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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Here's what I've learned about weight management in a nutshell.

For me, it's easy to exercise, so nutrition is the bedrock of my weight. If my weight it going up its because of the food I'm eating.

I tend to overdo everything, so I think my previous plateaus have all been about overtraining and not paying enough attention to nutrition. Exercising 24 hours a day doesn't cause me to lose weight and will only get me injured and/or exhausted.

I take a much lower key approach to exercise now. If I'm exercising over a 1.5 hours, its way too much. Less is more for me in my stage of life. I walk (hard or somewhat hard) for an hour three times a week with a friend. I love this and its social too! I weight train three days a week on alternate days. Mostly core work (it helps me in ADL) and adding upper and lower body moves when I have time. I spend about 10 minutes a day stretching--it keeps the aches and pain from taking over my life. And then I stay active by filling my days with outside activities.

After all these years of trying too hard to stay fit, I am truly enjoying my life and have the energy to do the things I love. This is what fitness means to me now. But this is me and I'm 54, it may not be true for you.

Sparks to your day!
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MYAKAYAH 8/22/2013 2:57AM

    I've been learning this lesson lately as well, too much exercise can be unhelpful, balance is the key~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOGOULD 8/19/2013 7:24PM

    One of the things that I have learned in maintenance (or I am learning) is that balance is key. I can't starve myself, or work out to excess, or miss too much sleep or sleep to much or the machine just won't operate properly - and that means that it won't lose when it is supposed to or maintain when it is supposed to either.

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JSTETSER 8/18/2013 12:06PM

    No, you can't run from a fork. I never thought about that before!

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CELIAMINER 8/16/2013 11:31AM

    Ahhh, I should have read this blog earlier. I recently tried to ramp up my exercise by adding swimming to yoga, walking, occasional jogging, and infrequent spinning classes at the gym. My body soon complained, "Too much, too fast," so I've had to slow down again. I have to admit that 57 is not 30 and find the best combination of activities for me.

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    Really appreciate your honest blog and all the responses! I am 63, and trying to figure out what works for me at this point of my life. It is an individual solution but also seems that we must readjust as we get older or for other reasons. Very interesting to hear what works for you. Gave me lots to think about and experiment with!

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LORILEEPAGE 8/16/2013 7:33AM

    I'm also 54 and find that less is more when it comes to exercise, I just have to be watchful in the food arena.

You are so very confident in who you are and you know where you've come from and where you want to go from here!


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ZJAMEZ 8/15/2013 10:31PM

  I too need to focus on my nutrition more and not get carried away with the exercise! It is easy to spend too much time at the gym.
Thanks for the voice to remind me!
I understand that it is 80/20, 80 percent what I eat and 20 percent exercise.

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 8/15/2013 10:01PM

    Understand fully what you mean about the intake being the key to your maintenance plan. My metabolism works the same way. It's always the food. You've done a great job and offer you BIG congrats for having such a great, active lifestyle. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CRUISEBOUND2014 8/15/2013 8:16PM

    It's great that you found balance!
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MOMMY445 8/15/2013 3:36PM

    that's fabulous! way to go!

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DIANNEMT 8/15/2013 2:49PM

    I'm 56 and yes, have found that overtraining just gets me frustrated cause I don't drop any weight!! I need to focus on the exercise though cause I wont do it otherwise!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 8/15/2013 2:10PM

    emoticon You have done a good job finding a routine that works for you.

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/15/2013 10:46AM

    Yes, I have found that it is counter-productive for me when I exercise too much.

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FELINA 8/15/2013 10:44AM

    Great exercise routine ! Sometimes less is more, especially with the aches and pains that come with aging. We have to use common sense and do what works for us.

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KELLIEBEAN 8/15/2013 9:15AM

    I like you routine. I follow a similar routine and it's becoming a habit now so I'm enjoying keeping the weight off this time around.

Continued fit days to you!


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MANILUS 8/15/2013 9:05AM

    Excellent job finding balance!

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WATERMELLEN 8/15/2013 7:47AM

    Definitely true for me too at 62. I can never exercise enough to eat whatever I want. At least 80% of weight loss maintenance is tracking the nutrition. Exercise is terrific for cardio, strength, balance, flexibility and "mood": but doesn't have a whole lot to do with weight . . . for me.

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MOBYCARP 8/15/2013 7:23AM

    I also struggle with exercising too much. It's kind of like binge eating; I go strong, burn out, and then do too little. Finding the balance is challenging!

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LRSILVER 8/15/2013 7:12AM

    weight is a function of what you put in your mouth.

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AMARILYNH 8/15/2013 6:30AM

    emoticon A very thought provoking blog. I have in fact been wondering just lately if walking LESS would facilitate losing the last couple of pounds to get me comfortably under my goal weight. I recently lowered my calorie range (just 200 calories a day) to try to break the maintenance plateau I've been on and it worked - for three weeks. Then when I weighed yesterday I was UP 8/10ths of a pound - though I'd stayed rigorously within my ranges (carbs and sodium are also factors for me).
emoticon It seems to be SUCH a fine balance of what are too many calories and what too few to balance my exercise. And it seems to me it can be different for each person. So I'll continue with my 'research project of one' and be thankful for my continued health (and for being injury free at the moment!!)
emoticon Congratulations on finding what works for you and allows you to lead a life you love. I feel the same - and I'm 65! I suspect if I were 30 years younger my struggles would be somewhat different - but I'm ever so glad I'm NOT! I love this time of life!! It has brought its own joys and rewards!!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 8/15/2013 6:22AM

    I'm happy to exercise 2 hours of Zumba and I've been doing sets of 2 hrs water exercise but now I want to intensify my exercise and do it for less time. However I am still on my weight loss path, so I figure the exercise is extra important to help ramp u my metabolism and burn those calories.
You seem to have a great program.

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DSJB9999 8/15/2013 3:22AM

    emoticon I think you have the right balance sorted now, emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 8/15/2013 1:26AM

    it sounds like you have things under control - so much of this journey involves assessing what works, what does't, and finding the healthy choices. keep up the good work!

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STONECOT 6/24/2013 11:09AM

    I've changed my exercise regime. I've added more swimming and water aerobics, tai chi, yoga and Pilates. The only 'heavy; exercise I now get are my three two hour karate sessions, and one of those is markedly less energetic than the other two. For the first time, I'm actually growing muscles!

I'm 62 by the way emoticon

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JENSHAINES 6/23/2013 5:53PM

    Brava, Terry! This is such a HEALTHY choice. I think exercise is the best way to make our bodies function optimally. Eating the right things is another way. Each of us have different bodies and different challenges, so finding the right BALANCE is the thing. Wonderful!

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SWEETNEEY 6/23/2013 1:26PM

    The truth you are sharing is that we need to assess ourselves regularly and find out who we are.

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MJREIMERS 6/23/2013 11:12AM

    I agree with you! I used to dislike "heavy" exercise where you actually sweat buckets, but I don't anymore. It's silly, but I hated having to "redo" my hair all the time. Now, I don't care.

I've been accused of being addicted to exercise now. I don't think I am, but my family isn't used to me working out with such dedication and regularity. I'm in the best shape of my life and I want to keep it that way!

It sounds like you "have it all together" in regards to what you need. Good for you and keep it up!

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KANOE10 6/23/2013 11:06AM

    I like the comment, "You can't run from a fork". Food is important no matter how much we exercise. It sounds like you are happy and staying focused on being healthy.

You have done a wonderful job of changing your life to one of health!


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