The Post That Started It All

My hope is that my story will help or encourage someone

Good morning! Today, as I approach almost 60 blog posts, I just want to take a moment to share the Facebook post that birthed this blog.

On January 8, 2017 I shared the photo below, along with a little “thank you” with SusanAfter60, on her Facebook page. She posted to her page and her previous page Fifty, not frumpy, (Susan, was the first blogger I started following). I was shocked that she shared with the world, lol, and even more so when the comments started! There was a tremendous response and a flurry of personal messages, with ladies asking me to tell my entire story, wanting to know if I had my own blog, and encouraging me to start one. I still occasionally get responses and comments on these posts.

Just want to take a minute to thank you for all the inspiration. This is my before and after-70 lbs that I’ve maintained for two years. The outfit in the after is from WHBM and the booties by Vince Camuto (now if I could a photographer as good as Mr. Mickey you might could see them,lol).

After a couple of days of retelling my story, as the messages came in, I contacted Susan to see if I could post it to for everyone to see. She graciously agreed. Below is the rest of the story, which was published/posted on January 11th.

Susan, thank you for allowing me to share my story here.
For those who have asked about my weight loss story; here it is:
I lost my weight with weight watchers. This is the only weight loss plan I have ever tried/used.
This recent transformation was not my first rodeo. I lost 30 lbs in the mid 90’s with WW. I was able to keep it off for several years, but then I went back to work in Corporate America and over time life happened. I gained it all back. Eventually I went back to WW and made it back to within a few pounds of my goal weight, but the meeting that I attended (which worked with my work schedule) closed. I tried to keep going on my own, but it wasn’t long before those pounds found their way back and brought along some friends.
In 2011 I “retired” from my job to watch my new grandson. It wasn’t until 2014 at almost 51 that I made the decision to return to WW. I hadn’t developed any of the problems that come with aging or being overweight, yet, but some of my numbers were starting to creep up. It was time to make a change.
I come from a family of short, round, southern women who liked to cook. They had many health issues that while could be hereditary were also a direct result of diet and obesity. Ironically, they always wanted to know what someone else weighed, but had little regard for themselves, and they weren’t really worried about anyone else’s health, just who weighed the most….
I have come to realize, for me, attending WW meetings and weighing in weekly are keys for me. As a lifetime member, I only have to WI once per month, be no more than two pounds above my goal weight, and I no longer have to pay a fee. I still go weekly. It’s my “me time” and helps to keep me focused for the week ahead.
Weight Watchers works for me, because I like to eat and love that I can eat what I want, lose weight and now maintain it. I have not “had” to give up any foods that I like or want to eat. I decide whether I want it or not. That makes it easier. I have made changes to the way I prepare some foods, but some days I just want some good old-fashioned comfort food and southern cooking. When I do, I have it and move on. The one thing I have completely eliminated from my diet, is soda. I was never a big soda drinker, but after going some time without it, I can’t stand the taste of it now.
I know WW isn’t for everyone, and finding what works for you is the key to weight loss and being successful! So if you’re looking to lose a few pounds, find what works for you.
As for exercise, I have always been the poster child for inactivity, not because I didn’t want to or like to, but as a child my mother never allowed me to be active or participate in sports and such (a story for Freud or Jung, along with the weight issues, lol).
For many years, though, I walked for exercise. When I made the decision to lose weight, this time, I joined a gym that offered different fitness classes. I started with yoga (I dearly love it). The gym I joined also offered personal trainers. After a complimentary session I decided I could benefit from some help. I was lucky to find a trainer who was willing to work with my limitations and modify exercises if needed. Although I am physically healthy I had/have some limits. Never being active, makes one not the most coordinated or balanced and not very confident. Then being 50+ and having three kids (TMI, but your bladder isn’t what it once was). Finding the right person who can work with you and with your current limits (if any) can help and strengthen those areas that are causing problems. After all that I started running with my daughter and DIL! Yes, I’m certifiable!!! I have gone on to run 8 half marathons, a full marathon, and several 5 and 6 Ks. I am now starting to work on power lifting (I needed a new challenge).
All in all I think the key to any exercise is finding what you like (if you don’t enjoy it, you won’t do it), and finding the right person to instruct you. My trainer will nudge me out of my comfort zone, but he will never push me to go beyond what I can do.
I hope this has helped some. I’m sure I have left something out. If you have any other questions or if can be of any help, please contact me!

From here the thought of writing a blog kept rolling around in my head, until one day I decided to give it a go. I sat down and started looking for a blog site. I found one, set it up, and on January 27th I made my the first post. I thought this was going to be easy peasy….HA! I never thought I would be trying to learn so many new things all at once! It has been fun and crazy all at the same time, especially the past few weeks as I’ve found so many new things to learn.

I have periodically thought, through the years, that I might enjoy writing; and I do. I never thought anyone would want to read what I had to say or that I would be any good at it. I’m still not too sure about that, Lol!! But I am doing it and enjoying it.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my posts as much as I have writing them for you. I look forward to bringing you many more.

My hope is that my story will help or encourage someone to maybe take that step they’ve been thinking about; whether it be to lose weight, start exercising or trying something new. I hope you see that just because you may be over 50; you can lose weight, become physically fit, and you don’t have to dress like your grandmother (unless you want to). A part of my blog is on fashion or style. You cannot lose a significant amount of weight and not need to rethink your wardrobe, and buy new clothes. This is true at any age! Even if you haven’t hit that “certain age” yet, you will have changes you need to make along your journey. Don’t get caught up in the “rut”!

Over the past few weeks, the subscriber list is growing; as is the Facebook page. That’s because you have taken time to like, share, and comment on posts that you like. That helps more people to see the posts. I have also added a Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Soon I am going to add some live videos. Yes, you will get to see me live! Oh my, that should be interesting!!! Apparently Facebook is now making video postings a priority….

Please take a moment to tell me what you think and how you are doing on road to success and better health.

Until the next time

Janet

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