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Old 07-14-2011, 09:23 PM   #16
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I also will be checking. Seems like once I started the "Change" "Hot Flashes" "Medications," it seemed like the weight would never come off.

I am going to really try this time! No excuses anymore!
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Old 07-14-2011, 09:30 PM   #17
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ME TOO ME TOO ME TOO.

I am 53 - I have lost 17 kilos ( 37 lb) in two and a half months, I too was really worried that after 50 I was doomed... but it does not seem to be any different from when I was younger>

I am a firm believer in the GI programme, and follow that style of living/eating/thinking.
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Old 07-21-2011, 11:27 AM   #18
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Hi all
I just turned 50 in February. I noticed a bit of a change when I got into my 40s in terms of weight gain and that I couldn't get away with just eating or drinking whatever I wanted. I've come to the conclusion that I just have to make more of an effort now be healthy and feel good- whereas when I was younger it seemed to come naturally. Or it was certainly easier to bounce back anyway. I had some lifestyle changes right around the 40 mark too that I think were not good for me in some ways. I moved from a really great city living right beside a river and huge park, with miles and miles of beautiful pathways that connected all over the city....to a smaller town that doesn't offer much for recreation or nice walking/biking trails. Also got a fairly sedentary job and still have the majority of my work day at a desk. (I'm in the process of trying to change that) There are several other factors -- or are they excuses? why I am now 50 and at least 45lbs heavier than I want to be but that's another post...
Anyway, it's really good to hear that there is hope!! It's great to hear of all your successes. I do think the media and the weight loss "industry" really promote that notion that losing weight and getting fit after this golden milestone is impossible and we're all victims of menopause and our slow aging metabolisms, etc etc. Or at least we're lead to believe that it's impossible without the latest product, pill, book, gadget or whatever. We may have a little more disposable income at this time of our lives and they want to cash in on that! I totally agree with what's been said here about making the changes and choices that will be long term and sustainable for health and not just "dieting". For some people that's a radical shift in eating and lifestyle, for others it might be a slow and steady process of replacing bad habits. I don't know what is going to work for me but I think finding this site was a good start!!
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Old 07-22-2011, 09:31 AM   #19
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Seems people in the upper years, like those in other age groups, have varying approaches to weight loss. What works for a person is their best solution to weight management.

Bottom line though is that however we do it, we older chicks CAN lose weight and look great.

My thought was that I have only X years left to look wonderful, and by golly I was going to do that. For once in my life I can buy what I want to wear, not hunt around for what would simply cover me and hide the fat. I have so much more energy and that adds to the youthful, healthy look.

And I see this new way of eating as lifelong, not a "diet". I eat only the best, no "diet" dressings etc. Wine, chocolate--they are all on the menu. Just have to watch the quantities. Again, that's what works for me--others have their own winning strategies.

Here's to many wonderful years ahead for all of us as golden girls living well!
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Old 07-23-2011, 12:29 PM   #20
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Congratulations on your success. I think it's true that our metabolism slows down, but that doesn't mean it's time to throw in the towel. My Dr. told me that at 60, I'd have to exercise 1 hour a day to have the metabolism of someone in their 30's. Ok, I can deal with that. I think that the hardest thing is facing our own individual reality and then figuring out what we want to do about it.

Bravo on your success!
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Old 07-23-2011, 04:14 PM   #21
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Congratulations on your success. I think it's true that our metabolism slows down, but that doesn't mean it's time to throw in the towel. My Dr. told me that at 60, I'd have to exercise 1 hour a day to have the metabolism of someone in their 30's. Ok, I can deal with that. I think that the hardest thing is facing our own individual reality and then figuring out what we want to do about it.

Bravo on your success!
Hum, if I had your doctor and believed him, I'd be 300lbs and counting as there's no way I'm going to exercise that much even when I get to my normal weight. I don't exercise and still manage to lose as much weight as I did in my 20s. I'm not special, I just know how to take it off fast.

Did he read some kind of study or did he decide on his own? And who conducted the study. I wouldn't believe my doctor about much of anything other than if they found a brain tumor or I just fractured my leg and I still might want a second opinion.

I use them for diagnosis only, then I take responsibility for my own health and do my research, then consult a few health practitioners--not doctors.

For the most part, the only thing doctors know how to do is prescribe medicine and cover symptoms. They don't know how to heal symptoms. They are not taught these things in medical school. It is sort of not their fault but their predujice against alternative medicine IMHO, is a crying shame.

I feel sorry for people who blindly believe their doctor as if he's God.

My doctor is still scratching her head as to how I healed my liver, and how fast I did it. As supposedly livers are not supposed to heal once they are scared. The jury is still out as to whether I had cancer or not. I didn't need to know, I just proceeded with my health care as if I did.

Every study out there is funded by some big corporation with big interests to the outcome, even the diet industry. The only person in this country who cares about the consumer interests is Elizabeth Warren and she just got passed over to head the agency. It was a dark day for Americans, and the saddest thing of all is Americans don't even know who she is.

Don't get me wrong, I love my doctor and she REALLY cares about her patients and worries about them. She's a good soul and most are. I just feel sorry for her because she's so locked into her own beliefs even after I told her how I cured my liver.

Maybe one day we'll live in a utopia where the best of Orthodox medicine and alternative medicine will marry and we'll all be the beneficiaries. I hope I get to see this in my lifetime.

In the meantime, what you believe is more important than your health. Careful what beliefs you chose as that will be your reality and you could get stuck there forever. Your thoughts have the power to heal you. Ultimately, they are the greatest healers of all.



Best wishes to all.
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Old 07-23-2011, 04:21 PM   #22
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Seems people in the upper years, like those in other age groups, have varying approaches to weight loss. What works for a person is their best solution to weight management.

Bottom line though is that however we do it, we older chicks CAN lose weight and look great.

My thought was that I have only X years left to look wonderful, and by golly I was going to do that. For once in my life I can buy what I want to wear, not hunt around for what would simply cover me and hide the fat. I have so much more energy and that adds to the youthful, healthy look.

And I see this new way of eating as lifelong, not a "diet". I eat only the best, no "diet" dressings etc. Wine, chocolate--they are all on the menu. Just have to watch the quantities. Again, that's what works for me--others have their own winning strategies.

Here's to many wonderful years ahead for all of us as golden girls living well!
I am sooooo with you on this!!! I love my diet!! Wish I had met you when I figured this out. It was hard doing this on my own at first. The hardest part was changing my beliefs that I could eat anything I wanted, just not so much. I hope you keep spreading the word wherever you go. I know many people out there will be grateful.
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Old 07-23-2011, 11:29 PM   #23
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I love it, here in usa the doctors are so obsessed by procedures that they do nOt use their brains... And heart is far for being used.
Recently i had eczema. I was very panic and went to a doctor. She asked me to undergo 10 different blood tests and prescribed a medicine. The medicine never worked, asked me to go to skin specialist. The specialist said he will give appointment after 3 months!!!
It so happened my husband had to go to India for some office work.
I took pictures and sent to him. Hubby showed to the doctor and the doctor immediate ly asked him whether i sweated a lot and whe ther the sweat gets dry on my body? As i do daily workout, this does happen.
So, the cure was take a bath after exercise. And he charged $7, no insurance.
Can you imagine?
I feel very sorry for average American because insurance and docs are ...
U know w hat i mean
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:30 PM   #24
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hi all, i am 51 and started matol(low carb basically) on june 8th, s/c/g 254/218/140 . i have done so many diets just to end up heavier than i started. so far i am so happy with this diet i am not hungry, not suffering cravings. it is so nice to hear that at my age it can be done.
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:16 AM   #25
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Hi grace,
Can u pl explain how do u manage to reduce without exercise?
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Old 08-06-2011, 03:53 PM   #26
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Hi folks... this is very encouraging. Lately, I've been thinking that here I am 59 and I am still fighting this weight issue. I was beginning to think that it could never happen for me. It's always been lose -gain, lose- gain, etc. But, this thread addresses many of my thoughts and fears.

Thanks.

Well done to you folks that are taking a hold of a healthier life style and weight loss too!
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Old 08-08-2011, 09:08 PM   #27
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oh boy, good number on scale. mini goal be under 200#s by aug. 31' cannot beleve how well this is going for me. hang in there all. this can be done.

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Old 08-13-2011, 08:25 PM   #28
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Hi everyone. Just turned 50 and it wasnt fun. My son died five years ago and I went straight into menopause and put 50 lbs on. I have been looking for support to help me change and lose the weight (plus the stuff that was there before). I have a breast reduction surgery scheduled for sept 9th but it might not go ahead due to my weight. Oh thats another thing peri & post menopause my bust grew from a D cup to GG!!! Not something I'd wish on anyone. Anyway my liver readings are up and my doctor says I have diabetes now (welcome to 50) so any encouragement/ideas I would welcome. I tried Optifast but couldnt tolerate it due to sulphites and lactose.
I have enjoyed reading all your posts and hope to hear from some of you
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Old 08-13-2011, 09:04 PM   #29
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Hello Avimen!

Come on over and join the golden girls on the August Chat. It is a great group with lots of different approaches.

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Old 08-21-2011, 05:25 PM   #30
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well another week, down 3.0 pounds. i am lovin it.
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