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UMBILICAL Posts: 12,163
2/24/13 8:24 P

I am older - still happy

TACDGB Posts: 6,132
2/24/13 8:08 P

I just turned 57. I believe that we can do anything we set our minds to. At 56 I set my mind to lifting weights so I am doing it and getting stronger. I am sure that you are not too old to turn things around. It is so much easier to give up then put on foot in front of the other and try. You have to like yourself well enough to do this. I am so sure that you can do this. I am sure that sparks is just what you need to succeed in this. Remember to get the butt you want you have to get off the one you have. GO get this.............

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (241,002)
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2/24/13 7:36 P

I know you love yourself enough to take care of yourself. I'll be rooting for you!!!! God bless you!!!

CIRANDELLA SparkPoints: (59,534)
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2/24/13 7:08 P

See what good company you're in, Susan? If this weren't such a difficult change - SET of changes, really - to make, there wouldn't be a hugely populated site called SparkPeople! You are most definitely not alone, and we can all identify with those feelings and reactions you've so wisely shared with us.

I especially love what Konrad (ON2VICTORY) said! 'Cause it really IS a matter of losing just one pound, "x" amount of times...and we do it one day - sometimes one moment, when it gets really hard - at a time. You can do it, Susan! emoticon

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2/24/13 6:30 P

Thank you Fenway girl 😄

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,855
2/24/13 6:22 P

First of all I'm glad you got to vent here and now it's time for you to start believing in yourself! You putting of shopping is putting yourself on the back burner, don't ever give up on yourself your so worth fighting for and putting your health first and NOOOOOOOOOOOOO your not to old to care!
BELIEVE IN YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

K9CRAZYSUSAN SparkPoints: (45)
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2/24/13 6:09 P

Great advice, thank you!

ON2VICTORY SparkPoints: (47,549)
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2/24/13 5:02 P

hey, this is a good place to just vent. we all need that from time to time. I would say that it isn't too late to make positive changes now. Im an emotional eater too and i have my moments, trust me.

There are enough examples on this site that I can say with confidence that there is always hope for those who will take it one step at a time. I started at 385 and have another 50 to lose to be at goal and even with all of the progress I have made, I still sometimes feel like you do. I get discouraged, life gets in the way, why am i doing this, etc...

the bottom line is that i have made up my mind that any improvements i make, no matter how small, will make me better than I was before. An improvement is an improvement and that means im not getting worse.

Its really easy to look at how far we have to go and be intimidated by the enormity of the task so I do this.... I dont need to lose 50 pounds, i need to lose 1 pound 50 times. just focus on only the one pound. the when that one is done, move on to the next.

hang in there my friend. slow and steady wins the race.

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (77,399)
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2/24/13 4:53 P

Make Spark People a daily goal. You will find support and guidance here. Don't look at the long road, take each day as it comes. I'm 59, have battled cancer, knee surgery, thyroid problems and now liver damage and they are telling me I'm diabetic. I don't want to believe it.

I lost 40 pounds in 3 months using Spark People to track my calories. Once the weight came off, my knee pain subsided and my exercise kicked in. I still have horrible days but try not to beat myself up about it. I start fresh each day. Good luck to you on your journey. It's never too late.

Stop the soft drinks and try no calorie flavors to add to bottled water. I don't believe in Sensa, but the diet packets that came with my initial starter package are a great way to flavor waters and curb appetite. I like the Walmart brand no-calorie drinks mixes also to add to water. Like Crystal lite, only less expensive.

Fruit and vegetables saved my life. Or I hope.

JAZZMINE Posts: 1,017
2/24/13 4:37 P

Try green tea for a beverage. I do not drink sodas anymore. Green tea has many health benefits. I like to add lemon to mine, which also has health benefits. After 50, weight loss becomes much harder. You really need to reduce portions. Eat more fruits and veggies, less carbs and red meat. Good luck on your journey!


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AGITATOR1 SparkPoints: (3,078)
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2/24/13 4:00 P

The journey towards being healthy is long for some people like those starting out. It is a matter of putting aside negative feelings and emotions, logic and reason rule. Fueling yourself with healthy food every day is essential and doing away with the junk food speeds up the process towards better living. At 42 I quit smoking and started exercising. over time I gained 43 pounds. Challenging myself right here at SP I lost the weight. A few weeks ago on my 60th birthday I exercised in the gym for 1 1/2 hours, I used the step machine and did 48 floors in 10 minutes. I then ran a mile on the treadmill 7 minutes 15 seconds
A Healthy Life Style Has it's Rewards Waiting For You
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K9CRAZYSUSAN SparkPoints: (45)
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2/24/13 3:32 P

Thank you, and I love the pic with your dog, I love dogs, I have 6 of my own

AKATHLEEN54 Posts: 595
2/24/13 2:58 P

I am 54 and am starting over AGAIN!! It is NEVER too late to start! You just have to decide that this would be a better life for you. It can turn around many aliments that your body may be suffering because of extra weight. But you have to want to do it for yourself and once you have stay tuned to Spark and there will be a ton of people here to love and support you through it! You can do it! emoticon

K9CRAZYSUSAN SparkPoints: (45)
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2/24/13 2:15 P

Thank you Erin 😄

ERINTFG SparkPoints: (38,752)
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2/24/13 2:06 P

Don't let those hopeless feelings overwhelm you. You CAN do it. Don't think of how much you have to lose-- think of three things you can do to help yourself TODAY. If you only drank pop once, if you went for a walk around the block, if you ate some super healthy fruits and veggies, wouldn't you feel better? About yourself?

I know I feel better about myself when I'm eating right and exercising. I'm far from perfect, but every day I know I am making progress and helping myself be healthier. Everyone else might not be able to tell yet, but I can feel a difference already in the way my pants fit, in the way my muscles work, in the way my skin looks. That's after a month. :)

You can do it. Do it for the long-term goal of being fit and healthy, yes, but also do it for the short-term goal of feeling better about yourself today. Because if you can eat healthy and live healthy TODAY, then you can do it tomorrow. :) (And if you can't do it today, you can still do it tomorrow)

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2/24/13 1:33 P

Thank you Slugger, I'll take your advice, it's been forever since I tried a diet drink, so I'm sure they taste better than the ones of the past.

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2/24/13 1:31 P

Thank you so much Cirandella! You have certainly given me some hope.

CIRANDELLA SparkPoints: (59,534)
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2/24/13 1:06 P

I think you really *are* a strong, assertive person...but this is a whole new way of life, and it takes time to adopt. You can do it, though, at *any* age - I started at age 58, lost about 80 lbs. and have maintained that loss since then. It took me a little over a year, I think. How many pounds you have to lose really doesn't matter in the long run, because what's going to get - and keep - you there will be your eating strategies and behaviors. You can change 'em one at a time, one day at a time - it's almost too much to take *everything* on at once, I found. Begin by tracking everything you eat and sticking to a good weight-loss calorie count for you. Have zero-calorie sodas instead of the high-calorie kind; the taste is the same, too.

Is your body damaged by the weight? Well, my right hip probably is, but it's a whole lot less painful now. As for my blood work, my triglycerides are less than half they were in the beginning (and normal), my cholesterol's normal, and my blood sugar is excellent. So you can dramatically change those numbers without medicine sometimes just by diet alone - and weight loss. As for how you'll feel and how much easier it is to shop for clothes you really love - words can't express the difference! All the best to you...and remember, you really CAN do this! Glad you vented :)

SLUGGER17 SparkPoints: (88,244)
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2/24/13 12:48 P

I'm your age, and I've had hopeless times in my life. You can climb out of the pit you're in. It helps to have someone who stands by you and cheers you on in life. But even if you don't find that person, remember it really is all about you. Get rid of all those sodas. Get rid of all the tempting foods that are bad for you. Replace them with healthy things - fruits, veggies, etc. that are easy to pick up and munch on. Drink tea (without sugar) if nothing else. You could acquire a taste for water as well. Hang in there. YOU CAN DO IT! Make that assertive person on the outside go to work for you.

K9CRAZYSUSAN SparkPoints: (45)
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2/24/13 12:28 P

From the outside, everyone thinks I'm a strong assertive person, on the inside, I feel pretty helpless right now. I need to loose more than 150lbs, which is a challenge in itself. Now, add on the fact that I'm 56, and I start thinking I'm too old to care, which makes me down high calorie sodas, I guess my drug of choice. I wonder if my obese body is already so damaged from the weight, perhaps it's no longer even worth making changes. ,I vowed to purchase healthy foods when I next go grocery shopping, so as,of now I'm putting of shopping. I'm just venting, it's nice to say how I really feel for a,change.

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