I'm learning that weight loss isn't just about calories. I've given up eating empty calorie foods (except for the occassional glass of wine) because they don't fuel my body, and I get ravenous. I want to have energy so I HAVE TO EAT, but eat the right foods.
I will be 58 in August. I know exactly how you feel. I did a little research and the following things have helped me:
1) I searched the web for foods that gives energy ... for example, look at a long distance biker or runner... what do they eat? How can I modify it to my needs? I eat one piece of whole wheat toast w/ peanut butter & honey, a fruit & coffee for breakfast. This has worked great for me. No more waiting until I'm starved.
2) I learned that blueberries, cherries, almonds, hazelnuts, avocados, olive oil, oatmeal, brown rice and whole wheat bread & pasta are consider "belly-fat busters."
3) I gave up soda, limit my fast food to maybe once a week, and eat as little sugar as possible. Fruit has satisfied my sweet tooth.
4) I drink more water. Dehydration can cause fatigue.
5) I set an 11 pm bedtime for myself. I have sleep apnea, so this one is important. How much sleep do you get? Is it good quality sleep?
These are just a few ideas. Talk good to yourself. Never give up!
I don''t know that there is anything you can do about any one particular area of the body, so my focus is on general good health including exercise and weight loss. The older we get the more health issues we seem to have to deal with and since menopause, all bets from pre-menopause are off. I get frustrated but try to keep balance in all things and not let the weight loss efforts control all other aspects of my life. If I were working as many hours as you I doubt I would have time for ANYTHING else, to tell you the truth. If you are able to do all that including tracking your food and exercise, you are way ahead of the curve. Could fatigue be making it harder for you to lose?
Edited by: MOM2HANDE at: 7/11/2011 (20:24)
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What can a person do about the waistline? I'll be 62 in a few days. I try to stay as active as I can each day as I put in 80-90 hours in my job M-F. By the weekend, I'm exhausted but still manage to do laundry, some cleaning and maybe some yardwork. The other weekend I did five hours of weeding--not a good decision as I was totally wiped out from the heat. It took me several days to rebuild my energy level and suffered from very weak and sore legs. I'm determined but frustrated! Any words of encouragement and wisdom out there??
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