I went the VA Hospital on June 18, not only for my annual physical, but to have the doctor check me for several problems that have been cropping up, such as lower back pain, knee pain, numb feet and edema in my lower legs.
The doctor weighed me and said I weighed in at 262 lbs., which at 6í-3Ē & 65 years of age was borderline obese, and that a lot the cause of my other problems was due to my excessive weight. Well, that was all I needed to convince this old Marine it was time to get back in shape.
I have been seeing a lot of commercials on TV about Nutrisystems for Men, so, when I got home, I got on the computer, looked up Nutrisystems and joined. On Saturday, June 22, I received 2 boxes of pre-measured, pre-packaged food (1 box of dry food and 1 styrofoam box with the frozen food cooled by dry ice), and on Sunday, June 23, I started the diet. When asked my goal, I wrote that I wanted to get down to 210 lbs. from 262, for 210 is what I weighed when I was discharged from the Marines in 1977 and at my peak of health. I have not weighed that in 41 years. I would like to also be able to fit into my uniforms again. Based upon my goal, Nutrisystems put together a plan for me which determined that I could eat 1,025 calories per day to reach my goal in a certain amount of time. A man my size and age, requires 3,000 calories per day, just to maintain life, which means my body will need to get the 2,000 calories it needs each day, from my stored fat. That is the way a diet works.
They also provide a free app called ďNuMiĒ that allows me to log my weight each day and tells me how much I have to lose to reach my goal, as well as what I eat and the number of calories I take in and how many calories I have left to go before I reach my daily limit of 1,025 calories
The food packages have the calories clearly labeled on the outside and the food tastes great. To keep you from getting hungry, you are allowed between meal snacks, as many vegetables as you want and require the dieter drink 64 ozs, per day.
This morning, I weighed 230 lbs., so, since starting the diet one month ago, I have lost 32 lbs. and have just 20 lbs. to go until I reach my goal. Since losing the weight, all of the medical problems I had last month are now gone and I can button my jeans without pain and having to suck in my gut. I have also tripled my wardrobe by being able to get into clothes I have been unable to get into for a long, long time.
I know a lot of you are my age, close to my age, or older and I wanted to share my experience so as to encourage you all that, now is the time to get in shape so as to live a long, productive, enjoyable life and avoid the age related problems that are starting to hit us.
If you are like I was and have allowed your weight gain to get out of hand and can no longer button your jeans, I highly recommend Nutrisystems. Jim Patrick
I imagine it was not easy for you to post this - a big ď Thank You ď for doing by it !
I have never used Nutrisystems but am 82 and have the same problems with the back feet, just old joints and bones, but no edema. I weigh 182 and if I gain a bit I cut back on portions at my meals and seems to keep it in check. I try to eat a balanced diet with proteins good fats and vegetables and some carbs. I get some exercise every day, but don't use a gym. I know a man who has a gardener, and goes to gym while someone in the parking lot washes his car. To me a gym is artificial. I keep up the yard one acre and use mostly hand tools. Between raking leaves and cutting weeds, there is trimming trees and watering and picking the fruit etc. I work on the cars and walk to the mail box which is 1/4 mile each way. Seems to work for me.
Anyway, I am not against Nutrasystems but don't think the Model T forum is the right place for a commercial. I'm glad you are feeling better and thank you for your service as a Marine.
Thank you, Jim. At the risk of being preachy, I simply want all of my friends here on the forum to get the most out of life through good health and feel as good as I do right now. I had no idea how much weight I had gained and how bad my health became, since retiring in 2014 and since I am no different than anyone else, I assume that many of you are experiencing the same age related problems. Jim Patrick
I used Nutrisystem about 8 years ago and in no time (6 months) I was down 62 pounds. When I went to work for the City of Aiken (SC) who has a great preventative offering that allows for major discounts in your medical policy premiums. They scheduled me for an RMR or resting metabolic rate evaluation. My body burns 2,250 calories a day and anything below that equals weight loss. I found it easier for me to count calories. If I keep my intake at 1200 to 1500 calories a day I lose weight. While Nutrisystem works and worked for me, I really didn't care for the food offerings.
Stick with the diet since itís working, and understand the process in order to wean yourself into a proper non packaged diet once you feel comfortable. Give up the soda. Period. Drink only water, no juice. Eat chicken, fish, and vegetables. No fried food. Minimal red meat. No junk food. No sugar or unhealthy snacks. It takes a bit of motivation, but once you stop the bad habits, you will lose weight, feel better, and wonít look back. It works for me. We often poison ourselves with what we eat, only to be surprised when the reaper comes a callin. That slim Marine is still in there, let him out
Don't forget about the other side of the equation - aerobic exercise.
It doesn't have to be intense, start with short walks and build up from there.
Do something you enjoy in a setting that you enjoy, if you don't enjoy it you won't stick with it.
If you get winded or sore, you're pushing too hard too fast. Aim for an activity and pace that allows you to go for at least 20 minutes without strain.
I'm a lifelong bicyclist, but lately I've been riding a trike, they are much more comfortable and you don't have to balance. Here is a picture of my Terratrike. It is slower than a bike, but I'm not out to set any speed records, just enjoy nature and get some exercise.
BTW, I'm 62, 6 foot 1 and 220 pounds. I ride the trike 26 miles in 2.5 hours on a paved bike trail system (no traffic), three times a week. I built up to that level over a period of years. I know folks older than me who do way more, but this regimen works for me.
I was telling someone the other day how I felt like I was becoming Jabba the Hutt's twin brother! But luckily I don't have the drool thing going yet.But I don't have all the purty gals hanging around either.
I used to be a skinny geek in high school.When the family broke up I didn't know how to cook. Thus I started the diet of frozen Mr P's Pizza and Sundrop. Later went to Mountain dew as sun drop gave me heart burn. I went from 32 pants to 38. Stayed that way for years. When I was given the steroid Predisone before my sinus surgery in 2016,it caused me to balloon even more.Size 40 britches now.I could not eat enough while on that medicine,I was like a raging animal at the table. And the extra weight seems to really hold me back and makes breathing difficult because it all gathered around my diaphragm.That and my chin. I literally have developed the Alfred Hitchcock look if my shadow hits the way.Big chin and belly.
So yep,alot of us have this issue and just don't feel free to discuss it.Thanks for letting us know something that actually works.
Now if we just had someone that was trying those Nugenic's pills. Hum,from what I see on tv you can lift weights and have to fight off women folk while taking them!
And those grow your hair commercials, gee,it shows men riding in boats and swimming and all kinds of stuff I can't do.I didn't realize my hair falling out was the reason I couldn't do those things!
Walking, moderate excercise and putting the time on a stationary bike or riding a bike can help immemsley and simply just not eating to much.
The right kind of foods and eating in moderation can go a long way when you start getting older.
You have to keep moving and get off the couch is good medicine in itself. And remembering you can't be superman forever but you can keep moving!
LOL! Great account, Mack. Even though your situation is not really funny, itís nice to see you can make light of it. Recognizing the problem is the first step to doing something about it. I donít know if those other products are quack remedies, but I know Nutrisystems works, at least for me. Jim Patrick
I'm nice and round, Wife says that's just how she likes me. I tried to diet once, That was worse ten minuets in my life. I stay busy around the house with honey do's and lawn work. I accept the fact that someday my life style will catch up to me but until then I plan on enjoying it. The funny part is, Back in my Army days I was put in the kitchen for 30 days and told to nibble all day so I could put on enough weight to stay in the Army! So I guess its the Army's fault!
Reading Jim's post flooded my mind with lots of thoughts and memories. I started to pork out at about age nine and fought the battle of the bulge off and on for decades. By the time I received my invitation from President Johnson to take a nice vacation for a couple of years on the taxpayers' dime I was pushing 240 pounds. On that first day of physical training at Fort Polk, lying on gravel in a motor pool, straining to do one push-up with a sergeant screaming over me, I thought, "I'm never going to be this fat again." And I wasn't. In the army I got down to 175 pounds, and over the years my weight varied, sometimes creeping up above 200. Then, six years ago, I was at 185 and was fed up, so to speak, with hauling around a spare tire. I determined that I would get rid of it, and did so. I didn't "go on a diet", as most people understand the term. That's the path to the guaranteed failure that comes after initial success. Here's what I did: http://dauntlessgeezer.com/DG94.html
Jim, as an old marine you probably remember the fitness test. I believe you can pass it again, or at least two thirds of it. Most old guys can get in decent enough shape to handle the crunches and the three mile run. At 77 I doubt that I'll ever regain the upper body strength to manage the three pull-ups. But I suspect some other old guys can eventually get in good enough shape do do even that.
On rare occasions I've gone out to breakfast with some of my cousins. It's depressing to watch them stow away big plates of heart attack food. One is younger than me, but the last time I saw him he was so obese he had to use a walker to get around. He didn't come to the family reunion last month. His younger brother says he only gets out of bed to go to the bathroom and is just waiting to die. I don't intend to go down that easy.
No, it's not William Conrad. August, 1964.
One other thought - don't skip meals, especially breakfast! Just make each meal smaller.
Eating smaller meals has apparently reduced the size of my stomach. I simply cannot eat an entire restaurant meal (or even a whole sandwich) any more, so I eat half and box the other half for dinner or the next day.
Not only does this help keep the weight down, it also saves money if you can squeeze two meals out of what used to be one.
Jim and I are on the same track! I am about to turn 81, and I weigh about 40 pounds more than I want to (I NEVER weigh myself - I go by how my pants fit).
I started Nutrisystem this past Monday, with their Quick Start program, which is the first week's high-protein, low fat and energy shakes plan. I will go onto their continuing plan on Monday. I plan to stay as close to the plan as I comfortably can, for the 2 months I signed up for.
I told them when I ordered, that I can't eat spicy foods. So far, the only thing in the package I haven't tried is Chili, which I'll bypass. Everything else has been somewhere between good and scrumptious.
This evening, our church choir group is celebrating a birthday at Red Lobster. This is my first restaurant meal since starting. I looked on NuMi, and got some hints about caloric values of their menu, and I hope to be able to keep it sensible.
I have trouble drinking the amount of water they prescribe, but I find it helps to add a little Mio. This wonderful product makes the water go down a lot smoother.
My dear wife of 56 years is experiencing some health issues, of the kind that don't go away. I plan to be around as long as she needs me, so that was my incentive. Also, my brother died recently, and that helped wake me up.
Throughout my life, when it came to food - especially sweets - I have had plenty of will power, but absolutely no won't power. Wish me luck!
Great Peter! You should try and convince your wife to get on one of the Nutrisystems plans for women. It is always easier if both spouses diet together. I have found that the Numi is very useful and I plan on using it to keep track of my progress and calories after I have reached my goal.
Steve, Iíve seen recent pictures of you and you are an inspiration. I never would have imagined you weighed that much.
As for the Fitness test, because of my knees, I would not be able to run 3 miles (running 3 miles each morning around the parade deck for 4 years is what destroyed my knees in the first place) and I donít think I could do 25 sit-ups, but know I can manage the 3 pull-ups. When Iím back down to 210, I think Iíll be able to manage 5 or 6, but Iíll never be able to do 28 again like I was once able to do. Jim Patrick
Jim, don't assume that the sit-ups are out of reach. I started at 25 and in a year was routinely doing 60 or more.
When I get the urge to exercise I just go lay down until the urge goes away.
I'm 5'7" and when I get over 150 lbs. I just stay at the ballroom dance the full 3 hours instead of two. I don't just sit around and watch either,
I try to dance three times a week. I don't worry so much about the weight as I do believe good blood circulation is more important. I'm 81, a lot of folks older and heavier that go and dance every day are doing just fine. The ones that go and sit and watch are the ones that suddenly kick the bucket.
I ordered meals that were delivered to my door for a while.
That worked out pretty well, I took the noon lunches to work and put them in the frig. And had lunch with the other three I work with. I think I'll get back to doing that again. The meals were great, large menu, and recommended by Kaiser Permanente, my healt insurance provider.
I used to do 100 sit up, 100 press up, 100 pull up ect, every morning. Now I can't be bothered getting up at all...
Interesting thing is diet. Someone I know lost hundreds of pounds by switching to a red meat only diet. Turned really healthy for a while.
The problem with DIET is the first 3/4 is DIE! I like a eating program better. I found out that my system decided that it wanted to be gluten intolerant for some reason, stopped eating gluten and it made a huge difference in energy and a lot less body pains. It has almost gotten to the point that if it tastes good I should spit it out. Remember that even moderation to excess isn't good for you.
How much you eat is less important than what you eat, and how often you eat it. You can stuff yourself with some things without any worry, and should have other things only as an occasional treat. So just eat a lot of the stuff-yourself foods.
The makers of packaged foods are not your friends. The less you eat that has a list of ingredients, the better off you are.
And No matter how you lose the weight You will be glad You did and fit better in Your model T. which was designed by a skinny Henry Ford for like people. May even be able to drive without the emergency brake leaver hitting You in the crotch or having to contort Your left foot around the brake leaver to push the clutch.ability to get into and out of the car without making bystanders think You are having a Medical Emergency. Losing weight is the easier part of the equation. keeping it off is what's hard. been there done that. Need to do it again. Jim Patrick. Thank You for the post and it is relevant to the T community, Lets help keep the Old Guys kicking when they are gone they will take a lot of invaluable knowledge with them. "My 2 Cents worth maybe less"
Well said, Jim. We need to all stay healthy and alive, long into the future. Every time we lose someone, as we have recently, it is a tragedy, not only for the loss of the friendships we have developed through the forum and our mutual interests and love of the Model T, but for the loss of the knowledge, accumulated over a lifetime. I started this thread with the hope that some of you would recognize yourselves in what I was going through and decide, like I did, that if I want to live a long healthy life, now is the time for action. Jim Patrick
"When an old person dies, it's like a library burning to the ground."
I'm in good shape. If a pumpkin is a good shape to be in.
I think the term getting back in shape should really be getting into shape. Time changes things we don't have total control of.
We can only slow it down. You can't turn the clock back.
My weight problem didn't start until my mid 30's. My thyroid was way out of wack most of my life but none of the doctors did anything about it until it started messing with my heart rate. They had me drink some radio-active iodine to kill off part of the thyroid and since I was used to eating anything at anytime I continued doing so... it is much harder to take it off than put it on. Beware of the diet you reach your goal then your brain tells you that you have been cured
Correct. Too many calories at a time = fat. There is no cure for that fact.
Kinda funny thing after this thread came along I saw a tv ad or something for Slimfast with caffeine in it. Turns out it was just a cup of coffee's worth. Not enough to even help me roll over in bed. But while at the great Wal ofchina Mart I went ahead and got a box of generic slimfast meal replacement shakes. Hehehehe, I don't what kind of a meal they are meant to replace.Perhaps a pack of birdseed>? I drank 3 yesterday and was about to starve to death! finally got some tomatoes and other vegs and eat them to try to fill up the space.So far today,I ate breakfast and just drank 1 of those shake things.I am about to start nawing on this keyboard
Like most of you guys, I am also into fitness-
FITNESS WHOLE DAMN PIZZA INTO MY MOUTH!!
Or, you can do what I do on occasion...take your T out for a 2 mile drive, then get out and push it home. At first you'll get winded just pushing the bloody thing a block. When that happens, hop back in and drive the rest of the way home. But if you keep at it, you will be able to push that old darlin the full 2 miles...but it's hard to do this summer the heat is terrible and now since I live in the foothills I just limit myself to the street I live on. Isn't 2 miles, but it is fairly flat.
I used to do it in the park, but got tired of young people coming over and helping an "old man" out by pushing his old car around the parking lot and besides those bloody speed bumps are a right old bitch without a running start at them.
The one that really gets me is the stupid fools that are trying to get rid of weight and drink DIET crap every time they eat something or get thirsty.
They can not hear you when you tell them diet drinks have aspartame in them. Aspartame is in there to make you hungry!
Drinking two cans of that horse piss every day will give you diabetes in seven years.
Did you ever notice when somebody orders Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi in a cafe they are ALWAYS overweight.
I have a customer that always asks me if he can get me a soda.
I have learned to let the fools do what they want and not be surprised when they get health problems.
Thereís plenty of stuff you can read about on this subject, I just gotta do what I can for myself and anybody that wants to listen.
I always tell him I have enough troubles without drinking that stuff.
Heís been on a weight loss diet for several years. He gains a few pounds every year.
Heís up to about a hundred pounds overweight now.
Update. This morning, I broke through the 230 lb. barrier and now weigh 229 lbs. I canít remember the last time I weighed under 230. Probably 25 years. At 33 days on this diet, I have lost 29 lbs. Just 19 lbs. to go until reaching my goal of 210. Jim Patrick.
PS. Last month, I couldn't button my jeans. Now I have to tighten my belt to keep Ďem up...easier to get behind the wheel of my T, too...
Jim are you taking before and after pics for us to see?
I took a before picture, but it was so awful and embarrassing, I would be hesitant to share it with anyone. I almost look like that pizza guy without the beard or tattoos. As Jim Davis said, ďGROSSĒ.
I started going to a CrossFit gym just over three years ago. It's probably a bit extreme for a 62 year old, but I just pace myself and sometimes have to modify some exercises. There is one other 60 plus year old and one 72 year old. Otherwise everyone is between 16 and 50.
Regardless, I think exercise along with diet are a good combination to attempt to keep the weight off. I also weigh every morning as soon as I get up. That way I know if things (weight) are getting away from me.
Tours are my biggest challenge to gaining weight. Wonder why.....
Good for you, Rob. When I used to do a lot of weightlifting for exercise, I would bulk on the muscle so fast, I was unable to determine how much actual harmful weight (fat) I was losing, since the added muscle weight (which weighs more than fat), disguised how much I was losing, so this time, I am holding off on my lifting so as not to add on muscle that may prevent me from knowing when I actually reach my target weight. Once I get down to my target weight of 210, l will increase my calorie intake and start lifting again, for the lean muscular look I had when I was a Marine. Jim Patrick
Update: l have been on the Nutrisystems diet for 11 weeks, now and so far, have lost 42 lbs. The last time I was this light, was in 1985. Eleven weeks ago, I used a cane. I was in constant pain with bad knees and climbed and descended the stairs like an old man, one step at a time. Now, I can take 2 steps at a time and can use both arms to carry things instead of having only one arm because of the cane. I also no longer have the age related (or should I say weight related) ailments I had. It is amazing how much difference a 42 lb. weight loss can have on your body and frame of mind, not to mention all the clothes that you have not been able to fit to for decades that you can now fit into. I have tripled my wardrobe and can now fit into my Marine Corps. uniform. This morning, I weighed 216 lbs. and only have 6 lbs. to go until reaching my goal of 210 lbs. Jim Patrick
Congratulations Jim. It takes a lot of will power to do what you have done.
That's impressive. To put it into perspective, pick up a 50 lb. bucket of glass bead and try to carry it around all day.
OOH-RAH Marine! I've been trying to do the same with no luck. If I could lose 15 pounds and keep it off, I could ditch my CPAP machine and help my back problems. I'm inspired by your progress. Keep us posted Devildog!
Congrats Jim! Great testament. Keep it up!
I'm 68, 232 lbs, 6'-1''. Worked on my feet all day rebuilding wrecked cars for almost 40 years. Strong as an ox. Retired at 62, heart attack at 63. Stent installed, another heart attack at 66. Another stent downstream of the first. The doctor says I'm clean as a whistle except for my Widowmaker. It is prone to a good clogging thanks to my DNA. I can still go like hell, but instead of 10 hours I'm now good for 4. LOL Besides my AAA aneurysm will probably pop before the ticker gets me....We shall see!