I started attending Weight Watchers over 40 yrs. ago, when I was in high school. WOW...that makes me sound really OLD! The closest meeting was 90 miles- one way! My mother and I went together. I think she was doing it more for me than for her. She didn't want me to experience life as a fat person like she had. I guess I wasn't ready back then. In my mid-20's I went back to WW, and took off 75 lb. I didn't recognize the person that I saw in the mirror. I went thru a dramatic physical change, but never really accepted my weight loss emotionally. I'd never had to deal with attention from the opposite sex, or jealousy from other women. I didn't even know how to accept a compliment. I gradually gained the weight back. It made me feel safe.
Over the years I have lost 50 lb here...75 lb there, but I would always gain it back, +more, of course. I finally get it. Weight loss is not just physical...it's mental, and emotional. Even spiritual. I have all of the tools that I need here at SparkPeople, and at my WW meetings. I'm not afraid of failing. I'm not afraid of succeeding! It took me 40 years to get to this place- IT*SNEVER2LATE!!!
*TRIBUTE TO BETTY~*
Betty Boop is a legend we grew up with
and a lady with class,
She can be a cowgirl or princess,quiet or
sometimes full of sass.
We can decide her mood for the day
and create her image anew,
She's got clothes most only dream of,
that's what we love to do.
Our imagination's can travel far with
So here's to you Betty,a big
Set short-term goals to
lower my blood sugar levels- OFF my insulin as of Jan/2011 WOO HOO!
Lose the weight slowly (as if I have a choice!)
Eat every 3-4 hrs to keep my blood sugar level.
Track my food intake & Fitness mins.
Eat breakfast within 1 hr. after waking.
Doing WW. I like the flexibility of the program, & learning how to make healthy choices, yet still be able to splurge when I chose. Will attend my meetings weekly. I also have a couple of WW SparkTeams that I joined. WW & Sparks go great together.
Start out moderate on my recumbent exercise bike, say 30 mins. 3-4X/Week. I have a Tai Chi DVD I'm gonna try.
I keep FAITH at the center of my life. I want to be able to enjoy the last 1/3rd of my life...hiking, road trips, State Parks & Vintage shops, Historical stops (ie.FREE stuff!) Also, on my bucket list, I'd like to go to Antique Archealogy (American Pickers) since it's less than 2 hrs. away
I live in Iowa, surrounded by corn fields, great old barns, wildlife, beautiful sunsets, crazy-cool thunderstorms,ditches full of wildflowers,and the Amish .
I'm 58-years young (too immature to be old!). I enjoy Christian music & classic oldies (Beatles,Fleetwood Mac,Tears For Fears), I like watching Iowa Hawkeye Basketball, Grandslam Tennis , Recipe hunting (for 1-2) I LOVE to watch PBR (Professional Bull Riding) Don't know HOW I got hooked on that!?! ,Dancing with the Stars,Biggest Loser. I'm a huge Joyce Meyer fan...got the bumper sticker & the rhinestone JESUS pin! And,obviously!, I'm a BETTY B00P fan :) She's the BOMB!
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135 days ago
Thanks for your sweet comments on my page. I still struggle with protein even four years out from surgery. I rarely get my 60 g a day. I shoot for 135-195 carbs a day, but unless I'm having a really bad day I'm usually on the low side of that number, too. I am religious about my daily vitamins, calcium, D3 and monthly B12 shot though, so I don't seem to be any worse for the wear.
I can't even remember where I got the carb numbers, but I think I went to some website that evaluated my age, activity level etc and recommended that range for me. I turned 63 in March and while I'm far more active than I was before surgery, I don't work at a formal exercise routine.
In the first year or two after surgery I worried a lot about my failure to reach protein and fiber goals and felt guilty about exercise, but I gradually realized that I am far healthier than I was before and as long as my health holds steady and I feel good, I don't fret too much anymore. The one issue I've had since surgery is low blood sugar. Never had that problem before, but now I have to be careful about it.
Keep in touch and don't hesitate to ask questions either directly to me or in the monthly chat forum.
1372 days ago
I was reading you post and it was like you were telling my story. I remember the times when I lost weight and people would tell me how good I looked and it was like something clicked in my head and said that's enough and then the weight would come back. I fully understand the feeling safe concept, all my life I have been overweight, the feelings of rejection from kids at school, feeling I wasn't worthy or too scared to try anything new because of my weight. I look back now and feel regret that I allowed myself to miss out on so much. I turned 40 last year and I don't want to miss out on any more of my life. Thank you so much for sharing your story, I never knew that there were others who felt that way.
1534 days ago
I have been off spark people for a long time and am glad you are still here--I lived in New Mexico back when we were friends before. Glad to see you are off insulin that is my goal for 2013.
1540 days ago
Health is the greatest possession.
Contentment is the greatest treasure.
Confidence is the greatest friend.
Non-being is the greatest joy.
- Lao Tzu -
Have a wonderful day
1862 days ago