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Observations on turning 63

Friday, September 15, 2017

Wednesday was my 63rd birthday. I say this not for birthday wishes but to make a few observations on my life. It seems that since I had my first child when I was 21 years old, I've been "fighting" my weight. emoticon . I can remember approximately 25 years ago as clear as a bell the day my daughter (I believe she was in early high school at that time) said to me in a dressing room as I was trying on pants that were way too tight but the size I was squeezing myself into at the time, "Mom, why don't you just buy the next size up and quit trying to squeeze into these?" You know what, I did and then I ended up going up at least one more size. I had never fit into that size again! I really think I should have kept fighting it then and maybe I wouldn't have gotten as heavy as I finally did. My high weight I believe was about 220. Fast forward to a little over 4 years ago. Still fighting my weight. My son lost his wife to cancer at the young age of 35. A month later I went into the extra bedroom and cleaned out the closet and tried on and gave away a double bed piled 4 and 5 high with clothes that were too small. 2 months later, something clicked and I gave up soda, white carbs and sugar and lost about 30 pounds. So, I could have fit into those clothes but, alas, they were gone. I sewed jeans sew I could wear them without them falling off and stayed at that weight for about a year and a half and then it started creeping up again until I had gained about 12 to 16 of it back. A light bulb came on this spring and I have now lost over 21 pounds putting my total at around 40 since I actually began losing 4 years ago. I am healthy. I love to Jazzercise and food doesn't seem to have a hold over me. I know I will have to be vigilant and not fall back into old habits but I feel more content than I have in years with my weight. And guess what??? I can now fit into the size jeans that 25 years ago my daughter told me to quit squeezing into!!! And, at 63 years old, other than no longer being able to smell I am very healthy and am on no medications! If I can do it, so can you!!
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  • STANBUSH
    Great story. And I know how you feel. I have a closet full of them! I'm going to be back in them soon.
    I'm 62 btw.
    Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by the other day. I appreciate it.
    757 days ago
  • RUN-GIRL71
    I am so happy for you
    All your hard work is paying off my dear friend
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    775 days ago
  • GRAYGRANNY
    I kept the baby weight for years...thyroid issues took it off, got thyroid under control and back it came...yo-yo's are suppose to be toys to play with...not them to play with you. emoticon Finally after heart attack more than a light bulb lite up emoticon ...got my butt to moving....congrats on the weight down and getting into jeans you desperately wanted to years ago
    790 days ago
  • MOONGLOWSNANA
    I had my first baby at 21 also. Then I had 4 more beautiful babies, gaining more weight with each one. I've ben going up and down since then, and now I need to get down to something more reasonable so that I can have a knee replacement. I've lost about 20 pounds in the past three months after my doctor changed one of my meds because she thought it might be contributing to my latest weight gain. So I am on a downward trend again for awhile. Let's hope it continues for a long while! It's just not easy to lose weight at any age, but it's really difficult when it's hard to exercise. Congrats on your success! Take care and keep Sparking!
    790 days ago
  • SKYDRAKE
    Happy belated birthday. Still learning about yourself is awesome. You are doing fantastic.
    791 days ago
  • BLUE7684
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    791 days ago
  • LJK091354
    Thanks everyone. It felt good just to write it down. Linda
    791 days ago
  • 7STIGGYMT
    I pretty much did what you did. I've lost the same pounds so many times! This time, my attitude is different. I NEVER want to be fat again.
    792 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Great blog. You have worked hard and should be proud. Happy Belated Birthday. emoticon
    792 days ago
  • MYTIMEOK
    I hope you had a wonderful birthday 🎉 and your light bulb story resonates with me very strongly! It's always darkest before the dawn. I gave away a bunch of clothes after resigning myself to my new weight. Then like magic I found SparkPeople!
    792 days ago
  • INPRAYER
    Well stated!
    793 days ago
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