hi i'm Judy and i've enjoyed reading all of your responses,I've been at sparks for over a year now and i've still been at the at the lose 3 gain 3 spot,i've introduced sparks to my friend and she will keep me accountable for what i put in my mouth,I will not give up after 2 weeks like I have been doing just to get started again you know the vicious cycle,but it's GREAT to know I'm not in this slow moving cycle alone :) I am 46
I think I hit a plateau or something...now the needle on the scale is slowly going down....finally. Maybe I just wasn't being as consistent as I thought or something. It sure is harder to loose weight at this age, that is for sure! Just got to remain faithful I guess! www.kneeling.org
Thanks for the tip, I am starting to mix it up, hopefully something will happen, but you are all right, my pants fit better, maybe not the size I am going for, but it's a great start! I am a little nervous as I have a three day weekend with my sisters and a lot of celebrating St. Patrick's Day coming. I am going to plan ahead and get in as much exercise as I can
I will have to set up a page as soon as I get the time to figure things out. I am not the most techie savvy type...Off to Toronto to spend a few days with some old friends....this is gonna be hard. One of my friends is thin and super fit after a teen-age weight struggle. So I think I will just do whatever she does
Fitness Minutes: (10,259) Posts: 416 3/10/08 11:10 P
See- this is what I'm talking about! Lot's of positive support and reinforcement!
Colfitz- if you've hit a plateau, maybe try mixing it up a bit or adding some strength training? Trick your body into thinking that you're doing something differently so it has to work a bit harder to keep up with you!
O.K, so we have to exercise and work a little harder,it can be done. And we do not have to get all haggard and wrinkly cuz we are losing slowly. The power of positive thinking-love it! Also, I think we are not as willing to go to extremes like when we were younger. We are wise ehough to focus on health rather than a quick fix. And we are not willing to live a life of denial. We would rather take it slow and still have a life. Gosh, we are a wise bunch. Upon reflection, why would anyone want to lose too quickly(haha)
Fitness Minutes: (17,265) Posts: 131 3/10/08 9:46 A
I am new as well, the way I started getting my points was simply logging in daily and then tracking everything I ate and drank and my fitness. Then I finally made my Spark page and I do check articles from time to time.
Good luck, I sure hope something is shrinking, I am now 4 weeks without losing, while I am staying between 1100-1500 calories and exercising 5 times a week!!!
I see I am not the only one to think that they are alone in the weight loss slow down. I agree that when I think about food I feel like I have gained about 10 pounds. My problem is that I have really never been careful about what goes in my mouth. Until about 10 years ago when I had a tragedy in my life that made me drop 30 lbs just from nerves. Then I realized that I really didn't need to eat all the time just because I was bored or just felt like eating. Then I met my husband now and his mom, they were always using the good old "you have to eat something, you can't NOT eat, you must be hungry" all the time. Which I am not blaming her but it sure was NO help. So now I am paying for my weak resistance.
Hi - I am also new to this team - found it by clicking on DebAnna's page (curious to figure out how some members can get so many points so quickly, but that's another topic)...the good thing about losing weight slowly, especially as we get older and our skin is less elastic, is that it gives your skin time to shrink with you!
One thing I am particularly enjoying about SP is realizing that we all have to work at it - keeps me from being jealous of the women in my town who appear to all be a perfect size 6-8 - they must be working out when I'm just working! Happy Sunday
Raise a joyful noise! Rejoice and be glad.
Pounds lost: 32.0
Fitness Minutes: (17,265) Posts: 131 3/6/08 2:18 P
Hi, I am new to this group, I just posted a message just like yours on the biggest loser post. I feel the same way you do, even two years ago I could still get rid of the weight, I am actually thinking of getting a work up done. Of course I am praying its my thyroid, but I have never ate the way I am, drank water and exercised like I am now and I haven't budged for 3 weeks. My sister swears it's my hysterectomy, which I would buy, but I gained weight because I didn't feel like paying attention to what I was eating, it was like a year and a half food feast, sure wish I could do that over again
Thanks for the responses. It helps to know you are not alone. I agree, exercise is key.So I better start doing some....A few years back I lost 70 lbs and when I started lifting weights on a regular basis the pounds started flying off. I am furious at myself for slipping back into my old ways and regaining the weight. But all I can do is keep on keeping on and accept that this time I will have to work even harder. But I am worth the effort. I think I have finally realized I am no longer young or invincible and I will pay heavy conquences if I do not make my health a priority.
I didn't actually buy the Total Gym, I bought less expensive Weider equivalent. It was only $125 on Walmart.com. Its called the Weider Total Body Works 5000. My nephew had the total gym and he has used this at my house a couple times and said he actually likes this one better. It has resistance bands and a few other features that the total gym did not. I do like it. It is not as easy as they make it look on tv however! Just because I am out of shape and they are not I think! It uses your own body weight for resistance. But it has several settings and the lower you go the easier it is. I am starting fairly low and working my way up. That is a great feature because my 200 lb. 6 foot nephew can use it and get a workout too! There are about 60 different ways to use it and they provide a poster with pictures to help you. It is mostly for strength training, not really cardio, though if you learn to use it efficiently, I think you could get your heart rate up. Email me if you have any other questions.
It sure is nice to know that I am not the only one with a dying metabolism. I never realized that it would be this hard to get weight off when I got older or I would have been more careful when I was younger. I am exercising everyday and I have only lost 8 pounds in 6 weeks. I also can remember losing 20 lbs a month at one time but no more. I am proud of the fact that I have lost 8 lbs. At least I haven't gain(which I seem to be able to do by just thinking about food).
Pounds lost: 20.6
Fitness Minutes: (4,645) Posts: 16,068 3/5/08 4:06 P
Girl I know just what you are talking about. Our metabolism just slows down and it is harder but hang in there and don't give up. You can lose slower but so what. I am just going to be the best person that I can be without starving myself. I refuse to diet again. Just healthier eating and exercise
I totally agree with you both. I so envy those young girls that have the tiny little bodies and can eat whatever they want. I used to be like that and didn't appreciate it at the time. I can't even look at food without gaining weight now. Designer-Do you like the Total Gym and is it as easy to use as it is advertised? I would love to find something to use at home to add to the Zumba that I am doing, but I've already got equipment that I have bought and don't use. But I have been curious about the Total Gym.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." --Aristotle
"Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful!"
Yes, unfortunately we all discovered that little fact of life. And I hate to tell you this, but it seems that exercise is the only way to maintain your weight and your health at this age! Now losing weight on top of that? Well if you find out how to accomplish that one let me know! I have actually lost 6 lbs. in the past month. But I have exercised and kept my calories below 1500. Using Sparkpeople has helped alot, the nutrition tracker has really helped me stay accountable to myself! Exercising (which I really have never liked much) I am still working on. I am taking a water aerobics class and bought the Total Gym (wow, what a workout that is!) But like you I have realized I can no longer take for granted my good health and my weight. At this age it actually takes work to maintain it!
Hi everyone! I am really enjoying this site. It is so inspiring and helpful as I begin my journey towards a healthier lifestyle. I have been at it for awhile now. I am 48 and the weight sure does not drop the way it used to. I think I will have to dynamite it off! I used to drop 20 pounds a month with minimal effort now I have to work like a dog to drop 5. I think all these years of yoyo dieting, quitting smoking and perimenopuse has all but crashed my metabolism. Ant tips on firing it up again.
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