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Is Age 71 too late?

I'm one of those yo yo's. Except for the past 7 or 8 years my yo-yo has only gone up. I get discouraged at how many (hundreds?) of times I have started to lose weight...and how many (hundreds?) PLUS ONE time I have failed.

It is May 17, 2015. And so I begin. Again.

Still, I wonder if I should just accept the back and hip pains, accept the difficulty walking (much less go up and down stairs), accept being short of breath all the time. After all I am going to be 72 ...
I'm one of those yo yo's. Except for the past 7 or 8 years my yo-yo has only gone up. I get discouraged at how many (hundreds?) of times I have started to lose weight...and how many (hundreds?) PLUS ONE time I have failed.

It is May 17, 2015. And so I begin. Again.

Still, I wonder if I should just accept the back and hip pains, accept the difficulty walking (much less go up and down stairs), accept being short of breath all the time. After all I am going to be 72 next month. Can't teach a dog new tricks? Sigh.
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Member Since: 1/1/2011

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My Goals:
To build a healthy eating and exercise lifestyle that:
1) Is do-able
2) Is realistic



My Program:
1. Drink my water.
2. Exercise every day.
3. Track my food intake.
4. Track my fitness

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The "black magic" number for me is 40. I have lost 40 lbs. several times in the last 10 years, and it seems that is the turn-around-and- go backwards point for some reason. I did this on Spark. Lost 40 lbs, then hit a huge family crisis, and gave up (again). So I will consider my REAL starting point at my 40-lb. mark...only then will I "believe"!

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I have been crafting with nursing home residents, and sewing dolls for needy and ill children.

Recently I started crafting hand-made pretend food and drink for 15" - 20" dolls. My husband makes beds, I do bedding, lamps, etc.

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VALORICAMI
5/22/2015 4:49:54 PM

You are still here and trying! That means you haven't failed at anything. My very own yo yo is alive and well, and I know how tempting it can be to just forget about it. But if there's any chance of a healthier, more active lifestyle for me out there . . . I will never give up. We have the knowledge . . . Applying it is the difficult part. Difficult, not impossible. Changing years and years of habits won't happen overnight. Keep at it, love yourself, baby steps.



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KDYLOSE
5/20/2015 10:43:33 AM

No, I don't think you should accept pain and shortness of breath as your lot at 72. Lots of people remain spry into their 80s these days. But I get what you're saying: there's all these SHOULDS out there. We SHOULD lose weight to avoid its many bad effects on aging, we SHOULD put in time and effort to keep our bodies in as good a shape as possible. But when it really comes down to it, it's our own choice. We've lived our lives and worked hard, and if we want to live out the remainder in the shape we're currently in, who has the right to judge?

You don't owe it to anybody to put in the effort it takes to exercise and eat healthier (though obviously your family wants you to do it to have you around longer). But the fact that you keep coming back here makes me think that you want to, that some deep part of you feels it's worth the effort to have so much more energy and less pain, and to feel in control.

One more thing I want to say, and I hope you don't mind my giving my two cents - I've seen you on here when you were on a roll, dropping those forty pounds fast and zipping by me, and one thing I noticed is that you seemed to be doing it on a burst of sheer willpower. For example, you kept treats in the house but were able to limit yourself to one a day. I had a friend at work who did the same thing, just got on a roll and dropped a lot of weight fast, and told me she could keep icecream bars in the house and only eat one a day. And then when that enormous burst of willpower began to ebb, as it inevitably will, she gained it all back.

My point is, I think it's more realistic to work with your weaknesses rather than try to mentally conquer them, to say 'I have a problem with bingeing on certain foods, so for now I'm going to keep them out of the house.' To me this weight loss thing is all about coming up with strategies and tactics that help me stay on track, rather than depending on an elusive willpower that comes and goes. And, my personal view from my own experience - take a good look at carbs and sugar and what they are doing to you in terms of cravings. I am convinced that protein three times a day, good fats to keep you satiated, and limited carbs is the easiest way to do this.

I've edited this like 12 times, I hope it doesn't send you an alert or anything each time because that would look really weird!

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10/29/2014 11:01:06 PM

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GRANJERRY1
9/29/2014 9:10:24 PM

I am so emoticon that I got your name wrong sweet heart.....maybe blame it on my age....will now remember it is Fran.....thanks for correcting me. emoticon



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9/29/2014 8:57:05 PM

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