Two months ago, I told you all that I was about to embark on a lifestyle change.  I wasn’t feeling good about the post-Voldemort weight, so I was going to make some changes to try to lose a little weight and feel better about myself.

So- here’s the update- I have lost 7 pounds in two months, which is roughly 1 pound a week.  I am happy with this loss and pace, because I really think I’m changing my habits, which is really the important thing.

Now, I’m never skinny- never in my life have I ever been called that.  But I had a fast metabolism, so I was usually able to stay trimmish, even though I had a HUGE appetite.  But Voldemort killed my metabolism.  Not changing my routine ended with me gaining 20 pounds over the past two years.  Not good.

Here’s the changes I made to my life in the past two months:

  1. green tea.  Supposedly it speeds the metabolism.  I can’t prove it works, but I can’t prove it doesn’t
  2. Making sure I drink water- 8 glasses a day
  3. Reducing portion size.  This is the big one for me.  I now put small spoonfuls of the heavier foods, and larger spoons of salad and plain veggies.  I’ve noticed that just a little taste of something good is enough
  4. Reducing carbs.  Not eliminating them.
  5. If I know I will be eating a meal out, I eat very few calories with my other meals.  I don’t know how healthy this is, but it is working for my lifestyle.

My breakfast and lunch are usually one of the following: eggs/veggies. fruit/yogurt, veggie salad.   I do cardio for 5-7 hours a week (elliptical or spinning) and two weight training classes.  I also walk a lot.

Losing weight after 50 is SO MUCH HARDER!  I remember being able to drop 5 pounds in two weeks just my watching what I ate.  So, if you are my age and are going to try to lose weight, remember this:  it’s a marathon, not a sprint.  You can’t get nuts with yourself if the weight doesn’t drop easily.  Just focus on being as healthy as possible.  The goal is to lose weight and keep it off, not to yoyo back and forth.  I check the scale once a week, Saturday mornings at the gym.  Don’t be a slave to the scale.




89 thoughts on “Weight Loss Update

  1. All good points and congrats on making a plan that works for you, then working that plan. Something that helps me too (I’m 56) is 2-3 times a week drinking ACV tea, it kind of undoes the sins you commit say over the weekend. 😉

    2 T ACV
    2T Lemon juice (fresh not from concentrate)
    2T raw local honey
    Heavy shake of Ceylon cinnamon
    Mix all of that in an 8oz cup of hot water and drink 1st thing in the morning or after heavy meals

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  2. Congratulations, I know I started that journey a few years ago, then plateaued and made a few more changes. Although I would like to lose about 5 more, I am not going to obsess about it. It appears that my body has decided that this is my “happy weight” a weird term I realize.

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  3. I’ve been challenged since hitting my late 40s and now 50, so I can relate. I’m a huge fan of strength training – even more than cardio/aerobic. But am finally learning the value of small steps and patience – long term results while still being able to enjoy the moment we’re in. Congrats on your changes!

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  4. Thank you for this post! I’m at a point of perfect misery with my weight/blood pressure/etcetera that rivals that perfect point of misery that drove me to get clean (sober). I’m actually trying to DO something about it. It’s hard as f@*know, and I needed to read this. I need all of the advice/pointers, hope/inspiration, and fellowship/comraderie/not-aloneness I can get.
    I’ve been slowly making changes: exercise, “diet” (quotation marks because I’m not referring to weight-loss diet stuff, rather what I put in my word hole in general), and even more meditative/calming practices.
    I just wanted to thank you for posting about your progress (yay you!) because that’s no easy thing to do in a culture that idolizes the size 000 blonde with blue eyes or whatever. (((Hugs)))

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  5. Like all of the above, congrats on your success. It IS harder when you’re older — I don’t care what anyone says. But one pound a week is marvelous! Even every other week would work. We all want to be instant thin and instant beautiful but instant doesn’t work for your longevity. I am doing what you are doing. More healthy snacks, more water, less portions. It will work for you too!

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  6. Great job on the pound droppage – it’s so terribly easy to put numbers ON that scale, so difficult to take them back off. It sounds like you’re building a routine you can stick with.

    I haven’t stepped on a scale since summer – I refuse to own one, refuse to be enslaved by one. I go by my pants. So far, they continue to get steadily larger, so I have to keep my local Goodwill stores happy by buying smaller ones. In the 1.5 years I’ve been obsessively watching what I cram in my mouth, I’ve lost half my pant sizes. Slow, but steady, is what wins the battle of the bulge.

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  7. Interesting, I say
    with a mouthful of cookies. 🙃 I’m 49 and yes, the weight is slower to come off although like you I’ve never had these issues when I was younger. My problem is carbs some of the time (like to Xmas cookies right now) and not enough walking. I used to walk kids to and from school, when that stopped and the dog died it was tougher to motivate myself to get out and walk.
    But high protein and veggies, low carb, plus tonnes of water, that is my go-to.

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  8. I’m 49 in two weeks and absolutely resonate with this as you know and I am definitely finding it hard to lose weight on the same calories I would of lost weight on in my 30’s early 40s. Well done on the weightloss and changes.

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  9. Some great tips here! I have been trying to loose weight since having my baby. I think 1lbs a week is the perfect pace an that’s what I’ve been aiming for. It makes it easier to keep off as well.

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  10. Good for you!

    You’re right on about pace and realistic goals as per weight loss for us peeps who find ourselves on the other side of 50. For me, it’s about feeling good and being in good health. Sure its nice to look good, but to feel good and not have any health concerns? Priceless. That’s always my goal now.

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  11. Good for you!! I needed this post. I’ve gained about 15 pounds over the past year. It’s the carbs and sugar for me. I know I need to cut back. I’m doing too much eating while reading books, lol. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  12. Losing weight at our age is very hard. I think 7 pounds in 7 weeks is a very good effort and one that you’ll be able to sustain. Weight that comes off too quickly tends to go back on even faster, in my experience.

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  13. It’s funny you wrote this because when I was in the grocery store two days ago I remembered I never commented on the last post. Congrats on losing the weight!!! I gained 30 pounds during perimenopause. Ive lost ten of it. I need to eat better and learn how to cook better. Keep up the good work.

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  14. Are we twins? This post resonates with what I’m going through almost completely. Granted, I’m over FORTY, but still. Reducing carbs, not eliminating them. That’s my new mantra! Aside from optimism>pessimism. :). And I agree….losing weight THEN compared to NOW was so much easier.

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  15. Thank you for dropping by my blog.
    Congratulations on your weight loss progress! I was at a medical conference in October, and in one of the sessions the speaker talked about a couple of helpful strategies for losing weight:
    1) For women, it helps to eat before a workout; for men, eat after the workout.
    2) 12 hours on for eating your meals, then nothing for the next 12 hours.
    Post-50 weight loss sucks … hubby has been losing the same pounds for years!

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  16. Oh I love this – yay!!! Congratulations on the weight release (could be a good word instead of “loss” since it can seem more freeing at least for me). John-Roger, who is my spiritual mentor, says that health is loving who you are, and also that significant health changes can manifest through simple, small steps.

    I think you’re amazing. Happy New Year and blessings to you in 2018,

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  17. Amen, sister! Losing weight is hard under normal circumstances but when you’re menopausal, oy vey! I’m about to turn 57 so, trust me, I know where you’re coming from. I’ve lost about 52 pounds since last July – believe me when I tell you no one was more surprised than me since losing weight after 50 is very difficult but I put my mind to it (and have struggled with it) and it’s been coming off. Slow and steady wins the race. My weight isn’t coming off as fast now as it did in the first couple of months but that’s okay since losing it slowly helps keep it off. Losing weight quickly usually means it will come back and it will bring friends and I do not want that! Congrats on making your lifestyle change and realizing that it is a lifestyle change, not a diet. That mindset will help you be successful in the end. Happy New Year!

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  18. thank you so much for the tips . I have been trying for months to somehow lose my weight . I have also written a blog on it if you would like you can check that out too.

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  19. Good work! I’m in my early 40’s with 20 extra lbs that I can no longer blame on ‘baby weight’. I’d lost 12-13lbs (took MONTHS) and gained it back in 2, do frustrating! I could cry! Thx for the inspiration:)

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