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I want to be 50 and nifty!

Hi ive just reached 50 years old and need to lose some weight ....I don't smoke I hardly drink but my hubby and me love food! We bother work full time snd come home knackered and don't feel like exercising ...we need motivation!

My motivation is only just being able to squeeze the seat belt round me on the plane for my hols .....big awakening!

So .......I'm gonna give it a go!

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Hi! Being only just able to squeeze seatbelt on was a motivator for me too! Personally I worry more about what I eat than how much I exercise as this helps me to lose weight better. I don't believe any amount of exercise makes up for a bad diet.

I would start by looking food first, exercise then as a bonus particularly outside like walking, cycling, gardening.

I went on holiday recently for first time since starting my new leather lifestyle properly in October. I felt amazing on the plane as I had about 6 inches of self belt space and the table came down with no problem. Looking at the new holiday photos makes me feel proud instead of sad.

Good luck, you can do it! 🤞


Hello Sam2 and welcome to the weight loss forum ☺

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Best wishes



Hi I work full time as well but work shifts spread over a 4 week rota, so some weeks I am only a work 2 days and other days 5 days a week! so it means I have varying number of days to fit in exercise. However I have occassionally had to do 9-5 job and it is difficult to motivate yourself once you get home and had tea to do some exercise!. How do you get to work? Could you either get off the bus a few stops earlier or park the car further away from work, so you have a 15min walk to work? Are you able to walk into work- 1m can take 15-20mins depending on how fit you are. NHS Choices Living Well webpage have 10min exercises that you can access. I know some staff at work who go to the gym from work since they know once they get in the house- that is it for the day!!!

Good luck with your weight loss and hope you find a solution for the exercise. Exercise is a small portion of acheiving weight loss- it helps to tone your body, the main focus is eating the right food and claories. I am follwoing the calorie counting 12 week NHS weight loss programme and I have been fairly consistent with my weight loss and when I haven't lost weight it has been because I have been away, had family stayiong for a week or celebration meals (birthday and retirements) so have not been able to follow the plan. Some people reduce their portion sizes and reduce or stop eating biscuits, cakes, crisps, alcohol whatever their vice is! The good thing about the calorie counting you can still have them in moderation as long as it is part of your daily allowance, though depends on your will power to retsrict yourself to your eating plan and not eating more in one sitting.

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Good luck, it's achievable.

A week or two in to sensible exercise will make you feel more energised at the end of the day. A short walk at a comfortable pace at first, gradually increasing the speed and/or distance.


Hi Sam2 Any motivation is a good motivation. Maybe when you reach your goals.. your rewards can be pennies in a pot for the next flight!!

Do you like walking? If you don't have a dog, could you imagine you do? Dogs need walking every day rain or shine... so if you imagined that as a routine.. that could help you get out for a walk at least once a day straight from work?

Maybe set yourself a challenge to do the stair case from bottom to top once or twice a day at work or home? Start walking and build up the speed over time (Depending on how many.. being reasonable - don't over do it). Maybe time yourself and have your times as a challenge to bear over time?

Or.. as you relax in the evening lift some weights.. you don't have to join a gym, and you don't have to be standing up.. lots of things in the house can be used and build up from.


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