Hi, Elaine, and welcome to Spark and the Team! You've come to the right place for support. This is a great team and we are all fighting our own demons - trying to lose excess weight and be as healthy as we can be. It is no secret that it is harder to lose the weight as we age, but we can reach our goals - it is not impossible
Here is my best advice - not complicated and it works: 1) Use your Nutrition Tracker faithfully, every single day, and print out the daily report on that page so you can make sure you are getting the proper balance of fats, carbs, and protein. This will keep you honest and accountable for your choices. Checking your report each day is critical - you want to make sure you are getting the right % of nutrients and not just eating empty calories. Remember, it is possible to stay within your calorie range eating "junk" but that isn't going to promote weight loss and it certainly won't maintain it in the long run .; 2) Find a few exercises/activities you actually ENJOY doing and then do them 3-4X a week. If you like what you are doing the chances are much better that you will stick with it ; 3) Stay active with your Team(s) because this is the place you will get encouragement, motivation, and support - including hugs on those days when things are especially tough! and; 4) Try to have fun with this journey to slimness and better health! It's a given that if you enjoy something you will stick with it!
One last thought: it isn't important how fast or slowly you lose your weight. This is one area where 'slow and steady wins the race' is more then just some old cliche . Spark teaches you a new lifestyle and you need time to re-educate yourself and develop a new relationship with food.
"I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made..." Psalm 139:14
When I retired, my first year we traveled and I gained on top of my already overweight body. After our long trip was over I got on board and vowed to lose. I joined WW, a gym, started walking and picked up tennis. I am busier now than when I was working, but doing the healthier things in life. I am still not at goal weight and I'm coasting a bit but still doing all the activities. It is all about life changes and sticking to it. You can do it!
When I retired I thought I would be so busy and lose weight. 5 months later I am heavier and eat all the time. Out of control. I have 30 pounds to lose but need a group effort. Thanks in advance for the advice & support.
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