I'm 57 years old. Seven years ago, I was 224 lbs and I use to think, if the biggest problem I have in my life is being overweight, I'm the luckiest person in the world. I still think that, as problems go, it's not the worst, but it's bad. I went through menopause... actually that was not bad at all... but my weight kept going up. At 50 I started to watch what I ate... I cut out chips and stuff like that. I still ate too much, but at least it was good food. I also joined Curves. Now Curves isn't a really strenuous workout, but for a fat, middle aged woman who hadn't been active for years, it was a start.
I did just those 2 things... it wasn't that bad, but I didn't get skinny either. Two years later, I weighed 210 lbs... only 14 lbs lost. But what had happened is, I no longer craved bad foods and going to curves 3 times a week was part of my life.
Then I joined Weight Watchers and a real gym. One year later I was down 40 lbs. Six months after that another 20 lbs. I kept that weight off for about two years, in which time I started doing speed walking, 5 km, 10 km and also 3 1/2 marathons. I've since gained 25 of those lbs back (I broke my arm and have had some stressfull family issues). But I didn't wait until the whole 60 lbs came back on... I'm back on track now/
I think the thing I've learned is not to expect immediate, miraculous weight loss. I never thought I would actually lose the weight. I'd started weight loss so many times and stopped after 10 - 15 lbs because it was too slow. But for 2 years I wasn't focused on weight loss... just feeling better and being more flexible.
I think you need to take it slow. Decide one or two things you can do and do those until it's part of your life and then add something else. The think is, it took me 18 months to lose 60 lbs and it was slow and I moaned each weigh in at WW's... but if I hadn't done that instead of being 60 lbs lighter I could have been the same or horrors... 10 - 15 lbs heavier!
You are a smart, intelligent woman who can do so much... surely you won't let food defeat you!
"Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of." Benjamin Franklin
| Pounds lost: 8.0