Middle aged weight gain - ugh
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|Wed, 05-08-2013 - 11:56am|
Once upon a time I was a thin person. As in, really thin - I'm 5'5" and weighed 112 lbs when I got married at age 27. I had a harder time losing inches after baby #3 was born 10 years later but eventually it happened. I gained an inch in the waist with each baby and I weighed 122 lbs after baby #3, but still no real problems.
But that was 13 years ago and now. . . ugh. I'm 50, overweight, and out of shape.
I just stopped taking Sarafem for PMDD after 9 months. At first Sarafem seemed like a dream come true - no more days of feeling hopeless and miserable when my life is (really!) perfectly wonderful, no more bloating and sore boobs. The only downside was that I slept a lot - like 8-10 hours a night. And had weirdly vivid dreams. And woke up feeling steamrollered at least once or twice a month. And didn't have any energy. And couldn't get out of bed to exercise. When I did exercise, I was exhausted for the rest of the day. I realized I was groaning with effort every time I stood up or sat down or lifted anything. I started seeing numbers on the scale that I previously had seen only when pregnant.
So I decided to stop taking Sarafem during this past cycle, and I'm so happy to have my normal energy level back. I sleep for 7 hours and wake up refreshed. I get out of bed and get moving right away. I can focus on things at work. I feel like myself again.
But how to get rid of the 10 lbs I've gained? How to regain some muscle tone? I started exercising again last week, started eating & drinking less, and the scale is still going up.
Has anyone here successfully battled middle aged weight gain? What did you do, and did it differ from previous weight loss attempts when you were younger?