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Old 08-31-2013, 06:36 AM   #1
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Boy it sure does come off slower the older you get!

Only down 1-2 pounds

I am feeling much better already from my stomach issues and the scale is going down and I know it has only been 5 days but I was hopeing it would have gone quicker the first week .... like we all do .... Maybe I should try and weigh in once a week now so I don't get discouraged.

then again I have thyroid issues and am now 45 so that doesn't help.

I won't quit because I know this is what I have to do to get healthy and feel better!
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:52 AM   #2
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This is certainly true for me, and I am in my 60s!
But change that frown into a smiley face . . . you are losing and as you say your goal is more than just a number of the scale. You are after better health and feeling better.
Weigh less often, IMO, if it helps you not get fixated on scale numbers . . . they can be misleading. But don't do like I did and quit weighing at all. Denial didn't make creeping weight stop creeping. Do pay attention to how your clothes are fitting.
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:07 AM   #3
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Yep I agree! I have thyroid issues to so that definetly adds to the struggle.
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:09 AM   #4
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I will also add hormones thrown off in there too along with age.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:35 AM   #5
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Hey, we have to accept our age as a factor. And 45 ain't old by a long shot! As a man I believe a woman starts to hit her prime at 40. I won't say anything else as I will end up being accused of being a sexist pig.


On the subject of losing the weight, I find I go in spurts, one week I lose 5 pounds for no apparent reason, then my body rests (or do I go a bit off track?) for a week or two, then it's down again another 3-5 pounds.

Works for me, since all those women in their prime are now paying more attention to me.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:55 AM   #6
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Hey, we have to accept our age as a factor. And 45 ain't old by a long shot! As a man I believe a woman starts to hit her prime at 40. I won't say anything else as I will end up being accused of being a sexist pig.


On the subject of losing the weight, I find I go in spurts, one week I lose 5 pounds for no apparent reason, then my body rests (or do I go a bit off track?) for a week or two, then it's down again another 3-5 pounds.

Works for me, since all those women in their prime are now paying more attention to me.
And they're way more into sweet lovin' so it's a win-win!
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:16 AM   #7
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Hey, we have to accept our age as a factor. And 45 ain't old by a long shot! As a man I believe a woman starts to hit her prime at 40. I won't say anything else as I will end up being accused of being a sexist pig.


On the subject of losing the weight, I find I go in spurts, one week I lose 5 pounds for no apparent reason, then my body rests (or do I go a bit off track?) for a week or two, then it's down again another 3-5 pounds.

Works for me, since all those women in their prime are now paying more attention to me.
I agree because I just turned 39. . And yes, the weight is coming off slower than when I did this 10 years ago. But still lovin' it, and it works! After cancer and divorce, I feel better then ever. And Josh, my boyfriend would agree with you about women being in their prime at 40.
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:36 AM   #8
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Yup, exactly the same for me. I just turned 46 this month, and I'm finding that I'm averaging 8-10 pounds a month. So much slower than it used to be, but I'm hoping that means that I'm actually taking the time to change my habits and learn more about my body as I'm losing and I'll actually KEEP it off this time!
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:13 AM   #9
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I will not let it discourage me. Scale going in the right direction. Just miss that nice big whoosh you get the first week. Great encouragement to stick to it through all the cravings.

Thanks everyone for well wishes ..., and yes I agree about women in their 40s ��
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Old 08-31-2013, 04:10 PM   #10
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Ain't that the truth. I'm 51 and have been cheat free for 3 entire months. I do think that is a record for me. But, I've "only" lost 15 lbs!!!

I am down 2 pants sizes and I feel so much healthier and stronger, so that is motivating me to stay the course.

Aging ain't for sissy's that's for sure!
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:50 PM   #11
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At 50, I also have weight loss that's as slow as cold molasses. Began low-carbing this year on March 21, and as of this morning, I've lost 21 pounds. But the thing I focus on is that I would probably weigh at least 25 pounds more than I do right now had I not begun this new woe. I'll take slow and consistent ANY day over continued weight gain!

Pixelchick---I didn't have an initial whoosh either. It never came at all. Kept thinking it would...kept watching.... But no worries. Just remain consistent and the small amounts will add up. Try not to be disappointed. It's mostly water in the beginning anyway! lol
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:00 AM   #12
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Hang in there. It may come off slower, but remember this is not a diet. It is a lifestyle change and a healthy WOE for life. Eventually, it will come off. A friend of mine started low carb at the end of June and in the weeks since, has only lost 1/2 pound per week and was getting discouraged (she's 46 and has thyroid issues). She perked up when I told her that it might be slow, but by this time next year she'll be down 26 pounds *and* have a better handle on her diabetes. 26 pounds in a year sounds frustrating, but it's not just about the weight...it's about being healthier!
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:13 AM   #13
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I am not sure for me that it is actually slower. I'll be 52 in December and while the loss seems slower now than when I was younger the losses are real "fat" not just pounds.
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:42 AM   #14
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I'm 52, finally figured out during menopause it's not just exercising that's needed but also cut back on calories. So low carb but not eating absolutely everything I want either, lol. Menopause stinks
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:50 AM   #15
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It is what it is . . . but I am thrilled that I got started on low carb again last March.
I've learned so many things that are helping me tweak my way of eating. I am never bored with my choices and can't think of anything I've really craved. (Well, once in a while a craving for some wine, but that's the last gasp of someone who was drinking at levels too high for too long. I am guessing a lot of my excess weigh arrived in liquid form). I don't see any problem continuing eating this way through the next several months, and I hope years. I never want to see 180 again. My winter eating strategy will be a lot different than it was last year (more fat, much lower carb).

Down a pound again this morning (164) . . . was I ever ready for that! My pattern is to stick close to my new low (sometimes bouncing up a bit) for longer than I want, but a new low so far has always come. Long may it last.

Have a great day comrades!

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Old 09-01-2013, 07:53 AM   #16
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At age 48 I'll concur, it's slooooow. Funny how it took no time to pack it all on though
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Old 09-01-2013, 08:47 AM   #17
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I'm 57 and its very slow.

Don't gasp-- when I was in my mid 20's, after having my first child, I went on a low fat, low calorie diet and lost 36 pounds. I could not do that today-/ I tried briefly before going very low carb and I actually gained weight and my cravings especially in the afternoons got worse.

This woe is sustainable for me do far, enjoyable even.
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At age 48 I'll concur, it's slooooow. Funny how it took no time to pack it all on though
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Old 09-01-2013, 09:37 AM   #19
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Nice to know I'm not alone. I think the most frustrating part is that I didn't do it earlier and listen when people told me it gets harder.

But better late than never. And yes losing no matter how slow is better than gaining!!
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I think it would come off a lot slower if I ate the same way I ate when I first tried LC many years ago.

At 58, I am eating mostly unprocessed foods & I cut out anything that seems to be problematic. I don't feel deprived & I am seeing a fat loss (fat loss calculated by measurements, not scale weight) averaging 2 lbs per week. That is as good as it gets within a healthy fat loss range.
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Old 09-01-2013, 02:22 PM   #21
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I had a decent loss the first few weeks but since then it's a pound or two...then I creep back up a pound, stick there awhile, lose a couple more, creep back up again, and over and over it goes. SO frustrating, but yep...just like when I was a skinny 11 year old mowing down a huge dish of ice cream w/ chocolate syrup every single night before bed and my mom said "it's gonna catch up to you" (she was right), I scoffed. I lost after each baby no problem whatsoever til #4 came along. THEN when she said "it'll get harder to lose as you get older" I scoffed. Well, I scoff no more Mother truly did know best!
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:16 PM   #22
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Indiekim you are so right. Ugh ha moms do a thing or two
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Old 09-02-2013, 06:28 AM   #23
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Ugh, it sure does get harder every year.
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:43 PM   #24
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It does go slow for me too but at least it is going down and it will stay down.

So ladies and gents lets learn a lesson from this. Once that weight is off let's not let it creep up again or else we need to loose the same weight over and over again and it will be much harder to take off. Easier said than done but let that knowledge be our motivation.
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:28 PM   #25
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Yes, when I first did Atkins, I was in my twenties and much healthier. Now, I have MS, am hypothyroid, and almost 40. It's a different ball game.

But you know what? It's been a good thing. I can't eat the crap that I used to eat (like sugar alcohols, too many Starbucks breve lattes, and Russell Stover SF chocolates, for example). I can't be lax with my food like I used to be. I think long and hard before eating off plan, and in fact haven't done it once since my restart. I've thought about it and each time decided it wasn't worth it (yet?). I count total carbs now, and I'm doing just fine.

Is it coming off more slowly than it used to? Yes, but it IS coming off. I've lost over 50 lbs so far, and I will make it to goal.
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Boy it sure does come off slower the older you get!

Yep!!!! No doubt about it. SMW
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:19 AM   #27
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So my first week loss is 4.4lbs. I will take it! Wish it was more....of course but it is going on the right direction and I don't plan of ever seeing those 4.4 again!!

At this point i have 2 options, lose weight slowly but surely or gain weight quickly...hmmm think I will choose the first option
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