Every site on weight loss, every book says walking is the number one step to getting fit.
If you need to start with baby steps they say to start with 20 minutes a day.
There are so many great places to walk in my city and I do walk, now I know that I need to walk for 30 minutes or more each and every day.
Walking briskly, walking with purpose and wearing proper walking shoes, to avoid injury.
So today I walked down and met Mother and sister in the Village for a late breakfast. I ordered a decaf Americano and an egg scramble with veggies. I ate half of what was on the plate and did not eat the toast that accompanied the breakfast. Next time I'll say hold the toast...my sister, who wears size 6, ate the toast for me so it didn't go to waist! (waste)
She stays in shape riding her horses, she has never had children and while I have hypothyroid she has hyperthyroid...
oh the luck of those hereditary genetics.
After breakfast we went to a women's shop, Mercedes Lane. They sell a wide variety of "cheap and cheerful" clothes. The European imports are not cheap, but they need a tall and willowy body to handle all the extra ruffles and ribbons so no temptation here!
Mother tried on a few things and then got tired of changing her clothes...
she's going back tomorrow!
My sister bought an amazing LBD in size 6 of course...
figure hugging and she looked as chic as could be with her blonde locks and her tiny frame and will look fabulous on her next trip to Rancho Mirage, near Palm Springs.
I bought a Papillion Company designed tunic out of Vancouver and Los Angeles
to wear with my leggings...
I will layer this with a longer sleeved or 3/4 sleeved Tee when the weather gets colder.
I'll be wearing the Debra Kay necklace that I bought to wear at our son's wedding several years ago.
The $350 sticker price when new was a bit steep
considering the CPW (cost per wearing)
it's down to a dollar or less
it as been a super fun piece which I will wear to my grave.
I need to give up bread
all the diet books say so,
at least in the initial stages.
This will be difficult,
I'll be drooling while watching Mr. HB enjoying artisan bread
with his Scottish Marmalade on toast...
(when will the technologists develop virtual tasting?)
I need an app for that!
I bought this mug for my tea at work...
loving the black and white theme is now transfering to the work place.
Hydration is a dieter's best friend.
I am on the second bottle of Perrier (500ml) of the day
so I am up to half my daily requirement of water and it is easy so far.
The other serious challenge that I will have is the reduction of my consumption of potatoes.
I can tell you that I honestly love potatoes more than any food I have ever eaten.
It must be my Irish heritage!
I feel that I am ready to make some changes
I know that I am going to be challenged more than I have in many years
I see other women bloggers my age who have succeeded at reducing their weight
and I have no thoughts of becoming stick insect thin...
I would be happy to shed 20 pounds.
My joints would be happier too.
I am embarking on a journey.
there will be lots of other things going on in The Humble Bungalow.
Menopause seems like a time for redefining and reinventing
seeing life through the eyes of a wise woman
using life experiences to guide one into the next decade
with humility, grace, and purpose.
Paying attention and being receptive to change
addressing flaws and shortcomings
makes me feel uncomfortable
as they are at my very core
so personal in nature
that I feel vulnerable.
at this stage of life anything can happen...
standing on a precipice
waiting to see
what is possible...
the unattainable, perhaps.
All these serious thoughts are weaving their way
through my mind as I walk home.
The sun is shining
the streets are covered in leaves
children are playing in the playground
parents are sitting on the benches enjoying their Starbucks coffee
To all intents and purposes I am invisible...
a woman strolling along the street
happy and smiling
putting one determined step in front of another
and giving myself the pep talk of my life.
I've got a long way to go...
starting with a few baby steps and when I get those "under my belt"
I'll tackle some more.
I have emailed Sheila
who is a WW leader
(Independent Fashion Blogger)
I am hoping to get some weight loss information from her years of experience as a WW leader.
You are never too old to turn your life around!