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11/15/12 11:06 A

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I am 55 and have lost 30 lbs over the last 6 months. It takes time and effort. I have counted my calories everyday. I do cardio workout 3-4 days a week and also strengthing exercises.

I think the biggest mistake that people make at any age is underestimating their calorie intake and serving size. Also with exercise it helps to get a heart rate monitor and determine how intense you are really exercising. As we get older it is harder due to aches and pains. I do an elliptical because it is low impact and I can get my heart rate up in cardio range.

I also understand the motivation thing. I had several false starts before I could really get into it. It helps if you can get at least one week down and see the scale move a little bit. Really know why you want to lose weight. I wanted to lower my health risk for diabetes, heart disease, ect.

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11/13/12 3:40 P

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Find an exercise(s) you like to do. I started with the Walk Fit DVDs..I really like them, although Leslie can be a bit much! The last few days I've been using the WII to do sports and Zumba. It's not easy, but each evening I'm going to do it instead of watching all the tv. It's a start and you have to start somewhere! emoticon

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11/12/12 4:49 P

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I also do "well" for a few days and then lose my motivation. I've tried all the programs out there. I'm hoping this one will be different for me. I'm on day 4 and still feel on track. Let's do it this time! Thanks for your note. It caught my eye as I'm 56. emoticon

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11/12/12 4:33 P

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My daughter got a WII last night and we played several fitness games together with her boyfriend. I beat both of them in bowling. I think they were shocked! Anyway I guess this kind of makes me feel like I'm in better shape than I thought. Maybe our perceptions aren't true. I know I can lose the weight (done it so many times), now I need to make a life change. Maybe you do too. We're in this together. emoticon

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11/11/12 10:50 A

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I'm almost 56 and I have similar problems. I do great for a couple of weeks and then I lose my motivation. I've been sick with a cold/cough for 5 weeks. I'm finally feeling better today and hope to get the exercise in. Definately track your food- all your food! Be honest. When my weight starts creeping up it's because I haven't been tracking all my food and exercising. I'm going to stick with this until I get it right. Hang in there. emoticon

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11/9/12 11:59 A

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I am almost 60, and just diagnosed with diabetes type 2 this summer, and just changing my amount of carbs in daily and cutting out a few calories and drinking more water, I have lost 11 pounds and it does make a difference. Once I started feeling my pants fitting better that was motivating to keep going. My lab numbers are better and I will not need diabetes medications so that is good too. Lots of veggies and fruit for me and water drinking. Cut out the french fries. I chew gum a lot too, to keep my mouth busy instead of eating.

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NITTINNANA's Photo NITTINNANA SparkPoints: (84,929)
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10/18/12 7:03 P

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Hi and welcome. I'm almost 65 (January) and I am losing better with SP than ever before. DO use the trackers. I was astonished to find after supper last night that I was way short on calories and needed a bigger snack than usual. If I hadn't done that, I might well have waked up famished and gone way over today. The longer I stick with SP, the more convinced I am that consistency IS the key.

So start small, track your goals, and advance at your own pace.

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10/16/12 8:16 P

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Hi and welcome to the team. I am 76 and yes it is possible to lose the weight, even though it is at a slower rate.

Nancy in Columbia,SC

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10/16/12 5:48 P

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Hi Nanny and welcome to the team. I first joined SP when I was 63 and I lost 50 lbs. that first year. It is quite possible and I know, with a little concentrated effort, that emoticon

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10/16/12 1:25 P

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Hi Nanny, I am 63 - in fact, I will be 64 on the 27th of this month and, yes, you can lose weight at this age! What I have discovered is that it is a slower process then it was when I was 30, but then again, nothing is the same as when I was 30 emoticon One thing that works for me is to cut down on the starchy carbohydrates I eat. I was a big, big bread, rice, potato, pasta eater. I decided to get serious and start checking my % of carbs, fats, and proteins on the Nutrition Tracker page every day and make sure they were in line, or very close to, the Spark recommendations. When I started doing that, I started to lose weight. I only lose 1/2-1 lb. at a time and it can be 2-3 weeks in between losses but, so far, I'm down 13+ lbs. So, hang in there and take a look at those daily reports to see if you are getting a good balance of nutrients. emoticon

Carol

P.S. You might want to set up a Spark Page so your teammates and friends can send you encouraging messages and virtual Goodies too! Those kinds of things really motivate! emoticon

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10/16/12 1:06 P

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10/16/12 10:52 A

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10/16/12 9:59 A

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THIS WORKS. WENT ON WEEKS CRUISE DID NOT GAIN A POUND.

my sister walks 15,000 steps a day at 63 years
old and has lost 105 pounds. she went from a size 24 to a size 10. all her health issues dropped off as the 105 pounds dropped off. took 16 months.

i gave up grain and sugary products and have lost 44 pounds at age 60. i went from a size 18 to a size 10 shorts and medium tops from a 1 or 2x. took 7 months.

we are both still loosing weight until we reach our goal

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10/16/12 9:47 A

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Hi Nanny

I want to assure you that weight loss at any age IS possible. I am 71 and losing weight.
The first things in making lifestyle changes are awareness, determination and willingness to learn new ways of looking at nutrition and exercise.
I always viewed weight loss programs as a punishment for making past bad choices.
It is quite the contrary.
Give yourself a break and do some exploring within Spark People.
There is a wealth of information here laced with tons of support.
Take advantage of it and you will see results.
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10/16/12 8:07 A

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Good morning NANNY. I'm sixty and sort of losing weight. I go down a pound or two maybe even three then go up some. I'm steadily going down though, little by little. It isn't easy at our age. The food tracker has been my biggest help for it helped me to realize what is in food - calories, fat, salt, etc. I almost don't exercise which I know I would lose if I did. But I work standing on my feet for about six hours five days a week. I have fallen at work twice on the same hip. this is another reason I don't exercise very much. It is healing and I'm starting to do more again. The weight can come off. Good luck on your journey. Make it fun!!!

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10/15/12 11:18 P

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hello, i need some sort of help or something. I have been trying and working out for the past month. Also watching my food intake. Is anyone there sixty three and being able to loose weight. I am getting very discouraged

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