Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year!

All right, so starting a weight loss program on the first day of the year isn't all that revolutionary. I know.

Bear with me.

I currently weigh 50 pounds more than I did on the day I got married.

I don't like that.

I hate huge long term goals. I hate them. They just feel impossible, and impossibly far in the distance. It's easy to say, "I want to lose sixty pounds by next Christmas." Because next Christmas is a year away, and sixty pounds isn't something you can drop quickly. Consistent weight loss is all about plugging away slowly.

I hate that. It sucks. How are you supposed to cheer about losing 2 pounds, when you know you have like 58 to go?

But then you stop trying, and suddenly a year has gone by, and you look back, thinking, "Gee, if I'd only stuck with it, I would have lost ALL that weight by now."

And if you're like me, you do this year after year after year.

I hate that too.

So I was driving to work one day, and I thought, "You know, sixty pounds over a year is only five pounds a month. What if I just set a goal to lose five pounds each month? That's totally doable."

And for me, it is.

So here's the deal. Each month, I'm going to start at square one, with a goal to lose five pounds by the end of that month. If I lose seven, great. The next month, I still start at square one, with five pounds to lose. If I only lose three, that's FINE. No guilt. I still start the next month at square one, with five pounds to lose.

Maybe at the end of this year, I'll succeed.

I started this blog because I thought other people might like this approach, and I like doing things with friends. Feel free to click "Follow" on the right, or just join me in secret. I'm not a doctor, I'm not a weight loss expert. I'm a working mom. I'm a writer, too.  (Check out my other blog at

I'm going to start by counting calories and making use of my Gold's Gym membership. If you want to do something else (Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, whatever), go with it. All plans are welcome here.

That's my plan.

Who's with me?


  1. I'm sort of thinking of this as my thing to do while on submission (oh, plus that other book I'm supposed to be writing). This is a great idea! I'm with you!

  2. Hooray!! I'm so excited!!
    (Yeah, and I'm with you on that submission/other book thing.)

  3. I've been on a weight loss program since September... I hit it on and off, lol. Lost ten pounds a few weeks ago, then took a break for the holidays and gained 5 back. My biggest problem is I skip the gym to write, lol!

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  5. This sounds great! It's also easier to do if there are others hanging in there with you. :)

    And 5 lbs/month is such a reachable goal (with great results by christmas!). I'm in :)

  6. Yay! I'm so glad to have company on this journey!!

  7. I read an article yesterday on how to achieve the goals you set, and accountability was one of the things it listed as being necessary. So you're off to a great start! Go, you!!

  8. I'm in. I don't know you but I want to lose weight with you. that weird? Too bad. I'm finishing up a revision and I ate too much at Christmas. I know how I can do it - I have to cut out wheat and sugar which makes me somewhat illish and asmatic any how. So. I will. tomorrow I'll tell you where I'm at weight wise so we can drop it together. Yeehaw! Thanks for this easy approach.