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BeaV Posted 7 months ago
Post pandemic weight loss support

Hi everyone, I am Bea, 70, curious, busy and interested! So I guess this is a question of ‘how was it for you’? I mean this past weird year of the pandemic, yes, many have suffered terrible loss and hope here is the start of recovery for those of you and there are better times ahead. I have been one of the lucky people who didn’t get ill, enjoyed tremendously the first lockdown, doing masses of things and getting fit, lost weight and improved my brain, so far so good. Now for the winter lockdown everything went pear shape. Literally🍐😂 my exercise changed from 3-4 hrs daily walks to mostly regular trips between the fridge and the sofa! I am sure I am not the only one suffering from a serious case of ‘post pandemic fat’ I cannot get into any of my clothes and have tried to start a regime with limited success, at some point I fail.
I would love to hear from any of you who want to share your struggles and experience with weight loss at the moment. 🤗

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    • loislane 28th April 2021 at 12:06 pm

      Very slow on the weightloss, in fact I lost 3-4 pounds, this latest lockdown, I put it back on. The fact is when I became hypothyroid, everything slows down, I was used to being active but the last few years I’ve had a number of health issues.
      I have embarked on exercise, walking with my daughter, few gentle workouts at home, going to be slow as it’s been a long time but still hoping for miracles😂

      • BeaV 28th April 2021 at 3:09 pm

        Hi Loislane, it is difficult but not impossible. What I find the most difficult is consistency, but I think that is where support can come in useful, in not giving up or being defeated by a small setback. Obviously it is also slow when we are older. I also take thyroxine, are you on it? If you ask your dr for an hormonal blood test, they could prescribe thyroxine to you. On another note, I notice on your profile you are thinking of retraining. I have done some amazing courses on FutureLearn, check it out, in case it is of intetest. There is plenty of choice.

        I plan now to re start a regime to lose weight. Stay with it!

        • loislane 28th April 2021 at 4:09 pm

          Hi, as we age, it’s gets harder, menopause, yes I’m on levothyroxine 75mcg.
          I have blood tests on a regular basis.
          It is about consistency, I worked out today with Lucy Wyndham Read on YouTube, I find she’s quite gentle which is all I can manage for now.
          I will give future learn a look, thank you for that,x

    • BeaV 28th April 2021 at 4:16 pm

      Great, I am going to check out your workout if you don’t mind. I need something gentle to get going again as I guess I am also quite a bit older than you and now unfit too. For weight loss I need to start form the beginning again. Starting now this moment. I tend to do most things on my own, not a bad thing, however there is a point where I need some support and I think being part of this community will be of some help now.

      • loislane 28th April 2021 at 4:47 pm

        Great idea, honestly, I don’t mind her workouts, 7 minutes, totally doable, she’s calming, go for it. Even if you don’t like her there are others. I may try Pilates or yoga too, then a walk with my daughter who makes me do 10000 steps, can’t walk after, but hey😀

      • Lizzib 29th April 2021 at 11:20 am

        Has anyone tried the NHS weight loss plan? It’s a free twelve week plan, better than paying £40 a month to SW or WW. There is an app, gets you calorie counting using nutracheck which is a doddle to use, tracks your exercise and there is also an easy meals app too. It’s all about getting you into good habits. There is support via email and one option you can tick relates to having a long term condition that prevents you from exercising vigorously.

        We’ve started it this week. I’ve put just under a stone on this latest lockdown. Before Covid I was playing walking netball and badminton, through the U3A, so all with older people. I’ve missed that.

    • BeaV 29th April 2021 at 11:29 am

      Hi what a coincidence, I downloaded yesterday the NHS app too and will give it a try. Lots of luck with your plan too.

    • Trish734 29th April 2021 at 11:41 am

      Sounds good. I would like to join in with this. It certainly gets harder to keep weight in your seventies. Or even lose it. I’ve been weight watching all my life. Written books about it. And I blog.

    • TracieB 29th April 2021 at 1:29 pm

      Please try this – it’s amazing. I am a size 12 (from 16) for the first time in 30 years. I have done them all – WW, SW etc but this is brilliant. 10 day free trial and money back after 30 days if not happy. No I don’t work for them either! 😁

      • loislane 29th April 2021 at 1:32 pm

        That’s brilliant, I’m in between 16 and 14 at the moment,

      • BeaV 29th April 2021 at 2:32 pm

        #TracieB Thanks, all suggestions welcome. For me at the moment it is a question of taking the focus outside myself -I live on my own and the dialogue inside my head is driving me insane😄 It is good to chat and share something here, all of us with the same purpose. We may have all tried many things before and know already what works best. It all comes down to a calorie deficit and burning out our fat reserves. What method we use depends on what works for each person. So I can be quite good -sometimes, I am about a stone overweight, not the end of the world either. But will be much happier when I can open my wardrobe and wear anything I fancy again. As well as having a lot more energy once I shed the extra weight.

        • loislane 29th April 2021 at 3:18 pm

          That’s what my daughter says to me all the time…calorie deficit,mother!
          I’m about 1.5 to 2 stones overweight. A size 12 again will suit me fine, I’m not looking to be thin. It’s not about attracting a man, this is about health and mental well being. I have to bring my cholesterol down, alas, having family with high levels of bad fat, even though no heart problems or high blood pressure, it’s still a concern. I’m taking one day at a time tweaks here and there.

        • TracieB 29th April 2021 at 3:27 pm

          That is the ethos of this – no diet involved. It builds your self esteem and confidence too. I started couch to 5k having never ran before (aged 55). You will also learn that not all calories are created equal.

        • loislane 29th April 2021 at 3:41 pm

          Ok, I’ll give it another look

    • loislane 29th April 2021 at 1:37 pm

      Think is I’ve never yo-yo dieted, cut down only,
      I just never lost weight after my last child, then age, menopause illness, steroid tablets and finally thyroid issues.

      • BeaV 29th April 2021 at 2:35 pm

        #Loislane, patience and perseverance..if you have been on steroids it takes a bit more time. But you can achieve what you want.

    • TracieB 29th April 2021 at 2:20 pm

      Please take a look. Wished I’d found it years ago! Read reviews and look at blog on website, you tube videos etc. Very inspiring. I am a bit evangelical about it – but it’s so good

    • Holliemollie 29th April 2021 at 4:48 pm

      Hi,I feel your pain I lost two stone last summer this time have put half of that back on,I have poor mobility so struggle to exercise.

    • BeaV 29th April 2021 at 5:26 pm

      #Holliemollie, watch this and see if it is suitable for you, it can be done seated too. Gentle but very good cardio workout for any level of fitness, it feels really good afterwards.


    • RosieV33 29th April 2021 at 6:55 pm

      I too piled on the weight pre, during and post Christmas but bought kind of a Fitbit and made sure I did 10,000 steps a day around the house and a walk outside. I also downloaded the My Fitness Pal App which works for me as I don’t mind logging my food intake and yes weighing things like rice, pasta etc as I tend to get carried away with portion size. It works out how many calories per day you should be eating, I do save between 1&200 a day as I still enjoy my Indian takeaway most weekends. I’ve now lost those extra pounds plus more. Good Luck with your food regime journey. Don’t call it a DIET as if you take the last letter away that’s what you feel like you’ve done! Also mind over matter never say lose (weight) as when you lose something you try to find it!!!!!

    • Barjan 8th May 2021 at 7:51 pm

      I have found this lockdown more difficult than the last one. Before lockdown I was a member of a number of groups through U3A & a volunteer for Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat Station working in the shop & then to go to nothing was awful. I have yo-yo’d with my weight for a long while & have not found it easy to lose it, as I suffer with PCOS as well as suffering with arthritis in my hips & knees (a family trait) which hasn’t been made any better due to 2 falls recently. I have to do something to ease the pain & stress to my knees & feel better overall.

    • BeaV 8th May 2021 at 8:18 pm

      @Barjan, if it is of interest I have found on YouTube some excellent Low Impact cardio workouts, some are standing, others can be done even sitting on a chair, I won’t claim they will make you lose weight (I am personally still trying to break the winter lockdown of ‘sofa to fridge – fridge to sofa’ habit. BUT they definitely will keep you more supple, make you less stiff, get your heart rate going AND improve the mood! I could post the link but better check it out yourself to try and find the best workout for you. If you lookup on YouTube ‘HASFIT’ and search Low Impact Workout, they have 2 or 3, and the trainer -a tough Texan! But surprisingly gentle and good with beginners, elderly, only chair-able exercisers. I found them when I had a meniscus knee injury as well as my shoulder then. Try them, nothing fancy, simple effective low impact cardio workouts, there is a 15 minute one, broken into 3 parts of 5 minutes.

    • Fluff 8th May 2021 at 9:00 pm

      Have not been out on my mountain bike as much as I should of. Have put on a few pounds as I realised when I could not fasten a button on my waterproof pants today. Must try harder!

    • Boby 7th October 2021 at 7:17 pm

      For me is the other way round. I gained fat during a pandemic and started to think of losing weight after Covid when I began to work from the office and meet many people again. I advise you to get help from a specialist. I followed the medical plan from https://medicalweightlosslehighvalley.com/ and could not be happier about my body. I sacrificed a lot of time and nerves, but thanks God I could resist. Now I am confident and show a lot more respect for my body shapes. For my individual subscription plan, I had a free consultation from s professional doctor, weight loss pills, a strict diet, exercises, and vitamin injections. It’s worth your time and money! Just follow it!

    • Island Hopper 11th October 2021 at 5:24 pm

      I have always struggled with my weight, then when I hit menopause it got even harder. I consulted my surgery for advice, then asked to be referred to endocrinology, as nothing was working for me. I followed some excellent advice given there, but alas, no weight loss still. Then – I bought the Dr Michael Moseley 5:2 diet book, and there was no looking back. This is the only diet that worked for me, and is one I will stick to for the rest of my days. My husband and I now fast every 4th day, and we have both lost weight and kept it off. Everyone has commented on our new figures! Would highly recommend.

    • Debskidoo Carmarthenshire 11th October 2021 at 5:57 pm

      I’ve lost 2 stone effortlessly following something called the Starch Solution, half of your plate potatoes, baked or boiled and the other half vegetables, no oil, meat or dairy, it’s brutal and my friends cannot cope with it, just because they have families to feed etc.I’m on my own and find it easy and very cheap to follow, I’m never hungry. It’s not for most but I feel so much energetic, no longer have the 3pm “dip” My skin is heaps better with a healthy glow and my arthritic pain has lessened, it’s not for everyone but it works for me