I am brand new here, just started yesterday. I felt I had to reply to your post. I'm 55, and there is no question that this is more difficult at our age. I don't know if 15 lbs. is all you're worried about, or if you have more to lose. I have lost and ground the same 50 lbs. many times over the years, and am feeling very discouraged. I'm tired of fighting the weight battle. I've been doing it all my life.
I just wanted you to know that there was another person roughly your age fighting the same fight. We CAN be successful. Hang in there!
Welcome to fitday. I have the same history of losing and gaining. I'm hoping to lose and keep it off this time. I expect that will mean a lifetime of journalling, watching what I eat and exercise, however I'm looking for a lifestyle I can live with. Finding activities I enjoy for exercise helps. I'm also looking for ways to enjoy my food on 1500 calories. Most the time I can succeed. Getting back at it when off my routine for a week is crucial. Mary
Restarting Jan 11th, 2014
Starting weight: 201.6
Current weight: June 9, 2014 181.4
June 30th goal = 170
Ultimate goal Undecided ? 150 to be assessed once maintained for a while
Height 5' 3"
Losing weight is hard, but keeping it off is the true goal of a diet. This is a message I took home from a Weight Watchers meeting and it has stuck with me. Now, I am happy if I lose a pound and the next week, I am the same weight. That means I didn't gain it back. If you looked at a history of my life of dieting, you'd see that I've lost thousands of pounds, and gained them back, one by one. So where did my dieting 'success' get me each time? Yay, I lost five pounds - OK, check back in a month and see if I'm still down five pounds!
(These days, I just think about it as a maintenance goal...)
Everyone wants to tell you about the great way they lost weight. They never tell you when the weight came back on. They don't want to tell you about how it came back on. If they really thought about it, they could tell you EXACTLY how it came back on.
Hi vernon2vernon, I just saw your message. I started a thread today (6-28-11) called "Baby Boomers" and am looking for support as well. If you or others still check in I hope you will join me. I could use encouragement as well.
I'm also 60. I just discovered FitDay today, signed up, and started keeping track of my food and activity.
I have been on every diet there is including high protein, Slim Fast, supplements, Weight Watchers, liquid protein, etc etc. Over the course of 35years I dieted and steadily gained weight. Several years ago I decided I was done with dieting forever. When I did that, my weight stabilized. Two years ago I became vegetarian (occasionally eat fish) for animal cruelty reasons and since then I've dropped 12 pounds without trying. (A very slow rate of loss, but faster than I gained the weight!) I think that having limited choices helps me to make better choices. It's like this: if I go into a shoe store and there are 300 pairs of shoes, I come out with something that might not work for me. If I go into a shoe store and there are 12 pairs of shoes, I have no problem picking the right ones.
I'm hoping that FitDay provides a bit of structure and accountability for me.