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Are there any successful older losers here? i mean at least 55+. I'd sure like to hear how you did it.
Sat. Aug 11, 2:04pm
AMEN . . . me too!!
Saturday, August 11, 2007, 2:31 PM
YES!!! We can do it. I am 54 now and I have been at it for a number of years. My approach is sustainable loss at this point because I have a lifetime history of yoyo dieting. My thought is I want to get down to a good comfortable sustainable weight that will allow me to do the things I want to do while I can. So the good news is I have been working on this since 2002. Had a 25lb gain in late 2003. Got some help (educational and support program focused on weight loss and stress reduction ~ stress was a huge factor for me)....and I have been working at it ever since. I am down 85 lbs. Remarkable!!!
I am not going to set any records at my weight loss rate. When I am working to lose my rate is about a pound a week. Then I go through periods when I simply want to maintain my weight (Thanksgiving to Valentines Day...murder time for me with holidays and daylight issues). My thought is the rate doesn't matter because this time it is for keeps.
SO YEAH...you can get strong and drop some weight even when you are an old dog....we CAN learn new tricks and live healthy lives.
Saturday, August 11, 2007, 4:27 PM
Losing at 57
I started my food plan May 30 and have lost 18 lbs. I am very motivated as I have been put on insulin for diabetes. On meds I was gaining weight and as I was already over weight, I had visions of myself at 60 in one of thoese motor chairs. Not acceptable in my mind.
I have been working close with my M.D. to reduce the medication so I can lose weight. I have eliminated almost all carbs from my diet. Eating between 1200 and 1500 cal per day, from lean meat, fresh vegtables and fruits and non fat dairy. I also exercise by walking, swimming and going to curves.
It has been hard, but slowly the weight is coming off. I an expecting to eat this way for the rest of my life. Oh and by the way, I really feel much better than I have in a long time.
Yes we can do it. Good Luck! It might not be easy, but it is worth the effort.
Saturday, August 11, 2007, 7:31 PM
Please give a menu of what you eat each day as well as all the exercise you do. i have had a hysterectomy and it seems especially hard for someone like me. help, please. I"m about 50 lbs overweight. Lost it once with WW, but this time, did everything same and gained 3 lbs. Nothing is working, not even apidex.
Sunday, August 12, 2007, 12:24 AM
2 good books I would recommend are Sally Squires book about the secrets of the Lean Plate Club (she's a nutritionist and journalist) and Walter Willet's Eat, Drink and Be Healthy (MD, Harvard affiliated ...public health focus). They will give you good suggestions for susatinable healthy eating patterns. Sally Squires covers exercise too.
I eat 5 to 7 veggies, 3 fruits, small amounts of either canola or olive oil (quality fats), lean poultry or fish and whole grains as much as possible. I make sure I combine protein, quality carbs, and quality fats in every meal AND snack. ... for example...breakfast could be 1/2 c nonfat cottage cheese with a serving of fruit mixed in and 4 chopped walnuts and 1/3c plain oatmeal. I also eat real dessert about once a week and I make sure it is REALLY GOOD, a tiny serving, and I have it socially...usually in a restaurant (gotta make this a "for keeps"...this is about good living...not jail). I eat it slowly and enjoy every bite.
For exercise I do weight training 2 to 3 times a week...you need muscle as you get older to keep the metabolic fires going. And I get out and hike about an hour 5 days a week. Do something you love to do...that is central to staying with is. I bike, hike, swim, snowshoe...all things I love. I would die in a gym...but lots of people love that atmosphere. I know people at PT who folk dance, kayak, and do major housecleaning and gardening as their exercise...just stay as active as you can and make it fun.
Look at stress in your life too. And make sure you get enough sleep...and get LOTS of support. Talk with people who are healthy and active and ak for support and guidance...most of all hang in there and KNOW you can do it....you may just need to work out some kinks and glitches....keep trying.
Sunday, August 12, 2007, 8:48 AM
I'm now 55 and joined PT on Jan. 27, 2006. Since then, I have lost about 40 lb. (185 > 145). Obviously, I have been doing it slowly, with lots of plateaus (rest periods, consolidation periods, whatever). I reduced what I eat and exercise (both aerobic -- walking and biking -- and weight lifting) regularly. I eat lots of vegetables and, for the first time in my life, eat 1-2 pieces of fruit almost every day.
I don't have a specific medical problem (such as diabetes) and I continue to eat EVERYTHING. Just in small or moderate amounts. Two weeks ago, we celebrated my stepson's birthday with chocolate cake and I also had a piece. It was small and when everyone else took seconds, I didn't, but I didn't feel deprived either.
Sunday, August 12, 2007, 9:46 PM
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