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Losing weight when you're older, harder or not?

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

I've reached my fifties and it seems that losing weight takes more time and more effort than when I was younger and needed to drop a few pounds.

However, I've also reached a point in my life where I have more time and flexibility. My sons have graduated high school and either in school or working. Although one lives at home and the other will be returning soon, I don't have to work my schedule around theirs. I no longer have to drive them places and make sure homework is done. I can tailor meals to what I want to eat and when rather than what I can squeeze in between carpools and other kid activities.

So even though my aches and pains are a little more noticeable as I move this old body around, I'm grateful for the health I have and am trying to ensure a healthy future. I also realize that I have an opportunity to make my needs a priority and should take it. I often put children and family first when my sons were younger and needed more attention. But no more excuses or carpools.
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    Much harder and slower when you get above 45. Keep up the good work and it will come off. I too did the same thing when my kids were home and then with one of my Granddaughters who lived with me from birth, but the quicker my health started to fail, the more I knew I needed to do something.

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    2535 days ago
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    emoticon emoticon I can relate too...nearly 66
    2535 days ago
    I am nearly 70, and yes, it is a bit harder to lose weight. I am less active and have some health limitations too. I had to lower my calorie range to lose. My fitness is slowly improving but even after 6 months my journey is much more about diet than exercise. I do have more time and energy to devote to my journey. I spend more time working on my inner journey and learning how to be totally happy with my choices so there is no feeling of deprivation. I listen to TED talks, podcasts and do some reading (see my page for details) and I find those care making lasting changes.
    Make yourself a priority. It's your time to shine.

    2535 days ago
    I gained 4 pounds in the last 4 weeks. My PA said it was probably the meds. I do feel more fit, but at 56 it is hard to lose. It teaches us patience!
    2536 days ago
    emoticon emoticon I totally relate to everything you said. Very well summed up!
    2536 days ago
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