40-Somethings - over 40, overweight and looking to get fit & healthy.
12-27-2008, 11:42 AM
Hi everyone, I am another newbie to this method of communication with other weight loss chicks...I can see from looking around this site, that many of you have had amazing results....and looking forward to the same for me.
The holiday season is always a challenge for me, and I am sure for most folks. But Christmas is now over for the year and a new year and new attitude is there.
I am from Canada (Barrie, Ontario)....but I know that my issues are universal.
I look forward to making new on-line friends.
12-27-2008, 04:38 PM
Hi Sandra I am Carrie and also very new to the Forum...Happy to meet you and Support you in your goals.
I have 55 lbs to go...
Thighs Be Gone
12-27-2008, 05:02 PM
Welcome to you both. There is support and answers to be found here. Dive in and immerse yourself in the knowledge of the members. It's an amazing place to be on your journey.
12-27-2008, 05:09 PM
Canada eh? Welcome aboard, best of luck to you, from another 40 something.
12-27-2008, 05:52 PM
Hi Sandra, welcome to the group. I just joined a couple weeks ago and find the information and support here excellent. Together we CAN do this.
Forty-four and frumpy working on being forty-four and fabulous.
12-27-2008, 06:49 PM
Lots of us from Canada, look in the support groups section for the crazy canuks winter thread to find many of us!
Welcome, and best wishes. I still haven't started a "diet" just working on avoiding binges and eating "better" and smaller portions, and have lost weight already. So be prepared. I didn't really feel ready to start a weight loss program when I started coming, but the support here really helps a lot.
12-27-2008, 08:43 PM
Hello all...thank you for your kind words. I did see the forums from Canada...but because it's such a big country...I decided to jump in with those in my age group, regardless of geography.
My biggest issue is consumption of sweets (chocolate) to be precise. Just tonight, I had some lovely chocolate covered cranberries....delicious!
I have started taking yoga classes for strength and fitness, but need to get into a good cardio program. I love to walk...but have lost my walking buddy...so, my motivation has waned a bit.
12-27-2008, 08:53 PM
Thanks for your kind words,
this is such a great way to have a virtual support system...I do have sisters...and have tried to lose weight with them...but we don't live close to each other, and were at different places in our lives, so we weren't really in a position to "support" one another the way we needed.
Anyway....I am ready to jump in....I am not really a believer in starting a "diet" on January 1st or on a Monday...so, I am starting today (Saturday).
I have started a food journal...but have already fallen off the wagon and bought some chocolate covered cranberries....they were great....but will get back on the wagon tomorrow!!
What are your tricks, issues, or barriers?
12-27-2008, 11:49 PM
For me there are no tricks. Somedays are easier than others. I am a binger, and for the most part have avoided binges, except twice in the last 2 months, instead of twice or more a week. Also not snacking at night.
My portions have gotten smaller.
I notice that overeating to the point of fullness or bloating takes less food now, and my binges are smaller too, i just get too uncomfortable too fast.
I really have to watch myself when sleep deprived due to work or insomnia.
Which I am now. Sorry , must go, goodnight
12-28-2008, 10:30 AM
Hi Fatmad...thanks for the advice...yes, I am a binge eater too. But also a grazer and just love food!
I have entered into the dating world again...now THAT'S scary...:o.especially when trying to look and feel your best.
Today has been good so far. Had a good protein and fruit breakfast (love those clemetines)
Have a great day everyone!
12-28-2008, 11:49 AM
Just waving hello to everyone!
Personally, I've had a rough month. I'm hoping to get back on track. I look forward to seeing new faces!
Best wishes for the new year!
12-28-2008, 06:29 PM
Hey Sandra, I'm glad that you too have found this site. I love it! I started my journey in October - what works for me is going to the gym. The first few weeks of weight lifting...words cannot describe the soreness that lasted for days...all I thought of was "if only it hurt putting the weight on" - LOL! Now, I don't deny myself anything because I'm on a diet - I just decide it if's worth the work to burn it off-LOL! Set mini goals for yourself and treat yourself when they're attained. Buy yourself a charm bracelet and add a charm for every accomplishment (not my idea, but I got it from this site) - reward yourself. You will soon find the changes you make are not due to a diet rather the lifestyle you want! Best To You and Keep Us Posted!:carrot:
12-30-2008, 02:45 PM
Hi Chunky Monkey...thanks for the advice.. I like the idea of rewarding yourself when you reach a milestone....
I have clothes in my closet that I don't or can't wear..because I am too fat. For me, that should be the reward...but I think you are right...maybe should think of something else. Not a big charm bracelet person, but I do love other types of jewerly...ok...I'll think of something.
The last few days have been ok...I have stayed on target and not jumped off the wagon too much.
I am not following one certain diet program per se...I have just found that if I do my own thing...is works better. Anyone else do this?
have a great day, Sandra
12-30-2008, 09:11 PM
You also Sandra
01-01-2009, 11:14 AM
I am a newbie as well, approaching 45 and at my highest weight ever!!! I ordered Bistro MD yesterday and am really looking forward to getting back on the losing weight train!! Have had a very hard time shedding pounds now that I'm in my 40's ughhhh periomenopause!!!!
But I have decided I am going to overcome the cruel tricks my body is trying to play, I have equipped myself w/ a new diet program, Wii fit and a new attitude; not to mention annual beach vacation to Punta Cana in March...I just want to feel better about myself on the beach.
Looking forward to getting to know you all better.
01-04-2009, 06:38 PM
Hi Debbie, I am new at this too. Getting ready for the beach in March is a great motivator.
So far the year has been pretty good...it's only the 4th, but I feel very good about 2009. This is the year that I do become fit and healthy.
I have been eating very healthy meals....only a few sweets, but nothing like I was eating before. I am going to be joining the Y this week with a friend...and getting back to Yoga classes.
I really enjoy reading the forums on here and getting inspired by all the chicks who have done do well and look great.
01-04-2009, 09:20 PM
Hi everyone I'm another over 40 needing to lose lbs (52 to be exact). I keep trying and keep falling down but I'm resilient. The weight has to go.
01-08-2009, 09:16 PM
Had a great day today....went to the gym and worked out for over an hour, then did 45 minutes of yoga.
Did I say that I am dating again? Yes, after being married for 14 years, and single for 10 years...now back on the saddle having some serious fun.
It's amazing how much dating and having men take interest in you again can do for your self-esteem. My body needs a little work...but I am feeling great.
How are all the rest of you feeling today?
01-10-2009, 11:51 AM
Hey Sandra and others,
I'm in Canada as well, and must say I find it's even harder to get motivated when it's a frosty minus forty outside! Thankfully I can treadmill in the warmth of my apartment.....no excuses!
Best of luck on your journey!
01-10-2009, 12:41 PM
Hi Okpik and all 40 somethings!
Okpik..I see that you are in Nunavut...would love to visit there some day....love the north!
I am dragging my butt a little today...on the computer getting some work done (I work from home)....but will be getting out for a nice walk on this sunny day...only - 19 C. here today....:)
01-10-2009, 07:57 PM
I too am in Canada, the West Coast.
I joined this site last year, did nothing about my weight, gained about 10 pounds over the year.
I did however lose those 10 pounds over Christmas, yes you read that correctly I lost weight over the holidays. I was sick and not at all interested in eating.
I have lost another 5 pounds since then too.
But I need to get off my bum and get moving. I have a sedentary job, commute 2 hours a day and sit when I am at home. I used to be much more active. I have a should injury which is stopping a lot of activity, but when the snow is gone I will start walking again.
Instead of focusing on pounds, I will be taking 2 measurements each week, high bust and waist. I need to lose belly fat, ok I need to lose fat all over, but I am most concerned about the belly fat.
01-14-2009, 10:49 PM
Hey Gagnon girl.....nice to see lots of us Canadians on here....it's too cold to excercise outside tonight...minus 25 celcius!
congrats on losing the weight over Christmas...although, being sick isn't a great way to do that!
I know what you mean about the job...I sit at a desk for a good portion of the day....so I have to train myself to get off the old butt and do some squats, etc.
01-18-2009, 09:49 AM
Hey all....how are things going? Another new day and new opportunities.
I found a workout buddy...and we are going to the Y a couple times a week...that helps sooo much with the motivation!!
Have a good day,
02-03-2009, 09:36 PM
Hi everyone...it's the dead of winter....I just got back taking the dog for a walk...and I am sitting here with my jeans still too tight.
I ate a couple of chocolate chip cookies my daughter made and feeling very guilty.
I am tempted to have more...but I am stopping myself to write in here and feel and gain some strength.
Anyone out there who have those weak moments.....and give in?
02-09-2009, 07:11 AM
Hi Sandra and welcome!
I'm from a little farther south from you...Louisiana to be exact!! I bet you're anxiously awaiting a little warm weather. I have on shorts now!! I'm new too and looking forward to this journey.