This is my first in a series of Slim Down Saturday blog posts.
As of Day 5, I have lost 4.8 pounds!
I won’t disclose my starting weight or post my “Before” picture. Let's just say it isn’t pretty, and I have a LOT of excess weight to lose.
I’ve yo-yo dieted since 1976, when I joined Weight Watchers (for the first time – I’m a recidivist) to lose some of the extra weight I’d gained after the birth of my first child. Over the years, I’ve tried several diets with some short-term success: Weight Watchers (4 or 5 times, I've lost count), Diet Center, Jenny Craig, South Beach. But I always regained the weight. For the past few years, frankly, I’d pretty much given up.
But then the realization hit me. I have no health insurance. I won’t be Medicare eligible for five years.
Staying well is my only real option.
And even though I am quite healthy for a fat old lady, obesity is undeniably a health risk. It is time to fight the battle of the bulges one last time.
My cousin Jeannie, a Certified Natural Health Consultant, has worked as a natural health consultant for Nature’s Sunshine for the past 15 years. She and her daughter co-manage their Family Herb Shop. Jeannie is an inspiration in many ways.
My Cousin Jeannie
How old do you think she is? When we attended a meeting together on July 1, my tax office leader asked if she was my NIECE!!! She is 13 months older than I am! Yes, she is 61 years old, but I think she looks 15 to 20 years younger. And it’s not just because of her cowgirl tan and the lack of gray hair. It's all those herbs and her health-conscious lifestyle.
When Jeannie cared for her elderly mother, who died in her sleep on her 99th birthday, doctors were amazed that her mom had stayed so healthy and alert using natural herbs and supplements. And when I was going crazy with hot flashes during menopause, the only thing that gave me any relief was an herbal formula called Flash Ease. I’ve since recommended it to several friends who, like me, were skeptical at first, but totally amazed at the results.
Jeannie has also encouraged me to stick to a Blood Type A diet during the challenge---mostly fish, nuts, fruits and veggies, with occasional chicken or turkey allowed. No red meat or wheat products, and limited dairy (yogurt and string cheese only). Dr. Peter D'Adamo created the blood type diets, which are not generally accepted by dietitians and physicians -- or my daughter, the Harvard Magna. So I guess I’m a guinea pig in that respect as well.
Given my previous dismal weight loss record, if I can lose weight on this plan, it's got to be good. For more information about Nature's Sunshine products, here's my web link to Granny Be Well.
Yours sincerely wasting away (The Beatles - When I'm Sixty-Four),