Say What- You Can Still Permanently Lose Weight After 45?!?!

Aging and metabolism

My metabolism came to a screeching halt when I entered my forties. Nobody really discusses the pitfalls interesting signs of aging: metabolism slowing down, weight gain, lack of energy, thyroid issues and fluctuating hormones.

Weightloss

I gained over 20 pounds, felt frumpy, lacked the energy to play with my kids and my metabolism was so slow that I could walk through the bakery section and gain 5 pounds!

Frustration and Desperation

I was eating very little and the pounds kept creeping on. Everything that used to work,  when I was younger, watching my diet and increasing physical activity, no longer worked. I tried a popular diet-you know the one they advertise on commercials where they send you the pre-packaged meals. I lost nine pounds and when I finished the last meal the weight returned with some extra hitch hikers. I even tried that colored drink and the weight came back when I stopped taking it. I did not want to have to take something for the rest of my life to maintain a healthy weight. I needed something that would jump start my weight loss, not be a diet, in the sense all the weight returns once I stopped. I wanted a permanent lifestyle and not a diet. Something that didn’t limit me and allowed me to eat the same meals with my family. Sounds impossible right?

Ready to Make the Change

My daughter took the picture on the left and I was surprised at how fluffy I looked. In January of 2016 I weighed my all time heaviest. My search for a weight loss answer intensified. I spent hours researching. I didn’t want  a stimulant or something full of chemicals. I wanted a product that would encourage my body to start doing the work. I finally found a product that met my requirements, would jump start my metabolism and wouldn’t have to be taken for the rest of my life. As a bonus, it enhanced my body’s ability to naturally increase glutathione levels and helped detox my body. (Glutathione is the least known powerhouse molecule found in every cell of your body! ) Finally I had the courage to open the bottle.

Success on the Weight Loss Journey

I had purchased a one month supply. There was a money back guarantee so I had absolutely nothing to lose except for the unwanted pounds.  I followed the directions and took two capsules fifteen minutebefore every meal. I also ate one bar for a morning snack every day. I started to take a daily walk. I am so thankful I started!  It really did flip my metabolic switch and jump started my weight loss. This product helped maintain my muscle mass, and helped my body start changing food into fuel. I  had more energy. The weight came off with ease-say what?!?!? The weight came off with ease! It was so exciting!

Maintenance

At the end of the month I changed my diet and removed all sugar, gluten and most processed foods.  I continued walking and added some light weight lifting. By January of 2017 I had maintained a weight loss of  23 pounds (picture on the right) and I had the energy to climb Koko Head Stairs in Hawaii, an equivalent to 81 floors!

It has been 18 months and I have maintained the weight loss. I only used one bottle of this weight loss powerhouse. I am down one shirt size and one to two pant sizes! One bottle of supplement, removal of gluten and sugar from my diet and walking has totally changed how I approach these middle years. They are going to be the best years yet.

Weight Loss Journey Update

The manufacturer of the product has created a holistic system to support people starting their weight loss journey. Their product now includes a ninety day plan for life which includes: food guides, recommended exercises complete with videos, monthly guides for the first three months and a monthly newsletter.   I was so impressed with this product that I have partnered with the company.

What are you waiting for? In six months you will wish you had started your weight loss journey.

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The 2016 Brave Writer Retreat

“Hello Beautiful”  was colorfully written in sidewalk chalk as we approached the entrance to The Barn in Sharonville, OH. The interior was charmingly decorated with strings of softly glowing bulbs. Beautiful gift bags waited for each of us. Encouraging signs were placed throughout the space. This was the scene of the 2016 Brave Writer Retreat.

The women who attended this retreat have interacted through various forms of media but very few of us had met in person prior to the retreat. Our online groups had expectations of support and encouragement and these expectations were carried throughout the retreat. It felt as if  I attended this retreat with 150 of my very best friends. I have never experienced this belonging, love and respect before. I found my tribe.

Each retreat presentation is worthy of its’ very own blog post so I will recap the biggest ideas that spoke to me.

The opening evening started off with a bang. Julie’s talk was called, “Updating Charlotte Mason to the 21st Century.” Julie’s humor and wisdom shined through with her comment regarding Charlotte letting down her bun. I walked away knowing that theories may speak to me but when there is struggle those theories may need to be adjusted to fit our current, unique situation. In our family, when we become very rigid and tied to a theory or a schedule, stress increases and our home life suffers which in turn affects learning. I now will give myself permission to take what speaks to me and leave the rest.

Melissa Wiley was our speaker Thursday morning. Her honesty and humor captivated me. She introduced “Tidal Homeschooling.” It was such a relief to find a name for what was naturally occurring in our homeschool. The low tide had always set me on edge because I would feel like we were “falling behind” the public school expectations. Light bulb moment here-for my family it is more important to love learning than keep up with some randomly chosen expectations that may no longer be relevant.

High tide is the more structured learning, where my role is the leader. Low tide is the time where kids pursue their interests and I become the cheerleader. Each tide lasts until interests wane and kids become restless. During the low tide I will be thinking about the next high tide. The other biggie I walked away with was how can we make this day awesome? We can make it awesome by connecting with our children.

After a short break we really started to have fun with “Comics Make You Smart!” Melissa shared a list of SAT words pulled from  Calvin and Hobbes comics. Wow! Mic drop, mind blown! Then she shared a whole genre of comic books I wasn’t aware of. Did you know there is a comic book about the U.S. Constitution? I recalled my love of  comics, especially their humor and wit. In fact, when I was ten, comics helped keep me entertained during a month long hospital stay. Why wouldn’t I share this joy with my own children?

After lunch I joined Stephanie Elms for “The Re-Upping Moment: Tackling the Teen Years at Home.” She had us start by identifying our fears. My fears regarding homeschooling high school boiled down to: did I teach him everything he needs to know because we are quickly approaching the no “redo” zone and how can we deep dive to pursue interests  and still manage the “requirements?” After I wrote my first fear I realized how irrational it sounds. Of course there will be things I didn’t teach him. His learning won’t suddenly stop at the end of high school. Our relationship won’t suddenly end. The most important thing I can do is to teach him to be a lifelong learner. Again, Steph reiterated the importance of maintaining a relationship with your teenager to help make sure the path fits your child’s needs rather than making your child fit to the path. The other really big idea that struck me is “there is no educational emergency.” Say what-why am I wasting all this energy worrying?!!?! Community colleges can help shore up any deficient academics areas. Finally, and most importantly, I need to help my teenager stretch and grow without affecting his relationship with learning.

Friday we discovered what home means to us. We participated in a free write. Benevolently reframing has changed my life. It allows me to tell the truth but reframe it in a positive light. This speaks to my optimistic nature. Time was set aside in the afternoon so we could begin to process the retreat and look towards the future. I realized when I don’t take care of myself I become more and more negative. This isn’t healthy for anybody. It is imperative I take time to do some #awesomeadulting so I can have our best version of home.

I  returned with a sense of peace and acceptance for my journey and our homeschool. In the time following the retreat our home has become more relaxed and fun. My teenager was eager to tell me the things he would like to learn. I have had fun cooking with my daughter and discussing the reasons behind her dislike of copy work. I have even managed to pursue my own passion and attend a tap class and go on a date with my husband. Life is good.  There are still gems from the retreat to process and apply and those will come in time. This retreat is what my soul needed.

Have you ever attended a retreat that rocked your world and allowed you to make significant personal growth? I would love to hear about it.