Age 50+ - 76, old, fat, fighting health, new WW, trouble, is that a good start?

04-09-2010, 04:35 PM
I thought I made a title, old, fat, sick, new WW, trouble, how is that:?:

04-09-2010, 04:52 PM
three weeks on WW, lost only 2.4 lbs. I am faithful to the program, what is wrong! So discouraged. I am a diabetic, have Lupus, fight each day with COPD and asthma. I am still able to take care of myself at 76. I gained 34 lbs this past yr. I weight 234. How horrible is that? I need some support and ideas or should I just stop WW. Thx

04-09-2010, 05:34 PM
A 2.4 pound loss in 3 weeks is good. We cannot predict how much we will lose, everybody is different so it is better not to compare with others. I wouldn't stop yet, give WW a chance.

04-09-2010, 10:14 PM
Hi, Damsel:

Yes, losing weight at any age is difficult, and it becomes more difficult the older we get. But we can't stop trying, can we? Absolutely not!!!

As Bargoo said, that 2.4 lb. loss in 3 weeks is good. Keep it up.

I was in my 70s when I lost 60 lbs. It can be done, it really can. Now in my 80s I do struggle daily to maintain that weight loss. But I am going to keep trying every day, and every day, and every day.

Best of luck to you.

04-14-2010, 12:43 PM
WW Meeting lastnight loss of 2 lbs, yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it has been a struggle! Sure would like to hear from same age folks and how you are doing? It is raining which almost never happens here in S Tx. several days and more coming! It is 4/14

04-14-2010, 01:58 PM
Hi, Damsel:

Congratulations on the 2 unwanted lbs. gone forever. It is a mighty slow process, but it can be done.

So it is raining is S. Texas? That is unusual. We lived in Texas long ago. Today is very windy here in central Wyoming, so windy that it makes it difficult to walk outdoors. Guess I will stay indoors the rest of the day.

This losing weight and maintaining that weight loss is a day to day project. But we do have to keep trying.

Have a good day.

04-15-2010, 01:36 PM
Yes, it takes longer for older folks to loose weight. Getting discouraged can really be a trap. I am glad that you recognized this. I aim for a very low weight loss each week, between .5 lb and 1.5. That helps keep me in balance.
I can identify with you;I am younger than you, however, I share many of the same health concerns. I refuse to let my illnesses get in the way of a active life. It would be too easy to sit in a chair and brood. The great ladies on this board help me to stay motivated. I know you will find support here as well.
Best of luck

04-15-2010, 04:31 PM
Hi Damsel,

I give you a lot of credit for making the decision to work on your health.

I'm younger than you, but the scale barely moves for me now. I just try to focus on the little things that are making me feel better (no acid reflex, I don't feel like a have a hangover from eating junk food all day, I can walk up the stairs easier).

If we keep it up, the weight will come off!


04-19-2010, 04:17 PM
Seems as though what I want to say is complaining, I don't feel that way. I live in a 3rd world country (the very tip of Texas, 3 miles N of Mexico) There aren't too many folks in WW here, I need a friend to keep me going! Also at the one grocer (HEB) WW products are also limited. I am old enough to hang in here (75) but I need encouragement, oh I am just a big baby.

04-19-2010, 06:06 PM
Hi, Damsel:

This losing weight business can be very difficult. I know that only too well. As we age our metabolism slows down, therefore we need to exercise more and the aging means that it becomes more difficult for us to exercise.

As for eating - as the metabolism slows down it takes a smaller amount of food to keep us moving. Actually I would rather eat more, but I have to eat that smaller amount of food.

But the aging is mandatory, I haven't figured out a way to avoid it totally.

So I will just encourage you, and myself, to keep doing what we know we should be doing - exercise more and eat less - because there really is no alternative. We gotta keep doing what we gotta keep doing.

Will it help if I tell you that you at 76 are sort of a "youngster" compared to me at 83? LOL. I even wish I was 76! Haha!

Have a good day, and keep smiling -

04-21-2010, 06:20 PM
It wouldn't hurt to ask the manager of the local grocery to order WW products for you. He might be surprised with the results. If that doesn't work, I assume you can buy the products online. If you use a source like ebay you can usually get free shipping.
Complaining and whining are part of weight loss. I figure if this were fun, I would have done it when I was 24 years old. So, m'dear complain away! We understand.

04-22-2010, 12:34 AM
I am 67, diabetic and I just started WW today too. If I can lose 2 lbs in 3 weeks, I'll be happy! GFY for taking steps to improve your health. I do wish WW had more focus on diabetics, but I think it will help me in general and I do know how to count carbs so hopefully can do it all...calories, fat, sodium, carbs and points. :?:

04-26-2010, 06:50 PM
Since joining WW it has been a little difficult combining the diabetic diet and the WW plan. I sort have been bouncing back and forth between the two. Counting the carbs and eating our snack (mine, 3 times a day) those have to be included. I am having some success, joined March 16 and have lost a total of 6.5. I bought three books of Hungry Girl, lot of great recipes in there.

04-29-2010, 01:09 PM
Bump up the protein, bump down the carbs.

06-06-2010, 05:13 AM
Since joining WW it has been a little difficult combining the diabetic diet and the WW plan. I sort have been bouncing back and forth between the two. Counting the carbs and eating our snack (mine, 3 times a day) those have to be included. I am having some success, joined March 16 and have lost a total of 6.5. I bought three books of Hungry Girl, lot of great recipes in there.

Damsel, I have been taking a weightloss course called PeerTrainer...highly recommend it but I had to cancel tonight. Can't afford it. I have also cancelled my WW membership when it comes up again for payment. Just have to cut back as we want to buy a newer car. Anyway, what I was gong to say is that PeerTrainer calls the blending of more than one diet plan into one that works best for you Diet Fusion and they recommend it. A new term to me, but I like it cause no one plan seems to work for me. The reason I went on WW this time was to help me grasp how much fat I was getting and to choose foods better in that regard. Otherwise I prefer to count calories rather than points so I count use Calorie King (softeware..have had it a long time) to track calories and other nutrients (like carbs), but in my head I also count the points. Sometimes I make a note in Calorie King of how many points I got too. So this is my form of Diet Fusion.

06-30-2010, 11:46 AM
Hey you lost 1% of your total weight in that short amount of time :) Excellent!

I'm over 60 and the scale is moving Very Slowly but it is moving down. I am on the Sonoma diet, (whole foods, high fiber, small plate) and don't know much about the new Weight Watchers. Are you doing it on-line or are you going to a local chapter..both have their advantages.

There is always the internet and UPS if you want the WW snacks. sells all sorts of that stuff.

Good luck and keep going forward-not sliding back.

07-04-2010, 06:30 PM
Hi Damsel! Just checking in on you doing? Took me a month to lose a little over 3 lbs and they weren't even new pounds...but I felt like I began to get a better handle on my eating during that time and hope to keep on going. Set mini-goals...ones you know you have a good chance of making..and look at your achievements. This weightloss thing is a journey and there will be ups and downs along the way. Even when we reach our goal we will still have to be careful that the weight does not go up again. So think about making lifetime changes rather than simply a temporary diet. I know I can never go back to my old way of eating. I have not completely given up on foods I love but I am learning to just take a few bites now instead of eating so much. I'm not completely there yet but I'm getting there.

07-21-2010, 09:10 AM
It's going slowly for me, too. I am working now on enjoying my new lifestyle and not putting so much pressure on myself to be as thin as part of me would like to be. Earlier this year, I found that my clothes were too tight. I hadn't weighed myself in months, and hadn't been keeping track of what I was eating. I did a lot of research and managed to let go of 19 pounds. It was in 2001-2002 that I had shed the fifty pounds. At that time, my plan was to not eat processed food, any sugar or sugar substitutes. I didn't count or weigh what I ate. Just ate less and much more healthfully. I walked some and used Angela Lansbury's "Positive Moves" video. Later, I started Callanetics again. But, I didn't stay at 139. A few years later, I'd find I was going up to 150. I'd eat much less and get back to 139. It was a shock to see 157 again early this spring. I finally had to admit that I have to to keep track if I want to feel and look as nice as I can.

It's been a great deal of work to do bid adieu to those 19 pounds and I have realized that it is too much for me to exercise more than I do, or to eat less than I do. It makes me exhausted and takes up way too much of my life to expend more of myself on that. I am now working on eating the most nourishing foods I can and to enjoy the movement and exercise I give myself. I can now do my exercises easily and walk up the hills without being out of breath or my heart speeding up uncomfortably. I really enjoy doing my chores. My exercises (and the nifty bed I have) keep my joints from hurting. I'll just have to wait and see about those last few pounds.

Thanks very much for this thread. It's helped me to think through some very useful things. :)