Coming to terms with being 100 lbs overweight and turning 58
It took ten years to gain it and I don't want to take ten years to lose it. Am hoping this FitDay site will inspire me, encourage me, motivate me and make me feel better about myself. It is so embarrassing to be this overweight. I am hoping to find myself again.
Think about how good it will feel to be 60 and be in better shape, and feeling better, than when you were 50. Keep your eye on the prize, work the program, and you can get there. Hope to see you around the forums!
And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.
Hi Annie. I second what Cassie said. I am looking forward to my 65th birthday in August and plan on being in the best shape I've been in in years. This program has a lot of support and help to offer -- and the weight does go off faster than in went on when you are working at it. Watch for all the good side effects of looking after yourself. They will keep you going. Mary
Restarting Jan 11th, 2014
Starting weight: 201.6
Current weight: April 15th, 2014 = 181.2
May 1st goal = 175
Ultimate goal Undecided ? 150 to be assessed once maintained for a while
Height 5' 3"
Congratulations on taking the first step. There will be days when it's hard, okay it's hard pretty much every day for a few minutes at a time. But there is one quote I think of when I'm struggling: "Being overweight is hard, eating healthy and being in shape is hard, so choose your hard". A year ago I was in exactly the place you are today, only I was facing 41 and 124 pounds overweight. You can do this.
Annie, before a dietician introduced me to FitDay a couple of years ago, I had tried to lose weight, but found that there just wasn't enough feedback when I did it on my own. I started out at 5'8", 265 lb., and took off 20 lb. when I was using this site. I kept the 20 off, and after taking time out to have a couple of major surgeries (not bariatric), I'm starting again at 243 lb. Being COMPLETELY out of shape, I had a physical and a stress test, and got the go-ahead from my doctor to start exercising again. The real beauty of this site is that it gives you SO much positive feedback when you're sticking to your program, and it can tell you what you're doing right and what you need to improve on nutritionally. With all the goofy "diets" out there, this is important! I use the journal to give myself a pat on the back when I've done well. I also use the reports every day to see how I'm doing. Start out with a program you can stick to, even if you want to drop the weight fast. Having a routine that can be maintained is much more likely to help you keep losing! I started out a week ago (!) with an unimpressive 1.5 miles on the treadmill at 2.6 mph. The first day, it felt like a lot. This morning, it was actually easy, and this is after ONE week. I'm soon to be 63 years old, so if I can do this, you can do this. I've modified my diet to include a LOT more veggies, chicken and fish, and rediscovered a taste for salads for lunch. I've gone from eating a whole package of Oreos while watching TV (ack!) to eating a totally balanced diet of 1500-1800 calories and exercising half an hour a day. Again, doesn't sound like much, but it's DOABLE. After just a few days, I feel terrific: more alert, more active, and in a much better frame of mind. FitDay has really been a lifeline for me. I'll weigh in the next time I see the doctor (March) and see what's going on with the weight, but obviously if I'm burning close to 3,000 calories a day and eating half that, I'm losing. Just set a reasonable goal and promise yourself that you'll stick to it. Some mornings, I have to tell myself, "Hey! You PROMISED!" in order to get me motivated. But this is a really great site, and if you use it, you WILL lose weight!