July 20, 1998 |
I woke up about a year ago realizing that I had gained a few pounds each year for quite a few years, and I had the figure to show for it. I decided to shape up through exercise and healthy food choices. Today, I weigh 22 pounds less, going from 150 pounds to 128 pounds, and buying size 10 pants instead of size 14. This article is not about diets. Four times in the past 14 years I had gone on an advertised weight-loss program. I always lost the pounds--and always gained them back.
January 12, 1998 |
When I was found to have borderline diabetes at age 55, it was the wake-up call I needed. I was overweight, battled headaches and nausea and was tired all the time. After 33 years of marriage and three kids, I had added nearly 30 pounds to my 5-foot-3-inch frame. I had tried, in a haphazard way, to follow basic nutrition, but it was simple and economical for me to fix heavy casseroles for dinner and packaged cinnamon rolls for breakfast. I slowly went up one dress size, then another.
January 5, 1998
When I was a senior in high school, I was at my highest weight ever--221 pounds. I attended my senior prom in 1990 wearing a size 18 dress. Then, that fall, I entered my first semester of college and contracted mononucleosis. Because of being sick for a month, I lost 20 pounds. I discovered I liked the way I looked and felt. I decided I was going to try to lose more weight the correct way. A friend in one of my classes led me to Overeaters Anonymous.
November 30, 1998 |
My story begins a few years ago when I was diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer. Following my surgery and chemotherapy treatments, I found that I had gained a significant amount of weight, reaching my all-time high of 182 pounds. I was wearing size 16. Although being glad to have the treatment behind me, I was unhappy with my appearance and found that the surgery had limited the mobility in one of my arms. I even had trouble tucking in a blouse.
November 23, 1998 |
Losing the weight was easy; getting motivated to start was the difficult part. I had been overweight since I was 3 years old due to my parents' excellent cooking. Because they were always so busy, they would prepare food for the week--which I would always finish in two days . . . usually at night, after a hearty dinner. Now my life has changed a great deal. My co-workers pushed me to lose the weight and get in shape. They told me what, how and when to eat.
November 16, 1998 |
I began to keep myself in shape when I was in college. I played basketball with friends, spent hours briskly walking around the campus and enrolled in a weightlifting class. I tried to be conscious of what I ate and was successful in doing away with snacks in between meals. But all my efforts went down the drain. I slowly gained weight at the start of my sophomore year when I started to drink beer almost every night. Beer for me then was a very effective appetizer.
November 9, 1998 |
The one Hollywood expose that's never been written is a behind-the-scenes story on the overeating that goes on in the entertainment industry. Every sound stage has a banquet table laden with tempting snacks and treats. Every reading begins with a complimentary bagel and cream cheese, and no rehearsal would be complete without several trips to the candy bowl. Writers work late with meals ordered in from some of the finest restaurants in L.A.
June 14, 1999 |
My 65-plus senior basketball team completed a one-day, six-game tournament at the Senior Olympics on April 10. Our hard work resulted in a second-place standing and the honor of being able to represent California in the nationals later this year in Florida. Most of us "old folks" played basketball in college about 45 years ago. We are in good condition today, but, take it from me, that doesn't come easy. Nine years ago, I retired from teaching because of high blood pressure.
August 10, 1998 |
My weight loss began in the fall semester of my second year of college when I lived in the dorms. I had been overweight since the seventh grade. Since I'd lived with it for such a significant portion of my life, I never really considered myself heavy. I have always been very outgoing and friendly, so no one ever made comments about my being fat. If it had not been for my friend Lisa, I probably never would have taken off the weight. I met Lisa my freshman year and instantly respected her.
January 5, 2004 |
With those New Year's diet and exercise resolutions fresh in your mind, it might be important to know that it's a myth that people who work out eat better. In a 16-month federally funded study, researchers from the University of Kansas and University of Colorado put to the test the popular notion that people improve their eating habits when they exercise. They recruited 74 overweight to moderately obese people ages 17 to 35 who were sedentary, otherwise healthy and didn't smoke.