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I am absolutely thrilled and more motivated than ever, to think that post-menopausal me, with an incredibly stress-filled life – that I could lose 65 pounds!

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A few tips I’ve learned along the way:

  1. Runkeeper is a great app on my phone. It has GPS and, will monitor my workout and when I’m in unfamiliar areas. The map keeps me from getting lost. (I had some wonderful, crisp, cool walks in beautiful Colorado.)
  2. A large percentage of my diet is vegan. I have virtually eliminated sweets and fried foods. Extra-virgin olive oil is the only oil I use.
  3. I mix several whole grains, chopped dates, chopped figs and chopped raw nuts in huge batches. Then I usually eat a big bowlful every day with a fresh banana, fresh pineapple mixed in Greek yogurt. Yum! I live in a very rural area and not always able to get to health food store for whole grains (I stock up when I do) so in a pinch I’ll get the healthiest cereals and mix them together – but only in a pinch.
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  5. Joseph's Lavash Bread

    I love baked sweet potatoes and often cut up peppers and other veggies, dribble with olive oil and roast in oven.

  6. Joseph’s Lavash bread makes a wonderful roll-up. I usually put in coleslaw that I buy in a bag (no dressing), fresh veggies, avocado, chopped raw cashews and dip in a sauce mixing olive oil and soy or olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Or, rinse well: canned pintos, black beans, chick peas, etc., and make a salsa to dip it in. High fiber and really satisfying.
  7. A pot of beans or soup is lovely in the winter days.
  8. I’m drinking lots of brewed tea – I discovered Teavana. It’s quite a luxury for me but such a lovely ritual to prepare my tea in my lovely dragonfly cast iron pot and serve it in my cast iron cups.
  9. I eliminated almost all coffee and sodas, although I do allow some when traveling. Starbucks Skinny Cinnamon Dulce extra hot is a yummy treat.
  10. When traveling, some fitness centers will give you a free pass for a few days even though you inform them that you are not a candidate for membership. Bally’s in Houston was very generous and as a result I ended up purchasing a membership for my sister-in-law.
  11. The most important thing I’ve learned is that my walk is my #1 priority and must be done first thing in the morning. If that means I don’t get to work or don’t meet other obligations, then that’s what it means. I have gotten to work and met my other obligations by timing and forcing myself out of bed whether I feel like it or not. (OMG – am I growing up?)

Every day, all day, I remind myself this is not a temporary change, until I lose the weight and get off the medication fix – this is a lifestyle change that MUST continue for the rest of my life.

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  1. Generic Image lifeisgood says

    So awesome…you inspire me.

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  2. Generic Image maria cohen says

    this helped me a lot, because i would always exercise and reach my goal and then stop, gain wt back , then back to the gym… on and off again. But now it has been well over one year w/o stopping. A lady once told me exercise is like brushing your teeth. You eat therefore you brush. You live therefore you exercise( for many reasons not just weight loss)

    this simple statement hit home for me: hope it helps you

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  3. WoodsFTL WoodsFTL says

    congratulations!!!! you are an inspiration to many of us who still have quite a few pounds to go.

    Which brings me to MY added tip: “down ten, now on to the next ten.”  

    Break down the weight loss goals into small increments. Then you can look back at how far you’ve come, but you are still only looking at ten pounds (or five – or one if that’s all you can handle at the moment).

    Also, make one change at a time and add it to the other changes. Making lifestyle changes seems daunting, especially if the goal requires making a number of them. Do what looks do-able to you today, then choose to do it again tomorrow, and then again the next day … after it becomes part of the norm, make the next change.

     

     

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    • CheriRae CheriRae says

      This is great WoodsFTL. Last year Dr. Oz announced his “Just 10″ weight loss program. I immediately ordered my bracelet — which I continue to wear 24/7  —- my message to myself is just 10×10.  Also, when I started this journey I put 10 bangle bracelets on my left wrist and each time I lost 10 lbs I moved one bangle to the other arm. It’s been fun watching the bracelets grow on my right wrist.

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  4. Generic Image gongie says

    I’m just starting on my weight loss journey.  My biggest motivator was a video that I couldn’t cut myself out of.  So there I am in all of my rotundness.  It shocked me to see what others see.  So my tip for weight loss is have someone take a video of you and watch it. 

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    • CheriRae CheriRae says

      Gosh gongie – I thought I had responded to you but guess I didn’t click “post.” Great idea about the video. For the past several years I have been the self-appointed photographer in the family/friend gatherings. Two years ago I realized my grandchildren would have no photos of their grandma in their later years and I reluctantly participated in the picture taking. Yep – I was horrified – but I was there. Those photos will provide family tangible evidence of good memories – like you, they motivate me to continue my journey for healthy lifestyle. Thanks for sharing that tip and good luck to you and all of us.

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  5. Generic Image sandygirl says

    most motivating article i have read in a while….. this woman exudes inspiration

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    • CheriRae CheriRae says

      Thanks sandygirl – my friends, family and all of you inspire me. For me to strive to live my best life — well, for me, it takes a village! These past few weeks have been especially difficult for some reason (can’t figure out why) and I HAVE NOT wanted to exercise and i HAVE wanted to eat more. The key word is “wanted.” I did not act on my wants but rather stayed the course and I attribute much of my ability to keep on keeping on to you ladies and other sources of encouragement in my life. I have 30 more pounds to lose and then the task of maintenance begins. I recently joined Weight Watchers to keep me on track – especially for when I reach the maintenance period. I also joined Toastmasters because it is such a supportive, uplifting group that motivates members to increase self-confidence and to reach their goals. I really want to be the strongest, healthiest me possible in order to fully enjoy these 60′s and beyond.

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  6. Vicky1956 Vicky1956 says

    Okay…have been looking for motivation, and I just found it…or you :-) .  I’m newly separated, scared to death of being overweight and not being able to take care of myself. I need to lose 30 pounds. Badly. I’m going to DO what you said…and I love the bangle bracelet idea. Thanks…wish me success.

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  7. CheriRae CheriRae says

    Hi Vicky1956 -
    My daughter recently sent me this quote: “A newborn chick doesn’t know its alive until its world begins to crumble. What seems like the collapse of your universe may just be an exciting beginning.” – author unknown
    This thread was part of a larger thread started last summer. Long story short – I went for tetanus shot and learned my blood pressure was 188/118 – I didn’t know I had blood pressure problems. I came home with realization that I was 105 #’s overweight and on the verge of a stroke. The next morning I got on my treadmill and cardiologist started me on blood pressure meds. The book that became my lifeline is “Younger Next Year for Women” by Chris Crowley and Henry S Lodge. Since the end of Aug. 2010, I’ve walked 5 miles every day – never missed a day. i still have the final stubborn 20 #’s to lose but I keep the course. My life has changed in so many ways and I am younger this year. Dr. Oz recently put his longevity calendar on his site. I put my info in and my estimated lifespan is 95 years. I then entered information as I was last August at 63 years of age and I was stunned — my estimated lifespan was 65 years. I continue to struggle with those final stubborn 20 #’s but I don’t let that discourage me. I focus on the fact that my lifespan is now 95 years – not 65 years. With cardiologists blessing I am no longer on prescription meds. I am filled with energy and optimism for the future. I will continue to walk five miles a day, do strength training and eat a healthy diet for the REST OF MY LIFE!
    Sending you positive wishes and thoughts for success! Can’t wait to hear about your journey!
     
     
     

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  8. Vicky1956 Vicky1956 says

    OH MY!  I have read Younger Next Year for Women and have given it to four of my friends. I had been exercising faithfully for about 10 months – had lost about 15 pounds - until the separation – and I got derailed. Thanks for the encouragement. I am so happy for you! Five miles a day?  I am so impressed!  It’s time to DO IT!

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  9. Becky Alexander Becky Alexander says

    I have concluded that getting and staying trim is a combination of many small choices, small GOOD choices.

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    • CheriRae CheriRae says

      Becky I really agree. Every day I find myself making a combination of small/GOOD choices —- for the most part —- sometimes not as good as they could be. My one “no excuses” commitment is that I walk five miles a day EVERY day! Not only does that give me the physical benefit of walking but it also reinforces that I can commit to something and stick with it. Still struggling with those final 20 lbs. but lab work and vitals continue to look good and I try to keep myself focused on those numbers and off the scale.

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