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It’s Time! Reveal Time that is!

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.

Plus I was tnot only the biggest but also the tallest so I had to stand down the curb.

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.

 Grandma and Lela.  She’s almost 8 yrs old and I turned 55 in August.  This year it feels great cause I feel great!

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!

This entry was posted on August 30, 2012. 4 Comments

The new me!

I always told myself that if I ever get over 200 lbs I would finally do something about it.  Well that time has come.  After last years vacation I was looking at my vacation photos and I decided I had to do something drastic.  See for yourself.  Here I was enjoying a wonderful walk through a garden in Ann Arbor MI just loving my day and then I have to look at the dreaded photos.

Yeh, I looked – but it still didn’t sink in till I watched the show on OWN TV last summer that Oprah had on about eating addiction.  All these woman went to a clinic in NC to help them overcome their eating addition and boy did that hit home.  By September I was ready to do something.  Even after all the years I collected exercise videos, diet books and cook books and watched Oprah and Dr Phil and Dr Oz and I knew my health was not good – I still did nothing.  Then I watched an episode of Dr Oz and he was talking about Transformation Nation and I could win 1 million dollars to join and all I had to do was get weighed in at any Weight Watchers and follow him through this journey on the computer.  I knew this was the way I was going to go.  Lose weight and win the money.  Well October 2, 2011 I went and weighted in.  I was 207.9lbs.  After talking to the Weight Watchers lady there I was curious about the program.  I had heard about Weight Watchers all my life.  My Mother had joined and my best friend from high school joined and she was doing wonderful.  I thought why not.  I have never taken time for myself and I needed and really wanted to beat this last addiction I have.

I decided there and then I was going to lose 55 lbs  by my 55th birthday, August 15th.  So I signed up!  Picked Monday nights to be my meeting night so I couldn’t cheat over the weekend and that really holds me accountable for my weight loss.  I have to pay to lose weight, plus I have to weigh in every week…that really keeps me on track.  I know it is hard to believe that it works but it does.  They teach you how to eat in the most direct and simple way there is.  It is like an ah hah moment and why didn’t I think of that.

It has been 25 weeks since I joined and I have lost 32lbs.  I eat right and exercise everyday.  I leave for work 1/2 early go to the mall and walk.  I progressed to 60 knee lifts, 50 squats, 50 push-ups (that is against the wall haven’t worked up to the real ones yet) along with my stretch band I do it all, even my stomach presses on the benches in the mall.  You see I’m not the only one.  There are many people at the mall hoping for the same thing I am doing.  We greet each other with a warm smile and a strong “Good Morning!”  I am so proud of the fact that I have over come my food addiction.  As August gets closer I know I am ready to turn 55 and I know this year will be amazing and I can’t wait.  Bring it on!

During one of my meeting at Weight Watchers our leader suggested getting something that would be an inspiration to me and help me focus on my weight loss.  Anyone that knows me knows that I hate clothes shopping.  I usually find one good top and then go buy it in all the colors available. 

When you grow up with 2 petite sisters, one older and one younger and I was always the biggest it is hard to shop for clothes.  Well that day I went shopping I found a cute little black and white sweater dress that I just loved.  Didn’t try it on and bought it anyways.  I was already down 1 size and I bought some new pants also that day and the dress was a super bargain.  So drum roll please…here is my first new little black dress with my new weight:

I wore it to work yesterday and everyone commented on how great I look.  I haven’t worn a dress or nylons in years to work and I loved it and it felt good!  I can’t wait to lose the other 23lbs for my 55lb loss.  Weight Watchers goes by the height chart so I should weight 131-146 so if I get down to the 146 I still have 31 more lbs to lose.  I think I will go for it. 

One more picture cause I have to show off my new china cabinet and china I just got, plus my new weight.  Maybe I can have enough nerve to get some clothes with lots of color now!  LOL

Here I come 55 can’t wait! See ya all very soon!

This entry was posted on April 4, 2012. 4 Comments

You won’t believe this!!!

Last October I decided to trim these 2 Lilac bushes.   The first one I wacked all the way down and the other one I trimmed all the shoots off the bottom branches to make into a tree.  It looks so much better all cleaned up.  Well then I decided to keep some of the branches to spray paint for my winter interest in my pots around the house.  So I just put some branches in the shed and in late November I took them out and spray painted some silver and some red to randomly stick them into all my pots around the house to start decorating for the winter season.  I don’t call it Christmas decorating just in case I don’t get far with the decorating of the outside of the house so I call it winter interest or season.  Which works out for me this year cause I never did get any Christmas lights up.

 Well lo and behold I decided to check out my pots last week and see how I could clean them up.  Even though it is warm outside it is way to early to spring plant and I noticed that most of my lilac sticks were budding out and one set of sticks not only had buds but also had lilacs on them.  Can you believe that!!! 

 here is the one that already bloomed too! 

 I just can’t believe it is that easy to do.  Now I have to find a place to plant all these new Lilac bushes that will look dumpy for a while, but as an avid gardener that I am, you know I can’t throw anything away. I don’t even thin out my transplanted seeds I pull each one out and replant.  This excited me to know end.  Well on to finding them a place to rest and grow.  I have a little time for that since it isn’t ready to clean out my pots yet, but I do need to transplant all 389 various plant plugs I bought Saturday.  Do you know that I make my own pots out of newspaper!  Oh yeh I am the obsessed gardener!  Have a great beginning of your Spring, mine is off to a great start!