Powerlifting Meet

In May I had the chance to go watch a powerlifting meet! I met my trainer, Jeff, there. He was wanting to check it out since he would be competing in his first meet in June. It was held a little over a mile from my house, but I almost didn’t make it. It was on a Saturday and “The Man” knowing I had planned to go there, just had to go to Sams….have you noticed a theme here? I swear he thinks that store isn’t open any day other than Saturday. The women were up first, which is why I wanted to go early. I did manage to get there before the women finished. I am so glad I did! I got to see two ladies in the masters division, both in a different age and weight class than I am. Both lifting significantly more weight than I do, right now, and it’s possible they always will. There is a significant weight difference between us. But it was good to see. It was good to watch and see how the meets are run, and was great to see other women around my age and older powerlifting. I know that I am not alone with my craziness…there aren’t many of us, but we are there and maybe we can encourage other women to test the waters.

They were both named Linda. There was Linda Jo and Linda.

This is Linda. Linda is 60+ years young. Her final deadlift for the meet was 280+ pounds! She hit and won the gold for her age/weight class!! She is now in training for her next meet, it will take place in October in Orlando, FL.

I was able to speak with Linda for a few minutes before I left. She is amazing. She is a grandmother of five. She runs a non-profit, and she is a pastor. Linda has only been lifting for about two years. Like me she kind of fell into powerlifting while working with a personal trainer. He noticed she was good at picking up heavy stuff and convinced her to train as a powerlifter. She has taken the gold in her division in all her meets, so far. Linda has a Facebook page where she shares her journey. Go check out her page and give it some love. She has recently started training with a new trainer. He is 70+ and still competing and has set several of his own records.

This is Linda Jo. I was not able to speak with her. I do know that she and Linda were in the same weight class and their final deadlift was the same weight, but I don’t know about age. 

Linda Jo was definitely intense and intimidating. She certainly came with her “game face” on. To tell the truth she was a bit scary! Lol.

Linda and Linda Jo have different lifting stances. Linda uses a conventional stance where Linda Jo uses a sumo stance.

Either one is fine and allowed, it’s just what you’ve trained for and your preference. With the sumo stance apparently you don’t have to lift the bar up as far. I use the conventional stance. After watching this meet I tried lifting with the sumo stance and it was a bit weird, for me. Apparently, I am a conventional stance girl!

These two ladies are phenomenal. The women’s powerlifting masters division is going to be a force to be reckoned with one day. Have I convinced you to start lifting yet?

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A New Month A New Weigh In

The first Saturday of the month. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know what that means. It’s time for weigh in at the weekly meeting of the #satuday7amsocialclub AKA Weight Watchers. This is the second month in a row that I have had a gain of a couple of pounds. I am still well below goal, but I can’t keep this up and stay there for long!

I have to tell you I’m still no sure how much it is the increase in weightlifting how much is what I’m doing food wise. I went into last week pretty sure I was going to be around the same as last month. I had come to terms with that gain (somewhat).

When I weighted myself on Wednesday I was good. Well Wednesday needs to be taken off the calendar. That is the day I want to eat all the things. Sometimes I do ok, sometimes not. Last week was a not. Ok it wasn’t the worst early, but..then I had my session with Jeff. I came home and ate like a mad woman! I tried to eat mainly protein, but, come Thursday morning that scale was not my friend 😳 not that I was surprised. I almost always have a gain the day after an intense workout. Friday’s WI was the same as Thursday. Instead of leaving well enough alone, I had to compound it by going out to eat (something I try to never do before WI) and got shrimp and crab….now seafood is good and low points, so overall it’s good choice. Right? But this is Baltimore, Land of Old Bay!  Can we say sodium? Yeah, that wasn’t very well thought out! Add another two pounds on to what it was that morning, when it could have been down. Yep, a whole FOUR pounds up from May….still well below goal and free for the month, but not good, but I did do it to myself….

Last weeks meeting was not very well attended. Very unusual for the first of the month, for sure!

 

I don’t know if it was because it was the week following the holiday and people were out-of-town or if they were in the same boat I was and stayed home.

“The Man” had jokingly said something about going away for the weekend, maybe I should have pushed for it 😳 it might have saved me from myself….or not, but I could have put off weighing for a week, lol!

I left that disaster of a weigh in and headed off to the gym, Jeff and “arm day”! Now Jeff is still insisting a big factor in this gaining is me building muscle and getting stronger. He always reminds me that “he told me this would happen”. I guess that’s an “I told you so”…. He pointed out the work we were doing, the amount of weight I was lifting and working with that day and how much my should stability had improved. I had to agree with that. My upper body has always been my weak spot, but after he said something I was able to see and realize how much better it is. Maybe he is half right?

I am going to try to ride this out, but I must say it is hard!!!!

I have to keep saying this to myself, everyday! For those on their own journey, how are you doing? Do you have your own mantra? What keeps you going when the going gets tough? Now that it’s “almost” summer, do you find it easier or harder to stay on a plan? Let me know what you think!

Remember June is my birthday month! Everyone that comments on the blog will be entered in a weekly drawing for a beautiful piece of Plunder Jewelry and on my actual birthday, one lucky person will win the June Plunder Posse! Seen here! 

If you want to sign up to receive the Plunder Posse each month you can do so here. The Plunder Posse is a subscription plan, much like Ipsy, Graze, etc. For $25 each month (which includes tax and shipping) you will receive 1-3 pieces of beautiful plunder jewelry. Your Posse will bill and ship on the same day each month, and you can cancel anytime or stop and start as often as you’d like if there’s a month you just don’t want it. This is a perfect time to sign up because you will be able to see it before time to ship and can decide if you want that month or not. If you have any questions or need help placing your order or have questions about joining the plunder business, email me at: grandma2glamma@gmail.com

The winner of last weeks Plunder piece just for commenting is: Sandy! I will be putting Sandy’s Plunder in the mail by weeks end!

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I am off now with Miss Quinn. We are heading out to my little Noah’s end of the year picnic! This is last full week of school. He will only go two half days next week. Where has the time gone?

Until the next time

Janet

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Fierce 50 Follow Friday

Let your voice be heard now

Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in my first #fierce50followfriday on Instagram. 

I have briefly mentioned The Fierce 50 Revolution to you before. Earlier this year a group of 50+ bloggers came together to form The Fierce 50 Campaign; to support each other and raise awareness to those of us in Mid-life. From that The Fierce 50 Revolution was born. The purpose is to raise our voice, awareness, and shift the perception of women over 50! Just because we may be of a “certain age” we are not to be ignored! We are a force to be reckoned with!



These ladies are four of my new “Fierce Sisters”!

 You should head over to follow and support these Fierce Women on IG. Their handles along with their websites are below.

I asked each of them the following question:

How do you hope/want to inspire others (those in mid-life and those who haven’t even thought about it yet)?

Here are their answers!

Sheila @fattofabover50 “lost her sparkle” during the years of raising a family and building her business (who else can relate to that?). She is reinventing and reclaiming her life! You can find her blog here.

Lori @gerontologistloricampbell said that “it’s her hearts desire to inspire and motivate people of all ages, but primarily millennials to”: practice prevention, value health and live their values, establish healthy lifestyle/mindset practices, embrace their aging journey, own it. you can also find Lori here.

Rosie @themidlifeaesthetic feels that “using your own life as an example is the best way to give women hope”. “When she shares her own personal journey of loss, she can see them perk up”. A phrase she loves is “we are all walking each other home”. She said “that is how I feel about other mid-life women”! You can find Rosie’s blog here.

Robin @weight_loss_pro_robin said she “hopes to inspire others that they CAN do anything they want” she is on a quest to lose 150 lbs and is half way there! It hasn’t been easy, but she isn’t giving up! Robin’s blog can be found here.

How do YOU hope/want to inspire others? Now or when you get to a “certain age”? Comment and let me know!

Have you already joined The Fierce 50 Revolution? If not; all you need to do is go to the Facebook page: The Fierce 50 Revolution and click join! It doesn’t cost a thing and you don’t even need to be 50+, or a blogger. You younger ladies are welcome to join The Revolution too. After all you, will be joining us one day! Let your voice be heard, now!

We truly are better and stronger together!

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Janet

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Change of Mindset

a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do

Thursday “The Man” and I had our annual physical exams. The doctor that we have seen for the past few years has left the practice so we saw someone new. Since my weight has been up a little this month, it was of course up there too. This new person I saw, actually a nurse practitioner, told me I didn’t need to lose anymore weight (which overall I agree with) or lose the couple of pounds to get back to where I was. Is it time to change my way of thinking? Have I been too fixated on a number?

Saturday morning I headed off to the meeting of the #saturday7amsocialclub AKA Weight Watchers. Since this was the first meeting of May I had to weigh in to establish my free lifetime status for the month.  As expected I was up a couple of pounds from my April weigh in. However, when I looked back, I was actually a bit less than I was in May of 2016 when I was carb loading for running the five half marathons in five weeks. So at the end of the day, I guess, I am ok. Last year I had planned that I would be up for the weigh in but I still had a hard time with it mentally. I don’t think you can work hard to lose weight and not be upset with an up number, even if you know why. If there is a solution for that; please let me in on it!

After the meeting I headed off to my session with, my trainer, Jeff. We talked about my “gain”. Jeff is still pretty sure this gain is from adding muscle weight and not a “real” weight gain. He said “there is no way to lift like I have been, fuel properly, and not gain weight”. These are things that I know in my mind. But I’m still not completely convinced that this is where this gain is from; even though I know I have stayed with in my WW points; I also know that I have not always eaten the best food choices the past month.

So I will continue to track my food intake on the WW app, as usual, but I am also going to use the “old fashioned” way and put pen to paper. That way I can just glance back through and see what I did. I will also be tracking my exercise and weight lifting 🏋 more than I have been.

In 2016 WW came out with the “beyond the scale” campaign. The idea behind it is to focus on the whole you not just the number on the scale. That is easier said than done especially when you are trying to lose weight. I will try. Since my goal isn’t to lose, I must now shift my thinking. I just know that I have to keep working the plan and working my training.

I will get my head wrapped around it and make this work.

After my “mental health” session and some warm up, it was time to get to work. Last week I told you I was going to start working with Jeff twice a week instead of once. This was the first week for that. I will now be working with him in Wednesday and Saturday😳! Whose idea was this? What was I thinking? Lol! Wednesday was arm day so Saturday was leg day….squats, squats, and more squats, lol! We kept the weight low and just did a lot of reps! The video below is the last set at the highest  weight we used; 85lbs. I had already done 5 sets of 5 at this weight. This one was to go as many as I could. Jeff stopped me at 12; I was going for 15!

​I need to work on getting down a hair lower on these squats. It’s amazing, and mind boggling just how much stuff you need to do/remember to get everything right. Much of it of course is to help prevent injury. No one has ever accused me of being overly coordinated so remembering to put it all together and execute it is a challenge in itself. Picking up heavy stuff is the easy part, hahaha.

I teased Jeff that I was still able to walk around town in heels after leg day. He said he didn’t do his job then….I got up Sunday morning and thought I was going to die, ok not quite, but I could sure feel it! (DOMs) delayed onset muscle soreness is a real thing!!!! I was still able to wear heels though…a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!

How are things going for you? Have you experienced weight gains from building muscle after losing weight? How have you reconciled it in your head? Did you find it easy or hard? Do you have any thoughts, tips, or ideas? I’d love to hear from you.

I will, of course, keep you updated.

I appreciate your support, comments, likes, and shares. Please continue to help spread the word. If you haven’t signed up for my email, you can just click the follow button at the bottom of your screen and you’ll know as soon as there is a new post. You can also follow the blog on Facebook, Twitter , Instagram, and Pinterest. I have recently joined bloglovin’ and you can follow there at Bloglovin’ .

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Janet

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Pulling Your Head Out Of Your Backside

What do you do to pull yourself out of a slump

 

How do you do it? My head, heart, and body are not in sync. Which has been in evidence this past month. Why? I don’t rightly know. I have been trying for the past couple of months to figure it out. The closest I’ve come to any idea is: that I have, finally,  allowed the life changing events that started last summer steer me off course.

I will go to the #saturday7amsocialclub tomorrow morning and I will have to weigh in to establish my free lifetime status for May. I will do that, but I will be up a few pounds from April’s weigh in. Why? I’m not completely sure. I haven’t tracked well this month, but I know I haven’t gone off the deep end with junk either. I don’t know why I haven’t tracked well. Is it just one more thing to do? Could I be starting to gain muscle mass from the heavy lifting? Jeff, said that I would eventually. Maybe, but I don’t think that is it. At least not completely.

I just have to BELIEVE that it will all balance out.

My New Training Journal

I also feel like I’ve lost my source(s) of support. I started this journey over three years ago. At that time I was not in it alone. I had a WW buddy, a workout buddy, and running buddies. That changed last summer. I was determined not to let those changes affect me. But I am fearing they are. Slowly I have let them. I have thrown myself a “Pity Party”.

This says it all

Now it is up to me to say “enough is enough” and figure out how to snap out of it. This has always been a marathon, not a sprint. So at this point I have decided to think of it in race terms. I have “hit the wall” around mile 20. Now I have to dig deep and power through to get to the finish line. The only difference is; there is no finish line.

I have done this before, on my own. So why should this be any different?

Technically I still have a meeting room full of WW buddies and I treasure them; I know that I can message any of them at anytime, but it’s not the same. I guess you could call my trainer, Jeff, a workout buddy; but I pay him (to torture me) so I’m not sure that counts, lol! Truth be told if it weren’t for my meetings and workouts with Jeff, I would have likely given up long ago.

Last night I went to my Thursday night yoga class. It has been quite a while since I was last at that class. Ironically, Dave, the instructor said something about how it was much easier and better to practice in a group vs alone at home. This is so true. I try to practice yoga at home, but don’t get very far. The energy is so different in the studio. That’s how I have been feeling in general, I guess, over this portion of my journey. It was much easier, better, and enjoyable with the buddy system.

I must pull my head out of my rumpus if I plan to run a marathon, that’s for sure. And I am determined to do that.

I have started by getting a new training journal and looking at a training plan. I told you I have increased my sessions with Jeff (they say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger). We will see about that!

I have been trying to be a long distance buddy for a friend who’s on her own journey. I’m not sure I have been a very good buddy for her. I hope I can do better.

What do you do to pull yourself out of slump? Do you like “going it alone” or having a partner? Have you been in this same boat? If so, how have you handled it? Let me know your thoughts. If you have any suggestions; throw them at me!

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Janet

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Saturday Strength Training Workout 

I was just a bit preoccupied

This was not my typical Saturday. I did attend the meeting of the #saturday7amsocialclub, then headed off to my Saturday morning “torture-uh-training” session with Jeff, as usual. I was anticipating this was going to be a rough workout. I watched what Jeff was doing off and all week on social media and had visions of what was to come….fortunately it was a bit rainy, so somethings didn’t go quite as what he may have had planned. And mind you, I am not complaining! Lol.

It was dead lift week, but we didn’t go too heavy this week. Jeff, wanted to keep it light and work on speed, so we kept the weight at “only” 115 lbs.  Now tell me;  who needs to pick up heavy things fast? Isn’t that like an oxymoron or something?

After we were finished, Jeff, remembered he hadn’t taken pictures and decided, I should do one more set so he could make the video below. He said this was a good training/learning video because it shows me rounding my shoulders instead of keeping my back flat and shoulders locked. I’m curious if that is because we had already done a lot of work and I was getting fatigued and would it have looked different early on? Definitely something to focus on and look at. This week I’m not so sure.

I was just a bit preoccupied, over tired, and had considered canceling (I’ve only done that once or twice when I was too sick to go). If you read yesterday’s post you know why. If not you can read it here: www.grandma2glamma.com/things-don’t-always-go-as-planned

Let me know if you can see and play the video. This is something new I’m trying, and I am not sure it is going to play.

We briefly talked about the possibility of training for and competing in a power-lifting meet. I have half seriously been considering it, but I also know the possibility is off the table since I was selected for the marathon and have to train for that. I think I have decided to go for it once the marathon is over, so, I wanted to start getting an idea of what to work for. I even went so far as to look up the state records for my age and weight class; there aren’t any….I messaged Jeff what I found and he said there must be something and he was going to check. Now really; how many 50+ ladies does he think are rushing to pick up “super heavy stuff”? Only us crazies 😜 with 20 something trainers, who pick up heavy stuff! I checked three different power-lifting federations (?) records and found nothing for MD. I don’t know if Jeff, checked or not, but he hasn’t got back to me with any other information! I should be good to go, right? Lol! It doesn’t hurt to have a plan. It’s even better if you execute said plan.

Seriously though, I can only train for one of these at a time. I will continue lifting and strength training, because it will help with running however, the amount of cardio involved with running affects me being able to train harder for lifting. It does give me time to work on my form and getting stronger. So that is the plan, or at least it’s my plan. Who knows what Jeff will think… My bench press is definitely my weakest link and will need the most work. For some reason in my mind that is the scariest. I think I have a fear of dropping the bar on me….Maybe I better get to work on those push ups….😳I definitely have some shoulder instability, so I should probably work on that. I’m also not the most coordinated person ever. Jeff, has said that has improved though…maybe a tad….somedays.

We shall see.

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Janet

 

 

 

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Muddling Along

Not great but a start in the right direction

It has been a long and challenging week or at least the end to last week was! Remember I told you last week about the hit run involving “The Mans” car? Well somewhere along the way I gave into temptations and had a few days of a “free for all”.

I got up Saturday morning and headed off to the meeting of the #Saturday7amsocialclub up a full 6 pounds from my first of the month weigh in and 5 full pounds from where I was on Wednesday morning!!! After that, off I went to meet with Jeff, my trainer. He was very supportive, and tried to make me feel better by telling me I was just carb-loading for our workout, lol! Now had that really been the case; yes, I would have gained that amount of weight and been “almost” ok with it. But, even I knew better. Of course there were plenty of carbs involved, along with fat and salt and other bits of junk!!!!

He worked my rear off….but then that is nothing new. I did leave ready to get it together. I had decided on Friday that enough was enough and started getting back to my regular way of eating, but lets face it; one day does not undo the damage. We skipped our Saturday date night. I know I had to leave it be. I was also planning on getting “The Man” to take me to breakfast on Sunday (yes there was a method to my madness, Lol). Two meals out was not feasible, under the circumstances. Considering part of the problem was eating take out several days last week, even one meal was pushing it.

I got up Sunday morning and weighed. I usually don’t do that on Sunday; I give the scale a day of rest. I had lost 1 of those interloping pounds. It almost made me rethink going out for breakfast; after all it was a holiday too and I knew what was on the menu for that.

We went anyway and went back to the “Iron Rooster” restaurant I told you about a couple of weeks ago. It was such a beautiful spring morning that they had the glass doors open and outside seating available. We weren’t quite sure about sitting outside so early in the morning yet, so we sat next to the open doors. It was a great mix of fresh air and sunshine.

We got one of those yummy homemade pop tarts to share again and I ordered the sausage gravy biscuit this time. There was only one biscuit, but it was HUGE!!!! I only  ate half of it and brought the rest home. I thought I would eat it later, but did not.

Doesn’t this look just too yummy? And trust me; it is!


On the way home I received a text from Jeff. He was sending some extra workout sets for this week!!! Can you believe that? Didn’t he have anything better to do on Easter Sunday morning? What was he doing spying on me? Maybe I shouldn’t have posted those pictures to instagram, in hopes of winning a gift card for another trip, lol!

Now if you notice, this says Monday. Does that mean I only need to do it one day, haha?  I haven’t heard otherwise, or received another text; as of yet, so? I should probably be careful what I say….I did do it Monday and Tuesday, so far, along with my other workouts; some I haven’t done in a while. He should be proud! Right? Of course, right!

Mondays weigh in was the same as Sundays, so I didn’t do too bad. As of this morning, I am happy to say I have rid myself of a bit more than two of those offending pounds. Not great, but a good start in the right direction. Now to keep the momentum going. Do you think Jeff’s extra curricula activities have contributed?

I have got back on the right food track, at least so far. How did I do it? Well, for starters I refused to go to the grocery store this week. We have enough food in this house to last through a “zombie apocalypse” so you can bet no on is going to go without. I knew a trip to the store would result in more junk food than real food (“The Man” is a junk food junkie, of the worst kind) being bought. By not bringing it in, it can’t be eaten. And lets face it; he doesn’t need it either. I think he insists on going to the store with me because he knows that’s the only way he will junk, lol!

How did you fare over the holiday? Are you fighting to get back on track, or did you have a plan and stick to it? Let me know! We are in the together!

I’m not sure if I’m going to participate in the style challenges for this week. I think it might be too much. We are gearing up for the arrival of the new grand little on Friday. This weekends challenge is: Date Night. If I manage of this weeks, it might be that; providing we go out and the weather is cooperative. That will be the challenge, this week.

I do have some new looks and ideas I want to share with you. I have been approached by Covered Perfectly (I’ve told you about them, previously, and showed some of my own items) to collaborate with them, and have accepted. I am so excited for this opportunity. Stay tuned for more to come.

The blog is now also being featured in the http://40plusstyle.com/women-over-40-blogger-community under lifestyle bloggers. You can go over there and check it out along with a great group of other bloggers.

I think I told you about joining The Fierce 50 Revolution, and hope to become one of the bloggers on the The Fierce 50 Campaign soon. If you would like to know about The Fierce 50 or join the revolution; you can request to join the Facebook page “The Fierce 50 Revolution”! What a great group of women! Many are blogger, but many are not. It’s a great group women lifting each other up!

Have you signed up for the email list yet? I will not sell or give your email away, it’s just so you will be the first to know when a new blog has been posted. I am trying to grow the subscriber list here on the blog along with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. You have helped so much with that; by liking, commenting, and sharing my posts. Facebook is closing in on 500 likes! Wow! That’s small compared to some, but it’s growing each day. I appreciate all your support and help.

You know I love hearing from you, so let me know what you think about all these latest “developments”.

Until the next time

Janet

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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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Spring Style Challenge Week 2-Day-8

I went wild and tried some print mixing

“Hump Day”. We are coming up on the end of this style exercise. It’s been fun, interesting,  enlightening, and exhausting! I will be glad for a bit of a break. It will give me time to go over all that I’ve done, learned, and I’ll be able to sit down and digest it.

Below is the outfit inspiration for todays look. I bet you know I still have not jumped on that wide-legged pants bandwagon. I haven’t gone out to explore that option anymore either. I’m not saying I won’t, but……


Here is my LOTD-look of the day. Finally, a true cold shoulder top/blouse and flowers combined.  This is my first ever cold shoulder top. For a long time I wouldn’t even consider them, then when I got the nerve to try one; I didn’t like it. It was a sweater though and I think it may have been one reason. Sweater for winter and cold shoulder together doesn’t quite make much sense to me, especially living in the Mid-Atlantic-Maryland the most northern-southern state, lol! Maybe I still have some work to do and a way to go!

I don’t know that I feel completely comfortable in this yet, but I also haven’t been able to actually wear it out. At times I think I look like a linebacker. I’ve recently looked at pictures of others wearing this look; young and older (?) alike and think the same thing, so it’s not just me. Right now I think, I feel more comfortable in sleeveless tops. I have read that many 50+ ladies and bloggers don’t. They feel they have too much back of the arm “waddle”. I do have some, but I also think through exercise it has improved and will continue to improve somewhat. Oh wouldn’t my trainer, Jeff, love for me to want more exercise?  Unfortunately it’s one of those things that comes with maturity though.

I decided to try to dress this look up a bit and tried some different shoes. I even went wild and tried some print mixing. I think I like it! It seems I may have gotten some days assignments confused, LOL. That’s the beauty though, there is no real right or wrong. If it makes  you comfortable and you feel good when you walk out the door, that’s ok by me. I also tried the half tuck which you might be able to see in the photo at the top right. I’m starting to like that look a bit. I find it helps to camouflage some of those “lumps and bumps”.

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The cold shoulder blouse is new and the one I showed one day last week from my shopping trip to find the wide leg crops. I could have used this as yesterday’s floral top, but saved it for today since it was cold shoulder day. It would have been perfect for both. The khaki cargo type pants are the same ones from yesterday, that I chose to get instead. What do you think of this look? Is it hit or miss? Do you think this top looks better with the skinny pants over the wide leg crops?

A close up of the accessories.

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The top and pants are both from White House Black Market. The bag is the same cross-body Dooney & Bourke that I showed you last week. I shortened the strap for this look. I felt that would be better with the cold shoulder top. Do you agree? The necklace, earrings, and bracelet are all Plunder. The necklace and earrings are the March Plunder Posse and for the next couple of days you can still get the necklace and earrings here; www.plunderdesign.com/party/janete1/ just look for Posse. The bracelet, called Veda, has sold out. The patterned shoes are a couple of years old and came from PayLess, the burgundy/maroon shoes are a couple of years old also and came from DSW (see I do shop somewhere other HSN, lol).

Have you had a chance to check out Sylvia’s website at www.40plusstyle.com or get on the waiting list for the course? If you’ve thought about updating your style or wondering if you have one, it’s a good place to start. She is also part of the Fierce 50 Movement and bloggers. I will tell you a bit more about that in a few days.

I have been busy this week trying to learn more about this blogging stuff. It seems the more I study, I find more and more I don’t know. I hope I’m learning something.

Please take a minute and let me hear from you. I’d like to know your thoughts on the posts from this challenge. I’m trying to grow my subscriber list on the blog so if you haven’t signed up to follow, you can do so at the bottom of your screen, just click the follow button and enter your email. Easy Peasy.

Until the next time

Janet

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