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January 12, 2013 10:20 AM
Hi, I'm 56. I've lost 56 lbs since I was diagnosed with diabetes last February; that's when I decided that losing weight would be a great idea. I did NOT want to go on medication--needles? Yuck! I guess I just needed the right motivation. This Web site has been a great motivation/inspiration for me. I eat a lot more veg and less of everything else. I still manage to eat chocolate or some sweet every day; you don't have to give up all your favorite foods. Moderation/portion control is the key. And I do exercise, though not at a gym. When it's dry, I go for a brisk walk during my coffee break at work several times a week. I do a lot of dancing/jogging with handweights while I watch TV. Last spring, I walked with a friend for an hour around the track at our local community college 2 or 3 times a week. I plan to start doing that again soon. I even go for walks when I go to Home Depot with my hubby. He spends way too much time there, so I started walking up and down all the aisles. He's happy that I'm not bugging him to leave, and I get in a 15-30 minute walk instead of reading a book. Good luck to you! Friend me if you wish.happy
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January 12, 2013 10:24 AM
I can not post pictures, but I have lost 50lbs and I feel so much better and lots of people tell me I look great. True, my 50 yr old body has some sag and wrinkles, but I would take my new body over my old body every day. Obviously I am never going to look as beautiful and lovely as the young people on this site, but we can all strive to be our own best rather than comparing ourselves unhelpfully to others.

Good luck, the outcome will be worth all of your effort
January 12, 2013 10:27 AM
OMGosh...keeponkickin.... you brought tears to my eyes! you look fabulous, and it is so motivating to me to see the transformationin you! I know that it possible, really and I know I will get there too but its so great to see it with my own eyes!!! Thank you so much for sharing! Jo you look fantastic on the outside too!! Dont ever put yourself down because we are all beautiful no matter what!!! thanks again ladies!! Liz
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January 12, 2013 12:44 PM
What absolutely amazes me is how the weight loss just scissors years off your ages in terms of your looks alone. You ladies all look a decade or more younger in your slimmer pics. Great work!!
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January 12, 2013 12:45 PM
I am 54 years old, 5'8' and went down 45 pounds last year to 129. I went from busting out of a size 14 jean to a size 6. My energy level is great, and have not one bit of saggy skin by some miracle. I am working on increasing my muscle tone and strength training this year. Great stuff.
January 12, 2013 12:51 PM
I have very impressed...... you ladies are bringing sexy back! Also, I do not care what anyone says losing weight over 45 is brutal!
January 12, 2013 12:52 PM
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I see a lot of before and after pics of younger women..and they are beautiful! just wondering how much a woman's over 50 body can change! My over 50 body certainly has changed..but not for the better :( ! thanks!


My friend list is full of women near and over 50 that have lost amazing amounts of weight and are keeping it off. They are my inspirations to keep at this, because I see the amazing changes that can be accomplished.
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January 12, 2013 1:00 PM
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I have very impressed...... you ladies are bringing sexy back! Also, I do not care what anyone says losing weight over 45 is brutal!


A million thanks. drinker drinker drinker
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January 12, 2013 1:03 PM
I started my weight loss and MFP on my 63rd b'day last April. My goal was to lose 39 pounds.
By October and my daughter's wedding, I had lost 43 pounds.
All I did was measure and weigh my food and walk, walk, walk. I don't diet, I eat all that I used to, but in moderation. And I never have been a processed food person, so fresh ir is..and easy to stay on track with fresh.
Since Oct. the weight loss has slowed, but I'm toning what there is left. It won't all tone,,heck I'm 63 and it'll take surgeries, which I won't have. Right now, I'd rather have the loose skin than the weight!!
I'm now so healthy and energetic. I have hyperthyroidism and just had my annual appt with my Endo. dr. He was blown away.
I went from a size 18Women's and am now wearing Misses 10's.
I think I have photos,,but will post those when I hit my ultimate loss of 50 pounds.
January 12, 2013 1:06 PM
great to see that there is a whole community out there of over 50's. I'm a bloke, but the values are the same male or female. I dont want to recapture my youth or be something I can no longer be. What I want to is to be healthier and fitter to enjoy my family and remain competitive at work. Over the last 12 months I'm back 4 nights a week at fitness class, biking and walking. I'm down in weight and even got some muscles and tone back. I like what I am and what I see. There are ony a couple of other men in our classes, but I draw my inspiration fro the ladies - a lot of whom are over 40. There are some great stories and results and I love seeing thier confidence and drive. We all use MFP, its a great tool when away from our trainers. Keep it up ladies you are a great influece on us ageing blokes as well.
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January 12, 2013 1:08 PM
You all are amazing!
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January 12, 2013 1:14 PM
This is so inspirational!!!! thank you ladies for sharing...more pics PLEASE!
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January 12, 2013 1:17 PM
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January 12, 2013 1:18 PM
I'm 50 and I can honestly say that losing weight at any age is hard. It's all in your mindset that makes a difference. Otherwise age is just a number.
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January 12, 2013 1:22 PM
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I'm 50 and I can honestly say that losing weight at any age is hard. It's all in your mindset that makes a difference. Otherwise age is just a number.


A M E N... I have lost 20-30 pounds and gained it back and then added another 15 after I turned 50. I intended to lose about 35, but then the weight just kept coming off till I had lost 45. I weigh less now than when I was 20 years old. I don't how much I weighed my senior year of high school.
January 12, 2013 1:22 PM
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January 12, 2013 1:24 PM
Amazing weight loss - be very proud of yourself :)
January 12, 2013 1:27 PM
I don't know how to post here but my picts and diary are open. I did gain 10# since around my October birthday but I have a handle on it and will be losing it....
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January 12, 2013 1:29 PM
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all i have to say is Wow
Well, I'm soon to be 46 so I'm certainly not in the YOUNG category anymore. I'm close enough. Thought I'd share. I've lost 110 pounds and have completely changed my body.

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all I have to say is Wow you look fabulous
January 12, 2013 1:30 PM
This is amazing, you are truly inspiring - I have 35 lbs to lose and thought that I could not do it, but after seeing your photos - well done!!!!
January 12, 2013 1:31 PM
I turned fifty nine in November. I find everyone on here to be an inspiration. I know I can do this too. thanks so much for sharing your stories and pictures.
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January 12, 2013 1:38 PM
I don't know how to post pictures on the forums but I have changed my profile photo to show you a January 2011 photo of my profile beside a December 2011 picture of me. I lost 25 lbs between those pictures but more importantly, I lost lots of inches (8 inches from my waist) and changed my shape. I didn't 'diet' - I ate at least 1700-2000 calories per day - but what I did was to increase my exercise to put me slightly into deficit. I do some form of exercise every day (about an hour) and try to walk 10 thousand steps per day. My weight has now stabilised at about 67kg for the past few months but I continue to gain lean muscle and lose fat and therefore inches. I was 52 last week, so yes, to answer the OP question, it is possible to change your shape after 50 - but exercise has been the key to is for me. Well done to all the other ladies who have posted great photos of themselves. :)
January 12, 2013 1:39 PM
I will be 50 in another month and have lost 60 pounds since joining MFP in November 2011.
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January 12, 2013 1:41 PM
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all i have to say is Wow
Well, I'm soon to be 46 so I'm certainly not in the YOUNG category anymore. I'm close enough. Thought I'd share. I've lost 110 pounds and have completely changed my body.



Double Wow! Holly, Molly, you look fantastic!
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January 12, 2013 1:45 PM
I'm 55 and have lost 73 pounds so far I'm 5'8" current weight is 178 started at 260 I can't post pictures but I have some on my profile. I feel great and I don't have too much sagging ( a little in my butt only ) I'm sending you a friend request I too could use friends around my age and who can offer encouragement and the kick in my saggy butt when I need it.

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