The middle-aged weight loss thread

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by Oblomov Boblomov » Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:14 am

I eat far too much food pretty much every day, but I'm one of those weird people who really enjoys exercise and works hard at it consistently, so truth be told I'm in pretty good shape :datass:. I'm 31 now so I'll let you know what happens when I get to the other side of 40.

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PostRe: The middle-aged weight loss thread
by OnlyShallow » Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:09 am

I'm 49 and I'm quite lucky genetics wise. I'm pretty much the same weight I was when I was 18, still fit 30 inch waist trousers. Generally look toned if not exactly ripped. Eat and drink what I want and do minimal exercise.

However, I am aware that my lifestyle is now in danger of overtaking my genes. So I quit smoking in May and I've started cycling to work.

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PostRe: The middle-aged weight loss thread
by SandyCoin » Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:31 am

Whilst not exactly middle aged (32) I'm certainly in need of a little weight loss. I think I'm around 12st (a bit of a guess) and maybe 5'9''. I'm not fat by any means, but just out of shape. I did my back in years ago, so certain exercises aren't really possible, so I'm a bit flabby these days. I've put on a lot in the last few years though. I've seen photos of myself from just 2 years ago and I was a lot thinner. Amazingly I lost weight whilst I lived in Italy, despite eating loads. Whereas now in Germany I seem to have put on weight and don't eat anywhere near as much. Not sure for the reason though. I've been stress eating a bit recently, especially late night toast.

I'm going on a nice long sabbatical to Asia soon, and last time I was there I lost a lot of weight due to the heat and lots of walking and carrying heavy bags/not sitting on my arse at a desk all day. I'm hoping the same happens again. If not then I guess my metabolism is strawberry floated.

When I put my mind to it it's actually quite easy to lose weight. Just eat well, cut back on booze etc. I've never bothered with a particular diet fad or anything.

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PostRe: The middle-aged weight loss thread
by Poser » Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:35 am

OnlyShallow wrote:So I quit smoking in May and I've started cycling to work.


Pre-empting it is definitely a good shout if you can. I missed the boat a little but hopefully I've caught it before it got too far out of control.




This has all coincided with cash being a little bit tight, too, so I feel like I'm helping myself twice. My standard at-desk lunch is a pack of instant noodles from the Chinese supermarket, cooked in the microwave. I drop in a handful of frozen mixed veg, and poach an egg in the broth for the final 90 seconds. It's genuinely delicious, takes 3.5 minutes and costs about 60p.

If anyone has any suggestions for cheap, filling, working lunch meals, I'd love to hear them.

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by Corazon de Leon » Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:18 am

I don’t think I’m immensely overweight(6ft, broadly built, sitting at just upwards of 90kg) but could definitely stand to lose around two stone. I’ve noticed that I’m losing the definition I’d built up in my arms and my legs are starting to get a bit chunkier, so this thread has come at the right time.

Currently my weight watching is taking the form of counting calories, and hopefully I will be getting back into three gym sessions per week from this week onwards. Alongside regularly walking Loki for upwards of an hour, and trying to keep doing fifteen minutes of in-the-house exercises, I’d like to drop about 10kg before Christmas.

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PostRe: The middle-aged weight loss thread
by Rocsteady » Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:22 am

Oblomov Boblomov wrote:I eat far too much food pretty much every day, but I'm one of those weird people who really enjoys exercise and works hard at it consistently, so truth be told I'm in pretty good shape :datass:. I'm 31 now so I'll let you know what happens when I get to the other side of 40.

Ye boi.

Only thing I'd add to this thread is that if you have the time and money to go to a gym, use it to work on your compound lifts (squat, deadlift and bench primarily. Overhead press and dips if you want to really shine). The difference these few lifts make to your overall strength and look is massive.

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by Drumstick » Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:23 am

Corazon de Leon wrote:I don’t think I’m immensely overweight(6ft, broadly built, sitting at just upwards of 90kg) but could definitely stand to lose around two stone. I’ve noticed that I’m losing the definition I’d built up in my arms and my legs are starting to get a bit chunkier, so this thread has come at the right time.

Currently my weight watching is taking the form of counting calories, and hopefully I will be getting back into three gym sessions per week from this week onwards. Alongside regularly walking Loki for upwards of an hour, and trying to keep doing fifteen minutes of in-the-house exercises, I’d like to drop about 10kg before Christmas.

Don't bother with calorie counting, just nuke the carbs from your diet. You'll drop a size or two within a month.

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PostRe: The middle-aged weight loss thread
by Corazon de Leon » Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:25 am

Can’t do that, son. At least, not in one go. The idea is to try and make slow changes to the diet and be more or less carb and sugar free by the new year. I’ve massively cut back on bread over the past few months, but pasta is going to be hard to give up on.

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PostRe: The middle-aged weight loss thread
by Tsunade » Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:43 am

I'm glad theres other people trying to lose weight on here, I've been trying for months to hardly any avail. I've only managed to lose a couple of pounds! I'm starting to think I must be sleep eating or something!

I'm a little different when it comes to my weight. I have a condition where my lymph nodes aren't working in my left leg. No idea where they've gone (I was fine till I was 14) but they are, and so I constantly have fluid on my leg, which makes gauging how heavy I am a bit difficult. It doesn't help that I don't seem to look as big as the scales say (I can fit into size 16 - 18 clothing) However even with that I am overweight (100kg+, not sure on the exact weight) so I've been trying to get rid of my excess weight for months. I've cut down on the carbs, sugar and cheese and I've been trying to walk a lot more when I get chance. I want to get to around 13 stone at the very least. I'm only 5'7 so I'd still be overweight but nowhere near as I am now. Hopefully I'll have lost some before I hit 32.

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PostRe: The middle-aged weight loss thread
by Abacus » Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:03 pm

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Abacus wrote:getting on the treadmill until my chest hurts


There is a certain amount of chest pain that comes with running, especially when you've not done it for a bit - I think you're safe-ish as long as it feels like it's in your lungs/trachea. Apologies if this is obvious, but if it starts to feel like anything worse, or like significant tightness that you'd struggle to recover from after stopping for a few minutes, then definitely stop. :lol:


Nah, it's not obvious how far to push it now I'm a bit older, or when the tightness in my left arm is mainly just because I've tightened the iPod holder too far. To be honest, even 3 years ago I was running a lot. Half marathons and such. So I'm hoping it's easy to get that muscle memory back, as apart from anything else I actually enjoyed it.

But then I put on some happy relationship weight. And then some unhappy relationship weight. And then some end of relationship binge weight.

The trouble this time is getting started again when over 40, when I keep picking up minor injuries and yet also have an ego that wants me to be as fast or as good as 10 years ago.

Also not sure it's the best exercise for weight loss in general. But as I say, I enjoy it, and I guess that's a start. I think weight loss is mainly about calories in, to be honest

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PostRe: The middle-aged weight loss thread
by Abacus » Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:16 pm

Tsunade wrote:I'm glad theres other people trying to lose weight on here, I've been trying for months to hardly any avail. I've only managed to lose a couple of pounds! I'm starting to think I must be sleep eating or something!

I'm a little different when it comes to my weight. I have a condition where my lymph nodes aren't working in my left leg. No idea where they've gone (I was fine till I was 14) but they are, and so I constantly have fluid on my leg, which makes gauging how heavy I am a bit difficult. It doesn't help that I don't seem to look as big as the scales say (I can fit into size 16 - 18 clothing) However even with that I am overweight (100kg+, not sure on the exact weight) so I've been trying to get rid of my excess weight for months. I've cut down on the carbs, sugar and cheese and I've been trying to walk a lot more when I get chance. I want to get to around 13 stone at the very least. I'm only 5'7 so I'd still be overweight but nowhere near as I am now. Hopefully I'll have lost some before I hit 32.


That lymph node thing sounds rough, and pretty annoying. Booo.

You've set yourself quite a target there, so best of luck with it.

Are you trying a specific calorie based or other diet?

I only ask because over the last week, I've tried to cut out carbs, rather than just reduce them. And I found it really difficult and quite a discipline to try that, and surprising the number of times that carbs are in things.

I've previously tried to cut down on carbs or sugar, but always tried not to be too militant about it. Because, real life gets in the way, apart from anything else. But that just doesn't seem to work as well. I don't actually know if cutting out sugar or carbs is even good for you, health wise.

The thing I did lose a lot of weight from about 10 years ago was intermittent fasting (the 5:2 diet). I lost about 4 stone that way and, once I got used to it, actually enjoyed the discipline. It's not for everyone, or probably most people, though.

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PostRe: The middle-aged weight loss thread
by Tsunade » Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:05 pm

I'm just trying to cut things down to be honest, I'm terrible at keeping to a diet so it's better for me to cut down on things, because I will eat what I'm not meant to, and not have the realisation till a few days on. I'm battling pasta at the moment because I will happily devour a whole bowl of it without a care :lol:

I may try the 5:2 diet, I've heard a lot of people have lost weight that way, to be honest I'm willing to try anything.

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PostRe: The middle-aged weight loss thread
by Abacus » Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:55 pm

With the 5:2, I found that the first couple of fast days were terrifying. I thought I was going to die from hunger! But actually, most of the time, I was just thirsty, or the hunger would go away on it's own. And I got used to feeling that just feeling a bit peckish now and again wasn't that bad.

What was most surprising was exactly how little food makes up your allotted calories. I assumed they were children's meals.

And so, on the non fast days, although I could theoretically eat what I liked (and that was the whole appeal of it to me, as I've got little self discipline), I found I was just naturally cutting back on portion sizes a bit anyway, and not really noticing.

Anyway, it worked for me, and it was quick, but it's not for everyone and you really do need to plan ahead what you're eating on the fast days.

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PostRe: The middle-aged weight loss thread
by Xeno » Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:07 pm

I am middle aged and I am losing weight.....one hair at a time.....when I say one I mean 10....thousand.

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PostRe: The middle-aged weight loss thread
by Poser » Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:35 am

Lost a little bit of momentum over the weekend. My astonishing first-week losses were never going to be sustainable, so I think I'm going to have to start to be a bit cleverer about it.

I am also running a lot, and always tended to put muscle on relatively easily, so I'm going to have to move away from using weight as a measure. Thinking maybe just looking at body fat %age and waist measurements.

I'm also doing a lot of planks to try and sort my core and posture out a bit as I think that will help.

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PostRe: The middle-aged weight loss thread
by Saint of Killers » Tue Sep 24, 2019 4:35 am

Lost half a stone between AUG 24 and today :toot: I'm still not at my lightest (13 stone) but 13 1/2 will do for now! (I'm a shade under 6ft.) This is a fantastic feeling and will be building on this success by not eating processed shite on my cheat day.

What I think helped: fasted workouts and faster reps with lighter weights. That and not eating gooseberry fool for the majority of the 31 days.

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PostRe: The middle-aged weight loss thread
by Squinty » Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:18 am

Definitely put on weight. I was always wafer thin, and looking back at some of the photos of me, I don't like them. I exercised to the point where I looked unhealthy.

So yeah, I could do with a bit of toning up. But I look a bit better with some weight on.

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PostRe: The middle-aged weight loss thread
by Barnsy » Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:40 pm

I booked myself a half marathon for next weekend.

I went for my first non-bus catching run in years a couple weeks ago and have been going for regular short runs since. I started running for more mental reasons than physical reasons to be completly honest. I have never done a half marathon before and it's quite a big thing for me (I'm definitely not normally this impulsive). Managed to run 7km today which is by far my longest run and felt quite tired.

Bit nervous because I don't want to try and fail and put myself off running. But it's at Wimbledon Park and it's 2 laps - I think even if I struggle I should be ok what with the good vibes I will get from being at a half marathon with lots of other so will do 1 lap / 6 and a bit miles then see how I feel.


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