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I discovered a great weight loss motivator yesterday - my new flip video camera! Oh, my gosh, I was playing with it and set it up to record our family, specifically our granddaughter. Then I caught a glimpse of myself walking in and out of the room. I was horrified!

Another motivator is my upcoming trip to California. I come out every few months to visit my mother. In October I was embarrassed because I’ve gained weight steadily through the past few years. I told her I was going to lose it and she would notice a difference in January. In January I had gained a little more and told her she would notice a difference when I come out again in May.

May is almost here - only a month away from my next trip to California. And, yes, she’ll notice a difference. I’m bigger than I was in January. It’s humiliating.

So I’ve decided to use that camera, as uncomfortable as it is to see myself on video, and use it to keep myself motivated to take off as much as I’m able to before my next trip.

So, now that I’m motivated, I’m off to the treadmill to burn a few calories.



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      Yana Berlin wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • Don’t forget my Popcorn diet, it works. estatic



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      Lightninbug65 wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • It seems like it is so mucher harder after 40 to lose it too!  I’m renewing my wedding vows in December and I too am trying to lose weight!  I’ll encourage you and vice versa!  You‘re not alone!



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      UK Girl wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • I know it’s hard but see yourself while chubby is a shock



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      Safari wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • Hi Cynthia;

      Don’t panic; stress is great for adding more weigh. Keep going burning calories on the treadmill, I have to tell you: you are very beautiful.



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      Carine Nadel wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • oh dear Cynthia, been there, doing that.  I was seeing some great headway and then POW-flare-up again.  I’ve come to the realization that I can “only do, what I can do.”

      So, I upped my walking and stretches, I stopped sampling the guys cookies and brownies I make and I not only weigh my proteins and carbs-I limit them.

      I eat way more veggies than most people, but always have the basics on hand for munching.

      Maybe when you come out in May-instead of “sitting” at a fab40 get-together, we could plan a “pow-wow of a powerwalk” session?



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • Love the idea of the powerwalk session, Carine! Even if we don’t have any takers, I’ll come walk with you!



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      Lisa Middlesworth wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • I am right there with you Cynthia. I have put on 20 pounds since Dec. after losing 60lbs. I have got to get my mojo pumping so I can get back down.
      I feel so disgusted with myself. After working so hard, I have let it happen again.



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      Katheryn Sparks wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • losing weight is an everday battle for me just trying to keep it at bay, i lost30+ pds and 10 crept back on over the winter, and i just started running again my problem is i have willpower in the morning and afternoon, but by 5pm, i want to eat everything in sight, and espically breads,and such, and i will eat a whole loaf, another thing is my hubby is gone out of town alot, and my 16year old daughter is super model thin and beautiful, try keeping up with all that



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • I think the most frustrating thing about all of this is I know better. I studied clinical nutrition and have eaten very healthy all my life. When perimenopause hit, I just went from being an avid exerciser to sedentary. Then emotional eating kicked in. I eat very healthy but I eat too much. Combine that with stopping exercise - well I don’t have to be a brain surgeon to know how this bulk got here.



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • I was just in the bathroom, mentally berating myself for getting fat again. I am disgusted with myself, yet can’t seem to A) make myself stop eating crap B) start exercising again. Any time I start to make headway, start to see the scale go down a notch, it’s almost like self-sabotage, and I overeat again.frown



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      Lisa Middlesworth wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • Cindy, I’m right there with you. I have beat myself up so bad, it’s not even funny.
      I just can’t get to gettinestatic



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • as they say in these parts, I’m fixin’ to lose weight...which means it may or may not happen.



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      Lisa Middlesworth wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • maybe since I’ve at least spoke the words, I will get my ass busy.
      I’m fixin to lose weight...which means I may or may not. lol



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • I know I just have to this time. My sister gained a lot of weight a couple of years ago and she had always been thin. She looked foreign to us. It wasn’t her. After a long battle she’s at least gotten it somewhat under control. But the whole ordeal was hard for our mom. I can’t show up at her house looking like this.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • I am with you on losing weight. I know what to do. I just am not being consistant doing it. And it IS so much harder to lose weight now than ever before.......



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      Termite wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • I know exactly how you feel, I just need to get myself motivated. Urgh!! I hate it!



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      Tuliplady wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • I was just thinking today that I really need to loose the weight too.  I was putting some new baseboards in a friend’s living room.  Not a strenuous job, but the getting down on the floor, and then getting all this weight back up again, about a hundred or so times today, made me realize, I cannot keep this up.  It has to come off.  

      I have noticed since I’ve started the whole gluten free thing, I’ve lost a couple pounds.  Now if I could just convince my husband not to bring junk food into the house (once it’s here I have no self control!)



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      Linda Hendricks wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • Since starting the food blog I’ve actually lost weight.... don’t get me wrong I have LONG way to go... but I realized two of my 3 biggest problems... and they are kind of related.... 1) I eat wayyyy too fast... 2) I end up eating too much...  since the food blog... I end up tasting more while cooking... and they are little tastes...but I don’t end up as hungry as we start the meal... so I eat slower and less... I stop when I’m just about full.... hopefully I can continue this...

      and now for the 3rd problem is lack of a decent amount of exercise... motivation and time are a factor there...  

      So I can so relate to you.... Good Luck...



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      Mary Clark wrote Apr 7, 2009
    • My enemy is not the food....it’s the not exercising that is killing me.  And my metabolism is all screwed up.  

      I can teach a class on nutrition....I just can’t apply it to myself.  Folks....it’s a MENTAL CONDITION....NOT JUST PHYSICAL.  Why do you think we are all having problems sticking to it?  

      I’m fully disgusted with myself.



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      Faye43 wrote Sep 2, 2009
    • Cynthia. By the look of your photo I think you look slim. An amazing accomplishment while being constantly around the yummy chocolate



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      Melwill10 wrote Jan 23, 2010
    • Have you ever heard of Tosca Reno? She is on the cover of Oxygen this month. By looking at her you would not know she is 49. She is the author of the Eating Clean Diet. I am at the end of my first week. Just by eating healthy I feel better. Since I feel better about myself for eating clean, it motivates me to take it one step further, increase the exercising. One hour of cardio with 30 minutes of weight training 5-6 days a week. You have to eat every 3 hours. I stay at home so that is not hard. Her story is one we can all relate to, turn forty, want to loose weight, etc. There is a mini diet plan in the magazine. It is the first month to a 3 month weight loss program. Or you can buy her books.
      Thing is when you cook clean, you are feeding your family the same thing you are eating..clean food. Its a win-win situation. I decided to do this because it is something I can do the rest of my life, therefore a life change not a diet.
      I get Jillian Michaels exercises off exercise on demand (Time Warner Cable). She is one tough cookie.



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      Marya1961 wrote Jan 27, 2010
    • We have all been there..that is why this site is fantastic, it motivates us all!estaticheart



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      Jenz ~ wrote Jan 27, 2010
    • Before and after pics are a huge motivator with weight loss and working out.  

      And it’s the last thing I want to do. HA! But...   Ok Ill stop procrastinating and get them done. eeks!



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      Jenz ~ wrote Jan 27, 2010
    • Try yoga too. Look up yoga X online. Its awesome and helps make you want to do more.



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      3sa wrote Jan 27, 2010
    • Try a Kettlebell workout.....!



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      Helen Smith wrote Apr 11, 2010
    • We have all this knowledge about what to do.  Let’s get busy. How about we start a weight loss group?  I hoola hoop for my exercise.  It’s fun, and I don’t mind doing itestatic



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      Coralee Flug wrote May 21, 2010
    • Make sure you are eating enough of the right things, so often people ( I was one of them ) do not eat enough when they are exercising and our body hols on to stored Fat. Never skip breakfast, and make sure you are getting enough protein.

      Also I am learning it is important to change the walking and the exercise. Our body gets bored per say, it can be as easy as jog for 1 min, work for 3 intervals.

      I have a 120 days of change fan page on Face book with lots of tips - really just a bunch of gals trying to loose it all for good, exercises and I have been blogging here also.



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      Jill Rodriguez wrote Aug 23, 2011
    • I have not seen anybody post information about weight training.  More treadmill walking and stretches will target the mind and calm your head but we women over 40 need to add resistance so we can:

      •Decrease body fat
      •Improve muscle tone
      •Increase our metabolic rate
      •Improve bone density
      •Improve glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity

      Girls, no more diets.  No more extreme workouts.  

      •Adopt a consistent, sensible, weight lifting program
      •Eat small meals every 2-3 hours to balance hormones
      •Include protein, fat & carbs at each meal
      •Starch in morning not evening
      •Adopt a consistent & enjoyable way to relieve stress

      Strength & Love!



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