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Losing my nifty at fifty

Hello all, I have battled with weight gain since my first of three children twenty seven years ago, I have always worked full time in a very stressful job, often spending long periods away from home, bringing up three kids as well made healthy eating very difficult, on top of all that my lovely husband of nearly thirty years eats whatever he wants especially copious amounts of chocolate which has to be stored in t our fridge and is till the same size as when I met him. Six years ago I took voluntary redundancy from and had the luxury of taking 6 months at home, I joined weight watchers attended a weekly class and lost four stone. I was so proud of myself and vowed to never get that big again. I found it really worked for me because I had no stress I had plenty of time to go to the gym, plan and prepare meals etc. 6 years later having rejoined the workforce and again in a very stressful full on job I have regained the weight and I'm totally feeling the pain. Now six years older my knees ( I turned fifty last year) hurt so much I can't kneel down anymore. My legs hurt when I get up and generally I feel MEH every day. This weekend having tried to do some gardening and finding it too painful I went on line having decided again to join another weight loss group. Wondering which one is now favourable I did a google versus search and the NHS website popped up, so I thought why not it's free and worth a go. This is me sole bared and on day two and doing ok, have only had under a thousand of the recommended 1400 per day is that bad?

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Hi and welcome Twiggs :)

You definitely need to eat the correct amount of food, or you're setting yourself up for failure in the future. Have a look at this for a detailed explanation


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Take a look at the NHS 12 week plan, as a lot of people have been successful with it, making sure to enter your details into the BMI calculator, to get a calorie allowance tailored to your personal requirements. Don't forget to take your starting measurements and a 'before' picture, as they can be very motivating on days that the scales refuse to co-operate.

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It's only left for me to wish you well on your journey :)


Hi Twiggs66 welcome. I agree with moreless it is important to get the right calorie range. It is tempting to start low. I did almost a whole year at 1200 calories and lost and gained the same 7lb again and again. Since starting here last June I have worked out my calorie range using the NHS BMI calculator (adjusting as I lose weight) it's been a very slow process but I have lost 1st 8.5 lbs. I tend to eat at the lower end of my range but other people lose weight in the middle range- play around with it. Coming to the end of my first year I see my biggest achievement being that I have stuck with it and eating the right amount is a huge part of that 😀 Good luck I hope you feel healthier and happier soon


Hi Twiggs66 Knowing you lost 4 stones in the past is good incentive that you can do it again.. Kissing 50 is a good reason to consider your lifestyle and food choices.

Try to work this for you as a better food routine rather than another diet.. That way once you've lost it.. you can keep your good / better habits to move forwards with.. no regain!!

Cheering you on to your goals 🎉🎉🎉

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