I am 63 and have a ton left to lose BUT while I know how HARD it is, pain, difficulty walking, high medical costs, etc. all make it easier than doing NOTHING would be. I am a baby about pain - don't like it and don't want it to interfere with my life - therefore I am DOING something.
With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.
Thanks for the helpful comments. I think just staying focused and on track every day is going to be a big job for me. I'm very lazy when it comes to journaling what I eat. And I'm at the same place.....knowing and doing is two different things!!! I know a LOT about nutritional health but doing it is where I fall short.
I am going out of town Thursday. Sometimes that's good. I can't go to the kitchen and pick!! But the bad part is, I won't have the treadmill.
Have a great day, musicdiva
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If only there was a magic formula, a secret method, something that we could share. Alas, in my experience there is not. Like many people I've lost weight, maintained it for a couple of years and regained it. Throughout that 6 plus years there were no mysteries. When I tracked and monitored my eating and worked out consistently, I lost weight and maintained. When I slacked off, stopped tracking my intake and my activity, I gained. Over the last couple of years I've been on the gaining side of that equation. I can point to reasons, but if I'm honest, it's mostly because I lost focus. On the positive side, I only gained back about 25 of the 60 lbs I lost. On the negative side, it's taking one heck of an effort to get my mindset back to where it was.
At our age (just turned 58) we get to know a lot about nutrition, exercise, etc. I read or watch anything I can find on the topics, so we know what needs to be done. We also know our bodies. I lose weight slowly.. always have and it's gotten more difficult as I've gotten older.
So what works for me....Committing and staying focused, every single day. this is easier said than done. But I did it for aobut 4 years, lost and maintained 60 lbs. Was physically fit and did 3 half marathons and numerous 5 and 10 k races.
It's hard, not impossible and the only thing that makes it impossible is not trying and giving up. That's another thing people of our age are good at... we rarely give up.
"Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of." Benjamin Franklin
It's really frustrating when the weight comes off slowly. I'm hypothyroid and was on medication for another reason that caused weight gain - so that's a double-whammy. I struggled to reset my expectations. I finally decided that no gain was almost as good as a loss. At least by eating right and exercising, I could minimize the damage the prescription was doing.
I get bored doing the same thing over and over again, so I have a bunch of exercise videos that I rotate. Some are walking, some are strength training, and I even use my old step aerobic videos without the step - my knees can't take the step any more.
If the weather's good, I'll walk outside while listening to an audio book on my MP3 player. I have access to a gym as part of my community, but I don't like going, so I'll occasionally force myself to go and use the elliptical and the weight machines.
"It's never too late to be who you might have been." – George Eliot
"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." – Amelia Earhart
"Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight." – Helen Keller
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My favorite exercise is taking Zumba classes at my local library. It is so much fun and it is really a terrific workout. My food choices were out of control and I think Zumba is the only thing that kept my weight from skyrocketing.
I have been off and on again several times in the last 2 years. I think I started when I was in my early 50's (!!) now I'm 59. I struggle with staying motivated. I try really hard and when I don't see any results.....I get discouraged. I am on medicine for a treatment that weight gain is a side effect of it. I have been on this for over 4 years now. I get to come off of it in July! Yay!!! The other side effect is extreme fatigue. So I am trying to exercise to keep this weight from ballooning anymore. I've tried different gyms and decided to do the treadmill at home. More convenient and cheaper. But it's just like anything else.....I have to discipline myself to do it. My family is very supportive of me and I need to commit myself to getting back on this board more often. What is working for you all? Have you found something that helps keep you on track? what type of exercising works for you? Have a great week everyone! musicdiva
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