I have been so preoccupied with my different ailments that have seemed to shadow my life relentlessly. I have failed to notice the speed at which the calendar is speeding through the days.
Back in October I spoke with Lisa Maxbauer, a writer with First for Women magazine. She was interested in doing an article on weight loss. One that stressed the importance of vitamin D.
Which my Doctor absolutely says is very important in the obesity, weight loss program.
When a persons BMI is above 30, they can't absorb the amount of vitamin D that our bodies need.
When I started the weight loss program , I was put on 4000 iu a day of vitamin D. Which is more than double the usual daily amount.
I sent in my info and after a week, was asked for more info.
I was ready to tell her I was too occupied to continue when I got an e mail saying the article was a go.
I was contacted by Christie Geiger, photo editor. She set up the photo shoot. Filled me in on what to expect, etc,
Here's the call sheet,
I signed all right of photos over to magazine. The photographer, Ty Milford who was a fantastic man, said after publication he would send me the pictures.
I checked his resume, he has photographed some big business's .
He was so nice to work with.
Patty Harding was the stylist and make up artist. She worked wonders
with me. Absolutely took 10 years off me with just make up. Even had me in false eye lashes.
I still looked like me , just more polished. Not as soft and casual. Even with the younger look, not one I would want to try and maintain .
The shoot took place at my sister in laws. She was allowed to take some pictures of the preparations. Used my phone camera.
I had agreed to participate in this article to reach more women of a certain age group.
Since most weight loss stories are focused on a younger women, the senior age group is forgotten.
Well we still exist and many might want to adjust their weight and make changes, but need motivating and encouragement.
I thought since I didn't start my on my weight loss program till I was 68 and very obese, here's a picture at 335 lbs. Taken Dec. , 24, 2009.
Just before Christmas got an email from Christie, asking if I had another before photo. The one shown, I had sent in as my before picture and it was so degraded, would not copy in magazine.
One thing I was adamant about during my most obese years were NO photos.
The only known one of me was this one. If I had known it was being taken, I would have not permitted it.
Of course since then I have regretted not having some pictures. They are important for comparison.
The only other picture showing my obesity was taken after losing 100 lbs.
I told Christie this and sent it in. But they need an original copy of my before or one that showed my original weight at the beginning of journey.
The magazine was up against an deadline, not giving me time to try to get a better copy or locate another picture,
The article was postponed.
I didn't blog this, waiting to see if it was assigned another date.
Since this was an winter shoot, doubt if will be in any other publications.
Whether the story will every be published, I don't know
Am I disappointed?, Sure.
Am I devastated ? No.
Disappointed that my story won't reach more women.
Looks like I will have to find another way to tell senior women it's never too late to make lifestyle changes.
If you're happy with your life as it is, live it, enjoy.
But if you think some weight loss might enhance your happiness. If you feel you could do better in the exercise area, do something about it.
I embarked on my weight loss in order live. At 335 lbs I was dying. Too many ailments that were obesity related. Doctor gave me about two years.
All those ailments were eliminated with the weight loss.
I have no idea how many years I will live. but I've already passed the two years given me in Oct . 2009.
Looks like I'm winning,
Sorry if I have disappointed you, but things happen and life goes on.
It's all good.
One door closes another opens.
Peace and Love