I lost the weight after menopause. Plus being hypothyroid. It's not impossible. The way I look at it is, if you convince yourself you can't.... well then you won't. I'd say the first thing to do though would be to use the Nutrition Tracker religiously. Put in everything you eat (and drink, if there are calories in what you drink), every single day. You can eat all "whole foods from the earth and lots of healthy fats" etc-- but if you're eating too much, you'll gain weight (or at least, not lose) anyway.
5 pounds a year works out to around 337 calories too much per week. So it's not a lot of overeating that will do it. It's gradual, over time. The beauty of SparkPeople is that you can enter all your information, goal weight, goal date etc-- and it'll give you a calorie range. Plus you can track the exercise you do, track all your food, and there are tons of articles on good nutrition, and videos and demo's for exercise. All for free.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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