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June 12, 2012 9:42 AM
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How old are you?

42 years young

How much have you lost?

307 lbs. gone for good.

How long did it take you to lose the weight (and/or issues/attitudes that kept you overweight/obese)?

36 month anniversary was June the 9th, severe depression and turning to food after the loss of my folks 6 months to the day apart and my wife folks all within a 2 year window sent me over the edge and to food for comfort.... My max weight before that AHA moment was 560 lbs.

How long have you kept it off?

Well 3 years in a calorie deficit and am still losing (just slowly now)

What did you do/are doing to STAY slim and healthy?

It is a lifestyle now.... Exercise 6 days a week with a day of rest...



^ See this guy here:
http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/626293-3-yr-anniversary-307-lbs-lost-picture-heavy
June 12, 2012 9:48 AM
I'm 46 and have lost 23 pounds. I lost the first 20 in 4 months and the rest has been slow. I'm back on track and want to lose another 15 by year's end. I find that if I don't snack at night it helps AND be sure to eat breakfast every day!
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June 12, 2012 9:49 AM
How old are you? (you don't have to be specific if you don't want to...you can just say 50's, 60's 40's--whatever, okay)
I'm 44

How much have you lost?
41 lbs, but it fluctuates, I was up to 43 lbs lost but then my son's HS graduation came along and I gave myself permission to eat crap, bad idea!! ;)

How long did it take you to lose the weight (and/or issues/attitudes that kept you overweight/obese)?
I started this journey in April of 2011, I fell off the wagon for a bit and but am now over 300 days strong!!

How long have you kept it off?
I'm still working towards my goal...

What did you do/are doing to STAY slim and healthy?
I log everything I eat, I exercise by running, yoga, and have a few of Jillian's dvds, my favorites are Yoga Meltdown and 30 Day Shred.

Please do share, okay?
My most important lesson learned was eat back those exercise calories and eating enough. I now have my calorie goal set to fat2fitradio.com's calculator. I'm eating more now than when I began this journey!!
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June 12, 2012 9:55 AM
49, 50 in August

30ish pounds since January 2012 and need to lose about 50 more.

Eating healthier - DVD's Yoga, Pilates, Kettlebell

I commute by train to work. When it's nice out I get off 2 stops early and walk. I try different routes to keep it varied as I get bored fast. Latest route is about 2 miles, which is about 1.90 miles more than I was walking.

I consider it a lifestyle change and hope to keep it up. I have some bad days but there are more good than bad and I have some great MFP friends who nudge me in the right direction when I get off track.
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June 12, 2012 10:07 AM
How old are you? 58

How much have you lost? 89 so far...headed for over 100 very soon!

How long did it take you to lose the weight? 8 months

How long have you kept it off? 8 months so far...never gained any back in that time

What did you do/are doing to STAY slim and healthy? Eating better (healthier), exercising at the gym, walking in my spare time instead of sitting at the computer, RUNNING!
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June 12, 2012 10:32 AM
I am age 59 now, joined Dec 2010 at #204, met goal May 2011 and maintained at ~168 since then.
The key for me was logging foods and exercise, and smaller plate size at dinner! Also bringing in lunch, not buying at work. I am happy to report I am on my second pair of Nike trail running shoes, having worn the first pair out. I enjoy having an HRM to track calories.
This Sat I did my first "race" up a local mountain, 3.5 miles. Vomited x3 (never happened before), had to walk some due to nausea but happy to have done it in 58 minutes, 42nd out of 52!
For about 6 months now I have noted I don't need the heartburn rx I was taking for years. I assume it has to do with not having excess weight! Yippee.
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June 12, 2012 10:38 AM
How old are you? (you don't have to be specific if you don't want to...you can just say 50's, 60's 40's--whatever, okay)

56



How much have you lost?

7 lbs. I started out with 24 to lose. I lose slower than most because of my age, I'm closer to my goal, and I'm lifting weights a couple times a week, so I'm building muscle as I'm losing fat. I'm good with that formula!



How long did it take you to lose the weight (and/or issues/attitudes that kept you overweight/obese)?

Since Jan, so about 6 months.



How long have you kept it off?

Still working on it! But haven't gained, so that's a plus!



What did you do/are doing to STAY slim and healthy?

A healthy mindset is most important for me to stay on track. If my head is in the right place, everything else will fall into place. I know that if I put in the EFFORT to get in my daily (yes, daily) exercise, eat healthy most of the time (I do need my treats - always will), drink tons of water, and stay motivated by reading success stories and encouraging others here, that I will succeed. I know that this is a lifestyle change I'm making, so it has to be sustainable for me to be successful, so everything I'm doing now, I need to be able to do for the rest of my life.
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June 12, 2012 11:24 AM
Wow...your replies are so inspirational--THANKS you guys, so MUCH!!!!


ETA: Your replies so encouraged me..I'm going to start a new HARD class:

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/629638-i-m-too-old-no-way-for-real-i-m-scared-but-ima-do-it?page=1
Edited by NewLIFEstyle4ME On June 12, 2012 11:53 AM
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June 12, 2012 12:30 PM
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June 12, 2012 12:44 PM
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June 12, 2012 12:56 PM
Hi there!

I am 41yrs old, with a hubby and 3 boys that love to eat anything homemade (which is why I don't bake much anymore, I love it too!)

I started my journey to a new me in November 2011 after a trip to Vegas with 4 girlfriends. I realized I couldn't continue at the size I was, and still be able to keep up with my kids. I started at 263, which was not my highest non-pregnancy weight btw.

I have now lost 44lbs and many, many inches in just 7 months, all along with recovering from a hysterectomy in mid-November. I didn't seriously start exercising until Jan 1/12. My initial goal is 160lbs, but likely in the 150 range, to get into the "healthy" BMI for my age/height.

I am at the gym 5-6 days a week. An hour of cardio on the treadmill to improve my heart health. I just started a beginner's weight lifting workout, hoping to build muscle but not become a bodybuilder while doing it.

My blood pressure had always been borderline high, and now it's on the low end of normal. That itself is a NSV. My cholesterol has been high in the past, and haven't been to the doctor to get blood tests to check it recently (I hate fasting and that awful glucose drink). My digestive system is healthier, less problems; fewer headaches and sickness. I find I have more energy and desire to keep up with the kids. And hubby enjoys the smaller me, too blushing
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June 12, 2012 2:19 PM
I'm 40 i've lost 105lbs and i have about 80 to lose and it took me a year
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June 12, 2012 2:20 PM
I just spoke to my grandmother. She is 68 years old, and lost 57 lbs in the last two years.

She plays golf 3x per week, eats a reasonable volume of food and just started swimming again to keep her weight off.
June 12, 2012 2:38 PM
Love this post. Want to reply later this evening...

OP, Thanks for posting!
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June 12, 2012 2:52 PM
I'm 49,have lost a total of 42.5 lbs...I started logging my calories and workouts around 17 mos ago. I joined MFP this Jan, reached my goal weight in May and have lost another 4 more lbs. I havent change much since I've reached my goal...and I'm staying right here with my friends on MFP...love the support. I walk a lot ,weekdays 3-5 miles, weekends 4-7 and have logged a couple of 8 miles walk. I have some home dvd workouts that I try to use 3x a week...the hardest part for me is getting my water in ,water only that is. I drink diet sodas and have cut back to 2 -3 a day. I also take my measurements every 2 weeks and believe that has helped me to stay on track. The scales are mean at time and seeing results ( inches lost) I know saved me.
June 13, 2012 8:59 AM
Bumping--LOVE this thread!!!!! You guys...love
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June 13, 2012 9:35 AM
A really drinker COOL smokin Mfper sent me a note with this link on it, and honey...it's encouraging and AMAZING as ALL get-out! Please look at this drop dead gorgeous chick and what she's doing....hmmmpsmooched

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18346128


THANK YOU COOL Mfp pal for sending me this--exactly what the doctor ordered! EVERYONE who is in their 40's, 50's and 60's+
check this out--major inspirationlove
  17500697
June 13, 2012 9:44 AM
These are the most incredible stories.

Me 54 losing significant amount for I believe the 4th time. It will be last. Hubby had diabetic "side effect" that was an aha moment for me. Been told pre diabetic for years but doctors give no advice. On this journey so far I've lost 13 lbs with first goal being 90 lbs. I'll re-evaluate at that point and see if I go farther. I will definitely be following this. INSPIRATION....INSPIRATION....INSPIRATION
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June 13, 2012 9:46 AM
bump - to read later
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June 13, 2012 9:48 AM
58 years old.
Have lost 40 pounds in about 18 months (found myfitnesspal after losing the first 10 pounds and it has really helped).
Weight loss was a gift to me and my grandchildren.
Have about 17 pounds to go. I work with a trainer once a week and try to walk an hour 2-4x week. Just bought a FitBit and already it is inspiring me to move more. Took sugar, corn syrup, white flour and mega-processed foods out of my diet. Eat lots of fruits/veggies; organic when possible.

Living fierce. Loving life. Grateful for all God has given me.

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Edited by klrucker On June 13, 2012 10:01 AM
June 13, 2012 9:53 AM
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Great Post! Slainte! flowerforyou

How old are you? 45 almost 46, proud I survived this long!tongue

How much have you lost? 60 lbs, 40 to go glasses

How long did it take you to lose the weight Lost most of it in 8 months, I'm on maintenance at my current weight until a health issue is resolvedgrumble

What issues/attitudes that kept you overweight/obese? I had a thyroid cancer and gained 100 lbs. I realized I was OBESE noway . Those words chilled me more than my cancer diagnosis. I was not going to spend the rest of my life being the fat, unhealthy person everyone stared at and made fun of. I bought an elliptical and began exercising 10 minutes every other day. The first week I thought I was going to die but I kept going. Better to die on an elliptical trying than lying on a couch doing nothing. It was brutal but within a couple of weeks I was doing 320 then 30 then 45 minutes. Yesterday I rode my bike 7.5 miles and felt fantastic!

What did you do/are doing to STAY healthy?
drinker I exercise, hold myself accountable every day by logging meals (good or bad) on MFP, weigh myself weekly, eat with chopsticks (slows you down!), drink my water, and affirm myself every day by looking in the mirror and telling myself how great I'm doing, how far I've come, and how beautiful inside and outside I am.

Edited by Wilmingtonbelle On June 13, 2012 10:01 AM
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June 13, 2012 9:54 AM
I spent most of my 40's bouncing between 245lbs to 275lbs. In 2009 I switched up my exercise routine and quit snacking late at night. I dropped 25lbs in a couple of months. I kept my weight under 230lbs for a couple of years, then late in 2011, early in 2012 I started backsliding and my weight went up to around 236lbs. I started logging in on MFP in March, and I'm down around 10lbs into the low 220's. I work out every day! Sometimes I work out quite vigorously, other days not so much, but I do something every day. I also drink between 10 and 20 beers a week. Yeah, it's my hobby. Drinking beer and brewing beer at home. I'm not looking to drop any more weight, I feel pretty good at my current weight. 220lbs stretched over a 6'3" frame works for me. Oh yeah, I turned 54 this past April.

Good luck!
Edited by dlw13 On June 13, 2012 9:55 AM
June 13, 2012 10:03 AM
I am now 50. I reached my weight-loss goal 10 years ago with a loss of 30 lbs with my TOPS club (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) which is a non-profit support group (they are all over). I am now maintaining my 10-lb leeway as a KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly). I started MFP and a lot of my TOPS clubs friends use it too, just because its a lot easier to track your cals & exercise than the old notebook journal way :)

I stay with my club to keep me motivated. We meet once a week, weigh-in, and teach each other about different things we've learned along our weight-loss journey. I like MFP a lot, but I need the face-to-face support of my club to maintain this. I also like winning little contests we do at our meetings. My profile pic is from one of our TOPS conventions with a couple other ladies from my club - the one on the right is nearing 20 years at goal - she's almost 70.

I usually get most of my exercise through stationary biking while I play an online game called World of Warcraft. Recently I've taken up barefoot running, though, because my husband enjoys it & I wanted to get the dog out of the house more :)

Good luck on your journey!
June 13, 2012 10:13 AM
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A really drinker COOL smokin Mfper sent me a note with this link on it, and honey...it's encouraging and AMAZING as ALL get-out! Please look at this drop dead gorgeous chick and what she's doing....hmmmpsmooched

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18346128



HOLY CRAP, look at that awesome lady! Wow...............and I think I believe Oprah even more when she says "Black don't Crack"!

Okay, I have NO aspirations to become a female body building - at 57 years old, I don't want to work that hard ;)

However, in August 2011, I had a physical that sent my senses reeling...................the doctor said I was obese! No way! At about 180 lbs, and 5' 3" tall, YUP,I WAS OBESE.

Funny thing, though - I have never had issues with cholesterol, blood pressure, or diabetes. Although my triglycerides have been high the last few physicals, I didn't give that much thought.......but THAT WORD...........OBESE.......really got me to thinkin'.

So, I started to log my food - in a little notebook wink Didn't know about MFP then, but was actually USING their database to check my calories & fat content! When I saw that my little sister was using the full MFP website, and she showed me how COOL it was, I was hooked.

I've lost about 23 lbs......................just by logging and doing a bit more activity. I am not a gym person, and I don't do any FORMAL exercise - but I love to walk and hike and just MOVE. And it seems to be working.

I want to lose 20 more, so we'll see how that goes. I've hit the dreaded plateau since Mid-March, so am just pushing on. I eat better foods, try to avoid sweets (my downfall), enjoy beer frequently, and LIVE MY LIFE........I feel great, and just want to be as healthy as possible, without too much work (yup, I'll admit it!!!)

So, to all of you who are kicking butt and taking names - more power to ya. To those who just want to be BETTER - God bless ya. To anyone who has tried and failed - try again. Life is good................and it can be so much better when you FEEL good!

Hugs,

Polly
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June 13, 2012 1:06 PM
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HOLY CRAP, look at that awesome lady! Wow...............and I think I believe Oprah even more when she says "Black don't Crack"!

Okay, I have NO aspirations to become a female body building - at 57 years old, I don't want to work that hard ;)

However, in August 2011, I had a physical that sent my senses reeling...................the doctor said I was obese! No way! At about 180 lbs, and 5' 3" tall, YUP,I WAS OBESE.

Funny thing, though - I have never had issues with cholesterol, blood pressure, or diabetes. Although my triglycerides have been high the last few physicals, I didn't give that much thought.......but THAT WORD...........OBESE.......really got me to thinkin'.

So, I started to log my food - in a little notebook wink Didn't know about MFP then, but was actually USING their database to check my calories & fat content! When I saw that my little sister was using the full MFP website, and she showed me how COOL it was, I was hooked.

I've lost about 23 lbs......................just by logging and doing a bit more activity. I am not a gym person, and I don't do any FORMAL exercise - but I love to walk and hike and just MOVE. And it seems to be working.

I want to lose 20 more, so we'll see how that goes. I've hit the dreaded plateau since Mid-March, so am just pushing on. I eat better foods, try to avoid sweets (my downfall), enjoy beer frequently, and LIVE MY LIFE........I feel great, and just want to be as healthy as possible, without too much work (yup, I'll admit it!!!)

So, to all of you who are kicking butt and taking names - more power to ya. To those who just want to be BETTER - God bless ya. To anyone who has tried and failed - try again. Life is good................and it can be so much better when you FEEL good!

Hugs,

Polly



And the COOL Mfp member e-mailed me again to let me know this gorgeous chica started when she was.....

drinker 71 YEARS OLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!love

Thank you so much for your post Polly...you rock!
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