I suppose I should use fake names to protect the guilty, so I will.
I had just turned 40. Dave and I were at a gathering and he was conversing with someone who routinely excluded me from discussions. I had learned, from previous experience, not to try to enter in, so my mind wandered.
True confession…..it wandered to the obvious weight gain of the person my husband was having a chat with. I thought, specifically, “Wow. She needs to lose about 30 pounds.”
Then, I did a bit of calculating myself:
I had just turned 40. And, I had just gained 3 pounds over the past year. Yikes! This person was 10 years older than me. 10 times 3 definitely equals 30. Thirty pounds!!! In ten years, I would be the one needing to lose 30 pounds, if I didn’t stop gaining 3 pounds a year.
With a moment of sympathy, I did recognize that this person (the one talking to my husband and not talking to me), would have a hard time losing weight. I was finding for myself that the older I got, the harder it is to keep weight off. I read and study. Nutrition and health are topics for me, so I knew that the older I got, the more difficult it would become to lose any excess pounds.
That day, I determined to keep it off. And my mantra “it’s easier to keep it off than to take it off” was born.
Now, twenty years later, I am not quite the same weight I was that day, but I have managed to stay pretty close. It is not easy. People will often assume that I am just lucky. Ha! No. There is no luck involved in showing up to work out five days a week (most weeks). There is no luck in choosing to eat lower calorie foods that have higher nutrition than the pastries and desserts and carbohydrates I once enjoyed. Nope. Not lucky. Just determined.
It’s easier to keep it off than to take it off.
Determined to stave off old-age as long as possible. Determined to be able to enjoy grandkids and their activities as they come along.
Determined to be able to keep up with my fit and active husband. Determined to keep making a difference in the world as long as I am able, even in my third third.