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5/8/15 9:38 A
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I do not think much of that advice. I am over 60 and we have been eating a eat food plan in our home for over 3 years. Both Hubby and I have lost weight and feel great

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5/6/15 1:49 P

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Whoever told you that is no friend! They might think they mean well, but it's really bad advice. Relaxing and enjoying could shorten that life.

I'm 63, and have been struggling with my weight almost all my adult life. I'm retired from a very stressful job, exercise 6 days a week, and feel great. My weight loss is slow, but acceptable.

When I was working, my company installed a gym at my location. The company nurse had to approve everyone before they were allowed to join & use the equipment. She would not approve me because my blood pressure was too high, even though exercise would have helped to lower my BP. So, I started watching what I ate and exercising at home, then went back and was retested. I had improved enough to be able to join the gym.

After I retired, I joined the gym near where I live. When I first started exercising on an elliptical machine at my gym, I nearly fainted after just 2 minutes, and when I got off the machine my legs felt like rubber. My trainer at the time said I shouldn't use the elliptical until I got "more fit." I hate being told what to do, so a few days later I got back on the elliptical, and did 3 minutes, then increased to 5, 10, etc. After a couple of months, I could complete a 35 minute, variable resistance workout on the elliptical, then go on and work on the weight machines.

Just a 20 pound weight loss has made a world of difference for me. I have more energy, my blood pressure is back to normal without medication, my cholesterol is back in the normal range and so are my triglycerides. I've been in the pre-diabetic range for a while, but even that's getting better.

You have a choice, give up and deal with the health consequences of being overweight, or treat yourself to good health & reap the benefits.

I'll take option 2!

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"Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight."
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5/6/15 12:19 P

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If I just quit trying, I'd balloon back up to 300, my knees and back would hurt all the time again, and I would be depressed.

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I am past 60, and I have found that if I eat a healthy diet and stay active, I feel a lot better.

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5/6/15 10:28 A

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Interesting since in reality we are all on a diet since a diet is nothing more than what we eat. I prefer to call it a lifestyle change and see nothing wrong with making healthy choices and getting exercise so that we can have the best life possible. If you are imposing impossible restrictions on yourself, always hungry and unable to participate in the activities that you love, then there is an issue. But not if you are making healthy informed changes.

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Recently, I was told that I should "stop all this dieting nonsense" because, "after all you're past 60 and you should just relax and enjoy what's left of your life". What do you think about this ladies?

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