Stopping the slide into middle aged spread

Wonderob
Wonderob Posts: 1,372 Member
Ok so not one of the fantastic transformations that I usually see on here; instead it's just a slight change from 'About to let oursleves go' to 'It's not too late to make the effort'

2006, a year after we got married. Happy and content and so we started to relax and not worry so much about being fit. We could so easily have gone downhill from there. We put the effort in though and feel as fit and healthy as ever. Looking forward to our 50s (Well - not dreading them anyway!)

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  • Jennyprano
    Jennyprano Posts: 38 Member
    Awww good for you, you both look great x x x

    dont stop x

    "Enthusiasm is contagious. It's difficult to remain neural or indifferent in the presence of a positive thinker" : )
  • Bibianna2012
    Bibianna2012 Posts: 88 Member
    From a fellow 47 year old-- you guys look great!!! Thanks for the inspiration!


    wonder if your wife would share how many pounds a month she lost. Im 47 and my current is like her before pic. Things are going very slowly for me... about 1 pound every two weeks with lots of fluctuation.
  • Wonderob
    Wonderob Posts: 1,372 Member
    From a fellow 47 year old-- you guys look great!!! Thanks for the inspiration!


    wonder if your wife would share how many pounds a month she lost. Im 47 and my current is like her before pic. Things are going very slowly for me... about 1 pound every two weeks with lots of fluctuation.

    Lol I will share it for her as I have both our details on a spreadsheet

    We tend to gain and lose together, so here are our stats

    Begining of the year:
    Wife = 145
    Me = 165

    Now
    Wife = 129
    Me 149

    More importantly though, my wife is SO much stronger! She really was quite weedy and could barely lift the bar alone in the gym. She goes with me 3 times a week now and has got really nice muscle definition and is lifting more and more. Her biceps in particular were pathetic (sorry darling!) and she was as close to being able to do a full pull up as she was learning to fly! She is now so close and WILL do her first pull up EVER before she reaches the big 50

    I've just realised that I have committed two of the worse cardinal sins that a husband can commit - publicly revealing my wife's age AND weight! Dog house tonight?
  • Bibianna2012
    Bibianna2012 Posts: 88 Member
    Thanks for posting! This is really helpful. Im right about where your wife was at when she started... and my husband is where you are at right now! LOL. (He is one of those freak people that at age 47 wears the same jean size he did in high school- lots of pressure to be married to someone like that!! ).

    By the way I think you may have committed another sin as you posted pics of her!!! LOL.

    Just tell her how fantastic she looks and how proud of her you are and you'll be out of that dog house!

    Thanks and congrats again !!
  • Wonderob
    Wonderob Posts: 1,372 Member
    Thanks for posting! This is really helpful. Im right about where your wife was at when she started... and my husband is where you are at right now! LOL. (He is one of those freak people that at age 47 wears the same jean size he did in high school- lots of pressure to be married to someone like that!! ).

    By the way I think you may have committed another sin as you posted pics of her!!! LOL.

    Just tell her how fantastic she looks and how proud of her you are and you'll be out of that dog house!

    Thanks and congrats again !!

    Oh I am proud of her - she is amazing! great mum to 4 kids too!

    If you're where my wife was when she started then you're in pretty good shape too I expect, but like her, you probably want to go down a dress size, tone up, and lose some fat along the way. Good luck
  • Wonderob
    Wonderob Posts: 1,372 Member

    Just tell her how fantastic she looks and how proud of her you are and you'll be out of that dog house!

    Thanks and congrats again !!

    Update - my wife cringed a little but thankfully all the messages were kind and encouraging so I got away with it :)
    Thanks
  • moepwr
    moepwr Posts: 349 Member
    You look fantastic! I hope we look as good at 47! :)
  • Bibianna2012
    Bibianna2012 Posts: 88 Member
    Your posts were great and inspirational!! thanks! Hope you stayed out of that dog house!! :)
  • Wonderob
    Wonderob Posts: 1,372 Member
    Your posts were great and inspirational!! thanks! Hope you stayed out of that dog house!! :)

    I did thanks. My wife winced - doesn't like looking at pictures of herself! However the comments were so nice that I got away with it :)
  • With a torso like that at the age of 47, you should be damn proud of yourself!
  • LisaKC
    LisaKC Posts: 328 Member
    I was really happy to see a post I could relate to (that is, not a huge amount of weight lost, but still a big transformation for both of you). Both of you look happy and fit! Congrats!
  • teelynn35
    teelynn35 Posts: 239 Member
    I'm so glad you shared. I'm 44 now and between your wife's before and after. Its a great message for us as we're getting older. It's not too late to get into shape. I started at 42 yrs old and have lost 35lbs. My trainer is 47 and could easily win a bikini contest. Guess the point really is... Age is just a number.

    Congrats to both of you. You guys look amazing:)
  • sarahcuddle
    sarahcuddle Posts: 349 Member
    Well done to both of you. You both look great! and you are protecting your future health too as you get older
  • pkw58
    pkw58 Posts: 2,039 Member
    Thank you for sharing! I had slid into middle age spread (42 pounds worth) and am so glad to be back to the low end of my weight range! I am soon to be 54 and believe no matter what age, I need to be the most "fit" me I can be.
  • carlsoda
    carlsoda Posts: 3,412 Member
    Wow you both look great! We're both 47 too (me and hubby) and trying to also stop the slide into middle age! We're slowly getting there - losing some extra lbs and gaining some muscle! Doesn't it feel great to feel strong! WOOT!
  • Wonderob
    Wonderob Posts: 1,372 Member
    I was really happy to see a post I could relate to (that is, not a huge amount of weight lost, but still a big transformation for both of you). Both of you look happy and fit! Congrats!

    Yeah, hey, I see some amazing people and their stories on here - totally turning their life upside down to make huge changes and massive sacrifices to achieve their goals, and I couldn't have more respect for what they have done.

    The truth is, it wasn't that hard for us. Fairly fit, fairly active, ate fairly well - so we made some relatively small changes and got some small but noticable results; but the differences in how we feel are enough to make us realise that it's worth the extra effort

    I'm sure there are many middle-aged people that can relate - not totally unfit, not that overweight, but don't want to start puting on the lbs
  • caroldot
    caroldot Posts: 388 Member
    You guys look younger now at 47 than you did at 41! Congrats! Its great that you're doing in together as well.
  • soehlerking
    soehlerking Posts: 589 Member
    Way to go; you guys look fantastic!! What an inspiration!!
  • Wonderob
    Wonderob Posts: 1,372 Member
    Wow you both look great! We're both 47 too (me and hubby) and trying to also stop the slide into middle age! We're slowly getting there - losing some extra lbs and gaining some muscle! Doesn't it feel great to feel strong! WOOT!

    My wife sure thinks so - very proud of her newly formed muscles she is!

    We have plans fo rthe future and they all involve staying fit and active! For example we have only just tasted the pleasures of going skiing - we plan on many many more trips though

    I'm loving all the positive messages from you all, seems there are lots out there like us that want to stay fit in middle age - thanks
  • This is a great success story. You both look fantastic. My husband and I started lifting weights together over a month ago. We have already seen some wonderful changes, and it's quite exciting.

    So glad that your wife was okay with you posting because she and I are very similar.

    Congrats to you both!
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