I am taking advice of the system and joining a group. I am a 57 yr old female who is a walking talking miracle. 1 year ago I had 2 strokes, died twice after the 2nd stroke and was on life support for 4 days. I have been eeking my way back to life little by little. My strokes were caused by atril fibrulation and resulted in a messed up heart - one side beating against the other and fib not under control. The result was two heart surgeries 4.3.12 and 4/26/12 the last which resulted in a major bleed in my non stroke leg that sent me back in progress almost to the beginning. All this to share where I am at - not have a pity party.
Fact is my doctors are really pushing me to lose 50 lbs which I know I must for my health and the fact is I REALLY WANT TO AND AM READY to be lighter and healthier. Yet a year on weight watchers and I didn't budge a pound. So I cancelled that and decided to count calories instead as a nutritionist said weight watches may allow too many good carbs for a person my age. I joined CK in January 2013
I am active (not totally sedentary) and can walk 2 miles a day. I take care of my own home (cleaning, fixing, organizing etc) and am driving myself to appointments now and so much more. I park away from buildings not in handicapped parking although I could. Yet....no matter the calories I cut (down to 1200 per day in CK now) and what stroke /heart friendly exercise I add I seem to be going no where.
Has anyone been in this place? I know it is harder now that we are older. Yet I cannot work out sweating hard like I once did. I know eating fewer calories just frustrates the body into not budging and I wonder if I am already there? What did you do to break it? I do NOT want doctors to put me on BP medicine which they threaten. However I react so badly to BP drugs I don't want to go there. Need to get my BP down (thus my weight down)...its sitting around 128 / 80 to 135 / 86 range. Before menopause I had really low BP, and could lose 20 lbs pretty darn easy. But here I am -- a year at the same weight and I am not sitting around eating bon bons and I am not a couch potato.
Any experience is appreciated.