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Fresh Start @ 55...need advice
02-09-2016, 09:17 PM
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RE: Fresh Start @ 55...need advice
Unfortunately I think we all got trapped in that "diet" mentality. Once you wrap your head around the concept of EM2WL it makes so much sense you can't imagine living any other way.

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02-10-2016, 01:37 PM
Post: #12
RE: Fresh Start @ 55...need advice
Daphne,

Welcome and thank you for the kind words about my journal. It's rare for me to "put it out there", but this is such a supportive group of people that it's been quite easy. It sounds like you are already in a great place and will see all sorts of magic from lifting very soon! Welcome to the bad ass club!

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02-11-2016, 06:57 PM
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RE: Fresh Start @ 55...need advice
Since discovering EM2WL I've been reflecting more on my dieting history.

About 15 years ago, weighing in at about 141 pounds I decided "enough is enough" and I joined Weight Watchers. Within 3 weeks, I was down to 137 pounds and miserable! I was ready to eat the table. I went off program and thought I was the failure. But I didn't stop there, in the following months I joined about 3 more times just to torture myself.

This morning I realized some of the reasons I went back to WW...the camaraderie. I really enjoyed the meetings, hearing other's journey & struggle and advice from the leader (who had apparently made it). I had to laugh when I see the very much publicized new ads for WW ala Oprah style. In it you see an active woman, cycling, working out, being strong...then at the dinner table, she's eating a small plate of food.

I mean really! Women are expected to be "superwomen" but survive on "starvation mode".

The reality is I was never successful with WW, I just couldn't do it. Their claims of "eat everything you want" is pure rubbish. I still recall that an egg had 2 points and a piece of toast had 3 and a pat of butter had 2 points. That's 7 points out of a lousy 20 allowed.

Anyway, I'm ranting now.

What's the lesson? After leaving WW for good, I went on to gain 9 more pounds once I gave up low calorie diets for good. Yes, it's higher than I want it to be but it wasn't 90 pounds. My body had enough wisdom.

Since discovering this site, I haven't jumped into doing anything. My mind is still catching up to what my body always knew. You can't trick the body into eating a low calorie diet. Celery sticks when you're craving eggs and toast will not do the trick. Cabbage instead of cheese is not the answer.

Here's the thing that I find so amazing...even though I haven't been under eating, I have been trying to manipulate my macros on a low carb diet...still trying to trick my body into losing weight. Kind of still thinking that it's my style of eating that is wrong.

Since reading everything here, I've learned that my body was just trying to protect itself all these years. When I weighed 120 pounds I wanted to be 110, when I weighed 105 pounds (fasting @ 16), I wanted to be 100 pounds.

For the first time in my life, I am okay with the size I am right now. I love the lifting, I will study my macros... but for now, I'm acknowledging that for most of my life I have been trying to eat less than my body wanted & needed.

What a revelation.
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02-11-2016, 07:07 PM
Post: #14
RE: Fresh Start @ 55...need advice
Revelations are a really good thing. I am still trying to wrap my head around this whole eat more. I come from a place sort of like you with the dieting history. Everyday it gets easier to get into the mindset of eating more and not feeling guilty. Turning 50 for me really changed how I look at things now - we are all on a new journey.
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02-11-2016, 07:17 PM
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RE: Fresh Start @ 55...need advice
Not to be to morose, but I almost feel like this is the last chance. I don't want to go to the old folk's home wishing I weighed 10 pounds less!

I wish that I never knew how many calories were in an apple. When I was growing up...everyone was thin...from grandmothers to toddlers. We ate at regular times; with limited junk food & fast food.

I recently read a post from Anitra about her eating style -- light during the day and most of her calories later in the day & evening. How many hundreds and thousands of times have the media told us...YOU MUST EAT BREAKFAST. Almost like a commandment from God himself.

Oops, I'm ranting again. Hard not to...last night I had a lovely stew with a few potatoes. It was filling, wonderful & delicious. I was done. I didn't crave anything after that meal. My body was humming with delight.

This is how I want to spend the last remaining days & meals of my life. Purring with satisfaction!
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02-11-2016, 09:34 PM
Post: #16
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Love your reflections! It's amazing to look back and see how much of our lives we have "wasted" obsessing about this diet or that diet, when the entire time the answer was right in front of us... Don't look for fast, instant results, take your time and enjoy a moderate deficit and slow, sustainable results. Unfortunately the "quick fix" diets have trashed our metabolisms requiring that we work to heal them before adopting this more sensible approach... Well, better to have discovered this now rather than even later on in life.............

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02-11-2016, 10:38 PM
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My message to all other younger reader is this...you can't trick your body. You've got the the youth hormone working in your favour. Savour what you have right now. A strong body, a healthy metabolism...for now.

FYI -- I had a lovely A&W teen-burger for lunch (no fries, no root beer, not sure what the burger is called in the USA). My body has been humming for five hours. Almost time for a delicious dinner. Asian style grilled chicken wings with coleslaw.

Activity today: yoga + rest (from yesterday's heavy lifting session).
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02-12-2016, 12:00 PM
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Love it! ^^

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02-12-2016, 12:05 PM
Post: #19
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Listening to my body. During my sleep I could "hear" my tendons and ligaments saying, "it's time to take a break from lifting!"

I have been lifting heavy since mid-December, three times a week (plus extra activities like walks & yoga). Until I came here, I hadn't read about the importance of taking a break from lifting to let your tendons & ligaments repair.

Considering I hadn't been lifting before December, the 3x a week has been pretty intense. I started with light weights -- 3 and 5 pounds and am now easily using 12 & 15 pound dumb bells. So, I'll listen to my body and take a few days off...
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02-12-2016, 03:08 PM
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Great idea! Yep, definitely plan on taking at least a week off every couple of months. You can continue the walking and yoga, but the body definitely needs a break from the lifting.

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