I am a 50+, almost divorced mom. This year I have embarked on a lifestyle change. It started one day when I saw myself full length and naked in the mirror. The shock of who I’d become was horrible. At first I felt immobilized. I couldn’t do anything. I felt sick and depressed. After a few days, I took stock of myself and realized that only one person was responsible for getting me that way and that same person had to be responsible for getting me where I wanted to be. I thought of all the fad diets, the yo-yo diets, etc. I decided that what I needed was a lifestyle change. And that was only the physical part! I still had to address career, relationships (or lack of…) I knew I needed to take better care of myself by: getting my body, home, job and personal relationships in order. How was I going to do this?! By making new friends and participating in activities that make me happy. By choosing healthy eating habits. By exercising and keeping fit. By exploring alternative career options. Though I was very excited and gung ho to get started, I realized that it took me about 20 years to get in this shape, why would I imagine that I could change it back in a day? I thought back to those futile attempts, those “micro bursts” of energy, frantic dieting and exercising that fizzled out before there was any tread on my gym shoes. In this blog, I invite you to join me. I will, in separate entries be writing about the trials and tribulations (and hopefully triumphs!) that I meet as I reinvent myself.