Here I am at 68, 335 lbs, . 235 lbs, after 100 lbs loss. Then goal 135 lbs.
When I embarked on this weight loss, some women I knew thought I was wasting my time. I should lose a little, but don't try to go back to who I was before the weight gain. After all the time had passed. I should accept that women change, we get old. gain weight, hormones change. I would only make myself miserable when I realized I was fighting a loosing battle.
One women even said, "There are women dying at your age, so just be happy you're still here and enjoy what time you have."
These well meaning women had bought in to the stereotype that at a certain age or time in our lives we have to become what society, the media, clothing manufactures have perpetuated for years.
Women get old, gain weight, become matronly or more like an 1900 grandmother image. Start wearing polyester pants with stretch waist bands, wear tops that have cats, dog, birds on them. Skirts with matching sweaters, or vest sweaters. Usually with flowers.
I worked in a women department store, I know what we sold and what the biggest sellers were.
You don't have to fit in to anyone's stereotype . Not till you are ready to assume that persona.
I was never anxious to disclose the image of me at 335 lbs. I am a vary private person, and also vain. I hated the way I looked. The way I felt.
I didn't know the person I would see reflected back at me in the mirror.
In my mind I was still the vivacious, energetic, attractive blond of past years.
It was like the Body Snatchers had taken over. The Tisha I knew was just waiting to be released.
It did take me a little time to adjust to the fact that 15 years had passed and my life was going to be different. But it was going to be a life. One filled with enjoyment, good health and a purpose of reaching out to other senior women, and men with the message that it's never too late in life to make changes for the better
In 2012 I did apply for People magazine weight loss issue. But I didn't fit the demographics. They are looking for young to middle aged women.
When I researched there was hardly any women past 60 shown in a weight loss /health magazine.
So I was limited to my local area, a few weight loss seminars I attended as a speaker.
A month or so ago was asked if interested in submitting my story to First Women Magazine.
I sent them pictures, brief bio, and a message that I wanted to reach out to others in my age bracket and give them the hope and motivation that even in your late 60's it's not to late to make changes that enhance your life.
A few weeks passed and I heard that they were interested. needed more info.
By that time I was involved in some thing, didn't get back right away.
A week went by and I got an e-mail telling I had been chosen. It was green light.
All ahead go.
I had been ready to tell them take me out of the running, I was too busy in other parts of my life.
I am a firm believer in fate and destiny so, I feel comfortable doing this article.
I feel it was meant to be,
I just got a email telling me about the photo shoot.
There will be a photographer, a stylist, makeup artist and hair stylist.
I'm too chose two outfits , minimal jewelry. No dark colors. They sent some pictures of what would be good clothing choices.
They wanted to know if I had good light at my home they would come here to do the shoot. Will take about 4 hours.
I don't, small apartment, medium light.
But my sister in law has a gorgeous place with lots of light, she offered it as a location, so that's it.
take place next week, or before Thanksgiving. Need to have photos in to the editor by Nov. 30.
The issue will be out 2/9/2015.
I used to model. Was a Clairol model. Janzen , and White Stag to name a few.
I was still doing some modeling in my 40's. Here's a picture
That Tisha is long gone. But I'm very happy with the one that I am right now.
Looks change, mind grows, we adjust and hopefully we are better people as time goes by.
Just remember if it's 10 lbs or 200 lbs, you have to take the first step.
And if it is 200 lbs, just keep on taking those steps. You will be so glad you did.
I never said it was easy, but it's so worth it.Celebrate 73 next month. Life's Good!!
Peace and Love Tisha