Thursday, October 21, 2010
Last october 20th,2009 I decided it was time to get serious about losing weight and getting healthier in general. On August 31,2005 I lost my mother to pancreatic cancer after being diagnosed 30 days earlier. It really threw me for a loop and my weight just ballooned from then on. My mom kept telling me, Debbie lose weight before you hit 40 because after that it is twice as hard to lose it. Well 45 came and went and I was still overweight. After She died, I promised myself I would lose weight, not for her, but for me so that my children wouldn't lose their mother at too young an age.(mom was 75 but very contemporary and modern for her age). It really took me 4 years to get over her death and finally I was ready. I had been lurking on Sparkpeople for a while but NOW was the time. I was very successful and lost 50 pounds in the first 6 months. Then I started having back problems and have been sidelined for a while. I have lost another 10 pounds for a total of 60 pounds but did not meet my 1 year goal of 75 pounds. I feel good, look great and am SOOO very happy that my children are proud of me. So, I didn't meet my goal of 75 pounds but I know I have added years to my life and 15 pounds is a much more manageable amount of weight to lose over time. I have been told that I look 10 years younger too. Hey, who wouldn't want to look 42 instead of 52(actually I have 6 more days of being 51).
My Daughter just recently said to me "mom, now you can wear a really nice and sexy mother of the bride dress to my wedding" I thought to myself,yeah,It will be nice to not wear a frumpy tent like dress.
My 35th High School reunion will be coming up in 2011 and even though I have never gone to any of my previous ones, I will go this one without having my weight be the deciding issue to not go.
My Dad who lives in Florida has not seen me since last thanksgiving(I had lost 20 by then) will be coming up north for thanksgiving this year and I know seeing me will put tears in his eyes... but good tears.
To be continued...... I have to have dinner and then off to the bowling alley to practice since I have not bowled for almost 2 years and will be subbing tomorrow night on my daughters league. I did have a 150 average when I stopped so hopefully I can get a decent score.