I'm not a nutritionist. I'm not a fitness expert.

I am a 57 year old woman who has never felt more healthy and fit in my entire life. Five years ago, at 52, I weighed about 80 lbs. more than I do now. I felt much older, with stiff joints and back aches and no energy. And don't even ask about clothes!

My goal was not just weight loss, but to get healthier. I did not "go on a diet," I did not count calories or carbs. I made lifestyle changes, a little at a time. I tried to eat healthier and move more. You can do this, too. You can make changes to look, and more importantly, feel healthier and fit. You don't have to be overweight to be unfit. You will feel a difference in strength, energy, stamina and flexibility. I'm talking to you, men, too!

I can tell you how I did it. Not everything I do will be right for you. Through posts about my progress; tips and ideas about nutrition and exercise; links to sites I like and find helpful, I hope to inspire others to get fit and healthy and encourage a community of support and an exchange of ideas. And have a little fun on the way! Much of our information will be about local Cape Ann sites - walking and bike routes, gyms, types of exercise, yoga studios, good buys on healthy food - but Guests and commenters from anywhere are welcome as well.

Okay, I know you all want to know. Right now I'm wearing a pair of Levis - size 8. A comfortable size 8!

Twenty year old daughter:
"Mom, why are you wearing my clothes?"
Mom: "Because I can!"

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Healthy Eating Does Not Run in the Family

Funny kids.

Rummaging through cabinets and the refrigerator, one or the other of my two daughters (now 20 and 26) would often complain, "There's nothing to eat in this house." Mom's reply: "I just went to the supermarket. There is plenty of food." Response: "Yeah, but it's all that healthy crap."

A review of my blog elicited this suggestion from one daughter and was seconded by the other: It should be called the "how I made my children fat by forcing them to go out to eat by only having gross food in the house" blog.

Neither one of them is overweight by any measure. But they sure could be eating more healthy and nutritious foods. What kind of mom would I be if I didn't nag a little? :)

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