Wonderful Development

by Marinka on September 8, 2012

I know I’ve been quieter than usual on this here blog, but that’s because I’ve been busy celebrating. Yes, celebrating. After years of struggling with extra weight, I’m finally taking the weight off and enjoying the new, svelte me.

Yes, I’m losing weight. Without diet or exercise or surgical intervention, including but not limited to amputation.

I’m losing weight because my daughter is commuting to high school by subway. Remember when I posted about my hesitation about such a commute? Well, I’m not afraid to admit that I was wrong!  So far, it’s going great! Just after two days, I’ve lost two pounds. By the end of the school year, I should be down my birth weight, unless there are a lot of snow days, obviously, in which case I’ll hover at my toddler-weight.

I didn’t expect this.

But see, when my 14 year old daughter is on the subway by herself, by which I mean without me or her dad or my Mama or Papa, not that she has a private subway car, ha ha, that would be crazy (note to self: look into reserving private subway car), I have no appetite. My stomach is in knots. It’s like one of those instant-stomach staples without the whole mess and no co-payment. It’s very I Built It, in terms of weight-loss, if you get my drift.

If I’d known how my weight would just melt off, I’d have sent my kids on the subway by themselves years ago. As a matter of fact, I suspect that once my secret is out, people will be leaving their babies in strollers on the subways in record numbers.

I mean, I try to relax when I know she’s on the subway. I read the newspaper, always soothing, or watch a fun movie to take my mind off things, but it doesn’t seem to help. My stomach remains in knots until I get a text from her that she has arrived. With the round-trip every day, those are two solid hours that I am not eating.

And on Friday afternoon, just to make sure I stay on track for the weekend, the trains on her line were evacuated due to smoke conditions!  In celebration of the smoke condition I stopped breathing for a while as well. Even though by the time I heard about it, she was already home sitting next to me.

It’s amazing, but it turns out that this whole people need oxygen to live is a huge myth.

Because I stopped breathing for a full half an hour and I’m completely fine. Which I think is important for scientists to know. I’m thinking of submitting my findings to the Nobel committee, because why not start at the top? I’ll have plenty of time to travel to accept the Prize, what with all the time I’m saving with not eating and all.

 

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Lil
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September 8, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Just wait til she leaves for college. My daughter was momma’s helper in the kitchen… and because she’s my most adventurous eater, she’s who I shared favorite meals with. – pesto, sushi, lettuce wraps, etc, caprese salad. Since she left for college I find I don’t even think about eating until after 2:00 pm, and I’ve hardly made any meals because I don’t have her help doing all the things my fibromyalgia-y hands can’t handle. Man, the entire family is missing her in our own ways – dogs are extra whiny. Alas, neither one of us seems to be losing any weight as a result. *And her favorite “Tonito” commercial just came on and I’ll just go cry now. What were we talking about.

Anyway, Congrats on the weight loss.

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Lisa Rae @ smacksy September 8, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Oh, that IS a fun movie. You are a warrior.

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Roshni September 8, 2012 at 4:08 pm

She’s awesome and so are you for letting her do it!! She’ll be absolutely fine!!

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tracy@sellabitmum
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September 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm

I think I just lost my lunch thinking about this. You’re so brave for all of us. (Also we need pictures). #bikini2012

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Jeni
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September 9, 2012 at 8:22 am

I know this was really hard for you to do, and I’m proud of you!

How is she liking it?

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Mrs. Jones September 9, 2012 at 9:06 pm

You are so right. Perhaps if I let my 8 year old lead my 4 year old in the subway journey I can lose these last stubborn 10 pounds. HA! Bad enough I damn near lost it when my husband told me he let our 8 year old walk her brother in to the school while he settled the cab fare. I mean it was literally car door to front school door but still! I was like are you sure they made it?? No one snatched them up and stowed them in some secret compartment I was not aware of between the front desk and the gazillion other parents and students milling about. The thins we worry about as parents right!

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Megan September 10, 2012 at 10:29 am

Who knew having kids would actually make you LOSE weight?

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joeinvegas September 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Yes, congrats on the weight loss. Keep it up.

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vanita
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September 11, 2012 at 5:18 am

Oh how i know that feeling. I’m on one end of the 6 line and my older teen’s school is on the other end. there’s like 50 million stops and 30 billion crazies on the train. i lost 8 pounds the first 3 weeks of her commuting to high school. then she made friends at school lived in our neighborhood. so i was all relief and smiles and went back to putting the weight back on. Now she’s a junior. Younger teen started high school last week. her commute is half the length. i figured ooh! going to lose some more pounds and speed up my weight loss…turns out her bestie was excepted to the same high school. they’re traveling together so i might as well get back on the pilate bench, nothing to worry about there. that 6 line. it makes me nutts. i keep having to remind the girls what to do if it stalls, if they put the line out of service, etc, etc.
i know it’s hard girl, but i think for my girls, it’s good for them to learn independence this way, cause with 4 kids at home, i’m going to want all of them to GO OFF to college.

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GrandeMocha
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September 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I’m really sorry we don’t have public transportation where we live. Congrats!

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Korinthia Klein September 11, 2012 at 11:18 pm

I think I lost some weight just reading about sending your daughter off alone on the subway. Ack! (I’m sure it’s all fine, but Ack!)

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