Weight has been a life-long issue for me...pictures of the plump girl sitting next to grandpa...remember chubby sizes? I learned to sew when I was 10 as it was difficult & expensive to find clothes that fit...I learned one pattern and made it in every color combination. There was Weight Watchers & Dr. Atkins in high school...it's amazing that I might even consider eating a chicken liver today...think it was masked with teriyaki sauce then. Half-way through college, think I was down a bit, but those were the days of eating a candy bar as a meal and nothing more. Have to admit, I was a bookworm, though I was on the JV tennis squad. Other than tennis and those 25 mile walk-a-thons, not a big fan of exercise. Even the school nurse was giving me advice on how to exercise and lose weight. As you can see from the graduation photo (that's me in the center) she wasn't very successful. Yes, I did grow up in Honolulu...a foodie state...a melting pot of cultures and yummy food. The standard plate lunch was two scoops of rice, macaroni salad and the meat entree, often fried...think of batter dipped pork cutlets (tonkatsu) or teri-beef or chicken where the marinade is equal parts shoyu (soy sauce) & sugar.
Okay, so it's been over a week since I discovered I could register this catchy domain and I've written multiple blog posts in my head. However, until I've actually put fingers to the keys, all the thoughts are just good intentions. Basically, what's happened to me is in the year I turned 50, there were dramatic changes in my life. What I managed to do even with all the emotional turmoil is shed 10 kilos...yes I now know you can actually lose up to 2 pounds a week and I've kept the weight off successfully for two years. This blog is actually part of my life's mission statement...yes, some will consider it hokey, however, at 50, I had to reexamine the direction of my life given the emotional turmoil that was occuring. I decided then that my purpose is to inspire others to live their best life by living my best life, making positive choices to lead a healthy, balanced life, exploring new ideas, accepting new challenges, being kind & compassionate and intentionally making choices that would do no harm. My plan is to write about what I've tried, what worked, what didn't & the online resources I've used to go from flab to fit. What I know is that you need to be ready to make the lifestyle changes necessary and perhaps my story will inspire someone else who is ready.