At fifty-three, I was not happy, healthy, or energetic. My style focus was to cover as much of my body as possible and blend into the background. I hadn’t yet learned the value of eating primarily plant-based foods, rarely exercised, and slept poorly. Even walking on the lawn for a few steps was painful due to inflammation and arthritis. None of my symptoms improved, even though I took several expensive medications each month.
I remember thinking this is how growing old feels, and I almost accepted things as they were and resigned myself to the inevitable downward spiral. Then when I was fifty-five, Mr. Mickey gave me a book he had just read that was helping him lose weight and feel better. That book was “Eat to Live” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman.
Within six months, I was off all medications and had lost more than forty-five pounds, and I’ve kept them off all these years. But unfortunately, getting my wardrobe in order took a lot longer, so I started a blog to share what I’ve learned and what works for me in hopes that it helps you work out your best choices.
I now own significantly fewer clothes, but I can wear them in many combinations and across seasons. Keeping it simple means I don’t have many prints, and the colors are all neutral, but I’ve never been more pleased with my wardrobe. I’m much happier and more healthy now than when I was in my thirties.
This was my going-to-the-grocery store look on Tuesday. The v-neck cashmere navy sweater is at least four years old. I bought it at Everlane, but here is a similar sweater. The white cotton shell is here, and the jeans are here. The bag is about three years old from Dooney & Bourke, and the loafers are here.
If you are struggling with bothersome health issues, a few extra pounds, or think you have nothing to wear, I hear you, sister. I’ve been there! That’s why I share what I’ve learned, and I hope it helps you reach your goals.
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