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10/9/18 10:15 A

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I wanted to add how happy I am about my twenty pound weight loss so far. Not just because of a number on a scale. Not even because I have lost about two inches all over and look better and clothes fit better. But because this relatively small weight loss has made a big difference in my health status. I have gained cardio-vascular fitness (lower resting heart rate, less elevated heart rate with brisk walking, and quicker recovery), more energy. All the puffiness (edema) of feet and ankles has gone away; my ankles and knees have reappeared. My knees don't hurt any more. All the heartburn and acid reflux has gone away. I move better and feel more like moving. Even my mind feels clearer, like my brain is working better.
I expected to have to lose a lot more weight to get results like this. After all I still count as obese (just, BMI 30.9, down from 35-36). I have lost just over 10% of my original body weight.
So, I am now a big proponent of just do it. Even if you only lose 10% of body weight, it will make a big difference to how you feel and your health status. If I never lose another pound (as long as I can keep off what I have lost), I will be way better off than I was. I believe I have probably already added years to my life or at the very least years to my enjoyable life. Really, this is important and it is more important the older you get.
The body positivity folks are saying you can be fat and fit. That is probably true when you are young, though you certainly have to work harder to do it. But, being in my 70's, my experience suggests it is difficult to impossible to be old and fat and fit. Just do it!!



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10/9/18 1:52 A

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So I am well along the path, but I just found this journal section. This is actually my third time of doing a strict diet and losing significant weight. The first time was somewhere in early 2000's. I did Joel Fuhrman's plan of mainly eating fruits and veggies, "the salad is the meal" (a pound of cooked veggies and a pound of raw veggies per day!). In ten months I lost forty pounds. And of course as soon as I went off the plan, I gained it all back plus some. In 2014, I came here and did calorie tracking, recorded every bite I ate, kept to 1000-1100 calories a day. In seven months, I lost 23 pounds. And of course, as soon as I quit eating like a rabbit, I gained it all back plus a little.
So here I am again!! I'm 71 years old. At this point it feels like I am saving my life or at least the quality of it. I was having a lot of symptoms -- knees wearing down, headed for having to have knee replacement surgery, lots of heartburn/acid reflux, not feeling like moving much. And it kind of feels like this is my last chance. Either make a real change or accept being a fat old lady, doing less and less, enjoying less and less.
This time I did NOT want to be recording and tracking stuff (except of course weight). I am eating lots of fruits and veggies, no starches (no bread, potatoes, pasta, rice, etc) AND unlimited lean protein and a couple servings of fat free dairy (yoghurt, cottage cheese) a day. My two previous attempts were pretty light on protein. I'm vegetarian, so lean protein is a challenge. Also lots of water and fiber. This is feeling very manageable. I like not measuring food, recording food, etc. And the protein keeps me from being hungry too much. Since mid-July, I have lost twenty pounds. The goal I set initially was thirty-five. If I get to that goal, I won't be obese any more, but will still be overweight.
But given my past experiences, I'm already terrified of gaining it all back, if I quit being so strict about the food plan. So maybe I will just keep dieting. Wii Fit tells me that what it thinks is my healthiest weight (with my small frame) is still forty pounds less than what I set as my goal weight. !! And to get back to what I weighed at age 30, I could lose 12 more pounds below the Wii Fit goal. To get back to what I weighed at age 18, I could lose 12 more pounds below that! When I went to college, I didn't even weigh 100 pounds. But I clearly was underweight then. Anyway, my body seems to only have two modes : losing weight slowly or gaining it back fast. Since my metabolism started slowing down when I was in my 40's, I've never been able to just maintain. So maybe I will just keep losing weight slowly. To get to the age 30 weight would probably take me another year and a half from here. Maybe by then, this will be so routine for me, I won't have to even think about it any more!!



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