59 Candles, 59 Things – part thirty three

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.

True that….
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.

No offense intended, I once held a baby sloth in Costa Rica and it was adorable.
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.  

A bit more animal/diet humor because seriously, haven’t we all been there? 




11 thoughts on “59 Candles, 59 Things – part thirty three

    1. I โค๏ธ my FitBit too. I really think it has been a huge part of my success. Great to be aware of movement and work towards better health.

  1. You go girl! Healthy living is always a good thing. This is the season when I have the most trouble staying active. I just want to curl up under a blanket with a cup of tea and a book (very sloth-like๐Ÿ˜‰). I am hoping with the warmer weather on the horizon I will get my bottom moving a little more. Congrats on your success!

    1. Thank you Nancy! It is challenging in the winter to stay active since I’m not a skier or ice skater (walking without falling on ice is challenge enough). I love the couch snuggle with tea and a cat on my lap with a blazing fire is so alluring. I do feel really good about committing to being healthier and appreciate your kind words.

  2. I’m glad you are doing well. I try to eat well but I need to exercise more. I bought a Misfit Shine that I don’t use anymore because it didn’t increase my activity level. ๐Ÿ™

  3. I am so happy for your success! Nothing ever stops you once you make up your mind to do something! It makes me smile thinking of you dancing it off in the kitchen.

    1. Thank you so much. I’ve always loved to crank up tunes when doing housework so this is a good excuse to dance and increase my steps. Every once in awhile Spence joins me, for a few minutes……๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ

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