About Me

A Healthy You: Weight Loss for Women Over 50 Founder, Yvette ClaytonHello. My name is Yvette. The reason I created this page is because over time, I’ve had to learn each of us must find the right balance that works for us INDIVIDUALLY. I want to be a healthy me and want to share things to help you be a healthy you.

MY JOURNEY
To say my weight loss journey has been like a roller coaster ride is an understatement. When I was much younger, after I had my son, I was able to lose all the weight right there in my living room. Using videos and basic equipment, the pounds fell off – and stayed off. After I had my daughter five years later, that’s when my body started to change.

I worked out and was doing the exact same things I’d done before, but the weight was not budging. I was at a loss and didn’t know how to tackle this new dilemma. I tried everything under the sun – and I do mean EVERYTHING. Every diet and gadget on the market. Still nothing worked. Then one day, my friend and I were talking and she told me she visited another friend of hers who looked fabulous. Of course I inquired about what this person had done to look so amazing. My girlfriend told me and off I was.

The program took me on the most interesting journey. I did all the right things and ended up losing 41 pounds. The problem was – it took me over a year to do it. I looked amazing and people were always asking me what I did to lose the weight even though, I must admit, there were a couple of people who asked me if I MEANT to lose all that weight. That led me to believe I may have overdone it a bit, but I was finally buying single-digit clothes and I felt wonderful. Even with that, though, my stress level was through the roof. I was constantly worried about how to make sure I hit certain marks, document my food intake, drink all my water each day, blah, blah, blah.

Even though I had lost the weight, I was still unhappy. After the program ended, I was in a different situation at work – a more stressful situation. I was put into a different role and after that, I could feel the pounds creeping back on and I could not stop it. It was like the roller coaster left the gate and there was nothing I could do. I tried to go back on the program, it just didn’t work. So all the weight I lost, crept right back on – and THEN some. Several things in my life happened after that time. I won’t bore you with the details, but I took solace in knowing things would be just fine for me and my two beautiful children…and they did end up being just fine.

FINALLY…ON THE RIGHT TRACK
One day at the doctor’s office, after explaining my weight loss woes with her, she said something that would change my life. She had suggested a medical condition I may have. After the test results, we found out she was right. FINALLY, the answer I was looking for! Even though it was a medical condition, at least it was fixable. It explained why it had taken so long to lose the 40 pounds. The next problem was finding the right medication. It did take a while to find which medication worked for me, but we were able to get me on the right track and afterwards, I was finally able to start shedding some pounds. The rest was up to me.

Several things have happened since I found out about my diagnosis but the wonderful thing is I am no longer on the medication because it is no longer an issue.

I am now in my 50’s and over the last few months, I have taken a different dive into my weight loss. I have taken a different approach and it is working for me. I am happy to say that I have lost weight and at my last doctor’s appointment, he was very happy with the results and so was I. Being 21 pounds down, I am no longer that person that needs to lose weight to wear single-digit clothing – I am the person that wants to look good, but even more important, FEEL good. Every THING doesn’t work for every BODY. As I said in the beginning, each of us needs to find the right balance that works for US.

Thank you for stopping by my site. If you ever need support, I am here to listen. Please feel free to leave me some comments or send me an email at yvette@ahealthyyou.net.

Have a happy and healthy day.

Yvette
Founder of A Healthy You: Weight Loss for Women Over 50

4 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Yvette, I loved reading your story and especially how you turned things around. Well done for finding a path to weight loss that also led to happiness rather than misery. Becoming lighter is no fun unless you also feel lighter in yourself. 🙂 I have the feeling you would enjoy my latest post, an interview with Dietician, Author and Thought Leader in Nutrigenomics. Fascinating stuff! https://inspiringmompreneurs.com/dna-testing-health-risks

    1. Lauren, thank you so much for the kind words and input. I totally agree with you that we need to feel lighter in ourselves. That is a perfect way to put it. I will definitely take a look at your post. Thank you for that.

  2. Hi your story sounds very similar to mine I have been a yo-yo dieter in the past and I have tried nearly every diet it’s really sad to think about how miserable I was in the past I’m very happy that now I finally started to love my body more and now I can lose weight eating whatever I want and be very happy with life, I
    What methods do you use for your weight loss? Clean eating or veganism or other methods?

    1. Emma, thank you for your input. I am happy to hear you have gotten to the point now that you love your body. That is very important. For my weight loss, I do a few things that have helped in my journey. I eat throughout the day. While I am not vegan, I make sure to balance my proteins, fruits, green vegetables, and cut back on the carbs. I love fruit, but there is a lot of sugar in some fruits, so I back off eating so much of it every day. When I eat my mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks, they are mostly vegetables. I eat breakfast – it really is the most important meal of the day. Incorporating exercise is very important with nutrition and I have found walking has absolutely been my best friend. However, I will switch it up and incorporate other types of exercise – anything I find to be fun including dancing. I also take a once a day vitamin supplement. The last thing I do is try my best to get a good amount of sleep. Believe it or not, getting rest has a lot to do with weight loss as well. Doing these things has really made a difference for me. I wish you well in your journey and in your quest to be a healthy you.

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