Note from Pauline Durban, Founder and President of Covered Perfectly - When I first heard about Janet, the Grandma to Glamma and learned about her weight loss story, I knew I had to find out more. When we contacted her I soon learned that she was a long time Covered perfectly customer. She is an inspiring woman with a fighting spirit and I knew I had to share her story with you. Keep reading for a short interview about her journey to a healthier, happier, and more stylish version of herself.
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Pauline~ What happened to make you decide to lose the weight?
Janet~ That's a bit funny. I didn't actually decide I wanted to or that I was ready to make a commitment to lose weight. My daughter decided she wanted to lose the "baby weight" and was going to sign back up for weight watchers. She talked me into (reluctantly) going with her to a 7am Saturday meeting, when it was going to be in the 20's that morning. I was not looking forward to freezing my rear end off. What I did know was that if I showed up and paid my money; I would work the plan. Once I got started I was determined to see it through.
Pauline~ What was your weight when you were at your heaviest?
Janet~ The day I stepped on the scale at Weight Watchers, March 8, 2014, I was 179.4 pounds. To my knowledge that's the heaviest I ever been.
Pauline~ How much weight did you lose?
Janet~ I lost 52lbs to get back to my goal weight of 128 (this wasn't my first weight loss rodeo) but I continued to lose until I reached 70 lbs gone. I now fluctuate between 107 and 109. I allow myself that range and if I go over 110; I have to rein it in.
Pauline~ What can you do now that you couldn’t do back then?
Janet~ I'm not sure that there is anything I do now that I couldn't have done then, but it certainly wouldn't have been easy, nor would I have tried many of the things I do now. For instance; I practice yoga. I have not been as faithful to that this past winter. I am now a runner and have run 8 half marathons, numerous 5 & 6 K's, a 10 miler, a full marathon and I am currently starting to train for my second full marathon coming up in October; The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM). I have been working with a personal trainer for three years. I joined a gym a couple of weeks in and have recently started power lifting too. I am considering training to compete in power lifting meets after the marathon.
Pauline~ What was your fashion style like before the weight loss?
Janet~ It had gotten pretty sad, I wouldn't even call it style. I wore what fit. I had basically stopped trying to shop for nice clothes. I didn't like how I looked and it was discouraging to not find clothes that fit well. I am rather on the short side 4'11'' on a good day with 80's hair, lol, so finding clothes that fit in length can be challenging. Sometimes petites are too big, even at a good weight, when you add extra pounds it's even harder. Stretch pants and sweat or t shirts became my wardrobe staples.
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Pauline~ How did your style change once you lost the weight?
Janet~ I wanted to look my best and dress better. After I had lost right around 35 pounds the first trainer I had told me I had "got my swagger back". It took some time and searching to find what I liked and what worked for me. I'm a fairly casual person, and I think that is reflected in my style most of the time. I do tend to "dress up" more on the weekends when I go out and about with my husband, but I am still more in the Dressy Casual realm.
When I started shopping for clothes I didn't want to look like I was my own grandmother; but I didn't want to look 16 either. I initially started buying very inexpensive (ok, cheap) clothes off the clearance racks. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on clothes I didn't plan to wear for long and would be donating as I shrunk out of them. After I reached my goal weight I still didn't buy great clothes, because I knew I wanted to try to lose more weight. When I got close to my current weight and knew I could maintain at that number I started looking for better clothes and finding a style. My style is still emerging and evolving. I don't think it is complete yet.
Pauline~ What advice would you give other women of a certain age that would like to lose some weight?
Janet~ Go for it! You CAN do it!!! Find a plan that will work for you, your lifestyle, and that you can live with and work it like it's your job.
Weight Watchers is what works for me. I like that I can eat what I want, without restriction. I like food...and a plan that restricts me to certain foods will not work for me. I can make the decision to not eat candy, but if you tell me I can't eat candy; watch me!
Regardless of what weight loss plan you choose, you will have ups and downs, but don't give up. If you fall off the wagon; for a meal, a day, a week; whatever get up, dust yourself off and FFMO forgive, forget, move on. It will not undo all the good you have done.
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