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5/28/13 1:09 P

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I'm 71 and bought the Spark Solutions book three weeks ago and have lost three pounds and a half inch around, my pants got longer and am constantly pulling up my jeans.

I just finished the two week rev up my metabolism meal plans and am feeling so good, lots more energy, sleeping through the night and basically very pleased with myself. I live in a low income senior apartment and there are treats on the table in the Community room all the time but I don't eat them. I have no health issues. Didn't before I started this either. I am the only healthy one here but I work on it. Walkers and scooters and wheelchairs are the norm here as well as diabetes. They have potlucks every Sunday but I don't go. If I do, I take a fresh fruit salad so I have something to eat.

So, in order to answer the question, yes you can lose weight after 50 but you have to work on it.

Happy Journey!


Chehalis, WA

 current weight: 141.5 
5/28/13 12:24 P

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As at any age, it's still all about calories in vs calories out. It's that spark to get up and go, get out and do.

I resigned my self to getting old, fat, bald, deaf, and blind. I was going to be one of those old men with my belt up to my nipples shuffling behind my wife mumbling to myself.

If I lived so long and didn't die from the "inevitable" heart attack.

I had actually resigned myself to being dead within a year.

I was only 54 years old!

My wife, whom I call She(Who Must Be Obeyed) kicked my fat ass out of bed and told me to get down to Weight Watchers.

I changed my eating habits.

I started to walk. Then exercise. Then amazingly, to run! I was never an athlete before. At age 56 I ran my first 5k race. At age 57, my first half marathon, at age 58 my first (and last) full marathon (I don't like the full. I get bored. But I can do it.) and my first triathlon.

I lost 90 pounds. She(WMBO) introduces me as her sexy new husband. One of her west coast colleagues who knew me before saw me at a company dinner and asked if she had divorced and remarried.

Gone! 90 pounds.
Gone! High blood pressure.
Gone! Excessively high cholesterol. (I still take a cholesterol med, but that is from the liver not the diet.)
Gone! Erectile Dysfunction
Gone! Sleep apnea.
Gone! Chronic fatigue (as counter-intuitive as it sounds I am constantly active, but not tired.)
Gone! Long evenings watching the idiot box (TV) every night

Found! My wife's interest in me
Found! Sex life
Found! A will to live
Found! Amazing energy
Found! Fun in my sixties
Found! My breath

So ... is it hard to lose weight over 50?

Is it worth it?
Hell yes!

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

Rock 'n' Roll Dublin Half Marathon, Dublin, Ireland, 8/5/2013

5/28/13 10:20 A

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I hear ya! Lost 8 pounds so far, but seem to be stuck, too. Have started doing more cardio, riding my bike and things that keep me moving. Hoping I will start seeing results. I will listen to the radio segments, sounds interesting! emoticon

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5/28/13 9:07 A

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thank you.....your so nice and I learned something today! emoticon

Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
it is the key to heaven.
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5/28/13 8:46 A

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SparkPeople Radio has a segment (in two parts) on Episode 29 about "Nutrition over 50". There are some good tips there to do with eating protein and fibre together, boosting metabolism, etc.


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5/28/13 8:33 A

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When we turn 50 its hard to lose weight

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