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    55yo woman weighing 280 lbs

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    Is this way of eating something I can do at 55 and weighing 280 lbs? I have tried every diet and had the best results on Atkins, but cannot stay on it. My son is getting married in May and I have to lose a lot before then. Seems like everybody I see on here is an athlete....anybody like me on here?

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    I'm not your weight, but close in age. Check out the thread called Gals Over 50? for a meeting place for those of us a touch "longer in the tooth".

    And yes, you can change your life with this way of life!

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    I am a 54 year old woman and I have never been able to stick with Atkins for more than a week. This is different. I've been doing this for about a month and I think I can stick with it. I've had ups and downs and am still seeing what works for me. I want accelerated weight loss so I am keeping the carbs low. I started off keeping the carbs below 100 but that was not helping to get the weight off so I am now doing no more than 50. I would like to be back down to my ideal weight by Thanksgiving. I want to lose 35 - 40 pounds.

    Good luck. I'll check back and hopefully we can help each other. May is a long way off. You can do it.

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    Absolutely you can do this. One note, however-- the Primal Blueprint is not a 'diet' but rather much more than that. This is something you become, not something you do if that makes any sense.

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    You certainly can! You should buy and read the book before starting in my opinion. Not everyone here is an athlete!

    Here are some success stories
    Success Stories | Mark's Daily Apple

    One of my favorites is:
    The Unconquerable Dave | Mark's Daily Apple

    Also, this is the before and after picture thread, it has some amazing transformations but you have to go through the pages to find pictures!
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread6138.html

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    I'm a 50 yr old woman: started at nearly 260 and now down to nearly 220. I've a ways to go and it's been a bit bumpy, sometimes due to falling off the wagon and other times due to decades of horrible eating, etc. Still, it's totally doable.

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    tangentrider, what do you do for exercise? Can't see me sprinting for a while yet.

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    I am far from an athlete, and have plenty to lose too! I didn't tolerate Atkins at all, but this comes very easily once you get over craving sugar. Even with my limitations, I'm losing weight at a steady rate without having to up my amount of exercise by much. I do what I can, and it all keeps moving along in a good direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by givenup View Post
    tangentrider, what do you do for exercise? Can't see me sprinting for a while yet.
    I walk a couple miles a day and, if the knees allow, more on Saturdays. No sprinting for me, as my joints are lousy. I have started doing some static bodyweight exercises: planks and something I call Aussie hangs (the beginning of an Aussie pull up, but you just hang there). I've just now been able to do these.

    Someday I may sprint: the last time I ran for the bus, I hyper-extended my knee, which aggravated the arthritis in my knee, making even walking difficult: take your time and do what you can. BUT, do do what you can. This is key.

    One other thing: I do modified intu-flow in the morning to get the joints lubricated. This stuff is amazing.
    Last edited by tangentrider; 07-28-2011 at 04:36 PM. Reason: additional information
    Started PB late 2008, lost 50 lbs by late 2009. Have been plateaued, but that thing may just be biting the dust: more on that later.

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    You can certainly do this and you should see all kinds of benefits. I'm almost 50 and am down 35 lbs this year so far. I am so NOT an athlete

    I started with walking 20 minutes on my lunch and riding a recumbent exercise bicycle for 20 minutes while I watched tv in the evening. Along with that, I did some wall pushups, some step ups/downs on my basement stairs, and since I didn't have a kettle bell, I did some laundry detergent bottle swings. One day I was out thrifting and found a set of 2.5/5/10 lb dumbbells for $15 so I bought those and do a little variety of upper body work.

    You don't have to do cross fit or run marathons to see fitness benefits. You paid a lot to get your body to the weight it is (as did I) now put that to work for you
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