WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO LOSE?

Hello Friends!

Today I would like to discuss the issue of weight. If you are one of those naturally thin people who has never had to worry about losing weight, you can skip this post. Come back next week. πŸ˜‰

Most women have either wanted to lose weight, tried to lose weight, wished they could lose weight, talked about losing weight or lost weight and gained it back. Some have even lost weight and kept it off. I have done all of the above. Many times. Except for the last one. I have done that only a few times.

At the present time, I am in the cycle of trying to lose weight. When I started this blog, my intention was to share my experiences so that other people could learn to dress better and look better if they wanted to. I realized that in order to help anyone, I would need to be open and honest, and share the good and the bad, so that people could learn from my mistakes.

In the spirit of honesty and full disclosure, I decided to share (ON THE INTERNET!) things that I had spent my whole long life trying NOT to let anyone find out about–my weight and my age. This was a big decision for me. I can’t remember the last time I had told anyone how old I was, and probably had never told anyone how much I weighed.

But I did it. And the world did not come to an end. In fact, I felt freer. It felt good to just put it out there, and let people think whatever they wanted to.

HOWEVER–because I had published it and had gotten kind of used to the honesty thing, I had to do some thinking when I realized I had gained some weight. I no longer weighed what I purported to weigh. So I had two choices…edit my About Me page and publish my “real weight” or try to lose it. I opted for number two. My clothes were not fitting right, and as much as I love to shop, I did not want to buy a whole new wardrobe of clothes in a bigger size.

I also realized that I had gotten in a bad habit of just eating whatever. I knew that I needed to eat more fruits and vegetables, so I decided to return to the Mother Ship, which for me is Weight Watchers. Weight Watchers is not fast. But I have done it several times, and it works.

When I follow the plan, I consistently lose about a half-pound a week. I have been doing it for almost nine weeks and have lost seven pounds. I feel better and have more energy. And my clothes are starting to fit right again. I need to lose another five or six pounds to be back to the mid-range of my posted weight, so looks like I will be doing this for a few more months. Even then, I will still not be thin, so don’t worry. You can still learn from me how to dress a chunky body!

If you are looking for some dramatic before and after pictures, you will be disappointed. I believe that I am good enough at camouflage and disguise that most of you probably did not realize I had gained weight. πŸ˜‰

But I knew it, and because I care about and respect my readers so much, I wanted to make sure I was continuing to be open and honest; having said that, you will notice that I have not put any numbers in this post. I am happy to share my age and weight, but I am only putting this information in one place, and if you want to know it you will have to look for it! πŸ˜‰

The title of this post reflects more the idea of “What have you got to lose by being honest?” more than asking you if you need to lose weight. Women of every size and shape can dress well and look nice, and I don’t think you have to lose weight to look good. It is just what I am doing right now, so thought I would let you know.

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9 thoughts on “WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO LOSE?”

  1. It’s always a little thrill to see you’ve posted again. Keep up the pace with your intended goal with Weight Watchers, one of the better plans. My neighbor sometimes shares her WW desserts with us. The other day she forgot to let me know she’d left something in the mailbox and the mail carrier ate my cake!

    I hope your ankle is healing quickly and look forward to seeing more posts with more outfits and tips. Your suggestion to make photos of our outfits is one of the best fashion tips I ever saw. I never realized that in the mirror is not always the view others see.

    Because I play the piano at our little Church, I take some back views of my outfits because that’s what people see as I’m going to the front. It might be a good idea if I started looking for dresses and tops with back interest now that I’ve thought about it.

    1. Hi Jean,
      I hope your mail carrier enjoyed the cake. So funny. Great idea about taking pictures from the back if you are going to be walking down the aisle. πŸ˜‰ Guess that’s why so many wedding dresses have beautiful back detailing. Thanks for the encouragement!

  2. Thanks for sharing your WW journey. As a 60-year old who has lost the same 30 pounds on WW about 4 times — the struggle is real. I joined WW AGAIN on Valentines Day. My special V-Day outfit was so tight and uncomfortable I just had to do it. In WW lingo: SW=153, CW=137, GW=130. LET’S DO THIS!!!!! PS — You still look great!

    1. Terrie, thanks for the words of encouragement. And congratulations on your CW. You are not that far from your GW! I wish I had started in February. I set my goal weight a little higher than that, because it is hard for me to maintain at that weight, but I will probably try to get there, so I will have a little leeway. Keep up the good work. πŸ™‚

  3. I am 66 yrs old and if there was one thing I would like to have it would be a constant weight. Every time I get to where I am comfortable and think I can stay there, I let my guard down and the pounds are back with a few friends. I joined WW in Jan. online but haven’t quite figured it out yet. lol

    1. Victoria, truer words were never spoken! I am doing the online version, and it is pretty simple once you get the hang of it. Basically just eat a lot more fruits, vegetables and protein, and a lot fewer carbohydrates. Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!

  4. I love the idea of this post! It is an issue that I have certainly struggled with as well! And you look fabulous in that adorable brightly patterned tunic/dress! Thanks for linking up with me and for keeping it real and honest!

    Shelbee

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