Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Journey down.....

Several of you....o.k. one person.....have asked how I have been losing weight, so I thought I'd share my journey. I call it my journey down to myself.


Weight was never a problem for me growing up.  I weighed 95 pounds on my wedding day.  After my first child, the weight just fell off.  After my second, not so fast but it did mostly go away.  Fast forward to the 40's.....that age where everything from your eyesight to your mood swings to your weight changes.  Ah, I managed to keep the weight in check until after I was married to the superhero and then the pounds started creeping up on me.....literally on me!  I got up to 135 and seriously thought I was obese.   


My younger sister has always been the thin one and the most fit one because she, unlike me, exercises regularly.  Below, we were all pretty thin, but I just like this picture of the three of us frolicking in the Gulf.  L to R ....oldest, Cathy, youngest Debbie and me.

When I got to 151 pounds, I KNEW I was officially overweight!  


So, when I was turning fifty, I decided I wanted to be fit by fifty and that didn't happen as you can see below.


I wasn't huge, but I wasn't where I needed to be so the next year I joined Weight Watchers and lost 31 pounds.  Oh, happy day!  All my bigger clothes were either taken up or given away because I was NEVER going to gain that weight back.  Have you ever said that???  That weight came creeping back on and in a few short years I had even exceeded my own personal highest weight!  I was disgusted at myself and my muffin top!  But never motivated to lose the weight even though I knew how.


Fast forward again and I realized that sixty was coming whether I was ready or not and I once again thought I don't want to keep this weight and I want to be sexy slim at sixty!


So.......and this is my huge secret.....I know you've all been waiting for this tip.....


I stopped eating like I was getting paid and was doing my part to get a raise.  Honestly, that's it in a nutshell.  I had been eating everything that couldn't get away and especially snacking constantly after 10 p.m. at night which we all know is a mistake.

 I started making better choices in the things I was eating and putting more protein in my diet.  If I get really hungry and feel myself caving, I get a spoonful of peanut butter. I'm eating a lot more fruit and salads and I'm happy to report I've lost 20 pounds.

So there's your weight loss advice and hope with me that I don't put it all back on.......just in case, I'm packing up my big girl clothes.


So if you want to join me in this journey down to a healthy weight, I promise to be supportive!

18 comments:

Loui♥ said...

NancyG~
true confession..
you and I could've been sisters..
my sis and I were always very thin..
we lead two totally different lifestyles.. but we are discussing me..(She has lost weight, her clothes are fitting much better and she looks really good!!
159 was my wake call.. and I am well over the age you are approaching! i am now fluctuating between 132 and 135.. my goal was to be the weight i was when i arrived here 7 years ago..129..
which also happened to be the most I EVER weighed in my life,,thatwas right before delivering my son in 1967!
I'm not giving up..not on weight loss..just on the the stuff which makes me gain weight!
Loui♥

Juli said...

Honey, 135 IS my goal weight. But I'm happy where I'm at, and I know when I'm ready the weight will come off.

I'm just not ready.

But 20 lbs? That's Awesome. And done in a way that it won't come back is even better. :)

Deb said...

I know what you mean...I lost 70 lbs 3 years ago...kept it off for 2 years...then put back on 15...now working on getting it off....I refuse to move up a size...keep up the good work...

Tami said...

I so need the support. I too was always 95lbs in high school. After my first son I was 105, after the second 110, third 115. Not too bad. But now I am 43 and at 135. This is the highest weight I've ever been. 135 doesn't sound like a lot but I have a pilsbury dough boy muffin top that makes me look like I am preggers! I need to eat healthier and make better choices.
Thanks for this post. It helps me feel like I am not alone.

Dawn said...

You have just written my script. To the letter, except the numbers are higher here. Remember that 42 I lost two years ago? All back PLUS!! So disgusted. Now I'm on the journey back down again and this time I MUST not gain it back!! I'm with you, girlfriend.

Sweet Tea said...

I could sign my name to exactly what you have written, except that my weight struggle began when I had a hysterectomy 9 yrs ago. I just can't seem to take off any weight since my estrogen has left...'Course I must confess to a sweet tooth. YAY for YOU!!

Cathy said...

And all these months, I thought I was your inspiration!!

nancygrayce said...

Oh, dear sister, you absolutely got me started! I couldn't be the biggest sister!!! :)

Cathy said...

Well, I still have to be the oldest!!!

Stephanie said...

Sometimes the simple route really is the best route:)

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Eating like I was paid and doing my part to get a raise ... that's exactly how I got overweight. I substituted healthier choices and smaller portions ... but it's still a daily struggle ... keeping the weight off is every bit as difficult as taking it off. Praying that this time will be "IT" for you!

Needled Mom said...

Congratulations! 20 pounds is awesome. I do think you are approaching it the right way too. So many of these crazy diets fail. I'll bet you feel much better too.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Thank you for sharing. I was 105 when I got married and also lost the weight after my children were born. When I reached 60 last year I knew I would not live a long life if I didn't get my weight down. Way to go, keep up the excellent job your doing. I am currently on a plateau and it's driving me crazy!!!!

Donna said...

Oh Lordy...I'll be 61 this Summer and I need to lose MY 20 pounds...I sis behind a desk ALL day...I started using my treadmill on Tuesday...slow incline for 15 minutes everyday for now. Any suggestions Nancy?
hughugs

Craziness abounds said...

Way to go! I'm so proud of you! You know what's going on with me but soon I hope to be back where I want to be. I'm not huge but if I keep going I'm gonna be. You gave sound advice here. Again Bravo! I'm so proud of you. (although I think you looked great in all these pictures )

Mimi said...

I AM SO PROUD of you!!!But I love you thin or well, eating like you get paid!!!!That was the funniest thing I have ever read!!!!!Laughing over here!!!But I hear ya!!!!I call it my Menopause 15 , it likes me and likes living around my middle.......my Muffin top...my neighbor is a GYN/OB, she is an overweight MOM of 3 at about age 40....she says GOD puts that weight around the middle for a reason.....what kills most older women????FALLS....not the falls exactly. but initially....she said they fall, break something....like a hip. then LIE in Bed and end up with Pneumonia and subsequently die from that......she says the extra weight protects you.....NOW do I believe this theory??Not sure....but I do think she may have been nice to me and could have said YEAH, you need to lose that weight...or perhaps because of her own weight issues, she was just making excuses!!But I say this....don't just sit back and do nothing...I will get motivated and lose 10 of my friendly menopause 15 and then in a 2 month period it creeps back on....I so far have not gained more then the 15.....
GOOD LUCK to you and my HAT is OFF to you!!!!!
The fee for storage space used to be 5.00 per year....I have paid that once or twice...now it is 2.99 per month.....I think I get charged more due to the SIZE of my pics...I use a professional camera and the images are larger jpeg size ranges from 1.0 to 5 or 6...so if you use a typical point and shoot, you are probably good for along time!!!!
hugs 2 U,
jamie

thouartloosed said...

Dang. I was HOPING that you had a weight-loss secret.
But you are motivating me to do lose it one more time with feeling!

debi said...

I'm in for 20 pounds!
Weighed 117 when I married...at 5"10 I was often called anorexic...truth was I ate anything without a heart beat and never gained a pound.
Weighed 137 when my Dad died in 2008...hot fudge sundae's made me feel better....ugh...not for long. Back surgery and the recovery(not) has limited my mobility some....tipped the scale at 162 and that sent me to Weight Watchers in 2011. Got down to 148 then Mom died May 2012...yesterday at the doc....159....Ugh...
So you go girl and thanks for the kick in the "big" girl panites! It's starts today.

Hugs!