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
Moonduster. I'm so glad you brought this up. It could explain a lot that I hadn't considered. I used to weight train. About 6 years ago I stopped due to some big life changes. And you know... about a year later, I started gaining weight. My husband mentioned weights also, saying it could help my metabolism. I'll see how it goes. Maybe I really 'can' eat once in a while <grin> it's a much less painful solution than stopping eating. thank you very much for your post.
Hello Bea, I do eat chicken and eggs. I should put more fish in my diet. I had my thyroid tweaked by my holistic person and it helped for 5 lbs and it does curb my appetite and cravings from every day to once in a while. Glad to hear you eat a balanced meal, portion is the key also, I use my fist to make sure my protein is not to big. My allergies are really bad yesterday, feeling better today and need to do some aerobics with Richard Simmons on the VCR. I try to take it one day at a time and do what I can. I would love to drop more but the stress of it makes me crazy thinking about it. Bless you today. Shelley
Hi Shelley I'm wondering if my thyroid could use a little tweaking itself. Need to find my blood work info. or find a holistic person.
Walked 90 minutes yesterday rather than the usual hour. It isn't walking for exercise but .. walking the dog.
One day at a time. Yesterday went well. Now I need to plan what to cook tonight that will be filling and low calorie.
Anyone have suggestions?
Hi, Beadnsue! I am fixing a chicken vegetable soup for dinner tonight - very filling, but low calorie as well. I'm using a rotisserie chicken that we bought yesterday and lots of veggies. The only meat that I reserved is the breast - all skin removed!
WATCH THE SODIUM IN THOSE PRE MADE ROTISSERIE CHICKENS. THEY ARE VERY HIGH. Purchase your own whole chicken and rub it down with a low sodium seasoning and olive oil and put some onion and garlic under the skin, tasty. I put some carrots in the cavity of the chicken. I do that once a week for my lunches. I do eat a white potato and that helps all my cravings of carbs. Broccoli with some real butter and my ginger tea and I am set. Shell
I am gluten, sodium and dairy intolerant.
good idea on the lunches.
thinking. I have chicken breasts in the freezer. need to thaw them and do something for dinner with them
thanks for the idea! chicken vegetable soup. Sometimes I just boil the chicken breasts and add soup seasoning. Then cut the chicken up and add vegetables and noodles. Should I skip the noodles?
I have been using Coconut Oil now and put an onion in the pan and get them nice and brown. Some times I put them in the broiler or I use my George Forman Grill. I like my southwestern dish. Corn, Black Beans, some Red sauce, onion, garlic and chicken topped with an avocado. Spice it up with what ever you like. Cheers!
Sounds yummy, Shelley!!
The other question I had is if any of you get any kind of fitness magazines that help. I love to read and I get several magazines monthly, however, it seems like many of them have very unhealthy recipes and it just makes me crave food more!
Any help? Donna
did you ever notice that a magazine often has a picture of some yummy desert and then it also has some diet plan teaser?! both on the front cover.
right now I'm reading Prevention. The 2 Day a Week Diet. I'll let you know what I think
dshaw400, read any magazine you want...just do it on the treadmill! lol. And then lift some weights afterwards. THAT's a recipe for success! Seriously though, I enjoy Cooking Light recipes but generally just look them up on the 'net.
We've talked about it on this thread before, but I think it bears repeating: it's often mentioned that we gain weight when we eat like "normal people". In America, normal people generally eat TOO MUCH. Even young people are heavier than they were (on average) 20 years ago.
And I think we often make assumptions about how people eat all the time, based on how we see them eat at a special meal or occasion. Thinner people can overdo it at a dinner out, but then eat less the rest of the time. They have an OFF switch that many overweight people either lose or never have.
Most importantly, what's it matter what other people can eat or how much they exercise? We have to live in our own bodies and are beneficiaries of how we treat it. We have to work with the hand we've been dealt. Whether we have bad backs, arthritis, or thyroid malfunctions (which by the way, is no "easy" fix --ask all the women taking thyroid hormone therapy), we will be healthier if we keep our cals down and exercise more. With the emphasis in that order, if we're looking to lose weight.
super good post! You are so right Chris. We need to eat what is 'normal' for our own bodies to be healthy. It's easy to see someone else eating and wish you could eat like they do. Or that we could eat like we used to be able to. My kids eat much more than me and weigh much less. It's that old menopause/metabolism thing in my opinion. My own misery is in that fact. That I have to eat less and less to maintain a lower weight. However, I have resolved to, and started to lift weights again.
On that point, maybe what we need to address should be in terms of getting our metabolic rate higher. Then 'normal' might include the ability to add foods to our daily diets. Larger portions certainly could become 'ok' if a person exercises more.
It takes a lot more work than it did years ago.
I just started back to CC and just joined Curves fitness for women, yesterday. I am 58 and I went to my doctor for my physical and she said either start exercising and loose weight or choose to take diabetic medication and choloresteral medication. I deceided to try the exercise first. So I basically have 6 months to prove to myself that I can smarten up and get with the program. I really needed that kick in the pants as I have put on 50 lbs. in the last 8 years and really have to do something. I got married last August and was not very happy with my pictures and would like to get back to the weight I was when I met my husband 8 years ago. Does anyone go to Curves? I used to go years ago, and am trying it again. If anybody wants to be a buddy...my name is Marsha
This is from the Mayo Clinic Web Site.
To maintain your current weight — let alone lose excess pounds — you may need about 200 fewer calories a day during your 50s than you did during your 30s and 40s. To reduce calories without skimping on nutrition, pay attention to what you're eating and drinking. Choose more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Opt for lean sources of protein. Don't skip meals, which may lead you to overeat later.
200 calories less a day. Boo!!
lost two of the 15 pounds I have gained. It's a battle! stepped up the activity and started weight lifting.
But even having a bottle of coca cola (which I sooo crave) can add that 200 calories. I blame my love for coke for my expanding middle. I never drank it and did start to drink it 5 years ago. And my weight gain has happened over that 5 years.
Today I had a coke. Betcha tomorrow there will be no happy moment on the scales!
It's just not fair to have menopause AND have to cut out 200 calories. I think as we age our bodies should burn more calories, more efficiently just because it's done so much for us for so many years!!! Ha!
Your problem is coke, my is wine! At least mine is only half the calories, but I guess the whole alcohol thing could be a problem.
I used to drink regular Coke and Pepsi. Then I switched to the diet version. Now I can't even drink the regular stuff because it tastes way too sweet! I don't drink it very often now - maybe one or two a week. But switching to the diet Coke would be the first thing I'd try. Those are some pretty empty calories!
I like water better than diet coke. So I'm not buying coke. If that's the 200 calories a day, then I need to 'man up' ..... 'woman up!'