Regained 3 Pounds

19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Monday, March 23, 1914:  Got a streak of sewing today. I get the streaks quite often in many variations. Another one is to get rid of some of my superfluous fat. 140 pounds (January) is entirely too much for a girl of my age. I don’t weigh that now, since I lost six and gained about three. Intend to take advantage of the other three and fight for dear life.

bathroom scale

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Grandma lost 6 pounds after her tonsillectomy.  They were removed on March 11, and two days later she wrote:

Weighed myself this morning. I had lost six pounds. My tummy is flat you can bet. Ate solid food for supper.

March 13, 1914

My memory is that Grandma was fairly short when she was an older woman—maybe 5 feet, 1 or 2 inches. She probably lost can inch or so as she aged, but I don’t think that she ever was over 5 foot 3 inches max.

Grandma—

You can do it. Hang onto those three pounds. 137 pounds sounds a little heavy—and you don’t want to regain any more.

14 Responses

  1. My problem is that I hang onto the pounds instead of letting them go :-).

  2. Oh, I don’t know…137 on a small frame isn’t as heavy as you’d think. A girl who worked the farm would carry a lot of muscle – she’d be a modern size 8, or even a 6 depending on how she carried it.
    (I speak from experience – when I was in my 20′s, working and chasing kids around, that’s what I weighed, and I’m 5’2″. Looked good, too ;) )

  3. I stil find it amusing that girls worried about flat tummies back then, just as we do now….well, some of us used to, before we “lost the battle”!

  4. I’m a little surprised to hear Helena worrying about her weight–I kind of thought that was more of a modern fixation for women.

  5. kerrycan, weight is a modern fixation for women of all eras.

  6. My grandmother was short & a bit stout as well. German heritage, I chalked it up to. I hope Helena sticks to her guns, or simply decided not to fixate on a little extra padding. Wonder what she was sewing?

  7. That’s quite a few pounds for such a little person. From what you know of her, it looks like she managed to get it under control — right?

  8. It is kind of sad that us women worry so much about a few pounds. I weighed myself this morning and I’m 137! but I’m a bit taller!

  9. Oh how I relate to Helena as we both fight the battle of the bulge – with 100 years between us!

  10. I’m 5’1 and 100 pounds is my best weight, 140 is what I weighed pregnant!

  11. And fight for dear life! She surprises me sometimes. I guess we all fight that battle.

  12. […] We now know that Grandma was making a waist when she wrote the previous day: […]

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