Me in 1979, 1989 and 2011

It’s no secret that I’ve gained weight.  Heck, I now weigh double what I did on my wedding day 27 years ago. Granted, most of it appeared after I got sick, but I was well on my way before then. Funny thing is, I was always told I needed to lose weight.  I look at my pictures from high school (the picture above was taken a few months after I graduated) and wonder why the heck I let people tell me I was fat.  I think I looked fabulous!  Even at my 10-year High School reunion, the 1989 photo, I almost didn’t attend because again, I was “too fat”.  I look at that picture now and think I looked pretty amazing for a mom of two!

I rejoined Weight Watchers Online today and it linked back to my old account. The first shock was that the last time I tried to lose weight was 2001.  The second was that I weighed 59 pounds less than I do today.  I don’t have any dreams of getting back  to my High School reunion days, I just want to lose 50-60 pounds to be more fit.  The center photo above was taken in December of this year at my son’s college graduation.  Since the photo, I chopped off my hair and colored it 🙂  I guess turning 50 made me realize it was probably time to go shorter.

Why the sudden desire to lose? Several things.  One, my health is better than it’s been in years and for the first time I’m actually out of bed and can do some exercise.  And secondly, my husband announced he’ll be retiring in 4-8 years and that has me freaked out.  We’d always planned to travel and see the states when we retired. My husband is EXTREMELY physically fit and I didn’t want him to have to hike and explore the US without me.

Another selfish reason is that I want to be a grandmother. Now neither of my kids is married and I don’t expect either to be for 5-7 years, but I want to be ready.  I don’t want to be the grandma who can’t get down on the floor to play with the kids.  Plus, I’m turning 50 this year and for the first time, I’m a little freaked out.  Not at the number; but at the number I have left.

So, today I rejoined although I’ve been “dieting” and exercising since earlier this week. I originally signed up with eDiets, which I also tried years ago, and had a horrible experience. I’ll write about that later. For now, I’m going to go back and update my information on Weight Watchers and work the program. Oh, I forgot to mention, I’m a Lifetime Member.  Years ago after I had both my babies, I joined and lost 30 pounds.  It was fabulous.  But like Oprah, I think I was at that weight for about a week and then I stopped going.

Anyone want to work on weight loss together? I’d love some encouragement!

Wish me luck!