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5/3/12 1:25 P
Am 52. I was sure I could not lose weight because of my age. That was 11 months and 40 pounds ago. Was it easy? Absoloutely not but I loved the challenge after a couple of months. The exercise has been the largest revelation to me. I HATED to exercise. Avoided it at all costs. Now it is the high light of my day. You are NOT disgusting. You are a work in progress. You can do it......
And while it's true that we can't spot reduce, men almost always lose the belly first and fast. Start recording your food, don't eat stuff you know is junk, eat more vegetables (frozen if fresh is too expensive), and walk a little every day. The belly will start shrinking. Getting rid of the pregnant look will be relatively easy. Getting a six-pack is hard, but you can decide later if you want to try for that.
I did, it's possible. I did all my own reaseach, my own crying, my own self assessment, my own motivation, my own everything because I realized that no matter how much I asked and/or pleaded, others just could NOT lose weight for me.
Seriously, i really DID try asking others to do it for me.
USING SP TO HELP YOU KEEP TRACK OF WEIGHT LOSs, CALORIE INTAKE AND EXERCISE "IS" THE SHORTCUT!!!!!! sTOP TRYING TO CONSUME A MAGIC WEIGHTLOSS PILL, OY!
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4,192 5/3/12 10:31 A
Look at it this way - by starting to do the right things and eat healthy - next month you won't look like you are 9 months pregnant!
I know I struggle with the shape my body is in - but take comfort in the fact that slowly, it is changing for the better!!!
Glad you are here! Good luck on your journey!
Barb Grand Rapids, MI EST
5/3/12 10:28 A
I'm a bit younger than you are (42) but I started at 330lbs. It takes time, for me it's been a little less than a year. I've lost 95 pounds to date, 40 following MH and Sparkpeople. Still have a bit to go but I should reach my goal in about 4-5 months. Given my build, I'm shooting for ~190. I don't have a six pack or anything yet, but I can see my abs now and can see that there's a six pack hiding in there LOL.
I started by using Power90 levels 1-2 and completed Power90 levels 3-4 twice and moved to the MH system using PowerBlock 50 dumbbells. When I first started I couldn't complete 20 push ups or crunches in a row; now I can do multiple sets of 20 in each, lift 3 days a week and do cardio 2-3 days a week for 30-40 minutes each session. I've also recently added pull ups to my lifting sessions. Since I started following the advice in the MH book, I could feel a difference in a few weeks, more energy and feel younger.
Start slow, don't do more than you can do safely and check with your doc first, I had to ease slowly the routine I have now; injuries will set you back. If you're not used to exercise then definitely start by walking.
Edited by: RL1970 at: 5/3/2012 (10:32)
5/3/12 10:26 A
It's NEVER too late! You can totally do this!
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329 5/3/12 9:59 A
It's never too late to get fit and it's not like you're old. 51 is young! I say go for it! Find a program that works for you and adjust your diet.
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48 5/3/12 9:26 A
Awesome! That's what I want to accomplish. Mind me asking how long it took to get down 4 pant sizes?
5/3/12 9:16 A
Take a look at the Men's Health Diet book. Nothing in there is rocket science or groundbreaking but it'll give you some excellent advice for both diet and exercise. That combined with SparkPeople has worked well for me. I'm down 4 pant sizes, 2 shirt sizes and have found my abs again.
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48 5/3/12 9:05 A
Thanks everyone. I am going to stop eating at night. I must eat 3000 a week just eating before I go to bed. That's half the battle. I am encouraged by all of your success stories and encouragement.
consistancy that is the key, if you fall short one day get right back on track the next. Don't give up but remember you didn't get this way in a week, so it will take time.
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2,870 5/3/12 9:01 A
I was 54 when I found spark and lost 70 and kept it off for 3 yrs until I developed arthritus and stopped excercising and counting calories. I regained 25 lbs but I'm back and excercising a bite slower but doing it and have started to lose again at 59. So you can do it if you set your mind to it. Spark is a great tool to help you
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5/3/12 8:50 A
follow a sensible diet and just walk, it's easy, cheap and many people have lost mega pounds doing it.
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7,159 5/2/12 11:16 P
We can't spot reduce, follow sparkspeoples instructions and go for a healthier lifestyle. Doesn't have to be earthquake changes, portion control, quality of food and getting off the sofa now and again moving a little more..
Yes you can do this at any age. I am 51 and in the best shape of my adult life. Now, without work I found myself working out because I had the time and energy to do so. I am hoping it sets me up for success when I do land that job again.
Put a plan in place and work your plan LIKE a job. Good luck on this journey! You can do it!
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48 5/2/12 3:41 P
I am disgusting! My belly is bulging out! I look like I am 8 months pregnant! HOW COULD I LET MYSELF GET LIKE THIS? I want to lose 5 inches on my disgusting fat belly. Is it possible at the age of 51? I guess not having a job for years really does create time to eat. I don't know if there is help for me. I should post some posts. I'M GROSS. HELP!!!
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