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SLASALLE's Photo SLASALLE Posts: 18,348
8/2/19 4:20 P

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Hi there! Sorry you're having to deal with fear. Sometimes you have to look it in the face and take small steps, one at a time. Do you have a buddy that could help you walk through some of it?

I turned 60 last September, soon to be 61. I am hypothyroid and post-menopausal. It IS possible to lose weight AND get healthier at any age!

I've been on Spark since November 2005, so nearly 14 years. Sadly, I've carried that last 20 pounds around all of those years. Guess what? It's now gone - this year (January - now). So it took me some time ...

If I had to put it to one single word, I'd say mindfulness (Spark sure helps there). If I get two words, I'd say sugar (Spark tracking, EVERY piece of anything sweet and all else). I finally got my willpower in gear this year on sugar.

What they say about 80% diet, 20% is likely very true as I've not done tons of exercise, especially compared to what I used to do.

I tell you all of this just to let you know it can be done. We're all different. We all get there in different ways. You'll have to find what works best for YOU.

Baby steps. One thing at a time. Spark has LOTS of resources you can use.

Good luck to you on your journey!!


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8/2/19 12:20 P

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I'm not sure how I got to this age! I'm 63. I've had both hips replaced and was getting motivated to lose weight after being pretty immobile for a number of years...BAM fell and severely dislocated my elbow last summer; PT 2 times a week for 6 months got the elbow almost back to normal but I gained so much weight! I've been a spark member in the past, actually found my old account and I am back down to about the weight I was in 2015. If I want to move as I age the weight has to go. I'm determined to reach my goal weight by June 2020 and then determine if I need a new goal. Losing weight after menopause isn't for quitters! The journey is sure easier with support!

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7/30/19 4:02 A

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I just turned 65 and I'm returning to spark people. I was losing weight before and going to Curves I was feeling very good about myself. At the end of last year my father became ill and I was helping to take care of him. He passed away in February from cancer. During all of that time I got into some very bad eating habits, and put on a lot of the weight I lost. I am a stress eater.
Now it's time for me to get motivated again and get back to where I was before. I know as I get older it will be harder to lose weight, but I am determined and I know I can do it

Edited by: MATTSLADY at: 7/30/2019 (04:09)
The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

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KATHYRB Posts: 472
7/29/19 9:13 P

In many ways, I'm in a little better shape then I was at 40. I do a lot of hiking, with a hiking club, which helps. Most of the members are older then I am and I see how well they do. That's my motivation to keep going.

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7/19/19 6:31 P

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Just getting started again on lossing weight but most of all to be in better shape. Hoping that sp will be my motivator to keep at it. Turning 60 next yr and its important to feel good about yourself.

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7/15/19 1:19 P

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I was fifty-nine when I started here. I lost over a hundred pounds, gained much of it back through negligence, became Diabetic as a result. So, I didn't really get my stuff together until five years ago when I was sixty-seven. I am no longer considered Diabetic, my blood sugar is normal and I'm in way, way better health than I would have been if I hadn't started at age fifty-nine. In fact, I would most likely be dead or in a care facility by now if I hadn't started then. I walk between one and five miles daily plus forty minutes on a step glider. If it's too hot or cold to walk outside I up the step glider to a minimum of seventy minutes and I also do a short functional strength routine every day.

Bottom line is this... you have a lot more to fear if you do nothing than if you get on the path to healthy living. I do not regret nor do I see any bad results from my thirteen years at SparkPeople. Just jump right in and get busy. You'll be grateful to yourself down the road that you took the right step. Best of luck!


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I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. - John Burroughs

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J75476 Posts: 4
7/14/19 5:59 P

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I’m 62 & was diagnosed with diabetes in February. I’m eating a lot of fruit, cottage cheese, salads & lean meats. I can’t have sugar & have cut down on carbs considerably. It’s helping me lose weight. I lost a lot in the beginning because I didn’t know I was diabetic . It caused me to be anemic so I lost 20 pounds without any work.

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4/21/19 8:03 A

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I'm sorry you feel less hope than you want to. I suggest that you find a friend that wants to lose weight to and walk together, go to a workshop to listen to a weight loss motivator, try Jenny Craig or some other weight loss coach. I think everyone can feel that way sometimes, but once we join a community center or walk with a friend, or just have someone to talk to helps us to be motivated once again. At SP we support you and I will pray for you that you find that one certain thing that will give you joy and motivation. You can do this, I have faith enough for both of us!!

4/21/19 5:33 A

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4/21/19 5:32 A

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I agree I gave up meat for lent and yesterday I had breakfast sausage link and my system was messed up the whole day. Drinking milk helped. Also I had lost 7 pounds.

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4/9/19 6:51 P

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I joined Medifast at 64 and lost 30+ pounds, it took about 9 months but was worth it. Since then, my weight loss has been in fits and starts but I'm down 47 pounds and hoping to make it 50 pounds soon.

Now I'm 67 and the thing that has helped me most in recent months is to become a more plant-based eater (not claiming vegetarianism yet).
The more I leave meat off my menu, the better I like my outcomes!


The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.

-- Leo Buscaglia

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3/24/19 8:45 P

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Yes, I feel the same way for sure

Edited by: SJM1027 at: 3/24/2019 (20:57)

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MISSRUTH's Photo MISSRUTH Posts: 5,214
3/24/19 8:01 A

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I lost the weight in my late 50's, in menopause and hypothyroid. Nothing changes drastically between late 50's / early 60's. It is not "too much water under the bridge". Yes, it is harder to lose weight when we're older, but "hard" does not equal "impossible". The time is going to pass anyway-- would you rather spend that time losing some weight and getting more fit and healthy, or just give up?

Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone

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3/22/19 3:27 P

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Don't feel like that at all. I am trying to stay young at heart and keep thinking I am 29 and holding!!!!! emoticon

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LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 31,550
3/15/19 1:25 P

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Nothing drastically changes as you move from 59 to 60.
Why exactly do you now have fear when you did not have it before?

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."
~ Randy Pausch

"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results."
~ Art Turock

"We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved, there is no use worrying about it. If it can't be solved, worrying will do no good."
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3/15/19 12:38 P

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It is definitely harder, but not impossible. Remember that changing your eating habits and becoming more active can happen at any time of your life. Change your mindset from 'I am starting a new diet' to I am making a lifestyle change because I want to live in a more healthy and ultimately happy fashion.

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3/14/19 11:00 P

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I turned 60 a year ago. Since then I have experienced more fear than ever before. Trying (to lose weight/improve/change my life) seems more improbable than ever before. "Too much water under the bridge." Anyone ever feel that way?

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