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LADYREV1955 Posts: 28
9/9/12 12:19 A

I'm new today, but Thought I'd share something I've discovered recently. I have been eating more Mediterranean style the last few weeks and I'm not experiencing the fluid retention problems I had when eating the American diet of bad fats, refined sugars and flours, and other highly processed foods. I'm sleeping better and have more energy. That's helping me start an exercise program now. Glad you're checking with your doctor. You're doing a lot of good things. Blessings, Becky

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9/8/12 11:57 P

I have 2 comments. First, the suggestion to have your vitamin D level checked is a good one. Second, try walking outside when you can. It's not so daunting and the time goes by much faster. .

JULIA1154 Posts: 1,783
9/7/12 9:42 P

Don't beat yourself up, either physically or mentally. You're doing so much that's great for your body but remember to give it time to adjust a bit to the new regime. If you can, try varying your workouts, include a day of something lower key or try Leslie Sansone Walk at Home DVDs, for a change from the treadmill.

Take it truly one day at a time and you will feel healthier, look happier and see numbers start to change. No matter what you do it's bound to be better than what you were doing before!

You might ask your doctor to check your Vit. D levels next time. It's vital for metabolizing calcium properly (very important for your bone health, of course) and so many of us are way low on it.

Take care and enjoy the journey!

9/7/12 3:26 P

I wouldn't worry about how many calories you're burning for now, as there are all kinds of variables, like your current weight, how fast you walk, incline, and so on. Your body will respond whether your brain knows how many calories you burned or not. The bare minimum for health is 30 minutes four times a week. I would do at least that, at a brisk pace, and more if you can, and gradually increase your pace and the length of time you walk.

9/7/12 11:50 A

Hello my New Found Friends :), its been a rough 4 days...I haven't done anything in 4 days :( and I feel like crap...I really think the 5 miles is a little much and kind of turns me off from doing it at all...I burned myself out (how dumb can I be ) lol...I had some emotional things happen over the past weekend,but I have some hope from all of it :)
How many miles a week should a person walk to get any benifit out of it? and also how many caleries should a person burn every time they walk?
The pollen really got to me today,but nothing that allergy meds can't take care of...Im going to start all over again on sunday and start from the beginning...Im thinking cuttin it down to 2 1/2 miles instad of 5...I also have fibromyalgia and my body is not like it used to be,so I have to come to my senses and do this right without burning myself out...getting a new attitude this weekend :)
Thank all of you for responding to my posts,it's all so helpful and gives me hope to achieve my goal,have a good weekend :)

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9/6/12 10:39 A

Seems you are on the right track. As you are able you will increase speed, incline, weights so your body continues to be pushed. I was about my heaviest on my 50th and a friend who ihadn't seen in awhile made a comment about it. Since then it's been fits and starts, but I've lost just over 20 pounds. I'd like to lose another 5 before my 60th next month. I doubt I'll make that, but I'm pretty content where I am. Good luck!

9/6/12 10:07 A

IndianSummer50, congratulations on your success so far. That's a pretty intense workout! You do 2 1/2 hours on the treadmill, then lift weights, then do floor work? That's a lot. I've been doing 30 minutes on the treadmill plus 30 minutes of regular walking a day, and I thought that was a lot.

Do keep in mind that you're gaining muscle, so the scale may not drop as dramatically as you'd like at first, but you're doing your body a tremendous favor. When I get discouraged I type "health benefits of exercise" into Google or something and read about all the diseases I'm less likely to get by exercising regularly. It's amazing.

Just don't push yourself so hard that you get discouraged if you can't keep up that pace. The hare gets all the glory, but the turtle wins the race.

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9/6/12 6:48 A

I just want to add emphasis for watching your sodium levels. If I overdo sodium on one day, I will be at least a pound heavier the next day. It really makes you hold water.

I don't have a thyroid problem, but I am also 51 and am working hard to lose weight. Sparkpeople is a huge help for tracking your food intake. I've been on a plateau for a couple months, but I've not given up. I'm changing up my exercise and food intake a bit.

BARBWMS Posts: 1,396
9/3/12 6:41 P

Hey, there's no "falling off".. sometimes we make choices that are needed at the time and may slow us down, but it's still the long range that matters.... you'll be fine! Just keep tracking what you eat, no matter what... I find that helps.. and so does the support of Spark Friends! You'll start getting cheered and encouraged by every success, so hang in there.

And I do remember the vagaries of menopause.... it gets better, I promise!

Take good care of yourself.


9/3/12 6:34 P

thank you Barb and Lynn for replying to my posts...Im really trying but this past weekend I fell off the wagon and went overboard,but Im going to get back on track tomorrow and hopefully keep myself in check...and going through menapause doesn't help matters much either but what are ya gonna do lol.
hope you 2 had a wonderful holiday :)

8/29/12 10:22 P

Hi Jackie,

Congratulations on your successes! I see a LOT of good things when I read your're exercising consistently on the treadmill, doing weight bearing activity and you've lost 8 pounds. That is awesome.

I turned 51 this year also; I've been on the "diet go-around" all of my adult life and could always lose weight without difficulty but couldn't keep it off. I noticed that the last year or two I've really not lost weight as "easily" as before.

Just a couple of questions about your Thyroid; Did the Physicians do a battery of thyroid functions or just TSH? Did they provide you with the actual levels rather than just say it's "sluggish"?

I know it's easy to say but try not to get discouraged, it really sounds like you're doing great! Keep up the good work and pm if you want to talk a little more about your lab work.

BARBWMS Posts: 1,396
8/29/12 9:27 P

It sounds like you're doing everything right... especially checking with the doctor, etc. So hang in there... I'm older than you (62) and have lost 70 pounds since January.. what has been most useful to me is faithfully using the tracker for everything I eat, since my portion sizes were pretty distorted and I resorted to some stress eating (I'm a high school teacher... stress comes with the job!). So I still weigh/measure things pretty consistently, drink lots of water -- the more you drink it seems, the less you retain, and I avoid sodium religiously... when I do see the scale go up it is almost always from salty/processed food.

Don't get discouraged.. the 8 pounds isn't ALL water, so you have a good start... and you'll get where you want to be!

8/29/12 4:04 P

Hi my name is Jackie,for the past month I have been walking 5 miles on the takes me about 21/2 hours to do it,then I life weights and do floor work.
I didn't see where I was losing weight so I went to my doctor and he told me that my thyroid was sluggish and didn't want to put me on anything because when I get used to exersizing it would go back to I got a secong opinion and he told me the same thing.
so I went out and bought some biotin,raspberry ketones,and some iodine hopefully this will help me..I got on the scale today and I lost 8 lbs but Im sure that's water weight because I retain water like crazy..and what's really wierd I only sweat on my left side.
I was 209 now Im 201,I would like to get to atleast 150...does anybody have any advice or tips? Im so lost on this..thanks so much :) emoticon

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