Everyone gets caught in a mental dialogue with themselves, especially if it involves change. Humans thrive on change; we need to constantly evolve to be the best person we can. Most people keep their thoughts to themselves about change, but sometimes it is good to know others are going through the same situations. As mature women, we encounter children moving out, thinking about retirement being over the horizon, and if more education is necessary to remain relevant in the professional world. This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what changes need to happen. I developed this column to share my story. If you have read my other pieces, you know there are stories to share. As I go through my changes, I will share what is happening in my life. Maybe it will amuse you, or perhaps inspire you. Whatever the case may be, please follow the journey that is called My Story.

My Story Week 2

Greetings everyone, and welcome to another edition of My Story. I am proud to report that since last edition, I have lost a total of five pounds, which means I weigh exactly 330. I know, that might not seem like a big deal, but it is to me. I do feel lighter in my stomach, which is a good feeling. However, I do have a confession to make I have no idea how I lost the weight. Sure, I switched to diet soda, water and am not eating as much, but my habits are still terrible. I have a video appointment with my doctor this morning, so maybe she can explain it to me.

Admittedly, I did break my own word and joined Weight Watchers online. I joined three days ago and have not sat down to really read and figure out how this thing works. I tried it once about ten years ago, but I do not remember how it worked. I think what scared me was going to the meetings. I knew I had an addiction to food, but I did not want to get wrapped up in other people trying to figure out their issues. I was more interested in getting help for my own problem. What I forgot, though, is through others I can connect with something that can help me.

With that aside, I know I need to not just sign up for things and not follow through. I must force myself to take the time necessary to learn about what I sign up for so I can take advantage of the maximum benefit. Typically, I think self-care is great, then I lose momentum because I feel as though I do not deserve to care for myself. This is something I can no longer afford to do.

In a separate yet related note, I have begun classes. I do suggest people who are interested in learning something give themselves the experience of online learning. It is refreshing to read posts from all the class members, even those who are younger. The information gives us wiser people a new point of view to consider. I love learning, and it is one of the most powerful gifts human beings have.

Well folks, I apologize for this edition being so sort, but I will do better next time. If you have any questions, comments, or writing ideas please send them to me at marlene@thingswomenwant.com and until next time, I wish you heaven!

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