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Hi. I'm a 60 year old woman and am truly determined (this time!) to lose weight. My husband has had cancer and beat it twice, exactly 10 years apart.

I want to be able to do more things with him. This weight embarrasses me AND restricts me. I make so many excuses not to do things, when deep down I yearn to do them. I'm stopping US from doing so much.

Just weighed myself and need to lose 4st 9lbs!

Here we go again!

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Hello Colourmehappy (lovely name) and welcome to the forum 😊

I would suggest not , "here we go again" but "here we go, trying something new as the previous approaches didn't work".

I'd like you to take your time reading these two posts. The first will give you a different (I think) slant on why it's so difficult to shift the weight as we get older

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The second is a personal account of how it worked for someone with more weight to lose than you and who has consistently maintained that loss healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh...

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Wishing you all the best. I hope you become an active member of the forum and make the changes you need to make life better for both of you 😊

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Hi and welcome Colourmehappy and welcome! You will find this a great supportive environment to lose that weight.

When I started my weight loss (7 years ago next month), I had 4.5 stone to lose. I lost most of my weigh using a website: weightlossresources.co.uk (which I still use to this day!) but I enjoy the support and posts on here alongside using the other site.

I have a disability that I was born with (shortening of all four limbs as a result of the drug Thalidomide my mum took when pregnant with me). As a result my mobility is minimal - and was further reduced following a serious head on car crash in 2002 when I broke my ankle. I went on to have my ankle joint fused and am still in constant pain with it.

I started my weight loss journey at 14 stone - 5 and a half years ago. I am just 4ft 8” tall and so was classed clinically obese.

I had been trying to lose weight all of my life since the age of 9. My disability makes exercise difficult (I am very sedentary and use a wheelchair outside of the house).

The one thing that I realised very early on in my journey was that I was just eating FAR TOO MUCH! I was a short, middle aged, sedentary female and I was eating the same as 5ft 9" active man (my now husband!). No wonder I was piling on the weight!

In 2 and a half years through calorie counting and logging/weighing all of my food I had lost 4.5 stone. That works out at 130 weeks, so on average my weight loss was less than half a pound a week - of course some weeks I lost more, others I gained... but I am trying to help you to understand the importance of just keeping on going, even though the weight may not come off as quickly as you would like it to.

I cannot stress enough how important this part of the weight loss journey is - being able to recognise just how much we are eating and address that. It is not about cutting out any foods but about being able to make informed choices about the foods we eat Also about learning how to behave differently around food. Just because food is in front of us does not mean to say that we have to eat it! Being able to exercise control and moderate intake is paramount.

Once you get to "goal" the journey isn't over and in some respects have only just begun. Maintenance isn't straight forward.

I re-gained some of the weight I lost, then lost it again and have now managed to more or less maintain for the past 6 months at around 10 stone. Still considered "over weight".

Ideally I would love to drop another stone to 9 stone and maintain there.

The other great news is that it is entirely possible to lose weight without moving. Of course though, there are lots of advantages to moving a bit more - but it doesn't have to be as formal as going to a gym or out for a five mile run. A good session of house work, mowing the lawn (when the weather permits!) or even a cooking session will all burn calories and have the advantage of making you feel much better emotionally too! It's good to find something that you LIKE doing, that is enjoyable and that you are likely to sustain on a regular basis.

My weight loss journey has been long, but I am still learning new tips and tricks to help me along the way and what's more, still enjoying the challenge. I would say that my behaviour around food has changed massively - I have learned to respect food, to "break" it's control over me, and to be able to modify how I behave with food. Just because food is within sight doesn't mean I have to eat it! I don't see eating the way I do as meaning that I am missing out any more - in fact I am now able to enjoy my life and have regained the ability to do things that I struggled to do or even found impossible to do. There are so many things that have changed in my life with losing that additional weight. Many of them I never envisaged. Together, all these tiny things have made me a strong, more determined individual who feels that nothing is impossible.

Here are a few of my past posts which I hope you will find helpful and inspiring. I won't try and tell you that my journey was easy - and you'll see that there were many blips along the way, but 6 years down the line, I feel about 20 years younger than I did when I was lugging around 4 stone more.

Please do pop back to the forums and share your journey with us - we are here for you, day and night and happy to share your success or support you when you need it.

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