Friday, July 8, 2011

Older and Wiser or Just Older?

Happy Birthday to ME! Where does the time go? I've been on this planet, living this life for the past 44 years. How did that happen? I don't feel 44. I feel better now than I did at 34 and even 24. Why did it take me so long to figure it out? I don't even feel like a grown up yet and still have no idea what I want to be when I grow up. Am I missing something or is everyone else just faking it?

This picture was taken four years ago at my surprise 40th birthday party and although I was happy to celebrate the big milestone with my friends and family I did not want to pose for any pictures. I couldn't believe I was turning 40 and was still fat. I wasted the majority of my 20s and 30s riding the weight loss/gain roller coaster (mostly gaining) and I was desperate to get off. My birthday wish that year was the same wish I made every year ~ to get out of the fat suit and get in shape. What was I waiting for? Weight loss is even harder after 40 and time was not on my side.

I started this blog thinking it would keep me accountable and spur me on to weight loss success but it didn't really happen. I thought about losing weight, I talked about losing weight, I wrote about losing weight but I didn't actually put in the effort needed to do it. I continued to struggle for more than 2 years before everything finally fell into place when I lost my high stress job after 11 years. I started going to the gym like it was my job and very SLOWLY started to see progress. I don't know why it took me so long but better late than never, right? I'm still not at my goal but I'm thisclose.

Anyway, here's my Slimmer this Summer and 101 Days of Summer Challenges Update:


101 Days of Summer Challenge 2011 Starting Weight (6/1/11): 149.5 lbs.

Slimmer this Summer Starting Weight (6/6/11): 151.2 lbs.
6/10/11 Weigh In: 148.2 lbs.

6/17/11 Weigh In: 147.5 lbs.

6/24/11 Weigh In: 147.5 lbs.

7/1/11 Weigh In: 148.4 lbs.

Current Weight (7/8/11): 146.4 lbs.
101 Days of Summer Challenge 2011 Loss to Date: 3.1 lbs.
Total Slimmer this Summer Challenge Weight Loss to Date: 4.8 lbs.

Starting Weight (11/2009): 242 lbs.
Current Weight (7/1/11): 146.4 lbs.
Total Loss: 95.6 lbs.

Happy Birthday to me! I'm normal again! BMI Normal that is. I saw "normal" for a few seconds about a month ago but my weight jumped back up into the "overweight" category almost immediately and I have been trying to get back down to normal for the past month. Losing 2 pounds this week and getting back to "normal" doesn't feel much different than last week but it's still nice to see. I'm still working the slow and steady plan.


It's been hot and humid here in New England so I've been doing a good job of staying hydrated most days. I'm not trying to force myself to drink 100 ounces and think as long as I get the recommended 64 ounces I'm doing ok.


I had to sacrifice a kickboxing class this week so I could get my hair done but it was worth it so I wouldn't have to walk around looking like I just turned 44. What would we ladies do without the magic of hair color?


This fight is for life. Quitting is not an option!


Coming up on my 4 year blogaversary next month and I don't plan on going anywhere.


I've been having so much fun checking out my fellow challengers and all the new (to me) bloggers out there. I still haven't made it to everyone but I'm working on getting around to cheer everyone on to their goals.


Darn knee is still acting up so running is just not an option right now. C25K is still on hold. Someday....


Only 5.4 more pounds to go! Slowly but surely I'm getting there. Stay tuned.

They say you get a little older, you get a little wiser, right? No matter how old you are, don't waste another minute thinking about it because you can turn it all around today, right this minute. Don't wait. Do it now! You won't regret it.

Stay strong, be cool and rock on!


  1. You are so right this is a life style change not a diet, and I keep telling myself that. We are in this for life not for just now. Learning how to eat right and living by it is forever. Keep up the hard work you are doing excellent!! Nicole @

  2. Happy birthday! You look fantastic (and more importantly, I know you feel fantastic)!

  3. You look great! No one would know you still have 5 pounds to lose. I am sure you can do it if you have come this far. Just do what has gotten you here for a little longer.

  4. Happy birthday! You look fantastic!

    Growing up is overrated, btw.

  5. Happy Birthday! I vote for wiser!

    Anne Lamott has a wonderful saying, "Every age we've ever been is who we are." The number is irrelevant. We're all about the experiences!

  6. Happy Birthday. Your permanent eating behavior changes will get you to your goal. As you make wise choices, weight will be lost.

  7. Hope you had a great birthday, you are looking AWESOME!!! It just goes to show that it's not impossible. I want to be at my goal before I turn 40, I'll be 39 on the 26th so I should be able to do it!

  8. A happy belated birthday wish for you!

    I did a recent post about age being just a number...I forget it at times. I'll be 44 yrs old in Sept, but feel 32 yrs old.

    Stay Healthy!

  9. Happy Birthday!

    I think your transformation began when you said no more diets, which took time and experience to come to that conclusion and of course, being completely fed up!

  10. Happy Happy Birthday!! I hope yesterday was a great day for you! :)

  11. Happy Birthday! Happy Almost to Goal!!

  12. Happy Birthday! What a very wonderful birthday present you give yourself--being so slim.

    :-) Marion

  13. Sorry for the belated Birthday wishes. Happy Birthday!!! Every time I come to your blog I am inspired by your success. Good for you. I waited until I was in my fifties to get my act together and be healthier-you got me by over 10 years. So, god for you. Younger and wiser!! You are doing great on STS, too! Have a great week 6! Michele

  14. Testing, 1, 2, 3, testing....

  15. Happy Birthday! You look fabulous being normal. :)

  16. You have come so far! That is awesome. I hope your birthday was blessed!


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