We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming today for a special announcement.
I’ve been waiting to share this news for just over a month now. The reason for the delay: I wanted to ensure it was a solid story and not a mere figment of my imagination. You’ll get no bad journalism here. No fast breaking stories which turn out to be utterly false. The numbers have held steady since early July, and I’m not sleeping, so I can’t be dreaming. It’s official. Drumroll please…
For the first time in forever, or at least the last fifteen plus years, I am NO longer trying to lose weight. Nope, not even a pound. I have FINALLY hit my goal weight, and I don’t mean my goal weight for next week, next month or even next season. No, I mean the one I set for myself a zillion years ago. The one on my driver’s license, which has been the exact same one hundred and fifteen pounds since I initially got it at the ripe old age of seventeen. Let’s be real, it probably wasn’t an honest number even then. C’mon, don’t tell me you never fudged the numbers on your driver’s license? I don’t believe you.
Every time I’ve renewed my license, I left the weight the same, and thankfully the nice BMV lady never laughed at me because there were some years it was obviously a stretch. Plus, I don’t think those ladies know how to laugh.
For years and years and years, my goal has been to get back to this magical one hundred and fifteen pound mark, if only because I want the government to have valid stats on me. “Excuse me folks, we’re looking for a woman in her mid-thirties about a buck fifteen. Maybe you’ve seen her, or maybe you missed her because she’s super thin and trim now.”
I’ve gone through long work out stretches before and horribly restrictive diets. Sure they worked to a degree, but I inevitable hit a barrier every time I got close to a hundred and twenty pounds, or I gained it back, or I was hangry all the time (the awful moment when being hungry turns to bitchy…you want to avoid this moment). I worked out like a fiend only to crash and burn. I started to think it wasn’t possible and maybe I just needed to accept it. But I’m a stubborn wench, so I kept the magical and almost mystical number in the back of my mind (or really my wallet).
For me, the big change finally happened when I changed my diet, and I don’t mean living on only 1,000 calories a day. All I did was ditch the processed crap (and meat, although I’m not advocating this for anyone else) and the weight just started falling off. It kept dropping and the greatest part, I didn’t feel like I was sacrificing anything or restricting myself.
I also don’t work out every moment of every day, but let’s be honest, I really like a good balls to the wall sweatfest; it’s just as much for my mental relief as it is for physical strength. Plus, I really love what I eat.
Sweatfest + Good Clean Food = Happy Meg = Maintainable.
Which just happens to be my new plan: Maintain Baby. So am I perfect now? Nope, and I never will be, but I am happy.
Sure, I’ve still got some jiggly bits (eek) to work on, but right now I want to celebrate this moment where I can proudly say I am just under my goal weight of a hundred and fifteen pounds.
It’s so strange to finally be happy with the number on the scale; it’s like a weight (pun intended) has been lifted off my shoulders (or maybe just my ass).
Do you have a goal weight, and have you ever achieved it? Have you ever lied about your weight? On important government documentation?
Congratulations! I know how difficult it can be to reach that illusive drivers license weight!!
rebecca @ blueberry smiles says
That is so exciting– congratulations!! All the hard work pays off. My license has my goal weight on it…..which is 5 lbs lighter than i am now….so hopefully I’ll be there again soon!
Only five pounds away. That is pretty impressive; I bet you’ll get it soon. I’ll be rooting for you.
It’s pretty interesting…most women seem have a goal number, and it seems to be the weight listed on their license too. I guess it’s pretty common. Who knew?!
Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli says
That’s flippin’ FANTASTIC, doll! Congratulations! You look great! I’ve never really had a “goal weight” but I can tell you right now, the moment I saw something less than 135 on the scale, I totally FLIPPED out! I was about 130 all through high school and then…college happened! Ugh, the dreaded freshman fifteen…and I thought it was just a joke! Late night pizza and beer runs will do that to ya! 😉 And I’ve honestly never lied about my weight!
I’m super imressed you’ve never lied about it. College can be oh so fun, but my god what we must have put out bodies through!!
P.S. Congratulations on seeing less than 135; I know it feels fantastic.
Luv What You Do says
Congrats! What an awesome accomplishment. I’m not sure that my driver’s liscense has ever been correct, but nobody’s questioned me on it yet : ) I have been to my goal weight and in the last few months, I seem to have lost sight of it. Thanks for the motivational post!
Thank you so much. I almost can’t believe I did it; this has been seventeen years in the making. Knowing you have been to your goal weight recently only means you can make it back there. I know you’ll get there again. I’ll be on the lookout for you “special announcement” post.
CONGRATULATIONS! (Insert cat call)
Arman @ thebigmansworld says
Stalked the archives back to read this…. I can’t believe how G rated this is!
Still finding my blogging voice doll….I didn’t launch full on Meghan until weeks later. 😉