You want to know what the best gift that I got this year is? It's a gift I gave myself....it's the picture above! I have just recently lost 16 pounds. I am absolutely thrilled! I have not seen the scale this low in many years and truthfully, I didn't think I ever would get back down to this number again and I'm still losing!!!! I didn't even mean for this to coincide with my 50th birthday, it's just the way it worked out, but what a blessing!
I have weighed around 105 pounds for most of my adult life until I hit age 43 and then I started gaining weight. Believe me, I have tried and tired over the years to drop this "mid-life" weight that I gained. Nothing was working and towards the end, this past spring, I felt like I was gaining a pound a day. It was so depressing. I decided to start a new controversial diet which was basically a body cleanse with very low calories. It has been exhilarating for me to drop this weight, especially in a relatively short time, I cannot even begin to tell you.
I couldn't believe it when I tried on this old dress I have held on to for many years and it actually fit! I have actually lost a few more pounds since I took this picture!!! Woot-whooo!
I don't think I was obsessed about it, but it was just so depressing to get dressed in the morning when nothing fit or looked good on me; or when I would cross my arms and feel my lumps on my back and I would be disgusted with myself as though it was my fault. I really don't think it was all my fault, I was not crazy overeating, in fact I was always trying to diet, exercise and eat low calories most of the time. The only thing I was guilty of was turning 40. I believe that I was in perimenopause and my metabolism slowed way down and my hormones were out of whack. This diet I went on reset my metabolism and balanced my hormones!
The best gift I could have given myself for my 50th birthday was to lose this weight. I feel so good, I sleep better, have more energy and my back pain is virtually gone! I am absolutely delighted!!! Now I need to work hard at losing the last little bit and then keeping it off. The way this diet works is I am now in a stabilizing phase and I'm actually eating 1600 to 1700 calories a day. My new best friend and favorite snack food is two tablespoons of Adam's Natural Peanut Butter every day, a couple of times a day!!!
|Here I am in 1971 at age 10 with my big haul from my birthday!|
Turning 50 is a big milestone and you hear about people getting sad about it, but I actually am not having a hard time with it at all, on the contrary, I am proud of my age and I definitely have lived all 50 of those years! I guess I feel good with where I'm at in my life. God has blessed me so much. I'm happily married to my high school sweetheart and my soul mate! I have four wonderful sons and a marvelous daughter-in-law, who are dong very well and I have great relationships with all of them. We have a lovely home, I have a good job, we're involved with our church, we have many friends and we do lots of fun things. Life is great!!!
Yes, I am happy to be 50 today and I'm excited to see what the Lord has in store for me this year!!!
"You satisfy me more than the richest of foods." Psalm 63:5