Thursday, June 28, 2012

Battling the Bulge

In the last seven months or so I have been struggling to drop a few pounds I had put on. I have noticed since turning 45 the chub just wants to settle in my stomach area. In the last couple of weeks I have really ratcheted up my exercise since I am not a good dieter. I have been walking daily for 35-45 minutes and doing some morning yoga and strength training, yet the scale has barely moved. Ugh!!!


Okay, so what is your secret? I think I need to really watch portion control and sweets which I do for the most part.Perhaps as we get older it is true that we do not need to eat as much.  I did get on the scale this morning and have lost a pound and a half. Better than upward. Vacation will be a challenge but I will try to keep my walking up. I am trying to drink more water hoping this helps. 

37 comments:

Julie said...

Hi Elaine - I think you're doing the right things. I'm trying myself to lose weight. I gained 100 lbs (yes I said 100) when I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had to take medication that packs the weight on. Middle-age, and menopause hasn't helped either but for my health, I decided I had to do what I can. I've been struggling and I know with medication - I'll never lose it all - but I started documenting it on my blog so it would keep me honest. I've lost 20 lbs since Jan 1 so I think it's time to start some more exercise to ramp it up. Good luck and know I'm cheering for you from the sidelines. Your plan for meals while on holiday will really help you not gain weight (as well as being frugal). J

Zinnia said...

I am no longer hungry and my blood sugar is even. After Easter, I started with LCHF. Low Carb High Fat. It's hard to change me and make and end with light products, and allow themselves including cream. Cakes and sweets and is still losing weight. What I bake contains minimal carbohydrates. A lot of nuts and almonds. They provide good nutrition and provide chrunch. I have fallen sharply in weight. 16 kg after Christmas. I make no special exercise more than sun salutation in yoga and walking and doing yard work. I eat one fruit a day and about five cups berries. For me it works. Sends you a good luck hug on holiday. Zinnia

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Wait until you get back from vacation! lol But I can tell you that exercise will only help when you change your diet. When you get back....cut out all carbs and all sugar..even fruit and juice. But just do it for a couple of weeks. So basically just eat lots of veggies and lean meat and some dairy products. Then after a couple of weeks, add some whole grains and fruit back in but no sugar. I needed to lose about 20 pounds so I did this 2 years ago and lost 25....and have kept every bit of it off. I still exercise and now I eat some carbs but not as many. And I eat a lot of fruit but NO sugar. I hope this helps. Once you get to your ideal weight...it's not as hard to maintain. You really look great so be sure you have a realistic 'ideal' weight in mind. I use Mayo Clinic website to check where my weight needs to be. You really are a beautiful young lady...and if you are healthy, don't worry too much about it!

laurie said...

yes you look wonderful, I agree with Lavender Dreamer, but I'm 56 and I know its hard as we age, mine goes on my bottom, its all behind me!!!!

Sam I Am...... said...

I was slim all my life until they messed with my thyroid and I've been struggling ever since with weight and energy level and being tired a lot. They keep telling me my thyroid levels are fine but I disagree! LOL! I was a high energy person and now I'm a slug! Good luck!

Steph. :) said...

I think you look lovely. If you figure out the secret, please let me know because I am really struggling. None of my summer shorts fit and many of my shirts are too small. It is very depressing. I can tell you that exercise is healthy and wonderful but in my case it has never lead to weight loss. For me, what works is not eating sugar, reducing carbs and smaller portions with more veggies. Trying to execute that is tough because I am like you and enjoy baking for my family. Argh.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I so need to lose 20 lbs. I have been doing the low carb thing and it is working slowly. I need to exercise more, that is also a major key factor. Good luck. Hugs, Marty

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I think you look great but if you're looking for diet and nutrition tips then visit my sons nutrition blog. Go to my blog and hit the links to Tony's tips.

Olive Cooper said...

You look fabulous but it is true that the older you get the harder it gets to maintain or lose weight.

Debbie Kay said...

Oh Elaine, you are just the cutest thing ever. I know what you mean though, I think excersize is the key. I am gonna start my excersize plan after I finish this ice cream. LOL. Hang in there my friend, you are off to a good start.

Smiles,

Debbie

~Sara said...

Oh my goodness! You look great! Isn't it awful what we put ourselves through.We want to make great meals and goodies for our families, but then we can't eat them. It is a constant battle for me. I can't believe how hard it is and I don't eat much at all. I guess as we age, we just don't require so many calories.Good luck and ENJOY vacation!! We are headed back to New England next week for vacation. Everything we have planned revolves around "eating". All of the places that we miss that we don't have here in Cali.~Blessings ~Sara

Lottie said...

I tried walking for a couple of weeks, and although I felt much better, the weight stayed on. It wasn't until I started watching my carbs that I lost 35 pounds in 3 months while I continued to walk every day!

Magazine Your Home said...

Elaine, I worked out with a great personal trainer for 9 months and he said this: Losing weight is 90% what you put in your mouth and 10% exercise. I have found that to be true. I can exercise til the cows come home but if I don't limit my calorie intake the scale doesn't budge. I start dropping when I combine the two but it's mainly all about the food.

Magazine Your Home said...

I also wanted to add, keep a daily log of everything you put in your mouth. It may seem like a pain at first but you will get used to it, it's amazing how much we actually eat without realizing it. Keeping a log makes you more accountable and if you log your weight seeing the pounds drop is so motivating.I set weekly goals so it's not so overwhelming.

Paula said...

Don't go by your scale. Go by inches and how you feel. Your weight can fluctuate depending on how much water you are retaining, etc.

If you have been exercising, you are building muscle, which weighs more than fat, so you might not be losing weight, but still losing fat and gaining muscle.

Don't give up.

I have discovered non fat plain yogurt and frozen (or fresh) berries. I put stevia on it for sweetness and it is a satisfying snack that keeps me going for awhile. It has protein, and fiber and enough carbs and sweetness to satisfy my cravings.

I also love a good salad for lunch. I have greek salad with feta, olives, artichoke hearts and lots and lots of crunchy romaine lettuce lightly dressed with a lemony vinaigrette. Again, the cheese has protein, and the veggies and lettuce provide variety and it takes a long time to eat. I have a huge salad at lunch time and it lasts me until dinner.

You look pretty good to me, but of course, I am over 50 pounds overweight! I have hopes of losing the weight, but the most important thing is getting healthy.

Good luck!

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

You look great to me, girlfriend. I lost almost 20 pounds a couple years back and the secret is what you eat, not quanity, necessarily.

Here are my secrets:

Drink 64-oz of water, daily (which I still do)

No sugar drinks or fruit juices.

Include lean protein (fish, chicken, turkey) in diet, daily, and include fattier protein, like beef, once a week.

Eat eggs (they're a great source of protein)

Cut out heavy desserts and replace them with yogurt, fruit, and lighter choices in carbohydrates.

Increase fresh vegetable intake, and limit starches to two 1/2 cup servings a day.

Don't eat fruit after 6PM and don't eat anything after 9PM.

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Pardon typos ... no glasses

Hillcresthome Prims said...

To be very honset I saw your picture and you don't look like you need to lose weight I think you look great, maybe you just need to eat healthy. I need to lose a few pounds and I am eating alot healthy.I do understand the struggle I am 44 and I look at a cookie and gain 5 pounds, LOL!

Summer Blessings and Hugs,
Tricia

NanaNor's said...

Hi Elaine, I didn't stop to read the other comments but will when I'm done. I so understand your frustration; the older we get the harder it is to loose weight. I would think your hormones are too blame but don't go running for HRT's please-too many cancer risks. I would make sure you aren't drinking soda's either and watch your carbs. Great job with the extra walking as well.
Hang in there.
Noreen

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Elaine,

Don't feel bad! Some of us change through the years. Our bodies change.
The most important thing is to be healthy. And fit if possible as well. I think you should talk to your doctor and find out what is your ideal weight.
Portions is key but it is really hard to serve and eat just that, isn't it?

Gabriela

Bonnie said...

I've not read the other comments so I don't know if this has been suggested. You might consider having your thyroid checked. It is a simple blood test and hypothyroid is extremely common. Just a thought. I was diagnosed probably about 10 years ago. I didn't lose a ton of weight but my weight stabilized and after several months I began feeling so much better. Just a thought. Bonnie

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

About 7 yrs ago I did the Low Carb High Fat (my version of Atkins). My husband was out of town for a couple of weeks and when he came home I had lost 14 lbs. He noticed immediately! I did this for a couple of years and lost 40-45 lbs. Felt GREAT! Sweets didn't even temp me and I was barely hungry, but did eat. Drank lots of water, especially in the beginning....LOTS!! Slowly got out of the habit and put all the weight PLUS about 10 lbs on. Now, I am having trouble getting back in the habit of drinking lots of water. I don't feel I eat any more then what I did then, but I am older and it isn't easy. Good luck!

Lois' Laughlines said...

You my blogger friend are beautiful..The momma of 4 lovely daughter.
blessings to you.

Shari said...

I really recommend Weight Watchers. Just make sure you attend the meetings.

Melanie said...

Like some other women said on here Elaine, I think you look great! Yes, it does get harder to lose weight as you age. I am staring the big five-oh in the face and even though I eat mostly healthy and am pretty active (including a yoga class), all my weight is settling to my stomach and middle. It's very depressing. I have been eliminating carbs this past week because of GI issues, but I haven't noticed a difference yet.

Kris said...

I will battle with my weight the rest of my life. IT got especially hard after my hysterectomy.
I think you look wonderful, by the way!!!
Hugs,
Kris

Honey at 2805 said...

Hi Elaine, the carbs should be on the complex carb variety: whole grains, brown rice, beans, etc. This should really help coupled with low fat and limited sugar. You are right exercise. I read years ago, walking 2 miles a day, 5 times a week will take off 10 lbs in a year without changing diet. I do know that when I was walking that much, I was very thin.
A few pounds have creeped up on me over the last 2-3 years, but that's been due to my inactivity.

Keep up the good work!

jrmom said...

Elaine, I was right where you are a year ago. I blamed it on age, menopause, stress, etc...then looked in the mirror and got serious. I started with Weight Watchers and it worked! No "special" foods. The focus is mainly on whole, real foods. All fruits are FREE and most vegetables so you don't get hungry. I used the on-line option and truly believe in it. I also ramped up my workouts, mostly because they really helped battle the depression associated with menopause. I am not associated with WW at all, just a 42 yr old mother of 2 who was struggling to drop 30 pounds. I went from a snug size 12 to a comfortable size 6. I promise it works without feeling like your on a diet...just a new way of looking at what you put in your mouth. Good Luck...YOU CAN DO IT!

Hibiscus House said...

I think you look great by the way! I am somewhat older and being slim my entire life I can give you this advice. I no longer am the slim taut woman and it is due to menopause. Hormones change your body. I can only tell you from my point of view and that is that at this time in your life you will learn certain things and they are inevitable, unless you take the route of Hollywood and now everywhere and become tucked, sewn, implanted etc...plastic....skin will wrinkle, you will develop muscle loss, hair changes, teeth change....the trick is? A daily ritual of activity which you seem to be doing. I however am lazy and do not...not grossly overweight I still do not like the flab around my middle....different diet I suppose and activity, plenty of rest and facial creams....might as well enjoy what you have because you are beautiful!
Dolly

Willow said...

I started my own blog about my weightloss journey. It is hard after 40. I am 58 and it is even harder. So far I have lost 36 lbs and have a whole lot more to go. Just take one day at a time.

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

Welcome to the club. I was doing well the past 5 yrs with walking 3-5 miles a day and eating right. I still eat healthy but don't walk near as much and there it comes...right in the belly. Hate it! It started the day I turned 50! lol....heading to the treadmill...
~betty

ImSoVintage said...

cutting out the carbs and sugar works for me, but it definitely gets harder the older we get. Have a fun vacation and start when you get back :)

nancy said...

I saw a dietician thru my job (free) and started eating more whole foods and she gave me info on fatsecrets.com , free and nothing to join and tracks all your intake, breaks in down. Works great! She started me at 1200 cals a day. If you use it regularly it helps knock the weight down. I've lost 40lbs. since Jan. And cut back on white sugar, junk foods...

Firecracker Kid said...

It's wonderful that you're taking care of yourself now. Keep it up! Remember though, strength training will add muscle to your body and muscle is denser than fat. So don't get discouraged by what you see on the scale, but go by how you look and feel :)
Carol

deb said...

when I want to drop weight I go low carb....nothing white, and it works! I also find I have to do at least and hour walk, and thats uphill part of the time just to maintain!!!! its so much harder the older you get:(

trish said...

I have never struggled with weight issues until I turned 40. Then everything went south. Being short doesn't help. I really need more exercise and applaud you for being so consistent. It is so stinking hot here in the south. I miss N California weather. Your are such a pretty lady Elaine. :0)

Tania @ Out Back said...

Weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise. So unless you are eating the right food for weight loss you wont lose weight. Exercise is so good for you so continue to do that...I cut out sugar and bread products and lost weight! Now I have started eating the "bad stuff" again the weight is creeping back. If I dont adjust my food intake again it will continue to pile back on! As we get older the weight seems harder to shift (I am nearly 50).

Your walking needs to be fast enough to get your heart pumping, this way you will lose weight easier...running is good!

Good luck :)

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