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Hello, I joined here a few years ago but never got any further but recently came back to read about how others are doing and look at recipe's. I do so feel for you as I am in a similar position. Just turned 60 last December and in 99' just 5 weeks after marrying for the second time came in from work to find my 4 years younger husband on the floor with a severe stroke. Had just taken on a morgage for our marital home and a new job. Had to give up work by the year 2000 to care for him and still doing so. Like you wonder when its time to find time for yourself. This is one reason I came in here to look around. Decided to get some info first and learn what to do. Most days cant find the time to get outdoors and live in the UK and mostly have dreadful wet weather and right now most of the country having terrible floods. Once I get through the end of this month I am hoping to go all out and really get to grips with it all. Afraid after suffering for most of the last year with tinnitus and a following head MRI showed up a 6mm lump of something I have to go back later this month for a 3D colour one before they can put it right or at least figure out what needs doing. Worry a little about caring for my husband but just gotta take it as it comes. Cheryl I am with you, you are not alone in what you are doing for your loved ones. Ihave not even found the time to go and say hello as a newbie but will find time once Ihave my next results. My weight goes up and down and not going to look till I get my test results as sleep has been a big problem since 99'. Try to eat healthy and not the biggest of appetites but try to fit in with husbnads diabetes type 2 so sweet items are pretty much of of bounderies. Even tried to hide some little things for myself in the bottom of the freezer but he is like a bloodhound and sniffed them out.

Take care there and hope to hear on your progress as times go by.

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I am 52 and have been sticking to 1,000 to 1,500 calories a day, but I vary the amount. I am a vegan, so I don't eat meat or dairy and get most of my protein from legumes, mock meats such as seitan, nuts and nut butters, veggies and fortified nut milks. I eat a lot of fruits and veggies and try to stick to whole foods. I have found that I do much better if I just skip breakfast altogether. When I do eat the occasional breakfast, it's fruit with protein, such as a banana with peanut butter. I have cut way down on the refined carbs such as bread and pasta. I try to keep those carbs to one meal a day and really watch the portions.

Portion control is also key. I basically cut my portions in half since April and eat nice and slowly. It's amazing how much less food I need to feel full and satisfied when I take my time. I used to think that was just BS, but it does work.

I also have found that nothing budges if I don't exercise. I work out 5 to 6 days a week, mostly cardio, but I do interval training and a high incline on the treadmill. I also hike a lot on weekends. I have been trying to do more strength training, but it's not my favorite thing to do. :D

I have lost 35 pounds since April and hope to lose 12 more.

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Im 55. I've had both hips replaced, most recently my right hip in Dec. 2012. I am in better shape than I was when I was 20, oddly, this seems to have been the trend in my process: I feel like I am getting healthier and healthier even in the times when my hips were at their worst, I sprung back. I think that years bring wisdom, and that is worth the whole ride.

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10/18/13 7:10 P

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Hello, My name is Rhonda. I'm 53 years old and going to lose 27 lbs. I need lots of help and motivation! Any tips or comments will be greatly appreciated. I have a hip injury so I can't do alot of exercise (except upper body). I have a husband that is a junk food junky so the temptation of chips, cookies, candy bars, etc. is always within arms reach : ( and no, he will not stop eating it. I'm not really sure how to use this site so I welcome any advice. Thanks!

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I can very much relate! I was just looking to find a group here with people experience the same frustrations! I hope you can level off and begin going the other way. It is where I am also, But I want to thank you for sharing your frustration because I feel less like a failure!

Teryl from Oregon

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Congratulations on your weight loss! Every individual is different. you are doing QUITE well. I have only been here one week. I am hoping this one works for me...helps me change my mindset about food.


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I vary my calories, but my high number is 1200. Here on Spark I have my range set for 1000 to 1200. I don't deprive myself, which might be part of my problem, but I have room in my calories for occasional splurges and special occasions. I take a multivitamin and a calcium supplement daily.
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Eat essential supplements and a variety of fruits and vegetables. Your body will need plenty of nutrients to help it to maintain your deisre goal. Drinking plenty of water will really help to lose weight.

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I increased my exercise to 30 minutes of biking per day and off on the weekends. It seemed to move the scale last Saturday. I go to TOPS group faithfully. Just do some more exercise, maybe 10 minutes each day. So far it worked for me and I hate exercise.

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I will be 54 in May and I think I have getting in too many calories. Sparkpeople has me set at 1400-1700 daily and my weight loss is too slow for my liking. I guess I need to update and go down to 1200 max. I think that is plenty especially right now. I have had some health issues and cannot exercise as much as I would like. I should be back to my normal routine by April.

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I will be 52 in April and I find that I have to keep my calories around 1200 in order to lose as fast as I would like. I started what I think of as my lifestyle change on Jan. 2, 2013 and have lost 17 pounds as of my 5 week weigh in. I will weigh in again on Wednesday and will be happy with a 2 pound lose, but will be ecstatic with a 3 pound lose. My scale doesn't do fractions.
Just hang in there and you will see results eventually.

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Me too, have gained every bit I lost. I have been on and off SP for several years. Life is hectic, I'm turning 60, I care for my 87 y/o mother with absolutely no help at all from either of my sisters. We had to sell our home in CA and move to SC to be closer to her when she decided to move there after living with us for 6 years. Yep, Mom hooked up with an old friend, they got married, moved out of our house to SC, then he dropped dead after 2 years. Once again, Mom cannot be by herself so hubby and I have relocated to SC. I have very little time to spend of SP, but now I'm turning 60 in a few months and have gained back all my weight I have to start caring for myself.

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I am 56 going thru menopause. E very thing you said it's true for me. My problem is that I cannot stay motivated. When i come back from work at 5:00 is soo difficult to go to the gym.



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I see. Actually that's what I'm trying to do too!! I'm a tad confused because for instance, I just walked 30minutes on my treadmill and it registered 185 calories - but if I enter this in spark , it will say something different... I suppose I just need to hang around a bit and get used to this site first aye?? How long have you been a member here???

You're doing fabulous,

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I have maintained my weight within 5 pounds for about 13 years now with eating 1200-1400 calories. I don't want to maintain so I am adding more exercise in. I find that I start losing when I eat more fruit, vegies, don't drink sodas and drink more water.



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I love the idea of going around the grocery store for extra steps!~ Great tip. Thanks for sharing!

What is the gazelle???

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Do you have anywhere you can swim? Less stress.

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That's pretty much what I've been doing caloriewise. I know some would say it isn't enough, but I wasn't losing weight before on more calories. This way I eat a variety of foods and take a multi and watch the balance of carbs, fat and protein. I had read someplace that at this age with slowing metabolism, we have to be extra careful about what we are eating. I've also been making my exercise a priority which I know helps.
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I try to stick between 1100 to 1200 calories being careful of the nutritional content to ensure I am meeting the required amounts of the good stuff.
I am 56 years old and since Jan. 26th of this year I have lost close to 70 lbs. I did have some weeks where I didn't loose an oz., and even a few weeks when I put on a lb. or two, but overall I've been very successful and have found I don't get hungry with what I eat in a day.

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Good evening, fairly new to sp but loving it, day 9 of tracking my food. I weigh in tomorrow morning not expecting no miracles. Only doing the weighing once a week. They have me on 1200 to 1900 calories a day. Some days it is really hard to get to
1200. I am 53 gained 15 lbs in the last 2 yrs going thru menopause and no matter what I do I can not get it to budge. I have really got into Leslie Samsone's DVDs. I have an elliptical but she gives me that motivation a little chatty but that's okay if it gets me moving that's what I need. 🌹I am hoping doing that tracking my food and reading and getting support here on this site I will reach my goal. Just wanted to stop in and say hello. I also work full time and so dang tired when I get home to workout any tips greatly appreciated. Working out in the mornings is just not an option right now.

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Try this link
http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculator.htm
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So far, I'm having success with the tracking and exercise. I'm keeping my calories down.
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7/10/12 10:14 P

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I am in the beginning stages of menopause, like you I have gained every bit of weight that I lost over the last few years. This time it is different, my weight gain has been very rapid with little to no change in my habits. I too have a sedentary job and snack a lot. As much as I hate to say this I have found that bringing the small peeled carrots to work are easy to eat and last for the. Keep in mind I do not really care for carrots

I am seeking advise and help with the weight gain, I have had all my blood work done nothing ring there, just cannot stop gaining. I think I was hoping for someone to say hey it will go awaynitis just the change.

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I'm with you - this IS the discussion for me! I have read everyone of the posts on this thread and each and every one of you make excellent points. I will continue read and learn and perhaps I will glean a kernel of information that may help me on this journey.



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This is the discussion for me! I'm 55 and in the last 3 years, I've gained my weight back slowly, but this past year its been worst than ever and I'm back where I was 5 years ago when I first lost weight. I have to admit, I had lost my weight by going very low with my calories. I work in a very sedentary job and blamed that for my weight gain, but I am guilty of eating food at work. Which I'm working on stopping. In the last year I can say I am fully in menopause.

I've worked on getting back to tracking religiously and keeping my calories low, carbs low to moderate, protein and fiber high. Even though Sparkpeople puts me at a higher calorie count, I've put myself at 1000-1500 calories. I've tried to do low carb, but low carb just doesn't work for me. I don't have diabetes, but I read diabetes magazines and books for recipes and ideas for stress reduction and lifesyle. I think that is a good diet for moderate carbs, etc. I exercise when I can and probably need to start adding strength training back. I'm also realizing that stress might be a factor for me that I need to work on.

Recently I read an article that was helpful on this topic. Here is the link www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=is_diet_t
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I have found, for myself, that as long as I keep my muscle built up with strength training, then calorie counting isn't too much of an issue. Where I run into problems, is if I don't make sure I eat ENOUGH, then the scale begins another decent and I get too thin.

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This is definitely the right message board for me. I've just started the SP - actually I signed up several months ago - didn't take advantage of the help here and completely lost my motivation. Rather than dieting I ended up putting on a few additional pounds. A little over three weeks ago, I was headed to the Y to cancel our decades long membership that no one ever used. While I was there I figured what the heck - over the years we have paid enough in membership dues with no one going that we probably furnished half the equipment. On a lark I asked one of the trainers how to use some of the strength training equipment. Nice little fellow, very patient - he took out a pad and started asking questions. I told him I would like to take off some poundage, tighten up all the giggles and bulges and he started writing furiously. Before I knew it he had a "plan". He was showing me how to use machines for biceps, triceps, thighs, belly and a cardio plan. He was telling me proportions to eat - I got a lot more than I bargained for in that brief episode. Not wanting to appear ungrateful for his help, I let him take me through working out on the machines. He was careful not to add too much weight - telling me I didn't want to bulk up just tone up. After he went through all that trouble - I figured what the heck - that day was as good as any to start a diet and begin working out. I've gone for three and a half weeks straight only missing a couple of days. I'm like one of the other ladies here - extremely short - my calorie count on the SP is 1200 and I think up to 1500. Even with the exercise if I go to the 1500 I gain weight. I'm having to stay on the low end to make any progress. I went through a very early menopause in my late 30's so I have a problem with stubborn belly fat and a very low metabolism. Losing weight is extremely difficult - however looking at a high calorie food - I believe even the smell adds extra poundage. I want to stay committed but I don't think I can without help. Seeing that others in my age range are having these same issues will hopefully help. I need accountability. I'm not a natural gym rat. They told me if I went two weeks I could form a habit. I think that's probably a true statement - I don't really like to go, but now I get up in the mornings and just know that I am going to put on my workout clothes and go - like it or not. This morning an 89 year old man was on one of the machines doing crunches - I figured if he can - I can. I do at least five days per week cardio and the nice little trainer has me strength training on those same days. He wants me to do both on the same days - the only thing with the strength is he has me alternate one day legs and belly and one day arms. I do the treadmill on an incline and the elliptical and honestly, I thought with the calorie restriction and the addition of both cardio and strength I would have made more progress - I guess I was expecting the miracle melting away of pounds like some of these products on TV promise - instead it's been a slow weight loss - but a loss nonetheless. That's another area I need support and I think this board is where I can find it - I need to know not to expect overnight miracles. So I am here looking for and seeking advice and support and in return I will attempt to return the same. I have found that it has not been that difficult to stay on the 1200 range by sticking with fresh fruit and vegetables, chicken and fish - but if I stray too far the counts go up

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RHIANNON
I had knee replacement on the right side about 11 months ago, i find doing the gazelle is not to
hard ,you can start even with 5 minutes 4 ,5 times a day
you can watch your program while doing it .

You work your arms and leg .
I also go in a big grocery store and i find it very easy to take a cart and go all around the store even if i only need a few article ,you can put something in the cart and it give you a better workout and you feel it it easy cause you got something to hole on to , you will not fall and you can go fast or slow depend on you, this is something i was able to do not long after my operation cause i felt secure and it help

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I eat fish every othr day..losing about 3 pounds a week!

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I stick to 1200 calories and am doing well with weight loss. I exercise every evening, I hate it, but still do it. Everyone says find some form of exercise you enjoy and it will be easier to stick to it, have yet to find an exercise program or sport I enjoy. Used to love swimming, has gotten too expensive to do daily, not enough time to commit to it, and the pool is so crowded, it is impossible to swim any lengths at all. Only my will power keeps me going!!

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I have had Bilateral Knee Replacement Surgery, ( both knees, Sept 2010, Oct, 2011) , gained 15 lbs & can't do any impact exercises, no jumping jacks, etc. I belong to a gym, have a personal trainer & can't seem to get back in shape, especially with any Cardio Routines. Working out always bothers my knees & I have pain after any work out, but haven't given up. Feeling physically fit seems to be a very big challenge. Finding a cardio routine seems a near impossibility. Anyone have suggestions or overcome this challenging position I am ?

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Exercise distracts me also. If I am not in such a good mood, after exercising I seem to forget what my bad mood was all about . emoticon



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I find that exercise distracts me fro being hungry. That and water are the keys for me

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I agree. If I don't walk at least 8 miles per week I don't lose. However, I had quit eating in the AM and started back drinking a protein drink-vanilla wheybolic from GNC only 1 scoop, 1/2 cup frozen blue berries, 1 cup water and 1 cup crushed ice in blender. Sometimes I add 1/2 a banana. I lost a pound the first week I did it! I think I was eating more calories later in the day and the post about not eating enough made me rethink what I was doing. Thanks!

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It does not matter how low my calorie count goes, if I do not exercise. That is the key for me!

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Hi all
I wonder if this would applied to any of you. Sometime you know if we do not eat enough
that also stop us from losing weigh.
also some say there is nothing like when you zig zag , guest we have to try all and see
what help us.
Amlso medication can be really bad, i knew that especiall pain killer witch i take and recently i learn that high blood pressure especially the bata blocker, it does make sense

There is so many thing that we have to watch. All we can do is the best we can , do some exercise, and eat healty .
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Need to correct my previous post I said 2010 but meant 2011.



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I know your frustration. I am 67, short 5'2", and have PMR-a type of arthritis that periodically effects muscles and joints. I was on prednisone for a year and gained 14 pounds on top of the already 17 pounds I put on after turning 40. I have periodically done diets, weightwatchers, even had a personal trainer one time but yo-yoed all these years . I was at my highest weight ever-156 and having to go up a size in clothes by the end of summer2010. I was tapering off the prednisone and decided to finally do something that would stick. I started walking everyday with my dog, drank a protein-fruit smoothie for breakfast, salad for lunch, and regular dinner with portion control and low carbs. Can't lose anything! Also my pmr is trying to flare up and am back on a low dose of prednisone. Any suggestions? Anyone?

Oh! I did quit the protein powder breakfasts and gave up breakfast altogether and am thinking maybe that made a difference. I do get hungrier around 5 and have been snacking more then.



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Hi everyone, I'm new to this site. I enjoyed reading your posts as I am a little frustrated. Today is my weigh in and I am at a 9# lose plateau for 4 weeks. I measure, weigh and track my food daily and usually I'm at the low end of the range given me and am within the correct portions. I am trying to get with the exercise program which is difficult as I have mobility issues but tomorrow is a new day and I will do what I can do to get on track with exercise.. I think I also need to increase my protein and reduce carbs to make a break through. I have a hard time getting in all the protein and was wondering if anyone is using protein powder and how is that working for you?

I'm 64, have hypothyroid, spinal cord injuries with some paralysis below my knees. But with all that I am blessed to be able to walk with a cane and am learning a lot on SP in changing my lifestyle. I'm reading the Spark and highly recommend it as it flows along easily to doing the things involved in this program. If any of you have any suggestions as to how I can get the scale moving downward again I would love to hear from you. Thank goodness it is not moving UP.

It's late so I will say good night and best wishes for a lovely Sunday tomorrow.

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I hear ya loud and clear. I'm in my mid 50's and have had joint problems. Because I am short I have to eat at 1200 or below to lose any weight. I am currently losing maybe 1- 2 pounds a month. I am walking regularly and just added strength training. Us older ladies, especially us shorter ones have an especially hard time to lose. It may seem impossible but never give up. I found I did not start losing until I 1. ate at the low end of my allowance 2. ate at the high end of the protein allowance and 3. ate at the low end of the carb allowance. That got things moving for me. Keep trying until something clicks but never, never, never give up.

Winston Churchill: Never, never, never give up!


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hi

i also forgot to mention that i also hve problem with my thyroid have to take synthroid for it
see it is not easy for all of us older girls
Also pills for high blood pressure , i have bata blocker that is bad for losing weight also
I think the best thing is to eat healty and to take any weight lose i can get




























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somebody here say moving, that is ok if you can
i had a knee replacement last summer of it was not too much movingbut i sus to go shopping and wiith the buggy that was ok i could walk more that way
i also have fibromaylgia but i can work out with the gazelle, you work your arm and leg with it
it is a nice machine it is not hard on your join




























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I have to stick to low end of recommendations or I gain weight.



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I always try to stay at the lower end of my range, but I do not feel like I have to beat myself up it I am in the higher part. You also have to be honest in your portions, you are only cheating yourself if you do not post what you are really eating. Your tracker does not care if you go over your calories, your body will. Moving, moving, moving is the key, and sticking with it. All the good you are doing does catch up with you. I have also "broken up" with my scale, and will only get on once a week. ( I tried once a month, and could not do it) Just keep making good choices and it will show up, not as quickly as it used to, but it will!!!!emoticon

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what spark give me in calories is between 1270 to 1620 a day i will try to do that and count an average a week and see if it work
will also try to do weight and caardio, in the pass i was doing at lease 1 hr cardio a day
5 day a week also use to go to the dance friday , saturday that was all kind of dance with
friend we dance from 9 pm to 1:30 am a lot of fast dance it was lots of fun did not mind
those exercise and on sunday we had line dancing for a couple hours

i did lose 67 lbs but i had a bad knee had been in a car accident so had to stop it is 2 yrs now and i gain 30lbs back . i had a knee replacement at the end of the summer, i have to start to do exercise that is the only way i lose
«««««forgot to say i am 68yrs old it seem i am scare to exercise to hurt my knee , which is doing really good
wich me luck all i am starting to exercise an it can be fun again




























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I have been pushing the 2000-2300 calories a day. Even with a work out I am staying the same. The calories do matter. I know what needs to be done but you think I could make it happen. Even after loosing 38ish lbs. that has not motivated me enough to make me want it bad enough to say NO! I sabotage myself some times. This site is a help and loggin in daily does help. Thank God I have not put it back on and that must be my attitude till I get re-motivated to want it more again!

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. --Jim Ryun (Oh so true!)


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I just posted a similar post on another thread, I was a little perplexed too. My plan gives me 1640-2020 calorie range ( I thought that was a little high, but I'm not complaining if it works ) I have been on the Spark page for about a week now, haven't weighed in yet. I have been targeting about 1800 a day which feels good for me. I just hope the scale feels the same. Will post the results on Friday. ps-I'm 57
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The Spark People number that comes up on my screen is 1460-1810 cal. I'm 60 yrs old. This works fine for me. I thought it would be too much but I'm losing about 1 lb a week sine the beginning of the year. I was never able to stay on a diet for very long in the past because I was starved or else it did not fit my lifestyle. I think that this is much better. Slow and easy does it.

I try to walk or work out 5 times a week. I also try to stay within the fat, carb, protein ranges they give me.



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This I think is the group for me as well. I also went to the doctor(cardiologist) recently and she told me that 1400 is the optimal number for weight loss. I can't seem to lose a pound and after 4 weeks of sparking I am discouraged, but I won't stop. I can't eat fish and poulty is about to drive me insane anyone else chickened out?

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Hi there. You sound like the group for me. I am a perpetual quitter when my emotions get the best of me and I end up eating every sweet carb I can get my hands on. My dad has Type 11 diabetes and I am trying to avoid following in his footsteps. My challenges are being lactose and gluten intolerant. The carbs used in gluten free are high glycemic and not very healthy.

I have a 20something daughter who has a mood disorder who constantly sends me to the sugary starchy foods. And i am about to become a grandmother to another 20something daughter. Lots to look forward to and hope to be able to stay healthy and active as a grandma.

I have trying the Flat Belly Diet and feel it works well for me. I just need the motivation to stay on it for more than a few days at a time.

I enjoy working out and do yoga, cardio at the gym, walk with a girlfriend, do free weights, etc. Finding time to fit it all in is challenging with a full time job. IT CAN BE DONE.

Looking forward to meeting all of you on this message board. I have about 35 pounds to lose and I am short -- only 5' tall.
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Three things that are a must:
1. count calories by posting daily
2. exercise at least 3 cario a week
3. stay positive as its longterm (Rome was not built in a day.)
I hit my first goal after 2 and a half years. Down 38 lbs. first thing in the morning and on E.
The key I have learned is to stick with it even through the bumps in the road. Its a Habit that needs to be formed.

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. --Jim Ryun (Oh so true!)


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50AND2FAT

First, I want to say losing 1.5 pounds in ten days averages to over a
pound a week. That is a good rate to maintain. In my weigh loss period,
I was happy to lose about 1/2 pound each week. It is motivating to
see quick weight loss at first, but the key is the steady loss over time
even if it takes more time than we would like. It usually takes us more
time to gain that weight then it does lose it.

Weight loss as we age, is more complex then when we are younger;
not necessary harder just more complicated. Hormones are playing
a bigger role. Inflammation throughout our bodies slows the process.
The extra fat cells that we have acquired complicate further the issues
with hormones and inflammation. The loss of muscle tissue slows
our metabolism.

So we each have to find our way through this maze. It will be
different for each of us. For me, it was a low glycemic diet,
stress management techniques, and a special type of exercise
called high intensity interval training that burns fat more effectively
and in less time than regular aerobics. I also restructured my
diet to eat more omega 3 fats and less omega 6 fats, This
balance helps with the inflammation issue.

It is easy to feel victimized by our age. I did that for years.
I was tempted to quit more than once. I did keep researching
and trying different ideas until I found the combination that worked.

When everything clicked, I was able to eat more while losing
weight than I had when I was younger. And I now eat more
in maintenance, than I though possible in the past.

Edited by: ROSEWAND at: 2/20/2012 (23:45)
Lost sixty pounds.
Have been in maintenance
for four years.
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It really is discovering about what works for you. We are all so different, in my case vegetables and fruit became a gift from heaven after reaching 50. I however cannot partake of junk food without unwanted results. Good luck all don't give up the fight.

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I'm with you sister! No amount of diet, exercise, sleep, water or strength training seems to help. Maybe it's just the curse of menopause, and once I get through it, the weight will come off. DANG, I'M HOPING!!! Because I'm so discouraged that it brings me to tears on a regular basis. I was always active and work as a physical therapist, but when menopause came on - WHAM - so did the weight. I don't have any answers because the 1200 calorie count doesn't work at all, but I'm so tired of being hungry whenever I try to go lower.

How does one not give up?

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Have a very happy & safe Memorial Day weekend.

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I have never heard of it being any different than any other adult. Possibly being less active would make it seem like we need to go lower, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

Now or Never!

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I just saw my doctor today and I asked her your very question. I'm 5'10", age 53. She said 1200-1500 cal/day is the target range.

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Thanks for the reminder slugger.. I haven't done my strength training for a week now. As for the calorie count for over 50 I don't think there is one I think we would do better if we increased our water. I feel like my skin needs tons of moisturizer and then I read an article that said 10 or 12 glasses of water would be a good goal to shoot for.. who knows these things change all the time.
I also didn't get anywhere with just diet. I had to get this body moving and its a huge help. Who knew the doctors were right .. Diet and exercise is the key to loosing weight..grrrr

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Personally, I shoot for 1200-1300 calories per day. I am short, though, and calorie count plays into that. I also exercise at least 5 days per week. Don't forget strength training. More muscle burns fat more efficiently.



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Now that we don't need it, our bodies become efficient. what a kicker! on with the plan... Maybe high protein, low carb diets work better for us? Does anyone know if there are any studies looking at diets and folks over 50? that would be interesting. I do well on atkins, but my daughter does better with plain old calorie restriction.



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I work as a nurse in a clinic and while researching a diabetic diet for a patient yesterday I ran across a formula that multiplied your age by your activity level and then subtracted a number from that to get your average daily calorie range. I was pleasantly surprised to see that as you get older...you eat less...but also that the daily calorie range was still higher than I had thought by about 200 calories. Even though I stay on the go at 58 years old with a full time job, social activities (like public speaking, directing a choir, gardening, pushing a mower to cut grass) and hobbies I used "little to no activity " and multiplied by 10. My range still came out 1500-1900 calories.Glad it's just an average!!!

Keep Sparkin'!

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers Philemon 1:3,4



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It does take more effort at age 55 than it use to. I try and stay at 1200-1400 a day. My problem I think is I need to be more dedicated to real physical exercise to see results.



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I started Sparks in 2007 when I was 57 and I had a hard time eating the right things and eating to many calories. Now I have it figured out I think.
I eat 1200 to 1250 calories a day for my age and my height, being 59 almost 60 and I am 5'5" tall.
I do best when I eat protein at breakfast like egg beaters, fruit and yogurt and at lunch a salad with lots of veggies and a few nuts and a piece of fruit and for dinner I stick with 3 ounces of protein, two veggies a salad and sometimes a light dessert depends on the calorie count for the entire day.

My doctor told me that as we age our bodies get very efficient with the amount of calories we need to maintain our current weight. So we need less as we age.
The other thing that you need to know is that when you set up your spark page it already figures in all your normal everyday routine things you do like cleaning house, walking, cooking and just living.
You will need to add exercise to your program to burn any extra calories.
I go by to old school knowledge of eat fewer calories than you burn and you will lose weight.
I hope this helps.
Good luck on your journey.

"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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I had the same problem. Now I stay with a 1240 to 1550 daily calorie intake and I try to keep my carbs low, fiber and protein high. Protein keeps you full longer so you don't eat as much. I eat 3 small meals and 3 snacks, but I try not to go over 1550 calories and if I do. I walk or ride my bike. You can do it.



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Hi,
I swear the day after I turned 50 everything fell apart and I put on 50 more lbs. Has anyone figured a calorie count to stick with that really worked to lose weight. I have been exercising and doing the diet 10 days but only lost 1.5 lbs. I know we have to eat at a lower calorie count after 50 but has anyone found a number that worked really well and didn't have to starve?

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