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11/18/13 9:45 A

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Good for the both of you! Healthy habits can be kind of infectious can't they?

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11/17/13 8:41 P

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KAYOTIC "So moving can really help rev up your metabolism!"
I agree wholeheartedly! No one gains weight because they are aging, you gain weight and loss muscle tone because you are moving less. I have lost 130 lbs after the age of 35...115 lbs was off by age 38 and I have lost another 15 lbs. . And my 70 year old mom has lost 50 in the last year.

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1/26/13 7:54 P

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Age does affect metabolism, but from year to year it's not that large an effect (I think it's less than 100 calories a year) but you can also increase activity to keep the burn up, like walking more, or just making an effort to move more during the normal course of the day.

For example, my fitbit told me Thursday I only burned just over 1600 calories, but on a normal day, I'm around 2000 calories. Thursday was a rest day for me, and I also had a massage, not moving there! So moving can really help rev up your metabolism!

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1/25/13 10:48 P

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The metabolism slows down substantially as we age, or mine did. I also saw an article once that intense exercise reduces girth, where as regular cardio will make you smaller but same proportions. I've tried to find it again to no avail. Maybe time to really try. I think I found it jumping from link to link on the nih site.

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1/6/13 6:24 P

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Eggs, chicken breast, salmon, chicken or turkey sausages, other fish.

I have a slow cooker beef going now with top sirloin (very lean) and peppers and onions that has 43 grams per serving. I find if I can get 20-30 grams per meal, I can hit that macro pretty well. It does take some thinking though. Milk has a good amount of protein, and I've been having kefir weekdays for breakfast, that does well too. 1 cup of kefir (trader joe's brand) has 14 grams.

I know beans and nuts/nut butters have some too, but it's hard to get up there on plant sources, although some folks do. I also have some protein powder I may dip into at some point, but so far I've been good just with the meats and dairy.

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1/6/13 2:39 P

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80 grams of protein?! I can rarely eat the 60 or so that my plan here calls for. Do you mind sharing some of the foods you eat to get there?

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1/1/13 8:41 P

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Yeah, for satiety, I think protein is king. But then I'm getting a good percent of calories from fat, I'm not fat-phobic, but I wouldn't mind a better balance there. Then again, I eat pretty healthy foods, so it's healthy fats.

And I'm trying to get to 80 grams of protein too, which just limits where the discretionary calories can come from, and I'm limiting sugar, since I really went whole hog over Christmas with the cookies and candy for a few days there!

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1/1/13 6:16 P

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And all the best to you in taking care of your vanity pounds!

I'm intrigued by your calorie cycling and how that seems to be reducing your carb intake. I love carbs, but I can see how they fill a lot of calories without necessarily being filling or satisfying.

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1/1/13 6:07 P

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Sounds like you know your ranges and goals, just take the time to get it done! And have fun snowshoeing, I've taken up skiing, but did used to snowshoe on occasion, and it's a great workout!


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1/1/13 2:32 P

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Hooray for vanity! I'll never be Jennifer Anniston, but I can at least not be shlubby. emoticon
Of course my first priority is fitness. I love hiking and being outside, so I need to be in shape for my hobby. I just bought a pair of snowshoes, too, and have a snow weekend coming up.

The eating part is a problem. I used to use the Body Bugg, so I know that in an ordinary, no-exercise day, I burn about 1500 calories. Now that I'm counting what I eat again, I'm trying to stick near that number, no matter what exercise I do. I think that doing so much exercise has lulled me into thinking I can eat a lot more. During September, I hiked/walked over 100 miles (my typical month is more like 60), but didn't lose any weight and even gained just a little. I wasn't counting calories at all a the time, but generally don't eat much differently from now. Probably, I was enjoying my alcohol too much at the time.

Yesterday, I hiked about 8 miles, with about 2000 feet of elevation gain. With my usual breakfast (cereal), hiking lunch (nuts, sandwich, carrots), and dinner (chicken tacos), plus some fruit, a few cookies and ONE glass of champagne... I was at 1900 calories eaten for the day. Not a huge number and I wasn't hungry after that, but it really wasn't all that much food at all.

Again, I'm just whining. I wish that burned calories! Off my butt and to the Wii for the Zumba game I got for Christmas. The belly flab will be reduced!

Happy new year!

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12/30/12 9:14 P

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I get it, my mom says the same thing, I haven't had that problem (knock wood!) but I do get some "bloat" in my lower abdominal area that comes along in my monthly cycle.

I just started a new plan that is cycling calories, and coincidentally I've noticed I'm going low-carb. This is not intentional, but I did get a pretty big weight drop in just 3 days. I think my body let go of a lot of water. I'm curious to see what happens next!

I think your being active is a big asset to maintaining, so that's great that you don't have an issue with that. I wonder if you are eating enough to fuel your activity? I find when I go too low in calories, I can really stall out if I'm trying to lose weight, but when I bump it up a bit, I lose fairly easily (up to a point, of course, and I'm talking whole, healthy foods)

And I think vanity has it's place! If we feel like we look good, we take better care to stay that way!

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12/30/12 2:10 P

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Kayotic, thanks for the feedback. I jumped off the wagon for Christmas, but I'm running after it with all my might now (packing my 2 new pounds. Yay.)

I feel like my body is a different shape than it was. My fat seems to spread across my waist in a different way than it used to, which makes me look broader. My legs are strong and more muscle than fat, due to lots of hiking/walking. My arms are good, too, perhaps from some weight training, but also using hiking poles. My middle is just doughy and it is where I add weight first and lose it last.

Keeping up my desired activity level seems easy enough, but I feel that I eat like a bird, yet can't stay at the weight that I want. Even as I spent the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas very carefully counting calories, doing about 90 minutes of dedicated activity daily (dog walking, cardio DVDs with weights, Wii's Just Dance 4), I only lost 4 pounds. It doesn't seem fair that careful attention leads to a struggle to lose a pound a week, but a week of Christmas cookies easily adds 2 pounds!

I'm just whining. No one would ever call me fat or tell me I need to lose weight. I just want to carry less fat around my middle and I do think it is harder and harder to undo the damage now that I'm older. Like you, I'm experiencing a "vanity thing." emoticon

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12/21/12 10:41 P

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There are probably hormonal issues in our 40's that are more prominent than when we were younger. I just turned 49, and notice my weight fluctuates up and down depending on where I am in my cycle, not related to activity or intake. I'm guessing it's water losses/gains from hormone balances (or imbalances!) or something like that.

I think it's great that you are more active, and like you I find daily food tracking to be difficult. That said, I have gone back to tracking when I felt like I needed to get a handle on my intake. Mostly to remind myself of what it really takes to fuel my body for my current needs. I'm going to try to drop to a lower maintenance range starting in January as well, so I plan on tracking then, so I can drop some. I'll just have to see where that takes me, it's really a vanity thing, I want to see if I can fit comfortable into my "skinny" jeans, and I'd like to see how I look at that lower weight.

But back to your question, you say you are more fit and eat a healthy balanced diet, but are having a harder time staying slim? Meaning you are having to eat less to maintain? Or it's harder to keep your current level of fitness? I'm not sure where the trouble lies, but I do know they say our metabolism slows down as we age, but I don't think it's that drastic. Still if it ends up being a few hundred calories over a decade, that can add up. So maybe you are noticing that affect?

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12/20/12 7:00 P

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This maintaining thing is interesting. It is the ultimate and best plateau we could hope for!

I'd say I keep a goal range in mind, stay active (I'm actually increasingly active), and I drink lots of water.

Right now, I'm above my weight range goal. Or, I was. Now I'm back in it and hoping to lose a few more pounds. I put on weight over the last few months because I thought my activity was enough to burn the calories. Wrong! I'm glad to have SparkPeople as I return to diligence to get back to where I want to be.

Tracking calories a few times a week does seem like it would be helpful, but I doubt I'll do it. I can be pretty busy and as long as I'm in range, I probably won't take the time to journal.

I wonder if any of you are finding maintenance more difficult in your 40s? I initially lost about 40 pounds in my early 30s and have kept them off, for the most part, since that time. Staying slim seems harder now than it used to. This is despite the fact that I'm more fit than I've ever been in my life right now, and I eat a pretty healthy and balanced diet. Maybe this is a question for a different thread, though.

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3/23/12 9:19 P

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You can start up any inactive thread,or start a new one if you like....the most "active" threads right now are the daily points thread and the March nutrition tracking challenge.

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Is there any place which is active on this team. I have looked at several topics and everything is oldd.

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12/1/11 11:10 P

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It is what we're all hoping for in the end, isn't it?

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12/1/11 10:48 A

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Thanks for pointing this out.

I like to acknowledge when SP pays attention to maintenance. It is such an overlooked topic.

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Coach Nancy shared her keys to maintenance, so I'm wondering, do you follow these as well? If you have other tips that work, lets share them here!

1) have a goal weight range

2) track nutrition a couple times a week

3) Keep active

4) Keep drinking your water

5) Make others aware of your goals

6) Join the National weight control registry (link in blog post)

I follow some of these most of the time, and some occasionally. I've had a weight range since I hit maintenance about 5 years ago, and while I do occasionally drift over that range, I feel like having that really keeps me in check and from gaining it all back again. I also stay active and drink water (and herbal tea) constantly. My boyfriend and family know my goals, and are supportive, that is so key to sticking with it, not having saboteurs around.

The ones I don't do are tracking (although I'm tracking this week again, to get back in check after Thanksgiving) I may add this into the mix. I think picking a couple of days a week to track is very doable, and probably will work well for me. And as far as the weight loss registry, I had sent away for the packet years ago, but it seemed so daunting a survey, I never filled it out. And I probably won't anytime soon, but I do admire the folks that have, I think it's a great way to share what works with others.

I think some other things I do that weren't mentioned in the blog is Sparking and supporting others in their journey, it keeps me grounded in my own journey, and remembering how hard it is to stick with it and lose weight, so that makes me want to not gain it back, and go back to square one. I also join challenges and sign up for races, having active goals keeps my focus on fitness for health, and keeps me motivated to stay active.

What tips can you add?

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