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PACAROLSUE SparkPoints: (4,521)
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4/23/14 7:45 A

I don't think the original poster is still around, but all these stories are good, and encouraging. It may be harder to lose over 50, but many have proven that it can be done, and done well. Congratulations to everyone who has succeeded. The rest of us can learn so much from your experience.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,319
4/23/14 6:59 A

Right off, I'll say that I did not have 100 lbs. to lose. BUT I was well over 50 and in menopause, when I lost the weight. jmho but I think the first, most important thing to do-- is to lose the mindset that it's too hard, or can't be done. I just totally ignored any negative talk like that. Yes, the weight loss was slower than when I was younger. But I'm not 30 any more so-- it is, what it is and I figured there was no point wasting any time fretting or moaning over that. I also have more gray hair and wrinkles and sagging skin than when I was 30. It's just the way it is, if we're fortunate enough to live long enough to age.

The basic formula still holds true, no matter how old we are-- if we eat less calories than our bodies require, we will lose weight.

The thing is-- the time is going to pass anyway. Whether it takes a year or 2 years to lose the weight.... that year or 2 is going to pass anyway. I'd rather end up that year or 2, weighing less. Than to wake up 2 years from now and weigh the same.... or more. And like a pp said, you don't have to lose ALL the weight, before you start seeing health benefits.

Maybe one of the biggest "pitfalls" if you want to call it that.... is that when we're older, we're a little more set in our ways, and the bad habits are a little more ingrained. Maybe we already have a couple health issues that make it a little more challenging to find exercises we can do, or we have other things going on that make it a little harder.

Well.... my response to that is-- we have years and years of experience dealing with life's challenges and finding solutions to problems, and figuring out ways to get things done. We have years of experience with persevering and practicing patience (did not most of us raise kids?). We can apply those problem-solving skills to THIS. We can apply all the lessons we've learned over the years, on fogiving others-- to forgiving ourselves when we screw up. We can use those lectures we gave the kids-- "just do the best you can"-- and "lecture" ourselves. And when we have a good day, and make some good choices, we can tell ourselves how proud we are.

It took me a while to lose the weight, and I stumbled and screwed up here and there along the way. I'm still not the most consistent person, when it comes to exercise. But I keep my focus on-- "I do not fail, because I do NOT quit". Every time I fall off the wagon, I just get back on as soon as I can. It wasn't just a *diet* for me, to lose the weight and then be "done" and go back to my old ways. It's a lifestyle change, and I'm still working at practicing it every day. Some days I do better than others. But I get up every morning, and give it another go.

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4/23/14 3:08 A

I had lost 101 pounds but now about 70. I have between 50-60 pounds left to lose. A lot of people have my goal weight as near their heaviest weight, but we are all individual. Currently, I weigh 236 and would like to get down to at least 200 preferably 180. I am 6' 1" and soon to be 65. My current weight loss began last October when I had Acute Congestive Heart Failure, I was then 316, about the heaviest I'd ever been. The ER doc told me that I needed to lose at least 100 pounds or I could die.
When he put it that way I didn't want to die and would do anything the Dr. asked of me. From the middle of October to just before Christmas I had lost a little over 100 pounds, going from 316 to 214. But the way I did that wasn't very safe or sensible, I just ate 2 low sodium meals a day. The sad fact is, that for fast weight loss equals even more fast gaining back of the weight.
Fortunately, in the beginning of February, I found or was referred to SparkPeople. Since that time I have followed the Nutrition Tracker and started to exercise most weekdays. The Dr. Told me to rest on Saturday and Sunday, but that's hard for me to do, exercising has become my latest obsession. I have also joined several of the groups and try to share with one or the other at least once a week.
I too, get frustrated with all the adds, but put up with them for the good assistance and support I get from SparkPeople. The most, personally valuable part of it for me is the actual community!
That's all for now, good night all. Check out my SparkPage and become a SparkFriend of mine!
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JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (599,871)
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4/22/14 11:40 P

I know there are several people on
SP over 50 who have lost 100 pounds or more!

BRENJO77 SparkPoints: (86)
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4/22/14 10:43 P

That gives me encouragement emoticon

WALKERLADY999 Posts: 71
1/19/14 6:16 A

I was obese all my life and shortly after turning 56 I tried again to lose weight. It took 15 months to lose 100+ pounds. I did it by learning how to eat like the person I want to be. Less processed foods, more veggies, a little exercise most every day. It was ridiculously simple. I don't know why it took me so long to figure it out!
Oh and I have maintained a 90 pound loss for about two years. I'll be 60 at the end of this year.

Edited by: WALKERLADY999 at: 1/19/2014 (06:18)
EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
1/19/14 1:37 A

Me. I started when I was about 51 or so... and I'll be 56 in a couple weeks. I still have about 70 pounds to go. Yes, it's been a long road, but it's not a race. I just want to shed the pounds and be healthier.

I have to attribute my initial success to my endocrinologist, who put me (and my T2D husband) on his prescription diet. I thought it was insane at first, but it's turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to my nutritional habits. I'd never go back to the way I used to eat now. I lost most of that weight in the first year to year-and-a-half.
Certainly, weight-loss dieting isn't easy for anyone, on any plan. I've had my share of stalls and setbacks. But it continues to be effective, and it's teaching me healthier habits, and I'm not hungry all the time or feeling deprived. It works for me. It can be done.

I don't think age is the primary obstacle - as for anyone, you just have to make up your mind to do it and then stick with that resolve.
You *CAN* do it!

UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
1/18/14 6:26 P

I'm there

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1/18/14 4:47 P

I believe member INDYGIRL may be in her 50s now, but I'm not sure. I encourage you to friend her. At her highest weight, she weighed over 460+ pounds. Two years have pasted since she started her journey and she has now lost half that weight.

There is a notion that once a woman reaches menopause, she automatically gains weight or can't lose. This is a misconception. While I lost my weight prior to hitting menopause, what I can tell you is that I have not gained any weight. I have been able to keep the weight off. So, being 50 may not make things easy, it's not impossible either.

The problem as I see it is that as we age, we get set in our ways. We're used to doing things a certain way. So, when someone tells us we have to change something, we resist those changes. They are alien to us.

Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. That's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time. Thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body. Along with friending member INDYGIRL, I'm going to encourage you to start STRENGTH TRAINING. you don't have to do a lot to start. Coach Nicole has a bunch of short 10-15 minute works you can do at home.

If you want to see a change to your body now that you are over 50, you need to add lean muscle. As we age, if we are sedentary, we lose lean muscle. That's not good. Losing lean muscle not only effects our metabolism, it puts us at risk for osteoporosis too. It is not too late to learn to strength train. check out this link.

The Tufts Program is exceptional.

SIMPLYME80 Posts: 406
1/18/14 4:45 P

Yes. It took me a little over a year. Being "older" and set in my ways, some plans didn't work. I eat what I am used to kept in moderation, yes even some junk. I include more soups, salads, fruit veggies, with a meal. Reworked some recipes and bake more/fry less. Take out became a sometime treat again and not a daily meal. Begin with small steps. Jumping in all at once is a set up for failure-I know, did that.

LUCKYCOMET SparkPoints: (269,131)
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1/18/14 4:28 P

for me and this applies to slow weight loss, eating right and work out minimum 3x a week. great formula.

ETHELMERZ Posts: 21,192
1/18/14 1:22 P

I lost 82 lbs. when I was 59, towards the end of menopause. Took getting thyroid meds, exercising about 3 hrs. a day, and Deal A Meal from Richard Simmons. Took 11 months. Bad thing, ended on Christmas Day a few years ago. Have done that kind of thing 6 times. It's an addiction, friends. Now just trying to eat for health, do the exercise bike every day, walk more when I have time, and that's it. No more "semi starvation" to get "Skinny", as the magazines try to tell you to do.
It helps to see a live dietitian, helped my husband and I together. So, it is possible, yes.

Edited by: ETHELMERZ at: 1/18/2014 (13:24)
FAITHP44 Posts: 8,849
1/18/14 12:19 P

I've lost about 50lb so don't qualify to answer, except to say it can be done. I seem to have plateaued for quite a while but, because I look on it as a lifestyle change, not a diet, I'm riding out the plateau period by trying to stay within my calorie range, going to the gym and/or walking regularly and including the odd treat here and there!

I've taken it very slowly because I've been on diets before, lost some weight and then put it all back on, so the first 50lb has taken me 3 years. But I have something I can live with, I seem to go down a dress size every year and people notice the difference. I no longer see an obese person in the mirror, even though I'd like to lose another 40lb.

So I know you can do it - but do it in a way you can live with as a lifestyle - otherwise you'll give up and put it all back on again!

CHRISTMAS2014 SparkPoints: (1,630)
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1/18/14 11:30 A

I am right on the cusp of turning 50 years old and was so scared if I did not lose the weight now I would be doomed if it does not happen before I am in my 50's. I would still stick to my plan to lose the 92 lbs I want to lose, but knowing there are ladies out there in their 50's losing the weight and getting fit helps my mind feel at ease. BTW, for all the effort this plan will take, I do want to look fabulous and younger than my chronological age when I reach my goal weight. We deserve to look good as well as feel good! Thanks ladies!

LOLEMA SparkPoints: (105,894)
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1/18/14 11:19 A

Good info here

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
1/18/14 9:54 A

I hear ya as I would be broken down if I had to stay on a diet too. Diet means all the things you can't have. When I learned it was a life style change and not a diet something positive clicked in my head. When I figured out that this was my body given to me by God so I get to design what it looks like that helped too. When I found some exercises I liked that did good things for my body. When I decided to not eat any processed foods any more and fill my eating plan with lean meats, whole grains, lots of veggies and some fruits I started to loose more weight. I am sure that you can do this. I believe that age has nothing to do with weight loss........I am 58 and in the best shape of my life. Friend me if you need some tips or help.

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1/18/14 8:17 A

Thank you Anare, this message is very supportive. I am feeling so depressed and broke down by my inability to stay on a diet, but desperately need to do so. Your words are accurate. I will endeavor to eat right and within my calorie limit today.

ANARIE Posts: 13,205
11/5/13 9:17 A

Another thing to remember is that you don't have to lose it all to improve your health. It's true that it's harder to lose the last 30 pounds or so when you're older. But it's also true that when you're older, you don't really care as much about the last 30. If you lose half of what you need to lose, you're going to be at lower risk for diabetes and heart disease, and you're going to be able to get around without your knees hurting. You'll be able to get in and out of the car easier, and walk up a flight of stairs without making everyone wait for you. Those are things worth working for, and you can do that in a year with hardly any effort.

Do the easy, basic things. Track everything you eat and make sure you eat enough vegetables. Limit sweets and junk; you don't have to give them up completely, but just make a promise that you won't eat junk food that's not delicious. You can still have a cookie from the bakery now and then, but don't buy the packages of cheap cookies from the grocery store that don't really even taste good. Skip stuff like potato chips and remind yourself that you can have them later if you really want. Give up fried foods for a while.

Just those simple things are going to be enough to get you at least halfway to your goal in a year. Once you get there, you can decide whether you want to work a little harder to lose more. But if you don't, you don't have to. At this point in life, you don't have to try to look like a supermodel; it's all about losing enough to *feel* good, not to look good.

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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11/4/13 9:58 P

I'm 51 and have lost 100 pounds. I got serious about losing weight 10 years ago and it took me about 18 months to 2 years. Then I got careless and put 30 pounds back on. It has taken me the last year to lose the 30.

What worked for was accepting that I have "fat eyes". I have to measure everything I eat as I will eat whatever is in front of me, because that's a serving right?
The next thing was accepting that in my head I will always be a fat person hiding inside a thin person. Which means I will always have to be vigilant in my diet and exercise. I track everything.

I stuck to 1200 to 1500 calories and I worked out for an hour a day 6 days a week. I ate high protein, low carb and healthy fats. I don't eat fast food unless traveling and have no choice. I try to eat lots of fruits and vegs.

I had a check up and treated my low iron and D levels.

You can do this. Believe me, if I can you can. I was a fat kid, a fat teen and a fat adult. I used to eat a lousy diet and never exercised.

Just don't start all gung-ho, I'm going to change everything today! You burn yourself out and can't sustain the changes. Make a small change, then another small change and before long you will have created a new lifestyle, not started another diet that you will fail at.

A couple of easy things to change:
Start walking. 10 minutes at a time and add 10 minutes a week till you walk for an hour.
Alternate a non caloric drink with your sodas. For example, a soda, then a Crystal light. Gradually wean off full sugar drinks.
Add 1 more fruit serving per day. Then add another veg.
Plan healthy snacks so that you always have something ready to snack on.
Quit buying as much junk food and eliminate it as you replace junk with healthy foods.
Use smaller plates.
Eat at the table without watching TV or playing on the computer.
Go for a short walk at work every 2 hours.

There are lots of little changes that you can make that you will see the benefit from without burning yourself out.


ETHELMERZ Posts: 21,192
11/4/13 7:21 P

Over 10 yrs. ago, I was 57, and it took me 11 months to lose 82 lbs. "Deal A Meal" is what I did, but, after about 5 months, I didn't eat all the calories allotted to me, and I did 3 hrs. of exercise bike and weight lifting to accomplish that much. Problem was, I hit goal just at Christmas time, had to cook and bake for family and relatives, and you know how that story goes, don't you?? Losing the weight has nothing to do with your age, it's up to you and how much you feel like depriving yourself, and for how long. I've done it probably 6 times in my life, it's never done and over with, you are not going to be cured of this chronic thing called overeating, although you may control it for a certain amount of time. Join a group and give it a good try, at least it IS possible to not gain all of it back though. And the exercise is good for you.

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/4/13 4:50 P

You might want to check out this team...50+ members with 50-99 pounds to lose. I don't see a team for 100+ pounds, but there might be one around.

IAMTHET2 Posts: 4
11/4/13 2:23 P

can someone please tell me, if there is anyone on here that's a woman over 50, who's lost more than 100 pounds? and if there long did it take you? and what do you think were the most important things you did to help you get there? thank you..

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