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?
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 ie.competitor.com/dublin/