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Exposing the truth

How did this happen?

Five years ago, I was in great shape and looked my best. I mean, just look at this picture!!

That’s the kind of picture you wish you could post and share. I was 53 and single, and did a glamour photo shoot for my then boyfriend, John.

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 so scared and nervous, and I wasn’t eating. I was in shape thanks to the stress diet.

The second photo shows an out of shape (let’s just 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. I think I just had a light bulb moment…


  1. Love it. Wait until you hit 78.

  2. 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

      2017-07-16 at 19:55

      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!!

  3. 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

      2017-07-17 at 14:17

      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!

  4. it’s way better to be happy, that’s for sure.

  5. 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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