Thinner Is Better

I wrote the article below in 2009. It took me 5 years to finally get on the weight loss track. The photo attached to this post is the 2015 before and after photo. I started my low carb high fat diet in January 2014. Within a few months, and at 50 years of age I had lost 50 pounds. Today I am down 65 pounds and have kept it off for 8 months (or more depending on when you’re reading this) without trying. The first two weeks is the hardest.

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I’ve been thinking quite a bit about this the last month. You see, I’ve been skinny and I’ve been fat (this is the largest I’ve ever been but the doctor says not to be too hard on myself). Skinny is inherently better!

I’m joking. Somewhat. I’m not actually after skinniness again, but I am after health and to get that health I’ve got to lose weight. Seven years of pounding the keyboard – even just being enamoured by the knowledge share online – hasn’t done my body any favors. There have been other stresses that caused me to find solace in food, but really, there is no excuse. At least no medical excuse for being this size.

And so, I’ve gained 40 pounds.

The last two weeks have netted great change. A stronger body, my clothes fitting looser and less strain on my knees when I take long walks or play on the WII. All I have done is a 20 minute workout daily (The 30 Day Shred with Jillian Michaels), watch my fat intake, and take a 1 mile walk every now and then (every second day – more or less).

If I was smart, and I’d like to be, I’d be drinking more water (right now I drink next to none) and getting more sleep to aid in my success at losing weight and growing healthier. Well, Rome wasn’t built in a day so I’ll incorporate those new habits into next week’s agenda. 🙂

As for my title “Skinny is Better” I can remember how I felt when my jeans were just slightly lose in the right places, when a t-shirt fitted snugly and looked great, when no matter where I went or what I did I felt free enough to flirt, smile and walk with my head high at all times. Does it make me shallow that I don’t feel that free today, knowing that thin is better? Absolutely not! If I was shallow I’d also be insecure about my age, my wrinkles – but those I wear with honor as a rite of passage into 45+, the weight on the other hand and in my case is an act of negligence, “not paying attention”.