Saturday, March 31, 2012

Happier and Healthier


The person you see in the first photo is very unhealthy and unhappy with her body image on all levels. That's me in the Spring of 2011.


Spring 2011

Fast forward a year to the second photo. I lost more than forty pounds!
Spring 2012

I was about to outgrow size 12 pants in the first photo. In the second photo I'm comfortably wearing size 4 pants. 

In 2010 I averaged two migraines per week. I rarely have even a headache now and the inflammation of joints that caused pain with every movement is gone. The back ache that kept me from enjoying working in my flower gardens is gone. I no longer take medications of any kind. My lab test results are now perfect. 

Everyone who sees me for the first time in a few months is amazed at my transformation. The first question is "How did you lose so much weight so fast?" My answer is always "Read the book "Eat to Live" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman" to learn what to eat and why.

I am happy to report that I have continued to maintain my weight for more than two years.

April 2013

While doing research for the world's healthiest foods, I found that many of them were in what I have for breakfast every morning. This is a hot cereal breakfast that keeps me from thinking about food until late in the afternoon. I'm sharing the recipe along with my story in the hopes that I can inspire you to be a healthier happier more energetic person.





Susan's Power Porridge Breakfast


2 to 3 cups of Vanilla unsweetened Almond Milk
1 Tablespoon lentils
1 Tablespoon fax seeds
1 Tablespoon Hemp Hearts
1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
1 Tablespoon bulgar wheat
1 Tablespoon steel cut oats
1 Tablespoon groats  
1 Tablespoon sunflower seeds and/or sesame seeds
1 Tablespoon natural raw walnuts
1 Tablespoon natural raw pecans
1 Tablespoon unsweetened natural coconut flakes
4 Large dates (pits removed) cut in half
1 Tablespoon of raisins
1 Tablespoon of organic Goji Berries 
1 Banana and/or other fresh fruit
1 Tablespoon local honey
 (You may find these items on Amazon.com or Nuts.com if they are not available in your area.)

Heat almond milk to a boil add lentils, then add grains, seeds and oats stir, turn down the heat to simmer, stirring occasionally. Simmer for about fifteen minutes until the lentils are tender. You may need to add more almond milk to keep the consistency creamy.

Add the nuts and dried fruit, stir and cover to simmer only until the dried fruits have warmed. Cut fresh fruit to add on top. Put in a pretty bowl then drizzle honey over all if you wish. 

This recipe serves two or saves well  (refrigerated) to be reheated in the microwave covered by a wet paper towel for tomorrow morning. I reheat with more almond milk in a saucepan and add the cold porridge to simmer for a few minutes until it is warm.

Packed with high nutrition this breakfast will help you feel satisfied well into the afternoon.
It's been more than two years since I began this journey. I haven't had so much as a cold since I started eating this breakfast followed by a large vegetable loaded salad late in the day. I drink a lot of water and eat fresh in season fruits daily.

I still have deserts occasionally and I still have a glass of white wine with dinners out with Mr. Mickey a couple of  times a week.

Countless people have asked me how do you continue to keep the weight off? This is my secret!

 Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

Friday, March 16, 2012

New Start!

Starting over is always stressful but later in life it can be downright overwhelming. You might think that getting a whole new wardrobe would be great fun but I'm finding that not to be the case. 


During the past year I lost more than thirty-five pounds. That equates to size 12 pants that were too tight to size 6 pants that are too loose in the rear. None of the old familiar favorites that have carried me through in the past will work for me now. Thus begins the monumental task of rebuilding a wardrobe that took years to acquire.



The pieces I've chosen above can be mixed and matched to get the most out of my investment. The exception would be the lighter blue jacket. It is more dressy and would only be worn with the black pants or a black skirt for evenings.  


My goal is to build a core wardrobe of basic pieces which easily move from day to evening and for any event. These pieces can be updated with accessories and layered over tops with interesting details or pops of color to make them current. 


I look for shapes and details that are appropriate for my body type. My upper body is still too thick as compared to my lower half. Instead of boxy large collar jackets, I look for deep V, single breasted closures or no closure at all. Lapels are notched high and upward with smaller or best of all, no lapels. This draws the eye up to my face which is quite round. To balance the roundness I look for lower scoop neck or V-necks in a simple style and sleek material. Showing a bit of skin above the cleavage elongates the face. (At fifty-five, I don't show wrinkly cleavage on purpose.) 


The shape of a jacket or blouse should be nipped in a bit at the waist but loose enough so that the back is smooth. Boxy jackets or ones that are too long will overwhelm me and make me look older and shapeless. My waist has always been thick but wearing a shapeless high neck jacket with a round collar or a chunky knit cardigan makes me appear to have no neck at all as well as no waist and makes my chin appear to rest right on top of my bust.


I always search for pants and skirts with a plain flat front and ideally a side zipper. Even though I don't have much of a behind, I don't want to draw attention to it with flap pockets or embellished details. I still want smooth very simple pockets on my slacks. Skinny jeans are for the very young and very skinny. I put those acid washed, weirdly faded, embellished jeans in that same pile. I look for dark blue jeans, white jeans and khaki pants with a slightly flared hem and smooth simple natural waistline. 




I prefer blouses with the same waist tailoring and a crisp collar that can be turned up for an extra lift to the eye. I really like three quarter length sleeves and always look for those in blouses, summer weight knit cardigans and crossover detailed tops. Showing a bit of skin at the neck and forearm gives you visual lift and makes you look taller and thinner. 


My calves are thick and short so crop pants are always worn with wedge heel sandals (never...ever high skinny heels). I need the added length to keep my legs from looking shorter and fatter. I have not worn shorts for twenty years and don't intend to start now. 


Wish me luck as I continue my search! I hope sharing this with you has helped you in your search for updates as well. Try writing down what you are looking for and why. It helps narrow the overwhelming choices when it comes to choosing what is right for you.