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7/24/12 10:07 A

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I haven't been here for so long. Thank you for all the suggestions. I have started to keep a journal and write everything I eat no matter what it is. Seeing that makes me realize how I do just mindless eating.

I have also divided all snacks up in the serving size that it should be. I never realized how easy it is to eat the whole bag in one sitting.😳 I also think after 50 you really have to kick it up a notch in the workouts. This time, hopefully, I will be a bit more determined and disciplined.

Thank you and I am going with your ideas.

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9/15/09 5:14 P

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All the advice here is great.
These last 5 pounds are very slow for me, especially when losing the first 40 pounds seemed much easier in comparison. I just keep holding onto the fact that I have read posts of many others over 50 who have achieved their weight loss goals just by sticking with it. One positive way of looking at it, is the longer time will be spent on continuing the exercise and maintaining healthy eating habits. I am focussing on fitness goals such as 100 push ups and now working on chin ups as focusing on the weight loss is just too frustrating. I have been bouncing around 136 - 139 pounds for weeks and weeks.

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9/12/09 8:49 A

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I just saw a interview with Jillian Michaels the other day on the web and she recommends women who are middle aged do lots of lunges and squats to get our burn going. I just started using her No More Trouble Zones dvd and it's full of lower body exercises. I have to warn you though its Tough and I'm going at my own speed but I have never worked my body so long and hard and it feels good. I'm hoping to start seeing results in a few weeks. Thought I would pass on what Jillian said for us 50 and over.

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9/11/09 8:48 P

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I definitely eat enough I just think that it has to be a menopause thing. Next month I go to the doctor and I am going to ask. I do know I can cut down even more on carbs. i just feel by doing that things are going to be very boring.

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9/11/09 5:04 P

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I agree with Mom910 are you eating enough. Your body will go into stravation mode and you will not lose. When I hit a plauteau and stay on it for over a week, I eat more for a couple of days. This jumpstarts my body into letting go of the pounds it is holding onto. This has worked for me several times

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9/7/09 6:10 P

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Hi and welcome Sorry can't help u as I'm not doing so hot on the weight loss myself.

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9/7/09 8:44 A

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I can't eat any dairy products so I take a liquid calcium supplement (which also contains magnesium and vitamin D). I do think calcium helps weight loss, but it doesn't necessarily have to be from dairy products if you have a problem with them.

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9/6/09 11:01 P

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Thank you all for your advice. It all makes so much sense. I am going to track every bite I put in my mouth. I mean every bite. I'm going to increase more veggies and shake up my workout routine.

I do drink the required amount of water. I don't drink soda. I attempt milk but am not very good at drinking it routinely. I will be making a effort.

I am not taking any medication. I do take vitamins.
Thanks everyone. I'm going to keep at it.

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9/6/09 4:19 P

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I know my problem was due to the meds i'm on for thyroid...I have hypothyroid (slow metabolism) this definietly doesn't help the 50+ weight loss issue at all ! You're not alone... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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9/6/09 3:41 P

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It sounds like you need to EAT MORE, not less! Add as many dark green leafy veggies as you can (virtually no calories) and take a look to see if you're getting enough fresh fruits. If you keep your meals nutritionally dense, but lower calories, you'll probably start to rev up the metabolism!

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9/6/09 2:20 P

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Definitely use the nutrition tracker. I like to eat on the low end of what my range of calories is for several days and then eat at the high end. AlsoMake sure you are getting enough rest. That seems to make a big difference for me as well as staying hydrated. Can you try a different kind of exercise on weekends? It sounds like you do a lot during the week and maybe your body is accustomed to that. Chane your activity routine and see if it makes a difference. (Once you turn 50 it seems like the pounds do take 5 times more effort to get off, but we can do it!)

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9/6/09 12:47 P

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You have been given some great advise. I was also wondering how much water you drink during the day?

Got to watch your sodium intake too.





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9/6/09 11:07 A

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You really are not alone. I think we find it is harder to lose weight the older we get, but you have gotten good advice here. Make sure you are eating enough to support the exercise you are doing. Drink water and keep on keeping on. Sometimes we have to look at the changes in our bodies like Laurawillbefit said. It's not easy, but the alternative is do nothing and grow wider for sure!!!
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9/6/09 11:00 A

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I'm having the same problem Inground. I'm 51 and having a hard time losing 1lb. a week. My scale doesn't move either.

I do see things happening on my body though. My waist is looking a little more tight, and my arms are also showing a little more cut. So I'm just going to keep on working out and really watch the cals. I tend to eat to much fat. I also tend to eat under 1200 cals. a day most days. That's not good. Then there are days when I really go over the cal. range. Its a roller coaster ride, and I also agree that we need to be mindful of everything we put into our mouths. I also heard that as we grow older we burn less. So I'm trying to fill up on water when I'm hungry. That helps.

Your not alone, and I know how upsetting it can be.

I don't even want to weigh in anymore because I get very depressed, so I'm going by the way my body looks, and taking measurments instead. The wt. on the scale will show it somtime down the road, but for now the scale is not my friend.

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9/6/09 10:48 A

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Things I found that worked to get the weight to budge is fluctuating calories. Eating high end of the scale one day and low the next. Make you sure know the number of calories you need with your level of exercise. (I googled activity calories and BMI and did the computations. Subtracted 500 and that is what I used). I found I needed more calories than I was initially getting for my body to shed the weight. Funny how that works.

The other thing is intervals with your workouts. If you walk, do two minutes fast and a minute slower and do that or jog for a minute and walk for 2.

These two worked to help me.

Good luck!

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Just a couple of thoughts...

1. Since you dont have a tracker, I cant tell but is your weight loss realistic?

2. Are you eating enough? If you "eat nothing and exercise like a hamster" your body goes into starvation mode and you will not lose any weight. Track everything you eat and make sure you are eating enough calories and that you are getting in all your needed nutrients including your milk requirent. Women at our age need at least 3 cups of milk or the equivalent every day. Dairy (low fat or ff)really does help in weight loss

3. Are you on any meds that are hindering your weight loss?

4. This bears repeating.... track EVERYTHING you put into your mouth including tastes and bits etc. Sometimes, especially when there is not a lot to lose those little mindless eating bites can stop us from reaching our goals.

Good luck. Remember you are aiming for good health

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9/6/09 10:28 A

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I am 50 in ok shape. I ride my bike to work on most days weather permitting. It is about 9 miles round trip.

I run/walk about 15-20 miles a week.
Watch my diet.

I think since hitting 50 I can't seem to lose a pound. I am starting to think you can eat nothing and have to workout like a hamster.

Does anyone have any idea how to help me. I am looking to lose about 10-15 pounds.

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