WOMEN AGES 50+ FOR OCTOBER 2022
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It's time to turn the page on the calendar and use this new page as a clean slate to add to the good habits and plans we've been cultivating.
The name of the thread is Women Ages 50+ but all women are welcome. This is a great place to visit regularly for support and encouragement.
Be sure to bookmark the thread so you can find it again. Also sign your post with a name or nickname and a location so we can get to know each other better.
I look forward to this new month and to this opportunity to renew my good habits and attitudes. I'm glad you will all be there with me.
Barbie from NW WA
The secret to living well and long is: Eat half, walk double, laugh triple and love without measure..." Tibetan proverb
"The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials."---Lin Yutang
Barbie- THANK YOU!!!1
Thank you, Barbie! “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more..."
Thanks Barbie! October, here we come!
Sunny SW WA State1
My brother gave me this trailer while on one of his trips.
I updated the coloring to match our trailer
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Thank you for the fresh start Barbie!
Okie in the TX Hill Country1
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Got my jersey for raising 1k for MS in the mail. They also sent me my medal! They are different this year, I like it!
Thanks Barbie for the fresh start.
SueBDew in TX0
Thank you, Barbie. You do so much for me and others. I am grateful for your kindness and generosity. Thank you for the new thread. ❤️ ❤️
Katla, temporarily in Illinois2
On Weightloss - My Story
I was slender pretty much from the moment I could first walk until my early 40s, and I've always been active. I had times where I would put on a little bit of weight, but a slight increase in activity would take it off again.
When I moved from Canada to Australia in 2009, at the age of 42, I started putting on weight, a tiny bit at a time. I would lose a bit too, now and then, so the overall weight gain was easy to ignore. But about a year after we moved from the state of Victoria to the state of Tasmania, I hit a weight that was not easy to ignore.
So I joined MFP in February 2015, and went on a mission to lose weight. In 15 weeks I lost 15 kg, took a month break, and then, between then and Christmas, I lost another 10 kg. I was down to my high school weight!
2016, 2017 and the early part of 2018, I maintained my weight and cycled a lot. My husband and I were training for a huge ride in France to be held in 2019.
But, he had a serious workplace accident in March 2018 resulting in a severe traumatic brain injury.
Since then, I have been slowly and gradually gaining weight. I would lose a bit too, now and then, so the overall weight gain was easy to ignore. But in mid-August 2022, I hit a weight that was not easy to ignore.
This time, instead of going on a mission to lose weight (although that is an option I'm holding in reserve), I've made a few small changes.
Since mid-August (about 7 weeks, I guess), I have lost 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs).
Machka congrats on the weightloss, what are the small changes you implemented?
Take care and love to all
I quit eating a second dessert in the evenings. If I'm still really hungry late in the evening, I'll have an apple or thin slice of cheese. But most evenings, I haven't been hungry.
My husband is trying to make our dinners a little bit smaller, with more veggies ... or if he does make a large bowl of something, I eat about 2/3 of it. *More on this below.
I gained weight in the job I had between January and June partly because there were always extra snacks and they were always easily accessible ... often sitting on the desk right behind me. I am in a job now where there are rarely extra snacks lying about.
I gained weight in the job I had between January and June partly because we were tied to our desks. We had to be there to answer the phones and emails that poured in. And I was absolutely exhausted when I got home from work. I am in a job now where I can get up at 10:30 and go climb a few stairs. In fact, I have to climb at least half a flight if I want to get to the toilet! And I'm not as exhausted when I get home from work so I have more energy to be slightly more active in the evenings.
I am trying to walk as much as possible at lunch.
And now, as we ease into spring, I'm spending quite a bit of time in the afternoons on weekends being active in the garden or out cycling.
So I'm guessing that's what's done it!
As we head into summer, I hope to be even more active.
Machka in Oz
*In Canada, the person who cooks the dinner, serves the dinner by placing bowls or plates of meat, veggies, etc. on the table and allowing the diners to serve themselves.
In Australia, the person who cooks the dinner, serves the dinner by placing a portion on each plate.
Since I grew up in Canada, and was taught to eat everything on my plate ... in other words, everything I selected from the bowls or plates on the table ... I have tended to eat everything on my plate here in Australia. Even if it was way too much for me.
I am now trying really hard to stop eating when I'm full, not when my plate is empty.6
Just finished my second walk at the wetlands- sure is a lot nicer in the evening with a friend. Nice and cool. We finished it by the light of the moon.
Finishing up the day with just over 20,000 steps/9 miles.
May or may not walk MIL's dog tomorrow morning. Most likely I will. Wish it was totally up to me(and dh wouldn't give me attitude if I dont)- I won't do a really long one. Planning just a 30 min but will depends on the weather.
Recently, I decided to book a full skin check as I'm 55 and I've never had a proper skin check before! And yesterday I went for the skin check.
If you've never been for one before, it is rather confronting with photos that make us look about 115 years old.
The result: I have skin cancer.
The doctor thinks it is only basal cell carcinoma which is very common and not very dangerous. However, I will have 3 biopsies at the beginning of November to check what each of the spots really is. Then we'll discuss treatment.
The doctor is almost 100% sure one of the spots is at least basal cell carcinoma - it's showing all the signs. She is maybe 85% sure about the second spot. And she's about 50/50 on the third spot.
Machka in OzAnniesquats100 wrote: »Machka so sorry about the skin cancer. Sounds like you got checked just in time! Here's hoping that clearing that up will lower stress on your body and help with the other symptoms.
Annie in Delaware
Regarding Health - Gotta Love Getting Older
Skin Cancer - one of the spots is on my nose, which has had a lot of sun exposure over the years. I've suspected something might be up for some time ... like a couple years ... but with COVID and everything, I haven't gone to the doctor much. At times it would heal up and I wouldn't think about it, then it would flare up again. It has flared up again recently and the skin specialist is about 99.9% sure it is skin cancer. She is most concerned about that one because it is showing all the signs visibly and also in the photos. That one will likely have to be surgically removed, but we'll wait and see.
One of the spots is on my right hip. I did show that spot to a GP who passed it off as "old age". It has doubled in size since then and the skin specialist is about 85% sure it is cancer but of course, the biopsy will confirm.
The third spot was a surprise to me a mole kind of under my left arm. I didn't think anything of it, but she was concerned.
I will get biopsies on all three - a 3 mm diameter chunk removed, 1 stitch, take it easy for a couple days kind of thing in early November.
I have also been diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease, and I'm waiting to see the specialist about that to determine what stage I'm in and what he wants to do. I have kidney stones which haven't helped matters and the way my kidneys have been feeling lately, I'm pretty sure I've got a few rattling around in there right now. I also have a large and growing cyst on my left kidney.
And I have a mystery thing which causes my lower legs and feet to go numb, especially when I exercise. I had a nerve conduction study a week ago and am waiting to hear the results of that. My physiotherapist wants me to go for an MRI of my knee area, but I need a GP to approve that.
Which means I need to find a GP!! My GP and my back-up GP have both left the practice and I'm not really liking the remaining choices so far.
Machka in Oz2
Thanks Barbie. Here we come October.
Betsy in NW WA0
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