SparkPeople Getting Fit Over 50 Messageboard For our members over the age of 50, meet and get support from members who share your common interests and experiences. SparkPeople Getting Fit Over 50 Messageboard Just Checking in! Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> Been busy packing today. Going on vacation for 2 1/2 weeks! Can't wait either! <BR> Going to Washington and Oregon to see in laws and a new grand baby. <BR> We are just taking our time to and from. <BR> I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and stay safe! <BR> Sun, 29 May 2016 21:15:58 EST Fibromyalgia Sufferers Hi gang, <BR> Anyone else out there with Fibro fighting the issues that creates and trying to stay healthy? Sun, 29 May 2016 10:17:04 EST Forget About Calories and Exercise On Vacation? I want to enjoy food, wine and fun on vacation. Who thinks it's ok to indulge if you go back to the healthy routine when you get home. Thu, 26 May 2016 17:42:58 EST Coming back to Spark People I used to be on here all the time and then I got sick. I need to get a handle on this and could use some support. My Cardio doc jumped all over me yesterday for my weight and for the weakness that I have in my body. I have to do this one day at a time. Thu, 26 May 2016 16:24:00 EST 81-year-old needs replacement shoe clip-on Spark I've lost my Spark Activity Tracker that clipped onto my shoe. Its wireless feedback to my PC and my frequent looks at my SparkPeople results were about the only thing that kept me moving. I don't want to dissolve into a TV-watching blob! Anyone out there know of an extra Spark Activity Tracker for sale? Used but workable is OK. Thu, 26 May 2016 08:44:09 EST Elastic waist jeans: Yes or No? <em>9</em> Yes, for me. <em>189</em> <em>535</em> <em>536</em> <em>534</em> <BR> They're easy to wear, especially comfy when traveling. Some have control panels in the tummy that slim the pooch, (my beautiful stomach fat!) Wed, 25 May 2016 05:48:58 EST My ex's retirement breakfast ok spark members I have a question that you can maybe answer because you've been there done that or just simply have some input. My ex wife of 25 years will be retiring from the school system in a couple of weeks. She will be recognized along with the other retirees at the annual breakfast the whole school system attends. Would it be awarkward of me to attend that once in a lifetime milestone since she has remarried ? Part of me says yes the other says no because she may feel uneasy. She is t... Wed, 25 May 2016 03:18:57 EST Finally!!! I received my fitbit and so far loving it! <BR> I finally found the link to sync it with my Spark account! <BR> I got the fitbit charge. Tue, 24 May 2016 08:35:06 EST any one born in 1944 I was born in 1944 my name is Wayne Mon, 23 May 2016 14:49:23 EST This Rings True to Me! <img src=""> Sun, 22 May 2016 22:47:24 EST Did I post a bad thing? I posted that I wanted to know what a cleanse is and this is what I got on my post. <BR> I'm confused. Did I asked a no no? Offend someone? I don't understand this. <BR> <BR> Reply Create A New Topic Subscribe to this Discussion <BR> Page: 1 of (1) <BR> <BR> Report Inappropriate Post <BR> <BR> Thread URL:<BR>board.asp?imboard=30&imparent=39076855 <BR> <BR> Review our Community Guidelines Sun, 22 May 2016 09:26:28 EST Where are you starting from ... It really depends on where you're starting from and where you want to go! <BR> <BR> After maintaining reasonable fitness over the years and deciding on a new personal challenge I'm now training to run a half marathon at the beginning of next year. <BR> <BR> I started with cycling and walking, then walking and jogging and now just jogging. In addition I stretch, do core exercises and some yoga. <BR> <BR> This week I'll be 68! Sun, 22 May 2016 02:08:18 EST Craving nico-monster I quit smoking 10 years ago. Lately all I think about is smoking again. I'm scared I might take it up again.why am I craving it so much? Any one else feel this?! <em>24</em> Sat, 21 May 2016 21:03:13 EST what is this? cleanse phase? <BR> I have heard of this but never checked it out or did it. <BR> Can someone tell me what it is and how it works> <BR> Is that one Spark?? <em>304</em> Sat, 21 May 2016 17:38:08 EST Out to Lunch Gone since 8 this morning. Had to stop and have lunch. <BR> It was Chinese. So how do you know what to list as food intake? <BR> What about calories? <BR> I can tell how much I walked but not ate. <BR> What do you do about that? Fri, 20 May 2016 18:53:26 EST I Phone posting I post things on my I phone to Spark and I never see it show up on here. <BR> Wonder why that is. <BR> Fri, 20 May 2016 18:51:43 EST I don't like the changes to my Sparkpage. The changes to my Sparkpage makes it look like Facebook. I liked my Sparkpage the way it was. Thu, 19 May 2016 01:40:06 EST Plateau struggles Im down 30 lbs which is a total plus.But seems I have hit a pleateau.Nothing has changed for almost 30 days, I have changed things up and still no changes.. UGH Tue, 10 May 2016 23:29:13 EST Over 50 & need to lose +50 pounds Any tips on real sure weight loss tips???? Tue, 10 May 2016 21:35:53 EST Osteoarthritis in knee Has anyone has a knee replacement? Anyone suffering with knee arthritis? How do you cope? Do you bike? Swim? It feels like a life changing point for me. I'm just looking for support from those who understand. Sun, 8 May 2016 00:30:46 EST Carbs and Diet I begin attending Diabetic Education classes on Tuesday and I'm excited. My problem is that since 4/17 after having had my pre-assesment for the class, I've been counting carbs (45 for 3 meals; 15 for 3 snacks) per the nurse. I'm having trouble getting the carbs in without going over the Sparks calorie count listed in the tracker. I've lost 10 lbs and I'm looking forward to losing more. Does anyone know of carbs that are low in calories?? Sat, 7 May 2016 11:16:05 EST Any dog-lovers here? I have boy and girl Westies, Cully and Chloe. He will be 7 in July and she will be 6 in July. Sat, 7 May 2016 09:40:42 EST Hi! <BR> Good Morning Everyone. Have a Great Friday! Fri, 6 May 2016 10:03:27 EST Out of Commission As of Tuesday morning at app. 10:15 am I am temporarily out of commission as far as exercise is concerned. I was involved in a car crash and have been hospitalized since. I have a fractured ankle and subarachnoid bleed in my head (small). Asst bumps and bruises. So after a week or two will reassess my goals and abilities. For now lying low. Thu, 5 May 2016 20:14:30 EST At a Loss on What to Do In April I turned 60. At 60 I wanted to be close to my goal weight of 140. Instead I am almost 90 lbs from it. Over the last three years my life has been chaos. In 2013 I was laid of twice due to the government sequestration and furloughs in the government. So I was unemployed for almost six months. That was a painful experience. I was able to get a part time job which turned into a permanent job but the salary was $25k less than I received prior to be laid off and the commute each way... Tue, 3 May 2016 11:27:01 EST How to stay fit at age 54 I workouts 5 days a week . Tue, 3 May 2016 08:31:49 EST Loss of Motivation to Exercise I'm over 50 and now am based at home. I find that I cannot seem to muster up any motivation to exercise at all, have 50 lbs to lose. Feel isolated and very discouraged seeking diet buddies for support and motivation. Mon, 2 May 2016 13:04:08 EST Anyone doing HCG 2.0?? Week 3 starts tomorrow, anyone else having success with HCG 2.0? I would love to connect... Sun, 1 May 2016 15:21:57 EST flu Hi all.. It took a flu diagnosis with severe symptoms to rattle my cage. Still have 12days, great time to start eating healthy. Spark people seens a good fit. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:44:52 EST Biggest Loser Summer Challenge Need help getting healthier this summer? If you're looking for a challenge and ready to make a commitment....I have the challenge for you! <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name. It's a 10 week commitment. You have several little teams (with 24 members) that compete with each other. Main requirement is to weigh in each week. If you know for some reason that you can't post your weight (let the leaders know). Otherwise after 2 missed weigh ins (with no excuse) you would be moved to honorary. We h... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:56:36 EST OVER 80 with 100+ to lose Anyone also in their 80's want to share this journey with mutual encouragement? <BR> All best, <BR> Marc Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:50:45 EST Hi everyone, re-joined sp. Hi all, re-joined SP, I'm 53 and finding it hard to lose weight and to keep it off! Looking for advice and friends. Good morning! <em>30</em> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:23:27 EST Any e-pals available? I am in my early 60s, in SW Idaho, needing to lose 50 lb or more & looking to inspire/be inspired by e-pals here. Getting discouraged because someone told me to look up 'Idaho Cafe' & the search tool doesn't bring anything up. Am trying to change my lifestyle due to having a first grandchild, 9 mos old, and I don't want to be in poor health & not able to enjoy her. I spent 3 years losing 90 lb, retired, got depressed, gained it all back, and have been living with constant pain for doing th... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 11:27:24 EST Bike or Walking????? Ok.... Here again for the (too many to count) time..... :-( <BR> Have huge problems with feet... Will riding a bike work???? Looking at it like--- better than nothing and need to do something.......thanks Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:21:10 EST looking for a buddy in Paris hi, <BR> anyone looking to move here?? <BR> are you here ?, <BR> let me know, looking for American friends <BR> ty Fri, 22 Apr 2016 06:10:30 EST Atrial Fib team <link><BR>ndividual.asp </link> <BR> <BR> trying to keep a team active <BR> <BR> Atrial Fib which I have and seems ever changing. <BR> <BR> I think a team could be helpful to each other as we make our journey toward healthier living. <BR> <BR> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:55:44 EST Kinda new here Hi - I've been on Spark off & on for awhile. A few years ago I lost about 20 lbs - was at my goal weight! But in the last year I've put all of it back on. <em>46</em> My bad - slacked off on exercise & went back to eating too much junk. I've had a lot of changes in the last year - new job, taking care of my mom - she fell & broke her leg, and so on. Also my gym/fitness center closed - I've been going to a few different places (not as often as I should...) but haven't found anything tha... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 17:06:07 EST Weight Gain a week after High Blood Pressure Meds I was so happy to have the doctor take me off the high blood pressure medication half of which was a diuretic. In one week I have gained back six pounds? I have been very careful with my portions and have worked out four days this week. Has anyone experienced this before? Will my body normalize? I don't want to go back on the high blood pressure medication and have to re lose the same amount of weight over again. <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> Sat, 16 Apr 2016 09:41:49 EST Trying to swim for exercise I am trying to learn to swim but it is so hard to relax. I thought of buying a snorkel to start out so I can focus on my movements in the water but not the deep water at first. I no some instructions don't want you to wear them but it's better than giving up and not swimming at all. Anybody got advice. I don't relax and stay tense maybe the snorkel will give me a little support until I get used to it any advice. I appreciate it. I love the water aerobics and I really wanna swim. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 04:03:36 EST Just Turned 50 Just turned 50. Hello all. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 17:38:51 EST "Fun Loving People Over 70" You know These fun loving kids over 50 have a thing or two to learn about having fun!. How many 70 + fun loving people are out there? Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:07:17 EST Come on Sparkies!!! Let's go!!! 30 min on stair master.... We can do it.... A month ago I was out of breath.... Those who want to loose and gain a whole new world...join me.... We can do it ,,,,you are not alone,,,, <em>9</em> We are the new and improved Sparkies!!!! Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:23:32 EST Constipation!!!!! Hi everyone. I'm on day 3 of the cleanse phase and find myself to be very constipated. Is this just a result of system shock or should I be changing something? Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:07:52 EST Shake your Booty! Just found some '70's CDs at a garage sale, and have been dancing to them all morning out in California. That is one way to get exercise and smile! Sun, 10 Apr 2016 14:33:56 EST Wow, I hit 50 and the weight started to pile in. I am 55 and have been trying to lose about 23, never had a weight issue til I hit 50. It has been a struggle but since I have been on spark I have been tracking my calories, I have lost 13 pounds and need to lose another 10 to reach my goal. I am short so 5 lbs on me shows, I am so excited, now I also eat clean and exercise 3-4 days a week , need to do more weights. Sun, 10 Apr 2016 12:42:56 EST Today I Learned Today I learned that having cream on my porridge put me at 1000 calories before lunch!! :) I will have to hit the treadmill before supper! Sat, 9 Apr 2016 16:52:49 EST Over 50 in Laveen, AZ Any ladies located in AZ in the SW valley such as Laveen, Avondale, Tolleson, Goodyear that want to get together for motivation? I have had it with failing and being over weight. I quit smoking about 25 years ago so I know I can do this. <BR> Fri, 8 Apr 2016 01:35:22 EST Keeping it off! I lost 40lbs over the last 12 months - do not want to go back up! My daughter is getting married in May of 2018- how do I keep it off? Thu, 7 Apr 2016 15:57:57 EST phen tabz weight loss pills my tanning salon sells Phen Tabz weight loss pills. I am thinking of trying them. I don't see any really bad reviews!!! I have been on this site for 2 weeks now and have not lost any weight. most of the time staying under my goal in calories. very frustrated. just want to know if anyone else has tried them . please email me at as I don't go on this message board much (first time_ Thu, 7 Apr 2016 09:59:49 EST Do you change your ticker if you gain? Do you change your ticker if you gain weight? I see where some do and some don't. <BR> <em>192</em> <em>38</em> Wed, 6 Apr 2016 15:40:24 EST slow metabolism after 50 I can sure tell a huge difference this time around that the weight is not coming off near as fast as it did even 3 years ago. <BR> I am resigning myself to that and learning to move on lol <BR> It seems that I have to work a lot harder to even budge the scale these days but I am going to keep at it until I get where I want to be :) Wed, 6 Apr 2016 15:29:41 EST What are ways to make plain greek yogurt tastier? <em>91</em> Wed, 6 Apr 2016 09:34:19 EST Hello Hello everyone, new on this site (my second week) and lost 7lbs on my first week, though not expecting to do the same in my second (and its not a healthy way to go) Love this site. How are you all doing? Wed, 6 Apr 2016 07:03:37 EST I am new here Just starting sparkpeople, getting to know all the in and outs..Any suggestions? Would like to communicate with others. Tue, 5 Apr 2016 14:49:04 EST 1960 -- Best year ever! I'm an October baby -- 1960. Eisenhower was still President! <em>334</em> Sat, 2 Apr 2016 21:19:54 EST help please! i am 53 years old and having the struggle of my life losing weight! the past 5 years i have put on 50+ pounds and the harder i try to lose the fatter i get! it seems i can manage to lose 3 or 4 pounds over several weeks time and then i stop losing. i don't know if it's because i give up or if i just can't do it. i restrict my calories to 1000-1200 calories/ day and it seems that is too much. what can i do? is it my bmr, my age or just the fact that i am tired of trying? maybe something else..... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 19:32:54 EST Starting again Hello everyone Tue, 29 Mar 2016 23:43:38 EST starting all over Been gone for a while, but coming back with a vengeance, going to drop this weight and be the healthiest I have ever been. Tue, 29 Mar 2016 19:16:59 EST starting all over Been gone for a while, but coming back with a vengeance, going to drop this weight and be the healthiest I have ever been. Tue, 29 Mar 2016 19:13:57 EST Camera Shy Hi! I usually go through my e-mail. Put the Spark exercises in a folder on my computer for future use. That was 2 years ago and I have yet to actually do any. But something was "sparked" inside me in January this year that caused me to start to make small changes that I hope will lead to bigger ones. The article mentioned on sentence that has resonated with me. "Next year you'll be wishing you started this earlier." And I thought, they're right! I will be annoyed with myself when that... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 13:53:56 EST Happy Easter... now back to hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a nice Easter. Mine was good... but as expected... I ate more than I should have... wasn't expecting a dinner buffet last night at the restaurant we went too.. and hard to stay away from all you can eat filet mignon and prime rib... and the desserts... but that was yesterday... and we need a splurge day once in a <BR> <BR> Back on track today.... I just have a few extra lbs to work off and hit my revised revised goal.... I had g... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 10:35:21 EST Specifics Checking in 4/24/16...New and looking for inspiration plus, specific exercise for 50+. <em>205</em> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 02:22:05 EST substitute half the food stuff are not available in India Chennai where i live. So confused. i am 64 and cannot do cardio what shall i do sorry this is my second day here trying to get the hang of it :) the 3 minute video is not there. I dont know what substitute foods to use. Help Please Wed, 23 Mar 2016 05:06:02 EST Strength training for older adults I just saw a video called Resistance Training for the Aging Adult: An Evidence-Based Approach, by Brent Alvar, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D. (google it) He spoke at the NSCA's 2013 Personal Trainer conference on the evidence supporting resistance training for older adults. <BR> <BR> His staff researched all the studies done on the subject, evaluated the studies and graded them, and summarized and ranked the findings. There is so much contradictory stuff out there about what we should be doing. This... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 14:33:23 EST My struggle is over, I am in HARMONY with myself. 1# lost today! 17# to go! Mon, 21 Mar 2016 08:40:27 EST hitting a wall what do you do when you hit a wall and just don't know if you can do this any more? <BR> Sat, 19 Mar 2016 21:09:41 EST Question on Knee Pain I had shots for hip bursitis & 3 days later the BACK of my left knee began hurting when I was out walking. I don't like running to the Dr for every little thing. Babied it with ice & heat. Was just getting better when I felt a very painful POP behind that same knee about a week later. It hasn't been the same since. Still using ice/heat/tylenol. Am doing water aerobics but can't walk a whole lot or real far. Has anyone else had this? I googled it but can't figure out what it is. Fri, 18 Mar 2016 22:50:07 EST Returning Sparker I was a member some years ago, but decided I needed the accountability of tracking food and exercise. 65 is MY year!! Fri, 18 Mar 2016 16:59:56 EST Where did that come from? I'm 55 out of shape, out if breath, which is where the where did that come from falls. Yea I knew I had added a few pounds. But life is busy. I knew when my jeans were snug. Good will get a couple pair. But the shortness of breath with simple cardio stuff. That was New. Doc says it's the belly fat. So last fall I started counting carbs. Keeping it less than 30 a meal. No weight loss but two inches off my belly in 3 months. I slacked off this winter. Added another inch. I'm going back on it. ... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 05:53:27 EST Not Getting Anywhere Is weight loss over 65 hopeless? <BR> <BR> I used to be able to lose 10 pounds easily. <BR> Last year I went on Nutrisystem because it always works,. I lost 5 and gained it back. <BR> I did my own low fat, and gained 5 more. <BR> I am now 40 pounds over weight. <BR> So I decided to try Atkins (again) because a friend and her husband each lost 20 pounds last year. I lost a pound. I delved into Keto and Zero Carb and <BR> lost nothing. <BR> I thought about becoming a vegan.I looked aga... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 13:40:57 EST Weight Gain/Loss Challenges After 60 I was always thin until I reached 60. I was through with menopause by the time I was 50, so that doesn't seem to be the factor in my weight gain. Unfortunately, at 58 I became disabled and could no longer work. It wasn't a physical disability, but I do suffer from depression and anxiety. Those issues coupled with the inability to work seem to be the major factors in my weight gain. Nothing to look forward to and all that... I know that overeating causes weight gain, but overeating is a r... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 08:21:28 EST Day 1, Again Thoroughly enjoyed going to the gym today. I haven't been for a while. 20 minutes treadmill, 30-minute "express" strength, and 10 minutes on the bike. AWESOME! Sat, 12 Mar 2016 16:49:40 EST Realistic exercise for "Over 50's"?? Ok, let's face it...I cannot physically do many of the advertised workouts as I used to be able to do years ago! I'm in need of suggestions/directions of physical activity/exercise that I can do without the need of a hip replacement or traction. <BR> <BR> I love walking...I've always loved free weights/bench workouts...any help would be dearly appreciated! Thanks! :) Sat, 12 Mar 2016 10:40:15 EST Impact of menopause I am ten years post menopause but would like to know more about how estrogen changes affect my wellness. My doctor has never even mentioned it to me since I did not have any adverse symptoms. Any ideas are welcome Fri, 11 Mar 2016 09:14:04 EST depression/no hope Hello. I am a old 59 yr old. I recently joined weight watchers and i am also using this site. I also just joined YMCA but i cannot get myself off the couch. With no hope in my life it is impossible to do anything. I am being treated for depression. How can i get hope? Is my life at an end because i am old? I am single, and my son and wife do not allow me to see my granddaughter much because i have depression. He says they are just too busy. I am also unemployed and unable to find wor... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:47:18 EST suggestions? I'm an active person, rarely sit, and I work. <BR> I've tracked everything, calories range from 800-1200 a day. Lots of fruit and's almost 3 full weeks and I've only lost 4#...I drink my water too. Sooo..looking for answers. I was on weight watchers years back and lost 10# the first week...older now and I'm not going to give up, but really?? <BR> Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:14:24 EST Coming back to Spark AGAIN, been a while, over 60 Day 2 of low carb eating and keep wondering why I left! I know i feel so much better when i eat low carb and need the support coming back. I have filled my kitchen with all the right things. I need support of people over 60 and some good ideas of new recipes. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 13:38:42 EST stay positive no matter how down you get...get up and stay positive :) Thu, 10 Mar 2016 02:44:01 EST BEER BELLY WITHOUT DRINKING BEER Hi can any one suggest anything I can do to get rif of this HUMONGOUS BELLY I HAVE Tue, 8 Mar 2016 16:20:29 EST I do great until evening comes...HELP! I do great all day until night time..(after 6) and I tend to over eat or wreck my good day....any suggestions short of blocking off the kitchen. Tue, 8 Mar 2016 10:16:44 EST Knee's replaced and over 60. Hi I live in beautiful Santa Rosa, Ca. A few years ago I had both my knee's replaced. The pain that I use to have is gone but my balance and walking long distances is gone. I am not sure what to do. I have fallen a few times, mostly because I wasn't watching where I was walking. I have now got walking sticks from REI so when I do take a walk I am balanced. I walk around my block, it takes me a while. I use to be able to walk 2 miles now around the block is about all I can do. I have... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 08:22:49 EST Back yard Calorie burning I have decided to make my back yard the place to work and work out this spring and summer, I will feel as though I have done something more productive than taking a walk, I will be creating a beautiful space and hopefully burning plenty of calories in the process. The muscles I feel in my legs after hours of working there yesterday are far more noticeable than any muscles I feel after just walking. Wish me luck ! I am taking before and after pics of the yard ! Mon, 7 Mar 2016 20:49:28 EST Dull Day The day started out sunny and slowly clouded over and the temperature started to drop. Now it is cloudy and cold and looks like it might start to snow. We are spoiled because we have no snow on the ground and that is very unusual. Working very hard on the belly because April first is coming. Anyone out there got any super belly exercise for people 60 +. I need to get this gone. <em>213</em> Mon, 7 Mar 2016 15:51:22 EST Back I just started back after 2 back surgeries But i got to do something I feel like I am dying. i am in pain 24 7 I have to do something even if it hurts. Sun, 6 Mar 2016 21:23:07 EST gardening I consider this the best exercise and rewarding. I have tried to move more and still taking that nap. I don't work. I can stay on my feet up to 5 hr but I pay next day. I used to run up to 27 miles a week. Sun, 6 Mar 2016 18:40:06 EST Knee Pain Help! I just had shots in my hip sockets two weeks ago for bursitia/arthritis. I'm trying to increase exercise. A couple days after the shots (which helped) I developed pain back BEHIND my left knee while walking & it went down my calf. I babied it, iced it, took Tylenol. It just finally got better & today I dropped a coupon in the grocery store. Tried to pull it toward me with my leg to pick it up & POP, behind that same knee I got a terrible pain. Limping ever since. Came home, laid... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 22:18:56 EST Hello From Southern AZ Hi! I'm Karen, a 63 year old grandmother of 7. Been married for 44 years to the same man, and want to lose weight...again. I have MS, Fibromyalgia and Post Polio Syndrome. I've been trying, by various means to reach my goal since 2009 when I lost 50 pounds, but never reached my goal. I'm doing Low Carb because that seems to be what works best for me. Looking forward to making some friends. If anyone wants to be my diet buddy to help keep me on track, contact me. At the moment we are getting r... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 20:10:39 EST Is age discrimination alive and well? Greetings over 50 folks! I am in the process of gathering stories. Since being let go from my job a year and a half ago, I have heard many 50+ individuals talk about their nightmares navigating the employment issues. I am considering writing a novel that focuses on issues faced by aging but able citizens. I am gathering real stories to help me formulate my plot line and characters. I welcome your feedback. As for myself, in order to receive my severance package, I had to sign a form stating t... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 10:37:42 EST posting food Was so busy for three days that it was almost impossible to post what I had eaten. In addition was eating at friends so meals were very complex. Challenge is to say the course.. Tue, 1 Mar 2016 12:26:41 EST Oh, so personal So, at the Doctor's one of the things I thought may be happening is everything, bladder, etc. falling and my needing a prolapse repair. She checks it out and states "everything is remarkably where it should be but the problem is this" (takes extra falling stomach flesh in hand). "I don't want to make you feel bad", she states,"but you better do something now or only surgery will fix that". I love my Doctor and she was truly just kicking me where it hurts. How did I let this happen and can... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 15:34:00 EST Pain & the BBW I have had a weight/eating problem all my life. Weighed 9 lb at birth. Always substituted food for love. My father left when I was 4 & no one told me he wasn't coming back. My grandmother came from Germany to take care of me & she was 5', 250 lb. Fed me constantly. She lived with us 1-1/2 years & my mother had an active dating life. I was not important to her. She used to go to adult parties & I would have to stay in a back room with a TV & snacks. It was the 50s & she was a gay divo... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 06:48:27 EST Sally Field's new movie "HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS". If you are a fan of Sally Field like I have been since she was "Gidget" back in 1965, then do support her new movie that comes out March 11, 2016 "Hello, My Name is Doris". It has gotten really great reviews on "Rotten Tomatoes" movie site. There are few movies that portray older adults as positive and intelligent and I think this movie does that and more. Check out the Trailer on YouTube as it is a great comedy, about an older woman who learns to enjoy life. Fri, 26 Feb 2016 02:24:50 EST Introduction to all I was born on Thanksgiving Day in 1948. I am 67 and am married to my current husband for 33 years. I have many health problems that limit my ability to be as active as I used to be. I'm a retired RN though I have been disabled since 2000. <BR> <BR> I enjoy reading, online games and jigsaw puzzles online as well. <BR> <BR> I'm diabetic so must keep track of carbs and activity level. Learn new recipes that are healthy, and increase my activity. I have fibro, and several other condit... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 23:15:18 EST Trying again Been a member of SPARKS now for quite some time. Thought I would give it another try. Last year I went thru many ups and downs end result gained to much weight, loss of interest in doing things etc. However this year is a bit more promising, with one big hurdle. Lose this weight Wed, 24 Feb 2016 12:30:32 EST started walking again...felt good I am finally walking to the store and taking strolls around my block..2nd day felt good... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 10:48:22 EST difficult week Had guests for week, eating out for many meals. Lucky to not gain weight, but did not loose for the week. Portion control is real problem in eating out. Tue, 23 Feb 2016 09:49:37 EST over 70 Hi I am 72 and wonder are there others my age or older Mon, 22 Feb 2016 09:57:48 EST Working from home - making it harder to be healthy I am curious to know if any of you are working from home and how you found that it impacted your health. <BR> <BR> I began working from home about 5 years ago and thought that it would make it easier to put my health first. Instead, I think that I am less healthy than I was before. <BR> <BR> I sit more, and move less. <BR> <BR> I don't pack a lunch, so I just go graze from the kitchen. <BR> <BR> I find that I don't go outside except to check the mail. <BR> <BR> I don't have people to in... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 14:19:17 EST 50+ with RA I'm 55 and have put on 30 pounds in the last quarter-century. Have yoyo dieted since my teens, with a few intermittent periods of heathy eating and exercising. A couple of years ago, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, which has totally set me back in the exercise area. Swelling, aching, and extreme fatigue have turned me into a couch potato. I've just started a 30-day walking challenge here, and was delighted to see that the starting point is only 10 minutes a day. That's actually har... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 14:09:04 EST Heart Health Ok I have maybe a strange question. All the years of eating wrong if it has clogged my arteries will eating right and exercise fix that? Or do they stay they way they were prior to exercise and just don't get any worse? I'm just curious. Its just something I wonder about. I also need some good advice on healthy snacks etc.. If anyone would like to share what they eat. I would love some new ideas on what to pack to take to work etc... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 11:51:33 EST Starting over hard to be honest Day 2 and I have had a hard 2 days. Not so much with the food but entering my food. I think I am ashamed of the amount of food I eat. I just wanted to enter my meals to see and I sure don't like what I see. <em>198</em> Tue, 16 Feb 2016 00:00:15 EST Okra or lady Finger Water for My Diabetes Three days now I have not taken my Diabetes and Cholesterol medicines. Just curious what this okra water will have effect on my blood glucose.... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 21:40:23 EST Fitness walking Trying to do interval walks. Jogging until out of breather then getting breath under control. Supposed to be better than just walking for aerobic conditioning 2 miles yesterday.. Mon, 15 Feb 2016 15:24:58 EST I'm 69 years old I'm in pretty good health, I've been trying to lose weight since Jan 4 lost a few lbs with smartpeopless I got a fitbit on Jan 26 and have been walking at least 10,000 steps a day. I did <BR> rest one day. I think I need one day a week to rest. As of this morning I have lost 14 lbs, that's in 5 weeks 3 days. Not too bad for an old woman! Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:27:13 EST riding a bike at 60 husband wants to buy a bike for my 60th birthdday , but I'm nervous about it. I had one when I was younger But now I have some health problems I have to consiter. Last sept I saw the doctor and she put me on Colesteral drugs, blood pressure, and stuff like that. She gave me the ok to start walking and I've worked up to walking 5 days a week about 2 miles at a time. <BR> My colesteral is down, My blood pressure is normal. Iride A stationary bike when I can't get out to go for the walks. But I... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:44:19 EST Slim Fast smoothies Hi, I bought some Slim Fast powder and also some of the bottled drinks. I just want to give my weight loss a "boost". <BR> <BR> What I need to know is - do any of you who use this, have good recipes to make smoothies, either using Slim Fast powder or the bottled Slim Fast? I've heard you can put it in mixer and add fruits or other things but I don't really know what or how much. <BR> <BR> If you can help, I'd appreciate it. Thank you in advance. <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> Sun, 7 Feb 2016 10:27:29 EST over the hill I am 72 years old Sun, 7 Feb 2016 10:08:16 EST Plexus Has anyone used Plexus to help with weight loss? I have been doing some research and I am confused.. some sites say it's good and others say it's not... just wanted to see if anyone has used it or know anyone that has and if they had results? Fri, 5 Feb 2016 15:52:37 EST Loser with no job, family doesnt care and depress Hi <BR> <BR> I am new to this site. I am overwt, have no job, single, family that hates me, and I am ugly. I see a therapist but she is no help when I tell her I think I am ugly. Men hate me because I am overweight and a loser. I was recently scammed on a dating site and lost money. I know it has to do with longing to be loved but as long as a person is fat and ugly , I cant be loved. Here Is my pic to show you how ugly ii am. Any suggestions? <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 20:10:33 EST Looking for people to connect with I've been a member since 2012. I need to lose about 30 lbs and have lost and found a few pounds in that time, but nothing sticks except the weight. I'm trying something different. I'm logging on every day, I plan to blog every day and I decided to 'reach out and touch someone'. I live by myself meaning I am the only human person in this house, have 4 grown children, and a full time job. I have a garden which right now is under a foot or more of snow. I live in Wisconsin. <BR> Hope ever... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 18:30:14 EST 52 trying to lose like 42 Hi, everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm new and so glad I found this board. 10 years ago I lost almost 100 lbs and through a combination of stress eating (4 moves in 6 years will do that), revisiting old bad habits and injury (unable to run due to foot issues) I gained almost all of it back. I knew what worked then, but wonder if I'll be able to recreate the same successful plan or even if its possible at this age (and after a thyroidectomy 4 yrs ago). I'm giving it a shot b/c my motto is "Never Give... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 13:29:36 EST Goal #2 Reached!!! Today being February 1, I decided to weigh myself and soooo excited! I reached mini goal #2 as I am now 5% below my starting weight! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>386</em> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 19:05:06 EST New to this board Hey everyone, <BR> I just got back on Spark wagon 11 days ago and decided to join a few challenges and to join this message board. <BR> I plan on being a lifer on Spark as I love seeing nutrition guidelines and that way I can try to tweak the things I'm getting too much of or things like protein etc.. that I never seem to get enough of. <BR> I am currently living in Gaston ,S.C. originally from Orlando,Florida area,am almost 44 yrs. married to a retired Army Drill Sgt. Who lovingly supports ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 19:30:44 EST widow widower meetups I never understood what being a widower was all about until it happened to me. No one can prepare you for the hurt, tears, confusion, feelings of abandonment, anger and the feeling of being all alone...was I surprised by the way I felt-yes.. It's something that you have to work your way through to get to the other side. It takes strength and the ability to let go day by day and the support of friends. The letting go is the hardest part...well it was for me Sun, 31 Jan 2016 05:28:42 EST Want/Need a Challenge? If you're looking for a challenge and ready to make a commitment....I have the challenge for you! <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name. It's a 10 week commitment. You have several little teams (with 24 members) that compete with each other. Main requirement is to weigh in each week. If you know for some reason that you can't post your weight (let the leaders know). Otherwise after 2 missed weigh ins (with no excuse) you would be moved to honorary. We have ITC (inter team challenges) that cons... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 22:38:05 EST Born in 1944? There must be some of us out there. I'm 71 and still walking but steadily gaining. I came here to learn the special ways to deal with senior weight gain. Ugh but hopeful. Shirley Sat, 30 Jan 2016 19:05:03 EST So what is it for you? What keeps you from reaching your goal? <BR> Is it your mind, Your relationship with food or lack of exercise? <BR> Maybe mind and relationship with food is one in the same? <BR> I need to figure that out. I need to cut down my portions... the exercise is there... <BR> What about you? Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:21:07 EST Over 50 and loving it Over 50 is great, I am so happy to not worry about age, just trying to keep healthy. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:00:24 EST Finally! Weighed myself this morning and was down 2lbs. It's amazing how that can change your whole outlook on the day. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 10:10:08 EST I am the new kid on the block. This is my first time on face book.Looking forward to reaching my goal.I have 44 lbs to loose. <BR> <em>492</em> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 22:47:39 EST Lbs not going down but clothes fitting better! OK so I don't seem to be losing a lot but I've been going to the gym 6 days a week and tonight some pants I haven't worn in awhile fit! Not perfect but they do go on. All the more reason to keep going!!! Tue, 26 Jan 2016 21:00:54 EST 20 minutes a day, every day, matter what In December I decided that there was absolutely no reason whatsoever that I couldn't do 20 minutes of exercise a day. I challenged my brother. I didn't challenge my adult children, but they heard the plans and accepted the challenge anyway. <BR> <BR> I have a recumbent bike in the room I use for my office. I have a TV with a Roku box out there. The room has a space heater, as it is just a sunroom that can get pretty cold. Doing pretty good on the challenge! But I let my start time change. Or... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:40:32 EST exercise with COPD After being diagnosed with COPD i have gained 100 pounds.!! I lost my active job of 35 years and have become sedentary. Today i started 2 pound weights and leg lifts with an exercise band and DANCING, my first love. I only managed about 165 minutes. Any help is appreciated, since walking os out as well as swimming due t the oxygen of 6 L continually Sat, 23 Jan 2016 18:36:15 EST Over 50 help How do I join a team. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:09:05 EST Reference works on fitness for older people All, <BR> <BR> I'm looking around for books or channels or videos or pretty much anything which can tell me about the challenges of exercising at our ages (Between 50 and 60, here). <BR> <BR> I found a couple of sites -- one at NIH, one at CDC. Good general advice, at least the parts I was able to read. I'm looking for descriptions of what to expect as I try to return to an active lifestyle after a lot of years flying a desk and never exercising (I know, I know, but I'm doing it now). <BR... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:16:57 EST Taking it to a new level. Well, I started at the gym last night for the first time in a while. Felt good. I have been incorporating Thrive into my fitness regimen. Been a big turning point in my weight loss... down 20 lbs in 9 weeks. Spark People originally got me looking at healthier ways to live, then Thrive gave me the energy and motivation to keep going. I feel great and love the program. Now taking it to the gym to target specific areas and tone up. I am at my lowest weight in 20 years and going down every day.... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:53:44 EST how fast to increase walking it"s taken 3 months to get so I am able to walk 1.5 miles. How do I know If it"s doing any good to increase it. or should I just walk 1.5 miles and be happy with that. we are walking 5 days a week. we time it ever so often and have just gotten so we can do it in 50 minutes. <BR> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:20:51 EST Staying Active When Back is Out I just pulled a muscle in my back. This is my first week on SparkPeople. Does anyone have suggestions on how I can still be active while waiting for back to heal? I can do some non-cardio walking and some stretches I've previously gotten from my physical therapist. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 23:03:22 EST 10 Day Pouch Reset Hi All! I had my gastric bypass in 2008. I lost a total of 135 pounds. I was able to keep it off for almost 5 years, mainly because I was constantly sick and having surgeries. In the past 4 years i have gained almost 70lbs! The weight just kept coming and I just ignored it. So today I am going to start a 10 day reset. In hopes to get back on track and correct my mindless eating. <BR> <BR> I am following the guidelines from the link attached: <BR> <BR> Day One: <BR> Clear liquids only. <BR... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:24:37 EST Hello from the frozen tundra aka as Illinois Not a good day for me or should I say not a good evening in making choices. But it is done with and tomorrow is a good day to start again. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 22:35:10 EST spent 7hrs in er Spent 7 hrs in er to find I have virul bronchitis Tue, 19 Jan 2016 11:16:41 EST over 50 weight loss is 30 pounds in 24 weeks an attainable goal ? Mon, 18 Jan 2016 09:32:08 EST What's your favorite recipe? I browse lots of "healthy" recipes, and they seem delicious from just reading them, but when the recipe has - 2 tbs of flour, milk, 2 tbs butter, cheese and pasta - I don't want to waste my calories on that stuff, because the serving size will be small and I'll feel hungry after I eat it! I'd rather have a "Perdue Perfect Portion" chicken breast, 2 oz whole wheat pasta with salsa, and steamed vegetables. That way I get more = satisfying and filling. A sandwich with lean turkey or ham with a s... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 20:18:29 EST New Member looking for motivators - born 1960 Hi everyone. I recently joined Spark People and am looking for friends to help keep me motivated. Would love to hear any tips anyone has. Have a great day. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 12:08:12 EST Can I join this board even though I am not 50, But will be in December of this year? Thu, 14 Jan 2016 20:53:41 EST Over 50 goal I'm retired, live in Canada and am spending eleven weeks in Mexico this winter. I've brought a pair of pants that wouldn't do up when I left home. The goal is to wear them home in March. I'm fairly satisfied with my first two weeks of healthy eating - could have been better but - life, ya know. I'm looking for encouragement and reminders to get me to this goal. Appreciate anyone/everyone's help. And good luck with your goals. <img src=" Wed, 13 Jan 2016 14:12:11 EST Have You Read any Good Books Lately? <em>203</em> I love to read in my spare time. I enjoy non-fiction books. I am currently reading "Imagine Heaven" by John Burke. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 11:18:43 EST 57 and mobility impaired Hi! I am new here, to this group and to Spark. My name is Sande and I am 57. I currently weigh 325 pounds, wanting to lose at least 50 by October. <BR> <BR> I am looking for an exercise that I can do. Not only do I feel old but I can't do any floor exercises or jumping type. My knees are so bad that I cannot get up off the floor. Anyone have any suggestions? Mon, 11 Jan 2016 13:14:14 EST What Kind of Exercise Is Planned for Today My Promise to myself is to do some sort of exercise at least 4 days a week. I want to walk a mile and do some strength exercise. <em>198</em> Mon, 11 Jan 2016 11:00:41 EST Any One Born in 1945? I started back on SP last month after being away for a while. My DH and I moved to Colorado from Georgia 2 years ago. We wanted to be near our 2 GDs. they are age 2 and 5. I watched them the past 2 years while their mom & dad worked. I have more free time for myself now. <BR> I haven't met anyone here since we moved other then our dear neighbors. We were blessed to get good neighbors. We are currently renting here in Colorado. We still have our house in Georgia but hope to sell it th... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 15:48:43 EST I am new, need to love myself again, please help Yes, I have to admit, well that's hard. I don't know what's wrong with me, I feel like a bear, adding poundage, for the winter. Nothing is or has worked. I try to get my mind set, maybe it's old age, but my brain wanders. I weighed myself this morning, and found, reality sucks, I weigh the same amount that I did 9 months pregnant, 30 years ago. In the last two years, I have shattered, my left ankle, which lead to 16 weeks in bed, and about 15 lbs. Last year I was diagnosed with breast cancer,... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 13:32:57 EST Walking/Exercise Buddy I am looking for a walking/exercise buddy. I'm 50 and live in Brandon, FL. If you're interested I'd like to try and start with 2/3 times a week. Fri, 8 Jan 2016 07:43:30 EST 1960 - Boomer with a Cause I am 55, and ready to do all that I can for me. I've been there for so many other people in helping them get through difficulties in their life, and now I need to focus on getting me back in shape, healthy and fit. I too am important, and I need to take the time to take care of me. This year I am concentrating on my needs and my health. Anyone, in the Wichita, KS area want to become workout buddies? Thu, 7 Jan 2016 15:39:16 EST research on weight loss I just joined 3 days ago and I have found the many articles that I have been researching very helpful to me. I think researching is a big part of my weight loss journey. Have found many many great recipes that I am going to try and found many good suggestions on grocery shopping and diabetes care. I have spent three days researching and I now know that I am ready to hit the grocery store and use many of the tips given. I hope this will help all of you in your journey into being a better y... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 15:18:13 EST New to this group I am 55 and trying to loose the weight. I have back issues I am sure if I loose about 40 lbs that I won't have as many. <BR> Hoping to find people to actually hold accountable as partners on here. <BR> <em>484</em> My fav is pancakes on the weekends and ice cream <em>468</em> on the weeknights especially but I don't do it all the time. <BR> Just like Beer once in a great while. Our biggest around here is doughnuts <em>473</em> . I need to eat more <em>550</em> and exercise more ... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 08:38:21 EST Bob Ross I proud to say that I've lost 20 pounds last Fall but I haven't exercised as much this winter. In fact I stopped exercising for 6 weeks and the pounds slowly increased. My new years resolution is to do it and with the painter Bob Ross's help I have exercised. I stick in a tape of the soothing voiced gentleman and ride my recumbent for a half an hour, or until Mr. Ross finishes one of his paintings. I realize that's not 'the beat' to do it but it helps me. Let's hope I continue. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 08:33:24 EST 55+ Joining Group! :-) HI Everyone! I am Sharon from Ohio and am getting ready to turn 56. Have been overweight all my life and have tried just about every diet out there. More then anything I need motivation! I normally start out good and after a few weeks am back to my old habits :-( If anyone has any tips I am open to hear them all! Can't wait to get involved in the group more Wed, 6 Jan 2016 22:07:36 EST exercise Hi my name is Shirley. It's my first day. And I'm have a problem with exercise I can do it for a few days then feel over whelmed. Help!!!! <em>213</em> Wed, 6 Jan 2016 19:02:45 EST 2016 Back on Track Jan. 2 started to get back on track. From reaching my 104 lb weight loss on 9/2/2012, I have gained back 25 lbs. I have, for the most part, been logging everything I put in my mouth. I am also back on track by exercising daily for a minimum of 30 minutes. It is extremely hard to detox from sugar but I am determined to stay on track. Thanks to sparkpeople, I have the resources available to me. Wed, 6 Jan 2016 09:31:28 EST Waist trimmer belt Ok, I thought this was funny so going to put it out there. I have a waist trimmer belt and supposedly the more you sweat the more inches you lose (all water of course which I know)...but being menopausal now and having night sweats like you would not believe, I'm going to start wearing that thing to bed and pretty soon I should just melt away LOL...actually though..anyone else out there that has/had night sweats and what do you do or take to help..I'm taking Walmart's Estroblend and it was h... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 21:01:43 EST 53 from PA and just starting again I am 53 and starting again, need to keep a positive attitude. Like to have some motivating friends! Tue, 5 Jan 2016 11:29:43 EST Need motivation Starting weight loss again. Hope for success! Tue, 5 Jan 2016 11:00:09 EST hi well this is my last time. I really have decided with the doctor that I have to lose weight. Yesterday at the doctor my pressure was 180 over 89 and that is not good, but I have found out I have white coat syndrome. Today I took it and it is 98 over 66. I think it has to do around the fact that I am to over weight and today is the day I am starting with spark people. So I think I need a friend to push me along this journey. any one and everyone here is in the same problem now or before and sp... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 10:29:15 EST Struggling Motivation Help Hi, I am new to the group and could use some encouragement for exercise. I don't know why I can't seem to get moving. I am eating healthier, however I do need some sweetness in my day. I want to lose 20 pounds this year and know I can do it with a little bit of support and help. I want to feel better and look good. My schedule is sometimes a little too busy and I need to make time for me. Thanks in advance. Tue, 5 Jan 2016 07:24:32 EST 50+ Thanks for letting me join the group. <BR> I turned 51 in December. <BR> Last year at New Year's, I pledged to lose 100 lbs, seeing how I had just turned 50. <BR> I promptly put on about 40 lbs. <BR> I don't know why I just went "whole hog" last year and wouldn't stop eating. <BR> <BR> Trying to get a better attitude this year. <BR> <BR> Greetings and blessing to everyone on this site. Sun, 3 Jan 2016 19:16:19 EST Really need accountability New here. I need a new out look on life!. Over 50, children(5), grandchildren(5), work partime with children. Survived breast cancer, I need to do something just for me. Not a lot to lose, 30 lbs, yes that is a lot to lose! New Year, new life! Sun, 3 Jan 2016 16:25:47 EST Who lives near Ocean City NJ I'm looking for a walking/workout bud. Anyone interested. <BR> Sun, 3 Jan 2016 12:44:15 EST RN with renewed commitment to stay fit I am a nurse who has knowledge of benefits of eating right & exercising to one's health, but like others am challenged to stay on the paths of good eating and exercise choices with a busy schedule & hectic life in general.Always open to new tips for achieving and maintaining work - life balance. Sun, 3 Jan 2016 08:16:19 EST Happy New Year Wishing you all a happy, healthy year in 2016. <BR> Let's help each other be strong and disciplined. <BR> Sat, 2 Jan 2016 16:04:04 EST Hypothyroidism I have always been able to maintain my weight until the big 50 and hypothyroidism hit at the same time. I actually was diagnosed with hypothyroidism when I packed on 23 whopping lbs in less than a month. I've been trying so hard in the last 9 months to shed these lbs but absolutely not luck I just keep gaining and my eating habits haven't changed.. DETERMINED YES I AM... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 21:22:50 EST Shaklee Good Morning and Happy new Year! <BR> I am considering Shaklee weight loss program. Has anyone had any luck with it or any experience at all? TIA Fri, 1 Jan 2016 07:15:11 EST OMG..where do I begin Hi everyone. I am again trying to lose weight with SP. I did it once and I know it works but I was younger then and my body co-operated. Now moving is hard and every morsel sticks to me like glue..So much for the GOLDEN YEARS lol. <BR> So I am here to ask what types of exercise did you do when you began and how long did you begin with ? I think I am going to join the Y in my town and get involved with water aerobics. Any and all advice would be appreciated. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 14:55:41 EST Looking for workout or walking friend in Fairfield I am 52 yrs and need to lose about 40 lbs and would love to have a friend to walk to lose weight or workout at 24hr fitness at solano mall Thu, 31 Dec 2015 06:11:14 EST new here New to this board but not new to trying. <BR> <BR> I would love to lose and keep it off. <BR> <BR> Tennie Wed, 30 Dec 2015 16:12:34 EST Atrial Fibrillation <em>51</em> <em>282</em> <em>26</em> <em>273</em> <em>51</em> <em>282</em> <em>26</em> <em>273</em> <BR> I've started a team for Atrial Fibrillation. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=65892 </link> <BR> <BR> Hoping people can have a place to chat. <BR> <BR> It's a very frustrating issue / condition. <BR> <BR> I'm not a medical expert - just someone that suffers from Atrial Fib. <BR> <em>51</em> <em>282</em> <em>26</em>... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 09:36:52 EST Hi..I'm new to this group HI. I'm new to this group. I have been a member for quite a few years but fell off the wagon. I really need to get back to being fit and healthy. I really need some coaching! <BR> <BR> Thanks Tue, 29 Dec 2015 08:25:09 EST When Did I Get This Fat???? OMG. Reality hit me when I saw myself in a photo from this last holiday. I can't believe that fat person is me. I have to make this work so I feel and look better. Sun, 27 Dec 2015 16:53:02 EST Treadmill Hi, I am 68 and just getting over foot surgery. I am wanting a good quality used treadmill, either a Nordic track or Sole. Hoping I can find one to get started on recovery from weight gained in last 6 weeks post surgery. <BR> <BR> I like to cook, so I am big on cauliflower soup since it is winter. If anyone can help me find a treadmill or has suggestions where to look or recipes for healthy soups, I would appreciate it. Sun, 27 Dec 2015 13:02:56 EST Wheat Belly Program I would like to communicate with someone who is trying to do the Wheat Belly Program. My mind is made up and ready to dig in and get unfat and healthy. The day I want to start is the day after Christmas if at all possible. If anyone is interested please contact me. Thanks. <BR> <BR> Bon Bon Wed, 23 Dec 2015 23:25:11 EST Beachbody Is anyone here into Beachbody? I was wondering if I should invest my time getting together with a coach (not becoming a coach). Would a coach do any good, or are Beachbody coaches actually salespersons? Tue, 22 Dec 2015 23:35:53 EST Working on Fitness Hi all, I decided to come back. I've lost 15lbs in the last few weeks. I really want to continue forward. So far I have lost 45lbs. since I turned 59. I got down to a 70lb. loss and gained almost 40lbs. back and now I am going back down. I have 25lbs. to go to reach my short term goal. I am taking baby steps and not getting overwhelmed with the big picture. I had massive foot surgery in July and my sister died in late August. I have gone through a very tough time. I love this time of year and... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 09:59:51 EST Uneven abdomen after lipo <em>29</em> Sat, 12 Dec 2015 21:13:07 EST 53, recent weight loss, and want to firm it up I'm a 52 year old young at heart female. I had a check up this week and the doc confirmed I've had a 15 pound weight loss this year. I didn't set out to lose weight, but to eat healthier...cleaner. Started at 177 and am at 162. (In my mind and home scale it was 182 to 159). Reality check. In any event, I hurt myself exercising in 2007, went to the chiro and she ruptured a disc. After surgery on L4-L5, I haven't exercised. I would love to strengthen my core and firm up the "old lady" ... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 16:32:03 EST An unexpected morale boost! I'm new to SP, having just joined today. I'm in the process of migrating over from membership in a national weight loss program where I've been very successful - but they're undergoing massive changes that I can't support. <BR> <BR> Anyway, today was my weekly weigh-in day for this other program. The meetings are held in the local gym, where I've been a member for about a year and a half (having joined the same time I joined the weight loss program.) As I walked through the reception area an... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 15:52:12 EST Anyone read "Thinner This Year"? Howdy! Just joined Spark People today! Has anyone read "Thinner This Year" or Chris Crowley's first book, "Younger Next Year"? Good books about aging and staying fit! He has just written a new book called "Younger Next Year - Exercise Program", which I just ordered. I am 65 and am a firm believer that exercise keeps you young! However, I wasn't sure I was doing the right types of exercises and with the proper technique! I am learning so much from these books, but the exercises are killers! Wo... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 12:03:54 EST no weight loss Ok I started a little over a week ago. I have had no weight loss a little discouraging but I'm starting to fit into my clothes what's that about? Can you lose inches but not lose weight? I have been exercising 6 days a week and following the food plan. <em>40</em> Wed, 9 Dec 2015 12:47:58 EST Can I lose six more pounds by Christmas? I set myself a mini-goal of losing 20 pounds by Christmas. Made it by Halloween, so I set another mini-goal of losing another 15 pounds between Halloween and Christmas, for a total of 35. I'm down 29 as of this morning, 6 more to go. Is it realistic to think that I could lose 6 more by Christmas? <BR> <BR> Probably not. And I don't want to make a big deal out of it, to the point that if I don't make it I will go on a binge or something. <BR> <BR> On the other hand, it would be great. :-) <B... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 22:46:54 EST Anyone else experience this? I was doing great. Working out and walking every day and watching my portions. i wasn't losing much but at least I was feeling good. Then I got sick. It took me a week to feel better. I still maintained my weight but then ate some things that were not so great for me. Only one day but boy did it do some damage. How can the scale not move when you are doing good but the moment you overdo it, it jumps up 4 lbs?!!! I'm so mad! Mon, 7 Dec 2015 13:03:43 EST getting fit I am 55 and I'm doing walking/jogging intervals <BR> what are yall doing for exercise to help reach your goals? Sat, 5 Dec 2015 09:26:05 EST Born in 1957 and a new year coming up Hi all <BR> I've been on Spark before, and on most other online free sites too, not to mention weight watchers many times. I seem to do best when I really use the community support and websites. I hope to get things on track by New Years (and by on track I mean moving down the scale of course :) Fri, 4 Dec 2015 18:01:47 EST can i lose weight on drinking the Boost drink.. Im sick of thinking about food...and I found i like the boost drink..240 calories 2 x a day with a decent meal... wondering if i can do this to jump start the weight lose..i swear ....the more i try the more i gain.. anyone try it? Thu, 3 Dec 2015 21:30:33 EST Anyone 70 or over I am 70 and getting fit!!! Anyone else out there doing it with me??? Thu, 3 Dec 2015 20:37:10 EST Got to get going before it's way too late. I've been here before, but quite frankly not doing well at all. I REALLY need to get this weight off before I stack up more disabilities to what I already have acquired. I need some help from others like myself. I'm 57 yrs. old, 5.4", 266 lbs., high blood pressure, now bone on bone knees and a back history (which has already classified me as disabled). If I don't get moving FAST and get this weight off I won't be able to walk. And, as it is, it is extremely painful to walk and now very diffic... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 16:04:53 EST Have you tried acupuncture? There are so many benefits. It's really helping me at this "age & stage" to encourage my body to work in a complimentary way instead of working against itself. (what it feels like when hormones run amuck!) <BR> <em>101</em> Wed, 2 Dec 2015 01:11:54 EST 5 mins. of free weights How easy, using my 5 lbs. free weights and using them the way I remember getting trained from years ago! Just a short amount of time and I've done my exercise for the day. I can do more exercise today if I want, but just doing SOMETHING is a great thing! Feeling happy today! Tue, 1 Dec 2015 19:35:55 EST Help Please stop sending me texts. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:29:23 EST Weight loss surgery I am 5 days post op vertical sleeve. How do I get in all the protein? Sun, 29 Nov 2015 13:52:01 EST How did everyone do on thanksgiving? Did you stick to your plan or not? Scale of 1-5 with 5 being on plan I was a 4 <BR> So I call that a win. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:50:24 EST Lets do it! Not easy to get fit over 50 but I want to believe that I can do it!. Sun, 22 Nov 2015 17:33:21 EST Calories its hard for me to eat 1400-2000 calories a day.i average 1,000 calorie a day. Sat, 21 Nov 2015 22:59:58 EST Exercise question Hi, I am not quite 50 yet but very close to it. I find the high impact exercises I use to do are more difficult for me now, but I still love to exercise. So my question is what do most of you over 50's do for exercise? I want to keep my weight training and thinking that walking will be good for my cardio. I just can't do those burpees and things any longer... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 07:49:46 EST How do you get motivated??? Just lost. <em>39</em> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:29:16 EST Food Pushers How do you deal with food pushers? I have this problem all year but especially right now. It is so hard to stay strong when people around you are saying "just one bite won't hurt" or "Just have a taste". With all of the cookies, cakes, goodies available this time of year it's hard enough to stay strong without others pushing. What tips get my other SPer's through? Wed, 18 Nov 2015 09:54:17 EST New to Melbourne fl Any one on here from my area, ,husband and I looking to meet new friends to go out with Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:55:53 EST Born in 1950 I joined 2 years ago but never posted. A support system is helpful. Sun, 15 Nov 2015 19:28:30 EST new Atrial FIb team <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=65892 </link> <BR> <BR> Various heart disease/condition teams --- thought I'd see if there was a need and/or interest in an Atrial Fibrillation team. <BR> <BR> NOTE: team is not monitored by medical personal. Hopefully it can help us support each other with the various treatment plans and healthy lifestyle changes to live better with the disease. Sat, 14 Nov 2015 23:07:42 EST feeling hopeful well today makes 6 days lost 3 pounds hope they stay off I joined the YMCA today It always seems like I always lose 3 or 4 pounds then I feel good about that then I gain it back plus a couple more pounds to go with that I am praying I don't gain any of this back cause then I feel like I have failed does anyone feel like I do we give it all and just feel sometimes it is not enough but I don't want t give up I am doing this all by my self be nice to have a friend on here maybe we can try this t... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 00:09:08 EST Lousy Day at Work brought it home with me A long very stressful day and i almost went over my limit. Glad i managed to stay under but didn't fill up my day with healthy eating. <BR> <BR> Started good with healthy breakie but Have finished my evening off with too much popcorn and added butter so feeling over stuffed and not happy with myself. Guess i better pull up my big girl panties and do better tomorrow. Seriously by my age 62 you would think i could do this better. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 22:50:50 EST Tighten Your Tummy in 2 Weeks I am starting the Tighten Your Tummy in 2 weeks by Ellington Darden next Wed. Nov 18th. Anyone here that is doing this? I would like an accountability partner. This is a program that will really work, esp for women over 50. Not like any other program you are probably doing at the moment. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 12:34:11 EST LOOKING FOR FRIENDS Going to try this again. I gotta get my act together and lose some weight. Need to lose at least 50 but would love to at least lose 20. I'm not getting any younger, but it weight is so much harder to get off now. Going through menopause did not help. Anyway, good luck to everyone on the same trip I am on. <BR> <BR> Jean Thu, 12 Nov 2015 22:01:06 EST Biggest Loser team challenge.... Check this out! If you're looking for a challenge and ready to make a commitment....I have the challenge for you! <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name. It's a 10 week commitment. You have several little teams (with 24 members) that compete with each other. Main requirement is to weigh in each week. If you know for some reason that you can't post your weight (let the leaders know). Otherwise after 2 missed weigh ins (with no excuse) you would be moved to honorary. We have ITC (inter team challenges) that cons... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 10:27:28 EST Over 50 and stuck! Hi, I'm 57, Mom and grandma. I'm recently back to Spark and I need help! I've been exercising 5 days out of 7. 30 minutes strength & cardio and 30-60 minutes walking/running. Watching my portions, no simple carbs, gave up soda, cookies, cakes etc a while ago. But the scale keeps going up no matter what I do. It is so frustrating. I don't know how much more I can cut out of my diet. I don't want to give up. I need to lose about 15-20 lbs. I have HBP and I would love to lower that and get off t... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 09:29:09 EST Support Buddy Looking for a support buddy in the Houston, Texas area, zip code 77045 and 77030. Tue, 10 Nov 2015 12:26:03 EST work out partner how do you go about finding a work out partner? Mon, 9 Nov 2015 15:46:54 EST Anyone lift heavy? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a 57 year old female powerlifter...looking for anyone who is a bodybuilder or powerlifter (or strong man!) to be my buddy. <BR> <BR> I'm a deadlift specialist, but I am working on squats. I hope to hit 225 on the squat by the end of the year. And 350 for deads by my next competition in March. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to lose 30 lbs to be in a lower weight class. <BR> <BR> Stay strong! Mon, 9 Nov 2015 13:11:33 EST Exercise Need some easy on my back and I have broken my right hip Mon, 9 Nov 2015 11:47:39 EST new here welcome any help I just started on this site here is a little about me I am 57 have 3 kids 8 grandkids 4 boys 4 girls I have had 4 back surgerys on my back and 2 on my neck I am joining the ymca Monday morning I use to walk 5 miles a day and now lucky to make it around the block I weighed 145 before all my surgerys now I weigh 205 its killing me I got to lose this weight I have tried losing weight I lost up to 8 pounds then put 10 back on I really need this to work I want to do things with my grandkids and wi... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 16:12:59 EST Diabetes Over 60 I'm 5'5", 306 lbs., Have Diabetes, Knees, Neck and Back Arthur Has In Them Bad.. <BR> HELP?.. Sat, 7 Nov 2015 13:10:16 EST Diabetes Over 60 I'm 5'5", 306 lbs., Have Diabetes, Knees, Neck and Back Arthur Has In Them Bad.. <BR> HELP?.. Sat, 7 Nov 2015 13:07:48 EST Diabetes Over 60 I'm 5'5", 306 lbs., Have Diabetes, Knees, Neck and Back Arthur Has In Them Bad.. <BR> HELP?.. Sat, 7 Nov 2015 13:06:34 EST Diabetes Over 60 I'm 5'5", 306 lbs., Have Diabetes, Knees, Neck and Back Arthur Has In Them Bad.. <BR> HELP?.. Sat, 7 Nov 2015 13:06:23 EST 50 and need to make serious changes for my health Hi, my name is Karen. I am mom to 6 kids. Ages 8-26. One of which (she's 20) has debilitating ocd ,which adds tremendous stress in my life. <BR> And when I am overly stressed I eat,eat and eat. <BR> Not usually making very healtho choices either. <BR> As a result of stress/emotional eating I have gained a lot of weight over the past couple of years. <BR> I am only 5 feet 2 inches and currently weight 244 pounds . <BR> As I age ; the effects of the excess weight are not good for my physical,... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 09:35:11 EST food tracker help i need to know how to log in my food and find the cal.and carb. Tue, 27 Oct 2015 13:59:32 EST cant do it hello every one,i have been with sparkpeople for a lonf time and have not lost any is my folt ,i like or the suggesings and help tips,but for some reasen my brain is not cooperating i can not say noooo.i measure my food but later i get hungry and i just eat what i can find.i know its wrong ,but why am i still doing it ?im also diabeticso i have to behave double,ant suggetions helh please Tue, 27 Oct 2015 13:57:26 EST HI EVERYONE!!! I am new and wanted to say hello!! I have been a member, but never got involved in the message boards. Through experience I have learned the more involved I am the more accountable I am. <BR> <BR> I truly want to enjoy my 50's and health is the first step so I am going to hopefully stay motivated through motivating others. <BR> <BR> I look forward to losing with all of you! Mon, 26 Oct 2015 14:16:47 EST Challenge buddy Anybody interested in becoming a "Find !0" challenge buddy? That's 10 min. exercise for the next month. Mon, 26 Oct 2015 02:45:17 EST Broken Ankle and In A Wheelchair Help!! I broke my ankle and am currently in a wheelchair. I am NWB for at least another 6 weeks. I'm going to lose 60 lbs. What I need to know is what kind of exercises can I do while I'm NWB and in a wheelchair? Looking forward to taking this incredible journey! Sun, 25 Oct 2015 23:49:00 EST Over 50 I'm over 50, 210 lbs., arthritic and depressed as hell about it. Even walking causes me considerable pain. Feet and ankles swell, and knees as well. Is there any activity for me that won't cause damage to already painful joints? Sun, 25 Oct 2015 16:17:23 EST Joining the 50 group Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I would like to join the 50 group. I am here to becoming healthier and to make healthier choices. My issues is snacking at night due to my busy day. I would like to lose 20 lbs. but it will be a sure challenge. I also need to fit a 30 minute exercise in my busy day. Anyone have any suggestion on getting started to my journey. <BR> Cheryl Sat, 24 Oct 2015 22:30:33 EST 65 and losing weight, but... I have a serious question. I carry my weight in my torso. I've lost 35 lbs. Since <BR> the end of May (am down 60 lbs from my all time high). My stomach is starting to hang something terrible. Am I too old for exercise to help? I have terrible arthritis, but am walking between 1 & 2 miles most days). Am I too old for surgery, if necessary? Has anyone my age gone through this? Mon, 19 Oct 2015 21:43:36 EST Gorgeous day It's a gorgeous day in north Alabama. I just celebrated my first week on Sparkpeople...I think I'll take a walk! Sun, 18 Oct 2015 14:07:05 EST Fusion in My Future I have herniated disc L3; degenerated discs, L4/L5. My sacrum gets twisted if I move or sit or walk wrong. Also have a little stenosis and arthritis in the Lumbar region. <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>******** <BR> I saw the first orthopedic surgeon last February 2015. He wanted to give me 3 injections and physical therapy to the tune of $20k, and then do the new "Laminotomy" surgery. Also prescribed .25oz of some compounded cream f... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 17:06:23 EST turtle on its shell! I think I am a turtle, on it's shell, spinning in circles! That's how it feels anyway. I was using Spark People consistently and losing weight when I said to myself, I can do this alone...ahem....I can't. I am starting again, at the bottom, with all the depression and anger of failing again..yes I have health issues that started this whole mess with my weight and those haven't changed unfortunately, but I really do want and need to get back to a former self if that is even possible...sigh... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 12:49:36 EST Nearing 60! I have a rather intimidating birthday coming up in the next few months. I have breezed through the previous decades and not been bothered, but this one seems OLD! I plan to get off a little pudge before my birthday, hoping that will make me feel better about things. What and how have any of you done with the big six O to make it less traumatic?? Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:50:31 EST I'm back I used sparkpeople about seven years ago and with the busyness of life I got away from it. I saw a picture from back then and can't believe how good I looked compared to now. My goal is to loose 20 pounds. I am the mother of three grown children and now have the time to make health and fitness number one again. I have been lacking in motivation though. One of my goals is to fix healthier meals for my husband and myself as well as incorporate more exercise in our lives. My husband is totally o... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 13:33:02 EST Migraines... weight loss...Surgery prep for health Hello to anyone reading this. On May 21 of this year I had heart surgery to correct a congenital defect (hole). I am scheduled for a craniotomy (brain) surgery on Dec 2 - also to correct a congenital defect. <BR> <BR> My current weight is 163 and I'm 5'-1" - so on the BMI index I am considered obese. And boy, do I have the numbers to prove it! Much of what I am experiencing is genetics..... high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholosteral. Had my blood work done last week.... ... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 19:59:06 EST getting started for the 100 time .. I really appreciate the spark people web site to help us keep up with our calories and our eating habits .. I have fibromyalgia and pulmonary hypertension and hypoxia .. but I know I have got to loose weight . I gained allot since the fall in 09' . I need to loose 100 lbs or so <BR> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 02:38:35 EST sticking to it this time. I have been an on again and off again for a few years. I have went to different web sites and they did not have as much as spark people does. Contact with other members are not only important to me but a good support system. My Dr. told me I had to lose weight, and I see her again in January. My only issue is getting in some kind of exercise in. I walked with my husband and son for two nights in a row nothing major, but its a start. Today I plan on playing Tennis on my Wii, which I e... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 09:55:25 EST Weekend Plans I am going to a new craft brewery Friday night. Looking forward to hearing 50's,60's and 70's band. Dance it off! Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:22:46 EST Sample Menu plans Is there anywhere on this site where you can get sample menu plans? I would like to use it for guidance. Thanks. Wed, 7 Oct 2015 19:45:50 EST Stretches for Plantar Fascitis Can anyone suggest exercises that I can do for my plantar fasciitis? Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:29:54 EST Done with excuses It's easy to say it's only a 5 pound gain, then 10 <BR> pounds, then 15, yikes! Everything I own is tight but I will not cram my closet with a larger size. I'm not an egg eater but need to find something better in the morning than a muffin or bagel smeared with coconut oil and cinnamon. I have my black coffee and start looking at Facebook and can kill time till I'm hungry again. I wish my computer could yell at me to GET MOVING! How do others get exercising and keep their mind off food... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 20:41:18 EST Amount of water needed Hi all. New to this game. lol .Can someone tell me how much water is recommended for my 69 year old body? Thanks Thu, 1 Oct 2015 11:19:10 EST 50 plus Exercise is not as easy as it use to be Fri, 25 Sep 2015 17:26:37 EST Struggling on breaking the soda habit Hi, I am new here and I LOVE soda. I can't drink the diet soda because of the artificial sweeteners in it and the aspartame. I have bad reactions to all the new "natural" sweeteners as well. When I get stressed out, I grab a soda. I do limit myself to one a day but sometimes that one a day is a big 32 oz soda! Does anyone else have this issue? Help! Fri, 25 Sep 2015 16:15:28 EST Screwed Up Already screwed up Day 2. I Knew when I was eating it, I would feel guilty today. I am so angry at myself for giving in so quickly. Fri, 25 Sep 2015 06:52:31 EST Complications I went to the Dr today about some problems I have been having with my neck. Of course Dr ordered an XRay. The results of the XRay led to an MRI being ordered next week. It seems he is worried about a couple of discs and a bone spur. Of course I want to find out what is going on because I am tired of hurting but I am so bummed, for a couple of reasons. The day of the MRI is the very day I am starting my wonderful new career (hard decision but one that will be filled with rewarding experiences)... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 18:10:04 EST Need find my will power again! I want to lose weight and I tell my self I will start in the morning then morning shows up and I forget about it. I need help in figuring out to get keep my motivation from the night before. <BR> <BR> My job doesn't help either I am a receptionist in a very quite office some days the phone may only ring half dozen times in an 8 hour day. I don't have anything to do but stare at the computer and answer the phone when it does ring. <BR> <BR> Any advice would be great to help me get my motiv... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 14:41:59 EST Looking for burst of energy to exercise today! ^pretty much said it in the topic.... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 13:45:00 EST Looking for an exercise buddy I live in the Southwest region of Connecticut and I need a motivated workout buddy. I'm thinking that may help me because I am having trouble motivating myself to exercise daily. I am a stay-at-home mom who is available after 8:30 a.m. Motivational thoughts appreciated! Tue, 22 Sep 2015 09:08:54 EST Any advice on getting rid of belly fat Hi. I'm 52, from Honolulu, and struggling to lose 60 pounds of stubborn fat, especially around my belly. Heard imbalance of hormones could be the culprit besides diet and exercise. Even detoxing can help. Any ideas to rid this baby, I'd appreciate it. Thanking you in advance. Blessings Fri, 11 Sep 2015 15:15:16 EST Starting out First time ever on a board but old dogs can learn new tricks Fri, 11 Sep 2015 09:40:57 EST Anyone for Long Island NY (Suffolk County)? Rapidly approaching 50! Looking for a walking buddy. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 21:51:40 EST A lot of calories...oh my! I'm new and am having a little trouble getting all of the required calories in. <BR> Any advice? Tue, 8 Sep 2015 11:48:31 EST What to drink? I am 54, and currently am staying home to take care of my terminally ill mother. I am an RN, and I stopped working about 5 weeks ago. I have gained 10 lbs already. I have a bad habit of drinking diet soda, drink of choice: diet Dr. Pepper. Aspartame is a concern for me as well, and I really need to break this habit. I am borderline diabetic. The problem is, I do not like water. I am trying to find an eating plan that works for me. Any suggestions as to what I can drink that would be satisfyin... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 10:18:33 EST 4 mile run in a.m. Come on all you folks! Let's get going! I lost 100 pounds 4 years ago, feel terrific, at the gym 7 classes each week, hike run. Vegan..feel terrific. Oh...I am 62 years young. Fri, 4 Sep 2015 14:24:57 EST Wanted to reach out and say how good I feel I am really surprised by how I feel. 19 days in and Im proud, happy, feeling really good. I haven't been perfect but have adjusted my mind to not be so hard on myself. Feels really better. At times I was disgusted with myself at my eating habits. Im going slow and steady and learning to be patient and more kind with myself. Think reading all the blogs and forums is really helping. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:06:23 EST How about 1954? I am so close to you all in age. I will be 61 next month and am looking for new sp friends. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 15:51:21 EST Hello all! My name is Cindy and I live in Arizona. I have been married for 35 years and have 3 grown daughters and 3 grandchildren (one of them lives with us). I have several auto immune problems which makes it hard to get exercise in. I would love to meet you all and make new friends. God bless you- Tue, 1 Sep 2015 15:48:36 EST Anyone born in 1947? I was born in August of 1947, now 68 years old... I'm a raquetball fanatic, perform weight training twice weekly and walk/jog whenever I can... Thing is, I STILL have this inner tube waist that drives me nuts... I log all my food and for the most part eat pretty healthy... Anyone else have this situation going on? <BR> <BR> Ted Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:23:02 EST Anyone here born in 1960? I was lucky born Dec. 1960 on the shortest day of the year. I'm a happy Sagittarian. I have lost 102Lbs and kept most of it off since Dec. 2009. I have gained back 15 lbs and I am valiantly trying to take it back off. Sometimes the food kicks my butt, sometimes I kick it's butt. I have gotten a lot better about drinking lots of water now though. Progress not perfection. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:15:14 EST VB6 Diet-Anyone following the Vegan before6pm diet If you are, let me know how you like it and whether you are seeing results. Thanks! Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:19:14 EST Maca powder and hot flashes Has anyone here tried maca powder? A friend suggested that I try it for my hot flashes. She's on it with good results. Also can I take it being that I'm hypothyroid Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:41:31 EST Ballroom Dancers and Bicycle Enthusiasts ? I am looking for other people that enjoy ballroom dance and riding bicycles. Both great exercise and a wonderful way to spend time. Anyone out there? Central PA resident but will talk to anyone from anywhere. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 21:10:52 EST Which one burns more calories Housecleaning sweat pouring down my body. or my stationary bike no sweating at all.? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sat, 22 Aug 2015 14:23:21 EST Being disabled and trying to lose weight I'm 53 yrs old. I was diagnosed with fybromyalgia, osteothrites in both knees, degenerative disc disease and the normal crap that comes with that...depression, anxiety etc etc!!! I had a botched gall bladder operation in 2013 spent a month in the hospital almost died!!! And was bedridden for 6 months and home bound for 6 more months!!! During that time I ballooned up to over 300 lbs and I'm tired of being unable to enjoy life anymore. I think I've become complacent just to keep the depression... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:54:52 EST Lunching with Girlfriends NOW WHERE TO GO??? lunch with friends tomorrow having very hard time eating out and sticking to my low carb plan ANY SUGGETIONS would be so helpful, most of chains in area. Applebee's, OCharlies, Long Horn, Texas Roadhouse & the like. HELP PLEASE Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:31:44 EST hypothyroid and over 50 I was diagnosed with hypo thyroid about 4 years ago I believe I have had it longer than that though. I have such a hard time losing weight and most of all keeping it off. I have lost 60 lbs ten time over only to gain it back. Today I am starting over again and will do my best not to give up. I hope to find people like me on here that can help to keep me motivated not to give up but to take my journey one day at a time. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 07:23:48 EST riding a motorcycle burns calories! love riding my bike ~ and burning calories while getting some wind therapy ~ Sat, 15 Aug 2015 19:29:32 EST Any (slow) walkers in Westchester NY? Seeking 50+ women to form a walking group and motivate each other. <BR> <BR> Warning! this is the 'slow & steady' crowd, only up to 25 minutes per mile so far :-) <BR> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:30:03 EST Speed on a stationary bike How do I determine my speed on a stationary bike? I can pedal like crazy and I am still going 0 mph. <BR> In all seriousness tho, how do I do this? Thu, 13 Aug 2015 14:35:32 EST Strength Training Startups? <em>23</em> Okay, I finally dragged myself to the gym on Tuesday and I'm going back tomorrow. I'm not really sure what to do to strength train; just know it seems much harder than it was 20 some years ago and that I need it even more now that I'm dropping muscle like crazy. <BR> <BR> Any encouragement, advice or tips? <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 01:30:58 EST WHERE TO SART EXERCISING??? 3 weeks on low carb for 1st time and its SO WORKING!! However, very week 1st few weeks, now ready to take on the gym in baby steps any suggestions??? Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:36:40 EST When to expect some results I may be too impatient but I've been eating better and working out for three weeks and am continually going down 2-3 pounds and back up 2-3 pounds! I alternate days of working out on weight machines for 25-30 minutes, and elliptical for 40 minutes plus some ab workouts five days a week. Five years ago I was able to lose 50 pounds over the course of a year but now I can't even lose 3 pounds and keep it off! Is being over 50 really making that big of a difference?? I'm sticking to it but it's h... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:43:53 EST Born 1953 HI, My name is Shirley and I'll be 62 on Dec 25th. I stopped celebrating my birthday at age 50. Its funny how my brain tells me I'm 21 but my body says 71. Anyone else in my shoes? <BR> . <BR> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 12:53:31 EST Bariatric Surgery? I had a consult for this last week...hoping it would be my saving grace..No, from what they told me, that is an almost impossible way to live the rest of my life. Has anyone else had the same experience? Thu, 6 Aug 2015 23:19:03 EST Stuck Eating right and exercising more. Cant loose? <BR> <BR> I am walking a average of 4 to 6 miles a day and recording food. <BR> <BR> I lost 22 lbs but for the last 2 month cant loose. <BR> <BR> Jumping back and fourth between 195 and 199. <BR> <BR> Just dont get it. <BR> <BR> Mike Thu, 6 Aug 2015 10:03:01 EST Happy Hi glad to be a part of the group.......I have been off my feet a lot in the past year foot surgery kept me from excerise and after losing 70 pounds gained 35 back. I need encouragers to just say helpful things to get me back on track. Wed, 5 Aug 2015 15:05:02 EST How to beat the downs of becoming 60! having a 15 year younger husband gave me the idea for this topic....I just turn 60 on the 17th of July and my husband is 44. Numbers already messes with our heads, but when you've got a younger spouse/partner always bouncing around you with all that energy and spunk, you tend to feel just a little bit older and you start noticing the age difference, and then you start tripping!!..... Well i do! So how do I beat the downs of becoming 60??? ugh...I hate the sound of 60! I liked it better when I... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 08:56:08 EST 475 calories for lunch?? Wow, I went to Olive Garden for lunch with a friend. I had 1/2 break stick, 1 serving of salad and one serving of soup. Total 475 calories. Man, calories go so fast. I will have to be extra careful for the rest of the day. Is there a safe place to eat that is low in calories and you can enjoy yourself without feeling guilty? Mon, 3 Aug 2015 13:44:26 EST Had a really strong weekend This weekend was really strong, no exercise and did not watch my food intake. But it is Monday morning and I am right back on track with my exercise and food. Does anyone else ever find it hard on a weekend to stay on track? Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:34:30 EST Getting rid of the bloating I have been stuck at 21 pounds lost for a few weeks now. I am very bloated and that makes me feel bad. I walk between 9000-10000 steps 5 out of 7 days a week. <BR> Any suggestions. I know that sodium leads to bloating but I need ideas of how to get rid of too much sodium and decrease the bloating. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for your suggestions and support. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:47:25 EST 53and post menopausal! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am Shellie from CA and I was hoping to find others in this group that are over 50 and in Menopause. I went into full blown menopause in Feb 2012 and have been battling the same 6 pound yo-yo ever since, I have been bouncing back and forth between 148-154 consistently and it is so frustrating. <BR> <BR> I have been involved in TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) since Nov 2013, so I do have a weekly accountability weigh in. <BR> <BR> I go to the gym on a regular b... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:20:24 EST 52 starting up I'm a disabled vet trying to build muscle around my knees and core so we purchased an elliptical. Tried my first workout yesterday and it was tough. Lasted about 10 minutes which includes forward and reverse. Almost wonder if I made a mistake buying this thing. But then I'm hoping to use it to help recover from knee replacement surgery which I'm trying to put off for a few years. We currently have a recumbent bike, treadmill, and Selectech dumbbells with bench. I've been riding the bike ... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 08:37:45 EST Off topic (sort of) Turning 60 has hit me like a ton of bricks. Not only have I taken on the gym 6 days a week (2 days with a personal trainer, soon to end), but I'm going back to school to finish my degree (B.S. in Psych, minor in Anthropology). Getting a little financial aid because of hubby's Vet status doesn't hurt, but I'm beginning to think I'm crazy! <em>198</em> Finished registering yesterday and saw a few oldsters walking around but figured they must be Professors. Surely there's no one as old ... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:57:53 EST I need some ideas for back to school I am a teacher. All summer long, I have been walking in the mornings at least 6 days a week. Three days are my long walk days - I am up to 2 1/2 miles on a relatively flat path at a local YMCA. Two days are short walk days I am up to 1 1/2 miles of a combination of walking and running. One day a week, I stick close in my neighborhood to do 1 1/2 miles of hill work - mostly walking. <BR> <BR> When school starts for me in two weeks, I will not be able to walk in the mornings. I need some idea... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 06:38:14 EST Work-out Buddy I am looking f.or a work-out friend - not a personal trainer. I live in Atlanta, GA. <BR> <BR> None of my friends are interested in working out with me. Any ideas on how to find a work out friend??? Thanks! <em>361</em> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:27:05 EST facing back surgery I am having a hard time controlling my calories with this pain and worry. Have had to give up all my favorite activities like Zumba and yoga. Could use a kind word to help me stay motivated. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:08:38 EST 58 but feels 48 I got the energy like a younger woman,and I love it! <em>250</em> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:28:54 EST outside walking I decided to take the dogs for a 30 minutes walk this morning and burn off some calories. It is beautiful outside and I would like the fresh air!!! Tue, 21 Jul 2015 07:55:12 EST weight loss in your 50s and 60s I was just wondering after coming back to this diet today. Does this diet work for anyone whom has successfully lost weight at my age using this program. I need some encouragement. I walk 3 miles a day and can't seem to lose weight. I have tried all the diets out there and want this to be my last one. Need a buddy for accountability. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 15:36:22 EST never give up I want to reach my goal and never give up I have energy and determination. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 19:58:14 EST Is there a board for people in their 40's I'm 46, can I still be on this board for support or is there another one for people my age? Wed, 15 Jul 2015 10:09:00 EST Kicking and Dragging's not that bad :-) Hi everyone, I'm new sort of new... I'm not at the 50 is the new 30... but I don't remember feeling like this at 30. So far it's turning out to be a great Monday. <em>244</em> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 10:45:14 EST Need a Buddy I started my trek not too long ago did really well the first week as expected but now I am slowly putting it all back on. I am not tracking again and not doing a lot. I have some autoimmune issues that cause me to not be as active as I would like. <BR> <BR> I need a buddy to help me/remind me to track my food and anything else I do. I hurt my back again and it is hurting to sit or just about do anything - they have me on meds but they are affecting my brain more than my back. <BR> <BR> W... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 15:41:49 EST Senior Olympics. Not only for the young!! Hi, <BR> <BR> I just want to tell you guys I am a swimmer and just found out about that there is an Olympics for those people 55 and older. Three months ago I was surfing the net for swimming articles and found an article of a woman who last year competing in the backstroke and won the "Gold"! Guess how old she was? 102 years old. Yes, she had a wrinkled face, but her body looked like she was in her 40's! She was brimming with a smile from ear to ear and I couldn't blame her. Winning the Gol... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 14:00:59 EST New to SparkPeople and Over 50 I just wanted to start by saying hello,and that instead of hiding in the background, I would approach all of you for help. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 14:13:18 EST OCD, anxiety, antidepressants and supplements I´m a 41 yrs old woman who struggles with anxiety since almost ever (OCD, more exactly), except that lately (the last 7 yrs) my anxiety went worse meaning that I had to start a treatment with an antidepressant, in order to stop my panic attacks. ( I used to have 4 or even 5 panic attacks in a day). Since I started the treatment, I´m feeling much better, it´s true, I have no panic attacks anymore but my anxiety is - somehow - still there.. To these I must say that since I turned 38 (almost 4 y... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 17:04:55 EST Bollywood dancing Have you tried the Bollywood dance cardio workout videos? I did one this morning and loved it! Great fun <em>198</em> Thu, 9 Jul 2015 09:49:43 EST 50 years, today... Did my exercise routine: 45 minutes cardio on a stationary bike and 20 minutes of resistance band work for upper body toning. Any advice for Being 50? Should I be adding anything specific in Exercises or Nutrition for our age? Wed, 8 Jul 2015 16:05:16 EST Over 50 and losing I've been struggling with my weight for years now. I finally decided to lose the weight. I been doing this for a year now. I lost 50 pounds and feel great. I'm down a size on my clothes. <BR> Not much pain in my knees. Thank God!! I still need to have a knee replacement done on the left knee. <BR> What motivate me is once I lost the weight I didn't want to put it back on. I wanted to continue to lose and get to my goal weight I still have more to lose. I do go to weight management... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 23:20:32 EST New 2 sparkpeople Hi <BR> I just started tracking my food today <BR> Not 2 hard <BR> I have about 40lb 2 lose Tue, 7 Jul 2015 18:30:16 EST Losing weight over 70 I try to keep my calories between 1,000 - 1,200 daily & i work out moderately at the gym 3 X weekly, still I don't lose weight. I realize that at 72 years old my metabolism isn't what it use to be. I need to lose 20 lbs. Any suggestions? Sun, 28 Jun 2015 09:49:03 EST Staying positive Trying to. Post several times a week. Did have a gain BUT I am learning to be focused on the achievements. I am getting more activities in and more fruits and vegetables so I am getting better. I have put my Break fast goals on the frig. Keep it up!! Sun, 28 Jun 2015 09:34:01 EST I lost 23 pounds by cutting out flour & sugar I wanted to pass this info along to help others over 50. I'm 55 and in January I cut out items made with flour and sugar. It was really hard and awful for 2 weeks, but it did get easier. I lost 23 pounds. You just have to have your replacement foods handy. I feel so much better and healthier. If you are interested in learning more about how today's dwarf wheat is making us fat take a look at my blog. <BR> <BR> I don't promote any products or sell anything. <link> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:12:59 EST Who is ready for the weekend???? And its challenges? Me, Me, Me lol. I leave for PA right after work and will have free time to myself until Sunday when I come back. That means that I alone am responsible and have total control over my eating and activity (although I won't lie I see a lot of couch time over the weekend). Dogsitting my sister's three dogs. My only sad note is I have to leave my two babies behind. One is too old to take the three dogs and the other is too sweet lol. <BR> <BR> Any one have any special ... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 08:34:25 EST I need a new bra. Now that I'm in my 50's the girls need a little more attention. So ladies with an extra blessed chest... what's a good bra? What do you like? Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:13:35 EST I'm Sheila Well I'm starting over. I am back to where I was about 10 years ago where I need to lose at least 50 pounds. I'm in a sedentary job and I haven't exercised in a long, long time. It's time to get moving. I could use some friends and some motivation. <em>20</em> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:02:05 EST goldgirl 53 Very hard to lose weight after 50 . Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:20:43 EST L I turn 50 this year so hope it is okay if I am here. I am a woman and have gone through menopause already. I have epilepsy and seizure medications have a hand in that. Even though I am not over 50 yet I feel I would it here. Let me know and if not I will find some other support group. I am just starting out. I have gained more weight in the middle than I have ever in my entire life. I am petite at 5'1 and have never had a weight problem up until now. For that reason I am completely lost on wh... 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