50 And Losing It Blog

A journey for women over 50 who are looking for renewal and self discovery

Days 50, 51, 52: Half Way There September 26, 2010

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It’s been 50 or more days since I started this adventure and it’s been a great learning experience. My hubby has lost 13 pounds and I’ve settled at 11 pounds so far. They say it’s easier for men to lose weight and after watching episode after episode of “The Biggest Loser,” I think they are right. Most contestants working 6 to 8 hours a day are only losing 3 pounds on average a week. So I guess I should be happy for 11 pounds.

My only weakness, I still crave sweets. Not desserts, CANDY! I love Swedish fish, caramel, licorice and chocolate. I’ve realize it’s an addiction. The other day I bought a bag of Swedish fish for my son and I just had to have one…I couldn’t resist. I stopped myself at three. And when I traveled back from Maryland late at night, I needed caffeine and sugar to keep going. Do you know 30 pieces of Good N Plenty equals 140 calories? Guilty as charged. I can pass desserts, sugar, ice cream and alcohol…but put candy in front of me and I melt.

The way I’ve been able to keep sweets at bay is by keeping them out of the house…but I’m craving the buggers. Last night I wanted to get in the car to go buy a bag of Swedish Fish. I didn’t, but I wanted to. Is it the candy or the sugar that I really want? The “Diet Solution” says that if I’m craving sugar, I must be eating too many carbs. If I eat less carbs I’m going to be on the Atkins Diet! Nah, I think I just miss my favorite candies. My daughter says it’s because I’m not drinking enough water. She says you get cravings when you don’t drink enough water. Maybe that’s it.

At least I’m not dreaming about sugar-plum fairies.


Days 47, 48, 49: Holding at 11 Pounds

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I over extended my knee today and now I’m off my bike for the week. It’s nothing permanent, just sore, but I don’t want to make it worse. So my goal for the next few days is to relax the knee and not gain a single pound. I can still walk Stacey May and watch what I eat.

I love that I’ve lost 11 pounds. I feel better and my clothes fit nicer. But I’m concerned, my real goal is to reduce the fats in my liver. Even though my cholesterol levels are normal, a sonogram showed fat deposits that alarmed me and my doc. So I’m dieting. The real success will be if my healthful eating and water drinking is helping my liver process excess fat tissue. So in November, I’ll return to my doctor to have a sonogram done and we’ll see if eating the right foods is enough.

So I guess it’s fair to say that I won’t be losing 50 pounds in 100 days. Too much has happened over the past month or so to keep knocking me off my target weight loss goal. Nonetheless, I’m going to keep losing weight. I can’t wait to be 20 pounds less…so come on that’s get this show on the road.


Days 44, 45, 46: No Wonder People Give Up Dieting – It’s So Frustrating September 20, 2010

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My plateau sucks, but I won’t give up. Biking 5 miles a day and walking a mile or more are now part of my life and I look forward to them. So it’s just the eating thing that’s got me frustrated.

According to the book, “The Diet Solution,” if you’re a protein type like me, you crave rich, fatty foods such as pizza, sausages and salty roasted nuts. Yep, that’s me. And I’m supposed to love food. Yeah, I love food. So when I eat more carbs than protein, I’m supposed to crave sugar. Yep, that’s me too. So the shoe fits.

What’s next? As a protein type, it proposes that I eat a diet high in proteins and fats and low in carbs. It says if I do eat carbs I have to pick fruits and veggies with some grains. I’m to focus on whole eggs, dark-meat poultry, beef and dairy. Not the best choices for someone who needs to reduce their cholesterol are they?

Yeah that’s what I thought too. But the author is convincing me that it’s not saturated fat that’s causing my issues, but refined carbs, processed foods and hydrogenated oils. My liver has been so busy processing junk that it was able to process “fat” and that’s why my liver showed signs of fatty deposits. It also says that if I eat the right foods I won’t be hungry. So I’ll play along and see what it does for me.

So for the next three days, I’m gonna eat protein at every meal and/or snack. I’m gonna eat small meals frequently. I’m gonna avoid carbs, except my sprouted grain breads, veggies and fruit. The Diet Solution suggests apples and avocados – yum.

If the above doesn’t fit you, then you might be a carb type or a mixed type. To find your type you can take the Metabolic Typing Diet by Wolcott and Fahey or purchase “The Diet Solution” book like I did. My daughter’s a carb type…a weak appetite; gets by on small amounts of food, loves baked goods and starchy veggies. My hubby and son tested out to be mixed types, they have characteristics from both extremes.


Days 41, 42, 43: Okay, Okay, Enough With The Stress Already!

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It’s good to be home and back to biking and walking. Unfortunately, the events of the last month have put a damper on my weight loss as I’m holding at 11 pounds. It’s been two weeks, heading toward three. Now that I think about it, I remember why I stopped trying to lose weight last November. I had stopped drinking soft drinks, lost 10 pounds quickly and then hit a wall. I got frustrated and eventually gave into my cravings for sodas. Wow, I had forgotten about that.

As I continued to read about dieting, I’ve read that you can plateau, especially if you’re calorie counting. My latest read is “The Diet Solution.” The author proposes that by eating less I’m “starving my body” and therefore it’s holding onto weight for fear of “famine.” Yet the calorie Counting site I’ve been using says to lose an average of 2 pounds a week, I have to eat less than 1200 calories a day.

The Diet Solution suggests that you stop counting calories and eat based on my metabolism type. I’m the “meat” metabolism type and I should be eating 2,000 calories a day. It’s all so frustrating. But she may be right. It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve seen real weight loss. While I personally think it is stress, I’ll give her method a shot.


Day 38 to 40: A Trip to Maryland to Say Goodbye September 13, 2010

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The death of my sister-in-law has left me empty. I recently visited with her a few weeks back on my way back from New York. It was after her cancer surgery, and she looked great. She had come out of her colon operation with great results. Now she’s gone. Perhaps she made a deal with God to take her instead of her son who is dealing with a more severe case of cancer. We’ll never know.

Now we’re on our way to Maryland for her funeral. While it isn’t a pleasant trip, I know that it will provide closure for all of us. We left early in the morning on Friday and with traffic arrived in time to attend a late viewing. It was amazing to see how many people came out to pay their respect and all the flowers they sent. She was truly loved and it was consoling to know that my brother had so many people reaching out to help, to give their support, their friendship. It was all part of the healing process.

My MD buddies, Rudy and Regina, were there for me. We ended the night having dinner with them and couldn’t help realize that we’ve reached the age where those we’ve counted on being in our lives aren’t guaranteed. So we have to make the most of what we have and have at it as much as possible.

The funeral was on Saturday and while we’re told to celebrate their life and the life after, it’s still hard to say goodbye. Our little family came together as we were surrounded by many friends of the family. We left knowing that my brother and his kids and grandkids would be okay because that’s the way Marlene would have wanted it.

Before we headed back to South Carolina, my hubby wanted to stop in to say hello to his twin brother and family. It has been a while since we visited, especially for me. We were reminded one more time of life’s limits as his brother is facing cancer as well in his prostrate. While this is a form of cancer that doctor’s have had great success it still humbles you to know that it’s in control. But they looked comfortable in their home, their lives and we know they will get through this illness together and we’ll be there if they need us.

We arrived home at 2 a.m. as I wanted to keep going to get back to some normalcy. It was truly a draining experience and so I rested. This was the first Sunday in a long time that I didn’t bike, I didn’t count calories, and I simply felt sad. I was grieving. We each accept death differently and after this down time, I feel okay to move forward. I’ve made my peace with fate.


Day 37: Getting a Competitive Edge

With the job market being as it is, any competitive edge is important. And being 50 in today’s market is no competitive edge and that’s unfortunate. I’ve run into three women in my situation. It appears that corporations no longer value compounded experience and insurance costs have made it undesirable to hire baby boomers as they increase the risks associated with health care costs.

So if you can get past the resume stage and make it to the interview, you have to look and feel as young as possible! I’ve been told I have a “young” personality and energy to burn. And here recently, my friends and family are noticing a change in my appearance. As I’ve been interviewing for full-time positions, I’m pleased at the small change 11 pounds have made for me. I can’t wait to see what an additional 10, 20 pounds will do for my girlish figure!

My weight-loss journey is also helping during the interview as I make sure I let them know I bike five miles a day and introduce my blog and journey as positives in my life. The blog also informs my “potential” employer that I use today’s social media and that’s important for someone in public relations and marketing.

In addition to reducing my weight, I also reduced the length of my resume. It seems with 18 years of experience I was “overqualified” for the market. And while I didn’t want to dumb down my resume, I did reduce it down to one page and targeted it toward the jobs I’ve found in the area. It’s working and I’m getting interviews.

As I wait to return to full-time status, I continue to accept short-term assignments and freelance work. But with one daughter in college and my son getting ready to take that path, I need full-time employment. I need a job.

As with all challenges in my life, I’m not going to let my age be a handicap. I believe I’m headed in the right direction to reach my goals and I’m enjoying the journey.


Day 36: Weigh In, Getting Grounded September 8, 2010

In spite of all those things going on in my life, I’m trying to stay focused on my goal of 50 pounds in 100 days. As of today, I weigh 11 pounds less. Not quite on target, but a move in the right direction.

When I started this journey, I read that dietitians say it’s best to lose between .5 to 2.5 pounds a week. I’ve done that. Yet, I wanted to lose 3.5 pounds a week, but things happened. My trip to New York, our best friend’s anniversary weekend of fun, job interviews and now my sister-in-law’s death all happened, but that’s life. So I’m going to keep focused on the things I can control and acknowledge that things I’ve accomplished.

Over the last month, I’ve ridden 170 miles. My Body Mass Index (BMI) is now 29.1 and according to caloriecount.about.com, I’ve gone from moderately overweight to mildly overweight. That’s something. I now weigh what I weighed last November and that makes me feel younger. I don’t drink a soda, I drink more water, I eat healthier and I reduced the amount of toxins I put in my body and that makes me feel better. My clothes are fitting me better and that makes me look better. It’s all good.

And while I can’t change the events that move my life, I can continue to make small changes.

To reduce the stress in my life, I’m going to dust off my Chi Tai DVD and start a new habit. For now, I’m going to practice Chi Tai every night after dinner. I hate that down time between dinner and my 8 p.m. reality show rush so I’m going to fill it positively.

To sculpt my body, I’m going to have to add to my exercise routine. I want to tighten my arms, thighs, and tummy. So I’ll add a series of stretch band exercises to my day and see how that works.

To improve my weekly weight loss, I’m going to try to eat less than 1500 a day, more like 1200 calories. It won’t always be possible, but there have been days I’ve done it without even trying.

There, three more things I can do to reach my goal of 50 pounds in 100 days, 64 days to go!