My Journey to Losing Weight at age 55 – as a Woman.
I was super skinny until the age of 36 when I was introduced to drinking coffee, which destroyed my sleeping pattern instead of going to sleep at 10 pm I was awake up to 3 am.
After age of 36, I blossom into a woman with some meat on her bones. At that time I was also a smoker, so no appetite or desire for food.
In 2012 at the age of 47, I decided to quit smoking cold turkey and blew out like a balloon.
From 139 lbs to 178 lbs in just a few months.
I am 5.6 Ft tall,(168 cm) so I didn’t even realize that I put that weight.
However, when I was standing up from the chair or doing any chores, I would have made some grunting noises.
I started fasting, liquid diets, and lots of bike rides, all I could shed were 18 lbs.
I tried the potatoes diet didn’t work, and I was famished. I tried the Rina diet, which helped a little; I went down to 155 lbs, but from here my weight did not move anymore.
Tired and hungry all the time, I left the diets and start eating normal, occasional cakes, not much than usual.
I kept a calories journal and my calories were between 1200 and 1800, off and on with a median of 1550 calories. And still, I was gaining weight.
Also, menopause was here to stay.
The cells work like memory foam! They remember!!!
By now (2019) I was 53 and I was once again 178 lbs.
In 2019 in September I started a new diet.
For some unknown reason before I even found about keto- I decided to give up sugar, bread, potatoes, and pasta. To be honest the only thing I missed was bread.
In the first 3 months I lost 28 lbs (final 150 lbs), and then again- I was in a stall for 6 months so at the end of 2019 I decided to stop my diet; and of course, slowly the weight was creeping again up.
I don’t understand why- I never cross 1500 calories a day.
And here come 2020.
In April 2020 I was 161 lbs
By June 2020 I was already 171 lbs and I didn’t even eat a lot.
I decided to start the ketogenic diet again, being the only diet that cuts cravings and I can respect.
Here I am in 2021 (March) and I lost 21 lbs but for the last few months I am up and down 2 lbs – I can’t break the barrier. 151 to 153 lbs
Another Challenge Another Try: Carnivore Diet
I am now for 2 weeks in carnivore diet and still not moving the scale under 150. It happened once but suddenly went up 1.8 lbs without eating more or changing anything.
I want to go back to 139 lbs I had last time in 2009.
I am keeping a calendar and I can’t believe how this weight sticks with me, I am eating under 1200 calories, because is the only way I can lose weight, and eventually it has to give up and let me lose more weight. I do not believe that is starvation, I used to eat less when I was young and active, and my metabolism was high.
If I will go down on the weight I will post more updates. If I go up, then I will post more updates.
I am relentless. I feel amazing when I do not eat carbs. I do not feel cold, I do not get tired easily (I didn’t even before I am a very energetic person).
I like it when I do not bloat or have flatulence.
I do not have acid reflux. I have no idea if my numbers in blood test will be ok, last year when I was 167lbs, all numbers were good, but one cholesterol number was high but just barely over the limit, and I think is because of the keto.
I heard people in carnivore diet have high cholesterol, but it doesn’t scare me.
I have trouble with BM (constipated), I always had, and the only thing that helps is magnesium.
One Amazing thing.
I used to have high pressure in my eyes, and the last check was in February 2021 and the pressure went down. Don’t know if from diet or just I am healing somehow, however that pressure was high for the last 5 years in the range 3.2 and now is 2.4.
On a carnivore diet, my nose is not stuffed so much, I used to be beaten up by allergies, so far this year I am ok. My husband eyes itch and he was never allergic, but he doesn’t go in any diets.
Whatever life has in store for me I will share with you. Tell your story if you want I am ready to find out how you are doing.
I am camera shy I took this pictures when I could alone, I am camera shy and I have no make up.
However My hair grew a lot in 3 years.
Today March 15 I took those pictures right after shower, hair is still wet.
Now is March 29- 2021- I am 148 lbs, for one week now. I am eating only veggies and meat. I cut out the Atkins chocolate, I do crave sweets and sometimes I drink a zero coke.
My clothes fit really well. I also got vaccinated, didn’t change my appetite.
I will be back and post more weight weights in as times goes bye.
It is not easy to lose weight. I sometimes am really hungry and is not thirst. If you do not feel hungry don’t expect to lose weight. TV advertising lie, the weight loss is a hard road and a long one too.
April 9, 2021 at 9:47 pm
I am trying to lose weight also and I have watched thousands of Youtube but I think those YouTubers lie. Some look to me 10 lbs heavier than they say, and the video now can be faked, look younger, slimmer, etc. At least you are honest with no manufactured pictures. I started my carnivore diet /keto a month ago and I do feel better, but I am constipated, and I also have trouble going to sleep. Before the carbs, put me in a sleep zone really easy. Thank you for your post