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Old 08-31-2007, 07:31 AM
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Default Re: Weight loss for mature women

Many thanks for that and don't worry about the CFS. I have a really good handle on it now and I can recognise very quickly when I've pushed to my limits and what I need to do to stop a crash.

I have had it for 10 years and the standard advice has always been to keep activity low until I can gradually reduce the rest time. This has NEVER worked for me but what does work is to increase what I do in activity time. I have learned that the so called specialists will go against what I, and most on this forum, would believe was good nutrition, and as for exercise/weight control, they will simply tell me I'm an idiot and I am fine for my age.

Your comments have inspired me to believe I can improve from where I am now both in weight and fitness. I have been trying to get going with some weight training for the last couple of years but various health problems have stopped me in my tracks. Nowadays thing like strep throat, flu, vertigo will trigger a full relapse but rarely overdoing exercise.

Unfortunately a full relapse sets me back about 3 to 4 months then I have to start building up again. If I've done too much of something physical I have to back off a couple of weeks and get slowly back into it.

I think the fact that I'm managing to build up my stamina like this is a good thing. It is always 2 steps forward and 1 step back but Iím getting there. If I can clean up my act with food, I hope I can improve my immune system too and stop the strep throats etc.

My husband and I are what is called 'SKIing', Spending the Kids Inheritance. Every few weeks since he retired we take a 2 week vacation. It's been fantastic. Last year I got my Open Water Scuba Diver qualification. In the last 12 months I have been away 9 times and have 3 more holidays planned this year.

It's been great but it takes 2 or 3 weeks to get back in shape after each holiday. I've set myself rules this time and intend to hit the gym every day while I'm away so no weight goes on.

By the new year the building work will be done on our bungalow and my new gym room will be set up. I have a mutli-gym, elliptical, treadmill, rower, weight bench and crunch bench. Canít wait.

My aim now is a reasonable fat loss by Christmas (trying to be realistic with the hols) then decide on what my new aims are when I see how I look and feel by then. I think I will try and pluck up courage to get into a bikini and take some pics then ask the guys for estimates of body fat and what I should/could lose.

I started this week at 132lb but that's while I am low-carbing/ketogenic so in reality my weight once the glycogen stores refill is probably about 136lb. Over the next 2 weeks I am slowly switching to increasing carbs and following a carb-cycling plan with two high carb/high calorie days a week and 5 meals a day, the last one being mainly protein.

Just realised I'm writing war and peace. No matter. If I write it all down it will motivate me to keep to it.

Here's my plan to Christmas.

Sep 2 132lb (lost 2lb but part refill glycogen stores)
Sep 9 132lb (lost 2lb but part refill glycogen stores)
Sep 16 130lb (lost 2lb)
Sep 23 130lb (no loss while on holiday)
Sep 30 128lb
Oct 7 126lb
Oct 14 126lb (no loss while on holiday)
Oct 21 126lb (no loss while on holiday)
Oct 28 124lb
Nov 26 124lb (no loss this month due to operation and 4 weeks recovery)
Dec 03 122lb (get back in shape)
Dec 10 122lb (no loss while on holiday)
Dec 17 122lb (no loss while on holiday)
Dec 24 120lb
Dec 31 120lb (no loss Christmas)

OK so now it's written in stone. 12 lb (or 16 lb?) in 4 months, hopefully mostly fat, then a good hard look at my level of fitness, body shape and routines.

Thank you so much for your thoughts Flowerkitty. Motivation is a big thing when you have CFS (We call it ME in the UK).

So no excuses. [img]/forum/images/graemlins/ooo.gif[/img]
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