On May 8, 2011, I said goodbye to the best Dad in the world.
He had sunk into Alzheimer’s for the past several years, living within a few miles of my house. Mom and I did what we could to support each other and help him ease through the transition, and he did so with lightening speed. It didn’t feel speedy at the time, however. In fact, it felt like time dragged on slower than molasses. But, within a 19 months of moving from our family home of over 40 years into a retirement facility, he disappeared into himself and left us.
Before he died, I promised him that I would get healthy again. I have tried for years, albeit without much gusto, to lose weight. My biggest weight loss came after my divorce in 2005, I was down to a svelt 188–the best I’d been since graduate school [written tongue-in-cheek]. But last year when we lost him, I had maxed out at 218. Mind you, I’m a woman and stand a mere 5’6″. I’m considered morbidly obese by those that make such determinations.
Heck, at 188 I was considered obese. When I did weigh the prescribed 135 I looked as if I’d just left Auschwitz. I have no intentions of losing that much weight, but I do intend to drop a significant amount. I have to be careful though, for three years in High School and College, I had anorexia and bulemia. You could say I’ve always had an issue with food.
After he died, my husband and I joined Weight Watchers. He lost 27 pounds, I lost 17. I’ve put 8 of those right back on again. So, this blog will be my quest to lose weight by training for either a Triathlon in April or a 5k some time this summer. [I've signed on with Team-In-Training and will compete in a Triathlon in April!]
[swiped from http://whatifoundwhilewalkingaround.com/. . . thanks B.L.!]
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