1. This was beautiful as always, my sweet friend! I think Dezi is getting better at looking into the camera at the end! Yay!!!! 💖🐶💖 Do you ever take Desi to the dog park? Or is that too much for him? I love seeing all the doggies you met!

    2003…my serious moment with myself. Highest weight of my life. I promised myself that whatever way I chose to lose weight, it had to be something I could do for a lifetime. I had been dieting for over 40 years and had just kept getting fatter. What I had done in the past was not working, at least not long-term. So I had to find a new path. I discovered a book and the fan club for that book and author, who was a chef. They helped me piece together the plan that would end up helping me lose 30 lb.
    1. No demonizing food. There is no food that is "bad" and that I can never have again. This is how I had failed many times.
    2. Adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to my diet and less processed food.
    3. Adding more complex carbohydrates and less simple carbohydrates (bread, sugar, etc.)
    4. Changing from White foods to brown foods (whole wheat pasta, brown rice, etc. Vs. The white flour versions)
    5. Increasing my activity which began with the Walk Away the Pounds CDs by Leslie Sanson and got more strenuous from there.
    6. Cooking healthy and delicious meals at home (multiple servings) and taking those meals to work for lunch vs. Eating out
    7. Eating my main meal at lunch instead of dinner (more time to burn calories before bedtime).
    8. No snacking after 8 p.m. (though now that I am retired and stay up late, I sometimes have a yogurt between 8 and 9 p.m.)
    9. No stopping or waiting a week or a month to start over because I messed up. Start right back the next meal!!
    10. What you believe you can achieve. If we believe in ourselves, almost anything is possible.

  2. I am on a current weight loss journey I am 55 and like you I just woke up one day and was sick of being overweight. My whole life I have battled food and believing this was me and I was never really going to be a normal size. But there are so many health issues that creep up that I did not want to define this second half of my life. The getting mad part was the spark for me to. All the things I have never done because of my weight. All the things I want to do that I can't because of my weight. I do feel finding the right diet for yourself is important and then making that transition in your head this is not a diet its a lifestyle. I am going to have to be on this healthy plan the rest of my life. I have lost 31 pounds since this past April. I have just added the intermittent fasting to the plan and I feel amazing. I have a lot of weight to lose and so I have set up targets and I am now 6 pounds away from my first target and I am thrilled. The most important thing I have to remember is that I have accomplished a huge goal and some days I can feel that old self sabotage working its way in –oh your still so overweight and you have so much to lose its never going to happen…and I now will switch that thought off and focus on all I have achieved and that desire to do the things I want to do and no cookie or potato chip is worth more than my desire. Congratulations on your weight loss! I know you will reach your goal! Thanks for sharing this!

  3. Thank you so much for this video because you have done and are doing what I need to do. I need to lose twenty pounds and I have been doing Keto and intermittent fasting and you have shown how I need to stick with it and it will happen. I am 70 and only 5’ 1” and weight 135 I need to change. I will change. I love your vids.

  4. Hi Susan, oh boy do I need something to hit me hard in my life, as my diet keeps failing. I am feeling like how you did, reaching for the boat but it is a miss and my life spiraling out of control right now. I keep questioning " how did I get here?" perhaps I should stop that, and move forward instead of the keep questioning things? I guess it seems hard, as life is throwing everything at me that it can and hard, and as I mentioned the reach and pulling threw keeps drifting away and somehow I get deeper lost. Anyways one thing I can tell you when I was doing well with my weight " seems many moons ago now" I did do the slim fast actually, even though many would tell me they were bad due to some felt the sugars in it. I would have my shake in the morning, with coffee later than for lunch one of their bars with a big bottle of the Walmart brand fizzy water. Yep, fizzy water, and then for dinner I had a nice solid meal with the works and for snack, I had carrots or apple perhaps even unsalted pretzels along with water. Even at times, I had popcorn, and I gradually walked every day started off around the block and built my wat up. Starting from walks they took me 10 min, to later 45 to an hour, all doing it around after dinner and rested my bully for the hour it needed. And you know, it all worked great!! So I agree in not always listening to what others tell you is bad, or how to do your diet. I think in my yrs when I have done it and succeeded, I did it my way" The all famous Frank Sinatra song " I DID IT MY WAY!!!" I know if I could get back into that, it would be a good thing, what happened is I left my hubby, got back into smoking and my funds were short. Isn't it sad that meals that are to be good for you, is more expensive than ones that are not? I mean veggies are pretty up there, my slim fast I would like to do again I don't believe I can afford in my life now. I went from making it day by day barely, to living alright here and things were good. But now I am back to living day by day, with worries, hence why I felt life spiraling out of control for me. But those were somethings I did do, and that did work out for me. Have a good Friday!!! Sending love and blessings xoxo 😘🙂

  5. Very similar to how I felt last year, mad and fed up after gaining 20 pounds over 4 years. I had almost given up on losing any weight, but last summer I started eating low carb. Now I have lost 22 pounds, feeling better than ever! I am almost 55, most of my friends complain about their weight. For a while I thought, that's how it's going to be from now on, such a frustrating thought! I think everyone has to be at that point, where they have had enough and really want to change their life, health and weight for the better. And for me, it is definitely also a bit of vanity. I do want to look in the mirror and like what I see.

  6. Wow, what a beautiful thought you shared about your son and grandson! Joy and happiness are found in our relationships and not in the external things, right? This is the first video of yours that I've watched and I love your genuine-ness. I'll be back! Regarding the weight loss journey, I've been up and down my whole life. I'm currently in an up stage and kicking myself about it. I need to hit the reset button…

  7. I tried IF and became extremely tired in the second week and the pace at work took its toll on concentration. Also I find my skin on my face sags if I don't eat carbs and no one I know use Botox for the fix. Your skin looks lovely.

  8. “Weight loss is a challenge for any woman” 👏🏻… yes! I use to be 5.4 1/2”.. in 4.5 now 🤷🏼‍♀️. I’ve been through the same thing you described. I had to make the same switch to get things under control. I appreciate this video & your sharing what you eat. I love food ideas. Thank you for sharing 💗💗

  9. My weight loss journey goes as follows. I will be 68 yrs old this Sunday. In August 2018 I decided to take a challenge to eat only breakfast, lunch and dinner for 2 weeks. No snacks in between or after dinner. I lost 7 lbs the first 2 weeks. I was so excited that I kept it up, and by March 2019, (7 mo), I had lost 30 lbs! I was only eating from 9ish in the am through dinner about 5-6ish in pm. So, I guess that’s a kind of intermittent fasting. I tried to have a salad everyday for lunch so that was helpful. One thing that helped a lot was that I found a chocolate bar I could eat, (my weakness), that was made with stevia. That allowed me my sweet indulgence. The bars are Lily’s. They come in various %s of cocoa from milk to dark chocolate, and a variety of fillings like coconut, almonds, caramel and sea salt. Some chain grocery stores carry them like Kroger. I buy mine at the local natural health food store. I weighed 165-168 when I started, and ended up at 135. I feel so much better, and can get up off the floor after playing with my grandkids. (Without turning over on my hands and knees first). I’ll never go back. Keep going Susan. You’ll never regret it! Blessings, Sheri

  10. Susan, I just love your honesty and humor — the boat noise made me laugh out loud! Pre-cancer I struggled mightily with menopause weight gain. It's definitely an adjustment carrying around that extra weight. I didn't like it one bit, although at some point I made peace with it and decided that if I knew I was eating good food and staying active I had to keep living and stop denying myself good things "until I lost the weight." But you're right, it felt like I was moving away from myself and I didn't like it. Then cancer came to town and now — talk about a 180˚ — I struggle to keep from looking emaciated. I have no appetite and clothes shopping, which I used to love, isn't very fun. One day a well-meaning neighbor saw me outside, asked after my health and then wanted to know how much weight I had lost. "You must feel great because of the weight loss," he said. "I'd give anything to have those 35 pounds back and the cancer gone," I said, as I struggled to keep from kicking him in the shins. It was a sad reminder that all too often society values looks over health. That's why I love what you've said here. You're doing what feels right for you, what keeps you healthy and feeling confident and energetic. My "tip" would be to make mental wellness and contentment a priority. If that means eating a treat once in a while and losing at a slower rate, so be it. Joyful energy will certainly distract from an extra pound or two. Thank you for your words of wisdom and good luck on your journey.
    Could your grandson be any cuter? I don't think so!
    As always, blessings to you, Desi and Bill.

  11. PS Are you kidding me??❤👭😂 We,,at least I think the most of us, over lets say- 55ish??..lol
    So, So, "get" the reaching for the shore,, the ship,,analogy ❤ Spot on!! yep.. ((hugs)) xoxo

  12. Hi there, love your videos, you are so inspirational. I am also on an intermittent 12 hour fasting diet. I'm 71 years old and think I can handle a 12 hr fast easier than a 16 hr fast. I'm 5'2" used to be 5'4". I used to weigh 128 when I was younger. I now weigh 145. My goal is to weigh 128 too! I'll let you know how it works out. Good luck on reaching your goal!

  13. Thank you Susan for motivating me. I gained about 18 pounds in the last 2 years. Lost my beloved dear father 2 years ago unexpectedly while he was in a revalidationcentre with a hernia, lost him in a terrible way due to a neglecting caretaker. A battle for justice followed. After the shock, months later I sometimes found comfort in eating. So I gained 18 pounds in two years. Today I started again for the second time trying to lose those extra pounds again. I want to do intermittent fasting combined with eatingwindows. Hope I am gonna succeed, but this video helped me to hang in there (I hope).

  14. Thank you for this Susan. A treasure as always and you are beautiful. I loved all of this video, that photo you shared. The diet tips, I have been struggling with diet for about 30 year, I am a few years older than you, going to put your ideas in my life. I loved seeing Dez too and how special he is and grown being with you. Dez opened up his personality. I am still looking for your quiche recipe which did fill me up and I ate less and lost weight.

  15. Good job on the weight loss, seems you've found the right mix! 👍🏼 I'm working on that myself; I've done the keto diet successfully but it's so stringent. I think there's something wrong with a diet that restricts fruit which have so many phytonutrients. Right now I'm trying to eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables with lean proteins, cut back on white carbs, and reduce processed foods. I need to incorporate working out, though.

  16. I just…gosh darn… LIKE YOU SO MUCH… 😍. 🤣😂😎😂… You always seem to just hit the nail on the head, know what I mean little poet??🤔🤔🤔… And then I wonder….hummm… How many other beautiful women… PRECIOUS and KIND and gentle of soul… Are being touched AND moved AND encouraged AND strengthened by YOUR vulnerability and open heart… you have this amazing gift to make each person feel like they're sitting there… one on one… Just having an open, fabulous conversation 🤗… And I just want to "say" to you …thank you. …🙏😇

  17. I watch your videos while Im getting ready for work, lol! Im amazed at how diligent you are with your skin care and you know what? Ive totally changed my game when it comes to skin care because of you! Not too drastically, baby steps. I bought the wrong Rose hip oil but am using it twice a day, good stuff! Eating right is a must, Im so proud of you for health steps with your food and for your being. I snack on snow peas, to tell you the truth Im thinking Im addicted to them! Keep pressin on sister, your fighting a righteous fight ( self survival)! Hugs to you and Desi, from me and my sleepy brindles ( Harry P. Hound and Lulu) <3

  18. I started Keto a year ago..best thing I ever did. Lost 31lbs in 4mos and have been maintaining for over 11mos now. All my aches and pains are gone. I have never had high cholesterol and I still don't. I'm 5'4" and weigh between 133 and 135 wear a size 4-6 pants and a small top. I love wearing my skinny jeans and I will be 70 next month. Glad you found something that works for you!

  19. Well I'm late again…commenting and clearing out my Watch Later list because I finally got to it LOL Just in time for the new one eh? LOL Girl I'm only an inch taller than you and have a good 42 pounds on you 🙁 Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xoxo Mary

  20. This made me cry! Your comments about your son…. My nest is emptying and I'm trying to find my new role. It's a hard transition. Last year I lost 14 pounds by doing Bright Line Eating ( it's a book) …basically measured portions, no flour, no sugar, no snacks. Need to get back on the wagon.

  21. I also do intermitting fasting and do the apple cider vinegar twice daily. I've managed to lose 8 pounds,still have 20 more pounds to go but determined to get it off.I just turned 60 so time to get back to my 135 at 5 foot 6.Your video's are my inspiration to keep moving forward.Thank you so much for your amazing videos ❤

  22. I found you about a month ago! You bring such joy to my day. I love your humor! I'm in my fifties but relate to you. Thank you for the uplifting posts. You go girl! You're strong and inspiring!

  23. Geez, your weight story is just like mine. Never a weight problem, could just cut back a little and would be back to my normal. Hit 60 and started gaining about 5 lbs a year also. Nothing I did worked. Went on various diets, eliminated gluten, dairy. Ate Whole Foods etc. Nothing. Finally found water aerobics and it started to work. Still working on it but feel better in my clothes. I wondered about happiness too! Always thought is would be a constant state of mind. Like a happy marriage. A happy life. Yeah not so much that but realized happiness is in moments. Your face in the sun, your dog’s smiling eyes, laughing with your friend, seeing your adult child being a good person. It took a long time for me to become aware of this and I am happier now.

  24. I've gained and lost weight many times over my 64 years. Sadly, my weight is up right now (30 pounds). I firmly believe that if you provide your body with the nutrients it requires, you won't crave the bad (yummy) stuff. I don't overeat, but I do occasionally make bad choices of foods that contribute calories without nutrition, which leads to my lack of willpower. Thanks to the dogs in my life over the years, I've never given up my daily 3 miles walks. You've inspired me. Thank you.

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