I am 55 and have traveled the road less traveled and came out alive to talk about! Menopause, back surgery and the death of my mom left me with hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue and 10 extra pounds and the notorious “menopot”. Now that I’m regulated on dessicated natural thyroid, my body can do the work it needs to. Since February, I have been doing upper body work outs, daily aerobics I found on you tube and did a 360 on my diet. I started with a nutrisystem Jumpstart kit purchased at Walmart. I ate what was in the plan for 1 week and then I was on my
own. It was like training wheels.
lt taught me how to limit portions, eat appropriate snacks to keep my energy up and to have a salad and fresh veggies with lunch and dinner. It hasn’t been easy. I started out weighing 118 and am now down to 112 after almost a month. My waist and belly have definitely shrunk about an inch and my BP which was 140/90 is now 117/72. My advice to any woman over 50 who wants to lose weight and get healthy is simple but hard to do. Stay away from the 3 deadly white foods: sugar, white flour and salt. Eat colorful (meaning fruit and veggies, not m&ms). And last but not least, lift some weights and get moving!
We select an exercise, like rowing, cycling, jogging, treadmill, etc. You can vary your sessions on different pieces of equipment if you want every session, or every week, your choice; it is you that’s doing the work. We start with 2 minutes at about level five intensity on the scale, after two minutes we up the intensity to level 6 for one minute, then up to level 7 for one minute, then up to level 8 for one minute, then up to level 9 for one minute, after the minute we then go back down to level 6 (a moderate intensity level) We repeat the this pattern 3 times but on the last cycle after we have gone from level six up to level nine we continue up to level 10 this is where you are going faster than you thought you could ever do, it is maximal effort, you cant do it any faster, then after one minute at level 10, we drop back down to level 5 for one minute, this training method is called Interval training is an excellent way of dropping body fat. But not easy!!
I am 2 years and 6 months out I lost most of my 140 lbs in that first 7 months it gradually slowed and I stall about every 20lbs. I stuck strictly to the diet I was given and credit that and excercise with my success. I never reached my goal weight of 200 lbs but I'm so far away from where I started 15 lbs seems trivial even though I'd like to get there. Remember the sleeve is a tool not the solution. Losing weight is still the same eating less and burning more. I saw the period diet and the first several months after the sleeve as a tool to break bad habits built over 42 years. I would never want to discourage anyone from having the surgery but in the end it's still about hard work and determination and eating less. I do think as you get towards your goal weight the harder it gets and the more that building lean muscle and paying strict attention to macronutrients in your food all the more important as the weight loss becomes more difficult. Good luck to all who are searching for the solutions to their weight loss and fight on to those already on this journey.