Its Easier to Keep It Off Than to Take It Off (Mantra)

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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.

d&d cupakeDetermined 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.

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