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!
Reason: Moved from Health & Support to Motivation forum
NOW Laura, you understand why I never colored my hair... I am much too lazy and too much of a perfectionist to go around showing roots for several months were I wanting to quit... LOL Besides, people keep telling me the highlights are just right! LOL Being a Venetian blond to begin with, going grey was not such a big deal. I think people with darker hair have a harder time, because the white hair shows more, and it makes their head look really grey for a while. With lighter hair, the white blends in and just gives a dusty look. I hope I'll turn pure white like my Mom, it's so beautiful!!! She was ash blond when young. But I agree you can't show up with 2 inches roots.
I finished the day with 1'500 cals and I don't have the munchies. I have all my iron, potassium and proteins, and 27g of fibers. The vitamins are through the roof, which is normal with vegetarians. The only thing I have too much of is cholesterol, but only because I had scrambled eggs for dinner, so I'll just ignore that. I don't believe in the cholesterol thing. I have never paid attention and never had any, while Pierre has high cholesterol - especially the "good" one - and he is extra careful... I believe it's in your genes, and no one ever proved it is cholesterol that kills you. I would rather look toward triglycerides, and they come from our intake of sugar, not eggs...
Hope every one had a great day. Time to go to bed for me. Early... =)
I have dark hair and yes, it's a HUGE problem if I don't want to go gray. I also have brown eyes and dark eyebrows so gray hair will be a jolt if I ever go that route. I've been coloring for many years and don't see myself stopping soon. (: My DH has gorgeous silver hair (so does my mother-in-law, she was totally white in her 30s!) If mine could look like his, I'd let it go natural in a heartbeat. My hairdresser tells me I'm only (very!) gray around my face, but the back is still dark brown. Not a pretty thought to go natural.
Laura, it took me about a week to detox from the sugar. I found that every day my cravings lessened, and now it really isn't too hard. I do have something sweet every now and then, and find that it does want me to eat more - everytime! So I've been avoiding sugar as much as possible. Helene, all the best on your new plan. I think you're on to something. Please keep us posted.
Just came in from working in the yard. Time for a shower and then bed!
Helene I'm proud of you getting the 1500 cal plus all your nutrients! I really thought that 1200 was too low for you. As for triglycerides..they can elevate from too much sugar and white flour but they can also be hereditary like cholesterol...I think I could fee DH cardboard and both of his would remain high.
Jan I'm with you ...as long as they make color in a bottle LOL I will NOT be gray
Managed WF DF all day yesterday...it's getting easier.
Off to the golf coursethis am for 18 then I'll come home and mow the grass. Need a few groceries too
Just thought I would pop in to say that I completed the half marathon today (13.1 miles).
I was having an "off" day, had a side stitch at 2 miles, calves locked up at 9 miles and from 10-13.1 miles, I was sick to my stomach...so all in all not a great race for me.
My time was much slower than I had trained for, but given my physical condition today...I am satisfied just having finished.
Tomorrow I have an MRI on my knee..so maybe I'll have an "excuse" to take a few weeks off from running LOL!!!
Thanks for all the support!
Hope everyone is well
Oh, but you MADE it, Bunny and that's fantastic! Congratulations! I'm sorry it wasn't a more enjoyable run for you, though. I hope you get some answers on your knee.
Good work sticking to your eating plan, Bonnie - and YAY that it's getting easier!
I've worked like a maniac all weekend - cleaning, organizing, yard work. Tomorrow rain is forecast and I'm glad to have an excuse to just veg for a while. (:
Well I do not know how often I will be able to get on here and I will try every day. I have really decided to get my act together. I have to start all over. Menopause is not fun and neither is the weight gain that comes with it.
JCR, when we last spoke my shoulder was out and it has taken almost a year and a half to get it back to normal (almost) so I was not able to exercise. I had a frozen shoulder and it took a lot of therapy to get it moving again. There is still some uneasy feelings in it so I have to be careful but I have started to exercise again.
The weight just is not coming off it is really stuck. Any help from anyone would be appreciated.
Hi Change! Great to see you! (:
(For the others, Change is a friend from an older "50's and up" CC thread that is now defunct. I saw that she posted there a few days ago and invited her to join us here. She'll fit right in!)
Change, why don't you give a short intro for the others: first name, where you live, hobbies, anything else you'd like to share...
I'm sorry to hear about your shoulder. Having had two frozen shoulders (both shoulders, about 5 years apart) and the subsequent LONG physical therapy, I can sympathize. Both mine are OK now, so there's hope. I never again will take shoulder mobility for granted.
Glad you are back on the wagon. I had to start over, too. Not fun, but at least we're not giving up. Any suggestions for Change, Girls?
I have just joined this site and was so glad to see this thread! I have had to struggle to lose weight my entire life. I have a sister and brother that are both obese. I see how that affects their health and I don't want that for me. I am currently about 175 lb and just cannot step onto a scale. I take good care of myself and sweets are not a problem, but loads of carbs and salty snacks do me in. I also noticed that once I hit 50 (I will be 52 next month) that even when I want to exercise my body just doesn't want to cooperate.
So here I am... 52 about 40 lbs overweight, with bad feet and a bum knee also. I do take yoga which I love for the spiritual refreshment as well as the stretching and balance. I have a gym membership and I need to make time for the gym! I am glad to be here and hope I can find a bit of support and also give some from time to time.
Hi Laurie, hi Change, and welcome to both of you. Look forward to hearing from you. Linda
And Bunny -- congratulations on finishing a half-marathon. Are you feeling OK today?
HI Everyone. Hm, I'm heavier than ever this week, well, not really than ever, but in recent history. On another thread, someone shared this:
Geneen’s eating philosophy is her personal variant of intuitive eating. Her seven eating guidelines include:
1) Eat when you are hungry.
2) Eat sitting down in a calm environment. This does not include the car.
3) Eat without distractions. Distractions include: radio, television, newspapers, books, intense or anxiety-producing conversations, and music.
4) Eat only what your body wants.
5) Eat until you are satisfied.
6) Eat (with the intention of being) in full view of others.
7) Eat with enjoyment, gusto, and pleasure.
Makes sense to me, but I do like a bit of calming music when I eat -- something very soothing.
Welcome, Laurie. Glad you joined us.
This day is not turning out the way I'd planned. I took a mental-health day from work today. I was enjoying my morning when Mom called from her apt "Jan, there's water on my floor. Maybe you should come and look."
Indeed there was. The drain outside the sunroom door (subgrade) had blocked up and the water (from the torrential rain we had last night and this AM) came in under the door and made it's way around the perimeter of Mom's bedroom and living room. Fortunately, there is laminate flooring in there so no real damage. I had to move a recliner, two other chairs, a chairside table and a big bookcase to get all the water. An hour and a half later Mom has a very clean floor and I'm a very pooped daughter. I'm glad I was home to deal with it, though. Some things work out the way they're supposed to.
Good suggestions you posted, Laura. I have trouble with #2, #3 (oops! No CC while eating? Ouch!!) and occasionally #1 (stress eating.) It's an ongoing thought process, isn't it?
Break time over. Time to wash at least 3 huge oads of soggy "garage towels" from the mini-flood. One thing for sure, something like this makes me really ache for the people who lose their entire life's possessions in floods. So very sad.
Feeling good today, thanks Linda. I am having an MRI on my knee today (even though it does not hurt right now)..I am quite surprised by how well my knees held up yesterday....(someone was watching over me for sure)...if my knees had given me a problem, combined with all the other issues I had yesterday during that race, I doubt I would have been able to finish.
Thanks again for asking.
Have a great day all.
Welcome laurie and change!
Hmm Laura I do ALL of those things so you can see why I am frustrated.
Jan Glad you were "off" to help Mom. Things have a way of working out..just not what you had planned
Bunny CONGRATS!!!! 1/2 marathon is fantastic. Hope you get good news on your knee. DH is starting round 2 of Synvisc injections
Maintaining WF DF fairly easily right now. I added in 1c Rice chex so I could get my iron up (was too low according to my "green or red boxes). Muscle milk (not mil LOL) is helping with protein - it has 21 grams!!!YEAH Almond butter is starting to taste better. Using Silk creamer in my coffee - actually not bad!Made the mistake of getting on the scale only to be disappointed in a 0.6 loss...pretty pathetic with the amount of exercise I get...but I will persevere - maybe it's too soon yet. :(
Bonnie you are off dairy yes? Because I believe that Muscle Milk gets its protein from whey...or am I mixing it up with another brand?
I am having fantastic results with Sunwarrior Protein powder. I'm not a big believer in supplements /powders etc..but I found this product and it seems to be unlike anything I have tried before.
Hope the injections work for your DH...my MRI was re-scheduled for Thursday. I had a 1:30 appointment and when they had not taken my by 2:15 it was clear to me I needed to re-schedule..hopefully this gets done Thursday. It was a big waste of my time going there today, thats for sure.
Congratulations on completing your half-marathon Bunny! Don't worry about not doing as well as you thought you would, finishing the whole 13.1 miles is already a fantastic achievement, especially since you were so worried about your knee. Hope the MRI gave you cause to relax.
I didn't run half a marathon today, but I still walked - in the rain - for 2 and a half hours today, covering 11.2K (almost 7 miles). I walked as briskly as I could with an umbrella, and now I need to go to bed because I feel broken!!! LOL But it felt good. I have been increasing my food intake, to get out of the starvation cycle I stupidly put myself in. I realized this after reading the Set Point book. Definitely a book full of inspiration for me. I burned 2'494 cals today, and only ate 1'800. I would have considered this outrageous before, but now tell myself it will be for the best. I still have a deficit of 694 cals, so I should be fine... I believe the important part is not so much saving calories as increasing the exercise to boost our metabolism...
Let's hope the rain stops soon and I can go running a bit. Who knows, maybe one day I'll be the one telling you about the half-marathon I ran! LOL
Bunny Yes I am off milk..Muscle milk states it does not contain milk and yes you are right the protein is whey. I need to find a good protein powder that does not contain milk. The Muscle milk is a little sweet for even my taste LOL but it is working until I find something else. Such limited shopping where I live
Helene WOW 7 miles in the rain...you are more dedicated than me! Good going following the books advice I hope it helps you just like I hope what the Nutritionist told me helps me.
I actually got up and cooked plain chicken tenders for my lunches for 4 days - added exactly 2oz to my steamed veggies with 1/2 tsp olive oil and 1 tsp Romanao cheese(it's made from sheeps milk!) Since finding the Silk creamer I am a much happier camper in the morning! :) Finding staying WF DF much easier...I just hope it works to help me shed these 10 pounds I have found in the past 5 years. Although still in the healthy wt range I've never weighed this much and it almost means another size in clothes. :(
Still don't have a voice (4 days now)...and coughing...took allergy med yesterday
Bonnie, I really hope your throat feels better soon. I guess working around kids all the time doesn't help!
Welcome Change and Laurie. Hope you feel at ease here. Do not feel obliged to post if you do not wish to do so, maybe it's easier to just read and get familiar with us first. I remember how awkward it felt when I decided to write my first post, and it was at the beginning of this thread, but I still felt I was intruding in some way! LOL
I am still reading the Step Point book, one chapter at a time, and it's quite interesting to hear another version of how we can lose weight. I like his RKO technique (assessing your preceding day as an R - for reducing - day, or a K - for Keeping off - day or O - for Off - day. Such a genial move to put the emphasis on the effort rather than on the results! we all have had days that went weird (gaining when you did everything right, or the reverse), so this helps you to assess how much effort you put into losing weight. He also insists we should weigh every day, exactly for the purpose of assessing the quality of our effort, and that we should plan our days (so we have a chance to control both our food and our exercise). He is not so demanding on the calorie count, but we should at least have an idea of the general amount we ate (more or less than usual). he also gives techniques on how to "save" some food every day, but that will be for chapter five... LOL
Sometime after I posted I got my voice back!! YEAH maybe allergy meds and nosespray are working
Bonnie, whey, that's almost deceptive, isn't it? Some of the Muscle Milk products have a lot of saturated fat too but I'm sure you would have notice that if yours did. How long have you been GF & DF? Is it just a week? Feeling any less achey yet? I suppose it would take awhile to get everything out of your system. It's looking pretty nice out today so I suppose you'll be headed for the golf course!