Exposing the truth

Okay here goes nothing. It’s time I exposed the truth to myself and be who I am. I have been hiding behind the stories I tell myself and I don’t want to do that anymore.

Five years ago, I was in great shape and looked my best. At least on the outside.

I was 53 and single. I wanted to have one of those glamor shots done before I was too old. I had loads of makeup on and hair extensions in and the best lighting for the perfect shot.

It was fun to do, but it wasn’t “real”.

Here I am five years later at 58, and wow what a difference. Notice the practical, unsexy bra goes perfectly with the practical, unsexy underwear.

And how did I get so out of shape?

The interesting thing about these photos is, you can’t tell by the first one that I was a wreck. I was getting into yet another relationship. I was scared and nervous, and I wasn’t eating. Thanks to the stress diet, I was in shape.

The second photo shows an out of shape (let’s go ahead and say fat), comfortable, married, happy woman. Sure I need to lose 30 pounds, and yes I need to get in shape so that I stay healthy. But the outside isn’t all there is to us.

It’s funny when I decided to write this I thought I’d be exposing my fat and talking about dieting and getting back into shape. Maybe what I need to start with is what’s inside. I may have just had a light bulb moment.

Reader Comments

  1. Catherine

    I freaking love you for posting real photos! That’s my thing-honesty in blogging and writing. You look great both ways.
    Presently, I am in the process of going back to my weight loss program. I lost 25 pounds and swear I gained 15 of those pounds in France a few weeks ago. I’m doing it slowly–again because I love to eat. I need to read more of your blog now. Bye!

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      Thank you Catherine! I really appreciate the encouragement. I’m like you, I love to eat. I used to say I only exercised because I like food! I used to ride my bike 13 miles to get the best croissant, because I knew I earned it. Trying to get back to that way of thinking again. I will check out your blog!!

  2. Ilene

    Even though you and I may not agree on a few things, I find you to be a huge inspiration. I’m really proud to call you my Aunt. I always knew you’d go places in life and be different. Yes that’s a good thing. I love you. You rock!!!

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      Thank you Ilene, that means so much to me. I don’t feel like an inspiration, most days. Just yesterday, I was thinking, “what gives me the right to think I can do a blog like this…” Your words and timing are perfect. I love you too!

  3. vinegar and vanilla

    OK, you’ve thrown down the bravery gauntlet…I may need to get really vulnerable and show my physical self too. I am fine writing about my issues, but baring them physically, well that’s been a different story.

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