Yes, that’s me in the photo, albeit about 55 years ago. My sister took the shot one day when I was feeling exuberant. Maybe my team won a game, maybe I got good grades, maybe I just felt good. I don’t remember.
Today I feel like standing on my hands but I wouldn’t dare do it. The reason for my joy? I weighed myself this morning and i have hit another 5 lb milestone in my slow steady progression to lose 60 or more lbs using the Weight Watchers Plan. I have now lost 20 lbs. Hooray for me.
The secrets to my success this far are these:
1. Keep a food diary.
2. Eat a balanced diet with at least 5 fruits and vegetables per day so as to maintain your health. I don’t like many vegetables, so I load up on fruits. Mostly they work as a snack or in a smoothie. Take a daily multi vitamin.
3. Slow and steady wins the day. Reasearch shows and I agree, quick gimmicky diets don’t work. Yes, you lose weight at first, but you gain it right back. The key is to change your life style.
4. Eat breakfast
Now I know many health and wellness experts suggest you need lots of exercise to lose weight, but my exercise consists of 30-40 minutes of housework per day and a turn in my garden of 10-40 minutes. Sometimes I walk, but only when the weather is nice. I don’t do hot and muggy.
The biggest challenge is the mind-set change. When I finally got it through my head that I would have to do this one day at a time for the rest of my life, things changed for me. I had to face the fact that to stay thin, I will be on a healthy diet the rest of your life. This is easier for me than some because there are so many foods that tempt others that I don’t eat. Once in a while we will get something from a fast food place, but that happens less than twice a month most months. We do go out for breakfast occasionally, but I stick to bacon and eggs, not other stuff. And I like fried mushrooms, so I always get those with my eggs. We don’t eat meals in restaurants at other times of the day. Unless of course it is breakfast.
When it comes to losing weight, getting your finances under control or getting sober, the old Aesop fable about the tortoise and the hare is so true. Now some folks try to make this a turtle and rabbit race, but that is wrong. Turtles are water creatures whereas tortoises are land creatures. And hares and rabbits are different creatures. So a race between a hare and a tortoise would be very different from a race between a rabbit and a turtle. Now, if we could only get our leaders to accept this old bit of wisdom. But, as my Mom once said, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” The first step is to get them to accept they need to go on a budgetary diet.
Two weeks later working 10 hours per day, I have finished scanning all the negatives stored in my acid proof photo box. You might recall I did the slides before I did the negatives. Now all I have to scan are reams of photos. Many are loose in my photo box, many in the dozen or so photo albums I own. I am taking a break from scanning to sort the scanned items to disks and drives. Meanwhile, below is a photo I love. Do you recognize it? That’s the Apollo 11 crew being hoisted from the deck of the USS Hornet after their recovery at sea. I took it from the Bravo pier in Honolulu in 1969.
What an exciting day that was, and the crew of the Apollo 11 was waving to us from the window in their trailer. Although my tiny cheap camera could not pick that up, my kids got to see Neil Armstrong in person…sort of. (You can just make out the tops of their little heads in the lower right corner.)