Throughout my childhood I always heard my mother and grandmother talk about the “Morgan curse”: after a certain age the women in the family get fat. My four sisters and I were thin when young and then, when we reached middle age, the weight began to accumulate. We got the “Morgan curse”!
Of course, it was not really a family curse. But over the course of a decade I gained around 10 pounds a year (less than a pound a month). When I turned 51, I had gained almost 100 pounds.
Since I had always been thin when I grew up, I never had to think about what I ate, when I ate or why I ate, never! I did not eat according to how I felt emotionally. I just did not realize that what I ate was very unhealthy. I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and ate Philly cheese steaks every day for lunch. That’s what we were doing!
As I did
In the fall of 2005 I enrolled in a program to lose weight on the internet and that’s when I began to learn the importance of eating healthy things, like fruits and vegetables. Then, in the spring of 2006 I spent a weekend self-assessing and identifying the things I needed to change. After my weekend of introspection I decided to stop drinking wine. Then I started to seriously see what I ate.
For this I became very conscious (and this is how I have stayed until now) of what I ate. I started to keep track of what I was eating. In addition to being more aware I began to ask several questions daily, and I still do it, like “do I really want this?” “Will it take me away from my goals?” “Is it worth eating a dessert or a chocolate?” In general, the answer to that question is “no”.
Once I managed to control my food intake, I started walking three to four miles almost every day. When winter came and it was too dark or too cold to walk outside, I did aerobics and weight lifting inside. Eating healthy and exercising really helped me associate what I ate with the amount of exercise I had to do to burn calories.
You can lose weight if you have patience and if exercise is a priority in life and not something that is only done when it is convenient. It requires discipline and willpower, but I am living proof that it is possible.
The biggest challenge
I would like to weigh 135 pounds, but I am not willing to starve to achieve it either! Maintaining the continuity of the exercise has been my biggest challenge, fighting against conformism and moving forward.
How do I avoid increasing the weight again?
I have not reached my ideal weight, but I’m fine where I am. I have no plans to be as I was before. I do not make excuses for why I eat the way I eat. I like the way I eat now.
The most exciting
My energy level has skyrocketed! People tell me: “You look 10 or 15 years younger!” Everyone wants to know how I did it. I love telling people that I have lost weight with a revolutionary system that consists of eating less and exercising more!