“”HORRIBLE CARTOON WE FOUND ON NET,AND DON’T UNDERSTAND, ASIAN LADY CALLING HER MOM IN CHINA”(???)
We like to think that we can keep excess weight off, but that is unrealistic. All our lives, we have had to go back and lose weight,many of us,over again, in this society. I’m not dumping my responsibility for eating, but even experts have said, because of all the excess food that is very cheap and bad, advertised 24 hours a day, and outside wherever you drive, it is just very hard to keep off excess weight for almost everyone in the United States.
if you get a period in your life when you are under too much stress, and you have a history of eating for comfort, or “spastic – eating” (you know what I mean!) Or you’re not moving around enough anymore, as we senior get, you can acquire very extra weight, very Suddenly. AND, Seniors tend to get some extra weight in old age, because, number one, your system is trying to protect you from any excess disease or infection by giving you a little extra weight. It also does that when you are a child.
When we women go through menopause, your body sees that as a BAD THING, “Eek, you’re losing all your estrogen! Hey, I’ll give you some extra weight to help keep it on!”you have noticed, when you stop being a child, and get to be a teenager and a young adult, that baby fat goes away.(consult a book on women’s hormones and estrogen and the other hormonal system in the human body, if you want some medical information) –
– Mainly because, your new hormones estrogen are helping to keep the baby fat off. Yes, that makes a lot of sense and it’s why younger people have a higher metabolism, for the most part.. A lot of it is your new body as an adult. So, as we said above, the huge loss of estrogen in old age, can turn your muscle into fat, or, at least a lot of it.
You’re not eating a whole lot more food (most of the time) but you are going through losing your hormones, being less physically active,, hurting more because of age problems,, and you are OLD.– – and getting old can be very very stressful. A lot of us, like MOI, just cannot handle the physical disabilities,, and the end of your (in my case, and in many peoples’) good looks. it’s amazing, that everyone thinks getting old, you’re afraid of bad health.
But a lot of us, still, look at ourselves in the mirror, and can’t even recognize ourselves anymore. Were just not the same person! That is extremely depressing. We would give just about anything, including our good health (if we have it) to just look young, without actually being young anymore..WE WANT OUR LOOKS BACK!!– – so getting old and LOSING THINGS from your youth, or even just your 40s, is hellishly stressful. It can be VERY depressing!!!Plus, everyone we know, especially older family members are all dead or dying.–your FRIENDS are dead. Your life is GONE OR DIFFERENT.
iT IS SUCH A DISTURBING THING, that I have to stop writing this article for the moment, and come back to it later, to get a handle on my feelings about it. DAMN! (To be continued later, don’t worry I’m going to do it!) Sandraminadotty—in Eugene Oregon)
okay, we are back. We are just going to bite the bullet . Basically, you are never going to have exactly the same body you had in your youth or even your 40s. (My 40s were very hot, I did yoga all the time, I was hot stuff – – at least for being in my 40s,– – according to me anyway.) Stop thinking about how Sharon Stone still keeps most of it off, and looks devastatingly similar to how she looked in her youth. You are not Sharon Stone . Even Sharon Stone is not Sharon anymore.!!!
the poor girl went through a devastating major health problem for many years, and she probably even had to get her whole face stretched back to normal, when her brain went back to its normal position.that woman was really beautiful! Please, see how hard it is to go from that, to being Sharon Stone now? I even feel sorry for her!– –( but not really)
So, the first thing on your new diet is this; you’re going to have to stick with this, probably the rest of your life just like you did before. You’re going to have to stay HEALTHY as you can and not get absurdly thin.it’s not healthy anymore(if it ever was). Go to your doctor, tell him you want to lose weight, see what he says, and you will hear him predict to you “go back to Weight Watchers. They have the best diets.” And of course you get lots of support. And you’ll need it!you can’t really consider it a DIET, it is a “permanent way of eating for your health.”
but, here is what usually happens now. Now, everything is a lot more expensive to do or buy, that it used to be. If you can’t afford to go to Weight Watchers (I know people who can’t) then you’re going to have to get a buddy system going, among people you trust and know, and especially YOURSELF. Your friends, your family, and other women or men, who are having weight trouble and don’t want to do it all alone.this also includes your doctor.. (But not the losing weight part– – just for the support.)
.so here’s where you have to start thinking and planning yourself. Most success in diets, say the statistics, are diets that you have gerrymandered or manipulated or screwed around with,, your self. They work for you. They should still be mostly healthy, most of the time. However there are things you just cannot give up completely, and you shouldn’t have to.
For example, some people cannot give up a certain amount of SUGAR or CANDY. But if you can’t handle it in the house with a tiny little bit once in a while, you’re going to have to get it OUT of the house, buy it somewhere, and that’s the only little piece you could take home or eat..for those who cannot give up the fat piece of chocolate, buy a little bit—once in a while.(and then drink a whole lot of WATER.).yes, lots of water!!!ONLY VERY INFREQUENTLY!!
I, myself,have a horrible time giving up dairy queen ice cream cones, the double flavor swirled ones.SO LUSCIOUS!!but if I take home a package of Dilly bars, I am in a lot of trouble. They usually go away, in one or two days. So I have to keep them out of the house. – – And I’ll only go outside, to have it, once in a long while.
DRINK lots of water – – tea, tomato juice, ice water, more water, hot chocolate very dilluteds, eat fruit for dessert; eat lots of watery SOUP.We are seniors, we often need METAMUCILL DAILY.–with lots of water.Make lots of very thin,good,lentil soup.If you are like me, and need to CRUNCH AND CHEW, POPCORN light or no fat,lotsa Kosher coarse salt,once a week.–Cucumbers, celery (carrots are hard on my teeth) lettuce with tomato salad with dinner. BUT make your diet have good things, you enjoy.A lot of healthy food is delicious.-
-MAKE YOUR DIET TASTE DELICIOUS.–
AND then, you’ll have more success staying on it.But, you don’t need sugar every day(I am addicted to Splenda, cause I have a major sugar-addiction(as do many alcoholics) and if you can keep ONE MEDIUM SIZE bottle OF HONEY, IN THE HOUSE, while only using mild amts, do so.–But if the honey consumption is too high, throw it out,no honey in the house(unless a nother person locks it away,you can’t see it.)Drinking alcohol is very weight-gaining.
OK, CALORIES COUNT–IF you want to lose weight, and keep it off, be realistic. Often we have to cut out a third of our daily calories, to lose weight. Get a “calories-guide” little book, that tells what everything has calories of.(???)
Yah, dhis is English!!!WALK MORE. not extreme exercise, just WALKING. STOP using the car for going one or two blocks.–even more housecleaning (mine is “clean cat box,give cat food, water cat, give cat grass from outside, clean up cat vomit,–wash all dishes–clean shower with bleach–wash some clothing by hand-soak-rinse, wash out, put on back fence in hot weather, to dry–some clothing does NOT do well in wash machines–undies, WHITE CLOTHING–stains–)
You got it; don’t do extreme sports–housework will do it!!Back yard work–gardening? My sister gardens, she hauls heavy tools and pushes huge rocks, to make rock gardens–(ok, so i gotta macho-gardening sister!!She likes it, not me.Gardening to me is only, “kill more blackberry bushes!!cut grass!!!cut weeds!!–cut and kill ivy all over everything!!”go buy another small,sharp scythe, go out, chop tall weeds,)–then, you can go eat a swirly cone, at Dairy Queen!!
Do not buy a step-master, ect, ect, Get some cheap 5-lb. free weights, and just do daily mild lifting.–or start with less weight,START EXERCISE SLOWLY–very slowly–do not push it–you’ll be back at the chiropractor again, Look at the NICE CLOTHES, in your closet, think how great it will be, to wear them again!!Put a full length mirror somewhere near your kitchen—use it.–get several for the house–you can’t HIDE from them.—-and have other busy or relaxing activities (like writing a stupid blog) to get focused on. Wanta go back to sewing?
PLAN TO LOSE WEIGHT–but, do not be cruel to yourself,Take needed vitamins.–think of foods you like(fruit?grapes? apples?)–drink plenty of milk(we still need it.) Having taught cooking to many,thru my life, we had to make our food look good,and taste good.–otherwise, you cannot do even a healthy diet. You can’t force yourseldf to eat DULL FOOD, I love many Indian spices,and I use garlic(dried not salt) I love Paprika(try the Hungarian, its fantastic) and I love Chinese food too.(they use lots of vegetables).BABY YOURSELF in other ways–nice bathes–nice lotion–relax!!
“Extra Virgin olive oil and Kosher salt on that (whole-grain) bagel,” are a taste treat. (eat carbs sparingly.)and REST. SLEEP.–Rest and sleep are so needed for we seniors, we forget that!!Everyone needs them–but we might get tired more–we need real sleep.–plenty of it. A senior having to lose a little weight,(again?) is not a catastrophe.Ask for support from your nearest and dearest.–or friends.
Take good care of yourself.That is not always easy, in this world, but you need to do it. Ask for help when you need it(and yes, that means you GUYS ALSO!!)-IF YOU’RE A HEAVY DRINKER, try to stop or go easier on it. it really packs on the lb.s. I hope this has been some help–planning to lose weight, and slowly starting, not being “extreme” is the best way. Just cause we’re older, we’re not dead yet. –and I am not kidding about making your FOOD TASTE GOOD–LOOK ENTICING, and being food you like.(I have a weakness for yogurt, and ricotta-skim milk, so I keep it around.)
DON’T beat yerself up,say,”I look terrible!!I’m too old!!”OK, we’re old, so what?EVERYONE gets old.–you don’t have to become a huge,sluggish mass, not able to put on a shirt,or skirt, buy something in your “large size”.Plan to keep looking good.And, most of all, “Be gentle to yourself.”Yeah, be kind!!You might not be a young athlete again, or the Disco-Kid you used to be–but you are still YOU. Some people do feel better getting a little cosmetic surgery, but its not necessary–that’s up to you.
Let this be a POSITIVE GOOD THING, you can also enjoy, eating better and enjoying good food.Maybe not as MUCH OF IT—we don’t always need as much,sometimes, as we age–even the French have to EAT SMALLER SERVINGS of fabulous food, but its still very tasty in smaller amts. Let me introduce a word to we Americans–=-MODERATION.
“MODERATION in all things”, say the Swiss.–and we’re talking about people who LOVE to eat,and LOVE CHOCOLATE.–Everyone in my American-Swiss-German family was a good cook, and loved to eat. BOY, do we love to eat!!!And bake!! So my sister and I have had to cut back on all the baking, a little, (a lot) cause that orgasmic-baking experience can lead to psychedelic, groovy, mind-blowing, LSD-DROPPING, – baked goods. mmm..!!!!Yes, you can go out, and buy one fat cookie AT YOUR FAVORITE BAKERY.–one cookie.–ok, you can’t handle the cookies?
-Try the apples in the fridge.No one ever said, losing weight is easy–its just “planned starvation”. Everyone gets old, everyone changes, and you still look good for your age. Don’t be hard on yerself. cause losing weight that way, is even harder.I am going to go make a cup of hot chocolate(using Splenda) And, after that, I might go for a walk. 🙂
(Sandraminadotty, trying to just lose a little lbs, moving around more, doing a lot more housework–in Eugene OR_ 🙂 )