Nice to meet you. I’m Jill Sprat.

March 28, 2011

Since July, Sam has lost about 30lbs. Since going to Georgia for Army training 3 weeks ago? 10 more. This is wonderful. He’s doing great, he looks fantastic, he can run 5 miles a day.

Sometimes? Sometimes I walk from the kitchen to the couch several times. A day. I know right? I’m trying to pace myself.


It’s hard when your spouse/partner/friend decides to get in shape and you’re the one watching. Listening to it. Who doesn’t want to scream to the world when they’ve lost 40lbs? I get it. But it doesn’t do much for my motivation.

This past week or so, I’ve actually lost 5lbs. Nothing major, most of it was due to (quite literally) tossing my cookies Wednesday night and not really having the urge to eat a whole lot. The Girl Scout cookies are gone (eating them all at once is much better than dragging it out lol), I’m eating really healthy and portioning out meals. One of the biggest helps is to stop after dinner and think about seconds. Really, really think about them. Am I full? Do I need more or simply want something to snack on while I watch Grey’s?

99% of the time it’s just a snack thing.

I crave sugar SO BAD after dinner. Like, you can’t believe how bad. I can open the fridge, freezer, all the cupboards, go through my purse, and even make up stuff to eat just for sugar (strawberries dipped in cocoa mix, a cinnamon and sugar toast). I think it might be from how much we used to drink. I got used to having that sugar in my blood stream and now I need it. But I know this isn’t healthy, so I’ve really tried to find a different way to combine the snack/sugar craving at night.

What seems to work well is strong black tea with honey – maybe like a teaspoon.

I want to be a healthy couple. I don’t want to be the porky partner, the one where everyone looks at my ripped husband and then at my chunky thighs and thinks of the nursery rhyme about Jack Sprat:

“Jack Sprat could eat no fat.

His wife could eat no lean.

And so between them both, you see,

They licked the platter clean.”


Jack Sprat. Wondering why his wife is licking the plates in the kitchen when she ate his share for dinner.


Because you know the town gossips back then were totally like, “That Sprat guy is so hot, what is he doing with Jill?” Only, you know, in old English with bonnets on while churning butter.


  • Tara

    March 31, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Have you ever done any Homemade Gourmet stuff with Weight Watchers alterations? A lady I know made the spice dip (oh so delicious when dunked with Ginger Snaps). She used fat-free Cool Whip to mix it up and 1/4 C is only 1 WW point! And? She said if you freeze it, it tastes just like ice cream. Yum!

  • Teresa

    March 29, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    You’re post cracked me up! The pic caption is absolutely priceless!! My dh works outdoors and if always tan and buff, whereas I am soft and mushy, LOL! It sucks that our hormones work against us all the time. He doesn’t crave sugar and carbs like I do šŸ™

  • Alexia

    March 29, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Oh man, I have been a Weight Watchers SLACKER lately. For obvious reasons but seriously I feel your pain on the sweet tooth. I NEED cookies or ice cream or nutella on a spoon. Anything sugary before I go to bed. WTF?!

    Don’t worry Jill Spratt, once you see your hot man again and get over all the illness in your house right now, you’ll get back to being healthy!

  • Branson

    March 29, 2011 at 4:48 am

    You are gorgeous already, for the record šŸ˜‰ Being healthy is what is important of course, but mama curves are hott too!

  • Jen

    March 28, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    I crave sugar like mad at night. Tea is what really helps me too. Also water…I drink a ton of it and that helps. Lately I have been giving in to my sugar craving and it is killing my skin (hello am I 14 again).

  • Miranda

    March 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    I have such a terrible sweet tooth. It’s awful. I’m craving chocolate in the worst way right now.

    And it’s hard to be the one who wants to be healthy when your spouse or partner has no desire to get healthy. That’s where I am right now. I want to do better, but I have to think about him and I can’t force him to eat what I should eat, so I end up eating whatever I fix for him. So I’m making little to no progress.

    1. Diana

      March 28, 2011 at 7:27 pm

      I agree. When Sam decided to pig out and let go the past 3 years, I was right there supporting him. And by supporting I mean eating everything within sight. Then ALL OF THE SUDDEN he decided to start being healthy. :/

  • Jen

    March 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    This is my life. Justin gained a lot of weight afer he got out of the military, and he was really out of shape. Then he went overseas and lost like 80 pounds. Me?? I’m still claiming it’s baby fat, and my workout routines include consistent cleaning and hauling my fat bleep off the couch to cook sometimes. Ugh.

    1. Diana

      March 28, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      You’ve had two. You get twice to time to claim baby fat. Besides Jen, you look amazing.

      And 80lbs? Seriously. That makes me want to throat punch him.

  • Elizabeth

    March 28, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I stopped eating carbs for 2 weeks to see if I could. I still ate fruit though. I lost 5 lbs, and was the nastiest I’d ever been. Pictures of bread would make me tear up. I’m serious. I started eating them again because that was NOT sustainable. I gained 5lbs back. Now I’m just trying to workout/do P90(NOT X) in my living room. I love Tony Horton.

    1. Diana

      March 28, 2011 at 7:24 pm

      I WOULD DIE without carbs. DIE.

      I love them so much. I honestly think I have an addiction to them. I start to feel sick if I don’t eat them. How sad is that?

  • justine

    March 28, 2011 at 11:13 am

    i know what you mean! my hubby is AF and when we got married we were both in awesome shape. but since i had my bella, i just don’t care about working out anymore (more like i’m too stinkin tired by the time i get a chance). and i <3 eating. i'm not HUGE, but i definitely am in worse shape than he is. must be nice to have time to workout built in to your job. =)

    1. Diana

      March 28, 2011 at 7:23 pm

      Yay for Bellas! And yes – MUST BE NICE. Sam always told me “Just go workout” and I’m thinking – um, when? During nap and leave her in the apartment? lol.

  • Nicole at Mommy Moxie

    March 28, 2011 at 10:50 am

    LOVE your post title! I agree, the after dinner sugar cravings are killer. The only thing that has saved me has been the South Beach Diet’s ricotta creme. It’s on their website and uses Splenda, which makes it more than sweet enough for me. And I agree, better to cram all those Girl Scout cookies down in one shot than to have them torture you from the pantry (or freezer)!

    1. Diana

      March 28, 2011 at 7:22 pm

      I should look it up. I just need a little something. But if I had a whole cake, I wouldn’t take a tiny slice. I would take half. There lies the problem. šŸ™‚

  • Janelle

    March 28, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I am so with you on the “sweets after dinner” craving. If you have a food processor, try “banana soft serve” – just process a few frozen bananas within an inch of their life for a while (5 mins? you have to scrape down the sides of the bowl a bit) and it truly turns into banana-flavored soft serve. Wonderful stuff, real food…all good things!

    1. Elizabeth

      March 28, 2011 at 11:51 am

      I’m totally trying that! I hope it works in the blender.

    2. Diana

      March 28, 2011 at 7:21 pm

      That sounds amazing. I’m totally going to try it.

  • kim

    March 28, 2011 at 9:52 am

    10 lbs in 3 weeks? Insert special, special words. I mean, “yeah, Sam!” šŸ™‚ I’m with you on the walking to the kitchen. This past week my workouts have consisted of climbing the stairs. When I really want to ramp it up I add in some laundry. Pump it up, baby!

    1. Diana

      March 28, 2011 at 7:21 pm

      I know, really? I was all, “You look great honey” and he says “I lost 10lbs” and I threw up in my mouth a little.

  • Alena

    March 28, 2011 at 9:23 am

    My “type” of guy was always the tall lean guy…Cody fits it to a t. He thinks he needs it together when you can see his abs. But it is so effortless for him…he loves to run and could not run for 6 months and go run 7 miles. I have to pace myself to WALK 2 miles. Oy!!

    1. Diana

      March 28, 2011 at 7:20 pm

      It’s hard to be married to a military man, they are so disciplined for their job. It can be motivating, but sometimes it’s just plain exhausting to watch them.

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