WRAL SmartShopper

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Thursday Thoughts: 25 lbs for the 25th reunion!

Posted March 10, 2011 10:42 a.m. EST

Today’s Thursday Thoughts is a challenge of sorts. It’s a challenge to myself and to anyone else in my situation. In the last year and a half, I have had some serious stress starting with the death of my mom. Couple that with some other personal hurdles and my stress-o-meter has been way off the charts. The good news is that I coped fairly well, handling most of my required responsibilities as a full-time mom and wife, with a full-time job, despite some real inner turmoil. The bad news is that I soothed my aching heart with food. A lot of food. Too much food and not enough exercise. In the last year and a half I have gained enough that my chubby clothes are tight, which is no fun at all. Back to good news though. I’m immerging from my funk quite refreshed, in a new home, with a newfound sense of peace. The experts say to give yourself a year when you experience great loss and for me, well it just took a little more time.

The exciting news is that my 25th high school reunion is this summer. I’ll wait while you do the math….. As I was saying, we will be traveling to my reunion in Colorado and I want to fit into to some skinny jeans…scratch that….some comfortable and cute jeans appropriate for moms, preferably in the size 8's I have in my closet  (ie – NOT my fat pants).

The challenge is to eat healthy AND frugal meals AND get in some regular exercise in the next 5 months and beyond. So, you will begin to see some changes in the meal plan I post on Mondays. Although we eat pretty healthy meals already, I’ll be making them even healthier and of course, eating a more reasonable portion.

If you are thinking of heading in the same direction, I would love for you to join me in this healthy and frugal adventure full of fresh produce, high quality protein, whole grains and plenty of exercise. I’ll post a weekly update letting you know how much I have lost each week and where I found good deals on produce and other healthy stuff.

My goal is to lose 25 lbs by this summer. I lost 5 in February (partly thanks to a stomach bug, but I’ll take it where I can get it!). At a reasonable loss of 5 lbs per month, I will reach my goal by reunion time and be ready to hike those mountains and enjoy showing the Rockies to my kids and husband.

If you are ready to take the leap (or are already living the healthy life), please share your milestones, successes, frustrations and frugal meal and snack suggestions.

Here’s my new saying: it’s your body – treat it wisely!