(Closed) Over 40 weight loss – help me!

posted 5 years ago in 40 Something
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Mrs Canuck:  Hug! Don’t panic….if you’re trying to lose a few before your nuptials, start out eliminating one bad thing from your usual diet etc.  it’s sooooo tough to lose pounds when we get older;) I’m in the same boat…Fiance tells me I’m gorgeous but I want to slim down before our wedding. But don’t worry, it is possible just takes a little extra effort. Good luck girl! 

My secret these days is adding an avocado to my salads….settles my stomach and helps me feel satisfied without feeling stuffed. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Mrs Canuck:  I always use Slim Fast to drop weight quickly but I don’t know if it is good for 40 pounds. It does give you a good kick start. My wedding is in 2 weeks and I would like to drop about 3-4 pounds (those 3-4 pounds will come off my face and stomach). I am doing Jillian Michaels 30 day shred which seems to help a bit too.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Birdi:  Do you really find it more difficult to lose weight doing the same things you did (diet, exercise) when you were 30? I find it harder to have the incentive because I now know that the world will not end if I am not a size zero and I won’t be magically happier depending on the number on the scale.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My mother just lost 30+ lbs on the Dukan Diet. She is a fiend and rarely cheats, but she looks amazing.Look it up online. Also, I have lost 26lbs so far. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@nycsa:  Yes, I frequent the gym at least four days a week…never did that in my 20’s I started going in my 30’s and I eat a hell of a lot healthier now as a opposed to then. I think age has a little something to do with it.  I find myself with very little time these days so staying fit becomes a huge task! 

ETA I should add I’m not quite 40 yet..37

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Birdi:  I find that if I really prioritize and obsess about my weight, I can lose it as quickly as when I was in my 20s (I am 50), probably because I know what does and doesn’t work. I hate living that way though, it does not make me a happy person. I was never able to lose weight through exercise because I have always exercised so my body is somewhat used to it. It does keep me toned though.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I did Weight Watchers and lost 40 pounds in 2010-11.  It works for me, but only if I track what I eat.  FI and I had to have a serious talk, too–he’s the same weight he was in high school and doesn’t get that some of us can’t splurge, and even though he loves me at any size, it’s important to me.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@nycsa:  I agree…trying to lose a few pounds makes for a cranky me. LOL I don’t normally obsess with regards to my weight but I am now because I can’t imagine not feeling great on my wedding day. I have 44 days to go and still want to be 10 lbs lighter.  I’m considering meal replacement shakes from here on out. Sucks because like I said earlier, I eat healthy. Either that or double up workouts.

 What is this Jillian Micheals 30 day shred I’ve been hearing about? 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Mrs Canuck:  i gained weight after my hysterectomy in 2005.  i had a 5-6 inch incision across my bikini line.  it took me a year before i could even do a sit up without pain.  i wasn’t on any meds though.  do you think the meds may be contributing to your weight gain?  are they something you need? 

i do know that losing weight as you get older is so much harder.  it’s even worse when you have no energy.  part of your lack of energy is lack of exercise.  maybe you can start small.  walk to the end of the street every day.  the next week, walk half way around the block, then, all the way around the block, etc.  you need to create a habit of excercise. 

i really do think that your eating healthy combined with some form of exercise will jumpstart a bit of loss that you are looking for.  hopefully that will encourage you further.  don’t worry about the scale as much as how your clothes are fitting.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

The most critical thing is to find some sport or energetic activity that you enjoy, and make it a priority! No excuses, just get out there and DO it, 4 or 5 days a week.

Losing weight is so much more difficult once we get past 40. I turn 60 this year, and I find that the 20 lbs. that I don’t want keeps trying to sneak back on. As nysca says, though, if you really prioritize the effort to slim down and healthy up, it goes much better. Because getting married (a month ago) and turning 60 are big milestones for me this year, I wanted to face both of them in as good a shape as I could.

Dieting does not work. Counting calories doesn’t really help. But conscious eating and a commitment to being active are the secret formula. EATING ORGANIC FOODS is #1. First, because are they more nutrient dense. But even more important is that the chemicals, pesticides and hormones found in non-organic foods add stress to the body. Stress can make you lethargic, affect your hormones and lead to swings in blood-sugar levels. Chemicals and pesticides also cause inflammation in the body.

Other things that help: several (4-5) small meals a day, pacing out your nutrient intake. Don’t eat after 7 p.m.

If you need a little extra help to get going, I’ve used a product called OxyElite Pro, a plant-based thermogenic supplement. Keep your doses limited (1 a day even though you can take up to 3) and never take it for more than 8 weeks. I find it really gave me an extra boost; slightly depressed appetite and increased energy levels while I was getting into the shape-up routine.

I lost 15 pounds in 8 weeks coming up to the wedding – a nice steady loss, from 149 to 134. Now I’m keeping going until my July birthday, with a goal weight of 128.

Good luck!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Mrs Canuck:  Honey I am almost 50 and I have lost 60 lbs. from my heaviest weight and I have around 7 more to go. I gained a lot of weight after my daughter died, not because I ate more than usual (I was blessed with a VERY healthy appetite) but because I was so paralyzed by depression, that I did very little besides go to work.

I can only tell you what worked for me – sparkpeople.com has everything Weight Watchers has but it’s FREE. I track my food religiously, every day. However the real breakthrough is when I discovered calorie cycling, which prevents the metabolism from slowing down due to decreased caloric intake.

I also consider exercise to be absolutely necessary. At first I started with walking. Now I have a rather extensive fitness DVD collection. Yesterday I did Pilates on the stability ball; today I will be doing some kettlebells.

Good luck! It can be done!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

This is a helpful thread, knowing many of us 40-somethings have similar experiences with weight gain!  My mid-forties have been tough – I’ve gained 12 lbs since November, and am betting this trend could continue.  Sometimes I say to myself “it’s easy: eat less, exercise more” but I also know that my metabolism does not always agree it’s that simple.  

Sorry to not have any great answers, but thanks for sharing and I hope the Hive can provide some support and solutions!

@trueblue14:  Thank you for the helpful comments.  Can I ask what DVDs you like?  I tried 30 Day Shred but found it hard on my knees.  I took a fitness class I loved that was a good mix of strength, flexibility and aerobics – anything like that in DVD land?  Thanks!!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Birdi:  Sim Fast works great for quick weight loss. It gets you past a plateau pretty quickly. I like the 30 day shred. It is about a 25 minute workout. I have gotten much stronger very quickly and have a lot more energy.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I like Core Fusion Body Sculpt, Core Fusion Pure Abs and Arms, many of the Ten-minute Solutions workouts, Gin Miller’s Circuit Training and Step-aerobic DVDs, Skogg System Kettlebell workouts, Kettlebell Goddess, and several of Ellen Barrett’s DVDs including the Pick Your Level Weight Loss Pilates.

Check out http://www.collagevideo.com/

They have hundreds of work-out DVDs there and you can see preview clips!

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