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10/13/17 3:44 P

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I will be 55 in December its just a number I am working hard at my weight loss journey and enjoying all of the walking I do. Next step will be to join a gym to get a varied work out. have a great weekend



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10/7/17 10:12 A

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Soon to be 55 - I beat you to it! Turned 55 in June and committed myself to a new HFLC lifestyle a few months before that and it has been a remarkable journey. Goal achieved! Scale reflected 202.0 this morning down from 252.4 on Apr18. That's 50 lbs my fellow Sparkers. Tracking every calorie works!



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9/6/17 10:12 P

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Well said MissRuth! I turned 55 in June and started my "Extreme Makeover Lifestyle Edition" in April this year. Not only wasn't it "impossible" it was very possible and the results prove it. I started my journey at 252 pounds and my original goal was to hit 225 since that's the lowest I have been in two decades. Well as the pounds continued to melt off I reset my goal down to 212. When I continued to lose I reset my goal again to 202. I am now at 208. My cholesterol is down under 200 (from 304) for the first time ever. My triglycerides which began this journey at 420 are now under 100! Interestingly my calorie intake has actually gone up 10-15% over the past month or so. I am simply listening to my body and eating the right foods when hungry. I have tracked every morsel that has entered my body and my macro-nutrition numbers since April are as follows: Fats-60%, Carbs-20% and Protein-20%. In addition I average about 60 grams of dietary fiber a day (no supplements) and 80 net carbs per day. That's my Extreme Makeover story and at 55 I hope it offers hope to others who read it. Don't give up! (I am male and 6'7" btw.)

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9/4/17 10:32 A

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I lost the weight, starting when I was 57. Yes it was harder than when I was younger. Yes, my flexibility was about non-existent, my metabolism was slower than molasses, and my strength and endurance were shot.

The good news in that is-- there is about nowhere to go, but up! Take note of where you're starting at, so you can measure your progress. I can remember how pleased I was, when I could balance on one foot to take my sock off-- and not crash sideways into the wall. When I could climb the stairs or a little hill, and not feel like I needed EMTs to meet me at the top with a gurney and oxygen or something. When I could do some stretching exercises at work, and actually touch the floor while standing-- while a bunch of 20-somethings in our group barely cleared their calves.

You CAN do this. "Harder" doesn't mean "impossible". Look at it as a personal challenge-- when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Lord knows, all of us older folks have faced a bunch of really tough stuff, over the years. We made it through that, we can do this, too.

Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone


Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think - Christopher Robin to Pooh


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9/3/17 6:46 P

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" My flexibility is so much less and that is hard to get use to"
You don't have to "get used to" it... you can improve your flexibility at any age!

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."
~ Randy Pausch

"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results."
~ Art Turock

"We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved, there is no use worrying about it. If it can't be solved, worrying will do no good."
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9/3/17 1:31 P

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You can do it! Be sparked! emoticon

I reached my goal just before my 50th birthday and was at my absolute fittest. Admittedly, I have regressed in the few years since... but now I KNOW I can do it.

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9/2/17 2:15 P

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I know it is much harder getting fit now then it was when I was in my 40's. I keep working at it so I can make it happen. My flexibility is so much less and that is hard to get use to, lol



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