Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I am a Woman of Substance!

They call it a magazine for woman of style and substance. I have no style and I have always been a woman of substance-abuse (sugar, fat, food). Today, I am still searching for style but instead of abusing substances I am a woman of substance. (Thank you Gerri, for teaching me that mantra). 

Amazing Weight Loss Transformations: This is the title of a story in the on-line edition of More Magazine. The edition of More.com that just went on line features 9 women who reinvented themselves after age 40 by losing weight. This article would be inspiring all on its own but I have a special attraction to it today because . . .  I am one of the nine woman featured! 

These woman have changed their lives for the better by making the decision and taking the action of recovering from obesity. I am excited to be in such great company!  I have known about this article for a few weeks but have been quiet because I have an irrational fear that at the last minute I would gain 75 pounds and be replaced by someone who exercises 7 hours a day and licks stamps for dessert. Now that the article is on line I am comfortable sharing the news! Just go to the page link above and click through all nine woman for some sharing on getting and keeping the pounds off. (I am woman #4). 

This section of the on-line magazine is called Second Acts. It is about perseverance which, to me, has always meant someone who makes the decision against the odds and follows it up with an action. I always believed that this was other people, not me. I never saw my own strength until I stopped looking for it and just did what was in front of me to do. Getting the pounds off and keeping the pounds off are two linked actions that require perseverance. You have this strength. You can lose the weight and you can keep those pounds off. I know you can because all these woman have done it, I have done it and many of you are already doing it. 

And now, for my next act (sorry, I couldn't resist the corny line): 

I have been told (by several people so far) that I need a new after photo. Yes, I do but I think what I really need is an amazing hair and make up transformation. To quote another article in this month's magazine: To hell with inner beauty. Anyone out there want to take on a real challenge to make my hair look full, my skin look smooth and my face to look younger? Any miracle workers looking for a real challenge? 

Jane~

11 comments:

Fatoutofskinny said...

Congratulations, you must be so proud of yourself. The article is great and very inspirational.

Maren said...

Wow! What a massive achievement! Great article too :D

affectionforfitness said...

That is so masterfully cool.

:-) Marion

that TOPS lady said...

That rocks!

Amanda said...

Oh shoot, I wasn't aware it hadn't gone live and already posted my link back when she first got it up! I'm the last person featured, and since I just saw you promote the article I linked you in my blog entry on it :)

You look amazing, by the way!

Julie said...

Congratulations, what a wonderful celebration of your acnievement and ongoing progress. I totally recommend getting your hair and makeup done - only because I have had that experience after a large weight loss and it was amazing. Totally icing on the cake but so worth it. I learned how to use makeup to make the most of a much smaller face and style my hair so it no longer swamped me. It had been so many years since I had bothered with any of that stuff - I was not one of those who used clever grooming to detract attention, at the end I had just given up - so my ideas were dated. The photos I have from after that helped me really grasp what I had achieved and make it more real for me, a little like your magazine article may be for you I guess?

RedPanda said...

Congratulations! That article is very cool!

Jane Cartelli said...

Amanda - I did not realize you were that Amanda! I am so proud to be in your company. I love lurking on your blog. Some people I gave birth to but do not want to be named share your 22 day-issue. They can give you a run for your money. One had a 68 day record without death.

Hope to chat with you soon.

Jane~

~Kathie~ said...

Congratulations on losing 210 pounds!! Beautifully written post and as one of the ladies featured in this article, I am honored to be in your company! (I am featured right after you.) Love your blog and am now following. :)

Shauna said...

How exciting! Congratulations to you Jane :)

Lisa said...

Congratulations Jane! That's awesome! You earned it. :)