Just turned 60 so I'm looking forward to retirement (probably when I'm 90). Hope you're still enjoying SP.
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7/9/12 6:12 P
Congrats on your retirement!! And getting your life together for the better a few steps at a time. Have fun in all that you do and keep up the good work!!
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7/9/12 6:11 P
Again thanks for your kind words of inspiration. I shall definitely keep in touch. Congratulations on making your goal!!!
7/9/12 2:41 P
Congratulations on your retirement - and on getting it off to a great, healthy start. Enjoy your yoga class and your gardening for me!
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7/9/12 11:49 A
great share. thank you all. I am 62, worked from my home office for years and loved it. Until recently. I found myself tied to my computer and even though I could have easily taken a walk around the block or the yard, I just 'couldn't do it'. But I decided to retire and find that now I have to force myself into a routine to get moving. So, I am doing it in baby steps. I garden/weed/water for 15 minutes and come in and drink my water and read a chapter in a book. Then I vacuum/dust for 10 minutes and go outside and grill some veggies & salmon, then I do 20 minutes of gardening again, etc. etc. It all adds up and helps. I felt like a prisoner in my home office....I could hear the birds chirp and the neighborhood ladies walking/talking but I couldn't force myself out. Anyway, this is day 7 of Sparks and also of retirement. I just called and signed myself up for a yoga class. And a 6 wk nutrition class that will keep me accountable. If I don't start stretching again, my Lyme disease will make my joint/muscle pain come back...along with arthritis. Hmm, for water, I have a large glass and when I drink one, I put a rubber band around it....it makes me feel good to see the visual of how much I drank. I have a mint plant in my yard and throw a fresh piece in every few hours. I had kept pre-measured foods on my desk for when I couldn't take a break. 15 unsalted almonds, 2 cups of grapes, cherry tomatoes, etc. etc. and that helped my going to the kitchen for PB & Jelly (my weakness)...which I can't keep in the house...but have been known to run to the store, make 2 huge sandwiches, gobble them down and throw the jars deep in the trash can. Binge complete. (don't tell the hubby).... good luck. You can do it.
7/8/12 8:40 P
Dear Marcy -
Thanks for your very kind note. I am very touched by, and really appreciate, your response and your comments. Actually, getting sick was truly, thoroughly, a blessing in disguise - one of the best things that ever happened to me, in the long run. I'd not be who I am today if it hadn't happened. In a sense, being slender is its own reward - that plus the new clothes I've indulged in now that I'm pretty sure I'm not going to put weight on again. :)
I hear you about how easy it is to gain weight when you're no longer getting feedback from a valued relationship, and how hard it is to find the energy to work out after being at the computer all day. That screen time is really draining, which is part of why I try to get up and move around, even stand to work at my desk sometimes. My work is very stressful and demanding, which eats up a lot of mental energy and leaves me fried by the end of the day. I try to eat dinner between 6-7. I either work out before dinner or an hour after dinner, then sometimes go back to my desk afterwards if necessary. That seems to work for me.
The thing to keep in mind is that your body needs motion, just the way it needs the good food you're giving it, Marcy. You don't have to be in training for a race; just work the kinks out of your system, get your blood flowing and take some time for yourself.
It does sound as though you've figured out that you deserve to be healthy and fit again and are making great strides against some tall odds. I hope you'll keep in touch, Marcy. Thanks again for your notes. I'm happy to help another person get where they need to go so don't hesitate to reach out for encouragement or suggestions.
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7/7/12 8:19 P
I got up to 175 in 2006 and met someone on Match.com. I took out bread, white sugar and pasta and walked on my treadmill 6 miles a day and lost 40 lbs in a few months. It was drastic. Amazing when you meet a guy, how all of a sudden your weight becomes really important. I got down to 145 lbs and could fit into my size 8/10 clothes and I swore I'd NEVER be fat again.
That relationship didn't work out and I work out of my home (14th year). I sit at the computer 16 hours a day/7 days a week. The joys of being divorced and self-employed. I live in a retirement community and there are no jobs here. And I cannot live on minimum wage. Tried it last year and $9 an hour does not cut it. That's the money I made 30 years ago. Go figure. So I continued working full-time at home at the computer. My biggest problem is my exhaustion from working so much that I have no desire to exercise. If I have time, I sleep. But slowly I packed on the pounds, only this time I went past 175 lbs. I got all the way up to 197 -- which I have NEVER been. I didn't get over 175 when I was pregnant with twins!!!
I refused to go to 200, so that was the shock that made me realize I have to start making myself accountable and get this weight off. I always look at the numbers - like 50-60 lbs is too hard to lose. But I gained it 2 pounds at a time, I can lose it 2 lbs at a time and I can be back down to 140 by January at 2.2 pounds a week. That's not hard to do.
So I cleaned up my eating. Stocked up on fruits and vegetables and am keeping track of my food. I'm amazed at how much MORE food I can eat when I'm eating healthy. I was eating hardly anything to stay fat and fatter (deserts, large portions of food but only 2 times a day). I've also added water (with a splosh of fruit juice for flavor -- I don't like water) and I actually am loving it. I thought I would get bored eating healthy. I make my bigger meal either breakfast or lunch, and my snacking has become fruit or vegetables. It's only been a week the scale says I've lost 4 lbs already. It may just be water weight. But at least it moved. Before it just kept going up and up when I didn't eat or ate the wrong things.
So I think I'm on my way. I feel better. I'm eating better. I have to incorporate walking and exercise and then the pounds will come off. I know this because it worked before. But this time, I won't be doing it for some guy. I'll be doing it for me. I'm sorry you got sick. And I'm glad losing weight is now a thing of your past. You're just in maintenance.
I hope you gave yourself a HUGE reward and I'm so glad you made it to your goal. You're truly an inspiration. Thank you for responding. Every bit of encouragement does help!! Wishing you nothing but health and happiness,
7/7/12 6:20 P
I've just realized how very long that last post was - I apologize if your eyes glazed over reading it!
I started losing weight due to an illness - I was just too sick to eat much for a couple of weeks - which was one of those blessings in disguise. I think I lost about 5 pounds without trying - an absolute first for me, for sure! After that I slowly continued losing weight over the next 6 months after cleaning up my eating habits and increasing the amount and consistency of exercise. I think that it took me six months to lose the first 35 pounds. After that it gets fuzzy - I think I'd lost most of the weight by the end of another 4 months.
However, my shape has continued to evolve, even though I've not lost any more weight; I'm wearing a size smaller this summer than last summer although my weight's pretty much the same. Now I concentrate on maintaining my BMI at or below where it is now and on building muscle, which is much more metabolically active (and looks better, too).
I hope this helps, Marcy. If it helps any, keep in mind that it CAN be done - and that the pleasure of being slim is far more long-lasting than anything caloric could ever be!
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7/7/12 1:02 A
You are full of useful information. I already have a few speedometers so I'll have to get those out. And the walking and exercising and doing an errand rather than going to the kitchen sounds great. I also see that you've lost 50 pounds, which is what my goal is here.
Thank so so much for your useful information. I will definitely use some of your great ideas. One question though, how long did it take you to lose the 50 lbs?
7/6/12 11:10 P
Hi, Marcy - I telecommute much of the time, too, so understand the issues you're facing. Here are a few of my keys to keeping weight under control in your situation.
1) Get a pedometer and wear it constantly. It doesn't have to be expensive - just reliable and easy to use. (I like the Elite, with aligator clip back, by Walk4life.) I aim for a minimum of 10,000 steps a day but when I started I set a goal of 5K, then 7500. I log it every day in a little notebook.
I advise this because it helps keep you moving! I jog in place while waiting at the microwave, heating a cup of tea, taking part in conference calls. I set a goal of 2,000 steps by noon and go from there. Not only does this burn calories but it helps keep your blood circulating and clears the head!
I take a "virtual jump rope" break every couple of hours, do jumping jacks, or go do a few laps of my neighborhood at lunch time.
I've also made a rule - no eating at my desk. Tea is o.k., water's o.k. You can put this in your special goals in the tracker to help develop the habit.
I keep lots of "ready veggies" on hand so that, if I have the muchies, it's not going to eat up my calorie allotment for the day. Snow peas, zucchini sticks, baby zukes are all great.
I've also learned to analyze an attack of the munchies - many times it's really a means of procrastination or dealing with a stressful situation. I really, really try to work through those urges and get the work done and out of my hair, rather than putting it off by taking a break. If I MUST take a break I go drink a few glasses of water, feed the birds, put laundry in - anything I can think of that's productive rather than eating.
I try to keep good, healthy food in the house. I track throughout the day - and pre-track lunch, which I'm otherwise inclined to let get out of hand. Seeing my calorie consumption in black and white helps tremendously and I tend to put the breaks on in time, rather than after the fact.
Working at home CAN be supportive of your health and fitness goals - your former commute time can be used to work out, you can fix a healthy lunch/snacks without restrictions on space in a communal fridge, you don't have exposure to the "goodies" brought to the office. It can also be a huge challenge, as you know, but if you see it as an opportunity to control your time, space and environment it can be wonderful. I've telecommuted for 1.5 years now and I've lost more weight and kept it off - it CAN be done!
I would also second the suggestion that you read Gary Taubes' books, referenced by another poster. They're truly food for thought.
Be careful to only eat the fruit that is low glycemic as it can spike your INSULIN and make you then pump out GHERLIN the "Hunger hormone" from the stomach and you have a vicious cycle. Bananas are very high on the GI scale. Dr. Mercola on his web site writes about this.
I read "WHY WE GET FAT AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT" by Gary Taubes' as he found that sugar/starches is our problem.
Check Roby Mitchell M.D. whose site is www.drfitt.com as you might have low thyroid, since you are over 50.
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7/5/12 5:20 A
I quit my outside job a year ago, because they were paying me the same money I made 30 years ago (yes, that's what minimum wage is). So I quit and now work from my home. But since working from home, I've gained almost 30 lbs. The kitchen is right there and to take a break from the computer, I get up and start nibbling in the kitchen.
I'm not a water drinker, so I bought some tropical drink stuff tonight, so I can put a splosh in water to give it some taste and maybe that'll make me a water drinker.
I have a treadmill that sits behind me but just aren't motivated to use it. Have to get this weight off and get away from this computer.
So tomorrow start walking, drinking water, bought tons of fruit -- to help with the nibbling -- and after reading everyone's posts on "walking" I fell like a lazy bum. I know after a week or two the energy level is turned up and then you want to go walking, it's just this getting started. I want to be able to fit in great thin sweaters by xmas.
If any of you have had the same problem and have combated the "work at home, now I've really packed on the pounds," I'd love to hear from you!
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