Sunny Anderson Just Opened Up To Fans About Weight Loss

Some might call talk of weight loss before the holiday season sacrilegious. Who wants to think about managing their health when there is eggnog to be spiked and a holiday cookies to be made? Whose weight loss journey stays on track in December? Who even thinks about pants sizes before it's time to make a New Year's resolution?

Sunny Anderson, that's who. The Food Network star isn't scared of a little pre-Christmas cookie season weight-loss chat, as evidenced by her recent Instagram post. Over a soundtrack of "In Those Jeans" by Ginuwine (and in spite of several unsolicited cameos by her dogs), Anderson shares the progress she's been making with a hashtag she aptly titles, "#OperationGetInThoseJeans."

Fans of Anderson know that life as a celebrity chef hasn't been all champagne and caviar — the co-host of Food Network's "The Kitchen" recently shared with Everyday Health how she manages a career in food while living with ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease. Navigating her UC has made Anderson very aware of what foods she's putting in her body (and which ones she's avoiding), which perhaps led, in part, to a desire to (hashtag) get in those jeans she's been keeping in the back of her closet.

Anderson's weight-loss is practical and positive, just like her

"I stopped the dip party last night when I ran out of crackers in the bowl and I only put an amount in that I was comfy with," Anderson captioned the post that accompanies her Instagram video. "I would easily have refilled the bowl back when...anyway, I did not." The chef goes on to explain that her weight-loss journey is not so much about the way she looks, but the way she feels...and her "frugality," as she puts it. "I have plenty of size 14s in my closet," Anderson explains. "I do not feel like buying new clothes." Narrating the video itself, which features Anderson pinching the pair of jeans she's wearing to show the baggy spots, she points out that the size 16s she has on are "sagging," and that perhaps tomorrow is the day to try the next size down (if her dogs will let her).

Sharing a weight-loss post on Instagram is an especially powerful move for Anderson, who has experienced bullying both online and in real life. "Let your success and happiness be your weapon," she said in an Instagram Story last year (via People) while sharing her strategy for responding to social media trolls. That method seems to be paying dividends, as the overwhelming majority of comments on Anderson's weight-loss post are positive, empathetic, and encouraging. "Way to go Sunny!" said one user, while another commented, "I love your honesty & appreciate that you're very unapologetically you always!!"