I'm 43 and I'm having a really hard time losing weight this time, even though I am focusing on eating healthy and not dieting.
I'm in peri-menopause. That messes with your weight AND your emotions. Plus I am on a high dose of Abilify, which is fighting me every step of the way to get weight off. Sometimes it's a victory just to not gain. In addition, I get steroid injections in my spine because of a collapsed disc. I'm told they should not get into my system, just stay locally, but when I bloat up, it's hard to believe that's true.
I know I should be looking at it as, "YAY, I've lost five pounds!" but it's hard not to grumble and say, "Darn, only five pounds with as hard as I try and stay in my Spark zones." All the tracking and pre-planning and stuff seems like it should be working more. But I need that Abilify desperately so I continue the battle.
current weight: 309.5
Fitness Minutes: (13,947)
3/7/14 8:22 A
I quit smoking when I turned 41 and gained over 50 pounds because all kinds of food started tasting so good. I joined WW and had tremendous success with them and lost over 60 pounds, but after I left my job I decided to stop WW and join spark. I haven't had much success with spark when it comes to losing weight, but it does help me track my exercise and my calories so that is the positive that I find with spark
I've become very sensitive to starches, sugars, and too much dairy.... so I replace most of them with non-starchy veggies, and limit fruits and cheese. When I was young, I didn't like veggies...they were bland and boring (I had the diet mentality that thought they had to be steamed). I now find a plate full of color made with a little healthy fat can be delicious. My biggest issue is exercise and respecting my limits
Sheryl from New Jersey, USA... EST
Pounds lost: 5.0
Fitness Minutes: (5,526)
3/6/14 12:36 P
Losing weight is never easy and as we get older, it doesn't get any easier. However, that doesn't mean it's impossible. Eating right to the best of your ability and watching your portions will make a difference.
Also, not to be nosy, but if you're in menopause, one thing you will need to start doing is strength training. As we age, if we don't do some type of resistance training, we lose lean muscle. This is bad. Lean muscle helps fuel our metabolism. Lean muscle also decreases our risk for osteoporosis. So, if you're not doing any strength training as part of your exercise routine, I'm going to encourage you to start.
From my own experience, I've found that a regular exercise program has helped DECREASE any menopause related symptoms. I've talked to other women and my experiences haven't been nearly as bad as others and I suspect it's because I carry lean muscle.
If you're not sure where to start, check out the fitness section. Coach Nicole has a bunch of short 10-15 minute strength routines you can try at home. All you need is a set of hand weights and a resistance band or two.
Engaging in some regular exercise at our age isn't just about burning calories. Being fit will not only boost your metabolism, it'll boost your self esteem too. And you really don't have to do a lot to start. And no, you are NOT too old to start strength training.
Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 3/5/2014 (16:21)
Fitness Minutes: (101,085)
1,403 3/5/14 4:10 P
Well it takes longer but depends on what you are doing and eating. I just turned 50 and am doing my 2nd Ironman 70.3 in June yet there was a time about 4 years ago I weighed 40 lbs more due to inactivity from a serious heal spur. I do a lot of yoga to keep the joints fluid as well as I take Glucosimine and Krill. Even with the news I have to have a hip replacement from an old sports injury in the near future doesn't stop my workouts as I use the breathing techniques from yoga and cross train quite a bit.
I started gaining weight in college ... just adding a few pounds each year. Finally, at age 52, I got serious about losing it. That was a little over 6 years ago. I have had some setbacks along the way, but I have stuck with it and lost about 50 pounds. I would like to lose another 15-20, but am not sure I will be able to maintain at that weight. We'll see.
Right now, I am trying to get back on track after another set back. The journey never ends.
"Aim for progression, not perfection." -- SP Coach Nancy
"There is hope for me. There is hope for all of us." -- llou
current weight: 159.8
Fitness Minutes: (61,655)
6,519 2/4/14 4:08 P
From your numbers...I'd say you must be doing something right. I was up and down in weight ( mostly up) using various diets, and even ww. But at age 58 when my daughter was planning a wedding, I decided to get serious. I started back to ww and lost 50 pounds . that was per 10 years ago.
I regret I had not been serious about it before and am so happy when I see young people here on spark getting serious about their health.
Congrats on your good work, and keep it up.
oh, and spark helps me keep it off with the wonderful logging system, articles, etc.
Edited by: GOALIEGRANDMA3 at: 2/4/2014 (16:10)
My name is Martha. My new ticker shows me slow as a bunny and going up and down . I want to level out!
2003 : began WW 47 # heavier than now .
"Which we hope ever to do with ease we must first learn to do with diligence."
current weight: 135.2
Fitness Minutes: (70,920)
2/4/14 4:02 P
This is an age old fact of life, time for oneself is part of the problem, but, we have to admit, food is our comfort, it satisfies us somehow much better than any other lover, person, place or thing...........so we keep on going back for more, even knowing it isn't good for us, does nothing to keep us from reverting. I've been semi starving, or portion controlling, or whatever since I was very young, and I'm 67 now...............there is more at work with this overeating disorder, than "not know what to eat", folks.
Plan for tomorrow, but enjoy the heck out of today.
Fitness Minutes: (0)
2/4/14 2:36 P
My weight has gone up and down since I got to college....I'd lose weight only to regain it. It gets harder to lose the older I get. Finally in Oct 2011 I decided to stop dieting and focus on eating healthy. I set a pretty high daily calories goal (2000) and committed to tracking what I ate, choosing healthy foods more often than not and staying at my calorie goal. the weight did come off and slowly. the advantage is that I really changed the way I eat and the kind of foods I actually prefer. Now I pretty much chose real foods, lots of plants, and watch my portions. It took 1 1/2 years to get to a "normal" BMI and since April when I reached that goal, I've lost another 15 pounds. For the first 6 months and probably 30 pounds I didn't even do much exercise. Once I started walking the weight did come off faster. And last March I started doing cardio and weights at the gym and the weight kept coming off. I even upped the calories a bit. It may be slow, but it can and does happen.
I'm in my late fifties. I have been overweight since a baby (except for a few months in high school when I starved myself to death almost). I had reconciled myself to my shape years ago. SparkPeople (and a nutrition counselor at work) have helped me more than I thought was physically possible. Just last year, I lost 45 pounds and am back on track (after a holiday respite) to lose some more this year. I feel younger than I have in years. I have more energy climbing stairs. My feet don't hurt as much when I have to stand for long periods. And all while eating delicious food. I don't ever want to go back to eating like I did, even if I don't continue to lose weight. In my entire life, I've never had such an enjoyable time losing weight.
My weight sky rocketed after 40. I am now in my 50's and trying hard to lose those pounds I accumulated all these years. Anybody have the same issues? I am slowly losing pounds now by eating portion control without giving up anything what to eat.
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