on a walk today?

      • says

        joe, please tell me how i can get such an awesome life as yours.

        lets see… i already live in my parents basement, play dungeons and dragons all day and then perv on women bloggers. so i got everything about covered, right?

        oh yeah, where would i get the sweet harry potter cape?

      • Sarah says

        This thread is just getting out of hand! I can’t believe we have people ganging up on others and calling them “chubby” or “fat” or basically bullying. Monica, I don’t understand how you handle this so gracefully and so poised. I’d be crying right now. For Christ’s sake people, some runners who train for marathons and run a lot are freaking hungry. I eat all the time. I worry about my weight, restrict, binge, etc. It’s a vicious cycle. As someone who is 5’6 and 152 pounds and can relate to Monica, I don’t think there is any problem. I am a big eater, sometimes I feel bad about it, but if you want to run a marathon and do it properly, sometimes it means eating a lot for fuel and strength. I’m so sick of the bullying. For people to just come out and say someone who they don’t even know has an eating disorder or is fat or chubby or whatever, can kiss my ass. You really have no idea how that hurts someone.

        So, Monica, ignore these jerks, you are beautiful! And SR, I can see you’re a great friend to Monica, which is awesome. I love reading you both!

          • Ally says

            I would also like to say that I am quite unhappy with the idea that someone who plays Dungeons and Dragons is a loser. Skinnyrunner, that was also super offensive. If you want to really reach someone, be classy (ala Monica, even with the sarcasm) not insulting! You never know which non-troll person you’re going to hurt in the process… I’ve seen plenty of grammatical errors in your blog and no intellectual endeavors to speak of… and in Kindergarten 101 we all know that two wrongs do not equal a right. Sorry for the snarky underpinning, but I’m sick and tired of healthy living blogs lumping anyone with a vaguely intellectual hobby as a loser. It’s extremely off-putting.

  17. says

    I use My Fitness Pal and it has really been a great tool for me to see what I take in every day. I do eat half my exercise calories back but that’s what works for me. Everyone’s body is different. You look great and you seem very happy. To me, thats all that matters. Healthy & Happy.

  18. says

    I also think you look amazing and wouldn’t worry too much about not losing the weight. I joined a challenge at my gym to lose weight and the only way I was able to lose any was to record every single calorie. Its a pain and its time consuming, but it worked for me personally.

  19. says

    I have to say Monica, that I’m really not surprised at all that you’ve gained or maintained your weight in the past few weeks.
    Eating an entire watermelon (or even a half or a third), cookies, eating out, and making up random desserts (the muffin with icing or the weird cereal marshmallow thing) all aren’t helping you lose weight & are probably contributing to you gaining weight. Not being fully aware of those choices is a major hindrance to weight loss, even if you are eating healthy for the most part.
    Like you said, not tracking calories is a huge mistake when actively trying to lose weight. Right now I’m currently trying to shed the 10lbs I’ve gained in the past year & am recording every single thing I put in my mouth. Even having the awareness that things like an alcoholic drink, or some snacks at work, had helped me get my eating back on track & to the point where I at least understand the consequences of how I choose to fuel my body.
    For some of us it’s harder than others to lose weight. I for one feel jealous of people who can snack on chips, have a couple of free eat-as-much-as-I-want days and not feel the consequences. However, I’ve come to accept that I need to work my ass off (especially since I’m nearing my 30′s) and get in touch with how I’m eating in order to reach & maintain the figure I want.
    There are definitely things you could be doing differently (mixing up workouts, tracking your eating super closely, furling your body correctly) that I think will help immensely with your weight loss as well as body image.
    Sorry this is super long, but as someone who relates to your struggles I just wanted to give you the same advice I’ve been given in the past!

    • Rachael P says

      Why can’t we just eat until we’re full? Tracking calories is bullshit. Be active, fuel your body with good stuff. Being obsessive about calories can be classified as an eating disorder as well.

      • says

        I totally agree with Rachael! I am 42 years old and fitter and thinner than I have ever been in my life. I have never counted calories and have only eaten intuitively. I have binged at times (in my 30′s) but have come a long way to where I am today. I eat nonproccessed, plant based foods and I try to go to bed hungry. I also run. Everybody is different but I do feel like counting calories and fixating on the foods we should not eat is the wrong way to go. It is also important to remember we only live once so enjoy the ride :)

      • says

        Monica clearly can’t eat until she’s full since she eats an entire watermelon & then proceeds to eat throughout the rest of the day. How would your stomach handle multiple cups of a fiber & water? Not very well is my guess.
        My only suggestion was to track what she’s eating & to point out that just because she may feel like she is eating healthfully most of the time, there have been many instances (from my own personal experience as well) where that is not the case.
        For some, eating until you are full is a great way to maintain your figure. However, for someone like myself, or like Monica, who clearly eat to fill emotional needs, it can be difficult to differentiate between full and whatever emotion you may be feeling.

  20. says

    I have to see a specialist for my thyroid too. I’m actually on two medications for it right now, but my body seems confused by it all. Sometimes I switch from hypo- to hyper-, but then if I cut back on the medicine I swing wildly back to being hypothyroid. Such a pain, but I only have to wait about another month until I can get in to see the endocrinologist. Hope you can figure out a system that works for you!

  21. says

    You are way more fit than me. You run way faster than me. You eat way better than me. The scale says you may be a little heavier than me but I think and KNOW you are way HEALTHIER than me.

    So there…ha! You are obviously doing some thing right girl!

  22. Georgina says

    I would do a few things differently:
    1. Decide to either blog your food or not blog your food. It’s misleading when you do it haphazardly (i.e., the pizza/movie night that was followed by a bowl of cereal at midnight).
    2. Decide to either finish your runs or not. It seems like you are burnt out on running because there is no logical explanation of why you cannot finish runs at this point. Understand some people “need” things (i.e., Garmin) while running, but thankfully, you can plan a route via G-Maps and take off. I would also recommend perhaps you do some heart rate training. If you are physically incapable of finishing a run, it probably has more to do with fitness than the mental aspect of it. If the mental aspect of running has you beat down, then you are going to have to find a way through it.
    3. What the hell is up with that watermelon post? I understand we all have our vices, but the amount of sugar consumed with watermelon is frightening. Calories aside, the body probably cannot handle that much sugar. And the teeth.

    Good luck.

  23. says

    I have bounced around on my weekly weigh-ins as well. If it is late in the week and I do well it is like a free all you can eat ticket to the weekend. The beginning of the week has its own challenges as well. Like many others my food challenges are emotional so that screen on the scale says a lot more than a number! Maybe weigh in Weds is the ticket. Or daily to get a better picture for a few weeks? Thanks for sharing!

  24. says

    I go in and out of feeling obsessive over counting my calories – I found that when I was using my app “tap and track” I wasn’t as obsessive as when I used my fitness pal. I am not sure why. I think that my fitness pal made me want to weigh myself everyday and it told me how much I should be weighing. It was all a little strange. Now that I am back to Tap and track I don’t feel as crazy over it!

  25. says

    I have to admit that this is the first time that I have gone through the other comments on your posts – there are so many of them that I usually just glance at what other people say – but today I read some – I can’t believe how much people believe they can judge you and your life! I think how you want to live is perfectly fine! Keep on keepin’ on Monica! :)

  26. sally says

    And this is why i read blogs but don’t write them. It makes me sad that people would be so righteous and stern in comments to you. I read your blog not only for the humor and running/eating dailies but because I relate to you. I am 5’3 and up to 145 lately. Yes, I was feeling better when i was 135 but it was such a struggle to maintain that weight. I don’t want to live the rest of my life being so restrictive. I’m not training for the olympics.
    I may not have eaten an entire watermelon myself but i baked (and ate) 2 apple pies in one weekend once! I think you are super aware of your strengths and weaknesses and you are quite transparent in sharing those both with your followers. Keep on doing what you do. And please oh please find that 5 out of 5 scoring chocolate chip cookie before the end of the year! =)

    • Coni says

      HERE HERE, Sally. This is why I also do not write a blog. People rather than taking away the benefits of someone being so open with their lives and educating or bettering themselves, it becomes a place to criticize someone and point out “eating disorders” on those bloggers using those very expensive PhD’s from Ivy’s they all hold (scoffs).

      Leave Monica alone and be supportive, this is why we as women have these issues with one another and ourselves. We feel compelled to “point out’ or diagnose other women. It is simply a way to draw attention away from ourselves and our own flaws.

      (steps off soap box!) ;)

      You do your thing, girl! You look great, healthy, and balanced.

  27. says

    Monica,
    I read your blog a bunch. You are great! You’re real. We all struggle. Who is anyone else to judge what you do or do not do. Really? You have nothing better to do than throw judgement at people you don’t even know? I enjoy your wit and don’t care about your obsession with watermelon. Eat what you want, exercise how you want, live YOUR life, period.

  28. Katie says

    girl, do you think it’s just muscle mass??? and thats why the numbers are higher than what you would like? i know you know muscle weighs more than fat. i say all this because I look at your pics and you have a great figure. I would have estimated you to weigh at least 15-20 pounds lighter than you say your actual weight is. You look great.

  29. Rach says

    You have a lot of courage putting your life on the internet and reading everyone’s take on it, I couldn’t do it! I love reading your blog. On a random note, thanks for the idea for egg quesadilla’s, they are delicious and I am obssessed :)

  30. Kaz says

    I don’t understand why people are so *angry* at you. That’s what puzzles me. It’s not like you knocked on their doors, one by one, and very deliberately kicked them in the knee. Or their puppy’s knee, for that matter (since, it seems, the level of outrage here as most definitely reached “kicked a puppy in the knee” levels).

    Some foods are moreish. I have foods like that, too. They taste good, and eating them is enjoyable. I’d loathe a life where I ate a set and limited amount of boring foods. Some days, I wake up and have a perfectly healthful and balanced meal for breakfast and that’s fine. Other days, I take an extra scoop or two from the peanut butter jar (or Nutella jar, or God forbid, the frosting jar. Mmm, frosting).

    I don’t even love watermelon like you do, but yes, even for me it’s a “moreish” food, too. Something about it makes a single serving seem so paltry, probably because it is so voluminous. I’ve eaten a half watermelon in a single sitting before, too, on top of a normal amount meal and didn’t bat an eye. Of course, it wrecks my IBS so I stay away from it these days. But if it didn’t? Yes, I would partake occasionally, and in excess.

    Also, if you’re buying a nine-pound watermelon? You’re not actually eating *nine* pounds of watermelon. I think people are failing to recognize how much of it is rubbish weight. The rinds are heavy and easily account for a quarter to a third of the weight of the melon! Furthermore, one NLEA serving is about 2/3 of a pound. Let me (runeat)repeat that: EVEN A STANDARD SERVING SIZE SUGGESTS EATING 2/3 OF A POUND. An entire pound of watermelon is only 134 calories — the same as a large banana!

    And lastly, even if Monica did eat an entire “nine pound” watermelon in two days, that’s a scant three pounds of the fruit that she’s eating per day, or a paltry 400 calories. Spaced throughout the day, that’s not an unreasonable snack or dessert. Plus, she runs like the dickens in the heat. The vast amount of water in it certainly does help rehydrate her, which is undoubtedly beneficial.

    TL;DR:

    Y U SO MAD, BRO?! Srsly. Chill, dudes. Chill.

  31. Amba says

    You have a great figure! I’ve had binges on food, then over exercised to compensate and I’d like to think I have control over binging now but every days a little struggle. Being able to start reading blogs like yours has been a real inspiration and key in helping me change my unhealthy food habits, Thank you.

  32. Hanner Nanner says

    Hey Monica,
    I’m just curious- how tall are you? I’m just over 5’2″, on a “tall” day, and when I got down to about 170, I looked fantastic. But, conventional wisdom says I’m still obese at that weight. I’m bringing this up because it’s hard for me to believe you are more than 160. Goes to show, you can’t always trust the numbers on the scale. You’re fantastic, and you look fantastic. Don’t get discouraged by the numbers. I say that as someone who has gained back 35lb of the 100+ that she’d lost previously, and I am VERY discouraged by the numbers. But I’m doing my best to keep pushing ahead without putting myself down.
    Thank you, as always, for your blog!

      • Tia says

        I was honestly shocked when I saw your weight, I NEVER would have guessed that. I LOVE your blog and I read it daiily and I’m always aspiring to be more like you. I kept thinking to myself once I get to your size I’ll be happy cause I think you have a a fantastic body and it turns out I’m the same weight as you? Clearly you have more muscle than me cause I do NOT look like you LOL, I freakin’ wish, I’m even an inch taller.

        If you’re happy that’s all that matters, if you’re not, make the changes that you feel are right for you. Some of these comments are just ridiculous.

        <3

  33. says

    I know October is a long time to wait, but if your T3 is low, the right specialist will change your life. I had a long wait for a specialist too, but the right medication balance has made such a huge difference for me. It’s not a miracle by any means, and I still have to work really hard to lose or even maintain weight, but it went from being impossible to challenging, and I’ll take it! I know you got a lot of hateful comments on this post, but I’m so glad you opened up and were honest about this, because I feel like it’s so important for readers to see that the healthy living blog world is so much more than the super skinny minis. Honestly, I think you look great, and while I so get the desire to lose weight, don’t forget about all the work you’ve already done, and keep celebrating the wins of sticking to your goals–that’s the most important!

  34. Janice says

    I just joined diet bet; it started yesterday. I’m going to just try and eat healthier, cut out alcohol, chips things like that. Oh, and run a lot more.

    I’m also Mexican so many times I use my ancestors as an excuse as to why it’s so difficult for me to lose weight. I know, I know poor excuse; especially with people like Sofia Vergara, Eva Mendes and Salma Hayek out there.

    Hey better to gorge on a watermelon then a platter of enchiladas!!!!

  35. kate says

    Oh sweetie…take a sledge hammer to that evil scale.
    Stop weighing yourself, take a walk to the FroYo shop, buy yourself a new lip gloss and enjoy the day!
    You look great and I love you for being honest.

  36. MetaMo says

    Monica, you are powerful and beautiful. Right now. As you are. In body and spirit. I’ve been enjoying your blog for about a year now, and I just want to let you know how much I appreciate your warmth, humor, honesty and humility. As someone striving to live beyond the torments (and tedium) of disordered eating and soul-stifling anxiety, your thoughtful AND joyful approach to eating and exercise (to life!) is both comforting and inspirational. I have you (ok, and your awesome/goofy blogging buddies SR and Janae) to thank for a guaranteed smile everyday. Thank you, thank you!

  37. ase says

    i read in a running mag this month that for every pound you gain/lose, your speed goes down/up by about 4 seconds per mile. might explain why your legs have been feeling so tired! also, if your speed is the same as it was when you weighed five pounds less, you’re more fit now than you were then! so that’s great!

  38. Allison says

    Well, I have a lot I want to say about this post, but I will just stick to one thing. Can you get your regular MD to make the appointment with the endocrinologist for you? They can usually get appointments MUCH quicker. My daughter has Hashimoto’s and it was going to take months to get an appointment so our pediatrician called and got one for us. We have actually gone this route several times. I think doctor’s save appointments.

    • says

      My MD gave me the referral but just had me call to make the appt. This is the second doc they referred me to because the first one had an even longer wait. I should check to see if they’d make the call for me though. Thanks.

  39. says

    You totally have the right attitude lady-keep it up!
    You inspired me to join the DietBet and I will weigh in tomorrow morning-it’s gonna be super duper close-especially with clothes on!
    It would be neat to start up another DietBet when you are ready. Let me know and maybe we could do that!
    Love your plan! The good news is that you lead an active life-you are definitely doing plenty of things right!!!

  40. Ida says

    Mad props to you for being so honest in a post. I love reading your blog because you keep it real! I also lol’ed about seeing a ventriloquist or paleontologist for help.

  41. M says

    You are not overweight. You don’t look like you have a lot of fat on your body. It seems like you keep trying to lose weight-but why? You exercise a ton, you eat lots of veggies, is it possible that your body doesn’t want to go lower than 160? Furthermore, consider what your life is like now and what you would have to restrict to lose the “last ten pounds”. Is it worth that kind of mental/emotional exertion? It might be better to accept your body the way it is- there is absolutely nothing wrong with it!

  42. Amanda says

    I have been reading you blog for over a year Monica and you truly inspire me! No one is forced to visit your blog everyday, so if they don’t like it they just shouldn’t read it! You inspire me to run longer and faster all the time! We can’t all be superstars but you keep it 100% real! I love that you have a healthy balance between exercise and food and you aren’t afraid to share it! Keep on girl!!
    ~Amanda

  43. ina says

    you are refreshingly honest, funny, raw and real. in other words you are human. thanks for you being you.
    You are amazingly fit but not the weight you want to be (from what I read in your funny posts). You enjoy your food, satisfy your cravings and are enjoying life with Ben. However it is not just your thyroid. It’s your food choices. I’m not you but you may want to consider upping your lean protein, veggies and keeping the fruit (yes, the watermelon–woo hoo!) but cut back on your breads and rices–short term and see how it goes. It worked for me and after years (and i’m older than you, trust me) but years of doing what you are doing in terms of physical exercise. This is only if you want to see a change in your weight or perhaps gage what causes you to retain weight with all of the physical movement you do. If you are happy then proceed as you are. :-) And poop to the poopers.

  44. Beth says

    Oh Monica, I think you look fabulous. It seems to me like maybe you can’t loose weight because your body is happy right where it is. Life is way too short to worry about 10lbs. You’re a healthy, beautiful girl…Just enjoy yourself!! :)

  45. Leslie says

    Looks like a tough day over at run eat and repeat. Just a quick note to say hang in there. I read because I relate to you. Your struggles are my struggles. We are all working on being the best we can be. We are all harder on ourselves than we should be sometimes. It is tough! I’m sorry if you have been hurt by the insensitivity of others. Take what you can use from the comments and disregard the rest. I admire your honesty. There are lots of blogs written about perfect eating and exercise plans. You never claimed perfection. I come here because you admit your shortcomings. Your trying to find a place of balance and health just like me. I’m praying for you. I’m praying that your spirit is not broken by the insensitivity here today.

  46. Harper says

    I’m sorry people are so insensitive that they believe they can criticize another person for being honest and upfront. I also wish adults would take their own advice, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

    Also please keep posting cookie search pictures. You are not the only one out there looking. We are in this together.

  47. megan w. says

    You’re a beautiful lass inside and out. Love you and your blog! I know how you feel and I am trying to accept myself 30 lbs higher than college but its so exhausting to deal with weight loss every damn day. Trying to embrace the power of now and stop being self critical – we are strong and healthy – hang in there!

  48. Amy Jo says

    Monica, to heck with the “haters” on here….You are fun, honest, and a bit goofy, but I LOVE it! I recently started running again, been at it about three months now and it has been going well. I can’t remember how I found your blog, but I absolutely love reading it each day. Honestly, you motivate me to keep going. You are entitled to live your life as you wish. You are healthy….weight is a number on a scale. Eat the damn watermelon and be happy:).

  49. says

    Dear Monica,
    You look great, you definitely do not look like you weigh 160 lbs, you run a boatload, and therefore, I say, eat as many f-ing watermelons as you like!!!
    Also, be v.v.v.v. proud of the fact that you’re healthy and you’ve moved past your prior bout with binge eating–that’s something to be proud of and focus on–much more so than if you lost x pounds for a diet bet.
    Hugs!

  50. LiseyB says

    Wow. I had to stop reading after TF because I was getting a little too agitated. There is a pretty good chance I have about 20 years on most of your readers, but I absolutely love this blog and I think you are awesome, Monica.
    I, like pretty much everyone who commented on this entry, have been (relatively) controlled by the scale or the size inside the label of my jeans for as long as I can remember. I firmly believe in eating a proper diet and regular exercise. I also think that if you want to have a beer (or 5) and an entire watermelon brimming with vodka and a frozen yogurt chaser…do it!
    I work out 5 days a week, I have to…and I love it. At the age of 42 I got certified as a Group Fitness Instructor and will soon continue on with my Personal Trainer Certification ( I’m 45 now). I also occasionally eat peanut butter by the spoon full.
    Life is too short ladies. Be kind to one another. Have some watermelon.

  51. Jackie says

    Wow.
    I’m a little flabbergasted at how rude people can be.

    Monica, you are hilarious. I enjoy the hell out of your hyperbole. You’re real and not afraid to admit it.

    You’re a runner and an eater. That’s what the blog is all about. I dig it.

  52. kara says

    Monica, I love your blog, your sense of humor, and your overall outlook on life. I understand constructive criticism but people arguing over the exact amount of watermelon and cereal you eat is just too weird for me! Don’t let it get to you, love you just the way you are!!!

  53. says

    Wow, as a fellow blogger I am seriously shocked at the rude and inconsiderate things people have posted here. Monica, I love your blog and I think it’s awesome that you’re so open and honest. Let’s be real, the average American probably sits down and consumes an entire bag of potato chips in one sitting so I really don’t understand why anyone is getting bent out of shape over watermelon! Keep up the good work over here at RunEatRepeat. :)

  54. carrie says

    Hey Lady!

    I love your honesty and all of your posts and am disgusted at the mean girls’ comments. Even if you had posted today that you lost 1.375 pounds, the (sad) truth is that you’d still have a handful of negative, troll comments about that.
    Also, are you coming to Vegas for my bachelorette party in Sept? You’re invited. We can all binge on Ghiradelli chocolate sundaes and wine together. :)
    Hang in there, you are awesome-
    Carrie

  55. Stephanie says

    Monica, I’m sorry that this refreshing, honest post resorted to bullying and hateful comments. I am increasing my readership of this blog and like what I see. I am about to launch my own blog soon and hope this isn’t the normal daily comment feed. I feel like millions of women have weight issues without thyroid problems, so I don’t understand why we can’t all support each other and be understanding. The older we get, the harder it is to keep up our metabolism! Just wanted to say, you’re doing great, girl! :)

  56. says

    …people are getting really angry about a little bit of watermelon.

    I don’t understand why people read and comment if they hate your posts so much! Keep on eating that watermelon.

    I watched Dr. Oz the other day and he said you should grind up the rinds and drink them to cure ailments or some shit. He mentioned adding vodka and making it into a cocktail. That whole idea, with or without vodka, sounds nasty. Just thought I’d share.

  57. says

    love your blog, love your honesty, love your humor. If you eat too much one day, you admit it and move on, I would say you have come a lot further than many of us because we all have days we over eat but you are willingly to be open with others about it, props to you.

  58. says

    Monica…
    Dang people are mean!
    I totally commend you and other bloggers who are willing to put your life, eats, and workouts out there for all to see! That is undoubtedly difficult and that much harder when so much harshness gets thrown at ya!
    Your blog is the best! You never fail to entertain, educate, and motivate. You are quite honest with yourself and readers about set backs and struggles so this whole Watermelon-Gate, Monica is a Binger is so out of left field and unnecessary!
    doing what you do, your blog is much appreciated!

  59. says

    You’re a b*tch (jk). People are a-holes (not jk). I still love you (not jk). Come visit Iowa if I don’t die in Ragnar this weekend (hopefully jk about the dead part). The end. :)

  60. D says

    Intuitive Eating is an amazing goal. One thing that often comes to mind for me in reading your posts is that it is extremely difficult to make a smooth transition from “Disordered” Eating to Intuitive Eating. The missing step is Mechanical Eating. Following a (somewhat) strict (but not restrictive!) meal plan for several weeks is a great way to reestablish hunger cues. I learned this while I was in rehab for my ED. <—- That's some hardcore sh*t right there!

  61. says

    While most people have stopped making fun or downplaying the seriousness of mental illness, eating disorders still appear to be fair game for criticism and judgment. As someone who has studied psychology and has consequently struggled with disordered eating for many years, I find this insulting and sad. This blog is intended to express one woman’s journey through life. Just like a diary, she doesn’t filter or omit her mistakes. Unlike so many other people with an online presence, she doesn’t strive to appear “perfect,” and she openly admits that she isn’t. Recovery with food issues is a difficult process, one that really doesn’t make much sense to someone who who hasn’t been experienced it first-hand. You wouldn’t tell a person threatening to kill himself to just get some willpower and get over it, nor would you tell someone suffering from a broken leg to just walk it off. The same theory should be applied to people struggling with eating disorders; telling them to “just eat right and exercise” is simply putting a bandage on a severe wound. The bottom line is, nobody should really be diagnosing Monica or telling her what problems she does or doesn’t have. We all have our vices and habits we’d like to change, and although most of us are unable to admit them to ourselves, she is both OPEN and HUMOROUS about hers. Consider THAT for a minute.

  62. says

    i like that you’re up front about your struggles. i think it’s healthy. i’m also surprised that some readers taking things a little too seriously. although you tackle serious subjects at times, i think a lot of your posts are written in a jokey way and i’ve never though you had a binge problem. overeating at times, maybe, but…doesn’t 99% of the non-celebrities in american do the same?

  63. jenni says

    I don’t usually comment, but I read (and enjoy) your blog every day. I love your honest humor and can’t believe that people have enough time to track and dissect your watermelon intake. Holy crap, this is nuts. I think you are great. Just thought I’d throw that out there.

  64. says

    Rather than measuring a certain number of weight to lose, it would be better to track % of fat loss. Working ut, running (hills especially) etc = muscle gain and those do weigh!

  65. says

    To quote Mean Girls/Homegirl Tina Fey… : We got ourself some girl on girl crime here!

    Ladies, we already beat ourselves up enough about the stats on our scales, jeans, tape measures why then add to that by beating other women up?!

    Monica I’m a huge fan- I think youre funny, honest and I kind of want to move to your town and accidentally become your best friend.

    Yeah guys her eating isnt perfect but… whose is?! not mine for sure

  66. Joan says

    I normally don’t comment on blogs but this one just touched a nerve. About 90% of women out there have these same struggles, I know I do. Most of us just chose not to put ourselves out there for everyone to see. I appreciate Monica for putting herself out there for us all. I love reading her blog everyday because there are so many things I can relate to. Monica keep doing what your doing you are awesome!!!!

  67. Amanda says

    These people are ridiculous. When I am hungover, I am known to eat MORE than half a Naked Pizza for breakfast. My best friend ordered 2 meals from Sonic last Saturday. We are not binge eaters. However in this crowd I suppose we are likely to be called alcoholics.

    I would kill to feel as self righteous as some of these people do. Rock on, Monica.

  68. Elena says

    I normally don’t comment, but when I read those ridiculously ignorant and nasty comments- I had to say something. Unfortunately, there are lots of bad people out there….mean people with too much time on their hands. Do not listen to anything they say…theyre the ones who need some serious therapy. The bright side is its moments like these that make all your supporters tell those mother effects off and gives us an opportunity to tell you how much we love your blog:)

  69. tania says

    Monica you and your blog are fabulous.
    You are , in my humble opinion , quite honest on your blog, showing your weaknesses and being completely upfront about your weight struggles.
    i applaud you for being so forthcoming, and of course that will also attract some very uncalled for negative personal attacks against you, as it is the internet after all. I enjoy your blog very much, as it is not a neat and manicured version of a HLB, like so many others who have become so stagnant and routine.
    keep up the excellent work and as always, rooting for you :)

  70. Monica says

    Hey Monica,
    I know that I am one person, and that one persons positive comment may not make a difference to you in light of all the negative comments you have received. However, I want you to know that I read your blog because I feel you have such a positive outlook on life, food, and exercise. As someone recovering from an eating disorder, you inspire me to focus on a healthy lifestyle rather than restricting, bingeing and purging. For me, it is so refreshing to see someone say “yeah, i love that freaking watermelon. so much i ate the whole damn thing”….because who hasn’t been there at some point with some food?
    I hope you don’t take those awful peoples’ words to heart. The cruelty, rudeness, and ignorance to the situation that those people displayed is genuinely disturbing. Not only have you never said “hey guys, this is what i do so you should too”, they do not have to read the site if they don’t like what they see. Anyway, I may just be one person, but I’m one person who loves what you write. Keep it up :)

  71. says

    I’m impressed that you’re leaving the comments up. I know that some bloggers remove any comment that even hints at criticism or that say something as simple as “I disagree with you.” Even though I’m sure it is impossible not to take it personally, I hope you manage to find some good takeaways from this and find a way to make yourself feel good about your body, your eating, and your health.

  72. says

    Monica,
    I am sorry–I know how over-the-top frustrating it is to feel like you are doing everything right and still gain weight. Believe me!! I have been suddenly struggling with this for the last few years. I finally visited an endocrinologist who did all the tests on my thyroid and finally just came to the conclusion that I’m getting older and my metabolism is slowing. (I was a whopping 34 years old at the time.) So now I’m supposed to eat only 1200 calories a day. While taking care of 4 kids and training for triathlons. And still I can’t seem to lose weight!! It’s so annoying!

    Right now I am trying my hardest to just focus on the fact that I am healthy.

    Anyway, I think you are awesome! I love your blog and I should probably comment more–you are so funny and real and we all appreciate that about you! Keep it up! :)
    Lindsay

  73. leahk says

    ok i’m just gonna say that I’m 5’9 and about 155lbs and I run quite a bit. I think its dumb for you to care what the scale says if you weight 160 or 150 if you can rock out a half marathon safely in under 1:50. I’ve been trying to break that for years now and can’t. so there :P

  74. Jamie P. says

    Monica,
    Just eat the watermelon and carry on! :)
    Last time I checked there weren’t any food police.
    Keep up the awesome job.

  75. says

    I’m coming to this post a bit later than most, but I’m surprised no one has mentioned that CLEARLY the REAL issue is that because of all the watermelon you eat you’re going straight to hell…

    :p

    P.S. I still think your blog is awesome, watermelon eating or not!

  76. says

    Wow, what a slew of feedback. I have to thank you for always being open & willing to show your true colors. Talking about your own self is hard. Loyal readers will continue to be just that because we enjoy you & what you have to say. Good luck with all of the negative comments :)

  77. Holly says

    I don’t know anything about thyroid issues, but I do know I enjoy your blog. I find you refreshingly honest and real. You do not have the perfect body, but you do the best you can on any given day to make good choices. A lot of us fall into that category and that’s why we can relate to you. You are not doing everything right and you’re not pretending to and THAT is why I like you!

  78. Jennifer says

    I give you two thumbs up for putting your slice of life out here on the internet for all of us to read.

    I LOVE reading your blog & think you look great.

    And jeez, the times I have eaten entire/whole things, O.M.G. Let’s just say it would shame my family….

  79. says

    Monica, I’ve been reading your blog from the beginning, as it’s so nice to read about someone real, who has normal struggles and is honest about them. People who diss you are rubbish. I wish I had a friend like you to talk about health with! You’re a real inspiration as an athlete, blogger and person x

  80. Casey says

    Monica,

    You look incredible, tell all these d-bags that hide behind their comments (with no pictures or linkbacks, of course) to suck a big one. I’m willing to bet you exercise and eat healthier (80% of the time at least) than they do.

    And the watermelon issue? Seriously? SERIOUSLY PEOPLE?!?! Who gives a crap if you’re “binging” on it. I’ve sat my 5’4, 115 pd butt on the couch after a 3 mile run and dove face first into 2 jars of almond butter and 3 boxes of granola. Straight up BOXES OF THE STUFF. (True story, this happened a couple days ago). We can have a binge contest if you want, but I’m pretty sure I’d smoke you.

    Props for putting your eats and life on the internet, people can be SO RUDE (Michelle from Full House voice). Keep doing what you’re doing and brush the haters off, they just jelly.

    Casey

    PS I’m in an unofficial race with you to find the best chocolate chip cookie ever. At least thats what I tell myself whenever said cookies find their sneaky way into my mouth. GOOD LUCK.

  81. jen says

    i think you look great – and more importantly – you are healthy. you lead a balanced life of eating and fitness. i follow your blog because it’s motivational to me! :)

  82. Kat says

    I’d just like to add that I love your blog and I think people are seriously overreacting. You look great and you are posting about struggles we ALL have!

  83. Michele says

    PLEASE don’t change your blog or the way you eat. You are one of the few normal!! I LOVE SkinnyRunner and all those other healthy blogs, but I am not like SR and I do not come home from my 2.5 minute miles to eat a salad with pickles. NO THANKS. If you go away, you’re just gonna leave behind a bunch of normal girls who only have super human bloggers to read!

  84. KelBel says

    Why on earth would someone follow a blog as a lesson in what not to do? What an idiotic statement, someone obviously needs a hobby. I too struggle with my passion for running as well as monitoring my food intake. So you are not alone! I really enjoy your blog and think you’re beautiful, from one redheaded Mexican girl to the next. No escuche a pendejos.

  85. says

    So I have been lurking on your site for YEARS, Monica. I think you are a real class act. Please don’t let other people’s comments bother you- I think sometimes people forget there is a person looking into that computer screen. Best of luck, I will continue to read loyally and hope you don’t change a thing about your style.

  86. Nicole Leonard says

    Wow. I don’t usually read reader comments. I read your posts via an RSS feeder on my phone, I enjoy them, and I move on with my day. I had no idea there were mean, rude, critical people that openly post comments! I don’t get it. If they don’t like your blog, why do they read it??

    I hope you’re encouraged to know that I – and lots others, I’m sure – enjoy your honesty about REAL LIFE when it comes to food and exercise. No one’s perfect, and we’re all in this together, trying to navigate our way and not get obese. ;)

    Anywho… I came here to let you know that if you’re interested in trying out the Dietbet thing again, my friend Sarah is starting one on Monday. It’s $10 to buy in and (since she had a promo code) Dietbet throws an extra $100 in the pot if she gets 25 people to join the challenge. Anyone can join her Dietbet here: http://www.dietbet.com/games/3828/activity

    Hope you have a great weekend!!

  87. Faith says

    I have been reading through your posts today as I got behind on my blogroll and didn’t see you have had thyroid issues until then. I know it sucks, but if it makes you feel any better- I too was referred to a specialist in early August and was unable to make an appt until October.
    I have been on meds for hypo for over a year and in general my symptoms are gone (I actually went off my meds for a month because of other complications and almost had to stop working out completely because some of my symptoms were so severe- reassured me that the meds do what they are supposed to!) but there are a few concerns my Dr has that he wants to followup with. I think the most important thing is to do what you are doing- focus on your health to the extent that you can with how you feel each day and have a Dr you trust, but if they or you don’t think they have a complete handle on it, see someone who does. And research! With all the gluten/soy/dairy restrictions people have tried, the most important thing is to do what works for you! Good luck!

  88. says

    I have absolutely no shame in telling you that I too can eat a whole watermelon OR a whole box of cereal in one day. Absolutely no problem. I like to eat. You like to eat. I started following your blog about a month ago and so I didn’t see this post until today. Absolutely MIND BLOWING how mean and nasty people are. Can I give you a virtual hug? You poor thing. You are BEAUTIFUL.

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