Muddling Along

Not great but a start in the right direction

It has been a long and challenging week or at least the end to last week was! Remember I told you last week about the hit run involving “The Mans” car? Well somewhere along the way I gave into temptations and had a few days of a “free for all”.

I got up Saturday morning and headed off to the meeting of the #Saturday7amsocialclub up a full 6 pounds from my first of the month weigh in and 5 full pounds from where I was on Wednesday morning!!! After that, off I went to meet with Jeff, my trainer. He was very supportive, and tried to make me feel better by telling me I was just carb-loading for our workout, lol! Now had that really been the case; yes, I would have gained that amount of weight and been “almost” ok with it. But, even I knew better. Of course there were plenty of carbs involved, along with fat and salt and other bits of junk!!!!

He worked my rear off….but then that is nothing new. I did leave ready to get it together. I had decided on Friday that enough was enough and started getting back to my regular way of eating, but lets face it; one day does not undo the damage. We skipped our Saturday date night. I know I had to leave it be. I was also planning on getting “The Man” to take me to breakfast on Sunday (yes there was a method to my madness, Lol). Two meals out was not feasible, under the circumstances. Considering part of the problem was eating take out several days last week, even one meal was pushing it.

I got up Sunday morning and weighed. I usually don’t do that on Sunday; I give the scale a day of rest. I had lost 1 of those interloping pounds. It almost made me rethink going out for breakfast; after all it was a holiday too and I knew what was on the menu for that.

We went anyway and went back to the “Iron Rooster” restaurant I told you about a couple of weeks ago. It was such a beautiful spring morning that they had the glass doors open and outside seating available. We weren’t quite sure about sitting outside so early in the morning yet, so we sat next to the open doors. It was a great mix of fresh air and sunshine.

We got one of those yummy homemade pop tarts to share again and I ordered the sausage gravy biscuit this time. There was only one biscuit, but it was HUGE!!!! I only  ate half of it and brought the rest home. I thought I would eat it later, but did not.

Doesn’t this look just too yummy? And trust me; it is!


On the way home I received a text from Jeff. He was sending some extra workout sets for this week!!! Can you believe that? Didn’t he have anything better to do on Easter Sunday morning? What was he doing spying on me? Maybe I shouldn’t have posted those pictures to instagram, in hopes of winning a gift card for another trip, lol!

Now if you notice, this says Monday. Does that mean I only need to do it one day, haha?  I haven’t heard otherwise, or received another text; as of yet, so? I should probably be careful what I say….I did do it Monday and Tuesday, so far, along with my other workouts; some I haven’t done in a while. He should be proud! Right? Of course, right!

Mondays weigh in was the same as Sundays, so I didn’t do too bad. As of this morning, I am happy to say I have rid myself of a bit more than two of those offending pounds. Not great, but a good start in the right direction. Now to keep the momentum going. Do you think Jeff’s extra curricula activities have contributed?

I have got back on the right food track, at least so far. How did I do it? Well, for starters I refused to go to the grocery store this week. We have enough food in this house to last through a “zombie apocalypse” so you can bet no on is going to go without. I knew a trip to the store would result in more junk food than real food (“The Man” is a junk food junkie, of the worst kind) being bought. By not bringing it in, it can’t be eaten. And lets face it; he doesn’t need it either. I think he insists on going to the store with me because he knows that’s the only way he will junk, lol!

How did you fare over the holiday? Are you fighting to get back on track, or did you have a plan and stick to it? Let me know! We are in the together!

I’m not sure if I’m going to participate in the style challenges for this week. I think it might be too much. We are gearing up for the arrival of the new grand little on Friday. This weekends challenge is: Date Night. If I manage of this weeks, it might be that; providing we go out and the weather is cooperative. That will be the challenge, this week.

I do have some new looks and ideas I want to share with you. I have been approached by Covered Perfectly (I’ve told you about them, previously, and showed some of my own items) to collaborate with them, and have accepted. I am so excited for this opportunity. Stay tuned for more to come.

The blog is now also being featured in the http://40plusstyle.com/women-over-40-blogger-community under lifestyle bloggers. You can go over there and check it out along with a great group of other bloggers.

I think I told you about joining The Fierce 50 Revolution, and hope to become one of the bloggers on the The Fierce 50 Campaign soon. If you would like to know about The Fierce 50 or join the revolution; you can request to join the Facebook page “The Fierce 50 Revolution”! What a great group of women! Many are blogger, but many are not. It’s a great group women lifting each other up!

Have you signed up for the email list yet? I will not sell or give your email away, it’s just so you will be the first to know when a new blog has been posted. I am trying to grow the subscriber list here on the blog along with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. You have helped so much with that; by liking, commenting, and sharing my posts. Facebook is closing in on 500 likes! Wow! That’s small compared to some, but it’s growing each day. I appreciate all your support and help.

You know I love hearing from you, so let me know what you think about all these latest “developments”.

Until the next time

Janet

Hide your Belly Challenge-Lunch with Friends

A perfect look for a casual lunch date

I hope y’all had a wonderful Easter. Did you get into a food coma? If so, I hope you have recovered by now.

Last week the challenge in the style workshop was to dress for going out to lunch with friends. This was a hard one; not hard to find something to wear, but hard because I have no friends to go out with, lol! Or should I say no friends that I socialize with beyond social media anymore…. and most of those are friends that I’ve for more years than either of us care to count, but we also now live hundreds of miles apart; so getting together for “lunch” is not an option.

Apparently when you “retire” early, and become a SAHGMa, you no longer have anything in common with others. Those whom you thought of as friends become acquaintances. I thought it was me, but I have encountered others in some blogging groups in the same boat. But back to the subject; how to dress for lunch out.

I like to be comfortable. I think of this outfit as casually chic, classic, and not too dressy. A perfect look for a casual lunch date with friends; don’t you think?

I think this look is a bit “vanilla”(?). So I added some color with turquoise accessories. I tried adding a pop of color with different shoes and bag, but although it looked ok, this was the better look.

I like color, so I’m not quite sure why I tend to purchase more neutral tones. I think I need to step out of that box more often. I do have a new royal blue top that I will be featuring soon (a little tease for you to look for).

The jeans are DG2jeggings in an indigo wash from HSN. The sleeveless sweater is by Elle and came from Kohls. I like it, but after seeing it in a picture I think it widens my   hips. What do think? The bag is from Michael Kors and the shoes are Life Stride and came from DSW. I don’t wear many flats/loafer type shoes. I have funny shaped feet and it’s hard to find them to fit and look right on my feet.

Here is a close up look at the accessories.


The jewelry is all from Plunder. The two necklaces are retired. The earrings were part of a Plunder Posse. The Posses are limited and only available during the month they are featured. The bracelet is called Selma and is still available. If you would like to order yours; I have a party link open for April http://www.plunderdesign.com/party/janete2

Remember if you order during the April party and know someone whose name begins with the letter “I”,  I will send you a necklace or bracelet with that letter. I received both in my mystery boxes, and would like to pay them forward. Also if you decide to join me on this Plunder journey in April, I will gift you an extra piece of jewelry in addition to your starter kit. Email me at grandma2glamma@gmail.com if you would like more information.

Have you signed up for the blog email, if not, what are you waiting for? Don’t you just want to know the minute a new post is up, lol? You can also follow me on Facebook at Grandma2GlammaToo, Pinterest and Instagram at Grandma2Glamma and Twitter at @GGlamma. I appreciate you taking your time to comment on, follow and share my posts. The Facebook page has now reached over 400 followers and is closing in on 500! That’s because you have taken your time to like and share the posts with your friends.

Let me know what you think of todays look. Is it a hit or miss? What, if anything, would you change?

Until the next time

Janet

 

Happy Easter

I want to take just a minute today to wish you Easter Blessings.

“The Man” and I went to breakfast early this morning. The sun is shining, it’s a beautiful, very warm spring day. It’s a day to reflect renewal and all that you’ve been blessed with; and I did.

I have been doing that frequently the past few weeks. I have been going through a renewal (of sorts) of my own. There a lot of great things going on in my life. I believe (for reasons unknown to me) that I have been led to start this blog, and become involved with Plunder, at this particular time, for a reason. This is not a Plunder pitch, but everyday I see women being a blessing to and helping other women. Usually women who they have never even met, sometimes on the other side of the country. This is love. This is what we have been commanded to do; love one another. Not to tear each other down, because of political beliefs, different religious beliefs, or to be “holier than thou”.

I am not an overly, outward religious person; but I’m a believer. I also believe you can worship wherever you are, that you don’t have to go to a particular place to do so. Maybe that’s why I like running on Sunday so much. It’s a time for me to reflect and worship. I can see the beauty of G-d all around me.

Take a moment today to tell someone you love them. Not just the family you may spend the day with, but your fellow-man.

I love y’all! Be blessed.

Until the next time

Janet

 

A Denim Jacket

I was clearly deprived as a child

Remember during the style challenge from March, one of the options was a denim jacket. I didn’t have a denim jacket, so I improvised. Well, two weeks ago I purchased a denim jacket. It is my first ever denim jacket.

That’s right. I have never owned a denim jacket in my life. In fact, I had never wore or owned a pair of jeans (my mother called them dungarees) until after I got married. I was clearly deprived as a child.

This month in the style workshop; the challenge focuses on hiding your belly. This past weekend the challenge was to  “pack for a weekend away”. I used that as a way to style the denim jacket and put together a small capsule that would work for going away. Most of these pieces are from the original spring capsule, but I added in a different top and of course the jacket.

The jacket is a “good old” Levis brand jacket, which I purchased at the Levi store. The jeans are my embroidered distressed jeans from White House Black Market-WHBM, (btw I just ordered a new pair of distressed jeans, don’t tell “The Man” I don’t think he’s recovered from this purchase yet, lol) the mens inspired white shirt is from JJill.

This looks works for hiding your belly, because the shirt is loose fitting and not tight across the abdomen. By adding the jacket you also draw the eye away. This goes back to the rule of thirds. By the top being longer than the jacket, it doesn’t hit at your mid-line and draw your eye to the “problem” areas. In other words the eye isn’t drawn to the mid-section.

The booties are Vince Camuto, which you’ve seen before, and came from HSN as did the earrings. They are moonstone and smokey quartz set in silver. The pearl and leather necklace is called Kimberly and is from Plunder. When I first saw it, I wasn’t sure about it, but then I saw it on someone, and fell in love with it. I should have learned by now that things look much different in person. The catalog or website does not do them justice. Kimberly, is still available in the spring line and you can find it here http://www.plunderdesign.com/party/janete2 The bracelet is Plunder also; it is called Hearting and is retired. The choker (which I forgot to add to the photo below) is called Queenie and is actually a wrap bracelet that can be worn as a choker, and is retired too.  I have some of the new line on order and I hope they get here soon!

I added another look for this day, since it was a weekend away look. While I kept with the denim flare and used the jacket, I tried to make it a bit different. I paired my white DG2 jeggings with a top from Covered Perfectly. This is the simple comfort style in the MicroModal. It was called The Spirit. It was a limited edition and when I last checked is no longer available. Even though it is black, the design on it gives it a nice pop of color to build on with accessories.  I tried to turn so that you could see the design. I wore my blue sandals to help bookend the color in the top.

I also added turquoise in my accessories to pull the blue color up. 

I added the jacket here which shows how well it goes with something other that just “blue jeans”, and it also adds the rule of thirds here too. The simple comfort tops are long enough to cover your bottom so you can wear them with most things. I have paired them with jeans and leggings. They work well with leggings because they cover front and back. If you would like them to be a little longer you can size up one size. The MicroModal fabric just glides over your body and doesn’t cling to those “lumps, bumps, and jiggly bits”. By wearing a longer tunic length top, it elimates cutting yourself in half too.

Some of the ladies in the group said this look was “crisp”. What do you think?

The sandals you’ve seen before in the challenge from last month, as well as a couple of the bangles. The bangles and necklace are all from Plunder. The necklace is called Ada. It says “bless your heart” (a southern thing for sure) so you know I love it, and it is still available. The bangles that say Fierce and Soar are no longer available, as neither is the Lindy Bangle which has my initial. I do have a Lindy Bangle and a Patsy Necklace; both with the letter I on them. If you know some one with that initial and place an order before the end of the month; message me and I will gift you your choice of the bracelet or necklace. The turquoise bangle is called Liza and still available. In fact there a lot of new turquoise pieces in the new line. The sandals are a couple of years old and came from DSW.

If you’ve been wondering how to join or thought about joining me on the Plunder journey; now is a great time! With the new catalog launch, you will get a kit with the new jewelry line. If you would like more information on how to join this amazing company and the plunder sisterhood shoot me an email at grandma2glamma@gmail.com. I would be happy to give you any information and to help you get started. If you decide to join me during the month of April I will gift you an extra piece of jewelry to go with your kit.

This was such a beautiful day to go out and enjoy the park. All things weren’t open yet, but it was nice to see life re emerging.  I’m hoping this weekend will be nice too. Sunday, as you know, is Easter and the weather is supposed to be fabulous. I hope Saturday will be too.

Have you checked out Sylvia’s website at http://www.40plusstyle.com yet? If so let me know what you think.

The subscriber list is still growing. When you share the posts on Facebook and Twitter, that’s what helps to reach more people; they are growing too. Thank you so much for your support. I really do appreciate it greatly, when you share the blog. You can also find me on Instagram and Pinterest. Remember the Facebook page is now Grandma2GlammaToo. I haven’t been able to get rid of the Too yet after that crazy FB snafu from a while back.

Drop me a line and let me know what you think about these looks. Are they a hit or miss? Would you change anything? You know I love hearing from you.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy your Easter.

Until the next time

Janet

When It Rains It Pours

We are counting our blessings

Can this week get any crazier? I know better than to ask that, so it isn’t a “real” question….Not only is it a full moon, I heard  there are four different planets going into retrograde or some such something, and all kind of craziness is ensuing. The grand littles have been on spring break all week and have no idea what to do with themselves. I’ve tried to step back from business and posting as much this week so that I can devote more time to them, but I’m not sure how successful I have been.

If that isn’t enough; yesterday (or should I say Tuesday night) when “The Man” was putting his stuff in his car to go to work another car came flying out of nowhere and almost took the door off our vehicle; with him standing right there! This is what it looks like:

Fortunately he was not hit or injured in any way. But can I just say; it was scary as all hell!! And had the makings to be much worse. It’s costing us money we should not have to put out but, at the end of the day, we are counting our blessings. I think it certainly undid whatever good yoga and meditation provided Tuesday night….

Needless to say, I accomplished almost nothing yesterday. The day was spent taking care of business.

I didn’t make the best food choices yesterday. I didn’t feel like cooking, that was just one chore I wasn’t up too, so we picked up some take out. On the plus side I didn’t eat my emotions. It would have been very easy to have hit up a drive through in the middle of the night when it happened. Adrenaline has a way of making you think you’re starving. I guess it’s a good thing leaving the house would have seemed like a chore, lol!

I hope your day was much less eventful than mine. I did get an email with some good news, that I’ll be able to share with you in a few weeks. Things are definitely coming together here. Please continue to like and share the blog with your friends. I appreciate it greatly and everyday the subscriber list growing. Take a few minutes and let me know what’s going on with you!

Until the next time

Janet

 

 

Struggling

What strategies do you use to “get your head back in the game”

March was an extremely busy month. There was the style challenge, March madness with Plunder, entering the Marine Corps Marathon lottery and getting selected (I’m still in shock over that) and trying to get things going and growing here with the blog. Trying to grow the Facebook page, and getting Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest all set-up. There is so much more to learn than I ever thought. It’s fun, but crazy, and very time-consuming.

Many days I was burning the candle at both ends. In doing so I put “me” on the back burner. Oh I’m sure it sounds like I was doing plenty for “me”. But I wasn’t taking proper care of myself.  I didn’t eat right, I didn’t exercise right,  I didn’t always get enough sleep, it seems I just ran on auto-pilot some days. So of course, I didn’t always make good choices. I would find myself grazing instead of eating a meal, or preparing the quickest thing I could get away with. Reaching for snacks. Snacks in and of themselves aren’t always bad, but when I don’t pay attention to the amount I consume, well, that is where the problem lies, and that can set me up on a slippery slope, to slide backwards and I feel like crap, I don’t sleep well, and I’m cross!

So I’m back to pulling my head out of my backside. Or at least trying. I’ve said this more than once over the past few months, but…. After all I now have a race to get ready for, and it won’t be time to start carb loading for a while, but you can bet come race week; carb load I will, hahaha!

In the meantime though, today, I switched myself to the Weight Watchers “simply filling plan”. I have to find a way to cut out the junk and this is what usually forces me to do that. I eliminate virtually all processed foods, which is what has got me going to far off the ledge. I have had a need, want, desire, obsession, craving (?) call it what you will, but salt and sugar have been my friends, lately. I’ve been able to stay with in my goal weight range, but by the skin of my teeth, and I’m certainly not doing my body any favors. I cannot train properly if I don’t fuel properly either.

If I make through this week, with ALL the littles home all day, since it’s spring break; I might be ok.


What do you do when that happens? What strategies do you use to “get your head back in the game”? Do you have any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions? If so, lay them on me! I need them all.

Wish me luck and send good vibes!

Until the next time.

Janet

Bunnies, Bunnies Everywhere

For this event I set myself up for success

Saturday we made our annual trek to our local chocolatiers for Easter bunnies for the grand littles baskets. Well, not just for the grand littles, the grown-up littles always get one too. We have been going there to get bunnies for many years.

It really is a bit of a “hole in the wall” place, but they make excellent chocolates. I first learned of them many years ago after receiving a box of assorted chocolates as a thank you gift, from the PTA president of my children’s high school for helping on a forum.  Every since then we have gone there for Easter confections. Although, I consider it local; it’s about twenty miles from our house, in the next county. What’s even funnier about that, is our local pharmacy (which is very reminiscent of an old apothecary), less than a mile away, actually carries their bunnies in the store for Easter.

I wish there was such a thing as “smell a picture”, lol! Just walking up to the door is pure heaven, if you are a chocoholic, haha! Once inside you are doomed!

We go to the store itself though because there is a much better variety.  They have traditional bunnies, (which all the pharmacy carries) but also other animals and “special” bunnies; i.e. a jogging bunnies, soccer playing bunnies, dogs, chickens, crosses, etc… white chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate; whatever your chocolate loving heart desires!

By the time we made it there it was close to lunch time. I am happy to say; I did not get myself any chocolate. That could have been hard but I had taken food with me to eat, when I left in the morning, so I wouldn’t be tempted. I had not been home since I left at a little after 6am for my meeting at the #saturday7amsocialclub AKA Weight Watchers. I went to my regular session with my trainer, Jeff, and then left to meet “The Man”, the kids, and grand littles at church for an Easter Egg hunt. The Man and I left and went bunny shopping and grocery shopping from there. I always take some breakfast type food with me to the meeting, since I go to the gym afterward. It would not be good to try working out on an empty stomach. Since I know we were going there, I took extra food to eat after my workout, so I wouldn’t be hungry. For this event I sent myself for success, not failure. I don’t always do that.

This is going to be a crazy week. It’s spring break, so all of the grand littles will be here all day, everyday. Hopefully, I can keep my sanity and not eat my way through the week. I must say it wasn’t looking good this morning! If you don’t hear from me in a couple of days; send in the Calvary, LOL!!!

In other news; the Mother’s Day specials have just gone live on the Plunder site. There are some darling “Mommy & Me” pieces as well as some special pieces for your mom. Here is a little preview.

Go over to the website and check them out at http://www.plunderdesig.com/party/janete2 These are pre-sale and will be shipping on 5/1.

Wow, kind of crazy Easter and Mother’s Day all in one post! But I know these special items tend to sell out fast and I want to be able to get yours before the do.

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?

Please continue to share the site, and send your friends. The Facebook blog page is almost up to 400 followers. Thank you for helping to get it there.

Until the next time

Janet

 

April Style Challenge Hiding your Belly

Bring on the “mom jeans”

This month, in the style workshop, we are learning what to wear or how to wear clothing to hide those lumps, bumps, and jiggly bits that often appear after a certain age. They may be inevitable, but do we want to show them to the world? Do you want to sit around in some super tight “shape wear” all day to hold it all in? Or would you prefer to be comfortable while camouflaging the rest?

Instead of doing a daily showing/modeling of our selections like last month, we are breaking it up some. Many agreed that it would be more manageable and easier for some to participate.

I have shown you pictures and bared my jiggly wiggly bits with you before, in my before and after photos. I do that to show where I was, and that I although I have lost a significant amount of weight and workout regularly, I do not have a perfect body. While I am proud of how far I’ve come, and I am ok with me and my body, I don’t want those lumps and bumps to show in every outfit I wear either.

As we get older, it’s more likely that most of us will not have a perfect body, even if you have never been overweight. At some point you will lose some muscle tone, and your skin loses elasticity. If you have been active and keep it up, you may fare better than some.

This picture was one of the outfits from last months style challenge. You can see the jiggly parts of my belly and loose skin here. These pants are boyfriend jeans from JJill. They are considered mid-rise, but are low enough that they allow my loose skin to pucker over the top of the waist band. The shirt is also fitted around the bottom, which allows that belly puckering to shine.  The idea of the cardigan is to create a look of thirds instead of a 1/2 ratio. It can also help to camouflage the mid section. Because I am holding it open here; you don’t see that. If the pants had a higher rise it wouldn’t be noticeable either. Bring on the “mom jeans”!!! They are making a comeback, you know.

The picture below was taken at the exact three-year date from my before picture, which is yesterdays post: http://www.grandma2glamma.com/the-post-that-started-it-all I am wearing the same jeans as above, but with a long sleeve t-shirt. You can still see some of the lumps and bumps, but because the shirt isn’t as tight at the bottom, they aren’t quite as noticeable.

In the photos below those jiggly wiggly bits are not noticeable, but they haven’t gone anywhere, and I’m not wearing torture garments underneath.

Here I am wearing my Legging Army leggings. These are very comfortable and not spandex “suck you in, hold you in” fabric. They are in fact rather loose-fitting. They do have a high waist that covers your belly, but does nothing to hold it in. If you would like to check out Legging Army you can do so here: http://www.leggingarmy.com/#grandma2glamma The top has a high/low hem, although it isn’t noticeable in the picture. Because it’s a tunic type top, it is fuller and skims the body, so it doesn’t cling to the imperfections. The long necklace also helps to create a vertical line.

This dress below is somewhat fitted, but also drapes enough that it skims the body and doesn’t show off the jiggly bits so much. This is without “foundation garments”. If it were more fitted, the look would be completely different. Those “hold ’em in, suck ’em in” things are needed on occasion, but who wants to wear them every day?

This is that same pair of boyfriend jeans, with a looser fitting shirt. I have also used the “half tuck” here and those lumps and bumps are not noticeable. They haven’t gone anywhere, but they are hidden.

I like these jeans, that’s why I have them. They are the only pair I own that have that low of a rise. I usually don’t buy pants with a low-rise, because of the loose skin over hang. I don’t want to walk around feeling like I need to “tuck in my tummy”. This months exercise is good for helping you to learn to work with and style the body you have.

It’s good for me because the lower belly is where I have the most loose, flabby skin. That’s from having three children (one by c-section) and being overweight and stretching it out. Honestly it isn’t as bad as it could be (I am fortunate) but there’s no amount of working out that will be able to help what’s left either, at least not significantly. That doesn’t mean I will not continue to work out. I can still get stronger and tone my muscles, but I don’t have unrealistic expectations either.

Remember you can sign up for Sylvia’s newsletter at http://www.40plustyle.com if you haven’t already. You can also get on the waiting list for the course and join the Facebook group.

Our next exercise is “how to dress for a weekend away”. Boy this one should be interesting! Remember last months capsule wardrobe idea? Yeah, I have not learned how to make that work to go away yet, lol!

Let me hear from you. Tell me what you think about a “hide your belly” workshop. Is this something that you need to do or learn? What are your tricks?

Do you have any exciting plans for the weekend? We don’t have any real plans, but I hope to get out and about and into something, lol!

Until the next time

Janet

The Post That Started It All

My hope is that my story will help or encourage someone

Good morning! Today, as I approach almost 60 blog posts, I just want to take a moment to share the Facebook post that birthed this blog.

On January 8, 2017 I shared the photo below, along with a little “thank you” with SusanAfter60, on her Facebook page. She posted to her page and her previous page Fifty, not frumpy, (Susan, was the first blogger I started following). I was shocked that she shared with the world, lol, and even more so when the comments started! There was a tremendous response and a flurry of personal messages, with ladies asking me to tell my entire story, wanting to know if I had my own blog, and encouraging me to start one. I still occasionally get responses and comments on these posts.

Just want to take a minute to thank you for all the inspiration. This is my before and after-70 lbs that I’ve maintained for two years. The outfit in the after is from WHBM and the booties by Vince Camuto (now if I could a photographer as good as Mr. Mickey you might could see them,lol).

After a couple of days of retelling my story, as the messages came in, I contacted Susan to see if I could post it to for everyone to see. She graciously agreed. Below is the rest of the story, which was published/posted on January 11th.

Susan, thank you for allowing me to share my story here.
For those who have asked about my weight loss story; here it is:
I lost my weight with weight watchers. This is the only weight loss plan I have ever tried/used.
This recent transformation was not my first rodeo. I lost 30 lbs in the mid 90’s with WW. I was able to keep it off for several years, but then I went back to work in Corporate America and over time life happened. I gained it all back. Eventually I went back to WW and made it back to within a few pounds of my goal weight, but the meeting that I attended (which worked with my work schedule) closed. I tried to keep going on my own, but it wasn’t long before those pounds found their way back and brought along some friends.
In 2011 I “retired” from my job to watch my new grandson. It wasn’t until 2014 at almost 51 that I made the decision to return to WW. I hadn’t developed any of the problems that come with aging or being overweight, yet, but some of my numbers were starting to creep up. It was time to make a change.
I come from a family of short, round, southern women who liked to cook. They had many health issues that while could be hereditary were also a direct result of diet and obesity. Ironically, they always wanted to know what someone else weighed, but had little regard for themselves, and they weren’t really worried about anyone else’s health, just who weighed the most….
I have come to realize, for me, attending WW meetings and weighing in weekly are keys for me. As a lifetime member, I only have to WI once per month, be no more than two pounds above my goal weight, and I no longer have to pay a fee. I still go weekly. It’s my “me time” and helps to keep me focused for the week ahead.
Weight Watchers works for me, because I like to eat and love that I can eat what I want, lose weight and now maintain it. I have not “had” to give up any foods that I like or want to eat. I decide whether I want it or not. That makes it easier. I have made changes to the way I prepare some foods, but some days I just want some good old-fashioned comfort food and southern cooking. When I do, I have it and move on. The one thing I have completely eliminated from my diet, is soda. I was never a big soda drinker, but after going some time without it, I can’t stand the taste of it now.
I know WW isn’t for everyone, and finding what works for you is the key to weight loss and being successful! So if you’re looking to lose a few pounds, find what works for you.
As for exercise, I have always been the poster child for inactivity, not because I didn’t want to or like to, but as a child my mother never allowed me to be active or participate in sports and such (a story for Freud or Jung, along with the weight issues, lol).
For many years, though, I walked for exercise. When I made the decision to lose weight, this time, I joined a gym that offered different fitness classes. I started with yoga (I dearly love it). The gym I joined also offered personal trainers. After a complimentary session I decided I could benefit from some help. I was lucky to find a trainer who was willing to work with my limitations and modify exercises if needed. Although I am physically healthy I had/have some limits. Never being active, makes one not the most coordinated or balanced and not very confident. Then being 50+ and having three kids (TMI, but your bladder isn’t what it once was). Finding the right person who can work with you and with your current limits (if any) can help and strengthen those areas that are causing problems. After all that I started running with my daughter and DIL! Yes, I’m certifiable!!! I have gone on to run 8 half marathons, a full marathon, and several 5 and 6 Ks. I am now starting to work on power lifting (I needed a new challenge).
All in all I think the key to any exercise is finding what you like (if you don’t enjoy it, you won’t do it), and finding the right person to instruct you. My trainer will nudge me out of my comfort zone, but he will never push me to go beyond what I can do.
I hope this has helped some. I’m sure I have left something out. If you have any other questions or if can be of any help, please contact me!

From here the thought of writing a blog kept rolling around in my head, until one day I decided to give it a go. I sat down and started looking for a blog site. I found one, set it up, and on January 27th I made my the first post. I thought this was going to be easy peasy….HA! I never thought I would be trying to learn so many new things all at once! It has been fun and crazy all at the same time, especially the past few weeks as I’ve found so many new things to learn.

I have periodically thought, through the years, that I might enjoy writing; and I do. I never thought anyone would want to read what I had to say or that I would be any good at it. I’m still not too sure about that, Lol!! But I am doing it and enjoying it.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my posts as much as I have writing them for you. I look forward to bringing you many more.

My hope is that my story will help or encourage someone to maybe take that step they’ve been thinking about; whether it be to lose weight, start exercising or trying something new. I hope you see that just because you may be over 50; you can lose weight, become physically fit, and you don’t have to dress like your grandmother (unless you want to). A part of my blog is on fashion or style. You cannot lose a significant amount of weight and not need to rethink your wardrobe, and buy new clothes. This is true at any age! Even if you haven’t hit that “certain age” yet, you will have changes you need to make along your journey. Don’t get caught up in the “rut”!

Over the past few weeks, the subscriber list is growing; as is the Facebook page. That’s because you have taken time to like, share, and comment on posts that you like. That helps more people to see the posts. I have also added a Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Soon I am going to add some live videos. Yes, you will get to see me live! Oh my, that should be interesting!!! Apparently Facebook is now making video postings a priority….

Please take a moment to tell me what you think and how you are doing on road to success and better health.

Until the next time

Janet

Run Rest Repeat 

Night/Evening runs are always the hardest

This is me. Run Rest Repeat. I started out as an interval runner, before I ever heard the term, I imagine I will always be an interval runner. It works for me. I have some training runs where I push myself to run through several sets of intervals, but I always come back to them. There are elite runners who have won marathons by running intervals. There is no shame in my game!

I ran last night a rare occurrence, running during the week, at night. Night/Evening runs are always the hardest. Why, I don’t know, but they are. My legs usually feel like lead, I have a hard time getting my breathing just right. They are just hard. I should probably do them more often….Fortunately they are short too. I am most definitely a morning runner.

Tuesday is one of my usual yoga nights. I was waffling off and on all day about going or not. When I decided to get ready and go, I signed in to register only to find out there was a sub for the class. Some subs are ok, some I don’t care for so much. Since I decided I wasn’t going to class, I put my pajamas on since I wasn’t planning to go anywhere else. I figured I would have a bit of quiet time to work on the blog and some social media “stuff”.

My daughter came home from work and mentioned going for a short run before the kids got home with their dad. So I actually changed out of my “jams” and into running clothes (I’m impressed)….AND I ran without music! I did set my interval timer and kept it where I moved it to on Sunday. That was a smart decision as overall the run was tough. We only ran a mile but it was a hard one. I know as I get back into a routine it will get better.

Tonight I will do my weight routine. I have been neglecting that for a few weeks too. Jeff, my personal trainer, fusses at me every week about that…I’m sure “The Man” would be happy to see me use some of those weights I just had to buy, lol! Ok, really, he never sees me use them. Since he works nights and is already asleep when I use them at night, he never knows….except that one night I dropped a medicine ball and woke him up…oops! Last week I did start back with a portion of it, so I’m getting there; slowly but surely.

The subscriber list is growing each day, as are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. That’s because you are commenting and sharing my ramblings with your friends. I really do appreciate that. When you take your time to read the blog, and then like and comment on my postings it helps more people to see it, and I guess some of them like what I have to say too….

I hope your week is going well, so far. Let me know what you’ve been up too.

Until the next time

Janet