Saturday, August 29, 2009

After the Water Weight

Many of you have emailed with questions regarding ice box cake.  When I say many, I probably mean 1 or 2 of you tweeted me.  Possibly 3.  It's hard to remember.  I don't sleep much and I gave birth 6 months ago, so I am unapologetically still suffering from a hormone hangover.  Spell check is telling me unapologetically is spelled incorrectly.  But I googled it and it's not.  Stupid spell check.

Ice box cake is whip cream and chocolate wafers.  That's it.  And it's the type of thing that tastes even better the next day.  Or even two days later.  By the third day, it's a little stale.  But you'll be done with it by the third day, trust me.

The Ice box cake I made the other day felt like an end of a bender.  I'm trying not to obsess over the fact that there are a few extra baby pounds refusing to just disappear.  Pounds that actually AREN'T water weight, but rather evidence of a few too many Ben & Jerry episodes shared with my equally pregnant partner.  Back when we were simultaneously pregnant, that is. (what? you've never done that?) 

I'm actually going to have to DO SOMETHING in order to take off the remaining weight.  Ugh.  Seriously?

It's not even that I don't have time.  Though trust me, I absolutely DON'T have time.  These twins hand me my ass on a daily basis.

It's not even that I don't feel physically motivated.  But trust me again.  I sleep SO LITTLE I can nap standing.  I'm not exaggerating.  And I am an exaggerator.  But I'm not here.

It's not even that I don't like running or walking or biking.  Because I actually sometimes do.  Sorta.  About five minutes into it for the length of one rockin' P!nk song.

I'll tell you what the problem is.

My living room.

It's LOADED with baby "crap."  Definition of baby "crap" = exersaucers (2 of them), car seats (2 of those) Pack n' Plays (1 of those) and an 8 panel baby gate that takes up about 30 square feet in front of my TV (displayed in the photograph with only 6 panels).

It's making it impossible for me to start the P-90X program.

And the fact the program demands I take a "before" picture.  (shudder).

I'm at a crossroads in my life.  I can choose to become a fat mom who has swinging under arms, or I can pull my shit together and do the P-90X program.  The choice seems simple.

No more excuses.  But I'm not posting the "before" shot until the "after" shot.





  1. Bummer about the show being postponed till tomorrow but your blogs are very amusing.The P-90X program seems like the right choice for you.I've seen the ads for it and I've thought about buying it myself.I run,bike and deliver mail all day for a living but still can't lose the excess weight in my stomach.Go for it Kristen.You might actually enjoy the program once you start it.You've got nothing to lose but the few pounds you want to burn off.If it works for you,I'll buy the program too.Deal?Deal.~Phyl

  2. I recognized the icebox cake as described in the beginning of the second paragraph top down of this blog entry. I used to know it describ ed as that and its description matches the images I've seen in past blog entries. I'd like to prepare an ice box cake during the second week of September when I have a few days off. It'll be mom's b'day as well but she's faraway from here so I get to eat the icebox cake :P

  3. You mean allll this P-90X stuff is about losing weight? Are ya kiddin' me? here I thought it was a thing about geeetars or some Mac software and you were being..a machead. Not like those commercials though. Aren't they annoying? Where have I been? Well that being said, yup go for it. If you have time. Only you can decide when you're ready for it. And you've handled childbirth, so basically this program should be nothing right? A cake walk. Without so much the cake. K? K. Glad we had this talk.

  4. Don't feel bad Kristen, I have been blaming my excess weight on my two kids since they were born. Both born within 18 months of the other, first one 8.7 lbs at birth, second one 9.10...Starting last year I finally decided to get rid of it. It's taking a while but my efforts are paying off. Dare I mention that my kids are now 15 and 16??

  5. I've watched the introductory DVD. I need that stupid chin up bar. Not sure how to squeeze that errand into my life. It seems like the type of thing you'd find collecting dust in your mom's basement, right? I have a brother. That could be an abandoned in mom's basement by brother type item.

    I'll keep you all posted on how this dream of completing the P90X program plays itself out.

    In the meantime, NO MORE ICE BOX CAKES.

  6. Can you do chin ups or pull ups now? I couldn't when I started P90X (and might still not be able to haha)... but you can use bands in place of them for the beginning of the series until you're ready for the bar. If you have something sturdy to loop them around (like a loaded down entertainment center or something)... they work really well.

    If you want to read anything about P90X from my point of view, check out my blog. I don't have a ton of details in it but I have a few. Also, the hardest part for me is the portion control... but I'm not worrying a lot about it because I don't care about being ripped... I just want to lose the pudge. So I'm eating healthy, but not in the suggested portions. If you need a support system to get you through, I'm here for you... feeling your pain. haha :)

    BRING IT!!!!

  7. Good luck with P90X. I admire anyone that commits to something like that. Another program I have looked into is . I have tried it and its "doable" (not too intense right up front, if you know what I mean). But you kinda have to like yoga. I actually met Diamond Dallas Page (the wrestler/founder of YRG) at a film festival a couple years ago and he told me all about it. He was sincere and really impressive (as are some of the success stories with the workout).

    Anyway, all the best with it!