Myrn is 83, Healthy and Losing Weight

couple walking outside

She has lost 26 pounds this year.

Here’s her story:

At 83, I’m a part-time music teacher. Every year I learn and teach three new compositions. This year I learned “Un Sospiro” and “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” by Franz Listz and Rachmaninoff’s little known “Prelude in G.” My students won top honors performing them at a local festival. All of this keeps me sharp and on my toes.

When I’m not teaching, I’m cooking and keeping up our home. My husband is very supportive. He is 90 years old and one of the most positive people I know.

Marrying into a skinny family

64 years ago I married into a family that can’t gain weight. My father-in-law was very skinny, as is my husband. Unfortunately the same is not true of me. So even though I’m very active, I have to watch what I eat if I don’t want to gain more weight.

My weight first became an issue after I had my first child at age 26. Since then my weight has gone up and down. About a year ago my weight climbed to 164. Since I’m only about 5 feet tall, I decided that was way too much!

Sadly Counting Calories

So I started yet another weight loss program and worked with a registered dietitian. I liked the dietitian, but didn’t like the shakes and bars. We counted calories, which almost became an obsession in the program. I couldn’t really enjoy the food. I had to ask myself, “Do I have enough in my bank account to eat that?” All the restrictions made it really difficult for me. I did lose weight, but half of it went back on. I needed to do something else.

About six-months ago I was on My Chart, which is an electronic way of communicating with my healthcare provider. I got a message on My Chart telling me my doctor was recommending a course by Full Plate Living. I immediately got online and enrolled.

The crazy question - am I eating enough to lose weight?

The course was called, Are You Eating Enough to Lose Weight? It was very exciting. It’s not about counting calories. I’ve tried many things and strive to get the best from each. This was the most balanced. It was about lifestyle change.


My husband tends to lose too much weight, and he’s already skinny. But because the Full Plate Diet emphasizes lentils and beans, he’s not losing weight. And I’m not gaining weight. A win-win! I’m currently down to 138 and my goal is to get to 130.

Trying to lose weight can be discouraging. What I like about Are You Eating Enough to Lose Weight? is that it teaches you in baby steps. With each step I feel like I’m accomplishing something.

Simple lifestyle changes lead to great results

In addition to the diet, I walk. And, even though my husband is 90 years old and has to use a walker, he walks as well. He’s had two unsuccessful back surgeries but stays very positive. He says, “The surgeries could make me bitter or better. I choose to be better.” He walks a mile a day with his walker. He does most of his walking in the house. He’s clocked the length of the hallway with his iPhone and walks a half-mile in the house after breakfast and lunch.

I power up all of our meals. While the pounds don’t always roll off as fast as I would like, I know this is something I can stick with. I have no fear of regaining the weight. I know the baby steps will get me there and keep me there.

Thanks, Myrn for sharing your story with us!


Lonnie Carbaugh

Lonnie Carbaugh, LPC, NCC,  is a Behavioral Health Counselor at Full Plate Living who has shed and kept off 25 pounds since working for Full Plate Living. He is as dedicated about walking 5 miles a day as he is about his favorite sport, baseball.