I got slim for my big 60 birthday

Hi everyone, my name is Kate and I turned 60 back in March.

I'e been on loads of diets over the years and they've all been fairly successful. I lost 60lbs with Weight Watchers about 20+ years ago, 50lbs with Slimming World a few years ago, and other diets in between.

But like a lot of us, I stupidly put the weight back on.

After my son committed suicide in January 2001 I put on over 3 stone, taking me to my heaviest ever weight of 16st 10lbs. I then joined a slimming group and lost about 4 stone.

My "normal" weight is usually between 13-14.7 stone and a size 18ish .

What made me decide to lose weight again???

Well last year I went to Turkey with 3 girlfriends in September/October, and around Christmas time one of them sent me the photos she'd taken and when I saw a few of me, I thought OMG!!!! I thought I looked horrible. (Since the holiday I'd gained a further 1 stone).

I then decided I needed to do something :-)

So on my late Mothers birthday 7th January I started to eat healthily.

My aim was to lose 2 stone by my 60th birthday (14th March)

I cut out bread completely as that was what I used to live on, and in came fresh fruit and vegetables and meat.

Well I achieved my 2 stone loss by my birthday and decided to carry on eating healthily as I was actually enjoying it.

I used what I had learnt at Slimming World to keep me on track.

I reached my own set target weight of 11st 7lbs last week. But I'm going to carry on as I'd really love to see the number 10 as the first number on my scales. I've not seen the number 10 first for about 30 years.

I am NOT on a diet, I am simply eating healthily for the rest of my life. This time the weight is NOT going to go back on. :-) :-)


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  • Hello Got_Slim_at_60 and welcome to the Weight Loss Forum

    Thank you so much for telling us your story and very well done on your weight loss so far! You are doing very well and I agree totally about the change in attitude from 'diet' to eating sensibly. πŸ˜€

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  • Hi Anna61, my total weightloss so far is 3 st 3 lbs :-)

  • Fantabulous!!! Updated badge coming right up πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

  • Well done you πŸ˜πŸ™‚πŸ’πŸŒΉ

    Thanks for giving me hope.

    George 56 ☺

  • The way I look at it George56 is if you really and truly want to lose some weight, then you will. Eating healthily is fun.

    Good luck for the future :-)

  • A lovely letter of support Anna.πŸ™‚

    George 🌹

  • Fabulous narrative and well done you. Inspirational.

    Look forward to seeing you on here regularly so we can all take heed of your advice

  • What a fantastic weight loss story, although I was terribly sad to hear about your son, Got_Slim_at_60 . Hope you stay in touch with us on this forum on the next part of your healthy eating story! 😊

  • Hi Got_Slim_at_60 and welcome :)

    What an inspirational weight loss post but i am so sorry to hear about your son.

    You have done fantastic losing the weight you have :)

    You will find lots of friendly advice and help from this forum :)

  • Hi Got Slim at 60, well done that is fantastic. It was so nice to read your post and thank you for sharing. I feel exactly the same I am not on a diet I am making healthy choices and I am now 3 stone 3lb under my heaviest ever. I don't feel as though I am missing out on anything as no food is banned. Making healthier choices has led me to feeling better, which in turn motivates me to carry on. If I do eat something that is high in calories I don't feel as though I have failed because I am not on a diet. I do, however keep a food diary, which I fill in every night. Good luck on your journey


  • Correction I am 2 stone 3lb lighter not 3 stone - that's wishful thinking lol

  • I'm sure you'll soon be 3st 3lbs lighter :-)

  • Very well done and wishing you continued success.

  • That's certainly a good read. Worth the time reading and posting here. Its a nice thing to know you've come up with a better realization and it turned out you had been successful in your weight goals. Just keep it up and think positive as always.

  • Well done keep at it I'm sure it won't be long before you see that no 10 :)

  • You've done so well and after tales of sadness

    Having been to slimming world myself I agree it does give you a mindset to eat healthier foods and cutting bread I always see the difference

    Good luck in getting where you want to be but looking back 11 stone something is never a bad place to be for me anyway (but guess your height always plays a differece) so don't get yourself stressed on a number just being healthy and staying there is as important.

    Keep positive your a good inspiration !

    All the best

  • I'm happy where I am at 11st 7lbs I'm 5ft 6ins and I feel good. If I don't make it to the next number , I won't really be disappointed.

  • Hi Kate, may I wish you a special belated birthday wishes for March.

    So sorry for you and the loss of your son.

    I wish you well and good luck with the No. 10. I'm sure that you can get there.

    Please don't worry if you don't, as it's all about Healthy living with Healthy meals.

    Life begins at 60πŸŒΉπŸ™‚πŸ’

    George 56 πŸ™‚

  • Amazing- what an inspiration

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