Baby Boomer Weight Loss

I am nine days in to my 2013 weight loss program. I have done this before, losing 52 pounds several years ago using a combination of exercise and a daily eating limit of 1,500 calories. In 2012, I gained close to 20 pounds, most of which I attribute to stress eating. (Someday I may write more about that.) This means that have some clothes that do not comfortably fit me. I want to fit in those clothes again so that I do not feel compelled to replace them. I don’t like buying clothes.

So I am back on my 1500 calorie daily eating limit. I monitor this using FitDay, an online tool that is free, easy to use, and comprehensive. I have tried other sites and apps but keep coming back to FitDay. I have also gone 100% eating paleo again. I have been cheating off the paleo eating plan too much, which also makes it easier to gain weight.

Coincidentally, I am reading the book Wheat Belly which my younger brother told me about. It is fascinating and eye opening. If you feel addicted to breads and other wheat products, this book is for you. Your library should have it although you may have to wait as I did because it is quite popular.

Also, last night I watched the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” which is an inspirational movie about folks who rebooted their health and life through juice fasting. Our middle son – the fitness coach –  suggested I watch it. It’s on Netflix and Amazon Prime. I actually became emotional observing the amazing transformation of an Iowa truck driver. While I do not intend to “juice fast”, at some point in the near future I want to at least try a meal of juiced fruits and vegetables that someone else prepares for me. Maybe I will like it.

For exercise I am keeping it simple for now: crunches, push-ups, yoga, and interval training which I have done before with good success. (You can search “Peak 8 Fitness”  for the program that I follow).  I will add comfort biking back into the mix on good weather days. In fact, I will probably switch from sprint running to sprint biking for the interval training on those days.

When I am on a deliberate weight loss plan I weigh myself every day. I know that many weight loss experts recommend against that but it motivates me.  I want to see progress and I want to see it often. When you are only consuming 1,500 calories a day, you need that constant feedback to remind you why you are restricting yourself.

I am down six pounds so far and feeling good. I haven’t cheated yet except for drinking a beer which is technically not paleo. I still count the beer calories, however.

My end goal is to weigh 165 pounds (my high school weight) by May 5. I did it before so I know I can do it again.

Meanwhile, I continue to work on my mental health so that stress eating does not become a problem again.


  1. says

    This was a very interesting article. I am also a baby boomer. For the past five years I have been working on myself as far as my health and weight loss journey goes.
    It is something I had never struggled with until my children were grown and no longer living at home.
    I was surprised when I realised I did not know how to lose weight or how to get fit.
    My brother was the one who helped direct me to my answers. He showed me what he was doing and what I could do on my own level of ability.
    Do you find the most difficult part of working out and watching what you eat is finding the motivation and dedication to stay with it and finding the support and accountability that keeps you coming back for more?

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