, i'm closer to 40 than 30. in fact, i'm closer enough to 40 that some time just within the last 12mos i've hit the tipping point in my metabolism: "suddenly" my clothes don't quite fit the way they used to. i haven't gained enough in the way of poundage to explain it away, so i know it's almost entirely a fat vs. muscle thing. that's not good, for two reasons: i have a family history (not immediate family, but close enough) of diabetes, and also of strokes. i clearly need to exercise more than i do now (especially since i recently started working from home full time), and to eat healthier in general. i don't want to gain any more fat or
weight, and i certainly do not
want to contract diabetes. getting fit would go a long way towards both ends. oh but losing some of this new volume back to muscle would be icing on the (proverbial!) cake, lemme tell ya. ;)
shared support in regards to diverse health goals sounds to me like a wonderful thing, so here i am. :)
But I love to cook - choosing ingredients, experimenting with flavour, these are fun things to me. We have a low cholesterol/low fat fridge and pantry (my partner has high cholesterol), we eat lots of whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables.
I am about 20 lbs heavier than I would like to be, but 20 lbs lighter than I was at the beginning of the year. However, I've been in a holding pattern for the past few months, I haven't been exercising so I stopped losing weight. I need to jump back on that bandwagon.
Good health, everyone!
I'm actually not overweight anymore, at least as far as my BMI goes -- I am on the right side of the magic number 25 more often than not. But I'm also not nearly as aerobically fit as I would like to be, and I carry what extra weight I have all around my middle, which I guess "they" say is the unhealthiest place to keep it.
My most recent life-change for health purposes has been a eliminating added sugar except for special occasions. Since I used to be a three-ice-cream-a-week kind of person, this has been a big step for me! I've been doing it for about a month, and it's going much better than I thought it would -- I often go seven or eight days without sweets or foods with added sugar. I think my record is ten days without sweets, which I probably hadn't done since... ever. I haven't lost any weight because of this, though, and I'm worried about how I will keep it up in winter when my fruit supply drops off. Also, I haven't cut back on refined flours as much as I should even though I know they're just about as bad as sugars. And I've maybe been over-relying on the raisins.
I'd like to exercise more, but I am totally self-conscious about my lack of aerobic fitness! I feel so dumb-looking when I am panting away jogging outside, and I'm a little bit afraid of gyms. I've tried exercise tapes, but the smallness of my apartment and the fact that people live downstairs is a little limiting there. I walk to work every day, at a reasonable pace, but that's the extent of my cardio, and I haven't increased the amount or intensity in a year.
So I basically just feel a little bit stalled out, here. I'm not in terrible shape, but I want to be in better shape, and I want to eat healthier foods.
Hi. I'm 45 and overweight. I wasn't always that way. Most of my life I was within what I would consider normal for my height. (I'm kinda short.) The last ten years or so, I've been gaining weight like there's no tomorrow. It's not entirely because of bad eating and no-exercise, though I won't deny that's part of it. My downfall came because of two things. First was going on anti-depressants. Pharmacy companies always claim that this anti-depressant won't cause weight but that's a load of crap. However, going off the drugs isn't an option. I got off them once for over a year. I was fine for a while, then went crashing down hard. So rather than spend time under my desk in a fetal position crying for no reason, I'll continue on the meds.
The other problem was that I had thrombophlebitis. For over a year, I was having great trouble walking. Instense sharp pain. I had been walking five blocks to work every morning. Suddenly, I wasn't and was using handicap parking. It drastically cut down on my exercise. My weight spiralled up.
Of course, I'm at fault too. I love to eat. I love to drink. When I was young, I could eat whatever I wanted and not gain weight. As I got older my metabolislm changed but my eating habits did not. I was an idiot. My lifestyle and career have become rather sedentary. Now, I really want to loose the weight. Partly to look better and feel better about myself. Mostly to be healthier. Diabetes and heart disease runs in my family. So does weight problems. I look at my older relatives and think "I do not want to go there". I'm also just tired of feeling tired.
What I've been doing so far: cutting back on fats and salt. Making my own lunches (healthier and cheaper) using the bento box approach. Cutting back on drinking. Avoiding fried anything. My temptations are cheese and potato chips. Cheese, I'm going to cut back on. Chips, I need to avoid altogether - too much salt, fat and temptation.
I know I'll never be the size I was when I was in my 20's. But I sure would like to go down several dress sizes. I got a closet full of clothes I like but can't fit into.
I am thirtysomething (though now I am closer to 40 than 30) and I have been overweight (by many standards "obese") for as long as I can remember, but thankfully have never struggled with an eating disorder. I do eat when I am bored or stressed or not paying attention. My goal is not a specific weight as much as it is a wish to get back to a size 16 -- what I was wearing the last time I was fit and happy with my body. (Currently I am somewhere in the 18-20 range.) Weight-wise, though, I am looking at about 40 pounds, maybe 50 to get to that size.
A little over a year and a half ago, I lost 25 pounds. I did it mostly through adjusting my diet, following a Diabetic exchanges diet for about 1800 calories. Since then, I have gained most of it back, which sucks, but I started sliding back into my snacking habits and never really got off the sofa. So now: back to the regime and up off my tush.
I'm 42 very soon and fat.
I've been fat for almost as long as I can remember.
If I lost 4 stones (at 14 pounds each) that'd be good. No need to go sylph-like!
After my dad died when I was 9 I can remember doing what I now know was comfort eating. I'd get the biscuit tin and start eating. I didn't want biscuits but I knew that they were addictive and that after a few I'd want more. That's how it all started. I don't think I really ever massively over ate, but it all gradually piled on. I was hopeless at sport as a kid and as I was later diagnosed with MS which I've supposedly had all my life I expcet that this was part of the problem. No balance, no co-ordination. And now the MS gives me massive fatigue so the last thing I want to do is jump up and down.
Every few years I'll go to an exercise class for a while but even if it's working I'll hate it. I hate gyms too. Can't stand the smell of sweaty bodies. Like sitting down at my computer or with a book far too much!
I do binge eat sometimes. When I know that my husband is going to be out I will sometimes go to the shops and load up with crap. But after I've eaten it I feel horrid - I haven't enjoyed it at all. Booze is my big problem - it's not a drink problem as in getting drunk all the time, if ever, more that I just love the stuff and if it's in the house I'll have to have some.
I try to eat organic and realtively healthily, but I am a foody - I love cooking and good food.
So hopefully here I'll find the support and encouragement and understanding I need to attack the water bottle instead of the wine bottle and the fruit bowl instead of the ice cream bowl.
Though I DO NOT eat cottage cheese.
It is the work of the devil.
Welcome to my safe corner of LJ! Please introduce yourself as you join - in any way you wish.
I'm 31, very recently married, and with a family so messed up that I often wish, or pretend, that I'm an orphan. I have a very stressful professional career, two step-cats who sometimes love and sometimes hate me, an incredibly wonderful and supportive husband, new braces on my teeth, and 30 extra pounds. I'm not fit (my mother's ass is creeping up on me, as are my grandmother's upper arms)... I have made some positive changes in the past year, though:
-switched to whole grain everything, whereever possible.
-began reading food labels, and attempting to avoid trans fats and excess badness.
-drinking water and tea instead of coke and cherry soda.
-eating healthier generally - more veggies, less meat, etc.
-I can now force down things like oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and raw tomatoes, that I wouldn't touch before.
-now exercise regularly, though not as regularly as I'd like.
The sum of all of this is that i've stopped gaining weight. Now I'd like to lose it. I also need to work on my stress, emotional eating, and physical fitness.
Why isn't there a punk rock areobics class? Why aren't oreos good for you? How come chips can't fix my life.
So that's where I'm at, at this exact moment. I intend to move forward, I'm just not sure how to do so.