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    I love all you primal folks, but I wanna read a journal of someone over 50!! A female. To see what you all have accomplished later in life! We can do it!

  • #2
    I'm 52, but I don't have a journal. I know Kunochi is somewhere around my age; she has a journal.

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    • #3
      I'm 57 but am not a journaler. I started PB about 6 months ago after 5 months of Protein Power and 6 months of Weight Watchers. I lost 30 lb. with WW and another 10 with PP and PB. I'm here for life as Ihave no interest in dieting forever or being chained to a treadmill.

      I have seen improvement in my hip osteoarthritis but it has not been eliminated, darn it!

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      • #4
        I'll be 54 in a few weeks. I don't have a journal but since January 1, 2009 I have lost 65 pounds. The first year, or so, was low carb. I found PB early in 2010.

        The daily pain from bone on bone osteoarthritis of my left knee is only now an occasional event. The prescription meds needed to control the pain are history.
        Last edited by marcadav; 12-03-2010, 08:30 PM.

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        • #5
          I'm 47 on my way to 48, will that do?
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          • #6
            Dragonfly...it'll do nicely! Good to hear from all you voices of experience! Adrianag, sounds like WW worked well for you.....dang! I can't see doing WW, that is why I'm here....(tho I heard they have recently made fruits and veggies zero carb!!) ....but wondering what it takes to actually drop lbs....as soon as possible....there's a lot of leeway on Primal. But that's the beauty of it, too. You can live with it.
            marcadav!!! your weight loss is da bomb! How inspiring! Can you share some of your tips? lo carb is verrrry close to primal.

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            • #7
              janagram,
              Some of the things that worked for me:
              1. Deciding that changing my ways was for health reasons, not weight loss. I told myself that if I got and stayed healthy then I would be successfully even if I stayed overweight. The weight loss has been a nice perk. Getting healthy--priceless.
              2. I spent a few months getting my head ready before I took action. This meant deciding what I could and would do.
              3. I do some type of exercise M-F. I also do it first thing in the morning. That way it's harder for me to make excuses.
              4. I set goals or challenges for myself every so often. This month, until my birthday, is no dairy or sweeteners. Hard because Diet Pepsi is my downfall--day 7 & counting. Also, the longest I've gone without Diet Pepsi in over 20 years. I'm also realizing butter and cheese are my favorite satiety fats.
              5. I record weekly weight, exercise, and brief thoughts. That way when things get tough I can look back and see what worked, what didn't and how far I've come.
              6. Finding PB has helped make better food choices and exercise smarter.

              Finally, my strong family history of obesity and diabetes is my impetus. My father lost toes and then died this year from unhealthy choices. I have sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, a niece, and BILs that are diabetic. Most of my extended family members are either overweight, obese, or morbidly obese.

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              • #8
                Thanks for your great tips!! Your path is a courageous one! Your progress is super inspiring to me and I like the challenges you set for yourself! Best of luck!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by janagram View Post
                  Dragonfly...it'll do nicely! Good to hear from all you voices of experience! Adrianag, sounds like WW worked well for you.....dang! I can't see doing WW, that is why I'm here....(tho I heard they have recently made fruits and veggies zero carb!!) ....but wondering what it takes to actually drop lbs....as soon as possible....there's a lot of leeway on Primal. But that's the beauty of it, too. You can live with it.
                  marcadav!!! your weight loss is da bomb! How inspiring! Can you share some of your tips? lo carb is verrrry close to primal.
                  WW works but you are obsessed with food, counting and tracking every single bite and you are chained to the treadmill. No way to live and those carbs and grains are still bad for you which is why I switched to primal.

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                  • #10
                    I'm 45 so not quite 50 but I've had some really good changes lately...

                    1) If I keep my fat levels high (60-70%) my binge-eating tendancies seem to disappear
                    2) I do have to keep my calories under 2000 to keep from gaining weight so, for me, calories do matter
                    3) Lifing weights works better than running for body scuplting

                    I'm still struggling with finding good fat sources. Recently I've been exploring fattier proteins which is an eye-opener since I've only ever looked for lean protein sources.

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                    • #11
                      I'm 51 and have been on PB since March 2010, with a couple of months where I was only doing it 80%, now it's more like 90%. Ideally I wanted to lose 20 lbs to be back to my "fighting weight." I lost 6 lbs in the first 3 months, then completely stopped losing for the next 4 months. Frustration caused me to slack off in a "why bother?" mindset so I started eating more carbs. That caused me to regain 3 of the 6 lbs I lost. In November I recommitted to a ~95% adherence to PB, resulting in a loss of 1.5 lbs in the month of November. As you can see, losing weight on PB has been very slow and difficult for me in spite of exercise and mostly-adhering to the plan. In my case it may be a hormone imbalance causing me to hold on to this last 15 lbs I need to lose. I am planning to get a full hormone panel done at the naturopath's next week. A couple months ago a thyroid test showed TSH of 2.7 which my doctor said was "normal" so this time I'll be testing estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and cortisol.
                      I'm a quitter...but I'm back now.

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                      • #12
                        Out of curiosity, I wonder how much of dropping body fat (at this age) has to do with expectations? I mean, if our expectations are out of alignment with our body's natural rhythms, we will create stress for ourselves, which will up our cortisol levels and make it even harder to lose the fat. I've had to re-align my expectations to my current activity level and age and I think it has helped me have a more enjoyable experience going Primal. Read more in my journal...

                        I'm only on week 5 of being fully Primal, and I don't have much body fat to lose--so I expect it will take some time. I notice that mine is dropping off at approx. a pound a week (guessing--I don't weigh myself!)--which is a very healthy rate and allows my excess skin to reabsorb. I eat 50 ~ 70 gms of carbs a day and get 50-70% of my calories from fat. Probably 98%/2% Primal. I eat raw dairy, but hardly any fruit/nuts.

                        What I've noticed is that my focus is to keep my stress levels low and enjoy my food. I am also re-training myself to eat only when I am hungry. Funny how programmed I have been to eat every 3 hours (when I was still eating grains)--or at a certain time of day!

                        Doing the PB Fitness routine has been a real support. Speaking as a former personal trainer, it is a really smart workout for women and my strength gains have been consistent-- I get really motivated from seeing my progress each time. Again, my expectation was to see results between 4-6 weeks (reasonable for most people) from starting the program and indeed I am now--but I certainly wasn't at 3 weeks!
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                        • #13
                          Hey, canarygirl, adrianag, and all of ya, and Dragonfly, you are right about expectations. I keep thinking....I'm eating so much better than before, where's the evidence? Well, some of my evidence is ...less finger pain...feeling good....not gaining....and so forth. Oh, yeah, and enjoying food like crazy!
                          Ok, I would love to have a pc of toast. But other than that, I don't miss grains.

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                          • #14
                            Here's my "gal over 50" intro: I'm 52. I started my "fitness" journey when I was 44, on Atkin's. I lost about 30 lbs. I began serious weight training and was constantly asked if i would consider competing. The lowest my body fat was was 18%. I still wanted those "last 10 lbs" off, tho, so I continued to look for new ideas!

                            For reasons un-remembered now, two years ago, I went vegetarian. It was simply crazy. to go from eating 125-150g of protein/day to virtually none was a shock to my system. But the whole concept, seems to me, was for HEALTH. Well, it drove me nuts to lose all my hard-earned muscle!!! That lasted for 3 months, when all the raw-eating tore my belly up. I tried various other programs, never recovered my lost muscle and constantly battled hunger.

                            Dear online friends introduced me just over a year ago to high fat, low carb eating. When they told me i wouldnt be hungry any more, i had to check it out. When I learned that cutting the carbs out of my diet could also heal me of my rosacea, i jumped on board.

                            So, like someone previously posted, i do not follow this way of eating for weight loss but for overall health. I've eaten more off plan in the past three months, tho, and have suffered terribly for it. i gained 15 lbs and my rosacea came back with a vengeance!!! But just being back on plan for one week has rewarded me with great physical improvement! my face is so much better as are my hands (had been very dry!!). in three days, i lost 5 lbs.

                            but for me, the health benefits are outweighing every thing else: i now know my rosacea is caused by sugar. i had been DXd with "overactive bladder" which is now healed. I used to need to wear sunglasses every time i went outside: i've worn them perhaps three times this whole year. I have many fillings and crowns because of my poor diet. Two molars broke a year ago and a filling fell out. Because my diet has been more good than bad this year, these teeth do not bother me. My teeth always feel slickery clean! I was DXd with osteoarthritis in my right hip. When I'm eating right, I rarely notice it.

                            So while weight loss will be a great benefit (and seeing some muscle tone once more!!! woot!), for me becoming more healthy and understanding the nasty foods in today's society has been the biggest boon for me!

                            Karen, 52 and loving it!

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                            • #15
                              Hi, Karen! I hope that we "over 50" gals can begin to share our goals and successes. Also, I was a vegetarian for ...well 27 yrs. Not good. I can sympathize, but at least someone pushed you toward good sense. I damaged my body and health, but it took forever for me to get it. I loooove this way of eating.

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