Ringing in the New Year with a Little Less Junk in the Trunk!

I never thought I would say this, but I woke up this morning eager to hop on the scale. The moment of truth…. I envisioned all of you and Tosca Reno, author of The Start Here Diet which I tested in month 1 of my 12 in 12 trial, peering over my shoulder as I stepped onto my lovely new Fitbit Aria scale which I’ve affectionately named, Liar!

I had my iPhone ready to chronical the big moment, but a message popped up saying my memory was full. Rats! I ran to get my iPad and stepped back on. Whaaaaaaaat!!!!? How could I be up 2 lbs in just seconds?! I called my sister who gifted me the scale, “There’s something wrong with this darn thing! Damn, technology!” “What can I say,” she replied. “I’ve never had a problem with it.”

I flopped on the bed and began deleting old photos and a few unnecessary apps to make room for the pics and guess what I learned? My iPad (case and all) weighs, 2 lbs :|. I hear my kids disowning me now.

Drumroll please!

I’m down 9.4 lbs in one month! But not just any month… December!! Freaking December – month of candy canes, Panettone, Zeppole, and Pot of Gold chocolates left, right and centre, December!!! Weight loss in freaking, Ho Ho Ho, unbutton your pants while you face-plant in all the decadent merriment December!!! Call the Guinness people – this has got to be some kind of record!!! And all this was achieved by sticking to Tosca’s three steps:

1. Dive Inward

  • I will continue to dive inward throughout 12 in 12 as it’s important to understand the emotional reasons why I not only gained the weight in the first place, but hung on to it all these years. Uncovering these truths will be pivotal in losing the excess pounds, and keeping them off for good.

2. Uncovering [and eliminating] my Hidden Foods (mine are chips and chocolate)

  • I faithfully stuck to #2, except for indulging in a few slices of my Holiday Hidden Food – Panettone. Take a look at this beauty – this is not Photoshopped!!


I never in my wildest, baked-goods dreams could have imagined a Panettone this size – 11 lbs of Italian yumminess! My girlfriend Joanna received it as a gift this Christmas and she sent Marianne and I home with a wedge each. I could cry, and I almost did when I took a look at the nutritional content.


My typical serving size (250g) and the maker’s serving size (83g) varies by 3:1 – YIKES! I had no idea what the calories were and now I’m starting to see volume control will be critical going forward. But how can you just have this much, when my tummy wants this…


Thank goodness Panettone comes out only twice a year!

3. Move a Little

  • I didn’t do so well on this step. Unfortunately, during the first 2 weeks of the plan, I pinched my sciatic nerve and it kept me up day and night, and my mobility was limited. After a lot of physio and prescribed anti-inflammatories, I recovered and had a full 2 days of relief before I was hit with a cold that has lingered for the last 10 days. But I did get in walks wherever I could, like the other day when I went for a stroll by the lake with a few of my Home Church sisters!
I've got to learn how to take a group selfie!
I’ve got to learn how to take a group selfie!

Areas I need to work on:

  • Re-plating – ensure I balance my meals with healthy carbs, protein and fats
  • Not being distracted when I eat, i.e. stop eating at my desk, or on the go
  • Ramp up the exercise
  • Drink more water

So what plan will I be testing in January, you wonder? I gave it a considerable amount of thought and ultimately let my wallet decide. I affectionately dub this plan the ‘grand poobah’ of all diet programs. This multi-billion dollar conglomerate waives its registration fees in January so those of us listing weight loss as one of our New Year’s resolutions will choose them amongst all the other programs vying for our attention… Weight Watchers – Ta Da!

Check out Weight Watchers’ current ad…. no celebrity spokesperson this time – just regular schmoes like you and me mindlessly stuffing our faces, clearly in need of help.

Depressing, but honest and effective – I see myself in each and every situation. So here we go, Month 2! Let’s see what you can teach me!

For weight, measurements and progress photos, please go to the Measuring Up tab.

17 thoughts on “Ringing in the New Year with a Little Less Junk in the Trunk!

  1. Dearest Marilina,

    I love reading your blog. Have I told you this before? Well I want to every time I read your new missive. You are so brave. As lighthearted as your words may be there’s a seriousness and heart-filled journey that can be felt by others I’m sure.

    Love you dear friend. My wish for you in 2015 is for the very best to come to you and your family.

    Blessings, Ellen ox

    Sent from my iPad


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  2. Woo hoo! Congratulations! You’re off to a great start. Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy New Year.


  3. Thank you Donna! I wish you and yours a healthy and happy New Year as well! I look forward to seeing you in a few weeks and taking your awesome Social Media class – I’ve got soooooo much to learn!


  4. Bella what an amazing December! 2015 will be a fantastic year for you and I look forward to following along on the blog!! blessings xo


  5. Way to go, Mar!!!

    What a great way to start the new year; by leaving 9+ pounds behind !
    >>>>>drum roll here <<<<<<
    WOO HOO!!!!!!

    I personally like your choice for the month. After all the years of expensive, unrealistic, and unhealthy diets ive tried, this has helped me 'normalize' my life. I dont wake up thinkin im on a diet, but just eating right WITH perks and lose weight at a healthy pace 🙂

    U GO GIRL!!


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  6. WW is gonna work for you! portion control will be a forced new habit here I think! Amazing so far and looks like I took some of your Dec. lbs! WW maintenance/monthly weigh-in is the only thing saving me now! End of Jan. here I come!

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  7. Yeaah, freaking December! It undoes all of us, in one way or another. The emotional component is big in my world (for obvious reasons) but for me, personally, not just professionally. Yeah, pulling off any kind of positive change during that craziest month…well, good girl! In this case, “big girl panties” are a very good thing…


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