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Meet Angela

by Meghann on January 9, 2009

A couple of months ago I introduced the majority of you to my Cousin Andrea and invited you to read up on her journey to get back to her running glory and train for her upcoming 10 mile run.

Now I am excited to introduce you to another family member of mine. My cousin Angela, has recently started a blog to help her see a healthier 2009. Recently she has seen the scale number slip a little higher and would like to make some lifestyle changes to stop it from going further.

Please help me in welcoming Angela to the blog world and let’s all help her along as she begins to understand healthy eating and exercise choices. She is just at the beginning of her journey, but I know with some great advice from all of you she will be on her way to being fit and active.

Here’s a little background story by Angela: 

http://angiismyname.wordpress.com/

I was always the skinny girl. I could eat anything I wanted, and as much as I wanted without any repercussions. I ate so much in fact that a few of my friends decided to dub me "lunchbox" because I could "pack it away." Even when I did gain weight, I could workout for a week or two and be right back to where I was. This seemed to be the pattern until a few months ago. I met my boyfriend and slowly turned myself into a certified couch potato. They have that saying "fat and happy", and it is all too true. I don’t know if it was the frequency of us eating out, the many nights we spent watching movies and snacking, the increased alcohol consumption, or a combination of all of it. How it happened doesn’t matter, but over the course of six months I managed to gain a whopping thirty pounds!

My high metabolism I would contribute to my athletic endeavors. Ever since I can remember I have been in some form of physical activity. When I was real young, my sister and cousins all did ballet and dance. Once I got a little older I was introduced to the sport of gymnastics. Gymnastics forced me to work out 6 times a week for a couple hours each day and over the summer, I would have sessions twice a day everyday! When I reached high school, diving became my main focus (since gymnastics was not offered and it was the next best thing.) Being a gymnast, I was a natural diver and made varsity the three years I dove. My junior year, however, I had a horrible diving accident that ended the sport for me. During an attempt at a difficult dive, I miscalculated and hit my jaw on the board. Since then I was too traumatized to dive.

Without diving and gymnastics to maintain my metabolism. I didn’t have any real motivation to workout, combined with starting college and the massive amounts of partying that I did while in college. my weight started to falter.

A couple of months ago my boyfriend and I decided to join the gym but I never really got that motivation back again until the other week when I had to find something to wear to my boyfriend’s cousin’s wedding. My mom, my cousin and I went shopping and I was trying to look for a dress. I had gained so much weight that none of my dresses fit me anymore. The kicker of it all was when my cousin Meghann offered me some of her "fat clothes" when our shopping trip was unsuccessful(all of you know of Meghann’s weight loss success, as you are reading her blog.) It was a huge wake up call. Out of all of my first cousins, I was always the smallest and now Meghann was giving me her sympathy hand-downs. The worst part was that her fat clothes didn’t even fit, they were too small!

So here we are. I started my blog as a way to chronicle my weight loss attempt, and so I could have something to look back at later on to see how far I have come. At first, I intended the blog to be just for me and never really gave much thought to having it be read by anyone else. Then, Meghann asked me to do this guest spot and I figured, why not. She had also commented on how it would be interesting to see what I eat on a daily basis since I have been having a difficult time losing weight despite working out semi-consistently. Because of her inspiration, I have decided that I will bite the bullet and start adding food to my blog. I have had many reservations about this angle of the blog because I am afraid to realize how much food I actually consume, and how bad it is for me. It would be more helpful than hurtful, so I figured why not.

Hopefully, with the support and help of future readers of my blog, I can achieve my goals to get back to normal (it would be really nice to be able to fit into my size 3 jeans again!) and maintain a healthier lifestyle. I am just a normal girl. Running and healthy food are not my passions like some of the other bloggers out there. I want to be able to prove that you don’t have to be those things to get healthy or lose weight. With simple lifestyle modifications, you can lose weight in a healthy manner. I will leave you with a photo of me taken today, thirty pounds overweight. I’d like to look back at this in a few months and witness the transformation that will have occurred. This is not the end, but the beginning of a new, healthy life in 2009.

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1 VeggieGirl January 9, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Fabulous!!

2 biz319 January 9, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Yeah – more blogs to read – love it! That’s a great shout out Meghann – I’ll have to add both of those to my reading list!

Happy Friday!!!!!!!

3 Sarah January 9, 2009 at 2:02 pm

Good luck, Angela! We all understand this struggle, and I’m glad you’ve decided to share your story. You’re going to do great :-). I’ll definitely be checking in on your blog!

4 Ryan January 9, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Thanks for introducing us to Angela, Meghann!

Welcome, Angela! I’ll add you to my Google Reader and I can’t wait to keep reading more! You’re going to love the blogging community πŸ˜€

5 Marissa January 9, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Best of luck to Angela!

6 Dori January 9, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Best of luck to Angela – I am sure this will be a great way for her to get on track, especially with you Meghann as a source of guidance!

7 Kristie January 9, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Welcome Angela! Loved reading the background info here. I will definitely be checking out the blog and watching the journey take place. I’m sure she’ll do a wonderful job having you as an inspiration Meghann!

8 Shelby January 9, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Awesome!

9 Kate January 9, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Good blogging skills probably run in the fam!

10 Danielle January 9, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Yay, thanks for introducing me to someone else who is just starting out a blog. I’ll have to check out her blog as I feel like we’re pretty much in the same boat.

11 Lindsey (Mrs. LC) January 9, 2009 at 2:43 pm

haha your cousin is going to think I’m psycho. I just commented (lonnggggg) comments on a couple of her posts with a bunch of tricks and tips that have helped me. πŸ™‚

You’re awesome Meghann, and btw, I’m glad you’re feeling better!!

12 Amy January 9, 2009 at 2:45 pm

What an incredible family of bloggers πŸ™‚ Exciting! Good luck to Angela—I look forward to reading about her journey!

13 Andrea [bella eats] January 9, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Yay! Welcome Angela, you have a great story, very similar to my own! And thanks for the shout-out Meg!!! πŸ™‚

14 dailygoods January 9, 2009 at 2:54 pm

this is a great family of bloggers πŸ™‚

15 fitforfree January 9, 2009 at 2:56 pm

awesome guest post πŸ™‚ you guys are an inspiring bunch!

16 Justy2003 January 9, 2009 at 3:11 pm

I’m wishing Angela good luck! I love it when people are genuinely wanting to get healthier and not just doing a fad diet or whatever.
And as for this part–“Running and healthy food are not my passions like some of the other bloggers out there.” –that may very easily change! I would have never considered myself a healthy eater until 5 years ago or so and I would’ve never considered myself a runner until this past July. It’s amazing how your mindset can change and evolve once you’ve made the decision to live a healthier life!

17 Andrea (Off Her Cork) January 9, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Welcome Angela! Congrats on starting a blog, it’s an amazing experience! πŸ˜€

18 Lindsay January 9, 2009 at 3:38 pm

yay for angela – im off to check out her blog!

19 Rose January 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Welcome to the blog world, Angela! You are going to love it here – so much inspiration from those around.

I’m adding your blog to my reader right now… I am confident you will definitely reach your goals!

20 lauren January 9, 2009 at 4:27 pm

aw – will be an exciting journey. Cant wait to read!

21 bobbi January 9, 2009 at 5:03 pm

welcome angela!

22 Erica January 9, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Welcome Angela! I can’t wait to read your blog πŸ˜‰

23 Erica January 9, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Oh hey! I don’t know whether or not you like Lara’s but I wanted to let you know they’re 10 for $10 at Publix right now!

24 Jess January 9, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Hi Ms. Meghann! New to your blog, linked through caitlins. I’ll def be back! Keep up the good work!

http://www.modbehav.com

25 Missy (Missy Maintains) January 9, 2009 at 5:17 pm

Good Luck Angela! I’m very excited about your blog and to see your progress!

http://www.missymaintains.blogspot.com

26 Sharon January 9, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Wow, that’s great! Thanks for sharing!

27 sarahannmatheny January 9, 2009 at 5:49 pm

So nice of you to introduce us, Meghann. Welcome Angela!!!

28 caitlin January 9, 2009 at 7:35 pm

heyyyyyyyyyyyy angela!!

29 eatingbender January 9, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Awesome, Angela! Thanks for sharing your story – and thanks to Meghann for the introduction. I’m heading over to your blog right now!

30 ttfn300 January 9, 2009 at 9:22 pm

welcome angela!! and good luck πŸ™‚

31 Lara January 10, 2009 at 5:42 am

What a story–thank you for the introduction! Checking out your blog next…

32 Sarah January 10, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Thanks for introducing us to your cousin! I, like her, have about 20-30lbs I could stand to lose. Its def empowering facing up to the facts LOL I will surely following along.

Thanks for introducing your other cousin too, she and I have been email buddies since we’re both training for a 10 mile run in our respective cities (I’m doing the cherry blossom in DC).

P.S. If you ever make it out here to VA, be sure to let us know because I would LOVE to meet both you and your cousin Andrea (I live in Centreville but my sis in law lives in Richmond, so I know its not that far off from Charlottesville) πŸ™‚

33 Meghann January 10, 2009 at 6:39 pm

That’s so sweet Sarah! Thank you for the invite. πŸ™‚

34 Natalie January 12, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Now I’m going to be following Angela’s journey as well. Best of luck to you Angela.. know that you’re not the only one waiting to kick butt and get healthy! You’ve got a partner in the Northeast.

Its really a fluke how I stumbled upon your website Meghann.. like I said before you were one of the recommended blogs in my Google reader. I seriously get inundated with RSS feeds. I’m a pop culture junkie and rather than click on various websites I just love getting all my information in one place. I’m 30 years old (just turned 30 in Oct) and well my weight has been an issue since I was 23 years old. I partied like a rockstar at the home stretch in college… I lived in a frat house (long story) and the days of going to the gym and exercising just took a back seat. I think I gained about 50lbs. RIDICULOUS I KNOW! I lost about 30 of them.. (hard work paid off) but then I get lazy and slack off and miss days at the gym and well… when you do that it just doesn’t work. During the week of Christmas I started to get a jump on the resolution phase (I hate being the one who says “my resolution is to lose weight” blah its so cliche!) and reading your blogs totally helped. My boyfriend got me a set of green cookware (I’m totally eco friendly!). I’ve been cooking lots more which is amazing for me. I’m such an UNdomesticated Goddess. I lugged an old treadmill from my parents basement and brought it to my apartment, I start my day off going to the gym (nothing says dedication like 5am alarms, 8am on weekends), I signed up for my 2nd half marathon (coming up in April)… and I decided look.. I’m 30… I can get rid of these excess pounds and still do a 40+ hour work week… 3 weeks in I’m down 5.5 pounds. I just wanted to say thank you for writing about your journey… you’ve inspired a New Yawka πŸ™‚

35 MaryBe January 15, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Ouch on the diving board accident, and ouch on the too-small sympathy clothes!
I’ll add your blog to my ever growing list of cyber-stalkings! It will be interesting to watch your journey! I know you can do it!

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