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Old 02-17-2013, 09:04 PM   #16
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Thank you, cattails, and I'm off to check out that nutritional calculator right now!

newleaf, the tortilla chips get me because they are fresh and they are the perfect salty carrier for pico or salsa. Store chips? Potato chips? Doritos...eh. Not my thing. But warm salty chips and fresh salsa? Oh but yes.

Also, you are rocking my socks! I feel ready to say I got my act together when I turned 40!
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:01 AM   #17
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Secondhalf and everyone else, this thread perfectly captures my mid-forties feeling too. It's like a chance to give myself the gift I've always wanted but was scared I wasn't worth. This year, my health is finally as important as everyone else's.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:27 PM   #18
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That's fantastic and so true! I often find myself showing up to something without makeup or looking a mess because someone else in my home needed something, or I skip the gym because of homework that is not mine or something I volunteered to do for PTA or whatever. All the women I know who are in shape OBVIOUSLY think they're worth spending the time on themselves. How am I any less important than they are?
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:09 AM   #19
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Welcome to the group! Sounds like you've got a great plan, that your head is in the right place, and you're ready for success!! I do believe this is YOUR year!
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:11 AM   #20
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Hey!

I just turned 40, too. I'm not exactly happy about it, but it beats the alternative. I've put on 10 pounds since I was here last (Aug 2012), so I need to get myself together!

Nice to meet you!
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:28 AM   #21
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Hi!

I need to weigh myself. I have been super busy over the past few weeks with our spring fund raiser at school, Girl Scouts, PTA, etc.

I am faithfully riding my recumbent bike and keeping busy and trying to make good choices when I can't count. I sort of feel like I just don't want to eat crap anymore. I want interesting, beautiful, nutritious food that won't kill me.

Also, I tried an Asian pear for the first time yesterday. Recommend! I thought it was going to be kind of awful because the slices felt really dry, but when you eat it, it's really juicy.

Sadly, I don't think any of this is going to add up to real weight loss anytime soon. I just have to count SOMETHING because I can still over eat on "better choices." I can easily, EASILY, eat a whole avocado in one go, or half a container of hummus on carrot sticks.

So...calories? That seems easiest and I have the Lose It app on my phone.
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:07 PM   #22
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Boy, I sure can relate. Before turning 40, I was half my size and could eat twice as much. Now I'm twice my size though I only eat half as much.

And, if I may...It's just not fair that men typically age well and still get youthful partners, but a woman is expected to maintain her youthful qualities in order to remain attractive.

*Memory is the other thing affected beyond 40. I lose something every day and can't for the life of me recall where I put it. I can't commit numbers to memory anymore, either.

**One more thing...fear. I'm far less courageous now than 20 years ago. The older I get, the closer to the ground I want to be. My dad jokes not to worry because once I'm my oldest, I'll be "in" the ground. I don't like driving great distances anymore and I double check to make sure all of my doors and windows are locked at night.

All this in addition to fighting weight gain.
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:32 PM   #23
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SecondHalf, you remind me of when I turned 40. I had been heavy for a few years prior to turning 40, but never really realized just how much until my 40th. My husband and I went to Hawaii and I got to swim with a dolphin for my birthday. Usually I'm the one taking photos so didn't see myself as others did. When they gave us our pictures afterwards, I was SHOCKED at how large I was! Took just a few weeks for me to join JC and never looked back. I kept it off for about 6 years because I learned to eat differently. We moved out of the area, my knees went bad, I had both replaced just recently which means I've gained about 25 back in the last year because I went from being very physically active to not at all. Now that I'm getting my strength back after the surgeries I'm determined to get back to my "fighting" weight. You can do this, just set rules for yourself and don't let anything stop you from getting to that goal!
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:34 AM   #24
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I'm only 46, but my body thinks it's 92! It's bad when you can't turn the hot water on in the morning to loosen up your fingers, because your fingers are too stiff! LOL But I'm there! My doctor keeps telling me to keep moving my joints to help with the arthritis, but the more I move them, the more they ache the next morning. My joints and my doctor just don't seem to be in sync!

I've had a weight problem since I was 16. I remember spraining my ankle, making me live on the couch for six weeks, and that's when I started gaining. Becoming an adult, where I could eat anything I wanted without my mom getting on to me, didn't help matters either. Then there were the pregnancies. OK, I didn't gain DURING the pregnancies (actually lost weight during my last one), but dang did I put on the weight afterward!

I know I'm not in the greatest of health, but I know I can still improve it with losing weight and exercise. I have way too many things I want to experience in life to cut it any shorter than it already will be, so improving my health is very important to me. Besides, with my first grandbaby on the way, I need more energy!

You are all headed in the right direction, and should all feel very proud of yourselves. I agree that the 40's are a great time to reflect on life...where we've been and where we still want to go. I lift my hot cup of tea, as a toast that we all make it to our destinations!

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Old 03-14-2013, 08:56 PM   #25
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Kristy, your doctor is right - trust me! The reason I got heavy leading up to my 40th was because the arthritis (mostly in my feet then) hurt so much that I stopped being so active. Then I started JC and made an effort to get 10000 steps in a day and discovered that my doctor was correct - I did feel better the more I moved. However, I did have to take Advil every day to alleviate the residual pain like you're talking about. The arthritis is a tough one to deal with, but I learn to manage it well enough until my knees cried uncle over a year ago. Now I'm back to taking Advil/Ibuprofen each day so that the aches everywhere else don't stop me from LIVING!
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Old 03-17-2013, 10:55 AM   #26
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Florida, thanks for your support. Unfortunately I can't take aspirin, ibuprofen or naprosin, I'm stuck with Tylenol which doesn't work so well for me. I have a prescription for norco, but can't take it when I have to work as it's a narcotic. Heat helps loosen them up, though, so I usually try to start my day with a nice, hot shower to get all them achy joints. I did notice that when I was off work for 9 months, my arthritis lessened. Still, I would rather work with arthritis, than not work without.

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Old 03-17-2013, 07:08 PM   #27
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Hi all! I am deep in allergy **** but hanging in. I have lost maybe five pounds doing things like avoiding fast food (I stick to salads when I am stuck and HAVE to get something on the go but come on, fast food salads aren't exactly health food), fried foods, and Girl Scout cookies. I will obviously need a PLAN to lose any actual weight and I think that's about to be decided for me. I am going to have some blood work done tomorrow. My doctor told me six months ago that I was a step before pre-diabetic and I haven't done any hard work to change that. I've got a few books on the topic on my Kindle, I've got my bike, and I've got my walking shoes. As soon as I finish this book, I'm just going to do whatever it says and that's it. I don't do well without a plan, I need to have something decided with some rules. Flexibility is not my friend and I can't do moderation. My husband is in. Wish us luck.

I just spent a few days at the beach and while it was beautiful and relaxing, it was also a kick in the pants. I'm 40, I'm not trying to look 18 and I never will again but I can't walk as far as I used to and if the elevator had gone out, that hike to the 8th floor might well have been beyond me. More than anything, I feel so cumbersome and clumsy with all this weight.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:22 AM   #28
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TheSecondHalf: Seems like everyone has the allergy thing going on right now...at least here in California. People at work have been sneezing like crazy, LOL

Good luck with the new plan, and so glad your hubby is in with it too. Having a supportive partner helps tremendously! Hopefully you are still not full blown diabetic yet, and that you can get those numbers to turn back around. I have a lot of family and friend who have it, and it does not sound like anything I would want to live with. I did have an aunt, however, who got well enough to not need medications anymore by losing the weight, so there is still hope.

As for the elevator, there is no way I could walk up eight flights of stairs! It would be a good workout though. I try to take the stairs whenever I can, but only if it's no more than two flights. That is pretty much my limit.

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Old 03-23-2013, 02:21 PM   #29
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Well that book turned out to be for crazy people. I don't know why the good doctor (who wrote the book) thinks going off my one pill (high blood pressure) only to go on his 43439 supplements (that my insurance won't cover) is a winning deal but...that's crazy people for you.

In the last week I have gotten into what some people might call a rut but I prefer to think of as a groove. I have one of two meals for breakfast, ride my bike after I drop my daughter off at school, have a piece of fruit mid morning, one of two or three lunch choices and a side of vegetables for lunch, lots and lots of water and iced tea, fruit again in the afternoon if I'm hungry, and whatever I cook for my family for dinner (which will usually be healthy, none of us needs junk) and another large side of vegetables. I am making sure to cook my vegetables in a measured amount of healthy oil so they're filling. Having fruit for snacks and large servings of vegetables as sides allows me to feel like I actually get to EAT at meals. If I get hungry again after dinner and can't ignore it, I have a bowl of oatmeal with either a banana or some natural PB. I'm using the LoseIt! app and logging every bite.

I have just enough choice not to get bored but enough predictability to avoid having to make "the right choice" every time I eat. I have a plan, my choices are made.

Yesterday I bought some local strawberries. I dipped them in the thinnest possible layer of dark chocolate. SO good. The strawberries are sweet and filling and because there's chocolate involved, it feels and tastes like a really special treat.

Hope everyone is doing well! Thanks for all the kind words!
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:44 PM   #30
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hey secondhalf, I am mainly a reader here because I am usually surfing on my Nook and I don't like typing on it, lol. I just made 40 myself(3/22) and wanted to tell you that you can do it! I started out my 39th year weighing nearly 230 and now weigh 125, I started so many many times and would always fall off the wagon. Just remember never give up! if you fall off just dust yourself off and get back on!
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