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calling out to women 50+


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I'd like to start this thread specifically for women who are 50 or over.

As a 53 year-old woman, myself, I am finding new challenges, unexpected difficulties and wonderful insights on my path to getting to and maintaining my health, weight and body shape.

What seemed to work for me as little as five years ago doesn't work quite the same anymore. My body doesn't seem to respond to what I consider healthy eating habits and good workout schedules as it even in my middle to late 40s'.

SO, I am would to hear from those out there who are finding themselves in situations. OR NOT, maybe you can enlighten the rest of us as to how you keep your shape, or how you're getting into better shape and a healthier overall lifestyle.

Hopefully this will be the start of something wonderful, educational, funny-offer up jokes anecdotes, whatever!

LET'S GET STARTED!

Edited Apr 06 2008 22:52 by nycgirl
Reason: Moved from Health & Support to Motivation forum
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I too am glad of this thread.  I am 53 work at a desk job four days a week, work out hard 3 days and walk or swim two other days of the week and my weight is stuck after losing 30 pound.  It is staying in my mid section .  I am not discouraged though in that I am losing inches in other areas. 
Thanks for everyone's input and support of each other.

delilahbluebike - Is the 40-40-20 working for you?? I was doing 50-25-25 and not losing so someone on here suggested 40-30-30 which I am trying now with no success so far.

Everything I used to do to lose a few pounds hasn't worked. Started on here because I wanted to lose my winter weight of about 5 pounds ( and wanted to do it the right way), got the shingles in Feb took meds which made me gain wt and then increased calories to get to 1200 which made me gain :(     Now, I not only have my winter 5 but 4 more on top GRRRR   Tried zig zagging calories - did not help - lifting heavier weights when I lift 2x a week -so far has not helped - bought a pedometer to make sure I wasn't sitting too much LOL  - first day 12,000 steps uh ...not the problem, changed up my cardio which I do 5x/wk - uh can't run osteo in the knee... If there is anything left to try I'd probably do it !!

This thing called 50's or menopause has given me inches around my waist I NEVER had, a pouchier stomach UGH,  osteo in my L knee, chronic tendonitis in my elbow and the complete inability to drop a few pounds! But hey, I'm healthy so what the heck - I'll just stay OFF the scale and hope for the best! LOL

Sorry I'm ranting

I need my clothes to fit this summer  BIG SIGH LOL

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Hi

I am watching Juno right now but so glad to find this thread. I can't seem to lose 8 lbs. so I need help and support.

Count me in.

Hello All,

I just found your thread. I'd like to join in. I see some friends here already.

51 yrs old, I've lost 40 lbs since June '07. Joined CC Jan '08. I find the support of like women (and some men too) so valuable!

Menopause is really an exciting (not) part of my life right now. I never know who I'm going to be when I wake in the morning. Will I be the old Marie, calm, cool, and extrovert? Will I be Meno Marie, general mayhem all around? Will I be mopey, crying Marie?

Anyway, I'm here just trying to lose weight and get healthy! I'm also at a plateau right now and I agree what used to work doesn't.....

Be healthy,

Marie

This is the first I have tried watching both fat grams and protein grams and so far it seems to be working.  I have lost 4 lbs in the first week - although the chart says that is only two real lbs.  I feel so much better and my jeans are not quite so tight.  So I would say the 40-40-20 is good for now.  It seems the 40 grams of fat is the key for me.  If I don't have it even if I eat more cals or protein I am still hungry.  I have also noticed that yogurt works a lot better for me than cottage cheese. However, if I watch and be sure to get enough (healthy) fat grams my hunger seems much more in control and I am not craving sugar - a slight problem for me.

OH, isnt' menopause a wonderful thing? I started early and was finished by the time I was 45.  I can tell you that not having the monthly P is the best result.  It did drastically change my metabolism.   VERY frustrating and confusing, somewhat depressing.  I am still trying to work with this change in my body to this day.  

I do think that along with the diet , exercise is so important.  When I am consistent and get enough cardio (15-30 mins) the diet works better and I feel better about myself in general.  It helps that it is spring and it is beautiful outside.   Although, I am not yet looking forward to that first day I put on my bathing suit! 

 

 

Hi everybody:

I'm 51 years old, 6 feet tall and 210 pounds. I haven't been this thin since my youngest child was born, and she's 16! I've been on this site for a couple of months and started dieting just after Christmas. I was 243 pounds and am going for 180-185. The site says I should be 167 so I see if I want to keep going after I hit the 180s.

While I never made an extensive effort to lose weight, it came on slowly, really piling on after I started peri-menopause. A high stress job didn't help. My blood pressure and cholesterol were high, not good things when you have a family history of heart disease. I felt old.

This process has been a series of epithanies for me. I quit the job, finally realizing it wasn't worth it. I realized that I was in totally out of shape so began working with a trainer and exercising regularly. Unlike my 20s-30s, the weight didn't start coming off just because I was working out. I noticed a lot more aches and pains so I've had to take things a little slower.

The idea of damaging belly fat shortening my life and making me an unhealthy mess made me realize that I had to do something about my diet. CC has been really helpful and I have learned a lot about portion control, nutrition, and motivation.

Nothing is going to bring back the 20s, but it will be nice to share the 50s with y'all.

Original Post by bendlaurie:

Hi everybody:

I'm 51 years old, 6 feet tall and 210 pounds. I haven't been this thin since my youngest child was born, and she's 16! I've been on this site for a couple of months and started dieting just after Christmas. I was 243 pounds and am going for 180-185. The site says I should be 167 so I see if I want to keep going after I hit the 180s.

While I never made an extensive effort to lose weight, it came on slowly, really piling on after I started peri-menopause. A high stress job didn't help. My blood pressure and cholesterol were high, not good things when you have a family history of heart disease. I felt old.

This process has been a series of epithanies for me. I quit the job, finally realizing it wasn't worth it. I realized that I was in totally out of shape so began working with a trainer and exercising regularly. Unlike my 20s-30s, the weight didn't start coming off just because I was working out. I noticed a lot more aches and pains so I've had to take things a little slower.

The idea of damaging belly fat shortening my life and making me an unhealthy mess made me realize that I had to do something about my diet. CC has been really helpful and I have learned a lot about portion control, nutrition, and motivation.

Nothing is going to bring back the 20s, but it will be nice to share the 50s with y'all.

How true, somewhat sad and true.  Yet, the wisdom and experience gained over the years is immeasurable.  Thanks for adding this nugget of understanding and inspiration!

renee

 

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What a great thing to find this group! I am 59 (since April 15) so I had better join this group quickly before it is too late! I never was overweight until after my 40's and the weight just seemed to slowly add up. At least twice I have gotten back to around 140 in the past 10 years but the pounds sneak back so easily. Currently, I am 191 and I hate what I see in the mirror. I have rheumatoid arthritis and the drugs I have to take and the difficulty that I have exercising does not help. I can use any encouragement I can get. What are some of your personal tips to keep going?? Thanks!

Pat

Original Post by patsylou:

What a great thing to find this group! I am 59 (since April 15) so I had better join this group quickly before it is too late! I never was overweight until after my 40's and the weight just seemed to slowly add up. At least twice I have gotten back to around 140 in the past 10 years but the pounds sneak back so easily. Currently, I am 191 and I hate what I see in the mirror. I have rheumatoid arthritis and the drugs I have to take and the difficulty that I have exercising does not help. I can use any encouragement I can get. What are some of your personal tips to keep going?? Thanks!

Pat

 You have my sympathy.  It is hard enough for us older folks with all the normal aches and pains to exercise without arthritis.  I hope you can find something you can do.  Perhaps water aerobics?

Starting is really hard.  For me, I just got tired of not being able to do stuff I used to be able to do.  Knowing it was going to get worse was an incentive too.  Now, after 6 months of healthy eating and exercise, I feel so much better that I wouldn't dare stop.  I am really feeling the benefits in my strength, fewer aches and pains, sleeping better, and looking better.  Any time I feel lazy, I just remember myself last summer.  I never want to be like that again.

Hi Everyone!  I was just clicking around the site and found this thread.  I found another 50's thread a while ago - but it was closed.  I'd love to join you all!  I see a few familiar names amongst the posts.  It's good to find a thread with the same age group and problems.  I am 5' 7", my current weight is 177 pounds.  Start Weight : 190 (when I joined CC last November).  My heaviest weight 210 pounds.  Goal Weight: 140-ish.  Background: Married for 30 years, one son of 25. My husband eats everything in sight and doesn't gain an inch! Makes it very hard at times to cut back on my own eating. Portion sizes are my main problem. Have had to watch my weight since teenage. Kept my weight under control on and off over the years with the help of Weight Watchers. Just couldn't bear to go back to them again! That's when I found CC - and felt that this time I could lose the weight, get my blood pressure down without drugs, and generally lead a healthier, more active life!

Original Post by patsylou:

What a great thing to find this group! I am 59 (since April 15) so I had better join this group quickly before it is too late! I never was overweight until after my 40's and the weight just seemed to slowly add up. At least twice I have gotten back to around 140 in the past 10 years but the pounds sneak back so easily. Currently, I am 191 and I hate what I see in the mirror. I have rheumatoid arthritis and the drugs I have to take and the difficulty that I have exercising does not help. I can use any encouragement I can get. What are some of your personal tips to keep going?? Thanks!

Pat

 

I'll agree and say water exercises might just be your ticket.

How are you with walking? 

I would like to see some informercials aimed at and with people 50+ exercising and what works. 

 

I joined a Woman's Boot Camp.  It is hard exercise and I am still not keeping up with the kids very well.  But I have no serious health problems besides cholesterol.  The point is, that you can still do anything you want.  Maybe we have to start a bit slower and we don't progress as fast, but we don't have to limit ourselves.  Numerous studies have shown that older people, even in their 80's, can benefit from cardiovascular and strength training. 

You are only over the hill if you let yourself be!

Just read this thread, and felt as though I had found all my long lost soul sisters. MY biological sister is only a baby at 43, and she has lost 150 pounds in the last few years, mostly following Weight Watchers. I, on the other hand, started out smaller but managed to "find" 15 of what she "lost" after I turned 50 (6/15/53 DOB). So, wisdom and maturity aside, the whole aging thing really does suck for women.

And while I'm ranting, what's up with the whole hormonal mess. Gaining belly fat would be bad enough, but having all the fat redistributed so I look like Mrs. Potato Head is the worst. Then there's hair growing where it didn't before and not growing where it did . . . arrghh! And the collapsing facial structure doesn't really help the overall situation. It's amazing any of us manage to stay cheerful enough to hang on to our significant others, and in my case, I credit my ability to tackle him on his way out the door. So, there's one good use for those extra pounds.

Anyway, here's to us, beaten but not bowed. Pudgier, but proud enough to persevere. You go, sisters!

Clharr, what do they have you do at Boot Camp? I can't run because of my knees, and I have always thought they make you do a lot of running at those camps. I take a lot longer to recover from a hard day of exercise than I did when I was young. I usually feel like a truck ran over me the next day. But I enjoy it anyway!

Alice

I am 52 and need to loose about 115 lbs now.  Want to jump aboard and come back to this thread later!

Ok so about me - it is in my bio but so far I have lost almost 8 lbs since April 2nd so I feel real good about that but have a "long way to go"

I am a grandmother who had surgical menopause inflicted on me in 1997

I want to:

  • be healthier - I have been very lucky at 260 to only have minor blood pressure problems
  • be happier - sex - I have ZERO drive - I think if I like myself more ---- husband still has plenty and desires me even as I am
  • Be able to enjoy more activities with my grandkids
  • Be able to do more search and rescue activities with my team {I am a volunteer with a K9 search and rescue team that finds missing people}
  • Be lighter for my old age {she who is caring for an invalid mother who weighs about 180}
  • Be able to buy nice clothes and nice outdoor garments

Approach is to follow the tools and excercise and copy the success and motivation of others.  Failure is NOT an option anymore. I am too old to not enjoy the time left.

I sure hope to come to y'all by the end of next year moaning about the cost of a tummy tuck.

moonduster:  I tried a boot camp before last Christmas, loved the instructors, thought the group was fun, could barely walk by the end of the 12 weeks. I really need to take it slower these days. I've been walking, lifting weights, working on a bosu ball and have been losing weight and inches since January.

I just can't take the pounding of jogging, jumping rope, hopping and such. Maybe things will change when I hit my goal weight, but I've got to find a balance between pushing myself and beating myself up.

robbie615 - I really enjoyed reading your post- you sound like fun!  You certainly do not look like Mrs. Potato Head, chuckle chuckle...!  With your attitude you are sure to win through.  I wish you luck in your weight loss endeavours! 

Thanks for the info, Laurie.  They need to have low-impact boot camps!  Or senior boot camps.  I can't do anything high-impact because of cartilage damage in my knees.  Ortho doctor 16 years ago told me if I abused my knees I would be significantly shortening their useful life.  And if I run even 100 yards, my right knee will swell up for a few days (not to mention the discomfort). 

My hiking and walking keep me in excellent cardio shape, but even with all the miles I put in, I can't lose unless I REALLY lower my calories.  A lot of it is the desk job, which not only keeps me stationary but raises my desire to eat.  I'm going to start attending a spin class on Mondays during lunch, and when the weather gets too warm to walk outside I will be spending my lunch hours on an elliptical machine instead of mall walking.  Hopefully this will make a difference. My body has gotten too comfortable with walking.

I have noticed my belly being slightly firmer lately, but the pounds are the same.  150-153. 

Longwaytogo, it sounds like you are on the right track!  Just keep doing more and more as you go along.  You'll drop 30 pounds before you know it!

Alice

 

 

Alice/Moonduster:

I think your plan to shake things up is excellent. Our bodies do adjust to the same old exercise all the time. And, although I am personally discouraged when my weight sits on the same plateau, my head and my friend Pudpie tell me that it could be a matter of gaining muscle instead of fat. So, don't forget to record the inches.

Robbie

Original Post by moonduster:

Clharr, what do they have you do at Boot Camp? I can't run because of my knees, and I have always thought they make you do a lot of running at those camps. I take a lot longer to recover from a hard day of exercise than I did when I was young. I usually feel like a truck ran over me the next day. But I enjoy it anyway!

Alice

 My instructor will have a low impact variant for any exercise we do that is high impact.  And we don't do a lot of high impact stuff.  We do a lap walk/run to warm up, but it is more dumbells and resistance work than cardio.  We do a lot of lunges though, can you do those?  I usually feel like the truck ran over me when I get home, but I no longer feel it much the next day.  Except for the days she finds some muscles to work that I didn't even know I had.

I imagine every instructor is different.  Try anything, but remember that YOU know your body and limits better than anyone else.  A smart instructor will encourage you but not push you too hard.

-Carol

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