My name is Gail Nettles, and I've been struggling with my weight since my mid 30s. I thought I had it under control there for awhile, but once I hit 40 I ballooned.
I kept saying that I was going on a diet. And I'd do it, at least until the afternoon. Then the cravings would start and I'd eat and eat. Since I'd already blown the diet that afernoon, I ate more food at dinner. The good stuff -- mac and cheese, pizza, fried chicken and the like.
I was never really into sweet stuff, except for ice cream and milkshakes. If I got around either, it was down the hatch. And as much as possible.
I wasn't always overweight. I was thin from 15 to about 25. After 25 I would gain some weight, then lose it. Gain it back, lose it again. My upper weight was fairly stable, but I kept losing and gaining from 10 to 15 pounds over and over.
Then I hit 40 and nothing much seemed to work anymore. I ate my way up to at least 272 pounds. I say at least because I probably weighed more than that, but was afraid to get on the scale and confront that number! Now I'm only a little more than 5'5", so I was more than hefty. I was obese. Actually I think the accurate term was morbidly obese.
I Was Ruining My Health -- and My Life
When I had to go for my annual woman's exam, I realized how bad I had gotten. I saw my legs and feet were puffy, and the number on the scale was frightening. My doctor, who had mentioned that I needed to lose weight before was now adamant. Lose weight or cripple myself. Maybe die.
The next day I started on a round of diets. I'd do a high protein 3 day diet, then eat sensibly for the next 4 days. Lots of veggies and controlling my portions. Foregoing the wonderful comfort foods that I had come to rely on, and choose chicken and lean meats.
I did lose about 25 pounds doing this. I started doing a bit of walking, and was feeling better. Then I strained my leg muscles and had to quit walking for awhile.
Enter Dear Husband
Meanwhile, my husband decided that he wanted to try NutriSystem to lose his excess weight. I figured I may as well join him and see if it worked for me, too. So I ordered the food and started with him.
It's frustrating dieting with a man, seeing as they lose weight so much faster! But we were both seeing great results, so we've kept on it to lose the rest of the weight.
Before and "After"
It's more like "Before and During" since I've still got a loooooong way to go. But, I've finally gotten brave and so you can click here to see some before and more recent pictures!
Because I tend to be visual, I've made this "ticker" to help me visualize where I'm going...and where I've been:
Losing weight is tough. There are food advertisements everywhere we look, and at every commercial break on TV. Our social lives seem to revolve around food. Yet the media promotes thin models and actresses. Where do we fit in? How can we combine healthy weight loss with what we're bombarded with day after day?
You can do it. If you're really ready to commit to losing weight, you will do it. If I can do it, anyone can. How about you join me in losing weight over 40?
Learn to Take Your Measurements!
Especially when you're first starting out on your weight loss journey, it can be depressing to face the numbers on the measuring tape.
Do it anyway! The tape can help you measure how far you've come, better than the scale can.
When it seems you're hit a weight loss plateau, you may still be losing inches, even if the scale doesn't want to budge.
Losing Weight Over 40 Copyright 2007