9 Dec 2011 In: Weekend Goals

It’s the weekend! I’ve got lots of random plans this weekend. Unfortunately, still nothing all that social. It’s the one thing that really sucks about moving to a new city where you know absolutely no one. Kind of hard to make friends. But! I do have lots I want to get done over the weekend. Here’s my weekend to do list:

  • Car’s oil change! I’ve been putting this off for way to long. I tried to go last Sunday but found out Jiffylube is closed Sundays. Who know? So I’m planning to do this first thing tomorrow morning.
  • Drop off stuff at Goodwill. Everything is already in my car I just need to get my butt over to the Goodwill donation center.
  • Workout at least 30 minutes each day. I failed at this last weekend and didn’t workout at all on Saturday. Going to try to do better this weekend.
  • Walk to the nearby park. Get the pictures of the snowy mountains. Another thing I wanted to do last weekend but it snowed so I stayed in most of the weekend. It’s supposed to be in the 40s this weekend. So no excuses.
  • Buy a winter coat. My old winter coat is going to the Goodwill for two reasons. 1) It’s not very ‘professional/work’ appropriate. I really want a black, wool coat with a cinch that goes just above my knees. 2) It’s too big! I was actually really excited about this. Since last winter I’ve probably lost 25-30 lbs and the coat is now too big in the chest and in the arms.
  • Buy a pair of gray slacks. I’m sadly deficient in work-appropriate attire. Our old office was very entrepreneurial and we could wear jeans and t-shirts if we wanted. This new office, while really nice, is much more business-y.
  • Buy a work-appropriate sweater. Again, I get cold in the office sometimes and all I have is my fleece jacket. Not very professional looking.
  • Make 3-Bean Chili. I got this wonderful recipe from a minimalism blog I follow. I’ve been meaning to make it forever and now that I’m on a diet I think it would be the perfect healthy food to eat. Plus, I’m going to make enough to last me into the week so I can it in for lunches.
  • Go grocery shopping. Buy assorted healthy foods. I’ve made a meal plan for next week. Now I just need to go buy a few things that I’m missing. I’ll stick to King Soopers this time though. While I love Whole Foods it is just too expensive for me to shop at all the time.
  • Vacuum/Sweep/Mop/Dust my apartment. – I’ve been good about keeping my apartment uncluttered and washing all my dishes but its high time I did some more serious cleaning. I’ve always feel better and more productive with a clean apartment.
  • Catch up on all my TV shows. – Can’t have a weekend without a little relaxation, right? This weekend has been a busy one. I haven’t watched anything but How I Met Your Mother (who knew I’d actually like this show? I’m addicted now!). I need to watch the latest episodes of Merlin, Burn Notice, Covert Affairs, Psych, Misfits, and Once Upon a Time. Probably won’t get through all of these but I can try.
If I actually accomplish all of this it’ll be a miracle. But one can hope!


9 Dec 2011 In: Progress

My name is Sarah. I’m 24 years old. I live in a suburb of Denver, CO. I moved to Colorado last July. I grew up and lived my whole life, until now, in Kansas. I graduated last May and got my first ‘real’ job as an economic analyst for a transfer pricing consulting firm here in Denver. Things couldn’t have worked out much better. I love my job, my boss is great, I get along really well with my co-workers. Denver (and Colorado in general) is an amazing place to live and I love being completely independent. This is such an exciting time in my life yet I’m not happy. And it’s time I did something about it.

I’ve been overweight since I was in middle school. In college I gained almost 50 more lbs and, at my worst, I weighed 230 lbs. Last April I decided to do something about it. I graduated college and moved back in with my mom while I was job hunting. She is also overweight so we both decided to start a diet together. We started to eat healthier and workout a few times a week. And it worked! I lost almost 15 lbs! Granted, I know a lot of it was water weight but I was still excited to see progress. But, I didn’t stick with my new healthier lifestyle. I was offered a job and in the stress of moving and adjusting to a life on my own I stopped working out and fell back into my old unhealthy eating habits. For the first time I was living on my own. I made some decisions which would later turn out to be great decisions for my weight loss even though I made them for financial reasons. I stopped eating out so much, I stopped buying cafe mochas and frappachinos at Starbucks, and I greatly limited the amount of soda, chips, and candy I was drinking. This helped me keep off the pounds I had lost in the early summer and drop an additional 13 lbs from July to December. I’ve realized that without even really trying it is possible to make a dent in my weight just by cutting out certain unhealthy foods. Imagine what would happen if I got back on my diet of seriously eating nutritional foods and working out regularly? In November my mother was diagnosed with diabetes. I realized that if I didn’t change my lifestyle I was on the path to be like my mother. I don’t want that. I want to be fit and healthy and look good in a swimsuit and be able to buy all the cute dresses and tops I see at Anthropologie and Banana Republic. I want to go out to a bar with my friends and not be embarrassing of my body, I want to go out dancing and look good while doing it. I want to hike a 14,000 foot mountain next summer and be in good enough shape to enjoy it. I want, I want, I want. And I realized that I needed to overcome my weight. My weight is holding me back and keeping me from what I really want.

I joined 3 Fat Chicks on a recommendation of a personal finance blog I follow. She had such an inspirational story and had been in almost the exact place as me when she started her weight loss journey. She raved bout the amazing people she met at 3 Fat Chicks and how their support kept her going. Already, I can tell that she is right. With the help of 3 Fat Chicks I believe I can do this.