Thursday, 10 December 2009

Alison Moyet

I read this article today:

 Alison Moyet is one of my very favourite singers and always felt a connection to her weight wise. Reading this article reinforced that connection.

She speaks of not wanting to be an obese old lady, that was what sparked off my present and final journey to a good healthy weight.  In my job as a Doctor's Receptionist, I see too many women of a certain age who  have trouble walking and talking, due to weight. I have become acutely aware of the health problems that are compounded by Obesity.  Heart Disease, Diabetes, Hypertension, Arthritis, CKD to name but a few. I have Diabetes but I am delighted to say it is so under control I don't feel like a Diabetic.

I don't want to be dependent on others for my care as I grow older. I want to live a long, healthy and active life. I don't want to be on so much medication that it has to be blister-packed so I don't get mixed up. I don't want to be so inactive that I need help to get out of a chair or my bed.

I want to be active both in body and mind.
I want to be happy and healthy.
I want to be interested in the world.
I want to take part in life not be a spectator.

So I must keep on with this journey, making it different and exciting when I float off into the doldrums.
I have read several blogs today with a tone of loneliness, defeat and boredom. I know it is difficult this time of the year to keep focussed on our health and wellbeing.  There is so much going on, with the build up to Christmas, shopping, parties, preparations. But we shouldn't forget to look after ourselves.  It would be so easy to let all the hard work go and say, I will start again in the New Year. But I for one am not going down that road. I have had a tough time getting to where I am now with this weight loss battle, I am not going to fall behind for the sake of a few days.

I plan to enjoy my food in the run up to Christmas and over the holiday, but it will all be in moderation and it will be calorie counted. I don't have a problem with calories, for me they are a great guide and help me to make good choices. They don't rule me, I rule them.

Alison Moyet is looking pretty darn good at the moment and I hope she can keep it up, she is a new inspiration for me. We have both been big, now she is slim and I am heading there.


dawne said...

You are totally heading there! How great to have someone to aspire to be like. I know that you will be successful over Christmas - enjoying in moderation, aware of what you're putting in your mouth!

F. McButter Pants said...

Great post!

I know what you mean about not wanting to be old and fat! I have worked with old people for a long time. It is so hard to take care of a heavy person. I don't want that to be me.

Enjoy the holidays. Me, I am just trying to survive them this

Thanks for all the good reminders!

266 said...

Great post, Sheilagh! I have a similar train of thought in my post tonight. Your photos look amazing, by the way!!!

VRaz60 said...

As usual, a wonderful, thought provoking post. I am already heading toward OLD at a rapid pace, and I feel the same way you do. I don't want to act or feel OLD. Don't mind the age as much as I mind the perception of 60 being old. Keep up the good work you are doing, and you'll be a fit and feisty 100 yr old. :)

Friend of the Bear said...

Hi Sheilagh. Yes I hope Alison keeps it up. She really looks like a different person these days. I saw another article on her where she said she's lost and regained a lot of weight several times. I think a lot of it was linked to mental health problems - which is why she left the limelight for a long time. But she seems much happier and chilled out now which will obviously help her stay healthy physically.

I think you have some really great aspirations for health both physical and mental. You're in this for all the right reasons which is the best motivation possible.

Best wishes,
Bearfriend xx

Fat[free]Me said...

OH, wow, I didn't know she had lost so much weight and she looks fantastic, doesn't she? I have always totally loved her voice.

Her story resonates with me too.