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  • DebKing52DebKing52 Posts: 13Member Member Posts: 13Member Member
    Here are some links to other threads and groups of "seasoned citizens" on MFP.

    https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10683356/50-somethings/p1

    https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/group/100593-over-50-group

    Add me as a friend if you like. I am online most days. Always ready to share support or encouragement.

    Thanks so much for the info, Steve, and for the encouragement! Much appreciated! Have a great day!!
  • DebKing52DebKing52 Posts: 13Member Member Posts: 13Member Member
    lenny009 wrote: »
    Good day, new to the site, 64 years young and down to 160 lbs (for 1 year) from 235 lbs. I was a yo-yo dieter all my life but luckily found a way to get to my goal. When I learned to sleep 8 to 9 hours a day, it became a lot easier to get motivated, not to mention a heart condition brought on mostly by over indulging. For me going from 3 to 5 hours sleep to 8 to 9 hours allowed me to have the energy to exersize and eat properly. It’s been a journey, but it certainly feels good to be able to control what I eat and how much. So to make a long story short, there are many factors leading to overweight, but there are triggers that if you can discover what they are, it will make the journey easier. Good luck on your journey, I certainly can relate.

    I've never considered that sleep would make a difference in weight loss, but it makes total sense. A person would be able to make better decisions about what and how much to eat if they're well rested. I'll keep that in mind going forward! Thanks so much! Good luck all, and have a great day!!
  • DebKing52DebKing52 Posts: 13Member Member Posts: 13Member Member
    mprocyszyn wrote: »
    Debking52....welcome. I tried freezing the protein shakes in ramikins but didn't enjoy them that way so I am going to buy some of those popsicle forms and freeze them in those. They were tasty though...almost like those Fudgsicles you can buy. Yes your right about our age group aleast we can relate to each other and our health issues. I am trying the low carb way of eating and keeping to portion control but finding the posting of my food as really helpful and much easier on this site as it does the figuring out for you of calories and all the rest. I am hoping to get through Christmas and new year...so far no gain and no loss. Today going to make a pot of the "diet soup" remember that one...but going to add some simple meatballs to it and those Shiratake noodles to hopefully be a filling but low carb meal. We have no snow on the ground here but it's cold and that wind is nasty......just came back from walking our little dog and we both walked very briskly...the dog yes...me not so much. LOL Mary from Ontario, Canada

    Hi Mary! Thanks so much for your comments! I had forgotten the "diet soup", how could I??? LOL That's a good one--I'll make some this weekend with some leftover cole slaw mix. I love the shredded cabbage and carrots in the soup--makes it even more delicious! Please add me as a friend! I'd add you, but I'm not very good at doing that yet. :/ Have a great day!!
  • DebKing52DebKing52 Posts: 13Member Member Posts: 13Member Member
    njitaliana wrote: »
    I'm 64. Will be 65 in January. I see a dietitian every couple weeks. I eat up to 1600 calories a day. She tells me to eat the foods I like so I can make this manageable for life. So, I do that, but stick to my calories. (Except for the occasional family wedding). I lost 15 lbs in July; 8 lbs in Aug; 6 lbs in Sept; and 7 lbs in Oct. I have a total of 34 lbs off now. I am getting there. Still have a lot to go!

    Wow--you're doing great!! I always tend to starve myself....and then give up and gain everything back! Much better to have a plan that's manageable for life. Congrats to you! Gives me a lot to think about!
  • mprocyszynmprocyszyn Posts: 28Member Member Posts: 28Member Member
    Good morning everyone...I am so proud of myself. Yesterday wanted to make that "diet" soup so measured all the ingredients into it so I could attempt to find out how many calories,fat,carbs etc. was in it. So under the food title went to recipes and posted the ingredients and their amounts and figured the pot held enough for 4 portions at 2 cups per portion. Well.....it figured out for me the calories, fats etc. for each of the ingredients...... then gave me the nutritional info per portion....wow!!! and once I saved the recipe, I can go back to edit the ingredients or portions. Now I can go back and tweak the recipe according to what I have on hand. I found out the soup was delicious and 2 cups was way too much and a 8 oz. cup of this soup was only 99 calories with 10 carbs. This time put tiny meatballs, mushrooms, green peppers, cabbage, broccoli and diced tomatoes and tomato sauce in it along with the shirataki noodles. What a great idea about just using the coleslaw mix in it...going to try that next for even less carbs. The reason I am so proud is I am NOT computer saavy...know my few things and that's it...a little skitish to try new things so this to me was big. LOL I think I will be having this soup in some form for a little while as I think this week was not good almost do not want to have a weigh in tomorrow in fear of what it will show. Damn those chocolates and Christmas cookies for talking me into eating them. LOL Debking...I am with you have no idea how to friend...will wait for my daughter or a grand daughter to come over and show me. Have a nice day. Mary, Ontario, Canada
  • ybeavis1ybeavis1 Posts: 6Member Member Posts: 6Member Member
    Feeling motivated by all your stories. I'm 60, lost 50 lbs in the last few years but have put a lot back on. I'm starting a swimming challenge in January and am just going to get back on the plan. I will NOT buy bigger sized clothes😊
  • mprocyszynmprocyszyn Posts: 28Member Member Posts: 28Member Member
    Good morning......well just as I thought did my weekly weigh in and sure enough 2 lbs up for last week. But will not get discouraged as all the Christmas goodies are gone and it will be nice to get back to normal routine after New Years day. The swimming challenge sounds great. We are lucky enough to live across from a Recreation centre and they have "seniors leisure swim" every day from 12:30 to 1:30 and besides the large pool also have a smaller 4 foot deep warmer pool where most of us seniors do what exercises works for each. It amazes me what one can move in the water and not on land (as I call it). It's great as I can walk out to the pool area with my walker and they have the handicap rails so I feel safe. I feel so good after doing leg and arm exercises as well as jogging in the water. My husband and I try to go 2x a week so will be good when the normal schedule is back on Jan. 2nd. Looking forward to going to Myrtle Beach for month of Feb. and as I use a walker now will be able to walk more comfortably there, it's my 1st winter using a walker and here in Canada I don't get out much due to snow and ice. Like you ybeavis1.......I will not be discouraged because hoping a weight loss will help me to continue to walk even with a walker is better than not. I've just started myself late October and I have 52 lbs still to go for my 1st goal and you have worked too hard to rid of your 50 to put them back. Go at them girl. LOL Mary from Ontario, Canada
  • lindagr15lindagr15 Posts: 4Member Member Posts: 4Member Member
    Looking for some over 60 friends for help and motivation.
  • DebKing52DebKing52 Posts: 13Member Member Posts: 13Member Member
    mprocyszyn wrote: »
    Good morning......well just as I thought did my weekly weigh in and sure enough 2 lbs up for last week. But will not get discouraged as all the Christmas goodies are gone and it will be nice to get back to normal routine after New Years day. The swimming challenge sounds great. We are lucky enough to live across from a Recreation centre and they have "seniors leisure swim" every day from 12:30 to 1:30 and besides the large pool also have a smaller 4 foot deep warmer pool where most of us seniors do what exercises works for each. It amazes me what one can move in the water and not on land (as I call it). It's great as I can walk out to the pool area with my walker and they have the handicap rails so I feel safe. I feel so good after doing leg and arm exercises as well as jogging in the water. My husband and I try to go 2x a week so will be good when the normal schedule is back on Jan. 2nd. Looking forward to going to Myrtle Beach for month of Feb. and as I use a walker now will be able to walk more comfortably there, it's my 1st winter using a walker and here in Canada I don't get out much due to snow and ice. Like you ybeavis1.......I will not be discouraged because hoping a weight loss will help me to continue to walk even with a walker is better than not. I've just started myself late October and I have 52 lbs still to go for my 1st goal and you have worked too hard to rid of your 50 to put them back. Go at them girl. LOL Mary from Ontario, Canada

    Bless you Mary!! Yes the more you lose the easier it should be to get around! I always envision for every 5 pounds lost, that's a whole bag of sugar I don't have to carry around anymore!!! You'll feel lighter in no time with your daily swims!! Good for you!! Keep up the good work my friend!!
  • Trina2040Trina2040 Posts: 195Member, Premium Member Posts: 195Member, Premium Member
    I'm well over 60 (69 years old to be exact) and I'm currently in maintenance going on 4 years now. It took me 15 months to lose 50 lbs. It can be done. What's worked for me is counting calories in and calories out by logging every bite, taste, lick of food to measure calories in and a Fitbit to measure calories out. Now that I'm in maintenance I still do both. As I lost weight, I had more energy and became more active. I don't follow any specific diet plan, eating anything I want using portion control to fit my calorie allowance. My activities include low impact cardio, light weights, Tai Chi, and Yoga stretching. All very doable for us seniors. I'm just trying to stay vertical well into my 70s and beyond.
    edited December 2018
  • mprocyszynmprocyszyn Posts: 28Member Member Posts: 28Member Member
    Good morning ladies:
    DebKing: Thanks for the boost.....got back on track yesterday so the 9 lbs since Oct. 28th is like a sack of potatoes gone...must think of it that way. Maybe a bag of sugar will be gone by Jan. 5th. The one thing I have noticed so far is I no longer need afternoon naps. Will continue to do my weekly weigh ins on Sat. mornings.
    The one thing that is kind of confusing though is...I am following low carb way of eating which seems to be working. My daily limit of carbs is 88gms...... 62 gms of fat.....123 gms of protein. When others post they use the term LCHF (low carb, high fat)...so must one eat higher fat along with the carbs? Is that the combination that reflects a steady loss?
    Trina: good for you for losing those 50 lbs and for maintaining what you lost. I hope to do the same. Geesh ....just dawned on me I will be 69 this year (July, 2019)...where has the time gone???? My brain is still thinking 50 and my body is not. LOL Have a lovely day ladies and wishing you a very Happy New Year and much health and good things in 2019. Mary from Ontario, Canada
  • Trina2040Trina2040 Posts: 195Member, Premium Member Posts: 195Member, Premium Member
    Hi, Mary @mprocyszyn You'll do it! Hang in there, never give up!
  • alteredsteve175alteredsteve175 Posts: 1,123Member Member Posts: 1,123Member Member
    mprocyszyn wrote: »
    The one thing that is kind of confusing though is...I am following low carb way of eating which seems to be working. My daily limit of carbs is 88gms...... 62 gms of fat.....123 gms of protein. When others post they use the term LCHF (low carb, high fat)...so must one eat higher fat along with the carbs? Is that the combination that reflects a steady loss?

    The best combination is something that works for you and that you can follow long term. Do these ratios work for you? Do you feel satisfied at the end of the day?

    Personally, I aim for 35% protein/35% fat/30% carbs. It's difficult for me to eat that much protein. I usually exceed the fat amount. I just let the carbs fall where they may and try to stay under my calorie limit.


  • rparsons55rparsons55 Posts: 1Member, Premium Member Posts: 1Member, Premium Member
    Wow. There's a lot of great inspiration here. I'm 63 1/2 and can relate to everyone's comments. I'm a life member of Weight Watchers but that stopped working for me the last couple of times doing the same thing I did when it seemed to work so I'm trying MFP again. I've found in the past that having a support group of like minded people that are walking in your shoes is the best way to stay on track and keep motivated so I will definitely check back with this group frequently. Thanks!!
  • mprocyszynmprocyszyn Posts: 28Member Member Posts: 28Member Member
    Good evening everyone: I've just found something that I would like to share with you. I am not at all computer literate so I am probably doing this wrong but here goes. I joined the Low Carber Daily Forum ...under the title Announcements...scroll down to Open treads-member threads on low carb topics....enter that thread....if you scroll down to the title Motivational...(it's the 2nd one How do I stop Cheating...go back to the 1st page and the essay is by "Twibbly". After reading it...I thought WOW.....I bookmarked it (that I know how to) and going to go back each day and read that. The lady says some powerful things. For example I like the idea of if your not hungry at breakfast...just eat when your hungry and if that's just 2x a day so be it...it works for you and there were other tips. It really gave me a boost. Lots of times I'm just not hungry...so today I didn't eat until 2 pm...then supper at 7:00 pm. and you know what...I am not hungry and am about to have my cocao powder and Stevia hot chocolate late snack and haven't had any other snacks. So just wanted to share and hope it will give someone else some support as it did me. Mary
  • alteredsteve175alteredsteve175 Posts: 1,123Member Member Posts: 1,123Member Member
    Hey hey hey! Home again after attending a funeral. Back to the regularly scheduled programming today.
  • mprocyszynmprocyszyn Posts: 28Member Member Posts: 28Member Member
    Good morning......did my weekly weigh in on Sat. and thankfully those 2 lbs. are gone so hopefully this coming Sat. another one will bite the dust. Have been on track so should happen. Hoping to get back to water exercises by the end of this week. I love my soups so someone suggested here just adding the coleslaw from the package....great idea when I went to store also found packages from Dole of broccali slaw so I added that and also a tablespoon of instant mashed potato to a 2 cup serving...very satisfying not to mention low on calories and carb. I like getting ideas from you ladies and finding my own to make a collection of low carb foods to rotate as not to get bored. I think that is helpful and you don't go back to cheating because of eating the same constantly.
  • DebKing52DebKing52 Posts: 13Member Member Posts: 13Member Member
    mprocyszyn wrote: »
    Good morning......did my weekly weigh in on Sat. and thankfully those 2 lbs. are gone so hopefully this coming Sat. another one will bite the dust. Have been on track so should happen. Hoping to get back to water exercises by the end of this week. I love my soups so someone suggested here just adding the coleslaw from the package....great idea when I went to store also found packages from Dole of broccali slaw so I added that and also a tablespoon of instant mashed potato to a 2 cup serving...very satisfying not to mention low on calories and carb. I like getting ideas from you ladies and finding my own to make a collection of low carb foods to rotate as not to get bored. I think that is helpful and you don't go back to cheating because of eating the same constantly.

    Congrats on the 2 pounds gone!! Woohoo!! Yes, I find that rotating what you eat really helps, and I too love all the tips on good healthy low-cal. foods! I think you're doing just great, Mary, and love hearing all about your journey. I just love that we can encourage each other here on MFP! Helps so much!! Good luck all!! Deb in West Virginia
  • DebKing52DebKing52 Posts: 13Member Member Posts: 13Member Member
    Hey hey hey! Home again after attending a funeral. Back to the regularly scheduled programming today.

    Welcome back, Steve! Take care!!
  • namelessherenamelesshere Posts: 291Member Member Posts: 291Member Member
    Hi Everyone. Just turned 64, need to do something as that 300 lb mark looms close. Cancer prevents me from most exercise so need to go at this by getting my eating under control. I do need to weigh and log my food or it just creeps back to over eating. I know this. Why do I not do this?
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