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Posted on Jan 2, 2012 in Dear Diary, Weigh Ins | 36 comments


It’s that time again, friends. January. 2012. A New Year.

I’m sure I don’t need to spend a lot of time detailing what my New Year’s resolution is. If you can’t guess, you have never read this blog before: I am going to reach my goal weight this year, simple as that.

For the past few months, I’ve put my weight loss on the backburner. I justified it as needing a break from a full year of calorie counting and berating myself when I didn’t lose. I said that what with Daxter’s accident, my breakup, and general hum-drummery, I needed to take some time off. While both of things are true, the real issue was somewhere along the way, my motivation waned. I was feeling quite content walking around my life 60 lbs lighter, and didn’t think I needed to keep trying so hard. Unfortunately, as it turned out, my time off was a little more “free” than I had intended.

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My last official weigh-in was on October 26th, the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back because I was so frustrated with my weight gain. I weighed in that day at 188.3 lbs. Ashamed though I am to admit it, this morning I weighed in at 198.4 lbs this morning. I’ve gained back 10 pounds in the past 2 1/2 months.

It’s not the end of the world. I am, of course, disappointed in myself for backsliding, but I’m trying very hard to stay positive. I’m still 50 lbs down in the grand scheme of things, and I had a rockin’ time doing it, after all! In this same timeframe I completed a 15K race, created some bangin’ new recipes, and had a truly wonderful Christmas with my family. I know I could pull out a list of “excuses” to help soften the blow to my ego: the holidays and the parties and the cookies and… well, you get the idea. But that’s not the point of today. The point of today is to acknowledge my weight gain, stop ignoring it, stop running from it, and do something about it. After all, it’s still New Year’s. So here I am, on the second day of 2012, strengthening my resolve:

I will reach my goal weight of ~165 pounds by August 2012.

I will do it the right way, just as I have done so far.

I will not sacrifice my love of food or my wonderful life to do so, as I haven’t had to so far.

I will make this year the year.

Take a Bow!

So go on, tell me: what’s your New Year’s resolution?


  1. Same thing as yours, to lose weight! This will be the third time in my adult life (I’m 31) that I will be losing weight. I had my daughter over a year ago, she is fully weaned now, and it’s time! I’m terrified to weigh myself, so I’m giving myself a week, then biting the bullet and seeing that number. I’m pretty sure it’s the highest I’ve ever been. However, I know I can do this– I’m signed up for a half marathon in April as extra motivation (I do work out on a regular basis, but struggle with eating).

    So glad to have found your blog! You are very inspirational.

    • Thank you, Amanda! Here’s to both of us, we can do this. And wowee! A half-marathon! You GO. I’ll be doing a 10-miler in April, which is like a half-marathon to me, hehe. We got this. 🙂

  2. Great post. I will send good vibes your way for a wonderful and productive 2012!!!!!!

  3. Gretchen, there are so many awesome things about you that I just don’t know where to start. You are such an inspiration to me and I’m so glad to have started reading your blog in 2011. I admire your openness and honesty and I’m glad you’re willing to share your journey with the mostly anonymous Internet in general. I’m looking forward to getting back “in the game” so to speak and making 2012 the year I hit my goal weight as well!

    • Thank you so much, Kate. Here’s to making 2012 THE year for both of us!!

  4. You rock! Way to go to not let it get you down. You’re still 50 lbs down like you said and that’s a huge accomplishment.

    My resolutions are to keep my house cleaner and to dress better.

  5. You really do rock! I know it’s tough gaining back weight, that’s what my post is about today, but you have gone through some stuff these past few months and you’re human. You’re so going to reach your goal, which is really exciting. Stay motivated and encouraged!! You’ll get there.

  6. You’re awesome. Keep up the positivity and work towards making yourself feel good!

  7. Yay! I know you’ll get there with your weight loss goals. You are strong and confident, and I’m excited to watch your journey to get there (and everywhere else!).

    I’m making 2012 the Year for Happiness. I really want to focus on the things that make me happy, and to try to do things that I love because I love them, rather than because they’re on a list of goals. No more reading books because I say I’m going to – more reading because I love the books I’m reading.

    Happy New Year!

    • I love that as a goal. Do what makes you happy. The rest will follow, eh? 😀

  8. I weighed myself for the first time in month this morning as well — 180lbs. My goal is to get down to 150 by August. I’ll be following along with you, as our goals are very similar. Plus, I live in the DC area, so its fun to see new restaurants and things on your blog!

    • Looks like we are officially NYR buddies then, Amanda! We got this… we totally got this. 🙂

  9. I don’t have a New Year’s resolution, since I never believed they worked… probably because if I wanted to make a big change, I just did it no matter what time of year it was.
    That being said, I may not have a New Year’s resolution, but I definitely have a January-February resolution. Judging by my appearance, I have gained approximately 15 pounds since early September, and I didn’t even notice it until a few weeks ago. Therefor, January and February will be dedicated to eating healthy, not slacking off with exercise, and getting back to my happy weight.

    • I’m usually not a fan of the New Year’s resolution specifically either, since I don’t think anyone should wait for an arbitrary time period to get their life in gear (and my last life change happened on a random Tuesday in August, haha!) But I do like the poetry of it… if I can make it stick this time, y’know? Good luck to both of us, eh? 😀

  10. Love your positive attitude and saying “I will” not stating it as a goal or a resolution… GET IT GIRL 😀

  11. I haven’t really come up with a concrete resolution except to maybe try to remain positive about whatever 2012 brings! I’m proud of you for getting back on the proverbial horse and tackling your weight loss again. I know that while you “knew” the scale was going to show what you’ve been up to the past couple months it can still be a shocker to realize how EASY it is to backslide. Here’s to a healthy and productive 2012!!

  12. I know how easy it is to back slide but remembering you are still down 50 pounds is a great kick start.

    My biggest goal this year…organize my crap. We have a lot happening this year and I know I have duplicates of things, can’t find stuff and don’t need a bunch. I need to organize a lot.

  13. Girl, I am in the SAME BOAT. I weighed in at a LESS than desirable weight this morning and it was really hard not to get completely down on myself. I gained 5lbs this holiday and it’s awful. I’m so tired of gaining weight and just want to lose already. We can do this together!

  14. I still think you are awesome 🙂 10 lbs is nothing, it’s like 5 cupcakes right?

  15. You can do it!!! I haven’t been doing awesome at weight loss right now either. It’s nice to know that summer (and swimsuit season) is so far away! I’m striving to reach my goal weight by June 23rd. 6.5 months seems like a reasonable time period, and also not so close that I will freak out. 🙂

  16. I can’t remember how I came across your site, but I LOVE it. It is so refreshing to hear that someone is struggling and still fighting the fight(not that I want you to be fighting the fight) it’s just that it is straight forward and not sugar coated like this is so easy to do. I am in the same boat….have lost sixty pounds and got comfortable with it and now I really want to hit my goal which is almost 25 more. So here’s to a new year, new inner strength and hoping that we both get what we wish for.

  17. I love this! As you already know, we are totally in the same boat, but we can do this!

  18. As of today I have been smoke free for a full year and I also have lost 20 pounds. Very hard going it at the same time! I have been motivated by you and even though a couple pounds creeped back on this holiday season, I am ready to get back on board!!!! I have signed up for my first 10K and start training next week!

    Keep up the good work!!!

  19. I found your blog a few months ago and have been lurking for quite sometime 🙂 But I felt compelled to comment because I also stepped on the scale this morning to find a 12 pound weight gain that puts me at almost the exact same weight as you.. So random! I also have a goal weight of 165 and am looking forward to living a healthy and happy 2012 while reaching my goal.

    Also, thanks for being incredibly inspirational. You rock!

  20. You can do it – I believe in you! And I can do it too. So lets do it together! I’ll be posting my 2012 starting weight on Wednesday… I’m afraid to look at it. Yikes. Anyway. Don’t get caught up on the weight gain – you should be SO proud of yourself for realizing what is going on and being honest. Now – back to work.

    Love you!

  21. Gretchen – Im right there with you. At yoga the other day, my teacher spoke about setting new year intentions instead of resolutions. Small difference but for me its all about the outlook, that the intention is looking forward positively. Like you, I am going to work on my running and overall weightloss. My intention is to treat myself well with wholesome food and move because of how I feel after I do. Here’s to doing it – this year is THE year to be our best selves.

  22. Gretchen- you are awesome. Losing 50 lbs. is no joke- and no easy feat! And I know all too well the frustrations of gaining weight back when you’re used to seeing the number go in the opposite direction.
    I guess my best advice is to stop looking at maintaining your healthy eating/exercise routine that helped you lose weight as a negative thing, and think about how much better you feel when you are staying on track. Eating high calorie food feels great while you’re eating it, but then after you feel icky. (Or at least I do)
    And duh, you know it’s okay- and good- to indulge every now and then, but don’t think of it as a ‘reward’ necessarily and learn to reward yourself in other ways.
    Just think about how it felt when you crossed the finish line for the 15k… there’s no feeling that can match that!
    It’s ALL easier said than done- if I knew the secret to being happy with my weight, life would be a lot easier. 🙂

  23. Your blog is so inspiration! I love reading about your quest for healthy living! You’re doing weight loss the RIGHT way. More people need to read your blog and learn how to lose weight healthily and without depriving themselves to the point of robbing a Dunkin’Doughnuts. You prove that you can have your cake and eat it too (but in moderation, of course)!

    My goals for 2012 are to keep maintaining my weight loss from the past year and to stop obsessing over it. I want to eat healthier and cleaner so that my body naturally falls and stays at its god-given size and then go out and enjoy myself! I want to break the shackles of low self-esteem and the relentless battle of the “perfect” body.

    I also want to be a better wifey and love my husband to my fullest capacity.

    Can’t wait to see what your blog brings us in 2012!

  24. Way to get back on that horse, girl! Try not to beat yourself up about the weight gain-it is what it is, and today is a new day. You can use it as a learning tool for the future; next time you experience 2+ months of emotionally difficult events (seriously? You were going through a lot of crap,) you can know what your tendency is in terms of reaction to those events, and you can come up with a plan to handle things differently.

    While there’s nothing magical about January 1, it’s as good a time as any to start fresh! I’m glad to see that your motivation has returned, and that you are staying positive… You can definitely hit 165 by August!

    Proud of you, and rooting for you!

  25. Good luck! You got this!

  26. Way to go Gretchen for deciding to get back on track! My goals for 2012 number 25…I know that sounds like a lot, but I wanted to try and hit goals for every aspect of my life, physical, social, spiritual, and emotional. I will be concentrating on a few at a time and working on adding others as I go. We are going to rock 2012! 🙂

  27. (hug) I love your outlook. I also find that it is much harder to be kinder to yourself and easier to berate when you realize you’ve done something wrong. I know from personal experience!

    You go girl. I know you can reach your goal this year. Rock it out chica!

    My biggest resolution is to become healthier which means re-starting my own weight loss journey. My motivation waned mid 2010 and never really came back until right at the end of last month. So on top of the original 80lbs I had to lose initially, I’ve added an additional 20lbs to that number. :/ It’s been quite difficult to not get really down about it, but instead of focusing on the problem, I am now focusing on the solution. 🙂

  28. I’ll be right there with you sister…. Also working toward about 165…. 9 months until I get married… I’m going to get as close to goal as possible. 2012 is going to be my year! I’m looooooonnnnngggggg overdue for a year like this! I’ve also given up Starbucks and eating out Mon – Fri. Your blog rocks Gretchen. I can remember stumbling upon your blog in 2011 and I’m so thrilled I did! You continue to inspire daily and if not for, I wouldn’t know a thing about fizzy waters…..that I dislike :). You’ve totally got this. As we talked about at WW tonight.. You just have to believe…. I KNOW you can do this!

  29. My new years Resolution WAS to run in a 10 mile off road race and
    Lose 5 lbs, gain lean muscle. Didn’t even make it to January 1st before
    I broke my leg (new years eve snowboarding). Talk about a set back to my
    Goal! Super disappointing. I will probably have to think of new, more
    Realistic goals for this year… Any healthy ideas for the active girl recovering
    From a broken leg and major surgery? Gretchen, good luck on your
    Goals for the new year–you have all of us rooting for you!


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