Jan 5, 2012

Beating My Sugar Addiction & Meeting My Weight Loss Goals In 2012 {New Year, New You Series}


It’s 2012!

Have you made any new years resolutions/goals yet?

I’m not huge on making new years resolutions, but this year I do have several goals, and I want to share a few of them with you over the next few weeks because they all have to do with frugality!

My first goal for the new year that I want to share with you is a very personal one, but something that so many of us struggle with. Weight.

Well, actually I’m convinced that the struggle is not weight in and of itself, it’s a fight against sugar and carbs, which most of us (including me) are pretty addicted to.

Sure, I use whole wheat flour and sucanat, but an addiction is an addiction even if it’s a “healthified” addiction. And I have for sure been addicted to carbs and sugar since I got pregnant this last time.

And honestly, I do fairly okay with controlling my addictions when I’m not pregnant or nursing, but when either one of those is in the picture… I’m a goner.

Enter, The South Beach Diet.

If you have been following me on Facebook recently then you’ll know that on January 1st I started up Phase 1 of South Beach.

I have GOT to kick this carb/sugar habit, and really South Beach is what I have found in the past to be most effective.

Plus, I just really would like to lose my baby weight. And… okay, first couple of years of college weight too. 🙂

I have about 60 pounds to lose to be at my “oh my goodness it would be a dream to be at this weight” weight. But realistically I’m shooting for 35 – 40 pounds overall.

So what does this have to do with frugality?

Well, a lot actually. For one, being in phase 1 and phase 2 of South Beach means that I have to completely redo my shopping and meal planning. I don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on food, so I have to really be creative here to stay on the meal plan and not spend a ton extra.  I’ll be sharing some of this journey with you all over the next several weeks here on the site and on the Facebook page!

Another reason is that I want my healthcare costs in my 40s, 50s, and beyond to be MINIMAL. I don’t want to end up with weight to lose in my 40s and 50s after my metabolism has slowed down even more than it already has.  Extra weight is attributed to an increase in heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, all of which have major medical costs associated with them.  I really want to think about the future, and do all I can NOW to keep any extra medical costs as low as possible.

So I will be sharing my journey with you all mostly on the Surviving The Stores Facebook page, even though I will likely post at least a few of the recipes that I’ve been making here on the site (like homemade Falafels… OH MY they were AMAZING!!)

What are your goals for 2012? Is weight loss one of them? What steps are you taking to achieve those goals?

And be sure to join us on Facebook so we can all encourage each other!

This post is part of the New Year, New You Series

I have teamed up with five other bloggers to share our plans, dreams, and goals for 2012. Hopefully they can encourage and inspire you to accomplish some of the goals that you have set for yourself this year!

Stay tuned for more and be sure to check out the other AWESOME blogs participating to see what’s inspiring them as we begin 2012:

Amy at Mom’s Toolbox
Erin at $5 Dinners
Lynn at Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures
Sarah at Give Me Neither
Stephanie at Couponing 101

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  1. Thanks for sharing Rachel! Great goals!

    Rooting for you!


  2. 20 lbs is my goal

  3. I just want to be beach ready!

  4. You inspired me to give this a try! I need to kick my sugar habit.

  5. Check out My Fitness Pal.com

  6. Sugar!!! Cutting out sugar and white flour. For a myriad of reasons.

  7. Can’t and won’t live without my sugar!!!!! If only I was a salty person things would be different!!! Lol

  8. Right there with you! I would LOVE to lose 70 pounds–but I’m shooting more toward 40-50. I’m anxious to see how you do. I’ve never attempted the South Beach Diet–although hubby has had great success with it in the past.

  9. Kristi Schales says:

    I started the weight loss journey in ’11. I lost 58 lbs with calorie counting and a personal trainer. I still have an additional 55 lbs. So I am trying to complete this by May. Still doing the calories and trainer method. I will be rooting for you!
    My secondary goal is to kick the habit of procrastination and me more proactive in all areas of my life. I am getting books and finding encouragement pages to help me on this goal.

  10. I am starting back on weight watchers and need to loose 10lbs. In the past I lost 40lbs doing low carb. So it is definitely do able. 🙂

  11. Yes, just had a baby and I’m a beachbody coach, the company that make p90x, insanity ect…. I’m losing 80lb, 50 from baby :-/. I’m doing beachbody challenges five people at a time. Have one starting jan 9 and 1 spot left! Visit http://www.beachbody.com/insanitychickand check the two icons on the bottom left…take the challenge and shakeology! I’m do excited!!! Good luck to everyone!!!

  12. Hi,

    I just found your site through Living Rich with Coupons.

    Welcome to low carb! I started last year and lost about 30lbs. Hoping for another 20-30 this year.

    If you’re into podcasts check this one out: http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/
    Lots of great interviews, tons of info. It helped to keep me motivated.

    Really hoping you can help us low carbers out there save a bit!

  13. I’m so proud of you for sharing this and for taking a stand.
    YOU can definitely do this!
    Sure, there will be tough times of temptation, but stand firm and you will be so happy with the results.
    You GO, girl!!!

  14. Congratulations on such great goals! I tried a ton of different “diets” like Southbeach and Atkins and supplements like Shakeology. None worked long term for me, but during B90Days (with the lovely Amy from Moms Toolbox) God somehow managed to work in that I should be eating His foods. So should my family. I lost 25 pounds (my hubby lost 20) and all cravings for sugar, etc., just by eating whole foods (organic on the ones that make the “dirty dozen for pesticide” list like strawberries) from the first of September till the middle of November when morning sickness kicked in and we found out we’re expecting #2. I highly recommend reading Reshaping It All by Candace Bure, as it puts health and weight loss and how we view it into a Christian perspective. Just remember that God is in control and with Him you can do anything! Including getting to your dream weight and keeping your temple in clean and wonderful worshipful condition 🙂

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