Having Your Cake And Eating It Too

You know it’s about to be a new year, and some of us will be setting goals to do certain things. It’s been about 3 years now, and I’m still working on a goal I made and accomplished.  I made my goal, in fact I did a little better than I expected.  It was hard work, and still takes a lot for maintenance.  Oh, I’m talking about the dreaded weight loss goal.

I’ve always been a person who has exercised regularly, and thought for the most part I was eating healthy.  As I became a woman of a certain age, I was like most people–I needed to do something different.  So at the time I was exercising with Marsha, who owns So Fit, and she was constantly telling us to watch our diet, and of course we told her we were–kinda sorta, not really.  Since I was exercising I decided to do something different, I joined Weight Watchers on January 6, 2011 and made my goal and became a life member on December 1, 2011.

I’ve changed a lot of things while still maintaining my goal weight.  This year, our exercise group disbanded, and now I exercise with Ed who owns Impressive Fitness.  I still continue to walk with my friends, do walks for charity events, and attend other exercise classes when I can.  I’m still doing the Weight Watchers thing, and just about a month ago decided to do a fast–eating meat only twice a week.  My pastor said Saturday and Sunday, but I’ve changed that to whatever two days I want because it is the holiday season, and there are parties.  Getting more sleep or what I consider to be better sleep has become a must for me.  I purchased an adjustable mattress with massage features.  I can truly say I sleep well while trying to get at least 7 or 8 hours a night.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy weight loss is visible. Here I am with Pro Football Hall of Famer Floyd Little at the Taste of the NFL during the Super Bowl in February 2011. The next picture is a smaller me with Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith at the Treasure DSCF0048You Second Chances for Overcomers Awards program in January 2014.

Either the players were getting smaller or I was.  Do I think that I was too big, probably not, but I wanted to be back to my fighting weight.  Do I like to exercise?  Do you?  I do feel better when I do exercise, and when I eat better.

Take a look at the article below explaining why women of a certain age may have a harder time when it comes to losing weight.  The article is written by Ms. Yagana Shah.  You can follow her by emailing her at:  yagana.shah@huffingtonpost.com.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/09/losing-weight-when-you-are-older_n_6257216.html?utm_hp_ref=fifty&ir=Fifty

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  You can have your cake and eat it too–you just have to exercise and watch how much cake you are eating.

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thisisyourbestyear

This is my best year ever, and it can be yours too. When I turned 40, I thought it was the end of life as I knew it. When I turned 50, I knew it was the end. It was the end, the end of that year--nothing more and nothing less. I've retired, gone to another career, started a business, and have kept writing. I've taken classes including glass blowing, swing dancing and so much more. I'm making each year, my best year.

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