70th birthday Sept. 2008 - 120 pounds
Retired and having a wonderful time.
I started with SparkPeople with the thought that I'd just use it to help me stay healthy. In the latter part of 2006, I had gone from 161 to 147 pounds and was able to keep it off. I was 70, 5'4" and had no significant health problems.
After using some of the tools and reading articles and message-board replies, I realized I was still overweight, didn't drink enough water, and didn't exercise enough....so I set up some goals.
Happy to report that after 5 months (July 26, 2008) , I reached my goal weight of 125 and was motivated to carefully maintain it. Average calories consumed per day was 1379.
The joy of my life was helping to raise 5 wonderful kids (they're all in their 50's now) and being a part of their lives as they've matured and had families of their own.
Retirement is great. I was such a workaholic, I never thought I could enjoy being free, but I feel like a kid again! I have many projects I'm working on....things I wanted to do for years and just never had the time. Every day is busy.
After twelve months of maintenance (July 26, 2009) weight was 118.0, average weight per day 118.1, average calories consumed per day 2014, and average cardio minutes per week 235.
In August 2009 some situations in my life changed and I had to start eating out. This led to weight gain. By July 2010, I was up to 129. I set a new goal for 123 and achieved it within 6 weeks. From then until 2014 I maintained at 121 to 125.
In 2014, at 75 years old, I no longer wanted to work so hard at being thin and many articles on health indicated people lived longer who were at the top of their normal BMI range. That would have been 141 pounds for me; I decided to keep my weight at around 137 to allow for a 3% deviation 133-141. I am much happier and it is no longer a burden to maintain.
Just want to maintain a healthy lifestyle: weight and exercise.
(1) Weigh-in every day
(2) Keep daily calories between 1200 and 1500 for weight loss, 1500-1800 for maintenance.
(3) Cardio exercise (Walk Slim) 50 minutes a day 5 days a week
(4) Strengh training 20 minutes 3 times a week.
I retired in 2007 after 48 years of full-time employment. The last 36 years had been spent as a computer programmer/systems analyst.
At my age, sluggish metabolism and flab are challenges.
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Hi Jude, It was nice to hear from you one the class team page. I hope all is well with you !!!
530 days ago
the story as i know it is that the oldest brother came from russia first, and brought over the next brother,who i think was aaron, then the two of them worked to bring over my grandmother molly, who came late in the first decade. i think there were 5 or 6 siblings altogether. there are lots of davy dubins among my mom's cousins, most of whom were at my wedding in 1972 (or so it seemed...). my brother knows more of the genealogy - i'll check with him!
557 days ago
just curious - is your last name dubin? my maternal grandmother was a dubin from the bronx, with a huge family - my parents always went to "cousins gatherings"
557 days ago
Six years Keep on keeping on! You know you can do it! Here's to many continued years of success!!
730 days ago
Just saw your maintenance anniversary announcement and your message and wanted to stop by to offer my support. We all have our challenges and ups and downs, but I know that you can get back to where you want to be in no time and start feeling like the wonderful success that you are again in no time. Hope you have a nice weekend!
732 days ago