Calling in Fat - Blog Marissa Jaret Winokur: I Had to Call in Fat AUG 25, 2009 We call in sick in life, so why can't we call in fat? That's the question Marissa Jaret Winokur asks in the new installment of her weekly PEOPLE.com weight-loss blog. Here, the Dance Your Ass Offhost, 36, dishes about why family time with her husband Judah and 1-year-old son Zev took priority over "me time" – and why there's nothing a great new pair of shoes can't fix.? Sorry I skipped out on my PEOPLE.com blog last week. I called in fat – I figured I had about 10 days saved up, so decided to use seven of them and take the whole week off! I saved three days for a long fat weekend in the fall with the family.? Seriously, don't you wish it worked that way? You could wake up one morning and start getting ready for work and then look in the mirror and say, "Forget it, I'm calling in fat." Or you're about to be heading out for a date and your jeans are too tight and instead of freaking out and putting on a pair of sweats, you could call the guy up and say, "Sorry, can't make the movies. I'm just too fat." It all seems seems silly, the "calling in fat" theory. But I think we do that in different ways. Sometimes we do stay home or we don't go to a party because we don't like the way we look. Or, like me, I just didn't do my blog because I had nothing good to say! I had a really busy family week – my amazing wonderful 1-year-old son is acting like a 4 year old and into everything and needs all my attention. And my husband is off from work for a few weeks and he also needs all my attention.? So, do the math: It was a lot of fun family time this past two weeks, but not good me time. I love my boys and am not complaining. I am just saying I had no time to exercise and I didn't count a single calorie. But I wouldn't give any of my son's sweet kisses away even if it would help me lose weight! My husband, on the other hand, would take one for the team … LOL.? My life took over. Not like the insane week of Zev's birthday party. I didn't overeat like a crazy person – I just didn't really think about it! That was until I sat down with a bowl of ice cream last Monday night to write my blog and thought, "I really have nothing to say. I am taking a fat day." And then it turned into a full week. But I discovered that shoes ARE a girl's best friend! We went to this huge warehouse sale that was so big it filled the L. A. Con-vention Center. Because I was out fat, I went straight to the shoes and felt much better!!! I know many people have said it before but there is nothing a cup of coffee and a new pair of shoes CAN'T fix!? My biggest challenge this week: getting back to "work" after calling in fat for a week.? I am most proud of: enjoying my family and not beating myself up. I'm not throwing in the towel, but I needed a break from the madness!? Calling in Fat - Blog Marissa Jaret Winokur Reports for Duty on Her Booty JULY 27, 2009 Recently, Marissa Jaret Winokur realized she needed a military intervention on her quest to lose weight. After reaching her low point when she scarfed down too much candy for son Zev's first birthday party, the Dance Your Ass Off host, 36, decided to head to boot camp.? Here, in her weekly PEOPLE.com weight loss-blog, she writes about how her early morning call to drop and give 'em 20 inspired her. Ten hut! It's been hard to motivate. On Monday and Tuesday I ate in line with my 1,200-calorie goal, but working out was hard. After last week's debacle, I had to do something. So Pvt. Marissa reported for duty... duty on my booty. Oh yeah, I said it! :)? I normally am against any sort of boot camp type of thing but OMG I needed to be whipped into shape – and fast! The boot camp is at 6 a. m. so nothing will "come up." My husband is home with Zev and no one will miss me for that hour! So off I went!? I found a cheap boot camp that was free for the first class. It was packed: I can't believe how many people will wake up at 6 a. m. – crazy people, I tell you, lots of crazy people. It shocked me how much time was spent on our abs and arms and also how loud the music was. No teacher yelled at me but there was a crazy man that if we were told to "do 20" he would scream "25!" and everyone cheered. I hated this man and prayed he would not be back the next day. He was.? Early Riser Boot camp seems to be good for me. It really had a good combination of weight training and cardio (jumping jacks and jump rope). Actually, the act of exercising at 6 a. m. really helped me. It made me not dread the workout part of my day all day long. Also, when I went to have a tiny cheat, I would really think back to how hard I worked and thought, "It is not worth going to boot camp an extra week over one peanut butter cup."? I do think I am going to continue with the morning classes. I am going to look for morning yoga – I just feel like that's something done in the early morning. I really liked being done with my workout by 7 a. m. and ready to start my day.? But there's something I need to know: Why is there a popcorn machine at my dry cleaners????? Freshly popped salty popcorn with butter has nothing to do with my dry cleaning yet there it is every time I get something washed. My biggest challenge this week: getting motivated.? I am most proud of: reporting for duty... duty on my booty – and actually coming up with that saying!? By the time Zev's birthday rolled around on Saturday, I was eating the chips and dip and didn't care! If the birthday and all the guests weren't enough stress, my sister is out of the country because she and her husband finally got the call that their adoption went through. So, Saturday night they met their new daughter and I was emailing her all night and eating Doritos for her and hoping everything was going as planned.? On Sunday, the madness continued as everyone came back over to the house to polish off the leftovers from Zev's first fiesta (and not a healthy fiesta, either)! So, I now sit here on Monday morning with a total sugar hangover and I feel awful!? To be totally honest, all I want to do is sleep – I actually don't WANT to work out. I feel horrible and scared to step on the scale. Life totally took over and if it weren't for this blog, I would be wearing my PJs and staying in bed. BUT I am so thankful I have you guys to push me out of the OMG-I-messed-up-big-time funk and I promise myself and you to fix it this week. I still don't want to work out but I will make myself. The sickest part is the leftover candy is still in my living room!!! OMG, I NEED AN INTERVENTION, FAST … or just a big garbage bag ;)? My biggest challenge this week: obviously, failing my biggest challenge. But I did throw an amazing first b-day party on my own!? I am most proud of: I'm not gonna lie – I'm proud of the fact there is still candy left over. It was a hard week.? Calling in Fat - Blog Marissa Jaret Winokur: I Fell Off the Diet Wagon July 20, 2009 On every dieter's weight-loss journey, there are triumphs and trip-ups. For Marissa Jaret Winokur, planning for her son Zev's first birthday party on Saturday presented a major stumbling block.? In planning for his big celebration, the Dance Your Ass Off host, 36, found temptation, well, a little too tempting. Here, in her weekly PEOPLE.com weight loss-blog, she writes candidly about not being able to resist a house full of candy. I sit here Monday morning with my PEOPLE.com blog overdue. It was a bad week here, and I kept thinking about how I could spin it! This week was spent planning for Zev's first birthday – it started off bad and then it turned into a disaster! Every day I literally said, "Okay, tomorrow I will get back on track." But tomorrow never came!? I did the whole party myself. I had a lot of people offer to help but it really meant a lot to me to do it alone. I came up with a great idea: Instead of one piñata, I bought 10 and hung them all in one tree and put a table of candy underneath it! Like a fool, I set up the candy in huge vases to see what I needed a full week ahead of the party! It was like I had my own Temptation Island in my living room!!! It was horrible and I lost the game.? Sugar Hangover Because I had both my husband's family and my family in town, there never was time to work out. NEVER. And we would eat out almost every meal! As the week progressed, it just got worse and worse till I finally just said, "Forget it – this week is a bust!"? Calling in Fat - Blog Marissa Jaret Winokur: My Close Encounter with a Minibar JULY 6, 2009 It's every dieter's nightmare: You're alone in your hotel room with a fully stocked minibar. Do you dive in or ignore it?? That's exactly the dilemma Marissa Jaret Winokur, 36, faced on her recent trip to New York City to promote her Oxygen showDance Your Ass Off.? Here, in her weekly PEOPLE.com weight-loss blog, she shares her diet disaster (and how she rebounded) – and how being surrounded by larger-than-life look-alikes can be great for your self-esteem. What happens when it's 2 a. m. and you're alone in a hotel room with the devil's minibar? Minibar – one; Marissa – zero.? My trip to New York City ended in disaster. Let me start from the beginning: I had to leave my son Zev and go to N. Y.C. to do press for Dance Your Ass Off. I brought my sneakers and exercise clothes with me so I could use the hotel gym. It was too late to work out on Saturday when I got in, Sunday I was busy and Monday … you get my drift. The only workout I did was carry my big sneakers through the airport!? BUT I was eating really healthy – I said NO to the bread basket every day and ordered salads with the dressing on the side. Never – I repeat never – did I even look at the New York pizza or the hot dog stands. Never did I stray from my goal! Never, that is, until my last night.? It was my last day in N. Y.C. I was having a blast – I actually felt amazing!!! I spent the day running around making sure everyone who would listen knew my show was premiering. I went to an event where there were three 6-ft. -plus foot men dressed up as ME. I thought they looked beautiful and very stylish! I loved the big hair and I felt so cute and small it made me re-think my circle of friends. Maybe all I need to do is take my bikini photo with them!!!? I then went back to the hotel, ordered room service (a boring salad) and even put the bread outside the room so I wouldn't be tempted. I called my husband and started to go to bed. Then, like a siren I heard the call of the minibar! Next thing I knew it was 2 a. m. and I had pretty much killed the minibar!!! Upon checkout, I quickly grabbed the bill so my friend traveling with me wouldn't see the evidence.? Getting Back on Track Back in California, I got home in time to go swimming with my son Zev. I popped him in his little raft thing and found a new exercise – I use his raft as a kickboard! I missed Zev so much that this week I didn't want to leave him for the gym. It was hard to find time for myself and hard to think of ways to include Zev in a workout. I took him hiking with me and put him in the Baby Bjorn.? When I carried my 26-lb. son up a steep mountain, I felt like I was doing aBiggest Loser challenge! I was carrying the weight I had gained! It felt so heavy, I couldn't believe I gained that much and how hard it was to carry it!? I'm glad I found some things I can do with Zev and want to include them in my normal week. However, next week back to the gym and dance classes for me!? I learned a lot this week: Never trust yourself alone with a minibar – get the food taken out when you check in! And always stand with three large men dressed up as you!? My biggest challenge this week: getting back into a workout routine.? I am most proud of: confessing to my friend the murder of my hotel minibar.? Calling in Fat - Blog Marissa Jaret Winokur Dances to Beyoncé to Lose Weight JULY 29, 2009 Marissa Jaret Winokur is giving a Beyoncé hit a try on her weight-loss journey. The Dance Your Ass Off host, whose Oxygen show premieres Monday, is continuing her quest to get in shape with some boogying of her own: joining the legions of people (including Joe Jonas and Justin Timberlake) attempting the R&B star's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" dance, much to the amusement of her 11-month-old son Zev and husband Judah Miller.? Here, in her weekly PEOPLE.com weight-loss blog, she shares her Beyoncé moment – and her quest to get back in a bikini:? OMG, OMG !!! Okay, so here's the deal. I am so excited to blog my weight-loss journey with PEOPLE.com and was so happy when it posted last Monday! I got my little Google alert notice (yes, I have myself on Google alert, so think twice before you blog something mean about me...) and I sat down to read my blog when I saw these words in WRITING:? "Now on a mission to get back in the shape she was in while appearing onDancing with the Stars, Winokur (whose Oxygen show premieres June 29) has returned to exercising and has a goal: to appear in a bikini in the pages of PEOPLE."? A bikini in PEOPLE... A BIKINI. Reading those words made me get a little dizzy. It made it REAL! HELP!!!! My favorite articles in PEOPLE are the weight-loss bikini ones. I remember just reading about Melissa Joan Hart and she was on the cover weighing 113!!! OKAY, EVERYONE, I AM NOT GOING TO EVER BE 113! I started to freak out and I may or may not having eaten a handful of cereal.? Then I re-read the "get back in the shape she was in while appearing onDancing with the Stars" part. Oh, yeah – I can do that! I calmed down and stepped away from the cereal box. My goal isn't to be in a bikini at 113 lbs. My goal is to be in a bikini at MY happiest feel-good weight. I know I looked sexy on DWTS and I was considered a "plus-size dancer." My mission is to look and feel MY best and that was when I was 25 lbs. lighter!? Doing the "Single Ladies" Dance That all being said, reading the word "bikini" did kick my butt into gear!!!! No pun intended, I danced my ass off and went to the "Dance Your Ass Off" class at Crunch gym!? I worked out so hard that I was sore the next day. I felt the dance in every muscle of my body and cursed the teacher's name. But I can't wait to go back next week!!? Because dancing is way more fun then the treadmill, I downloaded the video of Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" and started to learn her dance. Let me tell you, if I ever did that dance in a club I would still be a single lady!!! But what a workout! It was free and fun and it kept my son very entertained – it was like a real-life Muppet danced out of his TV and into the living room. It kept him and, sadly, my husband very amused for almost an hour.? Okay, everyone, I started to dust off my bikinis to take the curse off of them and beg for mercy!!! OMG – even just typing the word "bikini" just made my heart race. This may be proof you should think before you speak!!!? My biggest challenge this week: Not sneaking spoonfuls of Spaghetti O's while I feed them to my Zev.? I am most proud of: exercising almost every day (most of the time with a smile)!!!? Calling in Fat - Blog Marissa Jaret Winokur Tries to Say 'No' to Fries JUNE 22, 2009 Marissa Jaret Winokur, the host of the new weight-loss dance show Dance Your Ass Off, is on a weight-loss journey of her own.? The Tony-winning actress, 36, recently admitted that though she didn't give birth to her 11-month-old son Zev (who was carried via a surrogate), she has put on pounds since his arrival. "You don't actually have to carry the baby to gain the weight," Winokur tells PEOPLE.? Now on a mission to get back in the shape she was in while appearing on Dancing with the Stars, Winokur (whose Oxygen show premieres June 29) has returned to exercising and has a goal: to appear in a bikini in the pages of PEOPLE.? Here, she shares her quest to get back in shape in the first installment of her weekly PEOPLE.com weight-loss blog:? Okay, so welcome to my weight-loss journey. I have to open with a funny little aside. As I sit here beginning to type, staring at my blank screen, my friend who is visiting me walked in from being out all day and said, "Look what I got you ..." She held up the magical bag, glowing in the light, a smell that dreams are made of – McDonald's french fries!!!!!!!? I had only typed "Welcome to my weight-loss journey" and now I had to make the choice – type my new goals or eat the fries. I ate a fry, then put the bag down and started to type. Okay, I'll have one more fry. Two fries won't kill anyone!!!!! I am now going to put the fries in the sink and drown my little friends. DONE. This blog just saved me from a lot of bad calories!!!! THANK YOU!!!!? Fighting Temptation I am back on track to fitting into my bikini before the END of the summer!!! There are temptations all over my house!!! I have an 11-month-old son, Zev, who loves those yummy gold fish that taste amazing at 3 in the morning, and a husband [Judah Miller] who can eat ANYTHING (it's so not fair, but that's a whole other blog). It's so hard – Zev eats mac and cheese and I just share it! I need to clean out my kitchen!!? I am gonna clean my fridge out and re-stock it with healthy food!!!! It's a total mess! I need more fruit and veggies. I am gonna clean my fridge myself and make a shopping list! I am not going to be a crazy dieter – I just want to get healthy again and feel good. Maybe you can join in and clean out your fridge and start the slow and steady journey with me......? OMG – I JUST DROWNED MY FRENCH FRIES!!!!!!! WHY, WHY, WHY?!!!! My biggest challenge this week: obviously not snacking on crap!? I am most proud of: thinking of healthy foods for my son, not just mac and cheese every day but blending veggies in with his eggs and sneaking it in.