A bit about myself: I am 51 years old...52 in May.
I am a wife....have been for 32 years to a man who is my soul mate and best friend and who is about as opposite to me in personality as one can get....this keeps things from getting boring! :)
I am a Mother to three amazing young men and a Mother-in-law to three amazing young women!
I am a Gramma to 10 wonderful, awesome, cute grand-children (do I sound a little "over-the-top"?) 5 boys and 5 girls...ages 2-9. They are the lights of my life and a huge part of the reason I want to be healthy in every way going in to my "golden years"
I love to sing, play piano and guitar, I am an artist and I love to create whether on canvas, creating cards or crochet. I've always been a reader, a movie watcher and a shopper...I am a "fashionista"!
OK....so why the blog???
The main focus is going to be on the ups and downs...the challenges of being physically healthy in my 50's+.
I have struggled with my weight my entire life...starting at age 10 or so. In my adult life I've been up and down 70-80 pounds a couple of times (my first pregnancy I gained 90 or so pounds and then had 3 babies in 3 years) Then again in 1999 I lost 70 pounds only to gain it all back over the course of a few years. Then On Jan 2, 2012 I, once again had an "aha" moment. I realized there were no pictures of me with my grandbabies over the holiday season because I had gotten so heavy again I didn't want my picture taken. I determined I was not going to go into my 50's overweight and unhealthy. I had 16 months until I turned 50 and I joined Weight Watchers that very day. Over the next 20 months or so, I lost 75 pounds....YAY!!! I became more active and was a much happier overall healthier person.
Here are some before pics:
And here is a pic after 50 pounds lost:
And then...some challenging personal times came along and I, being the emotional eater that I was, started falling in to some bad habits again...before I knew it...20 pounds back on as of mid January 2015.
I definitely was feeling terrible...having back problems again and just and an overall sluggish, lousy feeling.My clothes were getting TIGHT...I knew I needed to something or I would end upright back up where I had been. So I prayed! Weight Watchers was a wonderful program for me and I have had great success with it a couple of times in my life... I tried doing WW again and I just couldn't seem to get back into it. I think I grew weary of trying to write down and "track" all my food.....so I continued praying! Then I met a woman who I had briefly known back in 1999. She recognized me from when we had both attended WW mtgs. then. We got to talking and she shared with me a program she was about to start and invited me to an informational seminar.
This program tackles 4 things that are important to me and that I needed. 1: It is designed to burn fat...esp. belly fat. 2: It is "clean eating" way of life...little to no packaged, full of preservatives foods. 3: Blood sugar levels even out and the sugar cravings disappear 4: If done properly, you see and feel results fairly quickly...which I needed. My back was in seriously bad shape!
Are you intrigued??? Stay tuned for post #2 and I will introduce this program to you and let you know what my results have been so far (today ends week 2 for me). I will share with you my day to day challenges and the victories...what's working and what is not. How I am going to make this a way of life and not just a "diet" And how I am going to keep myself accountable.