Forty first thing: The next thing that makes me happy is one that I wouldn’t imagine being on the list when I started this series on my 59th birthday last May.
Weight Watchers makes me happy.
On December 28th, when Oprah spoke to me (and millions of others) I heard her message “if not now when?” and it resonated. Loving to cook and eat with the additional freedom to travel since retiring 2 years ago, I’ve seen the number on my scale inch upwards. I was having so much fun that I’d become complacent. With 2016 on the horizon, I got online and signed up that evening.
My expectations were that the first 5-10 lbs would come off with mindful eating and more movement – and that happened. What surprised me is that I’ve lost 19 lbs in just two months while enjoying food. In fact if I’d been a bit more disciplined with choices when dining out and traveling, I’d have lost more by now. Part of my success has to do with not depriving myself by having foods I love but in moderation and the other part is being more active.
Purchasing my FitBit has been integral to my acceptance that I’ve been living like a sloth.
Accepting that I can’t change my past, I’m now tracking every step via the FitBit which syncs to my WW and FitBit apps on my iphone and MACBook. It also means that if I’m running behind on my daily goal by bedtime, I fire up my ipod to a couple of my favorite tunes and “dance it out” in the kitchen.
Thank you Oprah for getting my attention, to Weight Watchers for an awesome program and great tools and to Spence, your encouragement and support are endlessly appreciated.
For more of this series, “59 Candles, 59 Things” – click on “59 Things” under Categories. And I’d love to hear what things make you happy.