Saturday, April 28, 2012

Where It Began

Well, I guess there's no other way to do it except to jump in with both feet.  This is for Alice - she knows who she is.

A funny thing happened on the way to growing old, well  two things actually -  things don't work the same and things don't look the same.  I've been fairly fit and healthy for most of my adult life and I admit I took it for granted.   My mother taught me to be almost obsessively preoccupied with my weight and shape and so I gained and lost the same ten pounds over and over again.  Things started to change when I hit my late 40's.  I had developed a little insulin resistance and polycystic ovarian syndrome.  Then I quit smoking and went through menopause.  That ten pound gain became impossible to lose.

I tried to tell myself that ten pounds over a two year period was not bad considering my age.  Could I give myself permission to "let myself go" (as mother would say) just a little bit?  Then I did the math - five pounds a year for the next ten years adds up to a fifty pound weight gain and if I thought it was hard to lose ten pounds, well I couldn't imagine losing fifty.  I  considered what effect that would have on my health and mobility.

I have a morbid fear of death and the desire to live forever (so far so good!).   I no longer take good health for granted.   These days I'm not only concerned with how I look but in how I feel and living healthier has become my passion.  Living healthy doesn't come easy and it doesn't happen overnight - it's a learning process and even small changes make a difference.  I'm not an expert nor medically qualified in any way but I want to encourage everyone to change their diets and lifestyle so that they may enjoy the whole of their life.

We fail to take care of ourselves and then we go to our doctors and expect them to reverse the damage we've done and we want a quick fix (fad diets, surgeries, a pill).   More now than ever we need to take responsibility for our own health and not rely so heavily on an overburdened healthcare system.  Today with the abundance of information available through the internet  we can arm ourselves with what we need to know to make changes.  Here on this blog I'm going to share some of the information I've found interesting and helpful, and also my own experiences, opinions, tips, recipes and suggestions.   I hope that people will comment and share their findings etc. as well.


  1. Great post Cindy! I can so relate to everything you said, firstly because I grew up with the same mother, ahem . . . and the same prejudices instilled in me from her obsession. I don't know what happened to me though because I ended up looking more like Aunt Freda. I admit I have struggled with my weight for (how old is Bruce?) 23 years now. 23 years of endless diets and losing weight and putting it all back on and then some, losing it again, putting ot back on again, etc, etc. I have come to the point now where I recognize that for me diets just do not work. They make me fatter. What I need is a healthy eating plan for life, and then when that becomes a habit (combined with exercise), I will not only lose weight but keep it off. For me, it's not ten pounds though . . . but probably easily at least 5 ot 6 times that amount. You need to add a followers list to this blog so that people can sign up. Well done on your first post and I am looking forward to many many more.

  2. Hello Cindy, Marie, who I suspect is Alice, sent me over. I can relate to this, and too have a great desire to live forever, or at least until I am 120!

  3. I too guessed your Alice is our Marie,I have been very lucky ,I was always skinny so my weight gain is a bonus , I too have a blog have a peek, I look forward to getting to know Jan xx

  4. Hi Cindy! I think I am going to really enjoy your blog and will be eagerly looking forward to reading your next entry! Alice, you and I are the same - we've both done the yoyo dieting all our lives, and, you're right....dieting isn't the answer; we have to change how we eat for life and that means incorporating "treats" into our diet but within reason, not every day. I decided late last year that I want to be healthy and that means losing the extra weight, so I have been changing how I eat gradually but, unfortunately, have not yet incorporated the exercise into my plan. I do intend to change that shortly. I've lost 25 lbs. since the first of January and will keep plugging away at it. And, Cindy, you are smart to get a handle on that 10 lbs. now. I know it's not a lot but I also know how easy it is to let it get out of control. I wish you great success with your blog :) xoxox Geralyn

  5. Thanks so much for checking out my blog....i hope that you will continue to follow and enjoy!

  6. I just found my way here from your sister's blog. This is a great post. I'm going to print it out later to read when I have to remind myself that I must adopt the behavior of a mature woman who has respect for herself. The decades of eating and doing (or not) what I wished didn't work out too well weight wise. I am trying to change for good now...not just be on a diet. Thanks for these words of wisdom. I'll be back!