Who is that in the mirror??
Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Hello out there
My name is Winnie. I live in Toronto for 9 months and Florida for 3. I am 71 years old, in two days, and I live a good life with my partner of 6 years, large family and good friends. I retired from a late life career (divorce can be a real motivator) in commercial real estate management in 2012 to take an art program for the next two years. So, I have nothing to complain about. BUT, every morning when I look in the mirror I think, "who the heck is that"? Over the course of 40 years I have gained 60 pounds and every couple of years another few pack on. I am very fortunate to have no serious health problems, other than arthritis, although a mixture of mild narcolepsy and chronic Restless Leg Syndrome is challenging to control as the medications are opposites; one is intended to increase alertness while the other is intended to calm jumpy nerve endings.
I play pickleball a couple of times a week and otherwise don't get enough exercise (not a fan of exercise- I know, "who is"?) I mostly eat well. My European early beginnings gave me a preference for (real) pumpernickel breads, homemade and nutritious meals but....my difficulties come down to portion control and evening snacking (I often go to bed early to avoid foraging).
I read today that blogging can help, so here I am.
I am not concerned about getting older; just the ever-increasing weight which I fear will eventually lessen my ability to enjoy life. I would also love to look in the mirror and recognize the person looking back at me. The arthritis is also not helped by the extra weight. I am 5'4" and 186 pounds- I would be happy to get down to 150 pounds.
Looking for motivation and tips
Thanks for reading