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A Healthier New Year

by Meghann on January 8, 2009

I  have noticed a bit of a spike in my stats this week, I wasn’t really thinking much about it until it dawned on me that it’s the first week of January…i.e. National Everyone Tries to Get their Booty in Shape Week.

The Holidays are over and New Years Resolutions have been set, so what’s left for the world to do then strive for a healthier ‘09? I’m sure many of you notice the same trend at the gym. Right now you will be seeing a lot of new faces lurking around the cardio equipment, unfortunately most of the new faces tend to disappear before the start of February, but I want to prevent that from happening.

Exactly a year ago today was when I first decided to make a change in my life. Sure, I had made the resolution to lose weight in the New Year, as I had always done, but this year was different. On January 8, 2008 I had a doctors appointment that forced me to step on a scale after sever months of hiatus and see exactly where a year of fast food and a desk job had landed me. It wasn’t pretty, so I dove 100% into a new life and never looked back.

I am proud to say I am not one of those countless statistics who gave up in under a month. I broke the mold and adapted a healthy more fulfilling lifestyle then I had ever imagined. Now, I am challenging YOU, all my new readers, to do the same thing! I invite any new reader to comment with their goal and see if we can stick it through. I am here to help in any shape or form that I can. You all know my story, let’s see if we can write a happy ended for you as well.

E-mail me at with any questions you may have and may I be the first to welcome you to a healthier New Year.

Right now, I am working on a project with my cousin that I hope to launch tomorrow. I think it will be a great motivational piece.

In the mean time here are some great articles I discovered this morning and wanted to share with you. Just a little something to entertain you at work.

And in case any of you are wondering, here are my eats from today.

My midmorning snack consisted of all the remaining Grapes and Cherries I had in my fridge.


Lunch was yummy left over Chickpea Noodle Soup, 2 Quick Whole Wheat Oatmeal Biscuits and some Cabot Reduced Fat Pepperjack Cheese.


I made mini sammies with the cheese and biscuits. Yum!

Alright people its time to get back to the grind. See you at dinner! 🙂

1 Melissa January 8, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Wow, what a great post…so amazing, and true! I know, the gym has been CRAZY and then drops off after a month or so. I wish the same for people to not give up!!

2 Natalie January 8, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Yay for sticking with your goals! Your so inspiring!

My new years fitness goals are as follows:

1.Regain the muscles I lost by being a lazy ass my first semester of college.

2. Run at least a 10k.

These are my fitness goals for just the first half of the year.

Thanks for the articles! 🙂

3 Aimee January 8, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Even New Year’s Day was crazy at my gym. Thanks for posting the great articles. I love reading about the Biggest Loser.

4 Whitney January 8, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Hey Meghann! I just discovered through facebook that you have a blog so I’ve been trying to catch up on some of the posts. Your blog is so awesome! And I figured if I’m going to be a “lurker,” I may as well comment and let you know that you have an extra reader. I’m running the Disney Princess Half Marathon in March (I think I told you that at the Homecoming game). So I’m really trying to make some changes in my eating and exercising habits. What I love about your blog is that it shows me that it is possible to eat great tasting food (that looks great too in the pictures) and still be eating healthy. I get discouraged in magazines when recipes have two dozen ingredients and take forever to make. Your posts show me that it doesn’t have to be that way. Anyway, just wanted to say hi and say that I’m really enjoying your blog!

5 fitforfree January 8, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Great post—I enjoyed the articles, too!

My main goal for the new year is to do more yoga and work on building a home routine that works for me 🙂

6 fitforfree January 8, 2009 at 2:32 pm

By the way it’s really amazing what you’ve accomplished in only one year…

7 Erica January 8, 2009 at 2:33 pm

I love that you made the bread into biscuits. I bet they are so tasty that way! I <3 that bread!

Wonderful post. You are inspiring and just overall amazing 😉

8 VeggieGirl January 8, 2009 at 2:34 pm

So phenomenal, Meghann!!

9 Marianne January 8, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Soup and sandwich – classic! You cannot go wrong with a soup and sanwich combo. I love me some soup 🙂

As for my 2009 goals – you can check them out here.

10 Heather Eats Almond Butter January 8, 2009 at 2:41 pm

My goal – more yoga in 2009! Cheese and biscuit sammies – yum!

11 Marissa January 8, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Yum pepper jack cheese!

12 Rachel January 8, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Awesome post, Meghann! I needed some inspiration today and this does the trick for sure.

13 dailygoods January 8, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Woo! way to throw the inspiration our way! A lifelong journey is where its at, and my goal is to continually strive to make myself better.
planning on a 10k
keep my eating on track
adding yoga into my routine
trying out new and exciting things

after reading your journey, it makes me feel like this is my year and im ready to conquer it head on!

14 Amanda January 8, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Great post Meghann – you should be really proud of what you have accomplished over the last year!!

I have no problem working out and often find myself becoming a little obsessive about it. I would love to just have a better outlook on working out (for stress release and to be healthy/strong, not just to maintain weight). I’d also like to commit more time to yoga and just appreciate my body AS IS 🙂

15 sarahslp January 8, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Wonderful post 🙂
My main goal for 2009 is to focus on eating for pleasure and improve my intuitive eating skills.

My first step towards this goal was creating my own blog

Thanks for all the info you provided.

16 Rose January 8, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Can’t wait to see what you have in store for tomorrow!

I just read your story – it’s really inspirational. Thanks for reminding us, and congratulations on reaching your goal and sticking with it for a year!

17 Melissa January 8, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Thanks for the encouragement and the inspiration. I love the links!

18 Danielle January 8, 2009 at 3:19 pm

I really hope that I stick with my goals for the year, like you did last year!
You’re a real inspiration!
This was a great post! Thanks Meghann!

19 Lara January 8, 2009 at 4:06 pm

Thanks for the link to that quick bread–I can’t wait to give it a go!

20 angiismyname January 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm

my goal is to be the old angela again! weight and fitness wise anyways. love you meggy

21 Katy January 8, 2009 at 4:45 pm

My goal is to get together with the O-Town food bloggers as much as possible 🙂

And to complete three triathlons … to keep my blog updated as much as possible … to meet lots of new people who share the same goals as I do … to redo my favorite recipes with a healthy twist.


22 Alexia January 8, 2009 at 5:17 pm

WOW! You are such an inspiration!

Great articles too!!

Can’t wait to see what you have instore for us tomorrow. 🙂

23 sarahannmatheny January 8, 2009 at 5:17 pm

My goal is to find a healthy balance in my life: with exercise, family, blogging, food, friends and self-nurturing!

24 Rachel January 8, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Great post!

My goals are:

Drink more water
Get more sleep
Update my blog!

25 Missy (Missy Maintains) January 8, 2009 at 5:37 pm

My main goal is to beat the late night binges!!! I also would like to see some abs in the near future!!

26 Lora January 8, 2009 at 5:53 pm

get back into swimming and lifting more weights….oh and keep up with running in the gym so when spring rolls around i can be ready to run outside 🙂

27 r January 8, 2009 at 6:11 pm

what a great idea!


beat binging of ANY kind. eat mindfully!
loose 15 lbs i’ve already lost but have snuck up on me at college
commit to going to the gym 4x a week

28 Victoria January 8, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Interesting articles. The biggest loser one was kind of sad to me though. Wearing your BodyBugg constantly and eating a plain chicken breast and no lasagna ever seems so extreme. It seems like the show may not teach them about balance enough, which I guess makes sense when you’re competing, but seems too rigid for the real world.

29 ksgoodeats January 8, 2009 at 7:15 pm

I’ve just decided I am SO making that soup tomorrow – it looks amazing!

30 Angel January 8, 2009 at 8:03 pm

I started my new goals on my daughter’s 4th Bday which was 12/29/08. I decided to start running, drink more water and to eat more foods that come without labels. I will be competeing in my first 5k this February. Thanks Meghann for the great inspiration and PS…I love the Kashi H2H!

31 Erica January 8, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Hey girl- my publix JUST started carrying the arnold’s thins last week so check yours out!

32 Erin January 8, 2009 at 8:31 pm

You’re an awesome inspiration to your readers! So supportive. 🙂 Congrats on your own achievements!

33 Amy January 8, 2009 at 8:33 pm

You are such a great role model for both people looking to lose weight & young people (“college grads”) wanting to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I look up to you on DAILY basis. Its amazing what you’ve accomplished this year! Congrats on the anniversary.

34 Lindsay January 8, 2009 at 8:34 pm

great links! i love how today was your 1 year anniversary 🙂 GO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! you are such an inspiration to all 🙂

35 caitlin January 8, 2009 at 8:46 pm

ughhh my goal is to lose all this honeymoon weight im packing on. youre not going to recongize me when i return! just look for the tub of wine and cheese. 😛

36 eatingbender January 8, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Great post! I’m looking forward to seeing what you and your cousin came up with. Oh, and Happy Anniversary 🙂

37 ashb January 8, 2009 at 9:25 pm

i want to get healthy – stop binging and lose the 20 pounds ive gained over the past four years.

38 Nikole January 8, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Congrats on all your changes and being an inspiration to others. I started on my goal of losing a few pounds and really toning up a few months ago but it got even more serious when I got engaged last week. I really want to have “killer” arms in the dress.

My fiancee and I both travel a ton for work so another goal is to try and eat at home whenever possible to not only eat healthier but save $$.

39 jasmineo January 8, 2009 at 11:17 pm

you are so incredibly sweet and inspiring. Reading your blog was a big influence for me when I was making my New Years Resolutions… I started reading your blog and Caitlin’s..then slowly realized that it might actually be possible for me to get in shape, loose weight, and get healthy. So my
NYRs are to start a blog, incorporate exercise into my lifestyle, and eat nutritional/tasty/healthy food =) thanks for everything!

40 Elina January 9, 2009 at 8:43 am

Great observation! I don’t have very many readers, but I started seeing some comments from a few newbies. It’s pretty cool!
I love this post! You’re a motivation, as always!! 😀

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