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Message posted by Mike3003 on 02/10/2017 at 10:28am
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When I was a young man I could eat, and drink, whatever I liked and as much as I liked and would rarely go above 14 and a half stone. I was extremely fit and strong due to my obsession with chasing an oval shaped ball around muddy fields.

My obsession is still there, but I now just watch fit young men chasing said ball around. My wife shares my enthusiasm, however I doubt very much she is analysing tactics and game plans, she has, however, commented on how much she enjoys a big tackle 😳

My point is this, since turning 50, nearly 10 years ago, I only need to think the words "Stella Artois" or "Bacon Sandwich" and I put on half a stone. I have just got back after nearly a month away in Southern Africa, eating and drinking without a care and not giving a jot and my post "off load" weight this morning is shamefully ......16st 2lb 😳😳

OK, I am 6' and quite a big bloke having kept up my training, including heavy weights, to a lesser degree, since I stopped legalised violence as a hobby, so I reckon 14st 7lb would be an agreeable weight for me.

Now I know many people would say things like "you are what you are" etc, but I am not happy being over weight, so as of today I am going to embark on operation "lose it" and I want your help. I will post my absolutely thruthful weight on this wonderful forum every week and if it is down please praise me (I love to be loved) if, however, my weight is up, and I will be truthful, please feel free to insult me as much as you want or need......However I will find out where you live and sit outside your house at night! 👍

Does anyone else have difficulty keeping the weight off as you get older, if so what have you done to address the issue. I retired at the age of 57 from a very active job, I used to have to walk the rivers of Dartmoor, it was terrible 😀 I just do not do the mileage I used to do.

Ewen, if you read this, how are you getting on with your mileage tracker, does it nag you to do more? I need some kind of stimulation and I think this may help me. I have agreed to do Everest Base Camp November next year, so need to get my arse in gear.

Sorry if I bored some of you with this, but I do not like being overweight.

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Now you know how us girls feel, taking weight off is so much harder when you get older too.

Can you outline your weight loss plan, please, then we can make a proper assessment?

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It does nag me to do more but I have found it isn't totally accurate.
I did what I called fit by fifty 6 months before my birthday in 2016. I gave up the smokes and increased my hillwalking and also cycled. Added to lunchtime walks etc I lost a bit of weight but the belly is still there a bit and I'm not one for the gym so I won't lose it
I get away up the hills every week and I feel fitter. We are doing a lot of long distance walking in prep for a walking holiday in France next year and it shows in my legs etc. For trekking, you need stamina, lung capacity and stubbornness. Base camp is over 5000 metres. Get up to 6000 and the weight will drop off you standing still as your body works hard in the altitude.
Alas, I don't think we will ever get back to our svelte younger selves.

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Hallelujah! Someone who actually cares about their weight, and wants to do something about it.

I applaud you, my friend. Not just for the intention, but for having the guts (no pun intended) to discuss it on here.

In all honesty, I'm probably a good stone or so over and above my own ideal weight, and like you, I never added an ounce until more recently, despite historically eating for England, and having a very, very sweet tooth to boot. I did have a physical/manual job though. These days, I sit at a computer trying to look busy, and keep nipping next door to B&M for a big bag of their cheesy nibbles!
I'm not really a drinker though, so that's one good thing, at least.

Anyway, regardless of my own inadequacies, I sincerely wish you all the best.
If it's encouragement you need, then I'm right behind you, mate.

Keep us informed/updated, but in the meantime, here's the first bit of encouragement for you...

Muckers Inspirational Video - Episode One (Rated 18)...


Give me a shout if and when it starts to get you down, and I'll provide all the encouragement you need.

Lean on me, my friend... with my help, you will achieve your goal.




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Message posted by Mike3003 on 02/10/2017 at 1:39pm
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Quote: Originally posted by franbee on 02/10/2017
Now you know how us girls feel, taking weight off is so much harder when you get older too.

Can you outline your weight loss plan, please, then we can make a proper assessment?



Thanks for your reply franbee.

OK, I will be cutting right down on the beer and wine, I have to exercise more because I have verbally agreed to do EBC, so I have a goal which helps.

I am not an unfit person having always kept myself fit, but I just do not want to keep piling the weight on as I get older.

My wife and I have used, very successfully, Weight Watchers in the past, so I will be following the eating habits we did then. I find my issue is portion size, I love food. But we very, very rarely have junk/takeaway food, and mostly cook using fresh ingredients. My wife has, in the past, called me "Ruthless" when it comes to food, so I guess I need to discipline myself.

I am a real water drinker, consuming at the very least 2lts a day.

Franbee, many people look at me and say "What are you worried about" but the scales do not lie, I am too heavy and I can feel it, my knees ache!

When I want to realise how much I am carrying around, I pick up the Kg I want to lose in weight training plates. I have just picked up 10Kgs! It shocked me, all that extra weight going through ageing knees and hips etc. It just cannot be good for you.



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Mucker: Thank you so much for your encouragement, the exact reason I posted this topic on here. 👍😀

Ewen: Thanks for your reply too. I have an issue with just going on a diet because I do not want to get weaker, I have always been strong, spending a lot of time in the gym to stop my body falling apart when playing Rugby. It is just this getting old bit that is pi####ng me off, I want to remain strong and fit, but find it harder to get the enthusiasm as I get older......I hate that!

I have been to well over 5500 mts before, I did Kilimanjaro back in 2014, I was 56 then, I absolutely loved it and found it not to great a challenge when others around me were really hitting the wall at altitude. I seemed to thrive in that environment for whatever reason, and yes you are right, I came back 4kilos lighter!

I do feel, without being controversial (😀😀) that too many people just give up as they get older, I do not intend to do that and will fight to keep the weight off and remain relatively fit.

Thank you guys for your reply. 👍😀. I will check in next week with a reduced weight check!

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I lost about 1.5 stone last year by signing up to the 'Swim 22' challenge for Diabetes UK (basically swim 22 miles in any pool over 3 months. It effectively meant swimming twice a week) and then entering the London to Brighton bike ride in September in aid of the Alzheimer's Society. That meant having to do lots of cycle rides through the summer in order to build up the distance I was capable of doing.

Obviously you can vary the exercise to suit you, but the point is that by getting sponsored to do it, that(a) meant I couldn't stop and (b) raised a total of about 1500 for the 2 charities. Put simply, everyone won.

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I am 6 feet 2 inches and weighed 16 1/2 stone at age 56. At 60 (now 77) I developed type 2 diabetes attributed to my weight.
I tried losing weight but I couldn't maintain a steady weight much less than 15 stone
At my last annual diabetic check in January I had reduced my weight to 15 stone 2 pounds but was told I needed to lose more,the diabetic nurse told me to drastically reduce my carbohydrate intake,specifically to no more than 1 potato per day and one slice of bread or a tennis ball size portion of rice.
I buy Lidl low GI bread and it does appear to help.
It s very hard with no cakes or biscuits etc but sticking as near as possible to her advice,with the occasional slip, I am now 14 stone and I don't want the amount of carbohydrate.
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Weight is not the only test, though obviously it's a good start.
I can recommend watching "how to stay young" - on iPlayer, BBC one, Wednesdays 9pm. It's a series of 3 programs. The program shows how people's birth age is compared to their body age as measured by fat %, blood pressure, fitness (cycle machine), muscle strength & many other measurable tests (23 in total). Three people are followed each week, to see how a 12 week program can reduce their body age to closer to their birth age. Quite shocking but also inspirational.

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I am not a big eater and, as a family, we cook healthy food and avoid junk. I do however like my wine and cider. This shows as I am slim and fit except for the pot belly. It isn't massive but it is there and I don't know how to get rid of it.

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Quote: Originally posted by Fiona W on 02/10/2017
Weight is not the only test, though obviously it's a good start.
I can recommend watching "how to stay young" - on iPlayer, BBC one, Wednesdays 9pm. It's a series of 3 programs. The program shows how people's birth age is compared to their body age as measured by fat %, blood pressure, fitness (cycle machine), muscle strength & many other measurable tests (23 in total). Three people are followed each week, to see how a 12 week program can reduce their body age to closer to their birth age. Quite shocking but also inspirational.



Thanks for that Fiona, I will check that out right away, I like that kind of stuff. 👍😀

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I have had very active jobs all my working life and at 5'8" tall my weight was constantly just 9.5 stone.

I didn't notice at what age it all started. I was still working but approaching retirement so probably taking things a lot easier than I used to and I do recall starting to get a little worried about my waistline which was slowly creeping up from 32".

I retired at 55 years of age and stopped smoking at 59 years of age because I was told I would be more healthy. I thought I was still pretty healthy anyway but, call it coincidence if you will, from then on my weight started to rise and I seemed to be forever at the doctors with minor complaints. My breathing certainly improved though.

The next thing I noticed was that I was forever having to pull up my trousers because the belt kept slipping down below and ever increasing belly. Eventually I had to resort to braces. I seem to be able to get by now with buying size 38" waist trouser but usually the expanding type, and of course hold them up with braces.

Shortly after packing up smoking my weight seemed to increase to around 12.5 stone which for my height is not yet obese but certainly overweight. I now hover just under 13 stone. After a camping trip when I am active, do a lot of walking, and don't eat heavy meals, I drop down to 12.5 stone but once back home that soon shoots up again.

My feelings are that I don't like being overweight and certainly don't like not being able to buy clothes that fit nicely without rubber straps holding my trousers up but at 70 years of age do I really want to spend the rest of my life worrying about my weight, continually weighing myself and not being able to enjoy a good meal? I still go camping. I walk briskly for at least 2-3 miles most days. I certainly don't stuff myself with food, and yet my weight is what it is.

If I am lucky I could live another 20 years. If I am not so lucky it might be 10 years. If my time is up it could be tomorrow. I am certainly not going to spend my remaining time worrying about when it's going to happen and trying to prevent it by giving up everything I enjoy doing.

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Yeah, giving up smoking gave me a year of bad colds and increasing weight. I felt worse after giving up but I think it was down to the body adjusting. I am 6 foot and used to be a 34 inch waist until I started an office job, 10 years ago. Now I am a 38 inch waist. Luckily, I don't need braces and my arse has lost weight and gone back to muscle so from the waist down and the chest up I am sort of normal.

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I have never been overweight but back in 2014 I was 12lbs heavier than I wanted to be. Whilst people kept telling me I didn't need to lose weight I knew that I did for me. I followed 5:2 and in 4 months was were I want to be. Ever since I have done 6:1 (fasting today) as this allows me to have that red wine when I want to The only time I end up over my target is beginning of September as I never fast during August and eat what I like (always take 4 weeks off work). It goes back on very easily if you are not careful. I am now working on taking off my holiday 4lb

In any case good luck Mike we will be cheering you on

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Am 6'1 16 stone been that since around 18 / 20. now 57.
But 38 waist, but if honest around 37 as i keep pulling them up lol.
And to be honest the belly and other things are starting to drop south lol.
Packed up smoking 12 week ago cold turkey, to support Dawn who had a heart attack and stemt fitted.
She did not drink, drive. walked everywhere ate good food. But smoked.

I am trying to eat better, but still have full english grilled at work everyday.
So need to improve



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Well done on the smoking Ray and good luck Mike.

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