Originally Posted by appleorchard
Last week I went to Martha's Vineyard with my DIL and two grandkids-- we left Tuesday and came back on Thursday-- and I registered a 4 pound gain! Yeah, yeah, we all know it's not fat, but it's WEIGHT and even water weight makes your clothes not fit right and your face puffy--at least it does on me! A week later, I finally lost it plus one more pound.
I just keep plugging on the diet--I'm highly sodium sensitive and gain and lose water weight constantly. I eat mostly Paleo with a bit of whole grains, fruit and Greek yogurt plus things like peanut butter. I'm a very boring eater, most of the time.
Exercise, I think, is really helping. I run --at my age, amazing, since I just started running in May, with C25K (I'm almost 63) around 4 miles 4 times a week. One day I do strength training with a personal trainer. Yes, it costs big bucks, but I'd kill myself trying to use machines at the gym. And I don't need more cardio--I need someone to tell me how to do strength training. So I pony up.
I lose about 3 pounds per month --4 on a good month-- on 1200 calories or less per day. This was one of the big revelations to me -- I can't eat very many calories per day. The combination of being older and short(5-1) really limits me. Forget about "eating back my exercise calories" -- I don't lose a thing when I do. Plus not I'm down to 136-- a loss of 48 pounds in a little over a year-- so I can't eat as much as when I started.
I don't care how long it takes any more--I just wish I'd done this a decade ago. One of my best friends who I've known forever said yesterday, "We DID lose it 10 years ago-- and 5 and 15 and 20 years ago." But this time I mean to make it stick.
Hang in there-- you can enjoy being thin for a lot longer than I can!
you are doing great! One of my bucket list items is to a 10K at Disney, I am slowing working my time and distance up on my running and have a target date of 2015 to hit one of the 10K's, the lung doctor wants me to take it very slow on the build up since I am down 1/2 a lung. She said it takes a few years until things stop "jiggling" around in that empty space and to build up better lung function (something about being able to take full breaths when missing part of a lung due to them working in tandem or something like that, I don't fully understand). I have always used running as a way to lose weight in the past and I a sure that not being able to do that much is adding to the slow loss issue.
I also have to very wary of calories, trouble is I love to eat! I eat a lot of roasted veggies in my salads and foods that I can have a lot of without a ton of calories.
Losing weight is like the smoking quote Mark Twain wrote with a little edit, "losing weight is easy, I have done it hundreds of times"....I too am bound and determined to be healthy and be able to still run in my 60's.
Good luck and keep up the good work. You still have a LONG time to enjoy your success!