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Friday, November 14, 2014

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!!
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    You inspire me more than I can say. You are one of my heroes. :)
    2179 days ago
    Oh, Tisha, how awesome...I must see if I can find that magazine!
    You are the most awesome inspiration!
    Many thanks and hugs for your great blogs and motivation!
    2183 days ago
    YOU ARE HOW OLD? With every picture I see of you I see another person. You keep changing...You really are an inspiration and that's no lie.

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    2251 days ago
    You have a wonderful story. I can't wait to get that magazine . I'm pretty sure First is where I first read about Spark People. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2251 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4300142
    I just stumbled across your page. I think you are awesome! Love your attitude. And congratulations on your weight loss and maintenance! You are such a great role model. emoticon
    2254 days ago
  • TERRYT55
    Terrific blog! Thank you
    2255 days ago
  • TERRYT55
    Terrific blog! Thank you
    2255 days ago
    emoticon I cannot wait to purchase the magazine and see my lovely Spark Friend Tisha in it. You are an inspiration and a terrific cheer leader!
    2255 days ago
    Congrats on getting picked for the magazine. You deserve it. You are a role model for all of us older ones, as well as the younger ones! You are so right--we might not be as young as we once were, but we are enjoying these years without the burden of added weight and the limitations that imposes upon us. Sometimes I wish I had lost weight when I was younger, so I could enjoy looking better more, without all the wrinkles and loose skin, but I am so grateful for feeling better, and being healthy enough to do everything I want, I don't mind so much not being as young as I once was. Keep us posted on the magazine and when it will come out. I will be first in line to buy a copy!!!
    2255 days ago
  • QTEALADY20031
    Tisha, as you know you are quite an inspiration to me! Congratulations on being chosen, I am so happy for you! I agree with you about the age, it seems that everything you read or even if you want info on make-up or anti-aging products, it seems like they tell you up to the 50's. I guess they think you cease to exist after the 50"s. This is a stand up and cheer for us 70's girls! You will do us proud! We show a new look to the 70's woman! Tisha, I understand how you feel. I didn't gain weight until I retired from nursing. I always looked good in my clothes and could always turn a head. I have done some changes and am really serious about the weight loss at this point. No more playing around for me! Tisha, you look fantastic. I cannot wait to read "your story". You will feel like a movie star with all the staff fussing over you. lol Enjoy and let everyone know life continues after 70 and that you can lose weight even as a senior woman! emoticon June
    2256 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    emoticon emoticon They couldn't have picked a better candidate emoticon
    2256 days ago

    You are one heck of a lady

    loved what you said
    " 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."
    2256 days ago
  • no profile photo DIASTER
    You will let us know the min. that magazine comes out I hope. You continue to amaze and inspire me to keep plugging away. Am so proud of you.
    2257 days ago
  • RDEE22
    Tisha you are emoticon ! Have a great time with the photo shoot. I won't see the magazine in Australia. I hope they have a website I can check out.
    2257 days ago
    Tisha you give me hope! emoticon I'm 64 and been in the obese category for almost 20 years...before that I was in the normal range most of my life, but then went into overweight and finally stuck in obese. I was never a model at 5 feet tall nor a beauty queen so I have no old glam photos- but I looked cute and would never have dreamed I'd ever be heavy. Lately even though I know better from being here on Spark I think at my age maybe things won't change. You are an amazing inspiration and so positive. I would love to know your entire story some time or what you feel you can share about how you gained it and what all you did to lose it. The timing for the magazine sounds perfect- meant to be. I can't wait to read it. emoticon
    2257 days ago
    The best thing I did was not to tell anyone I was going to lose weight...I let the end product speak for itself!

    This is so great. I hope a lot of people share this article with seniors who may not read a magazine like First Women.

    Good luck with the photo shoot...and don't let them change you so much we wont know who you are... emoticon
    2257 days ago
    Congratulations! I am really looking forward to seeing that in the magazine when it comes out! Have fun at the photo shoot! Can't wait to hear about it!
    2257 days ago
  • JILL313
    Your friends years ago sure were discouraging and weren't concerned about your health, etc.. Maybe they were heavy themselves and didn't want to see you lose weight and look far better than they did? I have a very overweight friend and she's\so heavy she has to get on some kind of commercial scale to be weighted. Her whole life has become centered around food and every time I call her it seems she talks about the latest Restaurant she's been to or a food item she bought. I guess you'd say she has OCD when it comes to enjoying lots of food, eating out and talking about every time we talk.

    I'm so proud of you as you're still young looking and youthful thinking. You look fabulous and I'm sure everyone thinks you're a lot younger than you are. You always inspire me but right now due to my home Life with my son who has a severe mental illness this year has been horrible and very stressful for me. I pray by next year he will improve enough that I feel more motivated and can focus again on losing weight and being healthier.

    Wow, how exciting to be a model again and tell your story in a magazine. I definitely will get a copy of it and put it up on my fridge and it will remind me that even when I'm 67 years old I can and will do this for myself. Thank you for another wonderful blog.

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    2257 days ago
    That is one of my favorite magazines!! I always buy it! It is so cool that you will be in it! Can't wait to see you! Congratulations!
    2257 days ago
    Wow!! Can hardly wait to read the article when it hits the stands. You and your attitude are so very remarkable. Congratulations on your incredible journey to better health. emoticon ~ jeanne
    2257 days ago
    You are awesome! Show off your style in that magazine, good for you!!
    2257 days ago
    What an inspiration you are. Thank you for the blog!
    2257 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14959796
    You're a true inspiration. I'll look forward to reading your story in that paper. emoticon emoticon
    2257 days ago
    Congratulations on a great story - and a great weight loss. I did it in two steps - about 90 pounds, then two or three years gaining 20 pounds back, and then another 100 pounds. Now I'm 10 years older than you, at my high school weight, but definitely not at my high school composition. On the other hand, I'm still walking on my own knees and several medical problems have corrected themselves.

    You will be an inspiration to other women.
    2257 days ago
    You are a big inspiration for me. I am 68 and need to lose 140 lbs, I have started the SPARK program twice and dropped out but this time it feels different and I know I will stay on track

    I too have had people tell me to just live with the way I am and embrace it! and that when your my age it is impossible to lose weight and that I am not realistic. While I do not expect nor want to win beauty contests again, I do want to be able to go off my Blood Pressure med AND have more energy. The icing on the cake (oops, must get my mind off of cake) would be to be able to wear a tucked in shirt.

    You have truly given me inspiration and hope. I can't wait until the magazine comes out. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2258 days ago
  • DAWNESS0404
    Thank you for a very inspiring blog!! You rock!! Good luck with the photo shoot and have fun!
    2258 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13354694
    What an awesome blog/message!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    You are an inspiration!!!! emoticon
    2258 days ago
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