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I read with interest Carole Carson's journey to weight loss and fitness and wanted to share mine. I too have managed to shed over 50 pounds since last May and am keeping it off through a regimen of "conscious eating" and "consitent exercise". Early last year I had reached an all time high in weight gain, was out of shape and felt miserable. I was 58 at the time, am 5'3" and weighed in at an amazing 193 pounds. I made a decision in late May to take control of my weight and health, and did so by changing how I was eating and daily exercise. It was not easy at first, but I promised myself that I was going to change how I felt and looked. I started by walking two miles a day, and using an exercise band to do a series of yoga-pilates exercises on a daily basis. I stopped eating "white" foods - no bread, pasta, starch or sugar. I didn't starve myself and ate lots of vegetables and protein, the only fruits I ate were bananas and apples. I also had 8-12 almonds and 1 piece of dark chocolate each day. The weight loss was gradual, but there were almost immediate changes to my body. I have lost over 10 inches around my hips and nearly 6 around my waist and now have a figure again. I didn't buy expensive packaged meals that are mailed to my door or hire a personal trainer. It didn't take anything but dedication and commitment to the best cause I can think of - maintaining my personal physical well being! I'm not done yet and have a goal to lose another 20 pounds over the next several months, and know I can do it! I hope this inspires others! I'll let you know...
There are so many diet plans out there, and so few show any long-lasting results. My success came with the South Beach plan: 35 lbs and 35 cholesterol points over less than a year. The original book was written by Dr Arthur Agatson, a cardiologist who was frustrated that his patients weren't lowering their cholesterol levels and blood sugars on the usual diets prescribed by the Heart and Diabetic Associations. I am a physician and can attest that there is nothing faddish or outrageous about this plan; it is based on actual physiology, and the great thing is, it works! Like Weight Watchers and the few other plans with long-term success, it is a lifetime plan, with different phases for intro, weight loss, and maintenance. There are quite a few other similar plans out there: Dr Oz, Zone, Sonoma, etc. The key is portion control, eating "real food", minimizing red meats and eliminating full-fat dairy, and NO sugar or "white" starches.
The other key is exercise. Women can become so frustrated by how men can lose weight so quickly: it's their lean muscle mass, driving their higher metabolic rate. After menopause, women's metabolic rates plummet. Weight-bearing cardio is essential, both for the heart and to maintain bone mass. What is often ignored, and is just as essential, is strength training: weights, Pilates, etc. Don't fear it, you won't end up looking like Ahnold, just leaner and more toned, with a faster metabolism! Core strengthening is also important; studies have shown fewer falls in older women who do yoga or tai chi; you won't break that hip if you can right yourself before you fall!
Obesity has become such a major problem in this country; I see high school girls already over 300lbs. We all know about the risks of heart disease; maybe if women realized that obesity is the biggest controllable risk factor for both uterine and breast cancer, they would take it more seriously. And exercise alone, independent of weight, reduces breast cancer risk by 30-40%!
Another tip that has worked with my patients: don't think, OMG I have to lose 50-75-100+ pounds!. Take it 5 pounds at a time, and congratulate yourself for each lower weight category: if you're at 217, just think about getting below 215. When you're there, your goal becomes to get below 210. It makes the goals manageable and eliminates much of the sense of failure that goes with trying to lose weight.
Also, ignore those so-called ideal body weights! Every person has their own build and "best" weight, and don't forget that as you exercise you put on pounds of muscle---good weight!
Hang in there, everyone: YOU CAN DO IT!