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PATHFINDER52's Photo PATHFINDER52 Posts: 760
5/26/18 5:18 P

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YESWAKKA -- you've got me by 10 years but maybe I have some tricks that will help you. I'll point you to a book that has little (or nothing) to do with losing weight: The Happiness Project. The author describes her year-long attempt to discover what leads to true contentment. Drawing at once on cutting-edge science, classical philosophy, and real-world applicability, Rubin has written an engaging, eminently relatable chronicle of transformation.

So think of losing weight as a way of making yourself HAPPY and try to do one thing (cumulatively) each week that makes you happy and gets you toward your goal. I've not been at this a year yet, but here's some of the things I've done:

1. Eat breakfast every day
2. Change my coffee creamer to real half & half (better fat, no sugar!)
3. Buy a fitbit and note my steps every day (setting goals along the way)
4. Find new ways to add vegies (working my way up to 5 servings each day)
5. Flavored, carbonated water! A simple but delightful indulgence.
6. Extra nice SHEETS -- since sleep is key to weight loss!
7. Throw out any clothing that no longer fits (not getting to that size again!!)
8. Learn walking meditation (I do this 3 - 5 times a week, for only 20 minutes)
9. Log ALL my food -- it takes time, but I think of it as "me time"
10. Indulge -- 70% cacao dark chocolate (I'm worth it!)

I am losing weight and I am happier! Maybe the two can work together for you too!


The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.

-- Leo Buscaglia

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5/18/18 11:39 P

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As suggested, control your intake. Beyond that, can you walk? Walk a little further every day and maybe get a step tracker?


Dave A.- South Central PA, USA

"Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience." - Mark Twain

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4/23/18 8:37 A

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I'm in my 60's, so not your age. But this is true no matter what age a person is-- losing weight is approximately 80% what/ how much we eat, and only 20% exercise. Exercise is important for overall health and fitness, but if we don't get a grip on the eating, it's going to be near impossible to lose weight.

So I would suggest tracking everything you eat and drink, and working at staying in your calorie range. Aim for filling your day with healthy choices-- lean meat, whole grains, lots of vegetables, some fruit, low fat dairy. As for the exercise, it would depend on any medical issues you have and what your doctor says is appropriate. Walking is pretty easy to do, but maybe not, if you've got bad knees or hips. There are chair exercises (limited mobility) here on Spark, and youtube has a lot of videos too. I find it helpful to "schedule" my exercise for first thing in the morning-- otherwise, I keep putting it off all day and never do it.

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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4/17/18 6:21 P

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I am almost 76 and am prediabetic. I started Spark people, but when life got hectic and I moved I quite. I am concerned about my next annual check up. Exercising is difficult for me to keep doing. Any one my age got any good ideas or just motivation for me?

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