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Life Begins at 50!

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Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | Life Begins at 50!It first occurred to me that I needed to get my weight under control when I was on the trip of a lifetime with my kids … and was avoiding having my picture taken with them because I was ashamed of the way I looked.

We were in England, then Wales, then Ireland. It was my first time in Europe, and I was camera-crazy, snapping photos of endless green landscapes and quaint stone cottages and London bobbies. But the moment anyone would turn a lens on me, I’d retreat.

We had buried my dad a short time before the trip, and my son said to me, half-jokingly, “Mom, when you die, we won’t be able to find any pictures of you for the funeral home.”

Morbid, maybe … but he was right.

After the trip, it took me another year to get to the point at which I was mentally ready to drop the weight. It was a Friday morning, and there was nothing particularly noteworthy about the date. I sat up in bed and told my husband, “We’re going to eat a path through Des Moines this weekend, because starting Monday, this weight is coming off.”

I had tried Weight Watchers before and knew it worked for me, but I hadn’t been diligent after I’d lost the weight, and it had crept back on. With every intention to do things differently this time, I headed to Weight Watchers again – and made it to my meeting even after my car died a half-mile from the location. I was ready!

Seven months later, I had lost 65 pounds, and as of today – six months from my goal date – it’s stayed off. It’s not easy; I find I have to remain pretty disciplined from day to day, and when I do slip up, I have to put myself right back on the horse. But the end result has been so, so worth it. At 51, I weigh exactly what I weighed at 24.

And, most amazingly to me, at the age of 50, I became something I’d always wanted to be: a runner. I run 3-6 miles a day, six days a week; I’ve run seven 5K road races since last year, and in one, I won my age group. I’m off cholesterol medicine and blood-pressure medicine; my once-debilitating arthritis has all but vanished. A year and a half ago, I was hobbling up and down the stairs in our house, leaning on both railings; today, I run up and down them, not holding on at all.

If anyone had told me I could lose weight easily at 50 – and that I’d awaken my inner athlete while doing it – I would have called that person insane. There’s really no magic bullet; it’s all about eating healthily, exercising, and persevering. I wish I had believed in myself enough to get it done sooner … but I’m here now, and I’m loving life. Oh, and posing for pictures? Not a problem; I’ve even taken a selfie or two..

— Lisa Lavia Ryan

Source: iReports

Originally posted 2014-10-09 20:00:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

10 Comments

  1. Bridget O'Donnell

    February 27, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Fabulous weight loss. You look amazing!

  2. Linda Burstyn

    February 26, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Just turned 50 this week. Want to follow in your footsteps!

  3. Sandra Sinclair Chittum

    February 26, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Really spoke to me! I’m 61 and have yo-yo’s for years! Since the 1st of January I gave been working out almost daily and eating healthy. I have lost 12 pounds and plateaued, but sticking with the plan! I feel so much better! It will pay off!!

  4. Jessica English Perfetti

    February 26, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Joseph Donald Perfetti this is a good page to like on facebook. It has peoples true stories of weight loss & how they did it. I’m hoping it gives me motivation 🙂

  5. Elizabeth Windle

    February 26, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    I’ve just turned the big 60! and have been five pounds under my goal weight for six months after losing 55 pounds with WWers. It’s never too late to lose weight and we all can do it, just don’t give up on yourself, you are worth it

  6. Patti Sergent

    February 26, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Love! You are a true inspiration!

  7. Lisa Book

    February 26, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Congrats to you Lisa and ChrisSanders.I’m turning 49 in April and would like to lose 40-50lbs.I am having a hard time getting motivated. I lost 60lbs about 5 years ago, had to have emergency surgery, and ever since then, I slowly gained it all back. : ( I want that feeling back of feeling guilty when I don’t exercise, I just somehow need a kick start. Anyway, happy for you both! : )

  8. Chris Sanders

    February 26, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    You look great! Im 57 and have lost 62 pounds. It can be done.

  9. Joann Oliveri Lorah

    February 26, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    If life begins at 50 I really sctewed up some how

  10. Miki Clark

    February 26, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Incredibly inspirational!

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