Getting Serious About My Weight

by Bruce Montgomery Ph.D. November 07, 2016

Getting Serious About My Weight

It came to me this summer. The realization that my expanding waste line was not going to disappear by itself.

In fact, I fooled myself into not noticing my midriff bulge by avoiding mirrors or at least looking at my reflection from the front – rather than the side.

My wake-up call came when I saw a photo of myself on Facebook. Allie – my niece who works with me at Safety In Place – and her mom, my sister Carol, were visiting me at my home in northern Michigan this summer. We decided to kayak on a lake in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Allie posted several photos from our day on Facebook. I did a double take at the ones of me – several of which were side views offering clear proof that there was more hanging over my belt than my t-shirt.

So – does a little extra weight matter? After all, I’m in my early 60s and many other people are heavier than I am. As I have heard some people say, I have earned the right to eat, drink and be merry.

So I gave this some thought and made the decision to get serious about my weight. I felt that losing weight would obviously improve my health but would especially allow me an easier and more enjoyable time during my hiking, biking and kayaking jaunts.

Recently, Allie published a wonderful blog called Why Seniors Should be Focused on Building Strength Over Losing Weight. She points out the importance of exercise and strength training are to good health. I agree!! But I was finding that my health and weight issue revolved around the kind and amount of food and drink that I was putting into my mouth and therefore my stomach.

I searched a lot of resources and found one that seemed to make sense for me.

First – I am not promoting the author or this book. I do not know him, have never met him, nor have I been offered an endorsement deal. I am just telling you that it worked for me. My advice is for you to do your own research, talk to your doctor, and then fully commit to whatever you decide.

The new eating plan that worked for me is called The 17 Day Diet by Dr. Mike Moreno. There are three books – the Breakthrough Edition, the Workbook and the Overview. I would suggest that you get all 3 as each one has information that helped me achieve my goals.

The following are the key ingredients (pun intended) to my successful weight loss.

  1. I committed to the plan and stuck to it
  2. Each day, I wrote down the foods/drinks that I planned to consume and would ingest those foods/drinks only
  3. As the plan calls for, I would eat fruits, vegetables, chicken breast, and fish. It was so easy and so healthy
  4. I also drank lots of water and some green tea but gave up soda pop, coffee and alcohol. I drink coffee and alcohol now but in moderation
  5. I weighed myself and continue to weigh myself each day – I want an early warning if my weight begins to shift up or down
  6. I continue to exercise – in fact, I now feel like exercising more often and for longer periods of time

Although I completed the diet two months ago – I still stick to its main concepts and my weight is stable. In other words, I did not start eating junk food again and I remain committed to eating healthy. Although my work takes me across the state at times, I avoid fast food restaurants by bringing my own snacks – usually an apple, pear, or an orange. And I have not gained any weight since I dropped the pounds that I wanted. For me, I lost over 20 pounds in about 5 weeks.

I feel so much better now. I can move easier. I get up and down without pain. I sleep better. I have lower blood pressure. And I feel more confident about living safely and independently at home.

As always, I respect your choices and decisions as you move through this gift of life. What works for me – works for me. What works for you – works for you.

And I especially encourage you to consult your doctor or health care specialist before you decide to make any drastic changes in your eating habits. And of course, research what works best for you by


Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.
Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.


Dr. Bruce Montgomery is a licensed building contractor in Michigan and Florida. He is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist as designated by the National Association of Home Builders. He has also achieved an Executive Certificate in Home Modification from the University of Southern California. He has a wide ranging educational background, including a Master of Science degree in Entomology, with a Master of Science degree in Forestry and a Ph.D. in educational administration.