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66 Year Old Woman Counting Calories


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That's right! I had my girl friend's aunt I, who's 66 this year, counting calories! I visited my friend H over the weekend (have not seen here in 1.5 years) and they were all amazed by my weight loss success. Her aunt called me 2 nights ago and we had a 2 hour tutorial in caloriecount so she can get started with her weight loss!

She called last night to express how grateful she is for this website!

So proud of Aunt Iva. She's proven to me that it isn't too late for her to get back in shape. She's single so she's hoping she'll be able to rock it when she losses the weight!

Thanks, Caloriecount!

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that is really motivating to hear!! learning to use the computer at this age is hard enough, what more learning about calories and logging them. and changing her eating habits too! that's some great motivation :-D

for practicality's sake though, perhaps it would be good to buy one of those calorie counter pocket books so she can do it by hand on days she is frustrated with technology and you ain't around? it's really sweet and kind of you to explain to her how this fantastic site works :)

That's a great idea! I have to look for that book to make it easier on her. Right now she pulls the calorie info and nutritional value of her food using this site and writes it down. It does take her a good amount of time to do this but yes, if she has a book, it would've been easier on her. Thanks for the suggestion!

Hold on there "young 'uns!" Just because someone is a little older does NOT translate to "they can't really use technology". I am not that far from 66 myself - and I have become quite technology literate in the areas where I need to be! You are never to old to learn, or excel in an area! True, I don't carry a smart phone, but it's not because I am afraid of them - I just can't afford the data plan...not and raise two teenagers at the same time! The book might be helpful if your friend's aunt doesn't have a smart phone, but personally, I still use my computer for counting calories when needed.

Just wanted to help keep things in perspective. Moses was over 80 when he led the people of Israel out of Egypt; Grandma Moses was 76 when she first picked up a paint brush; Laura Ingalls Wilder published her first book at 64; Benjamin Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence at the age of 70; Nelson Mandela became president of South Africa at 76; Roget came up with the Thesaurus at the age of 73 (after being forced to retire from the Royal Society so that younger scientists could begin their work) and he oversaw every revision of the Thesaurus until he died at age 90;In 1999, at the age of 89, Doris Haddock began walking the 3,200 miles (5,150 kilometers) between Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. to raise awareness for the issue of campaign finance reform. Granny D, as she is popularly known, walked 10 miles (16 kilometers) a day on her journey, even skiing when conditions required it.

The older I get, the more I realize - age is just a number. Way to go Aunt Iva! As long as you are breathing - God has a plan for your life. Move forward full steam ahead and let the "young people" hope they can keep up.

Just sayin'.

Donna, www.anotherbattlewon.blogspot.com

Haha I was thinking the same thing Donna! My mom is 66 and she works in front of a computer and texts all the time...even my 80-year-old grandma is super computer literate and could probably teach me a few things! Maybe because my mom seems so young, but I don't consider 66 to be old AT ALL.
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I am 65 1/2 and have counted calories all my life and weigh 118  with 16% body fat . I weight lift 3 times a week and run 4 times and have completed 4 marathons and 16 1/2 marathons since I was 60 with first place in many for my age group.

I also am very tech savy so don't let any of this discussions discourage you!!

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My husband and I were just talking about this. The days of granny in an apron baking cookies is becoming a thing of the past. I have 7 grandkids and I'm getting my first motorcycle this summer. By the way, I have found a great bakery, they can't tell the difference, lol.

What you say about older people and their comfort with technology is true. Many in that age bracket are adept with computers. Still, I am inspired to see how two different generations can come together over a common goal. It is so nice to see the younger generation taking time to reach out to help someone else get healthy. Both of you can rock it together!

 

I am 61 and joined this site a year ago. I did not loose weight but keep my weight.  

I like this program where I can see what I have been burning and what I have been eating. Moreover, I had a chance to input my Home Made Cooking Recipies into the program which helped me to have a "GOOD HEALTH" along with a good exercise program of course, during my last 15 years years.

So, thank you for posting your mail about Aunt Iva Dear Kitty... 

And thanks to the CalorieCount!

Be in good health in peace!

 

 

Just wanted you to know that your note helped me.  I have just been tired and discouraged with my weight loss (or lack therof) and have gained about 10 lb. that I had lost.  Maybe I'm not too old to make the effort!! Thanks again.

BJR - you're definitely not! As I said, my mom is 66 and she's been doing Weight Watchers for the past couple of months and loses about a pound a week. She has back problems and isn't able to do much exercise, but some of clothes are falling off of her!! I'm sure you can do it! Smile

No, you're not too old. I'll be 68 in a few days and it has taken me 1-1/2 years to lose 35 pounds. The key to weight loss at our age is exercise. Not only does it help you lose weight, it will make you feel younger - although not always true when you're actually exercising.

Do stay with the program and good luck.

BK

Amen to that.

Thanks for your post but please don't jump to the conclusion that being 66 or any age is too old to exercise, eat right or be engaged in the world. This post I'd being sent from my iPhone where @ 65 I multitask with a smartphone, tablet and laptop; work out 5 days a week including 3 hours with a trainer and log everything... And I'm not the oldest one st the gym.

Thank you Donna and others. I just turned 67 on Saturday and have yet to consider myself old! My father started using a computer at 82 and eventually had to give it up and 95 because he could no longer see the letters on the screen no matter how large I made them.

I may wish I had a smart phone but I don't although I have not yet ruled it out.

It is our capacity to adapt that keeps us young and able.

 

Aunt Iva doesn't know a lot about computers but to turn it on and play Solitaire. It's not that she didn't take time to learn, but she's also taking care of a daughter who's in her mid-40s and has mental problems, so her hands are full. I've taken time to show her how to pull up a browser, go to CalorieCount, and enter the food she needs to know so she can keep track of calories and nutritional values.

It's sad that I'm being attacked here for some reason while I have no other intentions but to motivate people.

Original Post by betulap7:

I am 61 and joined this site a year ago. I did not loose weight but keep my weight.  

I like this program where I can see what I have been burning and what I have been eating. Moreover, I had a chance to input my Home Made Cooking Recipies into the program which helped me to have a "GOOD HEALTH" along with a good exercise program of course, during my last 15 years years.

So, thank you for posting your mail about Aunt Iva Dear Kitty... 

And thanks to the CalorieCount!

Be in good health in peace!

 

 

You are welcome! :)

Original Post by bjr8:

Just wanted you to know that your note helped me.  I have just been tired and discouraged with my weight loss (or lack therof) and have gained about 10 lb. that I had lost.  Maybe I'm not too old to make the effort!! Thanks again.

I'm glad I could help. We're never too old to lose weight and be healthy!

Exactly Great Lady! Age is not important when it comes to enjoy "the good - healthy life". Keep on! I am doing the similar thing do!

I am also planning to start to Uni. again to study something I really like... why not?

Wish you Healthy Days! Kiss 

It was never my intention to attack. Actually, it was the first response that caused me to comment. I chimed in because I am finding more and more that people still seem to think "older" means no longer capable - and that includes those who are "older" themselves! I think it's GREAT that you have helped Aunt Iva rediscover her health! It's never to late to make a new beginning....as a matter of fact, I'd say you're on the right track encouraging others, no matter WHAT their age, to take care of the only vehicle they will have on this earth! 

Donna - www.anotherbattlewon.blogspot.com

I'm sorry if you thought my post was an attack. It was not intended to be that at all.

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