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.
. 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!!