"Excuses. I was full of them. Until I was 33 years old, I could eat whatever I wanted and didn't have to exercise much and maintained a "healthy" weight. But I wasn't healthy, I was "skinny fat". Then my metabolism started to change and my lifestyle caused sluggishness and weight gain.
October, 2012, I cleaned out my closet and gave away the clothes that would "someday fit" again. Who was I kidding? How were these clothes going to fit when it seemed nothing worked? The methods I tried weren't working because I was looking for a quick fix. I made excuses...I was too busy, I blamed my genetics, I didn't have time for myself. At a gathering where I met many people to whom I'm biologically related I had an epiphany. I was approaching my 48th birthday and as I aged, I knew it would only become more difficult. I joined Weight Watchers and liked the accountability but the approach to food didn't suit me. A couple of months later I noticed that a friend was "liking" a lot of posts on the One Fit Widow page. Michelle's words and her approach to weight loss spoke to me and I went in, full speed. I eliminated refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, and processed foods. The pounds came off gradually but noticeably. While losing weight was my initial motivation, I soon realized how much life I had been missing. During the summer of 2012, my youngest son took me out for a simple hike. I was winded and tired after only half a mile. In August, 2013, he and I hiked the Twin Sisters in Rocky Mountain National Park. This is a strenuous, 7 mile (roundtrip) hike, gaining nearly 2,500 ft in elevation. Since then I've hiked high peaks and the Manitou Incline in Colorado; Alamere Falls, Muir Woods, and the Mist Trail at Yosemite; and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina. I've taken up paddle boarding and I've been rock climbing using ropes and pitons. I'm loving living at age 52. I've lost weight but have gained so much more. Friendships, fitness, and a deep appreciation of life. Oh, and those clothes I gave away...today I would still be doing the same because they would be too big! No excuses, no regrets."