From 2012 – An Old Low

 
I have just hit the a new low!  As of today, I have lost 25 pounds.  Makes me feel good!
So, it turns out I am five feet tall (okay, 4′ 11″ and 3/4) and I weigh 120 pounds; in my twenties I weighed around 105 pounds (I was still 4’11” and 3/4) so I have not yet hit that “ideal” weight.  I’m not sure if I will get to that point, but we will see what happens.  If I even hit 115, I will be happy and amazed.  At this weight I am happy and amazed!
It’s taken about a year and nine months to lose this weight, so by the two-year mark, maybe I will hit the goal of 115.
The best part is, I like the way I eat now, and I don’t view it as a temporary diet.  I’m not feeling, as I have in previous weight loss attempts, that it is something I am suffering through until I can go back to eating not-so-nutritious food.
Greens, beans, onions and all kinds of vegetables, mushrooms, berries, seeds and nuts and other fruit of all kinds, are the main types of food I eat; with a smattering of bread (carefully chosen with an eye on ingredients).  Still no dairy EXCEPT cream in my coffee (2-4 tablespoons per day) — can’t quite find a replacement that tastes great yet.
 
For exercise, I walk; my goal is to do this each day but it’s been more like three times per week until the last couple of months or so.  I lift weights intermittently— need to get a better schedule for strength training.  I’m starting a yoga class next week, to help with this.  And I am trying to learn to meditate because in spite of all the great health benefits I’ve experienced with this “eat-to-live” stuff, I am still wound up a bit too tight and anxiety and worry follow me around on some of the days of my life, in somewhat unpredictable cycles, like the cloud around Pigpen.  In this regard, another reference to Peanuts; I take it one day at a time, or like Charlie Brown said once, maybe a half of a day at time—good advice abounds in that comic strip!
All in all, I have to say:
 

TWENTY FIVE POUNDS!!!!!!!!!! and I feel good!

P.S.  I am 59 years old (yikes) and I have been able to do this dramatic shift in eating habits even at my old age so, see, it’s possible, it is.  I just wanted to say my age because pretty soon I will be into a new decade and that sounds really ancient to me, but old is the best option available it seems.

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