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  • Hi, Leslie, and welcome to the Community part of MFP! I'm Ann, 65, hanging around here these days to maintain a healthy weight after having lost from class 1 obese to a healthy weight back in 2015-16 at age 59-60. If you haven't, you might want to check out this thread, where a lot of folks our age are posting:…
  • Hi, and welcome to MFP: Sounds like you have some great things going in your life! Have you settled on some plans or approaches for changing your habits in a healthier direction? Wishing you success!
  • Hello, and welcome! I hear what you're saying, and that can for sure be a trap. There's a little inherent conflict in there, IMO, too: The strategies that are sustainable through challenging times are sometimes the ones that produce more gradual results. One smart person around here talked about finding a minimum set of…
  • Hello and welcome: Wishing you much success here on MFP!
    in Hello Post by AnnPT77 3:13AM
  • I didn't lose as much as you: It was only 50-something, close to 60, pounds. But I'd been overweight/obese for around 3 decades, and it was almost a third of my bodyweight. I've stayed at a healthy weight for 5+ years since. It wasn't easy every single second, but honestly, it was much easier than I expected. I could kick…
  • If you want to maintain healthy bones, look for and follow advice of mainstream osteoporosis specialists, who are going to be tuned into the best science on this topic. I guarantee they're not going to recommend a so-called "alkaline diet". (Instead, it's going to be boring, mainstream things like overall good nutrition,…
  • I like the idea that others are advancing, that you can do the exercises that can/should be done by persons for whom someone like you would be an especially effective trainer, i.e., other folks in an older demographic who may be out of shape and who have really low expectations of themselves as older people. You'd be…
  • I suggest making it bike-mounted, so they get more of a challenge. 😉
  • Cucumbers are life, practically. I've loved them since childhood (when my routine bedtime snack was a big chunk of cucumber with some chocolate milk on the side - can you guess I was an only child? 😉). Mostly I eat them raw, plain, or with a little seasoned salt, in slices or sticks. But tsatziki is excellent. This recipe…
  • P.S. To log strength training in MFP and get calories for it, you log it in the Cardiovascular section, using the "Strength training (weight lifting, weight training)" entry if doing normal reps/sets work. You log the whole number of minutes you were working out, including normal between-set short rests. (If you take a…
  • The phone app already gives a warning/question. I don't remember the exact text, but I entered a generic beer entry today (weird abv wasn't in the database yet), and when I left off some vitamins/minerals, it gave me a stern but polite message saying essentially that it was more helpful to put in full nutritional…
  • Exactly. When I consider who among my age-mates is sidelined most often or longest because of pains and injuries, it's the inactive/overweight folks, not the healthy-weight (or close)/active ones. (I'm talking about people around +/- ten years of me, at age 65.) As merely one example, both a rowing buddy (active/healthy…
  • The system doesn't just assign calories out of Deep Wisdom like a knowing elder. It assigns calories based on the weight loss rate you tell it you want. If you tell it you want to lose 2 pounds or 1 kg a week, when that's an unnecessarily fast rate, possibly even a dangerously fast rate, it will assign you too-low…
    in Plateau Post by AnnPT77 12:04AM
  • If you really mean 4.2-4.5 miles per hour as you typed it (not km per hour), that is quite brisk walking, and being able to keep it up for an extended period (depending on how extended a period) is a sign of reasonable cardiovascular fitness. If you're imagining that the only route to decent CV health is doing lots of…
  • * 7K rowing bow in the double. We did a couple of half-hearted interval pieces, but it was steambath-y again, so we reverted to moderate steady state, which had the plus of keeping in sight the single that was out with us today. * 5.2 mile walk on the usual trail after rowing, quite slow (3.0mph moving average), partly…
  • Unfortunately, those are going to have to be allowed to be zero. Some things with calories legitimately have only one macronutrient (e.g., table sugar, safflower oil); and alcohol (such as vodka) has none of the macronutrients (nor salt/sodium), but has calories.
  • Hi, and welcome! You've been through a lot, lately, it sounds like: Kudos to you for working at your health goals nonetheless. I can empathize with the "mixed diets marriage" situation: I'm widowed now, but was vegetarian throughout my multi-decade marriage to a meat-eater and even hunter. I don't know whether love truly…
  • Welcome, Jenn! Honestly, 41 still seems pretty young to me, at age 65. 😉 Mountain biking is still a potential, y'know? 😉 Still, for your goals, strength training may be a more direct route, on the exercise front. More info about that here:…
  • Unless someone is remarkably petite, very inactive, and probably non-young besides, 1200 is the lowest healthful goal for a woman, in order to get reasonable nutrition. That doesn't mean you can't go *above* 1200, and MFP intends you to eat your goal calories *plus* the additional calories from intentional exercise…
    in Plateau Post by AnnPT77 August 4
  • Welcome to MFP! You came to the right place. If you have questions, ask them: There are a bunch of us around who have opinions, and a few of us even have experience losing weight and keeping it off. 😉 Wishing you success!
    in Jules Post by AnnPT77 August 4
  • Fat loss is about calorie balance, eating fewer calories than you burn in total via daily life, exercise, plus just being alive. If your weight is not a health risk in itself (sound like not, but I'm guessing because I have no idea how tall you are), then slower fat loss is likely to be more compatible with a goal of…
  • I don't record my expenditures in the checkbook, and I look at my checking & credit card statements only to the extent of recognizing that I did charge things of around that amount, around those times, at those places. I'm not wealthy, not even remotely close. My credit rating is excellent, I'm solvent and then some,…
  • Most un-athletic people's resting heart rate is not that low, but you should wait for full results. Some people are outliers. Someone who does regular cardio, even at a definitely sub-elite level, can commonly see resting rates in the 40s. (At outpatient surgery centers, I've multiple times set off the tachycardia alarm,…
  • Really, it's fine to estimate in those harder cases. I've been doing it for 6 years now. For me, it's not a large fraction of the cases, and the majority of our days is going to determine the majority of our outcome, not the exception cases. The oil question is maybe murkier than just estimating; various people handle it…
  • 22.4mi bike ride. It was a star crossed bike day. Went out to ride, found tire so flat it was off the rim. Took it to LBS to have it fixed, which was quick enough to still get a ride in. Discovered en route that my usual bike route to the trail system had been top-coated and covered with loose gravel (something dusty,…
  • That's not exactly what I'm saying. I did isolate myself as soon as I noticed respiratory symptoms, even though they were mild. I then decided to get a Covid test (symptoms still present but declining at that time), continued to isolate until I got the negative result just over 24 hours after the test, by which time…
  • At the beginning, and perhaps even more so part way through fat loss, I think it's common for people to believe that loose skin will be substantially worse than it will ultimately turn out to be. I'm not saying there will be none, but rather that I think it may not be what you fear. May I suggest that you look at posts…
  • I can only answer that personally: With suspicious mild symptoms recently, I chose to be tested. (Here, it was easy, besides.) If I had a cold or allergies - despite my symptoms being a bit off for those based on past experience - then the annoyance of keeping to myself while waiting for test results was minor. (I…