SparkPeople Getting Fit Over 50 Messageboard For our members over the age of 50, meet and get support from members who share your common interests and experiences. SparkPeople Getting Fit Over 50 Messageboard Lets do it! Not easy to get fit over 50 but I want to believe that I can do it!. Sun, 22 Nov 2015 17:33:21 EST Calories its hard for me to eat 1400-2000 calories a day.i average 1,000 calorie a day. Sat, 21 Nov 2015 22:59:58 EST Exercise question Hi, I am not quite 50 yet but very close to it. I find the high impact exercises I use to do are more difficult for me now, but I still love to exercise. So my question is what do most of you over 50's do for exercise? I want to keep my weight training and thinking that walking will be good for my cardio. I just can't do those burpees and things any longer... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 07:49:46 EST How do you get motivated??? Just lost. <em>39</em> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:29:16 EST Food Pushers How do you deal with food pushers? I have this problem all year but especially right now. It is so hard to stay strong when people around you are saying "just one bite won't hurt" or "Just have a taste". With all of the cookies, cakes, goodies available this time of year it's hard enough to stay strong without others pushing. What tips get my other SPer's through? Wed, 18 Nov 2015 09:54:17 EST New to Melbourne fl Any one on here from my area, ,husband and I looking to meet new friends to go out with Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:55:53 EST Born in 1950 I joined 2 years ago but never posted. A support system is helpful. Sun, 15 Nov 2015 19:28:30 EST new Atrial FIb team <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=65892 </link> <BR> <BR> Various heart disease/condition teams --- thought I'd see if there was a need and/or interest in an Atrial Fibrillation team. <BR> <BR> NOTE: team is not monitored by medical personal. Hopefully it can help us support each other with the various treatment plans and healthy lifestyle changes to live better with the disease. Sat, 14 Nov 2015 23:07:42 EST feeling hopeful well today makes 6 days lost 3 pounds hope they stay off I joined the YMCA today It always seems like I always lose 3 or 4 pounds then I feel good about that then I gain it back plus a couple more pounds to go with that I am praying I don't gain any of this back cause then I feel like I have failed does anyone feel like I do we give it all and just feel sometimes it is not enough but I don't want t give up I am doing this all by my self be nice to have a friend on here maybe we can try this t... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 00:09:08 EST Lousy Day at Work brought it home with me A long very stressful day and i almost went over my limit. Glad i managed to stay under but didn't fill up my day with healthy eating. <BR> <BR> Started good with healthy breakie but Have finished my evening off with too much popcorn and added butter so feeling over stuffed and not happy with myself. Guess i better pull up my big girl panties and do better tomorrow. Seriously by my age 62 you would think i could do this better. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 22:50:50 EST Tighten Your Tummy in 2 Weeks I am starting the Tighten Your Tummy in 2 weeks by Ellington Darden next Wed. Nov 18th. Anyone here that is doing this? I would like an accountability partner. This is a program that will really work, esp for women over 50. Not like any other program you are probably doing at the moment. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 12:34:11 EST LOOKING FOR FRIENDS Going to try this again. I gotta get my act together and lose some weight. Need to lose at least 50 but would love to at least lose 20. I'm not getting any younger, but it weight is so much harder to get off now. Going through menopause did not help. Anyway, good luck to everyone on the same trip I am on. <BR> <BR> Jean Thu, 12 Nov 2015 22:01:06 EST Biggest Loser team challenge.... Check this out! If you're looking for a challenge and ready to make a commitment....I have the challenge for you! <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name. It's a 10 week commitment. You have several little teams (with 24 members) that compete with each other. Main requirement is to weigh in each week. If you know for some reason that you can't post your weight (let the leaders know). Otherwise after 2 missed weigh ins (with no excuse) you would be moved to honorary. We have ITC (inter team challenges) that cons... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 10:27:28 EST Over 50 and stuck! Hi, I'm 57, Mom and grandma. I'm recently back to Spark and I need help! I've been exercising 5 days out of 7. 30 minutes strength & cardio and 30-60 minutes walking/running. Watching my portions, no simple carbs, gave up soda, cookies, cakes etc a while ago. But the scale keeps going up no matter what I do. It is so frustrating. I don't know how much more I can cut out of my diet. I don't want to give up. I need to lose about 15-20 lbs. I have HBP and I would love to lower that and get off t... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 09:29:09 EST Support Buddy Looking for a support buddy in the Houston, Texas area, zip code 77045 and 77030. Tue, 10 Nov 2015 12:26:03 EST work out partner how do you go about finding a work out partner? Mon, 9 Nov 2015 15:46:54 EST Anyone lift heavy? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a 57 year old female powerlifter...looking for anyone who is a bodybuilder or powerlifter (or strong man!) to be my buddy. <BR> <BR> I'm a deadlift specialist, but I am working on squats. I hope to hit 225 on the squat by the end of the year. And 350 for deads by my next competition in March. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to lose 30 lbs to be in a lower weight class. <BR> <BR> Stay strong! Mon, 9 Nov 2015 13:11:33 EST Exercise Need some easy on my back and I have broken my right hip Mon, 9 Nov 2015 11:47:39 EST new here welcome any help I just started on this site here is a little about me I am 57 have 3 kids 8 grandkids 4 boys 4 girls I have had 4 back surgerys on my back and 2 on my neck I am joining the ymca Monday morning I use to walk 5 miles a day and now lucky to make it around the block I weighed 145 before all my surgerys now I weigh 205 its killing me I got to lose this weight I have tried losing weight I lost up to 8 pounds then put 10 back on I really need this to work I want to do things with my grandkids and wi... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 16:12:59 EST Diabetes Over 60 I'm 5'5", 306 lbs., Have Diabetes, Knees, Neck and Back Arthur Has In Them Bad.. <BR> HELP?.. Sat, 7 Nov 2015 13:10:16 EST Diabetes Over 60 I'm 5'5", 306 lbs., Have Diabetes, Knees, Neck and Back Arthur Has In Them Bad.. <BR> HELP?.. Sat, 7 Nov 2015 13:07:48 EST Diabetes Over 60 I'm 5'5", 306 lbs., Have Diabetes, Knees, Neck and Back Arthur Has In Them Bad.. <BR> HELP?.. Sat, 7 Nov 2015 13:06:34 EST Diabetes Over 60 I'm 5'5", 306 lbs., Have Diabetes, Knees, Neck and Back Arthur Has In Them Bad.. <BR> HELP?.. Sat, 7 Nov 2015 13:06:23 EST 50 and need to make serious changes for my health Hi, my name is Karen. I am mom to 6 kids. Ages 8-26. One of which (she's 20) has debilitating ocd ,which adds tremendous stress in my life. <BR> And when I am overly stressed I eat,eat and eat. <BR> Not usually making very healtho choices either. <BR> As a result of stress/emotional eating I have gained a lot of weight over the past couple of years. <BR> I am only 5 feet 2 inches and currently weight 244 pounds . <BR> As I age ; the effects of the excess weight are not good for my physical,... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 09:35:11 EST food tracker help i need to know how to log in my food and find the cal.and carb. Tue, 27 Oct 2015 13:59:32 EST cant do it hello every one,i have been with sparkpeople for a lonf time and have not lost any is my folt ,i like or the suggesings and help tips,but for some reasen my brain is not cooperating i can not say noooo.i measure my food but later i get hungry and i just eat what i can find.i know its wrong ,but why am i still doing it ?im also diabeticso i have to behave double,ant suggetions helh please Tue, 27 Oct 2015 13:57:26 EST HI EVERYONE!!! I am new and wanted to say hello!! I have been a member, but never got involved in the message boards. Through experience I have learned the more involved I am the more accountable I am. <BR> <BR> I truly want to enjoy my 50's and health is the first step so I am going to hopefully stay motivated through motivating others. <BR> <BR> I look forward to losing with all of you! Mon, 26 Oct 2015 14:16:47 EST Challenge buddy Anybody interested in becoming a "Find !0" challenge buddy? That's 10 min. exercise for the next month. Mon, 26 Oct 2015 02:45:17 EST Broken Ankle and In A Wheelchair Help!! I broke my ankle and am currently in a wheelchair. I am NWB for at least another 6 weeks. I'm going to lose 60 lbs. What I need to know is what kind of exercises can I do while I'm NWB and in a wheelchair? Looking forward to taking this incredible journey! Sun, 25 Oct 2015 23:49:00 EST Over 50 I'm over 50, 210 lbs., arthritic and depressed as hell about it. Even walking causes me considerable pain. Feet and ankles swell, and knees as well. Is there any activity for me that won't cause damage to already painful joints? Sun, 25 Oct 2015 16:17:23 EST Joining the 50 group Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I would like to join the 50 group. I am here to becoming healthier and to make healthier choices. My issues is snacking at night due to my busy day. I would like to lose 20 lbs. but it will be a sure challenge. I also need to fit a 30 minute exercise in my busy day. Anyone have any suggestion on getting started to my journey. <BR> Cheryl Sat, 24 Oct 2015 22:30:33 EST 65 and losing weight, but... I have a serious question. I carry my weight in my torso. I've lost 35 lbs. Since <BR> the end of May (am down 60 lbs from my all time high). My stomach is starting to hang something terrible. Am I too old for exercise to help? I have terrible arthritis, but am walking between 1 & 2 miles most days). Am I too old for surgery, if necessary? Has anyone my age gone through this? Mon, 19 Oct 2015 21:43:36 EST Gorgeous day It's a gorgeous day in north Alabama. I just celebrated my first week on Sparkpeople...I think I'll take a walk! Sun, 18 Oct 2015 14:07:05 EST Fusion in My Future I have herniated disc L3; degenerated discs, L4/L5. My sacrum gets twisted if I move or sit or walk wrong. Also have a little stenosis and arthritis in the Lumbar region. <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>******** <BR> I saw the first orthopedic surgeon last February 2015. He wanted to give me 3 injections and physical therapy to the tune of $20k, and then do the new "Laminotomy" surgery. Also prescribed .25oz of some compounded cream f... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 17:06:23 EST turtle on its shell! I think I am a turtle, on it's shell, spinning in circles! That's how it feels anyway. I was using Spark People consistently and losing weight when I said to myself, I can do this alone...ahem....I can't. I am starting again, at the bottom, with all the depression and anger of failing again..yes I have health issues that started this whole mess with my weight and those haven't changed unfortunately, but I really do want and need to get back to a former self if that is even possible...sigh... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 12:49:36 EST Nearing 60! I have a rather intimidating birthday coming up in the next few months. I have breezed through the previous decades and not been bothered, but this one seems OLD! I plan to get off a little pudge before my birthday, hoping that will make me feel better about things. What and how have any of you done with the big six O to make it less traumatic?? Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:50:31 EST I'm back I used sparkpeople about seven years ago and with the busyness of life I got away from it. I saw a picture from back then and can't believe how good I looked compared to now. My goal is to loose 20 pounds. I am the mother of three grown children and now have the time to make health and fitness number one again. I have been lacking in motivation though. One of my goals is to fix healthier meals for my husband and myself as well as incorporate more exercise in our lives. My husband is totally o... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 13:33:02 EST Migraines... weight loss...Surgery prep for health Hello to anyone reading this. On May 21 of this year I had heart surgery to correct a congenital defect (hole). I am scheduled for a craniotomy (brain) surgery on Dec 2 - also to correct a congenital defect. <BR> <BR> My current weight is 163 and I'm 5'-1" - so on the BMI index I am considered obese. And boy, do I have the numbers to prove it! Much of what I am experiencing is genetics..... high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholosteral. Had my blood work done last week.... ... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 19:59:06 EST getting started for the 100 time .. I really appreciate the spark people web site to help us keep up with our calories and our eating habits .. I have fibromyalgia and pulmonary hypertension and hypoxia .. but I know I have got to loose weight . I gained allot since the fall in 09' . I need to loose 100 lbs or so <BR> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 02:38:35 EST sticking to it this time. I have been an on again and off again for a few years. I have went to different web sites and they did not have as much as spark people does. Contact with other members are not only important to me but a good support system. My Dr. told me I had to lose weight, and I see her again in January. My only issue is getting in some kind of exercise in. I walked with my husband and son for two nights in a row nothing major, but its a start. Today I plan on playing Tennis on my Wii, which I e... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 09:55:25 EST Weekend Plans I am going to a new craft brewery Friday night. Looking forward to hearing 50's,60's and 70's band. Dance it off! Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:22:46 EST Sample Menu plans Is there anywhere on this site where you can get sample menu plans? I would like to use it for guidance. Thanks. Wed, 7 Oct 2015 19:45:50 EST Stretches for Plantar Fascitis Can anyone suggest exercises that I can do for my plantar fasciitis? Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:29:54 EST Done with excuses It's easy to say it's only a 5 pound gain, then 10 <BR> pounds, then 15, yikes! Everything I own is tight but I will not cram my closet with a larger size. I'm not an egg eater but need to find something better in the morning than a muffin or bagel smeared with coconut oil and cinnamon. I have my black coffee and start looking at Facebook and can kill time till I'm hungry again. I wish my computer could yell at me to GET MOVING! How do others get exercising and keep their mind off food... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 20:41:18 EST Amount of water needed Hi all. New to this game. lol .Can someone tell me how much water is recommended for my 69 year old body? Thanks Thu, 1 Oct 2015 11:19:10 EST 50 plus Exercise is not as easy as it use to be Fri, 25 Sep 2015 17:26:37 EST Struggling on breaking the soda habit Hi, I am new here and I LOVE soda. I can't drink the diet soda because of the artificial sweeteners in it and the aspartame. I have bad reactions to all the new "natural" sweeteners as well. When I get stressed out, I grab a soda. I do limit myself to one a day but sometimes that one a day is a big 32 oz soda! Does anyone else have this issue? Help! Fri, 25 Sep 2015 16:15:28 EST Screwed Up Already screwed up Day 2. I Knew when I was eating it, I would feel guilty today. I am so angry at myself for giving in so quickly. Fri, 25 Sep 2015 06:52:31 EST Complications I went to the Dr today about some problems I have been having with my neck. Of course Dr ordered an XRay. The results of the XRay led to an MRI being ordered next week. It seems he is worried about a couple of discs and a bone spur. Of course I want to find out what is going on because I am tired of hurting but I am so bummed, for a couple of reasons. The day of the MRI is the very day I am starting my wonderful new career (hard decision but one that will be filled with rewarding experiences)... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 18:10:04 EST Need find my will power again! I want to lose weight and I tell my self I will start in the morning then morning shows up and I forget about it. I need help in figuring out to get keep my motivation from the night before. <BR> <BR> My job doesn't help either I am a receptionist in a very quite office some days the phone may only ring half dozen times in an 8 hour day. I don't have anything to do but stare at the computer and answer the phone when it does ring. <BR> <BR> Any advice would be great to help me get my motiv... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 14:41:59 EST Looking for burst of energy to exercise today! ^pretty much said it in the topic.... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 13:45:00 EST Looking for an exercise buddy I live in the Southwest region of Connecticut and I need a motivated workout buddy. I'm thinking that may help me because I am having trouble motivating myself to exercise daily. I am a stay-at-home mom who is available after 8:30 a.m. Motivational thoughts appreciated! Tue, 22 Sep 2015 09:08:54 EST Any advice on getting rid of belly fat Hi. I'm 52, from Honolulu, and struggling to lose 60 pounds of stubborn fat, especially around my belly. Heard imbalance of hormones could be the culprit besides diet and exercise. Even detoxing can help. Any ideas to rid this baby, I'd appreciate it. Thanking you in advance. Blessings Fri, 11 Sep 2015 15:15:16 EST Starting out First time ever on a board but old dogs can learn new tricks Fri, 11 Sep 2015 09:40:57 EST Anyone for Long Island NY (Suffolk County)? Rapidly approaching 50! Looking for a walking buddy. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 21:51:40 EST A lot of calories...oh my! I'm new and am having a little trouble getting all of the required calories in. <BR> Any advice? Tue, 8 Sep 2015 11:48:31 EST What to drink? I am 54, and currently am staying home to take care of my terminally ill mother. I am an RN, and I stopped working about 5 weeks ago. I have gained 10 lbs already. I have a bad habit of drinking diet soda, drink of choice: diet Dr. Pepper. Aspartame is a concern for me as well, and I really need to break this habit. I am borderline diabetic. The problem is, I do not like water. I am trying to find an eating plan that works for me. Any suggestions as to what I can drink that would be satisfyin... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 10:18:33 EST 4 mile run in a.m. Come on all you folks! Let's get going! I lost 100 pounds 4 years ago, feel terrific, at the gym 7 classes each week, hike run. Vegan..feel terrific. Oh...I am 62 years young. Fri, 4 Sep 2015 14:24:57 EST Wanted to reach out and say how good I feel I am really surprised by how I feel. 19 days in and Im proud, happy, feeling really good. I haven't been perfect but have adjusted my mind to not be so hard on myself. Feels really better. At times I was disgusted with myself at my eating habits. Im going slow and steady and learning to be patient and more kind with myself. Think reading all the blogs and forums is really helping. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:06:23 EST How about 1954? I am so close to you all in age. I will be 61 next month and am looking for new sp friends. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 15:51:21 EST Hello all! My name is Cindy and I live in Arizona. I have been married for 35 years and have 3 grown daughters and 3 grandchildren (one of them lives with us). I have several auto immune problems which makes it hard to get exercise in. I would love to meet you all and make new friends. God bless you- Tue, 1 Sep 2015 15:48:36 EST Anyone born in 1947? I was born in August of 1947, now 68 years old... I'm a raquetball fanatic, perform weight training twice weekly and walk/jog whenever I can... Thing is, I STILL have this inner tube waist that drives me nuts... I log all my food and for the most part eat pretty healthy... Anyone else have this situation going on? <BR> <BR> Ted Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:23:02 EST Anyone here born in 1960? I was lucky born Dec. 1960 on the shortest day of the year. I'm a happy Sagittarian. I have lost 102Lbs and kept most of it off since Dec. 2009. I have gained back 15 lbs and I am valiantly trying to take it back off. Sometimes the food kicks my butt, sometimes I kick it's butt. I have gotten a lot better about drinking lots of water now though. Progress not perfection. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:15:14 EST VB6 Diet-Anyone following the Vegan before6pm diet If you are, let me know how you like it and whether you are seeing results. Thanks! Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:19:14 EST Maca powder and hot flashes Has anyone here tried maca powder? A friend suggested that I try it for my hot flashes. She's on it with good results. Also can I take it being that I'm hypothyroid Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:41:31 EST Ballroom Dancers and Bicycle Enthusiasts ? I am looking for other people that enjoy ballroom dance and riding bicycles. Both great exercise and a wonderful way to spend time. Anyone out there? Central PA resident but will talk to anyone from anywhere. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 21:10:52 EST Which one burns more calories Housecleaning sweat pouring down my body. or my stationary bike no sweating at all.? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sat, 22 Aug 2015 14:23:21 EST Being disabled and trying to lose weight I'm 53 yrs old. I was diagnosed with fybromyalgia, osteothrites in both knees, degenerative disc disease and the normal crap that comes with that...depression, anxiety etc etc!!! I had a botched gall bladder operation in 2013 spent a month in the hospital almost died!!! And was bedridden for 6 months and home bound for 6 more months!!! During that time I ballooned up to over 300 lbs and I'm tired of being unable to enjoy life anymore. I think I've become complacent just to keep the depression... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:54:52 EST Lunching with Girlfriends NOW WHERE TO GO??? lunch with friends tomorrow having very hard time eating out and sticking to my low carb plan ANY SUGGETIONS would be so helpful, most of chains in area. Applebee's, OCharlies, Long Horn, Texas Roadhouse & the like. HELP PLEASE Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:31:44 EST hypothyroid and over 50 I was diagnosed with hypo thyroid about 4 years ago I believe I have had it longer than that though. I have such a hard time losing weight and most of all keeping it off. I have lost 60 lbs ten time over only to gain it back. Today I am starting over again and will do my best not to give up. I hope to find people like me on here that can help to keep me motivated not to give up but to take my journey one day at a time. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 07:23:48 EST riding a motorcycle burns calories! love riding my bike ~ and burning calories while getting some wind therapy ~ Sat, 15 Aug 2015 19:29:32 EST Any (slow) walkers in Westchester NY? Seeking 50+ women to form a walking group and motivate each other. <BR> <BR> Warning! this is the 'slow & steady' crowd, only up to 25 minutes per mile so far :-) <BR> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:30:03 EST Speed on a stationary bike How do I determine my speed on a stationary bike? I can pedal like crazy and I am still going 0 mph. <BR> In all seriousness tho, how do I do this? Thu, 13 Aug 2015 14:35:32 EST Strength Training Startups? <em>23</em> Okay, I finally dragged myself to the gym on Tuesday and I'm going back tomorrow. I'm not really sure what to do to strength train; just know it seems much harder than it was 20 some years ago and that I need it even more now that I'm dropping muscle like crazy. <BR> <BR> Any encouragement, advice or tips? <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 01:30:58 EST WHERE TO SART EXERCISING??? 3 weeks on low carb for 1st time and its SO WORKING!! However, very week 1st few weeks, now ready to take on the gym in baby steps any suggestions??? Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:36:40 EST When to expect some results I may be too impatient but I've been eating better and working out for three weeks and am continually going down 2-3 pounds and back up 2-3 pounds! I alternate days of working out on weight machines for 25-30 minutes, and elliptical for 40 minutes plus some ab workouts five days a week. Five years ago I was able to lose 50 pounds over the course of a year but now I can't even lose 3 pounds and keep it off! Is being over 50 really making that big of a difference?? I'm sticking to it but it's h... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:43:53 EST Born 1953 HI, My name is Shirley and I'll be 62 on Dec 25th. I stopped celebrating my birthday at age 50. Its funny how my brain tells me I'm 21 but my body says 71. Anyone else in my shoes? <BR> . <BR> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 12:53:31 EST Bariatric Surgery? I had a consult for this last week...hoping it would be my saving grace..No, from what they told me, that is an almost impossible way to live the rest of my life. Has anyone else had the same experience? Thu, 6 Aug 2015 23:19:03 EST Stuck Eating right and exercising more. Cant loose? <BR> <BR> I am walking a average of 4 to 6 miles a day and recording food. <BR> <BR> I lost 22 lbs but for the last 2 month cant loose. <BR> <BR> Jumping back and fourth between 195 and 199. <BR> <BR> Just dont get it. <BR> <BR> Mike Thu, 6 Aug 2015 10:03:01 EST Happy Hi glad to be a part of the group.......I have been off my feet a lot in the past year foot surgery kept me from excerise and after losing 70 pounds gained 35 back. I need encouragers to just say helpful things to get me back on track. Wed, 5 Aug 2015 15:05:02 EST How to beat the downs of becoming 60! having a 15 year younger husband gave me the idea for this topic....I just turn 60 on the 17th of July and my husband is 44. Numbers already messes with our heads, but when you've got a younger spouse/partner always bouncing around you with all that energy and spunk, you tend to feel just a little bit older and you start noticing the age difference, and then you start tripping!!..... Well i do! So how do I beat the downs of becoming 60??? ugh...I hate the sound of 60! I liked it better when I... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 08:56:08 EST 475 calories for lunch?? Wow, I went to Olive Garden for lunch with a friend. I had 1/2 break stick, 1 serving of salad and one serving of soup. Total 475 calories. Man, calories go so fast. I will have to be extra careful for the rest of the day. Is there a safe place to eat that is low in calories and you can enjoy yourself without feeling guilty? Mon, 3 Aug 2015 13:44:26 EST Had a really strong weekend This weekend was really strong, no exercise and did not watch my food intake. But it is Monday morning and I am right back on track with my exercise and food. Does anyone else ever find it hard on a weekend to stay on track? Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:34:30 EST Getting rid of the bloating I have been stuck at 21 pounds lost for a few weeks now. I am very bloated and that makes me feel bad. I walk between 9000-10000 steps 5 out of 7 days a week. <BR> Any suggestions. I know that sodium leads to bloating but I need ideas of how to get rid of too much sodium and decrease the bloating. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for your suggestions and support. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:47:25 EST 53and post menopausal! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am Shellie from CA and I was hoping to find others in this group that are over 50 and in Menopause. I went into full blown menopause in Feb 2012 and have been battling the same 6 pound yo-yo ever since, I have been bouncing back and forth between 148-154 consistently and it is so frustrating. <BR> <BR> I have been involved in TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) since Nov 2013, so I do have a weekly accountability weigh in. <BR> <BR> I go to the gym on a regular b... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:20:24 EST 52 starting up I'm a disabled vet trying to build muscle around my knees and core so we purchased an elliptical. Tried my first workout yesterday and it was tough. Lasted about 10 minutes which includes forward and reverse. Almost wonder if I made a mistake buying this thing. But then I'm hoping to use it to help recover from knee replacement surgery which I'm trying to put off for a few years. We currently have a recumbent bike, treadmill, and Selectech dumbbells with bench. I've been riding the bike ... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 08:37:45 EST Off topic (sort of) Turning 60 has hit me like a ton of bricks. Not only have I taken on the gym 6 days a week (2 days with a personal trainer, soon to end), but I'm going back to school to finish my degree (B.S. in Psych, minor in Anthropology). Getting a little financial aid because of hubby's Vet status doesn't hurt, but I'm beginning to think I'm crazy! <em>198</em> Finished registering yesterday and saw a few oldsters walking around but figured they must be Professors. Surely there's no one as old ... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:57:53 EST I need some ideas for back to school I am a teacher. All summer long, I have been walking in the mornings at least 6 days a week. Three days are my long walk days - I am up to 2 1/2 miles on a relatively flat path at a local YMCA. Two days are short walk days I am up to 1 1/2 miles of a combination of walking and running. One day a week, I stick close in my neighborhood to do 1 1/2 miles of hill work - mostly walking. <BR> <BR> When school starts for me in two weeks, I will not be able to walk in the mornings. I need some idea... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 06:38:14 EST Work-out Buddy I am looking f.or a work-out friend - not a personal trainer. I live in Atlanta, GA. <BR> <BR> None of my friends are interested in working out with me. Any ideas on how to find a work out friend??? Thanks! <em>361</em> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:27:05 EST facing back surgery I am having a hard time controlling my calories with this pain and worry. Have had to give up all my favorite activities like Zumba and yoga. Could use a kind word to help me stay motivated. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:08:38 EST 58 but feels 48 I got the energy like a younger woman,and I love it! <em>250</em> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:28:54 EST outside walking I decided to take the dogs for a 30 minutes walk this morning and burn off some calories. It is beautiful outside and I would like the fresh air!!! Tue, 21 Jul 2015 07:55:12 EST weight loss in your 50s and 60s I was just wondering after coming back to this diet today. Does this diet work for anyone whom has successfully lost weight at my age using this program. I need some encouragement. I walk 3 miles a day and can't seem to lose weight. I have tried all the diets out there and want this to be my last one. Need a buddy for accountability. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 15:36:22 EST never give up I want to reach my goal and never give up I have energy and determination. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 19:58:14 EST Is there a board for people in their 40's I'm 46, can I still be on this board for support or is there another one for people my age? Wed, 15 Jul 2015 10:09:00 EST Kicking and Dragging's not that bad :-) Hi everyone, I'm new sort of new... I'm not at the 50 is the new 30... but I don't remember feeling like this at 30. So far it's turning out to be a great Monday. <em>244</em> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 10:45:14 EST Need a Buddy I started my trek not too long ago did really well the first week as expected but now I am slowly putting it all back on. I am not tracking again and not doing a lot. I have some autoimmune issues that cause me to not be as active as I would like. <BR> <BR> I need a buddy to help me/remind me to track my food and anything else I do. I hurt my back again and it is hurting to sit or just about do anything - they have me on meds but they are affecting my brain more than my back. <BR> <BR> W... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 15:41:49 EST Senior Olympics. Not only for the young!! Hi, <BR> <BR> I just want to tell you guys I am a swimmer and just found out about that there is an Olympics for those people 55 and older. Three months ago I was surfing the net for swimming articles and found an article of a woman who last year competing in the backstroke and won the "Gold"! Guess how old she was? 102 years old. Yes, she had a wrinkled face, but her body looked like she was in her 40's! She was brimming with a smile from ear to ear and I couldn't blame her. Winning the Gol... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 14:00:59 EST New to SparkPeople and Over 50 I just wanted to start by saying hello,and that instead of hiding in the background, I would approach all of you for help. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 14:13:18 EST OCD, anxiety, antidepressants and supplements I´m a 41 yrs old woman who struggles with anxiety since almost ever (OCD, more exactly), except that lately (the last 7 yrs) my anxiety went worse meaning that I had to start a treatment with an antidepressant, in order to stop my panic attacks. ( I used to have 4 or even 5 panic attacks in a day). Since I started the treatment, I´m feeling much better, it´s true, I have no panic attacks anymore but my anxiety is - somehow - still there.. To these I must say that since I turned 38 (almost 4 y... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 17:04:55 EST Bollywood dancing Have you tried the Bollywood dance cardio workout videos? I did one this morning and loved it! Great fun <em>198</em> Thu, 9 Jul 2015 09:49:43 EST 50 years, today... Did my exercise routine: 45 minutes cardio on a stationary bike and 20 minutes of resistance band work for upper body toning. Any advice for Being 50? Should I be adding anything specific in Exercises or Nutrition for our age? Wed, 8 Jul 2015 16:05:16 EST Over 50 and losing I've been struggling with my weight for years now. I finally decided to lose the weight. I been doing this for a year now. I lost 50 pounds and feel great. I'm down a size on my clothes. <BR> Not much pain in my knees. Thank God!! I still need to have a knee replacement done on the left knee. <BR> What motivate me is once I lost the weight I didn't want to put it back on. I wanted to continue to lose and get to my goal weight I still have more to lose. I do go to weight management... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 23:20:32 EST New 2 sparkpeople Hi <BR> I just started tracking my food today <BR> Not 2 hard <BR> I have about 40lb 2 lose Tue, 7 Jul 2015 18:30:16 EST Losing weight over 70 I try to keep my calories between 1,000 - 1,200 daily & i work out moderately at the gym 3 X weekly, still I don't lose weight. I realize that at 72 years old my metabolism isn't what it use to be. I need to lose 20 lbs. Any suggestions? Sun, 28 Jun 2015 09:49:03 EST Staying positive Trying to. Post several times a week. Did have a gain BUT I am learning to be focused on the achievements. I am getting more activities in and more fruits and vegetables so I am getting better. I have put my Break fast goals on the frig. Keep it up!! Sun, 28 Jun 2015 09:34:01 EST I lost 23 pounds by cutting out flour & sugar I wanted to pass this info along to help others over 50. I'm 55 and in January I cut out items made with flour and sugar. It was really hard and awful for 2 weeks, but it did get easier. I lost 23 pounds. You just have to have your replacement foods handy. I feel so much better and healthier. If you are interested in learning more about how today's dwarf wheat is making us fat take a look at my blog. <BR> <BR> I don't promote any products or sell anything. <link> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:12:59 EST Who is ready for the weekend???? And its challenges? Me, Me, Me lol. I leave for PA right after work and will have free time to myself until Sunday when I come back. That means that I alone am responsible and have total control over my eating and activity (although I won't lie I see a lot of couch time over the weekend). Dogsitting my sister's three dogs. My only sad note is I have to leave my two babies behind. One is too old to take the three dogs and the other is too sweet lol. <BR> <BR> Any one have any special ... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 08:34:25 EST I need a new bra. Now that I'm in my 50's the girls need a little more attention. So ladies with an extra blessed chest... what's a good bra? What do you like? Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:13:35 EST I'm Sheila Well I'm starting over. I am back to where I was about 10 years ago where I need to lose at least 50 pounds. I'm in a sedentary job and I haven't exercised in a long, long time. It's time to get moving. I could use some friends and some motivation. <em>20</em> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:02:05 EST goldgirl 53 Very hard to lose weight after 50 . Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:20:43 EST L I turn 50 this year so hope it is okay if I am here. I am a woman and have gone through menopause already. I have epilepsy and seizure medications have a hand in that. Even though I am not over 50 yet I feel I would it here. Let me know and if not I will find some other support group. I am just starting out. I have gained more weight in the middle than I have ever in my entire life. I am petite at 5'1 and have never had a weight problem up until now. For that reason I am completely lost on wh... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 21:13:43 EST Happy Father's Day Happy Father's Day to all of the men in our lives. Enjoy the day! Sun, 21 Jun 2015 09:50:31 EST Reaction to Sugar Overload Good morning. I joined this board early this month but have not written much. I retired early this year and have been very busy with getting work done in the house and trying to pretty up the outside of the house. I enjoy this board and hope to participate on a more regular basis. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if when you overload on sugar your body reacts. I have been eating very well, very clean (avoiding processed foods and refined carbs to a great extent). I have started losing weight a... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 09:27:12 EST Workout Music I want to create a great song list of workout music to use while working on Wii Fit. I do free steps and free walk but need music to keep me motivated. Would love to hear your suggestions. Thanks! Sat, 20 Jun 2015 11:40:34 EST Long way to go well I'm new here and I am 57 years old. Oh boy I have a lot to lose. Tonight was the rock bottom for me. Try on a bathing suit and could not believe what I look like naked it was not good. I just sat there and stared at my self and cried. I can't live like this I told my husband when I got in the car I have to do something so here I am going to give it a shot. I really need some motivation so any body please help me. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 20:48:19 EST Future Feeling hopeful and picturing myself thin. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 17:25:54 EST Good morning, good morning, good morning! Okay so I am excited this am. Last night I did some additional exercise and got in, ready, drumroll please.....a total of 60 minutes, yes, one hour for the day. Now I now that to many of you that is quite commonplace but for me, it is AMAZING! lol <BR> <BR> Got up this am and did 25 minutes. That 10 minute per day exercise challenge has gotten me up and exercising 4 days in a row now. I highly recommend it. The ten minutes is not frightening and I think everyone can do something for ten... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 08:51:48 EST I am back, with my stubborn stomach :( I have a job, which is very active, managing vacation apts in Paris, so I am walking a lot, I think, I lost inches in my thighs, and legs ,and backside - but my stomach is the same ? why ?? <em>311</em> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:39:41 EST question for quilters I haven't seen any activity on the original quilting post so I will start this one. I have been doing many applique wall hangings lately and have been learning free motion quilting. Not so daunting when you do it on a small piece. Someone turned me on to 505 Basting spray to make the 'sandwiched' layers. I love it, no stopping to remove pins. After outlining a rather large piece I realized that the whole thing had become rather wrinkled so I pressed it lightly before starting on the free... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:31:09 EST eating for weight loss Since I am over 50, it seems harder to lose the weight. And I get conflicting information on what I should (or should not) eat in order to lose the weight. One doctor says low fat, one says cut out bread (just bread??), web sites say no sugar, no dairy, no legumes etc.... My doctor says low fat, but I have been eating low fat for decades and I have gained weight every year. Any suggestions? Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:02:23 EST Dashing Good Morning, I'm looking for an active board. As I continue my journey to a healthier me. To share recipes, trials and tribulations. Is any one here? Wed, 17 Jun 2015 08:28:04 EST Does this plan work for pre diabetics? I'm turning 61 in July and my A1C is 5.9. Is anyone having losing success on this program? Have you had to tweak the amount of allowed carbs? Wed, 17 Jun 2015 01:32:28 EST Nordictrack Xi9 - Anyone have one? I'm seriously thinking about getting the incline trainer. Does anyone have the Xi9, Xi11 or the new Xi15? If so, how do you like it? Mon, 15 Jun 2015 09:49:06 EST Way to go girl!! I've been losing weight and keeping it off. I still have 96 more pound to lose. I'm a size down and most of my clothes are getting big on me. I so excited and can't wait to wear those sexy clothes. Sun, 14 Jun 2015 23:34:02 EST New to SparkPeople and Message Boards Hello everyone! <BR> I am new here. My goal is to eat healthy and get fit for good. I will be 60 this year. Better late than never. :) Sat, 13 Jun 2015 19:18:32 EST Osteopenia and exercise Hi. I was just diagnosed as having osteopenia which is the beginning stages of osteoporosis. My doctor wants me to do weight bearing exercises. Any suggestions on good ones I can do? Osteoporosis runs in my family and I DON"T want it Sat, 13 Jun 2015 13:37:01 EST No loss in 7 months I am so frustrated! I go to the gym regularly, track calories, doing everything right. Previously when I've gone through this, I lost up to 40 lbs. in 3 months time. I get that I'm post-menopausal, but seriously. No change? Perhaps hormone replacement therapy would help with this and other symptoms. . . Thu, 11 Jun 2015 08:35:26 EST watch your back Anyone out there who is trying to build core strength and back strength with a compressed disk? I could use some guidance from someone who has been there. <BR> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 19:36:02 EST pills for prostrate hey there I was wondering if anyone knows of a good proven pill that works for an enlarged prostrate. I had surgery bout 6 years ago and helped greatly. however over time it seems to have gotten back to the same. I have been taking <BR> Rapaflo for a couple of years now but doesn't work anymore.. thanks a bunch Tue, 9 Jun 2015 19:35:01 EST HELP!I am doing well so what is going on with me? What is going on with me? Last night for the first time in three weeks I felt the desire to eat. Just felt almost overhelmed by wanting to eat. To eat something I should not eat, to eat everything and anything. I won the battle but I have to say it hit me out of left field. It came on quickly and so strong I was shocked. I have been in a very pissy mood since yesterday am and I don't feel like it is going to get better any time soon. For the first time in well over a week, I did not lo... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 10:11:09 EST frustration Two weeks in a row I gained weight. I am very frustrated right now. <BR> I am walking over 9500 steps almost every day (bad week - last week). I am tracking my food, trying to drink the 8 glasses of water. I need another boost. <BR> I need some help. Does anyone follow a eating plan that works for them while still on Spark? <BR> <BR> Help please Tue, 9 Jun 2015 07:09:19 EST Young and Menopausal My name is Courtney. I am 32 and unfortunately in menopause. I had to have a full hysterectomy 2yrs ago. I have noticed ever since then I've battled with depression, anxiety and weight gain. I am trying to get a handle on all of it. I would love to hear from other ladies that are going through the same thing and create and place where we can help one another. Mon, 8 Jun 2015 13:12:41 EST 13.7 down! And a fabulous, on track weekend! Good morning! Had my second successful weekend. This was was as perfect as it gets I believe. Did 40 minutes of exercise both Saturday and Sunday. Beat my exercise minutes/sessions by quite a bit. I think I am on to something here. Thanks for all the support guys. Wishing you a wonderful, on track Monday. Debra Mon, 8 Jun 2015 08:36:17 EST Back again I have been a member of this site since 2008 and I have been here active for a few months and then I drift away.. then come back.. I haven't figure out how to make the site really work for me. I have used it to track my food and it seems kind of tedious but I do get the info that helps me. I haven't figured out how to use it to track my exercise. <BR> <BR> so in all those years my weight has bounced around about 10 lbs one way or the other. <BR> I am starting to have hip and knee problems ... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 20:52:35 EST Lunch at Panda Express healthier options. Lunch at Panda Express was delicious until I realize what I was eating. Lot of better choices, than the fried rice and Chinese noodles which are my favorite. I thought I busted my 1500 Calories for the day, but I still have 500 calories for dinner. But my carbs and fat way over. Will do better tomorrow. Thu, 4 Jun 2015 20:27:05 EST Checking in this AM...... Doing very well. Lost another pound so total -12.8. I do believe I am in the zone after DECADES (sad but true lol). I exercised three days in a row for a total of 85 minutes so far. Taking my new health supplements for my knees and staying positive. Weekend is coming, the red flag is there, but somehow it is not that daunting to me this week. For the last two weekends, the first was terrible, the second was much better and this week, I am striving for really good (dare I say excellent l... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 08:41:05 EST Bio Feed Back Diet Has anyone heard of this type diet before. I went on the web site under, "mycustomfatloss" and if I am asking the question I am sure I can't afford it... anyone knows how much it costs? I have been with the "SPARK" community for about 8 weeks and working out 3-4 times a week for 45 minutes and have only lost 5 lbs. And, I have been tracking everything I eat and drink...just wondering about the other option. It's much harder to lose weight at 58. Thu, 4 Jun 2015 08:31:18 EST Dukan diet Hi I'm over 50 and day 3 of the attack phase.I have 3 stone to lose and am looking for a buddy to keep me motivated.Help. Wed, 3 Jun 2015 20:18:32 EST Walking 10,000 Steps a Day Keeps the Doctor Away! According to a Doctor at Cleveland Clinic. <BR> <BR> 1). Have a buddy system. <BR> 2). Eating Healthy. [Vegetables, Fruits, Whole Grains, Seeds, Nuts] <BR> 3). Walk 10,000 steps per day, and a little resistance exercise <BR> 4). Do charity work. <BR> 5). Coping with stress. Relax, breathe deeply. <BR> <BR> Will prevent 80% of cancers and disease. <BR> <BR> I walk 10,000 to 20,000 steps everyday. I burn about 1000 extra calories per day, Which adds up to 2 pounds a week of weight lo... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 04:20:42 EST over 60 workouts How many here work out with a trainer? I work out 5 to 6 days a week. We do fasting cardio at 4:30 or 4:45 am then we do strength training. We have a great trainer who keeps us so motivated. <BR> Jusr curious <BR> <BR> Sheila <em>198</em> Tue, 2 Jun 2015 09:41:49 EST Hello everyone. New here. How was everyone's day? Sun, 31 May 2015 20:56:04 EST new to the group diabetic Sat, 30 May 2015 08:10:04 EST Tracking Steps Hi Everyone. I purchased a WeGo Hybrid fit tracker and I have not be able to download any day since the first week. It continues to disconnect from my phone. My job is sedentary and this was one way to get me up and moving. I'm so disappointed with this purchase. Any suggestions? Fri, 29 May 2015 12:11:14 EST HI Hi New to Sparkpeople want to loose over 100lbs <BR> Fri, 29 May 2015 10:02:33 EST I am at a stand still I haven't lost a pound in 3 weeks. lost 5 lbs any suggestions? Thu, 28 May 2015 18:31:45 EST Checking in on Thursday! Good morning all! Hope everyone is well and on their plan. If not, shake yourself off, let it go, and carry on. I had a really good day yesterday, EXCEPT for not getting in any exercise. Worked an extra two hours then met with a mason for some step repair work, after dishes cleaned the inside door or my refrigerator and then made the mistake of sitting down on the couch. Tried to motivate myself to get up and get moving, but alas, my ass would not cooperate. Did get up this AM and got in... Thu, 28 May 2015 08:46:59 EST Good morning! Update on how I'm doing. Ok, even though I PROMISED myself that I would log all weekend and exercise, I did neither. I don't know why the weekends derail me and really it is so frustrating to me. However, I got back on track yesterday and had the PERFECT day. I feel like FINALLY something in me has shifted into real gear and I am on the road to making a healthier me. I haven't felt like this in years, so I am going for it. Thanks to everyone who is supporting and encouraging me. I am here for you also. Enjoy y... Wed, 27 May 2015 08:06:16 EST I need help I am at my heaviest and at the end of my rope. Do pretty well throughout the day, but binge when I get home at night! HELP! Weigh 270+ my heaviest ever!!!! In the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area anyone in that area that might want to meet to work out, or support. Tue, 26 May 2015 11:18:42 EST I need Sparkpeople. I lost weight through spark and was feeling good. I started going to community college and then bad things started to happen. Deadlines, stress, stress eating, not getting enough sleep, not taking the time to exercise,. not watching my calorie intake.... I'm sure you've all heard or lived that song and dance. <BR> Now eight moths later I'm nearly 40 pounds heavier. I could say- WTF? But I know what happened and now that summer (and no classes) is just around the corner it'll be "gym clas... Mon, 25 May 2015 19:55:28 EST I'm new here HI, I'm a retired (just exactly 10 years) art teacher (42 years), and an artist. I have been dieting since teen years, love food and carbs particularly. Not sweets so much. I have just lost 15 pounds in 41 days on the Reboot with Joe Cross juicing diet. Once I started eating whole raw food, I haven't lost another ounce. I just found this site yesterday, looks like a great resource for everything, fitness, recipes, and community support! I used to be quite physically active, and could co... Sat, 23 May 2015 15:50:46 EST New to the group Hello everyone, I am 77 years old, and for 30 years I have been dieting, sound familiar? But I feel that now is different, because I made a goal/promise to myself that I was going to lose 50 lbs this year, I am only 5'1" and I am over 200 lbs, that makes my lower back and my knees hurt. <BR> To kick it off, I started last Sunday the Cabbage Soup Diet, and up to today I have lost 6.8 lbs, I am hoping for a 10 loss, and that will bring me under 200 lbs. <BR> So far, I am feeling great, my lower... Fri, 22 May 2015 12:59:06 EST craving chocolate I have been craving chocolate all day so instead of having it, when I got home I made a smoothie with Mango, spinach,strawberries, apple flaxseed, and stevia and that seems to have taken care of that one. Craving is all gone. Thu, 21 May 2015 19:14:45 EST Bad Back Anyone here working out with a bad back? Thu, 21 May 2015 15:28:29 EST What is wrong with me? Blew it big time yesterday After two months of son/health related issues, which as you know comes with a TON of stress, Tuesday night he got a good report. Yesterday I was on cloud nine needless to say. So, why did I eat like a gavon? What is wrong with me? What has to happen to me that I take this diet/health thing seriously? My knees have been screaming at me for years, yes years now. I KNOW that losing 1 pound takes 4 pounds of pressure off your knees. I KNOW that when I weigh less the pain is less. Yet, kno... Thu, 21 May 2015 08:49:22 EST Graduation night Autumn in her cap and gown. This was the best picture Lori took. Professional photographers took more pictures so I expect to get one of those. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 20 May 2015 22:43:41 EST depressed Having financial problems. Wed, 20 May 2015 10:19:23 EST Good morning!!!! So looking forward to the weekend. My goal is to track EVERYTHING that goes into my mouth, and with barbecues (OMG I can't spell barbeque? cue? good Lord I'm getting alzheimers, too, lol). Anyway weekends for me are the hardest so I have decided to PLAN everything because when I don't I get the oh ____ it attutude which leads to pounds-pack on, and that is not happening this weekend! I repeat (mostly to myself) that is not happening this weekend!!! Enjoy your day everyone! Debra <em>2... Wed, 20 May 2015 09:14:52 EST I love my spark tracker Love my activity tracker. I knew I moved and walked but I didn't think it was that much until I got my sp tracker. I cant believe how much I walk. Just today I took over 15000 steps. Tue, 19 May 2015 19:48:33 EST Morning! First weigh in.... Down 5.9 pounds! Exercised for 20 minutes, just had my protien shake. Rainy here in NY, bad hair day lol. Wishing you a wonderful, if rainy, Tuesday. Debra <em>212</em> Tue, 19 May 2015 08:18:40 EST Local Walking Challenge-100 miles At the end of March I joined my town's 100 mile walk challenge that ends on June 1. I had just gotten my Jawbone UP Move, new walking shoes so I thought what the heck. I just added up all mileage to date and so far I have walked 49 miles! That is insane I never would have thought I could do that. 49 Miles Wow Yes, I'm patting myself on the back. <BR> <BR> Can I walk another 51 miles in 14 days ... I don't know, but I sure am going to try. I want a really cool tee shirt, of course th... Mon, 18 May 2015 13:32:47 EST Anyone thinking about cheating for lunch??????? DON'T lol. Take a deep breath, weigh your options, and choose something healthy!!! You'll be glad you did!!!!! <BR> <BR> That's what I am going to do!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Mon, 18 May 2015 11:17:33 EST Good morning to all!!!! Well it's Monday again (they seem to roll by pretty fast don't they?). And for me, Monday is always my begin again day lol. So I just want to recap my first week. Sadly, I went away for the weekend and did not track/log anything. On the other hand, I did track four days last week, I exercised three times and accomplished three nights without binge eating. So there were some successes. Anyway this is a new week for me and I plan to make it a good one! Best to everyone, Debra <em>381</e... Mon, 18 May 2015 11:14:01 EST Life after 50 and now a broken wrist I've been gaining more and more weight since I broke my wrist, unfortunately my wrist is permently damaged because during surgery to fix it the Dr cut my median nerve, now I have very little use of my right hand. Ex reside has been at a stand still. I need to get back into life. HELP! Mon, 18 May 2015 07:58:59 EST keeping fit while managing medical issues? I'm 60, and while I must admit I look decent for my age, I am overweight & I am managing multiple medical issues ~ which necessitate a great deal of doctors appointment. Some of the health concerns are related to being overweight, some I would have no matter what. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In between balancing the appointments, I work part time ~ that's where my insurance benefits come from. It's a challenging balancing act sometimes. On the plus side, one of my medical issues is placing exe... Sun, 17 May 2015 08:14:10 EST My Body is Holding on to the Weight I have been doing PiYo and eating clean for about a month now. I think I lost a couple of pounds (maybe). PiYo is supposed to be great for toning and losing inches. I haven't lost any inches and I am totally frustrated. I do feel stronger and have more energy, but that's just not enough. I was following the PiYo eating plan, but it really didn't work for me, so I went back to logging my food. I try and stay around 1300 calories a day, although I think I am supposed to be at 1500. I am eatin... Wed, 13 May 2015 12:17:51 EST Feeling Frustrated I have always been fairly trim all my life-yeah, I had a few extra pounds-who doesn't. Then about 8 years ago, things started to change. First my weight dropped for no reason. In fact it went down to what it was when I was in my 20s. What was I doing? Your guess is as good as mine. It just dropped. It was great that I could have an ecláir every night and not worry. Then I quit smoking. Ok, it is normal to gain some when you quit (and yes, I had to quit eating those ecláirs every night, too). ... Tue, 12 May 2015 18:33:47 EST Menopause Well it finally happened. I am going to be 50 in July and have already started menopause. The moods swings were out of this world and had to put a check on that really fast before my fiance' left me. Still having big issues with hot flashes. I started taking Walmart brand Equate Estroblend to try and help and mood seems better but hot flashes coming more often than they used to. Constantly fanning myself at work and forget about sleeping a full night since I'm always waking up full of sw... Tue, 12 May 2015 15:33:22 EST Looking for Support from someone who has been where I am. Feeling so totally disgusted, grossed out by myself. Feel like I would imaging a beached whale would feel like. Stick a pin in me, I'm done. Frustrated and depressed, can't keep food out of my mouth, feel trapped, miserable and just plain tired. Yes, I know I am being "hard" on myself, but you know what, I am not a novice at this and maybe that is partially the problem. Maybe my head is just so full of nutritional/dietary knowledge from way TOO many sources that my mind is s... Tue, 12 May 2015 12:33:46 EST Green Smoothies Hi, I am looking for others who have been drinking green smoothies to get large amounts of fresh greens and fruits daily. I have been making a green smoothie every week day for about a month. <BR> <BR> My usual is 1/2 orange, 1/2 apple, handful or two of baby spinach, handful of baby kale, bunch of fresh parsley, 1/2 a sliced frozen banana, about 1/8 cup of walnuts, 1 cup almond milk, sometimes water to get right consistency. <BR> <BR> I was adding 2 Tablespoons flax seed meal every da... Tue, 12 May 2015 11:13:42 EST respond to message about. chair videos Thanks. I will try it Mon, 11 May 2015 22:58:04 EST looking sexy past 60! I believe it is our right to look good as we get older. If not in the world's eyes, at least in our eyes. Sun, 10 May 2015 23:46:35 EST BORN IN 1949 NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT ARTHRITIS IN KNEE, DOC SAID EXERCISE WOULD HELP <em>249</em> Fri, 8 May 2015 21:51:10 EST New In Program Hi! My name is Pam, and I'm new to SparkPeople. I just joined today. I was wondering if anyone over 50 has had success in this program, and have any tips that has worked for them. I appreciate all responses that can get me started to a healthier new life! Thank you! Fri, 8 May 2015 12:31:54 EST Want to be part of a team that checks in daily? Would you like to be a part of a team checking in DAILY? Give/receive motivation, accountability, encouragement, tips, and suggestions! Let's inspire each other to stay on track moving towards our goals! Join the team by clicking "My SparkPage" then scroll down and click on the team "250-350 Check in daily". <BR> <em>229</em> <em>213</em> <em>381</em> <em>223</em> <em>220</em> <em>235</em> <em>48</em> <em>30</em> <em>387</em> <em>331</em> <em>199</em> Thu, 7 May 2015 23:10:47 EST New team, 250-350 Check in DAILY Would you like to be a part of a team checking in DAILY? Give/receive motivation, accountability, encouragement, tips, and suggestions! Let's inspire each to stay on track moving towards our goals! Join the team by clicking "My SparkPage" then scroll down and click on the team "250-350 Check in daily". Thu, 7 May 2015 11:12:05 EST 11111111111111 11111111111111 Tue, 5 May 2015 23:19:31 EST hhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhh 1111111111111111111111111111 Tue, 5 May 2015 23:18:47 EST Do you count or watch carb intake? If you watch your carbs, how many do you take in in a day? Fri, 1 May 2015 15:12:59 EST ignoring trigger foods in the house One way to ignore my son's ice cream (he needs the calories) and other foods is to buy flavors or items I don't like. That doesn't always work. Any other suggestions? Fri, 1 May 2015 09:37:42 EST Advice for struggling spouse Help! My spouse and I have been married for 7 years and within all those years, he has been struggling with his weight and getting healthy. He had gained over 50 lbs since his mother died (which was over 10 years ago). His confidence had also suffered then. When we were on our honeymoon, he wouldn't even take off his shirt while we were at the beach or when we're intimate. Its only when I mention it to him that he sometimes does take off his shirt. Our intimacy is almost non-existent. He’s lo... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:13:48 EST Dr. Oz Today I started the Dr. Oz Rapid 10 program. It's 1:05 p.m and so far so good. Only about 13 months to go to goal. <em>521</em> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:06:38 EST Arthritis I drive and so I sit a long time for work. My back aches and I get stiff. Suggestions? Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:57:33 EST Thought for today Day 2 doing ok :) Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:42:59 EST just bought my 1st stationary bike well...its been a long 1 & 1/2 year 4 me...and im trying 2 gain control of my life again. I was just taken off anti-depressants after months, and 30 lb. weight gain, on top of the 30 lbs. I already had 2 lose. This is the scaredest I've ever been, and the most insecure, and heaviest, hoping I can find some inspiration from the people who r members here Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:15:58 EST Feeling Full Leaning what full feels like compared to STUFFED, my old normal. I do not have to eat everything on my plate. at 51 it was like a "light" came on for me. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:31:12 EST Hit the big "60" I don't know why I find it so hard to accept that I'm this old. My mind just doesn't feel it - just my body. Maybe that's part of the reason that I'm motivated this time to lose the extra 40 or so pounds that keep creeping on. I still want to be active but I'm going to need some help there. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:59:09 EST Tired of being Tired.... Seems no matter what I do, sleep, eat or exercise I am always Tired. I am Tired of it!!! Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:26:39 EST over 50, hypothyroidism,past menopause I am 56, I have hypothyroidism and past menopause. I feel as though the cards are stacked against me. Does anyone have advice? Tue, 21 Apr 2015 21:40:59 EST crave ice crean all the time I cant get enough ice cream. I don't want popcicles, just ice cream and cant stop eating it HELP <BR> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:47:03 EST not 50, but feel it Can I join your group even if I am not yet 50? Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:04:23 EST Back and heavier than I have ever been so I gave up in 2013, but kinda maintained, at least I thought I was, reality hit, I now weigh more than I ever have even when I was prego! Now that I am 52 it is past time for me to do something and get off my butt. I guess I got comfortable, and stress, (let me see what else can I blame it on) really tho, I eat JUNK! I am determined to get back to where I need to be, for me and my family, so I feel better and I look better..Hey, over 50 does not mean I can not look sexy from time to time fo... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:04:16 EST Who born 1960 Hello <BR> Come on sparkers Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:50:22 EST Superiority Issues? This is just a general statement I need to make. Why, at this stage in our lives, do others make statements that suggest their superiority and others lack of it. Didn't we leave this behind in elementary school? I guess it burns me up because we are all here for the same reasons. and one of those reasons is support. I suggest that if someone on this site is so amazing he or she 1) Doesn't need to be here. or 2) May be showing a flaw in their own "superior" lives if they need help from t... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 02:14:23 EST dinner time then going for a walk <em>521</em> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:12:11 EST KNOW YOU ARE 50 IT RATTLES ONE TO SEE THOSE AGREED TO BE 50 STILL LACKING ESSENTIALS INCLUDING SELF EXAMINATION AND CLEAR RESULTS. IT IS IMPORTANT WE LIVE UP TO OUR ACCLAIMED AGE IN ALL OUR ENDEAVORS ESPECIALLY OUR SPARK TEAM ASSIGNMENTS. THANKS AND KEEP FIT AND SPARK FINE. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:51:40 EST Always hungry It seems like once I eat then I want more food.Does anyone have any ideas on very low calorie snack food that will help take the edge off. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:05:23 EST Ate too Much???? I ate my regular lunch but I am 100% stuffed and uncomfortable???? What is up with that? <em>24</em> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:19:03 EST Benefiting from Meditation and Breathing Exercise Each night for 15 mins or longer I am feeling the benefits from Meditation and Breathing Exercise. I am able to sleep longer and not be so stressed out during the day. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:53:11 EST Middle Age and Antidepressants-Bad Combo! I am 53 and overweight by about 30 #. I also have to take antidepressants. There's no changing that. Antidepressants can cause weight gain and have done so for me. In addition, I have had low back pain and knee pain from degenerative changes (ie old age, arthritis) which is a deterrent to exercise. I have no energy. I used to exercise all the time, since age 20. But since being on these meds, and getting this age, I have become a royal SLUG! I am trying to start back food tracking and exerc... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 22:26:20 EST Stayed within calorie intake with sugar I am so frustrated by my sugar cravings. It's like a turn into a different person. Yesterday I exercised and was able to eat more calories, which I did. But, it was animal crackers (chocolate) and jelly beans. How do you stop the sugar cravings? Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:25:51 EST Portion Control vs Self Control Finding the balance and being accountable for my actions are a struggle. At the office their is always food. I hate it!!!! Fri, 10 Apr 2015 09:48:17 EST Learning to Breath We all have to Breath. BUT - how we Breath is what is so important. I live such an uptight life that I keep my body tense and ready to pounce at any time. So my lesson for this week is to breath, the right way. Both feet flat on the floor, hands on etch leg - Deeppppppp Breath in threw the nose, hold for 3 seconds, exhale threw the mouth, pushing in with the stomach muscle- counting backwards from 10....... repeat 7x three (3) times a day to increase oxygen and energy levels. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 08:58:02 EST Finally losing slowly Hi, <BR> I go and see a dietician once a month. I got weight in on 4-6-15 and lost 2 pounds. I was disguised but better than gaining and was hoping to lose more than 2 pounds. I had no class for 3 weeks. <BR> This I'm determined to lose more when I go back in 2 weeks. <BR> I can fit in a smaller size pant Yeah!! I'm so happy about that. <BR> It's take determination and motivation for us to lose the weight. Don't get disguised if you didn't lose or gain. It will come... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 11:10:44 EST Its not always about the numbers Number of calories we eat, number of pounds we lose, how many glass of water I drink, How many minutes I exercise. It is also about how I feel. I feel wonderful and inspired every time I log on. I feel hopeful every day when my clothes are a little baggie. Its about not being out of breath when I walk into work. It is about Self Love. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 12:19:30 EST Just starting....I have hit rock bottom. I am at my heaviest. I guess I always thought I would just live with my extra pounds...but its become UNCOMFORTABLE. Its the extra weight under my breast know what I'm talking about. Menopause is not friends the same age are complaining about the extra around the mid section. Getting old can suck, but I refuse to have this roll around my middle(hips and legs and arms aren't so good either) but its the middle that has made up my mind, enough is enough. I heard people have ... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 11:05:29 EST Proud of myself. Have to shout it from the fooftop, I am down another pound. I am so proud of myself. This time last year I couldn't have done it. <BR> Mon, 6 Apr 2015 19:26:58 EST Water Zumba On Saturday at my "Y" - It was Awesome!!! Didn't know I had that kinda strength. Will diff be doing it again this week...... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 12:46:05 EST New to Spark People and over 50 Hello Folks, I'm getting started now for about 1 month and really like using this site. I've lost 4 lbs and am walking a little over a mile a day. I have a lot of weight to lose! I just want to get healthy and spend lots of years with my husband, kids, and grandkids. Wed, 1 Apr 2015 08:25:02 EST I need help Hi, <BR> I need help I'm losing the weight but I'm getting loose flab on my arm (near the armpit). How do I get rid of them? Do working with dumbbell work and what kind of exercises I need to do? Do I have to have it surgically remove. They look awful. I'll like to get rid of them. I want to surprise my family whenever I go back east to visit them. I don't think my health insurance will cover it. <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:50:08 EST Bummers Don't big and little bummers bum your vision and actions toward your life goals. <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:54:13 EST Strength Training Over 50! Hi, All! <BR> I'm Trish, recently hit the "Double Nickles", and am new here! <BR> <BR> I started working out again, back in August, after a decade of being out of it! <BR> At the beginning of March, I hired a Personal Trainer....I have been a trainer, in the past, and am taking my National Accreditation test on April 23! <BR> <BR> My question is: Are any of you strength training? <BR> My trainer just started testing my limits, with bench pressing, Squats, and dead lifts! I'm surprised at ho... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:07:15 EST End of the Month Stress How to deal with stress that comes with End of the Month Reports and Employees? Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:30:46 EST tendonitis and bursitis anyone else got this in the shoulder? What do you do to relieve the pain or less the shoulder? Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:58:00 EST Wt Loss for those with back issues Help. <em>213</em> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:12:47 EST Looking for a Buddy HelloI started this back in 2013, gave up. Here I am again, I am a 54 lady whom is currently married, works fulltime and have started my sewing/embroidery business. Time is not my friend. I have two dogs that are home alone all day and when their mom comes home they want attention. So I get on the floor and play for about 20 minutes, then do a 20 minutes exercise, cardio most the time, when I get sore I try chair yoga. I am eating better counting calories, but am getting bored and having... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:50:44 EST Is this normal or am I just weird? Been feeling kind of off for the past few days. Began my new regimen of weight loss and exercise back on March 9th and so far so good with keeping on track. Had a slight overeating day yesterday, but added 30 more minutes in exercise to compensate. <BR> <BR> Today I am doing my workout and all of a sudden I got highly emotional and started to cry, kept going with my zumba and the feeling went away. wth... is this normal to get so highly emotional during a workout? I thought exercise was ... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:58:18 EST need an accountability buddy DESPERATE! Hello Sparkers. I am female, 51 and 20 lbs overweight. 6 years ago I lost 52 lbs and got into great shape, but 3 years ago I regained 20 lbs and lost some fitness too. My excess weight makes me miserable. I am looking for an accountability buddy. Ideally this would be someone who is also about 20 lbs overweight and who has previously lost weight but could not maintain the loss. <BR> <BR> I don't care if this person is male or female but I put out there what I am so you would know. I would ... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:38:26 EST newbee and depressed i thought i start here with message boards. im 51 and approx. 80lbs over. im not trying to go down all the way. been walking for the last month, and started the videos from here yesterday. i work 80 hours a week, and have issues with hubby.STRESS, it my thing. unhappy. he says nothing about my weight, thank god, he is a self centered man. so no support. i have very little friends, no time, and nobody seems to be at my level. any suggestions would be appreciated <BR> <BR> thank, started back ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 13:31:59 EST Physically demanding job and rapid weight loss Two weeks ago I started working as a Garment hanger. It is physically the hardest job I have ever had. I am 52 and I am losing a lot of fat but also building muscle fairly quickly. I know I shouldn't expect my body to respond like it did when I was younger but on my days off I am very tired and my arms and back feel so weak. I get up at 4am eat breakfast eggs ,toast and juice or oatmeal, toast and honey and whole milk. It gets very hot inside at my job so I just am not hungry at lunch but I d... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 01:10:29 EST Meds Hello---I am learning lots by reading your posts, mostly that I am not alone in the different weight loss walk. I am wondering if anyone out there has had success despite being on an anti depressant? Several years ago dr suggested it would be best, I agreed but weight gain was 12-15 lbs and no luck moving it off at all. Weight lift, cardio, walk, cal 1300-1500? Love to hear wisdom if any one has walked this out? Trying to cut back on meds slowly. Over weight in all by 20-25 lbs. very frustrat... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 08:04:13 EST Trying to be fit at the age of 61 Over the years I've gained so much weight. I'm very short, so the added weight is very hard on my small frame. With back pain from scoliosis and arthritis, and pain in one foot from arthritis; it's hard for me to push myself to exercise. I try to work through the pain, but need motivation to keep going. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 07:00:03 EST Turning 50 in July I have never been unhappy with my age until this year. And it is not the number that is even bothering me. It is that no matter what I do right now. Health is not on my side. It makes me sad that the hard life style from before is now preventing me from achieving my new life style. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 05:54:25 EST turning 50 soon so I am turning 50 in sept and to tell you the truth I am looking forward to my 50's. I am newly single after 20 years but I am finding out who I am now and I am really liking who I am becoming. a friend and I are going on a big 50th birthday trip can not wait......hoping to lose 20 pounds by then if not I will just keep working on it....I hope even thou I am not 50 I can stay with this group.... <em>213</em> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 00:01:20 EST food tracking I am having difficultly with tracking my food intake as I forget to long it in or have to choose the closest choice listed. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else have this issue? Thu, 19 Mar 2015 21:06:05 EST my fattiness is going away one day at a time...... Hi, I'M new to this group...I started losing weight last May....And I lost 20_ ..or so ...for some reason I stopped being good to myself for a while. I didn't gain any back....but was starting not to feel good I got back up ...found this page.....learning a lot of thing's here......when I started I weighed 197 pounds now I weigh 176 or so. Since I joined here instead of the scale being close to 180 Mark it's now close to 175....... I really like this page I don't feel so alo... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:27:03 EST new to site and need to loose over 100 pds Hi everyone. I just started this and am hoping this is the one that will work for me to lose weight. I have a lot of medical issues and they would improve if I can lose weight.. I don't want to lose to fast or starve myself so it is hard for me. I feel that I am a embarrassment to my son and a burden being so out of shape.. <BR> <BR> If I go to a restaurant I need a table versus booth as don't fit in most booths due to fat in stomach area <BR> <BR> Thanks to everyone for the encourag... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 17:28:37 EST Just wondering Why do people tell you that you shouldn't burn more calories then what you eat? Sat, 14 Mar 2015 20:34:05 EST wow I was oding my excerises toda and did I ever get hot, Not sure if it was menopause or just me excerising. <BR> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 20:04:41 EST Gastric bypass Does anyone know any recipes that helps gastric get and keep weight off Fri, 13 Mar 2015 01:07:41 EST DASH diet I have been following the meal plans in the Dash Diet Weight Loss Solution and logging it on the nutrition tracker, the average is about 1000 calories a day. Its been over a week and have not lost anything. It is so frustrating. Is anyone on this diet, does it work? Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:04:56 EST 60 and still trying to lose the weight Hi I struggle with wanting to snack constantly! Help! I always seem to need to be putting something in my mouth. I know I am full but I feel the need to be eating. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:28:32 EST just keep on going Well I weighed myself this morning and found that I gained back one pound. I am not happy about it but I am just going to keep on losing weight. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 19:59:13 EST not sure where to start and am so frustrated Hi everyone, I need to lose at least 50 lbs and not sure what I can do to get myself to be better at it. It is getting frustrating but hopeing to start walking now that the time will change. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 22:37:46 EST Healthy Eating? <img src=""> Sat, 7 Mar 2015 21:36:10 EST We dont have to go the wrong way quietly. Even thou we are on the wrong side of this path of life we don't have to go down without a fight. I'm learning that with a tad more discipline and some activities I can shed the pounds, feel better, and get a little more of that thing all of us wants.... A little more time so that we can enjoy this thing we call LIFE. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 10:39:51 EST Join The Journey SparkTeam! Join The Journey SparkTeam for motivation, accountability, tips, daily talk, and more! Hover over the orange tab that says COMMUNITY, then click SparkTeams, in the red box that says... Search for SparkTeams, type the words The Journey, click SEARCH. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:03:11 EST Morning Workout Support I am 53 years old. I have raised 3 sons and the youngest is now 13. I used to work out regularly, but find I have much less energy since menopause. I have gained 40 pounds and desperately need to return to a consistent workout and healthy eating routine. I work a stressful job and then come home to cook and help with homework, so evening workouts are out of the question. If I am going to be able to do this, I must work out before leaving for work in the mornings. This means getting up at 4... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 16:38:37 EST Questioning myself I find I have a hard time taking time to record my food daily and trying to stay on track with this. I work full time and also raise livestock so have a lot going on daily but wonder how am I ever going to lose this weight if I don't stay on track. Since the first of the year I have changed eating habits for the better and tried to cut sugars out and have been doing pretty good with that until lately when I came across a bag of York peppermint patties in the freezer. I know I am not the only... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 11:20:16 EST Maybe these will work for me - I sure hope so. Well, I found two new sources for a month of meal plans that I had not seen before. Hopefully, they will work for my family. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>files/tools/1monthdiet.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>thy-eating/superfoods/healthy-eating-p<BR>lanner-31-days-of-superfoods/ </link> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:25:55 EST ? not sure of what the message boards are for? is it to make friends or a foll of your self now that I am good at please help before a make a real fool of myself. <em>246</em> Wed, 4 Mar 2015 18:10:44 EST totally frustrated I am so totally frustrated...I feel like i have been dieting all my life. Now i am soon to be 50 and still have not accomplished what i want to do. I have done so many diets over the years. Now as of lately (2 or more yrs) nothing seems to be working...its menopause they saw...I AM SOOO SICK OF HEARING THAT. I did however lose 45 pounds a couple of years ago...over time i have gained back 27. I am finding it to be so depressing...carbs, no carbs, dairy, no dairy...OMG!!! I am going on v... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 16:45:41 EST Shakeology Anyone else on Beachbody/Shakeology program. I started 3 mos ago. I cannot do intense exercise that many do but walk everyday for 30 min or more. I have joint problems in feet and knees. Yikes&#128563; Wed, 4 Mar 2015 06:58:15 EST Born in 1949 If you were born in 1949 you turned 65 last year. <BR> <BR> Post what month you were born in and how your 66th year is going!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1949 After many years of misery through the depression and World War 11 postwar prosperity is starting to get underway with companies now able to supply the cars, Televisions and the other goods demanded in a consumer society. The cars got bigger, the TV's got bigger, with some 6.2 million new cars sold in the US and nearly 10 million Televisions in... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 02:05:40 EST Hi Another long post..lost! Mon, 2 Mar 2015 14:58:28 EST starting over tomorrow is another day to start over and be serious. I need to exercise more and check in every day. I will be starting my NuWave eating also. I don't drink soda anymore only water. Enjoy your week everyone animation. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 21:36:46 EST The Scale is Stuck The scale is stuck, I? I have been working out 5 days a week at 90-minute sessions per work out. I have gone from a size 14-16 to a size 10-12, all in a 12 weeks. <em>24</em> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 09:10:33 EST ready to jump back on the band wagon. Just starting out! Need some motivation. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:41:13 EST fun galore born in 54! new out here and need all the help I can get to loose this weight. I need to loose 39 lbs.....oh so much Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:04:07 EST New team, 100+ to lose, motivation/accountability The Journey Team is a for people with 100+ pounds to lose who want accountability, motivation, and talk daily. My name is Teresa, I'm 52 years old and 177 pounds to lose. <BR> <em>223</em> <em>235</em> <em>334</em> <em>220</em> <em>48</em> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:44:14 EST Thursday February 26, 2015 Good morning my friends, <BR> <BR> Thought I'd better pop in here before Sue began worrying too much! :oD <BR> <BR> Sue, made it through the stomach virus and felt fairly well on Sunday but had a bit of relapse on Monday. That wasn't a big problem for me as schools were closed on Monday and Tuesday due to freezing rain and sleet, which we saw very little of on Monday. The bridges did ice up on Monday night but road crews were prepared with salt so no problem at all for us. <BR> <BR> H... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:16:21 EST 100 Day Challenge Today is the first day of my 100 day Challenge. Any takers on joining me? My goals are to eat cleaner, lose 15 pounds, get healthier and feel better. At 50 I have started this journey sooooo many times. But this is the first time I am asking for help and a couple of buddies to walk with me. Anything I may be missing, I will figure out as I go. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Ready Set....go get em....... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:33:06 EST Hula hooping Anyone out there hoop for fitness? Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:19:38 EST no motivation I have lots of health issues. Its hard for me to do any exercise. Depression keeps me from eating right. Feel like giving up. Need some help Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:44:52 EST Hello everyone I'm looking for motivation! I'm started exploring Sparkpeople a little more and decided to join the forum. <em>30</em> <em>521</em> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:57:32 EST Arthritis and exercise I have aggravated my arthritis during my treadmill workout, have been unable to workout for several days, anyone else have this concern, how can it be avoided Mon, 23 Feb 2015 02:32:01 EST Hello Hello: <BR> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 14:49:24 EST Most endearing traits... Are you a caregiver for a parent? What is their most endearing trait? <BR> <BR> My MIL (age 96) is a bit of a perfectionist, and after a lifetime of quilting, her bed quilt must be must perfectly placed. Hence, a safety pin has been placed *dead-center* at both the top and bottom...on the sheets...on the blanket...and on the quilt! And if we offer to help her make the bed, she diligently supervises us...each time pointing out that she has placed said pins and makes sure we get them wher... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:24:07 EST Hello Hello: <BR> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 08:12:05 EST 49 and counting I'm 50 in May. A daunting thought really but in a way it's motivated myself to be as fit and as in shape as possible. I work out a bit now but I thrive on goals and this is now my next goal to achieve. I will achieve it and suddenly looking forward to the BIG 50 ! Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:49:17 EST nutrition verification Can't seem to verify my nutrition - how do I do it? Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:04:31 EST Change your mind I learned a while back that we have to change our minds and not let our minds do whatever they want. This is how I am learning and practicing to be a disciplined person ( at least when it comes to my weight and health). When my mind tells me I want something, I say, no, I don't need it and it's not good for my body and I don't want to destroy what I have so far, it's not worth it. Then, I decide I simply don't want it. It's so freeing to know that I don't have to listen to those voices an... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:30:52 EST Firecrackers I love my neighbors for waking me up at midnight with 10 minutes of fire crackers going off! Really? You might scare away evil sprits but you are creating bad feelings with your neighbors... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:39:14 EST I had really bad allergy I had bad allergy today and I didn't eat much because my stomach was upset and didn't do the walk. I lost 25 3?4 pounds so far. Tomorrow is another day. Be safe and keep warm. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:14:42 EST Fit At 60 I have just started this journey of healthy eating for weight loss , adding exercise , this is the heaviest I have ever been , and no longer want to be heavy , noticed my aches and pains more . I started 02/10/2015 and lost 2lbs . I turn 60 in May . And a son's wedding next April 2016 and mommy wants to look good . <BR> I found this site . loved the helpful hints to help me in this journey the chance to meet people in the same journey , And the idea of support groups is awesome. I do... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 19:53:30 EST Polio Survivorsl and Post-polio syndrome (PPS) As an aging polio survivor, I am wondering about Post-polio syndrome (PPS), a condition that affects polio survivors years after recovery from an initial acute attack of the poliomyelitis virus. Most often, polio survivors start to experience gradual new weakening in muscles that were previously affected by the polio infection. The most common symptoms include slowly progressive muscle weakness, fatigue (both generalized and muscular), and a gradual decrease in the size of muscles (muscle ... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:19:25 EST Living Gluten Free I've searched the boards for groups on this issue. Those that come up have been inactive for months if not years. So I am starting a post in hopes of finding people like me who are stuggling with this. <BR> <BR> I had my gall bladder removed and several months later starting really feeling sluggish again. Just no energy and wanted to just lay down and sleep many days. Then I realised that I was again eating alot of white carbs. Which I knew made me feel bad from years ago when I lost ... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:33:04 EST What's On The Flip Side? What's On The Flip Side? <BR> <BR> Time to have some fun for those of us who loved our 45s and I am one of them. We are currently moving all of our vinyl to CD and are having a blast. When we are done we will have a collection to rival most oldie radio stations. While most kids were taking their weekly allowance and buying comics books, I bought 45s. Back then I could buy 2 45s for a quarter which was my weekly allowance When I went to 50 cents I was rich as sometimes I could get 5 of them w... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:12:27 EST Sisters in Life We are a group of ladies who have been together for a long time...and have shared in each others life on eating, exercising and all the other things that go on in our lives. Feel free to join us if you wish to do so. We are over 50 and loving it....well sometimes, as sometimes old age "ain't fun". <BR> <BR> Sue Sat, 14 Feb 2015 15:22:44 EST Calorie Confusion I am trying to be vigilant about counting everything I eat or drink, however, I'm confused about the calories. At the bottom it says that I may have from 150-500 left. That's a BIG difference! Should I stick to the lower number or the higher if my goal is to lose 2 lbs a week? :) Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:47:10 EST You can still do it over 50!! Too many people think you can't do it or do much of anything you'd want when you're over 50. I'm planning to make myself better so I can do things I didn't even know I'd want to do when I was younger! Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:19:15 EST After 50 no doubt it's challenging It's definitely more challenging to lose weight if you've lost muscle and probably bone mass, at least I have. Obviously your BMR is then lower so, to lose weight you gotta get your BMR back and up and running so you can burn more calories doing nothing. I'm working on weight lifting and have already noticed a change and just knowing that my BMR is growing is motivating me to continue. I know this is going to take time, but I've got time. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:18:08 EST Born 51 Hi <BR> I am a returning Sparky and looking for inspiration and motivation. I also want to help others stay motivated and just enjoy the great Spark groups Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19:34:29 EST born in 1957 Wow we made it would love some friends for support in getting healthier and staying positive Wed, 11 Feb 2015 07:44:50 EST Exercises for a bad back I would like to know what kind of exercises you do if you have a bad back (bulging discs or arthritis in the spine)? Any suggestions. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 11:38:36 EST anxiety disorder Does anyone suffer from anxiety or panic attacks it's kind of hard to they focus on losing weight,exercising and just being yourself again <em>46</em> Mon, 9 Feb 2015 06:26:23 EST Getting started is tough Hi all. I al totally new here on Spark People. I have gained and lost, gained and lost, etc. I am the heaviest I have ever been now at 52 and I need to lose 50 pounds. This is terrible. I hate the way I look and the way I feel. My food choices are where I really need help. I crave sweets and I need to stop. I can exercise well and I like to move so that has never been difficult for me to get into. Of course, I still work. Tomorrow is a new day and I don't even know where to start wi... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 22:30:13 EST Born in 1959? January 2 Sat, 7 Feb 2015 20:21:33 EST WOW This is hard! Hi; <BR> I just signed up and so far this diet/exercise plan isn't going well. I have been on another site and it has helped some, but I can not walk much at this point and so I found through a search exercises on this site and decided to give the rest a try. I have a hard time sticking to eating less and doing the exercises. I have a lot of stress at work and I tend to overeat a lot. I am over 55 and could really use some help. <em>39</em> Fri, 6 Feb 2015 23:55:59 EST Protein drinks What does everyone thinking about taking a protein shake during the day? Good or not? Im drying to do everything to keep from getting hungry although I think I plan my meals around vegetables and protein Fri, 6 Feb 2015 20:02:23 EST Why is reading worth more points than exercising? Am I the only one that thinks giving 1 point for 5 minutes of exercise and 5 points for reading an article is weird? Fri, 6 Feb 2015 13:15:47 EST Game Plan For Valentine's Day Chocolate? I would love me some Sees Candy for Valentine's Day. Any ideas on how to handle this? Thu, 5 Feb 2015 11:49:11 EST Born in 1958 I want to lose weight not sure how to start so I join sparkle Mon, 2 Feb 2015 19:59:01 EST Looking for friends ~ Everyone is welcome! I'm 52 Looking for friends! Everyone is welcome to join Club 150+ whatever weight you have to lose and especially 150+ Sharing our successes, struggles, tips, suggestions, motivation, cravings, temptations and the daily chit chat. Welcome new Spark Friends! My name is Teresa or T. I'm 52 years old with 158 pounds to lose. Mon, 2 Feb 2015 01:37:05 EST New, looking for friends ~ Join The Club New, Looking for friends ~ Join The Club! Whatever weight you have to lose. This is a great SparkTeam where we'll share successes, struggles, tips, suggestions, what motivates us, cravings, temptations, and daily chit chat. Hi my name is Teresa, I'm 52. <BR> <BR> Join The Club by clicking under my picture on My SparkPage then scroll down to SparkTeams and click on Looking for friends ~ Join The Club <BR> <em>223</em> <em>381</em> <em>30</em> <em>199</em> <em>48</em> <em>386... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 21:47:50 EST New, looking for friends ~ Join The Club New, Looking for friends ~ Join The Club! Whatever weight you have to lose. This is a great SparkTeam where we'll share successes, struggles, tips, suggestions, what motivates us, cravings, temptations, and daily chit chat. <BR> <BR> Join The Club by clicking under my picture on My SparkPage then scroll down to SparkTeams and click on Looking for friends ~ Join The Club <BR> <em>223</em> <em>381</em> <em>30</em> <em>199</em> <em>48</em> <em>386</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:30:45 EST One step forward Two steps back or so it seems Which pretty much describes my weight loss journey. So, when I have a heavy food day (like yesterday) after having a few good days, I try to justify it by saying that was my one day in a week to not worry about eating and tomorrow (as in today) I will stay withing my caloric and exercise plan. But one bad food day turns into 2 or more and I have undone my good days. I have been emailing and talking with folks who have lost a lot of weight and have been keeping it off and it seems that they d... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:02:16 EST Protein, Protein, Protein! I'm having trouble getting my daily protein up to levels. Everything else is split up very well and although I do love my beans..I'd love to hear if anyone has any yummy higher protein fixes, snacks, meals or recipes. I could go online but I'd love to hear what your feedback is <em>58</em> <em>636</em> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:00:11 EST Is it possible to eat fattening in moderation? That sweet roll looked so good I decided I could eat 1/2 and still not blow all my calories for one day. Am I fooling myself? Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:37:52 EST New to Sparkpeople I am, once again, trying to lose weight. I'm counting calories and hope I can keep on it for at least a month. I'm afraid I don't have much self-confidence in this area, because I can't seem to lose weight any more. I lost 50 lb in the 80s and kept it off for several years, then let it creep up on me again. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to find my niche here and hope I can somehow encourage someone else. <BR> <BR> Thank you Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:30:47 EST Recommendations for weight/strength training dvd Hello everyone - I am looking for a good dvd that is only geared towards weight training - weight/strengthening. I have enough walking dvd's but want to get more involved with lifting weights - I don't care for the bands which I have I prefer weights. <BR> <BR> I can't do lunges or anything that requires getting on the floor - my hip is SO bad from arthiritis that it makes it impossible to get on the floor. I am looking for upper body toning - any help would be great - thanks in advance. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:57:30 EST Went to a company meeting today So many snacks that were not "healthy." We are participating as a company so why not help us by providing more fruit and fewer cookies? Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:36:46 EST Couch Man Could any one have any ideas how to stop this Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:14:58 EST SparkGoodies Sorry, but what does this mean. I just sent myself a Exercise Ball for 50 points. <BR> <BR> Now what happens? I was hoping I could buy one for real for 50 points!!!!! <BR> <BR> Kathi Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:49:15 EST How do you calculate? OK when I did weight watchers you could create a recipe and it would tell you the points. <BR> <BR> How do you in SparkPeople figure out what the nutrients are if it is not in the search list? <BR> Is there a place to put a new item and add it to your favorites? <BR> Sometimes I cannot find in the Search anything close to what I need........just wondering if I am missing something. <BR> <BR> 2 Feet of snow and climbing in New Hampshire. <BR> <BR> Kathi Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:38:51 EST birth date who is born in 1953? Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:03:12 EST Helping Overweight Friends I have learned so much about dieting using Sparkpeople and have lost 15 pounds in first three weeks. I friend of mine who is way overweight asked me what I was doing and I introduced him to Sparkpeople. He seemed very interested and I hope he takes the time to sign up and slim down. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:54:29 EST Where do you get the weight tracker? I see people have a weight tracker on their messages at the bottom. <BR> Where do you get that? I have looked everywhere. <BR> <BR> Thanks. <BR> Kathi Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:21:55 EST a new way of thinking there was an article on the morning news, about metabolism. if mice were allowewed to eat anything, any time they gained weight and were not as healthy. mice that were fed the same amount but within a 12 hour window kept sleek, lost weight and were healthier. it starts from your first sip of coffee or your first bite. if you start at 7am you must finish eating by 7 pm. eat within a 12 hour worked for the mice <em>56</em> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:38:35 EST Sparks Points What are these points used for? Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:12:15 EST