PSI'm not saying I don't look mature, wrinkles etc... or that I'm not aging--I am, and I hope when menopause comes I will be glad and positive about the transition. I like being older but it is noice to FEEL younger.View Thread
When I hit age 40 I believed all of the people who told me I would start to pack on the pounds, I starting eating more and moving less. I was told perimenopause was coming soon and I'd gain even more weight. I believed what people said. I looked much older than my age and had a double chin, severe knee trouble, breathing trouble, getting seasonal allergies, developed back trouble, and was waiting around for menopause to mess with me even more! One day I hit bottom and I said what have I got to lose by thinking positive and really giving it my very best? Now I'm in my late 50's and people guess my age to be about 40. I have more energy than ever before. I love working out and love eating a mostly vegan diet, altho I can eat anything I want to. I really love my food. I feel so young! ---no sign of menopause and no pms anymore either---! I lost the knee pain, and back trouble--I haven't had pain or any allergies in years. Look, I don't care if I live to 100 or just to age 60 -- what I care about is that the rest of my time on earth is positive. I can go out of this life right now, knowing I really took care of my mind , body and spirit. It was hard at first, and I did it alone & without spending $. I wanted it that way. Now I'm maintaining and toning my body and spiritual side every day. My brain seems to work better, I've been more creative, and I'm sleeping better. There is no way I would ever go back to that sluggish woman who believed that she was aging & might as well give up.I'm in much better shape than a lot of 30 year olds (my doctors tell me this all of the time-- and it makes me know I'm doing the right thing. 30 year olds ask me for fitness advice. ) Optimal nutrition will help with joint pain. I eat a lt of fruits and veggies. Frozen and fresh. I drink a lot of water and take vitamins. I'm doing better at my job than ever before. The mental fog is gone. I get up every day ready to be active.
t is never ever too late. I've met women in their 70's & 80s who took up ballet, senior yoga or t'ai chi and changed their lives completely. All of them lost significant weight and gained muscle tone. t'ai chi is so gentle. There's a lot of gentle exercise out there that is powerful too.View Thread
I agree with Jisfor Judy --put your health first. My advice is to get out in the fresh air and walk, every day. I used to get up an hour earlier than usual to do this --esp in summer . It sets the tone for your whole day, you gather your thoughts meditate or pray while walking and have time to yourself. Every day vow to learn one new thing about nutrition as it applies to You. I think you're ready to get back to the real you.View Thread
Do you have a fitness routine that you enjoy? The great thing about having one is you get your mind off food, you get endorphins and feel happier, you turn fat into muscle and for every 10 lbs you lose your knees and back will think you've lost a lot more--and they will thank you ! You'll just feel younger and have more energy, you'll sleep better, and probably laugh more. Men generally like to be active, so if you are already, just kick it up a lot. When you do sit down to eat, you may be surprised that you crave healthier foods.View Thread
I journal on an application on my iPod touch. The app is called " Tap & Track" and it keeps track of nutrition, which is paramount for me. It tracks your weight loss if you want it to, is easy to use, tracks calories burned from exercise, and can e mail you custom reports of how your month went calorie and exercise -wise. (or any length of time, really) This is a really quick and easy way because your carry the little iPod around with you and there's a huge restaurant database. Even while hiking I can pull it out of my pocket & punch in "trailmix" and it knows what kind of trailmix I'm eating --all of my fave foods are programmed in--the ones I eat most often. It keeps me honest too, I used to hate to write down that I ate two donuts, but this system makes me look at it as part of a journey.View Thread
My tip is to always rememeber that you are a unique individual and you'll have to experiment so the journey is more fun right for you. ( and you learn more, which leads to nutritional confidence!) I read a variety of different books on nutrition, diet books , fitness, brain health, digestion, mind-body connection, --I just devoured self help books for the first time ever-- and it was kind of fun--the library has a lot to offer, so it was all free, too. I skimmed some books --some books you just know won't work for you, but still have ideas you can use. took notes,took it easy and enjoyed the learning process. If I tried one method for a few weeks and didn't feel it, I'd tweak things or make major changes. Design your own program and every few months you may want to do more research and tweak it again. One good thing about designing your own is you learn if you need a face to face support group like weight watchers, or if you need to attend overeaters meetings, or if you need a food program like Jenny Craig or if you need to do it yourself with a little online help from websites like these. please let me know what you're doing for exercise (details please) Exercise is another area you'll experiment in--View Thread
Restaurants are killers, learn the menus and try to go to the places you know. Be firm. If you like yourself 5 pounds down, I understand that! I'm with you-- Some restaurants use additives and well, chemical crap we wouldn't add to food at home, so there's that to consider.View Thread
Lisa ~ Been there, I would suggest more water and more green tea (3 c. a day) switiching from coffee to green tea did the last 10 pounds for me! I hated it at first, hated it! but after 6 wks or so, I have to say I found the green tea that I like and I dont miss coffee anymore. -finally free!!! ( I drink a green tea with roasted brown rice) it has the bitter taste I missed from my black coffee I guess. There are lots of fruity or lemon green teas out there, you can sweeten with Stevia, so you can experiment. I also made sure I ate a wedge of the darkest choc. I could find each day. Theobromine in choc is not caffeine, it lasts longer as an energy boost but no jitters or caffeine high. It's a better member of the caffeine family. I also had my doc check my adrenals and they needed a boost as did my immune system I take an Adrendal Supplement now, and an immune booster-- I felt the difference pretty quickly. (2 wks) whenever I take a vitamins I drink a lot more water too.
also get plenty of sleep. If you can nap, do it. ! and stay active in the fresh air...
Like you, I had no support at home either and junk food is still in the house for me to ignore. Even my extended family thought being 50-60 pounds overweight was FINE.I fell into the idea that when you hit 30 you give up and give in to gaining weight and being dumpy. My family preached to me that I was just FINE the way I was. No one is slim in my family. I feel so much better now, can hike up mountains all day long, have tons of energy and no more knee or back pain at all--and no more seasonal allergies at all-- worth it! My husband lost all his extra weight too. But not the kids sadly-- (they love McDonalds and hate to exercise.) Been Maintaining for over 5 years now, it's very hard sometimes, easy other times, I s l o w l y gained back 12 lbs and panicked badly went I "realized" it--I was in denial -- this was about a year ago, but refocused and very determined, I took it off again and a few extra pounds for good measure. I dont let the pounds creep back anymore--I still fluctuate a few lbs . but that's just water and hormonal shifts, I'm 5'5" very toned for the first time since college, my current weight 121, SW178View Thread