My 17 Month Journey… to lose 20 Pounds (yes, it took that long!)

October 26, 2017 at 6:00 am (Fit_At_58)

My original planned blog post for today was going to be about the fabulous top I made, McCalls 7627.  I worked for 2 1/2 weeks on it.  When I did the initial fitting, it fit.  As I continued to sew it, I didn’t think about the fact that I was continuing to lose weight.  When I put it on to photograph it… well, it wouldn’t stay on my shoulders.  I guess that’s a good problem to have except now I will have to give it away and make another one 🙂


So, instead of writing about the top I made, I will tell you about my 17 month journey to lose 20 pounds.  May 2016, as I was going through photographs for Amanda, I found a picture of me.  I said to DannyO, “look at this picture!!!”  It was taken maybe in 2005.  I was just sitting at a picnic but what I noticed was how strong and fit I looked!


I decided then and there to make some real changes!!  I was sedentary, fat, and basically unhealthy!!  I joined Ebensburg Fitness and committed to going 3-4 days a week.  I tried classes but I’m solitary by nature and they weren’t a good fit for me.  So, I lifted weights and used their cardio machines.  My weight didn’t budge, but I persisted.  By September, I had lost 3 pounds… I persisted… by December, I lost 6 pounds.


January 2017 — down 7 pounds 🙂

Ebensburg Fitness gave me the jump-start I needed but once winter hit, I suspended my gym membership. I just cannot be out in the cold with my neuralgia.  However, I continued to lift at home and use my elliptical at least 3 days a week. Continuing to persist…  By Brent’s wedding, I had lost 10 pounds.


Down 10 pounds

The real change came in April.  Amanda gave me her old Fitbit.  Then I REALLY realized that, even with my 30 minutes on the elliptical, I was only getting about 3500 steps in each day.

I then committed to getting 8000 steps in each day.  In order to achieve this, I began to take Jazzy Joy to the Ghost Town trail for a walk at least 5 days a week.  Sometimes I need a walking stick.  Even other times, I need my rollator, but I walk, no matter how slowly, at least 50 minutes. The weight actually started coming off a little faster and I continued to persist…

Then 3 weeks ago I stepped on the scale and it said 139.5.  I didn’t believe it.  I made DannyO step on it.  He said it was 7 pounds light compared to the doctor’s scale.  I threw that scale away and bought a new one.  I stepped on it… 139.5!!  I made DannyO step on it.  He said it was 7 pounds light, but then remembered that, at the doctor’s, he had his heavy work shoes and jeans on!!

At that point, I believed the scale!!  Woo Hoo!!!  I’d like to lose 5 more, but, I don’t care if I do!!

The challenge will be this winter, when it is cold out.  I will have to find some way to continue.  I haven’t quite figured out what I’m going to do.

I lift weights for only 20 minutes 2 days a week and do a 5-minute ab workout every morning while my moisturizer is permeating my skin.  I walk 5-6 days a week, rain or shine.  (Jazzy Joy is in fabulous shape too — the vet said so!)

My eating habits changed a bit too.  Most days I eat 2 meals and one substantial snack.  I try to include vegetables and fruit, although I find it easier to get my fruit quota in.  After I drink my morning coffee, I drink water.  On weekends, I allow myself a few adult beverages if we eat out and I enjoy whatever restaurant food I order.  I also still eat a goodie every day.  To me, this is more of a lifestyle change than a diet.

I’m so proud of me!!  I did it!! I just feel better all around — the aches in my knees and hips aren’t quite as bad.  Because my abs are stronger, my back doesn’t hurt quite as much.   I really feel like the weight will stay off because of the way I lost it — as slow as a turtle 🙂


From 160 to 139.5  — Woo Hoo!!



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