Happy Thursday, ladies. Today I would like to share how I jumpstarted weight loss at 68 years of age.
A reader recently asked me what I am doing, so I thoughtfully decided to journal here what is working for me with the goal to possibly help someone else.
Since I began a new “healthy eating” focus in March 2022, I am now 12 pounds down and wearing clothing which has waited patiently in my closet for me to fit into…like the Talbot’s jeggings I am wearing today (more about that later.)
I do believe my metabolism had stagnated and needed a jumpstart with a new plan. In our 60s, it is often more difficult to lose weight, but I have been determined and have a much longer journey to go.
HOW I JUMPSTARTED WEIGHT LOSS AT 68
Regular readers of my blog know that this has been an up and down struggle for me for years….yes, years!
I am a self-confessed stress eater. I show love by cooking for others. And, IN THE PAST, have been about all things SUGAR.
I honestly believe I have tried every diet on the market with the same results….quick weight loss and quick to gain it back.
I knew I needed a smart new plan in order to change old bad habits. Something drastic like a KETO diet did not make sense to me to maintain any loss over time.
FIRST JUMPSTART TO WEIGHT LOSS
I decided to use the Weight Watchers App and point system to change my habits…and it has worked beautifully. (I AM NOT BEING PAID BY WW FOR THIS POST)
The points hold me accountable; allow me to eat foods I enjoy; account for times I fall off the plan; and provide a scanner for grocery shopping so that I do not even bring home things I do not need or want.
I decide where and when to give up points now that I know what the points are. There are even “diet foods” with high points so I do not bring them home.
It has done exactly what I needed to change my eating habits. I eat more fruits and green vegetables which are zero points. I eat more protein…usually zero points. It rewards me and helps me to feel good about what I am doing.
I DO NOT FEEL DEPRIVED AT ALL.
It really is significant for me to say that my focus is to have a healthy eating plan and not to be on a diet.
I know it is a mental thing…but a mental thing I needed to change for me. Diets do not work for me.
SECOND JUMPSTART TO WEIGHT LOSS
Spousal support is critical. I explained to Mr. B that I was going to do this and therefore would be cooking less and buy less of certain items.
He has been very understanding. Because he is a runner and Pelton user, he can eat way more calories than I can.
But on days he is really starving, he goes to pick up something now.
He stopped bringing me treats from Starbucks and is very supportive.
THIRD JUMPSTART TO WEIGHT LOSS
I studied expert articles about metabolism in my 60s and made these adjustments:
- I drink Green Tea Every day.
- I try not to eat after 4 PM and most days I accomplish this.
- I make sure to MOVE every day….notice I said move, stay active, and not necessarily go to a gym every day. This summer it has been difficult to get my workouts in, but I do not sit around….I stay active. Once I return to daily workouts in a week or so, I believe my weight loss will increase some. I enjoy working out with Pahla B Fitness.
- I faithfully take my daily supplements in several vitamins and with Juice Plus fruits and veggies. I have been taking Juice Plus for years to build my immunity.
- I stay well hydrated with daily water.
- For the most part, I go to bed and get up at the same time every day. It is interesting how regulated sleep helps metabolism.
- I avoid most flour items and most sugar. This has turned out to be easier than I thought it would be and increasing protein intake has helped.
- Whenever I eat out or fall off the app, I go right back to it the next day!
FOURTH JUMPSTART TO WEIGHT LOSS
Acknowledge…. SLOW AND STEADY wins the race!
I am happy to lose ½ pound some weeks or stay steady some weeks. This is changing habits and not a diet for me.
AND, great news….Habits are changing and that has given me the most hope. Desserts I previously thought were so good, now taste too sweet and are no longer enjoyable.
However, I do not keep ice cream in the house for a reason…will always love it.
But, I do keep frozen bananas and love them with peanut butter…that has become a go to dessert for me.
I changed cooking habits and oils and recipes….and it is working and keeps cooking fun. Prior to this new plan I did not know that cooking with EVOO at high temps could be detrimental to metabolism.
I now only cook with avocado oil or cooking olive oil.
I love, love, love our local market sprouted grain bread and eat sandwiches, French Toast, avocado toast often.
I like it better than Ezekiel Bread…it breaks off easier and tastes better.
I have a long way to go to reach my healthy body goals, but for now I am very happy to be achieving results in changing my focus to a healthy food plan and seeing my body change.
12 pounds down is a jumpstart but an encouraging one and proves that we can lose weight in our 60s with a healthy plan.
About the clothing….
I do not advocate this for many pieces in your closet, but I do have about four items that I purchased online and they did not fit upon arrival. The fit was just a smidgeon not there, so I saved them as an incentive. It is exciting for me to now be able to “comfortably” wear these clothes.
In the past, I purchased Talbot’s pull-on jeggings, because the button front design never fit. I loved the color of these and kept them…and it is so much fun to have the button-front now fit me well.
Check out Talbot’s Jeggings here.
I am also wearing one of the Target Universal Thread tee shirts I own…I really like these tees and the variety of colors they offer.
This is the TEAL and is currently less than $7.
My topper is a Chico’s button down I have owned for a very long time.
So far, this new eating strategy is going exactly how I desired and I do not see me returning to old ways this time. I may be using that APP for a very long time…but that is OK by me.
I feel like it is training me to a new healthier way of eating.
Please feel free to ask questions…I do not advocate that my jumpstart will work for everyone…but it is certainly working for me.
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