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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Getting Thin In 2010 -- My Weight Loss Goals

So I know this is a blog dedicated to getting the deals, freebies, saving money, and couponing...

But I also like to include other aspects of life -- like recipes, cooking, fun, crafts, thoughts on life, friendship, love, simplicity, etc.

I have to say that many great things have come from this blog, one of which is accountability. I am more accountable with my grocery spending and budgeting than I ever was before I started this blog. There is just something about having to put yourself out there for everybody else to see. It's easy for me to put back that one item that will make me go over my weekly grocery budget, because I don't want to have to admit to you that I failed. (Although it does still happen, as you will see this Saturday!).

I find that when I challenge myself, and write about it on here, it seems to actually get done! So, with that said...let me introduce you to my newest weekly series: Getting Thin In 2010!

To put a really long story short...I am very unhappy with my weight. Since high school, I have always had to watch my weight really carefully. For the most part, I've always kept it in check by dieting and exercising. Now, however, it is to the point that it is affecting other parts of my life. I am miserable, can not fit into my clothes, unhappy, stressed out, depressed, feel unhealthy, and have bitter attitudes towards people who are in shape.

Let me be completely honest. I have gained 25 pounds since getting married in May 2008. OUCH! (That was really difficult to say on here!) It just kind of slowly crept up on me. I remember trying on my wedding dress and telling my mom, "I can't believe I haven't lost more weight for this wedding. I am so uncomfortable with this weight." And my mom told me, " just wait. One day you're going to wish you could be this weight again." I chuckled and said, "YEAH RIGHT!"

Mothers are (most of the time) right...and she was. I would do anything just to be what I was when I got married 2 years ago, and that was a pretty "heavy" weight for me.

(Okay, get to the point, Meagan)...

Here is my goal:
Lose 25 pounds and/or 1 pant size by May 2010.

I started this 2 weeks ago, so it is a total of about 15 weeks. I figured that was a healthy weight loss rate of about 1 - 2 pounds a week.

Next week, I will update you on how I plan to lose this weight. Notice I did say 25 pounds OR 1 pant size. This is because I'm not focusing on the scale as much. I'm doing a lot of working out, so I might not lose the weight, but lose inches instead. That's why the pant size would be just as great. I simply want to be healthy and in shape!

And just for the record, as of this past Sunday, I have lost 3.5 pounds, so I am already 14% the way there! (Hey, it's something, and at least the scale is continually going down!)

I thank you for the accountability, encouragement, and support you always give me. =)

What About You: Do you have any weight loss goals for 2010? I would love to have you join in this journey with me! The more people who are participating, the more support there is! Comment below on your goals or progress for 2010. =]

Psssttt: I will be doing a giveaway within the next week or two that has something to do with weight loss. =) Be looking for it!



Blogger Julie said...

I have known you for over a year now, and I can personally testify that YOU ARE SKINNY!!! You do not need to lose weight because you're not overweight!!!!!
It's still just like your mom said - you're going to be wishing you looked the way you do right now when you're older and have a family!!!!
So there's my thoughts on this... :)
But I do have to say, you're very wise to stay healthy and work out. :)

February 3, 2010 at 11:59 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Ok... I really need to lose weight too!!! My problem is will power! Maybe by doing this with you, it will give me just what I need. And congrats on the first 3.5!

February 4, 2010 at 12:07 AM  
Blogger Meagan said...

I have a problem with will power too, Sara! Join me...I'd love it! =) You can do it!

February 4, 2010 at 12:12 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

I have to agree somewhat with Julie. Although I've never seen you IRL, all the pictures of you look great! But anyways, you need to feel good not just look good (since you've already accomplished that!)

I have been in an effort to lose weight since July of 2009. I am doing it for my health and for my kids (and hubby). I don't know if I will check in every single week here because sometimes I don't see the scale move at all in a week (which is very discouraging) but I will keep pressing on anyways!

Since January 1st 2010 I have lost 14 pounds. I have quite a bit farther to go. Total since last July I have lost 58 pounds. I do not have a goal in mind quite yet.

Stay encouraged Meagan! You don't have far to go, you will reach your goal!

I am already feeling so much better, health-wise. It feels good to take control of your health!

February 4, 2010 at 12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good for you. I can sympathize with your condition. I'm not big by any sense of the word but I'm out of my comfortable range by 5-10lbs. And it's absolutely incredible what just a few pounds out of your range will do to your clothing. Sometimes, the will power can come from whether or not you can afford a new wardrobe, know what I mean? :) What I like to keep in mind and have helped many over the years with is to just remember to take it one day at a time. And that it didn't jump on you in one day, so it's going to take time to come off as well! Hang in there Girl! :D And you're also right, accountability DOES work!

February 4, 2010 at 12:30 AM  
Anonymous Amanda @ A Few Short Cuts said...

I am in! I started a couple weeks ago and have lost 4 lbs so far. I fell off the wagon today with birthday cake! I hope I don't have another episode :) Hopefully my waist doesn't pay! I would like to loose another 8 lbs! I just want to wear those clothes that are looking back at me from the closet!

February 4, 2010 at 1:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go! You can do it! I did it, and Iknow you can too! Keep up the exercising and healthy eating! MM

February 4, 2010 at 6:40 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Thanks for this - very encouraging. I feel very much the same as you over weight - depressed, bitter, etc. I have technically lost all the baby weight from when I was pregnant with Gabe, but I was overweight when I got pregnant, so still have some ways to go. I'm also not happy with just how I look in general - your body changes a LOT after having a baby! I was working on losing weight but have really fallen off the wagon lately - this is some good motivation! :) Keep up the good work, and congrats on your progress so far!

February 4, 2010 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

You can do it! I'm also on a lifestyle change journey this year. My ultimate goal is to lose 63 lbs, so I have a long way to go, but I'm off to a good start. Accountability is key. I emailed 6 of my good friends and asked for their support. Knowing that they know about my goals really helps me to stay on track each day. Best of luck to you! I really lok forward to your weight loss posts : )

February 4, 2010 at 9:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am in. I have strugled with my weight since before my kids. I went through depresion and delt with it by eating and laying around. I have since concured depresion but not the weight. I relized i needed to lose 57lbs when I took my son to the park and could not keep up with him. I have started walking every day and plan on starting zumba this week. I am also adjusting my diet but I don't believe you should give up everything you love just eat it in moderation. Good luck everyone.

February 4, 2010 at 1:02 PM  
Anonymous tanya said...

I started dieting and exercising Jan 23 and have lost 6 pounds so far. I want to lose 20 more so I'm off to a good start but can use all the support I can get!!

February 4, 2010 at 5:57 PM  
Anonymous karen said...

i am in also among the many changes i want to make this year my weight is one of the biggest however depression makes it so much harder and a busy schedual with a disabled son and full time job and family i have very little time for cooking ect... unlike you i have about 200 to loose. i am starting weight watchers next week and hope i can be strong enough to keep to it. all support and idea's are welcome.... congrats on your loss so far

February 4, 2010 at 6:12 PM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

I'm in. I have played this weight losss game forever now. My birthdais during the summer so every year my goals are to lose so many pounds by my birthday, then when that comes and goes my goal changes to Christmas, then back and forth and back and forth. I am over it! Like many of ya'll out there though, I struggle with not necessarily depression but unhappiness, so that allows for reasons to eat, and eat what I want. Not a good way to lose the weight. Good luck to all out there. I'm back on the band wagon today! I want to lose 30 pounds by (you guessed it) my birthday. (August).

February 4, 2010 at 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Cathy said...

Count me in! I recently lost weight over the Summer but managed to put the weight back on over the Winter. I had originally lost 7 lbs with 8 lbs to go. And now sadly I must say I have to start all over again.

February 5, 2010 at 8:52 AM  

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