Last October I decided I needed to lose weight and joined Weight Watchers. My goal was to lose 55 lbs before I turned 55. Well that time has come and gone. I almost achieved that goal. I actually lost 47 lbs, but I’m still very very proud of that loss. I worked hard, but maybe I could have worked harder, but they say if you don’t reward yourself sometimes the weight you lose for is a life change not just a diet. So you need to reward yourself from time to time to achieve your goal! So I exercise and ate right – all fruits and veggies all the power foods. I’m not giving up…I’m going all the way. I’m hitting the chart of what I should weight for my height. I have 22 more lbs to lose.
There were times in my life that my weight gain had bothered me. Even though I am a working woman and out in the public all day long it didn’t bother me (all the time that is). As each year passed by and I was gaining more weight I kept telling myself that I was maintaining and was getting older and was getting the secretary spread (cause I sit all day long at a desk) that I was fine with it and it didn’t bother me UNTIL I had special events in my life and I had to dress up for.
Also, last spring it happened. I couldn’t get up as easily after bending down weeding. Gardening was getting harder and harder for me. One day as the phone was ringing I tried to run to get it. I couldn’t run! OMG these 2 events alone scared the hell out of me. No gardening and couldn’t run. I knew this was a sign that I needed to do something big time and really quick.
So I thought I would document 4 events in my life and compare that look to the 4 new looks I have going on right now. Of course I have tons of photos that I hate and would scare you to death if I showed you, so I narrowed it down to just 4 life events. I won’t show you any of my skinny photos from years and years ago cause they were far and few between. One picture that I can’t find that I just loved was a skinny picture of me after I had my son and finally lost all the weight was of me in my Jordache designer jeans with a plaid shirt and a white vest. I had gotten that outfit as a birthday present and I wore it all the time….so sad that I can’t find that picture.
1st picture is of me and my sisters at my son’s wedding in 1998. I had to buy a size 18 and could barely stuff my boobs in the shirt. We had a ball that night, but I always wanted to look as comfortable dressed up as my sisters always do. Here I am even taller than them and still bigger.
Ta Da same outfit different year. Went from an 18 to a 10! Love it!
My black and white outfits that I have many, but feel so much better in the new me.
Lela and me at the fair. God I was huge.
This picture is from my 50th birthday. I was out gardening and my family surprised me with a party, food and all. My son, Chris, got me my first cell phone that year. You can tell I just wanted to skip that birthday all together.
This picture is right after my 55th birthday! Made Chris take a picture early in the morning when I dropped off the kids. Yes, that is my new car!
This my friends is the new and improved ME! I can’t believe I have beat my last addiction in life and that is overeating and not being healthy. I will continue my journey to reach my goal of 140lbs at 5’4″ tall. This will make me a lifetime member with Weight Watchers. I’ve learned so much regarding maintaining this weight and I hope this means I will have a happy and heathy life as I age.
When I look in the mirror and catch my reflection I still giggle cause it is not only my weight loss, but also all that hair. Anyone that knows me hasn’t seen my hair that long in 30 years, so as I struggle to come up with a hair style I will continue to grow it long till I figure out what I am going to do with it. An idea will come soon!
So I must say turning 55 this year was so easy for me. I am enjoying life!