Goals Check In: Onederland

by Mary on March 4, 2013

As you can tell from the title, I fiiiinally did it. I finally weigh under 200 lbs. Confetti and cheers for all!

But since I’m tracking more than just weight I’ll go through all my major goals for the year and check in. Sorry this check in is so late, things have been busy and this post has been sitting in draft form for multiple days now. Oops!


Last time I weighed, one month ago, I was at 200.2. It was close and it freaked me out and I did my self-sabatoge thing. I gained a few pounds back and then didn’t weigh in at the middle of the month because I just knew I had regained (on purpose). It’s silly, I know.

I weighed in at 199.6.

March 1 weigh in

Sure, it’s barely below 200 and gives me a technical loss of .6 for the month. Not that exciting in terms of weight loss but it’s HUGE for me mentally. I’ve finally broken that barrier that got built up in my mind. I weighed in at 199.6 the day of and after my “official” weigh, so that whole mental “I’m never going to be under 200 lbs” thing is pretty shattered. Now it’s all about getting further under that mark.


I started March with my student loan balance hovering around $4,000 and now it’s down to just under $2,000. Progress! It’s a good time of year for debt repayment!

This month I also received the official letter stating I had paid off another previous loan. It was so nice to hold that piece of paper!

I’m still tracking on ReadyForZero. I’m now aiming to have my student loans finished by my birthday in April. I think it’s possible if I stay dedicated to the task. I can’t wait to be debt free. :)


We’ve been to quite a few places in the last couple weeks. Since it refuses to stay warm it’s been hard to do any of the free outdoorsy stuff but that will be nice later in the year. For now we are mainly trying new establishments. Where it’s warm inside. Yes. New-to-me places we’ve been: Flight, The Silly Goose (bar/lounge), Jack Pirtle’s Chicken.


Overall I’d say these are successful steps toward all my goals over the last couple of weeks. Mentally I feel really good like I can accomplish anything at this point.

I wanted to do a fun video when I finally got under 200 lbs, but alas, I’ve got a head cold and sound pretty lame at the moment. Perhaps next weigh in we can all celebrate a la silly video time. Catch you then!



1 Mary March 4, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Haha, as it should be! You are in a new city so everything is new to you! I like visiting my fav places. :)

2 Eileen March 5, 2013 at 12:00 am


3 Karen P March 5, 2013 at 12:42 am

Sooooo happy for your onederland goal. Huge thing to celebrate. :). Awesomeness!!!

4 Hanlie March 5, 2013 at 5:21 am

Well done! You had a great month.

5 Tammy March 5, 2013 at 5:55 am

This is great news! Congratulations!

PS. I hope you feel better. I think I have the start of a cold, too.

6 Brooke: Not On A Diet March 5, 2013 at 7:27 am

Yay!! Welcome to Onderland! It took me forever to get over that mental block too, so I TOTALLY get that. Dealing with it slightly now that I’m getting closer to goal. Silly how our minds work!

And yay for paying off debt! That’s so great!

7 Ana March 5, 2013 at 8:00 am

knew you’d do it!!!!! Congrats =)

8 Angelika March 5, 2013 at 8:12 am

Yay Mary! Awesome news!

9 Beth @ Beth's Journey March 5, 2013 at 10:11 am


10 Heather @ My Inner Butterfly March 5, 2013 at 10:18 am

Congrats on making it to ONEderland!!!

11 Courtney @ Journey of a Dreamer March 5, 2013 at 11:06 am


12 Missy March 5, 2013 at 11:17 am


13 Jewlz March 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm

WOOT! CONGRATS! I knew you’d get there. WELCOME TO ONEDERLAND!!!

You are also making great progress in your other avenues. I gotta get on this debt repayment. I feel like overall I’m doing good, but I think we could do better. Slowly but surely! :D

14 Emily March 5, 2013 at 12:29 pm


I’m so freakin’ happy for you, Mary! I can’t wait to celebrate this milestone. What a huge mental breakthrough. :D

15 Caz March 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm

That’s such great news – on both the weight and the debt front. Well done.

16 Manda March 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm


It’s so great that you conquered a huge obstacle! It’s all down hill from here!

I have been busy lately.. and haven’t been able to keep up with your blog.. but yesterday I did see your Morning Workout Post and you are looking GOOD!!

Keep it up! :D

17 Jessey March 5, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Congrats! That is awesome news! I can’t wait to be there again myself.

18 Brittany @ Proteinandpumps March 5, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Hi! I’m new to your blog so I’m playing catch up here. Just wanted to say congrats on breaking such a significant barrier!! You should feel so proud. I look forward to “following” you!

19 merri March 5, 2013 at 4:50 pm

yay! congrats mary!

20 Rose T March 5, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Wohoo! Proud! :-D

21 Deb March 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Congratulations on your progress and making it to ONEderland! Feels great, doesn’t it? :)

I took a step towards paying off my debt today by cancelling my credit card. No excuses now!

22 Catcat March 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm

I’ve been reading your blog for several years and never commented but today I had to de-lurk to say CONGRATULATIONS!!! Not only for onederland but for your progress toward being debt free. You rock!

23 Jody - Fit at 55 March 5, 2013 at 8:52 pm

SOOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! See, I knew you could get below that damn 200!!! :)

24 Liam Rubel March 6, 2013 at 2:10 am

Congrats, breaking the 200lbs rule is not easy, many of us know this. But try to set another bench mark like 180lbs in one month after reaching the goal you may won’t cross 200lbs again.

25 Cassie March 6, 2013 at 4:04 am

Congratulations!!!!! I can’t wait until I see ONEDERLAND! I am so proud of you for paying off your debt! Congrats~

26 MIz March 6, 2013 at 7:13 am


27 Mrs. O March 6, 2013 at 9:14 am

Congratulations! Nicely done! :)

28 EmDub @ Faster in Water March 6, 2013 at 9:43 am

Congratulations!!!! You worked for it!

I’m working on my debt too and it is sooooooo great to get that letter saying your loans are paid off. Like #1 I’m never throwing this away and #2, I just might frame this/scrapbook. Monumental! :)

29 Vanessa March 6, 2013 at 10:49 am

Such a big deal! Congratulations! I’ve had the same freak outs around significant goals so completely understand how you feel. So proud of you for making it!!

30 Less March 6, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Way to go! Congratulations on breaking through that barrier. It is always tough to get over that hump. I know a thing or two about the self sabotage. It’s so ridiculous, you are so close to what you want and then you ruin it for yourself. Glad to see you made it through this time!

31 Rod Ebrahimi (@innovatebig) March 6, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Excellent! Congratulations.

32 Alejandra @ wishfulshrinking March 6, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Girl! You conquered the biggest number to beat on that scale! Tell yourself you’ll never, ever see 200 again and you can only succeed from here! So pumped for you!

33 tam March 7, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Amazing!! Congratulation on that. It is always worth goinh till the end when you want to achieve something:)

34 D March 10, 2013 at 2:35 am

Woo hoo what a milestone. Hope you’re really feeling the love, you should :-)

35 Eesh March 10, 2013 at 9:55 am

Well done!


36 Dennis March 10, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Great Start Mary. Keep up the good work. I’m just getting started on my own weight loss program….again. My doctor says I need to make this one stick.

37 Anna Rickert March 10, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Congratulations, Mary! I only recently discovered your blog and I’m enjoying having a look around. What great work you’ve done!

38 Don March 12, 2013 at 10:33 am

Congratulations! Just a tip – usually when I have a period when trying to drop pounds (usually acquired through traveling) and I hit a period where it is tough – try cycling between normal caloric intake and reduced caloric intake. It tricks your body metabolism into staying higher.

39 Jud March 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Congrats on a huge victory and on making headway on your other goals! I’m on a weight-loss journey myself – the second one after a failed one a couple years ago. I know how much of a mental challenge it can be. Again, congrats!

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