Quitting Smoking

Overcoming Obstacles: Honey, I Shrunk

Overcoming Obstacles: Honey, I Shrunk

 

I know I’ve been saying how I wanted to lose weight—get smaller—but I didn’t mean in stature. And until a couple of days ago, I didn’t even know that I had lost height. Ok, I’ll admit it was only a quarter of an inch, but still. And maybe I was just having a down day. Or maybe it was because I had just finished working out. All that weight lifting can make you shorter, right?

I was so happy too…at first. I got on the scale to weigh myself, and I lost six pounds. Whoo Hoo! I should have stopped there. But nooooo. I decided to check my height too. No idea why…it wasn’t like I thought maybe I had grown at the young age of fifty-two. So I lifted the scale’s height rod a little a little higher than I figured I needed, stepped back on the scale, and brought it down to my head. And when I looked up I couldn’t believe it. So I tried to stand as tall as humanly possible, but to no avail. I couldn’t stand tall enough to reach 5’ 4 ¼”. And you laugh.

That was my wake-up call. And that is the last millimeter that I intend to lose–vertically anyway. Read On…

Is Your Favorite Health Food Really All Natural?

Is Your Favorite Health Food Really All Natural?

 

In my quest to become healthier, I have been trying to eat more natural and organic foods. This has meant completely changing the way we eat, where we shop,  and how I read labels and other materials to become more informed about our food choices.

This all started when I quit smoking last year, and has turned into a full blown personal campaign for better food choices after watching the movie Food, Inc. If you haven’t seen it yet, you really should! It’s quite an eye opener…especially the parts about GMOs (genetically modified organisms).

Before seeing the movie, I had already started shopping at Whole Foods. I decided to use my allotted cigarette money to purchase organic produce, and meats that were as natural as we could afford. We also switched over to natural whole grain breads, crackers, cookies and pastas. At this point I had never heard of GMOs, so I figured that everything that I was buying was all natural and good for us. Unfortunately no. Read On…

Overcoming the Obstacles: Middle Age Spread

Overcoming the Obstacles: Middle Age Spread

 

Ok…ok…I’ll admit it, aging is not all sunshine and lollipops. And really, I may be an optimistic person, but I don’t wear rose colored glasses. I just like to look at the positives and work toward overcoming, or accepting if I have to, the negatives in life. (Though I’m really not the best at accepting things that I don’t want to accept. Just ask anyone who knows me.) Besides I truly believe there are always lessons that can make us stronger and better if we choose to learn from the obstacles in life.

My most recent obstacle, actually it’s been going on for a couple of years, has been the fact that I’ve gained what I consider to be a lot of weight. And no, I’m not saying how much.

It seems “one of the foremost menopause symptoms seems to be weight gain and a change in the overall shape of your body”, according to Epigee Women’s Health. And the main area where women gain the weight is the abdomen. Yeah, no kidding. I really only had to look in a mirror or try on a pair of jeans to figure that one out. Read On…

I Quit!

I Quit!

One month ago today, I quit smoking. Which, if you knew me, you’d realize is HUGE!!! The really weird thing is that I had no intentions of quitting…..ever. Read On…