Is weight loss after 50 possible?
What do you think?
I always thought that weight loss after 50 was impossible.
Plus, I had my good friend always reminding me that I am a Fat Bastard.
And that does not mean that I was drinking Fat Bastard wine.
He just meant that I was fat and could not lose weight, hence, a fat bastard.
And he said that I had crossed over to the dark side.
Because I had just turned 50.
And it was impossible for me to get in better shape.
If you are already fit and leading a healthy lifestyle, perhaps you can review, comment and encourage today's workout.
As you might know, I have been pushing myself as much as possible to get into better shape.
I started a couple of years ago attempting to get more fit.
I could not even see my feet because of my uncomfortably large 50″ belly.
I hovered around 250 to 275 pounds.
Then I would starve myself back down to 260 lbs or sometimes even 230 pounds.
One evening at midnight, because I had no order in my life, I was sitting in an all night deli on 43rd street.
I was thinking about having a second blueberry muffin.
As I thought about it, I knew I could not even bend down to tie my shoes.
I was almost ready to cry.
I did not know what to do because I had been on many diets from my childhood.
I had the idea that I was going to only eat what I thought was real food.
Vegetables, berries, some fruits, nuts, beans and protein like eggs and tofu.
Everything that looked very processed to me, I was going to avoid.
That was it.
I included in the processed category more than the obvious candy, licorice and ice cream.
I also included highly processed grains like bread, muffins, bagels.
I said goodbye to my blueberry muffin and hello to blueberries.
I really hated saying goodbye to Oreos, my drug of choice to de-stress.
Ten months later, I had begun to do deadlifts, squats, pushups and walking.
I woke up one morning and realized that I was already under 200 pounds.
Weight loss after 50 was not impossible.
I had just taken off over 75 pounds.
I just had a few simple rules.
I had read tons of diet books, but these few rules made the difference.
The deadlifts, squats and pushups made a big difference as well.
Losing 75 pounds seemed like an impossible feat to me.
In addition, the heavy depression and anxiety that I was constantly fighting, had been lifted to some extent.
At least as good as any antidepressants I had taken in the past.
My weight was down over 75 pounds and my waist was down over 12 inches.
The reduction in pounds and inches did more than just allow me to feel more comfortable in my body and clothing.
There was a snowball effect.
The better I felt physically, the better I felt in mind, and suddenly many other facets of my life began to change.
I am still under construction.
But I know that what I have built since that evening over two years ago in a corner deli has been nothing short of a life transformation.
So, more than weight loss over 50 is possible.
You can lose weight and you can get more toned.
You can even build more muscle.
You can even look ten to twenty years younger than you look today.
You can look and feel a lot better than you do now.
Especially if you are over 50 and feel like you will never get in better shape.
That is a myth.
Your body is always striving for health and life.
All you have to do is give your body good fuel, rest and exercise.
My goal has been to share what I have learned.
This has been as big a discovery for me as perhaps the new world was for Magellan.
I am still working on getting to my current goal of 15% body fat and cholesterol lower than 150.
My first goal was to get to 240 pounds, then to 225 pounds, then 210, 200 and I am closing in on 185 pounds.
My second goal was to get to a 32 inch waist from a 50 inch waist and I am at 36 inches now, so almost there.
And in terms of body fat, I was initially clinically obese, over 30 % body fat and now I am closing in on 20% and my goal is 15% currently.
My secret goal is to get to 10% body fat!
So, if you are already an athlete, or knowledgeable weight lifter, I would appreciate your input, comments, advice and encouragement.
You might also know a friend or family member who has given up on ever getting into shape or getting back into shape.
It is especially difficult for a former athlete who has gotten really fat to get back into shape since their frustration is much greater than a person who has never been in shape or ever competed in sports.
I write this blog both to get input to help push myself along the way as well as for those people who are suffering with depression and/or obesity or just plain dejected about ever getting into shape.
I can tell you that losing weight and gaining muscle is possible, even weight loss after 50 and even after 55.
My guess is that even at older ages it is more than possible to get stronger.
You do have to change your habits.
If you are willing to change your habits, then you will experience different results.
So, what is Hashi Mashi?
Is it all about just losing weight after 50?
Is it only about having a better attitude, going through the day without meds to feel calm and secure?
Sure, those are some of the great benefits of real food, deadlifts, squats, pushups and plain old walking.
But at the end of the day, I believe Hashi Mashi is about transforming your life.
Because I have experienced it myself and want to share this information with anyone else who is interested or curious.
No, there is no rocket science here and I am not a medical professional and do not pretend to be one.
I am exploring getting ACE certification as a health coach in the near future, but in the meantime, this is just about my experiences and why I think they might be useful to you.
And do not think that I am saying that you need any type of life transformation.
I sure did and I found these tools and principles of what I call Hashi Mashi Lifestyle to help me.
I am confident that eating real food daily and focusing on some core body building workouts, strength workouts along with making sure to get moving for a walk every day will have positive benefits for anyone, especially for a person that is not doing that at the moment.
Have you been successful in achieving weight loss after 50?
How about at any age?
Have you become more fit?
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Please comment and share your story.