'At Age 68, I'm in the Best Shape of My Life!'*

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Carol Reinhard (CAROLJEAN64)
Weight Lost: 57 pounds
Hometown: West Des Moines, IA
Occupation: Retired

I was in the midst of therapy for depression.  I broke my leg, the complications from which left me inactive for several months. I gained weight as a shield as I dealt with complex and frightening issues in therapy. I had little energy.  I did not feel attractive to my husband and felt like a grandmother to almost anyone more than 10 years younger than me. I didn't want to be old when I knew I wasn't.  I somehow inherently knew that combining good eating and physical activity was what I needed to complete the road to good emotional, physical and mental health that I started in therapy.

I made some great progress in therapy and decided to give my husband my weight loss goals as a birthday gift with the goal of being at my wedding weight by our 38th wedding anniversary eight months later.  I made it with one day to spare. My first week I lost six pounds, and I gained only one week. I lost about 1.75 pounds per week. 

Keeping a food journal has been so important in maintaining my weight.  For me, it was all about portion control, portion control, portion control. 

Interestingly enough, I came to SparkPeople at my goal weight.  However, the maintenance part was not going well.  I broke another leg and worked with a personal trainer after I recovered to drop the almost 20 pounds. I had re-gained.  I was looking for a site to track my food and activity and I found so much more! I especially enjoyed the support from the Dealing with Depression Team and the Yoga Lovers team.  I began yoga just a couple months after I reached goal weight.  I now teach it and practice yoga an hour per day almost daily.  I am currently working toward attaining handstand and backbend in my yoga practice.

I am incredibly inspired by my students in a chair yoga class that I teach at a retirement community.  They are all in their 80s and 90s and never miss a class!  My personal goals include maintaining my weight loss, continuing to improve my physical conditioning and enjoying retirement to the fullest. I am almost 68 years old and I know I am in the best shape of my life!

*Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

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ARMY_MOM17 3/15/2018
...thanks for the inspirational article... Report
Your success in losing weight at 67-68 is so encouraging. It feels so challenging at this age. Thanks for sharing and for being such a role model for those of us over 65. Report
Amazing. Great results. just starting Yoga. I love it! Thanks so much for sharing your story! :) Report
Rodney Yee has wonderful DVDs for doing Yoga. He has been an BKS IYENGAR instructor for 30 years. He has clips on YouTube. Another wonderful Yoga teacher is Priscilla Patrick who is now 72. She had her series on PBS-tv for many years & has clips on YouTube. She still teaches & her web site is at www.yogaone.com She hurt her back in an accident & the doctors couldn't help her with pain, so they told her to see a yoga master. six weeks later she was pain free and sold on Yoga for life. That was 40 yrs. ago. Report
Thank you for sharing. You are very inspiring. Report
Thank you for the inspirational boost I needed!!! What a wonderful success story. You look marvelous! Report
Beautiful hair, beautiful woman.. thanks for sharing Report
You look younger in your after picture even though your hair is grey. Great inspiration, I needed your message today. Will continue my journey with more zeal.
Wow, you look fantastic. You are an inspiration. Report
Amazing story! Report
Congrats Spark Friend ! You are such an inspiration I am glad to have met you ! Report
Wow. Really great. Report
So awesome! Way to go! Report
Carol, this is such an encouraging blog. I just turned 69 and have the same 20+ pounds to lose that I have battled for a few years. I lose a few and then gain that back. I pray this time will be different and reading this post sure gave me the encouragement that I need tonight. Thank You! Report
Congrads...you def. give me hope...I am working on becoming more fit and healthy...you are an inspiration since we are almost the same age!!!Best wishes!!! Report
Congratulations. It is encouraging to read of your success. Well done. Report
Thank you for this blog. I'm 63 and am despairing of ever losing this weight. Maybe there's still hope for me. Report
Oh, my! You give me hope! Report
Congratulations on your achievement! Report
Congratulations - I am 62 and a half-pound away from my target goal. Maintenance is scaring me because I have yo-yo'd all my life. You are truly inspirational which is what I need right now for I want to work on being in the best physical shape everrr! (and also go a few pounds below my target goal(:) Report
Thank you so much for sharing. I am 64 and just started on my weight loss journey. I love it that you are fit and healthy. What an inspiration to me and others. An added bonus is that you are from Iowa where I was born and lived here my whole life. Thanks again. Report
Thank you so much for sharing. I am 64 and just started on my weight loss journey. I love it that you are fit and healthy. What an inspiration to me and others. An added bonus is that you are from Iowa where I was born and lived here my whole life. Thanks again. Report
You look absolutely amazing! Congratulations on reaching your goal, and may you enjoy many more years of good health and happiness!!! Report
Congratulations! You look fantastic! Report
Congrats to you! Awesome achievement Report
What a wonderful person you are. You've accomplished so much and are such a great role model. Thank you for the inspiration. Report
Wow! You have done it!! and of course we all need to keep working and making those healthy choices... because it is a new way of living life to the fullest! Your family and friends must be so impressed with your new you....

Your story and experience inspires us all! thanks and WooHOO!
You are a great inspiration. I turned 68 five days ago and would like to lose 48 pounds. I shed the husband 32 years ago but would like to get to my wedding weight for me. You look great. Congratulations! Thank you. Report
Congratulations on your success at losing and keeping the weight off. Your story is very inspiring to me. Thank you for sharing it. Report
Very inspiring. Thank you! Report
I am about 57 years and unnecessarily gained weight. Now being retired makes it worse as am around food all day long. You have greatly motivated me and from this moment going to do just what is right. Thank you for igniting the spark in me. I look forward to being 68 years with the body confidence and self fulfilment. Keep going girl. Report
Wonderful story. It is never too late and I am right there with you! Report
This is inspiring. Thank you! Report
I will be 62 in June and have been struggling to lose weight the past two years. My goal is to lose 50 pounds and reach the weight I was when I got married. I lost 30 pounds and kept it off for 3 years gaining it all back after some health issues. Your story is an inspiration to me. Since joining Sparks People, I have lost 11 pounds - a pound a week. I am determined to reach my goal weight. Your story has helped me to realize I can do this. Thank you for sharing. Report
Thanks for the inspiration of your story. Report
What a wonderful gift you have provided your husband with! You give us all a reason to keep on plugging away at a healthy lifestyle. Report
Wonderful story of your success. I will keep your success in mind, when my muscles are acting up. It will help me press on. Report
Thank you for being such a great example of how to grow old healthily and gracefully! You are an inspiration to someone who is 61 and wants to achieve exactly that! Report
You go girl!! Your the perfect example of "Youth knows no numbers" I'm so impresessed with the way you just kept fighting your way back (2 broken legs?)
A big Woo Hoo right attcha!!
Thanks for sharing your journey with us : ) Report
Thank you for sharing your story! I am not ready to keep a journal yet, but if I can not continue to really work hard and lose 1 lb a week I will have to give it a try! Maybe that will be the extra push I need! Thanks! Report
I am so grateful you shared your story. I am 61 years old and have gained 25 pounds in the last 5 years. I was beginning to believe it was impossible to lose it but you just busted that myth. Thanks so much. Report
Fantastic. You are an inspiration. When I think I can't, I'll remember you and know I can. Report
Thank you for sharing your story and great successes. I am so pleased and happy for you! Report
CarolJean, so good that the limelight here is shining on you ... you are a change agent over at the Yoga Lovers team and the Community Team.

We long term first time (AT A CERTAIN AGE-type) maintainers do have epiphanies and turning points in our long, drawn out weight maintaining lives ... otherwise to some of us, it gets boring ... Mine had to do with heredity once removed, and not an accident ... lol Unfortunately, I wish I could say I was maintaining, exactly ... managing all this ... maintenance presupposes health and strength and a surfeit of vigor ... (not necessarily youth!)

I'm glad it was you who were chosen for this blog post.

Inspires me to blog again ... although I had to give up some of my yoga practice, at least I found a yoga teacher I can live with, finally ... and, I also have to say: low carb rocks! Report
I am over whelmed by your success story. Keep it up. Aged people are inspired by your success story. Report
And one of the original members of DwD can say, I (and WE) are appreciative of the support you gave us.

It may just be me, but I commented to my DW, Cherry, last week that there seem to be more and more people in their 60's who are looking fit, and not just "old".

My 16 y/o granddaughter knows I'm "old", but when we last saw here we got into a discussion of what "old" really is. When I asked her how old she thought Grandpa and Grandma were, she replied, "Some of my friend's parents look pretty old, and I know you have to be older than them, so (her eyes looked up and to the left - she was obviously counting the average generation figures) you have to be more than 50. maybe 58, and grandma should be 55." She wasn't in the same decade, and just because it's "usually" the dad who is older, she really missed my wife's age - she is 10 months older than I am.

I told her to go tell Grandma what we were talking about. When she came back outside, she was bouncing and squealing (you know how 16 y/o young ladies can be). Grandpa! Grandma gave me $20. When I asked her, she said because I guessed her age so closely!

A few days later, her dad called me laughing. He said, "You really pulled one on Sam. We were going shopping this morning and she asked me if Eric (our oldest son) would really be 44 this year? I told her Yes, then she asked if Grandma was really only 11 or 12 when Eric was born?"

"She could tell by the look on my face that there was obviously something I knew that she didn't, so I asked her why she wanted to know. When she told me the story, I had to pull into a store parking lot because I couldn't see and I was laughing so hard. I told her the truth, so be ready the next time she sees you. She thinks she has caught you in a lie and she will be wearing her boots! She wants to punish you for fooling her so much! Man, I think I will sell tickets to all your friends to witness how you tap dance out of this one!

Neither Cherry or I told that girl a lie. "She" took a set of faulty assumptions and came to a logical conclusion. I just didn't bother to correct her.

Agape my friend. Have you thought about sky diving or rappelling?

Such a great story!!! Three cheers for you!!! Report
Soooo inspiring! 7 yr maintainance gives me HOPE! Thank you for sharing your age - about to hit 50 and worry about what the future holds as far as fitness goes. Thank you for Sparking! Report
You look fantastic. I will be 69 in June. I started my current journey at 375 and last Friday was 272. About half way to goal. Thanks for the inspiration. Report
What a great inspiration your are! I am 65 yrs old and am working on losing weight for about the 10th time in my life since high school. After kids, after quitting smoking, after just plain letting myself go, were all the impetus I needed to get on the scale and start losing weight. I've never found anything quite so "easy" as SparkPeople. All the tools I need, they provide for my toolbox for successful weight loss. Since joining, I've consistently lost weight week to week. I one day hope to be one of SparkPeople's Success Stories. In the meantime, you've given me encouragement for the maintenance part of weight loss, which is one of my biggest fears. I've failed miserably on every other maintenance plan I've been on after reaching my weight loss goals. With all of the encouragement and success stories and maintenance guidance here, I can't fail and will also one day say that
"I Am in the Best Shape of My Life". Report
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