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My Weight Loss Journey Even Though It’s Been Tough Since Turning 40

Since I hit 40, it has been pretty rough trying to lose weight.  In the past, I would eat fewer calories, exercise more, and I would lose weight in no time.  I now only lose half a pound.  If I eat one bad meal, I gain three pounds.  I am not exaggerating about that.

I had my physical yesterday and my doctor said that I have lost nine pounds since last year.  I was happy to hear that but not by much because I should have lost more than that.  When I scroll through Pinterest and Instagram to read stories on people who have lost weight, it’s usually losing 30 pounds in six months or so.  I don’t want to do a diet because it’s not something that is sustainable for me.  I am trying the following:

  1. Limiting my calorie intake to 1200 calories – I don’t think I am calculating correctly how many calories I am actually consuming.  I have a food scale that I bought when I tried WeightWatchers awhile ago so going to start using it again.
  2. Intermittent Fasting – Intermittent Fasting is something that I have been doing for a while but it hasn’t been working. I think it’s what I said above, I would eat too many calories during the window.  I saw on Pinterest a few sample meals and it’s barely salads so definitely need to reduce my calorie intake.
  3. Using MyFitnessPal to keep track – A few months ago, I downloaded my weight history and alongside my pictures, I figured out the weight that worked for me. It felt good that I don’t have to lose as much weight as I thought I needed to.
  4. Drinking More Water – I will admit that I suck at drinking water.  This is another topic that I spoke about with my doctor. The older I get, the less I can maintain my water.  If I drink a cup of water, I will make four trips to the bathroom. She says it’s normal so I will have to deal.
  5. Exercising for 150 minutes a week – Doctor said that the recommendation is 150 minutes per week.  I am exercising 45 minutes/3 times a week but that isn’t enough.  I will add 5-10 minutes to my workout.

I have vowed not to buy any new clothes until I lose weight.  It’s hard because it is taking forever but I am still determined to keep going.  If anyone has good weight loss tips, please comment and help a sister out.


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