A warm welcome and big round of applause for Thea! | The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans LLC


Thea, who blogs over at I’m a Drama Mama, has been a die hard Sister since we opened our virtual doors back in November. When we brainstormed new contributors, Thea’s name was the first to pop into our heads since she worked so hard with Beth on Tales from the Scales. And it’s our lucky day, because she has so graciously agreed to contribute to the Sisterhood and you’ll see her posting every other Thursday. Did I mention she’s pretty freaking hilarious?

Give Thea a big high five and keep reading to learn more about her! Look for her first post next Thursday.

Tell us a little about yourself! Your family, your pets, the skeletons in your closet!
Well, I’m a Leo.  I like long walks on the beach and the sound of hands clapping while my name is exalted.

No seriously, I’m a nut.  I like to have fun, but at the same time tend to take myself a little too seriously.  I’ve been married to my husband, Dave, for nearly 8 years.  We’ve got two kids.  Jake will be 6 and Emma will be 4…both of their birthdays in April.

When did you decide it was time to lose weight? Was there a particular event or moment when you knew it was time?
I’ve never really been happy in my own skin.  I was never more than 15 or 20 pounds overweight, but I always felt like crap.  When Dave and I started to talk about having kids, I knew that I wanted to start off on the right foot as far as my weight.  I joined Weight Watchers (the first time) in 2002.

How do you do it? Lose weight that is? Do you follow a plan or program?
I tried to do it on my own through various books or plans, but nothing ever took.  As soon as the plan was over, I went right back to where I was because I hadn’t learned anything.  I’ve been doing Weight Watchers on and off  (you can’t do WW while pregnant) for nearly 7 years now, and I am FINALLY starting to get it.  I can’t just lose and then go back to how I was.  I need to keep working at it.  I was always looking for the quick fix, and now I know there isn’t one.

What was your heaviest weight and where are you now?
I was at my highest weight after I had Jake.  I was at 192.2 in May 2003.  Now, I weigh 155 pounds, which is my goal weight.  I’d like to go down to about 153 so that I can have what I refer to as my “vacation cushion”.

How do you reward yourself when you’ve hit a goal?
I’ve done lots of different stuff.  When I first started out (or when I had a relapse and wanted to get back on track), I would pay myself $1 for every pound I lost. I would then use the money to buy myself anything I wanted…as long as it wasn’t food.  I bought myself clothes, scrapbooking stuff, books.  As I got closer to goal and was losing less, I would treat myself to a Starbucks Skinny Hazelnut Latte whenever I would have a loss.  It was a sweet treat and but it stays on plan…2 points and milk serving.  Bonus.

What are you going to do when you’ve hit your goal? How do you plan to maintain?
I’ve talked before about the fears I have about weight loss.  To be honest, I’m really scared about maintaining.  In some ways, it seems like a dead end.  But that’s just stinkin’ thinkin’.  I need to find something else to focus on.  Which is why I’m trying to set some fitness goals for myself.  I plan to run my first 5k in June.

What is your biggest weakness? Favorite snack?
LOL!  What isn’t my biggest weakness?  I’m a big snacker and a big sweets person.  Those are my biggest downfalls.  I’m also a stress eater.  I really have to fight myself when I have a bad day.  If you look closely, you can see steam coming out of my ears on some days.

Can it be a favorite if I haven’t had it in a while.  I used to have a Butterfinger Blizzard every week or so, but I would say I haven’t had one in about a year (Go, Me!)  My snack of choice now is usually something that comes prepackaged, that way I don’t have to think about serving sizes.  I love granola bars and popcorn.

What drew you to the Sisterhood and what do you like about it?
Once upon a time, Beth had a site going called Tales from the Scales.  I was contributor over there, too.  As soon as I heard that the idea of a weight loss site was being ressurected, I knew that I was going to be a part of it.  I wouldn’t be where I am today with the support and accountability of The Sisterhood.  We truly are all in this together.

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