Staying Slim Over 60

One of the questions I’m often asked by my readers is how I stay fit and trim. Let me dispel the “fit” myth immediately. I’m not fit and shame on me. My husband dragged me to join his gym last year and you can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been there.

You’d think that cracking a hip and being diagnosed with Osteopenia would motivate me to do weight-bearing exercises to improve it. Nope, not happened yet and it’s really dumb of me. I have upped my calcium/magnesium consumption but that alone is not enough to ensure my bones are healthy, and I know it.

I have a treadmill in the garage that used to get a lot of use but surrounded by boxes and junk, it doesn’t seem appealing so it hardly ever never gets used.

Exercise doesn’t keep me slim so it must be what I eat or rather… don’t eat. About 10 years ago I stopped eating all forms of meat. No pork, steak or chicken of any kind. After reading about meat industry practices I could no longer support it and decided I didn’t want that violence in my body. Have I missed it? You bet! There’s nothing quite as fabulous as the taste of bacon. I do eat fish.

veggie fritatta

Veggie Fritatta

I also try to eat my meals on a sandwich plate which limits how much I can serve myself.

I discovered that I was gluten intolerant a few years ago. That cuts out a lot of empty calories. There are many replacements for products made with gluten but I haven’t found a substitute for croissants or french bread worth eating yet! Do I miss them, yes! But I’d rather feel good than eating something tasty that makes me feel terrible later.

I’m heading out to drag my lazy bones around the block today. I’m also planning to cancel my gym membership because if I hate the place, and I do, I’ll never go there so I’m wasting my money. I either need to find a place I do enjoy or build exercise into my daily activities.

As a side note, my ability to chew has been seriously curtailed during the last month because of this dumb flipper in my mouth. I’ve lost a few pounds and my pants fit me better but I would never recommend knocking your front tooth out as a weight loss strategy 🙂

How do you get exercise and how do you motivate yourself? Any suggestions welcome!

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  1. Linda
    May 18, 2017 / 4:37 am

    I appreciate your candor and am enjoying your blog. Since you have removed most meats from your diet. what are you eating to get enough protein in your diet? I am interested. Thank you.

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 7:52 am

      I eat plenty of fish and high protein dairy products. I also have a protein shake each morning made with nonfat yogurt, berries and protein powder. Beans have protien as do many veggies in small amounts, so I think I am getting pots of protien, Linda.

  2. Wendy Hatton
    May 18, 2017 / 4:51 am

    I have made exercise a part of my life for years now. In fact, running my first half-marathon next weekend. It is the hardest thing I do. I work it into my day, hence up at 5:30 am to be in the gym by 6 am to get that part of my day done before work. I often tell people that I have the exercise thing down pat….it is the eating and drinking wine thing that I need help with. It is a mental thing…Nike had it right in the logo years ago…Just Do It. It has to become part of your day, a routine. Good luck with finding something you will love to do that will keep you coming back.

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 7:54 am

      Wow Wendy! That’s awesome. I can’t imagine running a marathon. Good for you! I know I just need to parent myself and Just Do It so I am enjoying this encouragement. Thanks!!

  3. Barb
    May 18, 2017 / 5:05 am

    I appreciate your blog and also the effort/struggle to stay slim and fit. I like to have a project every year. They have included 2 daughters’ weddings, kids moving into new homes and the birth of our first grand baby over the past few years. This year my project was…. ME! I decided it was time to focus on healthy eating, moving and sleeping. In January I stopped purchasing processed foods and brought only whole foods – fruits/veggies/nuts/eggs/meats/fish/quality cheese and 85% dark chocolate – into our home. (It’s just hubby and me at home.) We started eating most meals at home. I also signed both of us up for twice weekly sessions with a personal trainer for weight training. (Notice how Project ME morphed into Project WE?!!) Our weight training sessions are only 30 minutes long, twice a week. They are intense but of short duration. And they’re appointments which makes them hard/impossible to skip. Finally I made it a goal to get at least 7 hours of sleep/night. I don’t always achieve that, but at least I try. Since January I have lost 22 pounds and have gained muscle definition in my arms and legs. I feel ever so much better – and so does hubby. I really think that appointments for resistance training is key. Find a trainer that you can connect with, someone who is fun and motivating, but also challenging. Then make those appointments so that you show up.

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 7:57 am

      Congratulations Barb! I love how it became we:) Appointments are very hard to resist, I agree. I think a gym with less testosterone and odor of sweat in the air might appeal to me more. They’re more costly but worth it if I am motivated to go! I gave up processed food years ago and have never looked back. Talk about empty calories!

  4. Judy
    May 18, 2017 / 5:07 am

    Hi Jennifer,
    I also have been very inconsistent about exercise but now in my 60’s, I’m more concerned about my long term health. I began going to a personal trainer 2x a week in February & oh my! What a great motivator she has been! She also has given me eating advice so I’ve lost inches & 9 lbs so far. What I love about her is that she gives me all types of exercises I can squeeze in at home. Plus I dug out our treadmill. I’m feeling great! Love your blog!

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 8:00 am

      That’s a success story, Judy!! I did try a personal trainer twice. They were both men and I couldn’t feel connected or interested. Perhaps I’m sexist and need to find a woman! Congrats on your 9-pound loss. That’s awesome!

  5. Penelope
    May 18, 2017 / 5:09 am

    Thanks for your honesty! I think it is important to find exetcise that you really like. I like dancing ( check out NIA), rowing, swimming in the ocean, Pilates and yoga. I miss it if I don’t do it. However, I think diet is more important for weight maintenance. I am at least vegetarian, preferably vegan at home, but struggle with most menopausal weight gain and my sweet tooth. Kind of wish I were gluten intolerant!

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 8:04 am

      I used to adore doing ballet but there are no classes for women my age and I don’t want to stand at a bar full of 25 year olds. Bad excuse, I know. I also enjoyed yoga but haven’t made the effort to find a nice one. Bad of me and I need to knock this off!! Gluten intolerance is the pits but you could try cutting it out and seeing if you feel better:)

  6. May 18, 2017 / 5:26 am

    I really appreciate your honesty about not being fit! I struggle with what I know I should do and what I DO do to be fit. Walking seems to do the trick for me but it’s hard to stick to a regular schedule, especially when the weather is not good. I think it’s like that for a lot of women. Over the past year or so I’ve gained 10 pounds … I will turn 60 next year and I’d like to keep my weight under control. Thanks for these helpful tips!

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 8:05 am

      Walking does seem the simplest, Beth! I have the shoes and the lazy dog to drag with me so there really is no excuse for me.

  7. jodie filogomo
    May 18, 2017 / 5:38 am

    I used to be so good about working out, but I’ve definitely gotten out of the habit. We will go for walks occasionally–but not today because it snowed—eeek!!
    I do find that the food we eat makes such a huge difference. We try to eat clean most of the time and since I retired I’ve dropped almost 10 pounds!

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 8:07 am

      Congrats, Jody! 10 pounds is substantial. Eating healthy food just feels so good, doesn’t it?

  8. May 18, 2017 / 5:39 am

    Jennifer, I would say your beautiful skin and “glow”make it obvious that you eat well. Two things I’ve really enjoyed and benefited from are my yoga classes – and I’m not “stretchy” in the least. In fact, that flexibility and mindfulness with breath are two of the reasons I keep going and enjoying, as well as my Pilates studio membership have both been boons to my “fitness.” And I walk morning and evening with bike rides thrown in a couple times a week. Last year for my birthday I got an Apple watch which tracks my steps every day, along with other movement and it’s actually been kind of fun and motivating to reach my (or try to reach my) 10 thousand steps a day. Like some days I’m close but not there and I’ll step it up, literally, to get there.

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 8:10 am

      I have a girlfriend who swears by pilates. She goes 3 times a week and cycles in between. I must say she looks amazing. Ten thousand steps is amazing, Barbara! Thanks for the motivation!!

  9. May 18, 2017 / 5:41 am

    And how did I not know that you knocked out a tooth? Ow! So sorry to read that.

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 8:11 am

      Implant goes in this morning:)

  10. Betsy
    May 18, 2017 / 6:00 am

    I love your blog. It gives me a boost of fun and positive attitude. Staying “fit” and within my target weight is an ongoing goal. I like to get right out of the house very early in the morning to walk 20-30 minutes in my neighborhood. I feel better and watching what I eat helps too. Grass fed beef, chicken, fish, lots of salads, less bread. But when I lapse because I am too busy, tired, or stressed, I try to get back on target remembering that’s when good habits help me the most. Keep on blogging! Thank you!

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 9:31 am

      I love the idea of getting out first thing in the morning. No shower or makeup, just sunscreen and sneakers! WW is an awesom program. I lost 20 pounds on it after my daughter was born:) it works! I agree, Betsy, good habits keep us going.

  11. Bonna Nichols
    May 18, 2017 / 6:30 am

    We raise beef for a living so I’m not giving it up! LOL! I am a Weight Watcher member and have been for 20 some years. This program works for me as long as I “work” it. Food is my “drug” of choice so I need a program to keep me accountable. I have two friends that I walk with most week days and we log 2 miles on a outdoor track in the summer and when the weather turns nasty our local school opens the gymnasium for people to use. I spend most of my winter in Tucson AZ so I walk there. I know I need to add some weights to my walking program also. Living on a ranch I get quite a lot of outside time so that helps me too. Your blog and Insta are some of my favorites. You connect with your readers. Have a great summer.

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 9:37 am

      Thank you so much Bonna!Having friends to motivate and urge you on is a great idea!! You sounds really motivated. Bravo. I adore WW. The program really works.

  12. Donna
    May 18, 2017 / 6:42 am

    You are not alone in your distaste for exercising. ha! My husband uses the treadmill in the winter when it is too cold to walk and nags me to use it. ugh! We are busy right now with major garden cleanup, planting, and general maintenance. That should count for exercise, right? We eat beef and chicken in moderation, only grass fed and organic. The way wheat is raised and harvested in this country renders it basically useless as a food stuff. Back to the inquiries from your readers regarding your slim and trim self, you definitely look just that…slim and trim.

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 9:40 am

      Gardening definitely counts as exercise! My black thumb means I don’t do too much of it. I agree about wheat today. It in no way resembles “the staff of life” our society started eating. I try to only eat organic products. It’s expensive but I feel it’s worth it.

  13. Yvonne
    May 18, 2017 / 6:44 am

    I’ve exercised consistently since my 20’s (I’m 63) and it’s a major part of my daily life. I keep motivated by changing the routines – I’ve done everything from high impact aerobics, spinning, weights, pilates, yoga, running, cycling, had gym memberships and also have a home workout area in the basement. When my motivation is waning I change my workout or buy a new workout DVD or new workout gear. Now that the warm weather has arrived I do more outdoors – cycling, golf and hiking (for cardio) and I continue with core training and upper body weights. The key is to find something you enjoy and it will soon become a habit. And the bonus – you can indulge in that slice of caramel pecan cheesecake guilt free 🙂

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 9:42 am

      That’s awesome Yvonne!! I want to be like you. It sounds like you’re doing it right. You’ve made it priority and it’s paying off. Thanks for the motivation. It can be done. I just need to make it a priority

  14. Terry
    May 18, 2017 / 6:49 am

    Jennifer, my functional medicine doctor suggested I try French flour. France does not allow GMOs and the flour does contain gluten but it isn’t harmful to the gut. A gluten-intolerant relative ate his weight in bread in France recently. It is available on Amazon – Francine Farine de Ble Tous Usages. I use that flour for general uses like cookies. Also, for bread-baking, the T55 flour.

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 9:45 am

      That’s fascinating Terry! I’m not the least surprised to hear this! The American food industry has destroyed many great products. I used butter from Ireland because it’s superior so now I’ll check into French flour!

  15. B. Early
    May 18, 2017 / 6:57 am

    You might like Pilates for exercise. I’m 79 and have done it for about 13 years. You don’t have to be co-ordinated or good in any sport. It builds up your core, improves your posture. My instructor also has me do things to improve balance.

    It’s a winner!

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 9:47 am

      Do you do group classes or individual ones on the reformer? I’ve heard great things about it and am intrigued. It’s not inexpensive but it sounds like a winner!

      • sandi
        May 18, 2017 / 11:00 am

        I have also done Pilates for a long time .I’m 69 and have taken a few classes. I bought a reformer about 13 years ago from QVC and DVD’s come with it ( they caal there reformer Areopilates). I love it and think everyone over 40 should be doing it.I also hate to go to the gym and get ready drive there ect.With pilates I do this anytime I want during the day and even some here and some there during my day.I’m so much more limber when I use it and when I get lazy and don’t for a while you really can tell the difference.I think you’ll find the best deals on QVC but it’s made by Stamina and you could also check there website.

        • Jennifer
          May 18, 2017 / 6:24 pm

          Thank you, Sandi!! I would love to check it out. Things at home are much more likely to be used by me:)

      • May 18, 2017 / 1:17 pm

        I work with one partner so is a little less expensive than a private lesson. Would suggest you take a couple of private lessons to see if you like it. After that group classes should be fine.

        • Jennifer
          May 18, 2017 / 6:55 pm

          Thanks so much! There are 3 places in the next town over so I think I will take some tours and check them out.

  16. May 18, 2017 / 7:03 am

    We burn fewer calories as we get older. So we have to eat smaller portions. I looked at what I eat, and it’s very healthy, with sweets only once or twice a month. But I need to reduce portion size. When we eat with friends, I realize they never take seconds, or if we’re at a restaurant, they order less and don’t finish, whereas I eat every last delicious bite.
    That said, I have always exercised, since college. I don’t enjoy running or riding the stationary bike, but an hour a day is so worth feeling good and energetic. I also do Pilates twice a week (and don’t run those days), which is great for getting rid of back pain. When I run/walk/bike (indoors!) I listen to podcasts, which make the time go by fast.

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 5:05 pm

      Podcasts are a great idea!! Portions in the US are insane. There’s no reason for me to eat the same amount as my husband who is 12″ taller than me. That’s why I try to eat on a sandwich plate. It looks like more good than it actually is:)

  17. Karen
    May 18, 2017 / 7:15 am

    Both concern for my health and vanity are my motivation for working out. I go to the gym with my husband – not very often but I really enjoy it when I do! I also have a treadmill that I use about 2-3 times per week and we have free weights at home that I use. Now that it is finally Spring I am doing major gardening outside that replaces my work out time.

    I am 56 and in relatively good shape.

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 5:57 pm

      Good for you Karen! I need to take a page out of your book and get on with!! I actually have free weights under my bed…I’ve got to drag them out!

  18. Roxanne
    May 18, 2017 / 7:16 am

    If only our good intentions could keep us fit and slender! I also joined a gym, a great one for people serious about working out, thought that would be more motivation for me, but I still didn’t go. My best exercise is my garden, I do not have a gardening service so I mow the lawn, trim bushes, weed and tidying whatever I can. There are times though I need help from my husband with the big stuff. Afterwards, I can look around the yard see what I accomplished. As we age, health issues seem to increase, causing us to change/modify how we do things. Regardless how we exercise, staying in motion is the key.

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 6:01 pm

      Staying in motion is the key, Roxanne. I think I hate the gym so much because it feels forced. Gardening would have those tangible results you get to appreciate every time you look at it. I may give gardening a try, but my plants will hate it:)

  19. Laurel
    May 18, 2017 / 7:19 am

    I struggle with motivation, too, and have also cancelled gym memberships for non-use. So you’re not alone there. If I enjoy something, I’m more likely to do it, and I do like biking and walking. My best bet lately is walking for an hour and listening to podcasts. If I have something interesting to listen to, I’m not as conscious of the time passing and tend to actually get my steps in.

    AND, I know I should be doing strength training, but that’s fallen off with various injuries in the past couple of years followed by PT, which I’m slacker at once the appointments end. It’s harder the older I get, so like you I find I have to eat less just to maintain. Grrr.

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 6:15 pm

      Thanks for mentioning the podcasts, Laurel! I have a very lazy dog who wanders and sniffs so I get no exercise with her. I think I will take her for a stroll, then drop her home and start going for long, brisk walks and make it about and or me! Aging has its challenges, that’s for sure.

  20. Linlee
    May 18, 2017 / 7:55 am

    Last October my toes began to hurt, thereby stopping my walking habit. I went to the gym, found a personal trainer in my age group to give me an introduction and began a split routine (upper body one day, lower the next). I spend 75 minutes a day, six days a week in the gym. At first I thought I was having injuries, but it was just dormant muscles now firing. Three months later people began commenting on my improved posture. My shoulders are now back and down. My forward head posture is gone. I no longer see the chiropractor for my back and hips. My body moves so much more easily. I keep records on my times, weights, reps, etc. I also do cardio on the elliptical and stretching. I get huge intrinsic rewards in addition to physical rewards. There are many older people in my gym in the morning. They, too, motivate me.

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 6:21 pm

      That sounds terrific, Linlee. You mentioned forward head posture which I am getting and it drives me crazy!! I am so impressed with my readers exercise routines. It makes me realize even more that I have got to get moving…no excuse cuts it!! Thanks for sharing.

  21. May 18, 2017 / 8:19 am

    How on earth did the FRONT tooth ESCAPE????
    I had noticed as well you look thinner in the photos…….ALL THAT TRAVELING will do it TOO!
    Let’s hope I can shed a few pounds as well……………
    I think WALKING is the BEST EXERCISE for the overall BODY!YOU do that WELL, with that little MUNCHKIN!

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 4:30 pm

      You’ll have a fabulous time on your trip!! Enjoy

  22. May 18, 2017 / 8:35 am

    Right there with you Jennifer. Exercise. I get all motivated and then need to have a skin cancer removed. I’ve got three on my face right now and I’m in the middle of having three surgeries. Then I REALLY need to lose weight. I guess I’ll try Weight Watchers. How do you know if you have a Guten intolerance?
    PS. I do have osteoporosis and now take Proia shots. Son of a gun they work. You might look into those.If you find a weight loss miracle let me know.

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 4:32 pm

      I’m so sorry about the skin cancer Sandra. That’s scary but I’m glad you’re in too if it. I do know WW works so you might really like it. Give it a shot!! Xx

  23. Cheryl Ann
    May 18, 2017 / 8:35 am

    Jennifer, my husband dragged me to the gym too and I just do NOT like it. It is everything I avoid…smelly, sweaty, energetic, loud peppy people, etc.. Recently I found Tai Chi and so far it is the best thing for me…and it’s not in a gym! I do it in our “Enrichment Center” which is beautiful one time a week. Then I practice at home, in my garden, or porch each day. It is civilized, calming, and helps my balance, flexibility, and breathing. Just what I have needed. Note: I do sweat and don’t like it, but I’m hoping it gets less as my fitness improves. Love your blog! Thanks…and blessings my friend…

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 4:36 pm

      I know nothing about Tai Chi but I love its description! I’m with you on the sweaty smell loud gym! I hate it. I bet my local
      Neighborhood center offers things too. I’ll see what I can find. Like you, I want to enjoy something enough to do it at home. Thanks for being here and sharing my friend xx

  24. May 18, 2017 / 8:40 am

    I could write volumes about this, but needless to say, it is obvious looking at me that I still struggle with emotional eating. However, I am on a healthier path than ever before. My strength training has made such a difference in my life.
    Now, if I could only get the word SUGAR out of my vocabulary, then I think I could register some big losses…which I really need to do.

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 4:43 pm

      You’re so good about getter my up early to go to your gym. I’m proud of you Pam! I’m lucky to have slayed my sweet tooth. I just don’t but it so it’s not available.

  25. May 18, 2017 / 8:45 am

    Good morning, I love your blog and read every one of them the minute you post. I don’t know how old you are, but when you turn 65, you are entitled to Medicare benefits look into a plan with SilverSnickers. I did a post on my new best friend. 40 minutes three days a week. I am in and out of there in a heartbeat. Thank goodness you are going to have an implant.Love your blog. Link to this was my solution.

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 4:48 pm

      Thanks Betty! My husband is also a member of silver sneakers at a gym. He gets his membership for free! I did take a class with him once. It was pretty good but extremely crowded! I have to stop being such a baby about it

  26. Joanna
    May 18, 2017 / 9:19 am

    I cut out flour products (breads/sweets), lost weight and hardly ever miss them. That’s not to say, I don’t have the occasional sweet but it has to be worth it. Also, I try to have some protein with each meal.
    I walk every morning for 5 km, making it a priority. I find Zumba to be fun and a great way to exercise. Have you tried it?

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 4:52 pm

      Isn’t it funny how we can cut large portions out of our diet and never look back? Until someone puts warm French bread in front of me. Your walking sounds like what I will try to incorporate into my day. Simple and no easy excuses. I have not tried Zumba but they do have local classes. Hmmm

  27. May 18, 2017 / 9:39 am

    I’m with you on the gym and now don’t feel so guilty. Weight is a struggle. I limit bread and cake as they don’t suit my digestion. I do eat meat 2 times a week or so. I still have to make an effort to watch calories though.

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 6:23 pm

      If the gym isn’t my thing, which it doesn’t seem to be, I am determined to find an alternative!!

  28. Pamela Zwieg
    May 18, 2017 / 11:38 am

    Hi Jennifer, I love your honesty about exercise. You feel exactly asI do! I know I should do more but I just don’t like it! What I do right though is eat well. I was getting sloppy this fall and gained some pounds…I reeled it in and lost 10 lbs by portion control and better choices. I am 55 (56 soon), and 115 lbs. I do fir in a 30 min walk on most days and a new puppy keeps me motivated as he loves to walk. I also have osteoporosis so I know I should do weight bearing workouts but I don’t. Alas, I just have to accept that I am happy and doing the best for me. I truly don’t want to keep having this mental battle of what I SHOULD be doing. I am being the best ME. Some people workout to indulge…not sure that is wise, really my best health choice is to control my weight and I feel good about that. I enjoy your posts, the fitting room fashion tips are great!! Thank you.

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 6:29 pm

      I love your attitude, Pamela. I’m doing the best I can too, but should be at least walking a bit. I will never run a marathon because of my hip, but I do want to have stronger core muscles and better posture. At 60 I want to enjoy my life but I also want to be strong enough to continue picking up my grandson:)

  29. Jane
    May 18, 2017 / 12:07 pm

    Being only 4’11” every ounce shows! Recently I’ve gained a few pounds and don’t feel.good.about how I look and how my clothes fit. I love the book “French Women Don’t Get Fat”so will probably read it again and try to get my game on. Patience is not one of my virtues, making weight loss frustrating. For exercise I do a combination of cardio and weights (which would have more effect if I did it daily!). Thanks so much for this post – it’s just what I needed to motivate me!

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 6:45 pm

      I haven’t read that book but think I will get it. At 4’11” you have no room for any additional pounds so I bet you really struggle. That really stinks. This post and my readers comments has really, really motivated me so thanks for sharing:)

  30. May 18, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    I have two dogs that insist on a walk each morning, that’s my exercise. I also struggled with bread but found I had no troubles when visiting relatives in europe so each trip I come home with flour and bread mixes.

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 6:47 pm

      My little dog is a lazy old girl who sniffs and dawdles which is no exercise for me at all. Perhaps I need to get a Great Dane!

  31. Suzanne
    May 18, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    I am 64 and highly recommend Pilates and gentle yoga. They keep me flexible, stronger and give me good balance which is very important as we grow older. I take private Pilates lessons and group yoga classes- Houston, Texas.

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 6:48 pm

      Thank you Suzanne. I know these would be enjoyable so I will hunt them down and shame myself to go!! I really appreciate your input!!

  32. Gail Schwartz
    May 18, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    Walking is my way of exercise now that I am approaching 70. I use a step-counting app on my phone called Moves. I like to work towards 10,000 steps every day. My doctor says my heart and lungs are healthy! Of course I am carrying a few extra pounds since menopause and gravity has moved everything down.

    Your fashion advice is wonderful. Every time I wear something you suggest, I get compliments. I’m much shorter than you, so not everything works. I liked your recent post about the lengths for pants.

    You suggested a statement necklace and I found a nice one at Chico’s.

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 6:50 pm

      Chico’s is terrific for statement necklaces and they draw attention just where we want it, our faces!! I just remembered I have that app on my phone too! Time to get serious here. xox

  33. Roxanne
    May 18, 2017 / 1:16 pm

    There are two kinds of people…those who love the gym and those who hate it! I love going and have exercised religiously since college (turning 65 this summer!). I always looked on it as my ME time…nobody from work bothering me, hubby not asking when dinner will be ready. I also think of it as one of my beauty treatments! Agree with others who have said find something you enjoy and give it two weeks to become a habit. Despite all the exercise I also have osteopenia (my doctor says tall, thin, blonde=you’re going to get it); I’m determined not to end up like my mother with severe osteoporosis and 2 broken hips.

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 6:53 pm

      Wow, I am shocked you have osteopenia! I thought exercise would prevent it. My Dr told me my crazy thyroid caused calcium to leach out of my bones, but now that it’s gone, I need to be doing everything possible to build it back again. I was a gym goer back in my 30’s but have never been able to get back into it so I need to make other plans and get serious about it.

  34. Edith Weldon (Penny)
    May 18, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    Ever since I retired about 2 1/2 years ago, I have taken up water aerobics and love it. I attend 3 or the 4 classes a week. It is an hour and it truly flies by quickly. A lot of us retirees attend it (both men & women) and my hubby does go with me at least twice a week. I so enjoy it so much and I know you would too!
    I am diabetic 2 and have to exercise and this is a fun way to do it and eat right too!
    I so enjoy your blog and your fashion tips!!

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 6:56 pm

      There is water aerobics at this gym I hate. Perhaps I should try it before I cash out my membership!!

  35. May 18, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    I think the way we eat has really the biggest influence on how we look! And you look great!

    We rejoined a gym in January. It’s in walking distance from our house, and I actually love weight workouts. They make me feel strong (but having been on the crew team, I have to be careful that my shoulder don’t get bigger than they already are…).

    My favorite workouts are however barre classes (combination of yoga, Pilates, ballet and orthopedic exercises). They have done wonders for my lower back, which I injured badly a few years back. Whenever I keep up with regular barre classes, my low back is fine. When I skip them (like I have been doing lately), my low back starts hurting. I was in a lot of pain during a long meeting this morning, and it was a good reminder to get myself back to the studio…

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 6:59 pm

      I did take a barre class several years ago and nearly killed myself:) Everything in moderation is a smart way to go. There is actually a very popular gym walking distance from my house but I have avoided it like the flu! Not smart, I know. Thanks for the motivation! xo

  36. Barbara V.
    May 18, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    Well, you asked, and many have replied. I love hearing what you and others are doing on your inspirational blog. Adding my story to the list, my husband (76 at the time) had heart stents last January and that made him get serious about his health. The dr. suggested the Mediterranean diet, so we’ve basically just added a lot more veggies. There is nothing we say we “don’t eat”, so we have whatever our friends share with us at their homes but at our home and dining out we just slow way down on portions of any meat and add much more from the veggie bin and olive oil. I wasn’t overweight before, as I stayed between 128-130 for 35 years (5’6″, 63 yrs. old now), but I lost 12 solid pounds and feel great. Didn’t change my wine consumption or add to my exercise routine (gardening, pilates, walking).

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 7:02 pm

      You’re the first reader to mention wine consumption and thanks. We love fine wine and don’t want to cut it out so we have recently switched to red for the heart benefits. The more veggies we eat, the better we feel. Health scares are a very good wake up call. I’m glad he’s doing well!! Losing 12 pounds is amazing! Good for you, Barbara!

  37. May 18, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    Since my surgery I have gained 10 pounds and losing weight has been impossible. I am hoping this lack of metabolism is temporary. I have started doing whole30 just to see if that will help with the lack of energy and inflammation. I am hoping for the best. This exchange has been so helpful, thank you I enjoy your blog very much!

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 7:04 pm

      Thanks for sharing Donna! Can you please share what whole 30 is? We would all love to known. xoxo

  38. Lucy Hay
    May 18, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    Hi Jennifer! I love your blog, here in Australia.
    May I recommend a book called ‘Sweet Poison’, by David Gillespie. It was my starting point to a dietary change, which saw me fairly effortlessly lose around 15 kgs (about 33 lbs) extra weight I was carrying, and keep it off for 4-5 years now, without calorie counting.
    It does take commitment at first, to give up sugar (in particular, fructose)!
    Also, ‘I Quit Sugar’, by Sarah Wilson, and ‘That Sugar Film’ -both book and movie.
    Good luck with it all. Regards, Lucy
    PS – I’m in my 60s, 5’3″, 130lbs – and I hate structured exercise too. I walk the dog!!

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 7:06 pm

      Thanks so much for the recommendations, Lucy! 33 pounds is amazing!! I will check to see if my local library carries these otherwise I know Amazon will. xo

  39. kmcgarrett
    May 18, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    Just some advice about the front tooth implant. I had one done about 25 years ago. It’s very important that the colour match is good. You want to exactly match the other front tooth. It can be tricky.

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 7:09 pm

      I just got my tooth pulled and temporary crown with the implant placed today. The color is off slightly and it drives me crazy. Honestly, I am feeling so cruddy the color is the least of it but I know my regular dentist will be able to choose a perfect match for my permanent crown once the bone builds around this implant. Mismatched front teeth are a dead giveaway and I definitely don’t want that!

  40. Linda
    May 18, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    I tried the gym also but didn’t like it. But, I found that I love working out at home. I have 3, 5 & 8 lb handweights and a mat. I exercise every day rotating weights cardio and stretching. I think all 3 are important for a balanced and strong body. I found a woman on YouTube and love her workouts, style and attitude, she also has exercise dvds. I am 53 and probably in the best shape of my life, I also love to hike which is an activity my husband and I do together. Exercise is the fountain of youth, I’m lucky I found something I enjoy and look forward to doing it everyday and it has become part of what I do, like brushing my teeth.

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 7:11 pm

      That sound perfect Linda! I want my exercise to be as much a part of life as brushing my teeth too!! Smart lady, thanks for sharing.

      • Diane Caird
        May 19, 2017 / 7:20 am

        Who is the woman you are watching, Linda, on YouTube ?

  41. Ainsivalavie
    May 18, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    Have you checked out the fabulous Canadian Miranda Esmond-White and her Classical Stretch program on PBS television? She has a few DVDs that would be just perfect for you. I am thinking the Mobility and Bone Strengthening would be good. Do check out her web site where you can try some of the exercises. Very gentle strengthening and stretching that was created by Esmond-White ( a former National Ballet dancer) to rehabilitate those with sports or other injuries that affected their mobility.
    You can sign up for Essentrics TV where you pay a small amount monthly to have access to every DVD they have. Good luck!

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 10:48 pm

      I haven’t heard of her!! I’m so happy to
      Learn of it. Stretching is so good for us and feels awesome. Thank you Ainsivalavie!! I really appreciate the suggestion.

  42. Deanne
    May 18, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    Pure Barre classes are working well for me for almost 2 years now. In just under an hour I work very part of my body and the classes always include a lot of stretching. I am amazed how the class time flies by and feel so good at the end of class. I would say it’s a combination of ballet, yoga and Pilates. The studios are franchised all over the country and mine is full of friendly encouraging instructors and women of all ages. It’s low impact unless you do Platform, and so you need to add cardio work to keep your heart healthy. See if there is a studio in your area and give it a try! I know it’s helped me tone up.

    • Jennifer
      May 18, 2017 / 10:52 pm

      I’d tried Barre at an old gym I belonged to many years ago and found it geared to all the young moms in the class. Meaning I nearly killed myself trying to keep up! I need a gym and classes that are more geared to my age. What you describe sounds like something I’d adore!!

      • Diane Caird
        May 19, 2017 / 7:18 am

        I agree ! I love to exercise but am having a hard time finding classes for 60+ women who just want the basics !!

        • Jennifer
          May 19, 2017 / 10:48 am

          Yes, I’m not looking for fancy, just fit!

  43. Janet
    May 19, 2017 / 3:13 am

    What fabulous feedback from everyone! I will keep this post to refer back to. My challenge is making time for things I don’t really want to do when working long hours at my job and so tired at the end of the day. I know exercise will make me feel better though. After falling outside the gym and hurting my shoulder that just made it tougher! Anyway, I am committed so will keep at it. Interesting about the wheat; on my first trip to Italy last year I ate bread, pasta etc. and none of it bothered me and after 3 weeks I didn’t gain an ounce. I think I may just move there!

    • Jennifer
      May 19, 2017 / 6:00 am

      I’m so sorry to hear about your fall, Janet! That’s both frightening and painful. I’ve never been the same since my fall 3 years ago. Older woman and falling is a classic recipe for disaster. I love your attitude about moving to Italy!!! Let’s do it:)

  44. May 19, 2017 / 9:49 am

    Great post Jennifer!
    We are all in the same boat. Bodies and lifestyles change and we need to change with them. I have always had a gym membership, but I have never allowed it to make me feel guilty. I go when my schedule allows. When I was younger I enjoyed the jazzercise classes and the like. For the past ten years yoga has been my passion. Finding the right gym is the key. Many gyms have women only sites. These are great places for working out and social camaraderie.(especially when there’s a coffee shop near by).
    thanks for your thoughts

    • Jennifer
      May 19, 2017 / 11:18 am

      Great idea about the women’s section allowing for camaraderie! I was a step class fanatic for many years but the pounding music gradually drove me upstairs to the machine which eventually became boring. I am planning to make a point of investigating my local yoga and pilates studio when I am recovered from my dental surgery.

  45. Loretta
    May 19, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    Hello. I just came across your blog this afternoon, and what a good writer you are! Two things I would like to suggest you add to your diet since you are vegetarian: protein shakes by Isagenix, the one I use is IsaLean Pro with 36 grams of protein, and the other is a calcium supplement by AlgaeCal. It’s made with plant-based calcium so it doesn’t constipate us as mineral based calcium does I use it with Strontium because strontium actually builds bone. I remember my son adding strontium into his saltwater fish tank to get his coral to grow. It’s the same stuff. AlgaeCal guarantees you will grow and strengthen bone or your money back. I don’t sell either product, I just use and recommend them. As far as exercise goes, lots of people have great ideas. I use my treadmill at home and watch a favorite half-hour show with headphones on. I use my arm weights with an old Madonna video, and then that’s about all I do, which is why I’m not slim but also not fat. I’m giving a vegetarian diet some consideration, but if I do it, it’s no meat at all, because even though fish aren’t bright, they value their life, and who am I to say theirs is less valuable than a cow’s?

    • Jennifer
      May 19, 2017 / 7:14 pm

      Very good point about the fish, Loretta!! They just weren’t part of the book I read when I got turned off to meat. I have toyed with the vegan idea but just not gone there. Thanks so much for the Calcium recommendation. I do use protein powders but I haven’t heard of that one so I’ll have a look for it. Calcium recommendations are always welcome as I never know if I’m getting enough. Welcome!!

  46. Honey Bee
    May 19, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    Since having cancer I have minimal energy. I tried a “Gentle Fitness”class for the over 60’s at a community center but it was still too strenuous for me. I have taken up Line Dancing, which I absolutely love, and it’s a good workout (cardio) for the body and for the mind (memory). It has helped with my balance. Plus I adore the people I dance with. We have a very patient instructor.

    At our church I am participating in the “Million Step Challenge” and record my steps each day. Some days I reach 10,000 steps. I love to walk so this is something I will probably continue when the challenge is over.

    I also take a class in Rimbala (rim=rhythm; bala=balance) that uses music, rhythm, and movement to strengthen the core, improve grace and posture, and prevent falls. Our exuberant instructor has his doctorate in Music, is a music professor at a university, and also teaches this class in seniors’ homes around the city. It’s a 10 week programme that runs three times a year. I think I’ll do it again in September because it’s so much fun.

    I may add to my fitness routines later as I gain strength, but so far this gentle approach and loving what I do are working well for me. A huge component for me is the social aspect. As others have mentioned, having a scheduled activity keeps one accountable.

    I am also studying a book, The New Rules of Posture, How to sit, stand, and move in the modern world, by Mary Boyd, and hope to incorporate the exercises in the book into my daily routines. I am already doing deep breathing and love it.

    I love your blog and am inspired by your posts and stimulated by the discussions that emerge.

    Good luck with your tooth and with your exercise plans.
    Honey Bee

    • Jennifer
      May 19, 2017 / 7:17 pm

      Oh Honey Bee, thanks for sharing and I’m sending good wishes for your improvement! I adore the sound of that book and will head over to Amazon right now to see if I can get it. I am quite distressed about my posture these days and would dearly love to work on it! Your dancing sounds perfect. Having social interaction is such a terrific component to getting fit!

      • Jennifer
        May 19, 2017 / 7:19 pm

        I found it and ordered it Honey Bee, thanks so much xox

        • Honey Bee
          May 20, 2017 / 10:36 am

          You’re most welcome. My great pleasure.

  47. Linda
    May 20, 2017 / 4:53 am

    Great article and comments! I have always been a pretty healthy eater and exerciser. Unfortunately, at 56 I developed osteopenia and full blown osteoporis. I was actually quite shocked! My local gym closed two years ago, and I can’t bring myself to drive 30 minutes each way to go to the gym. I have always been a walker and do have light weights at home to use. Food can be a challenge! I have reactive hypoglycemia so have to even watch the number of fruits I eat! I took the age quiz you posted recently and it said I should live to 100 years old, so I guess I’m doing quite well!

    • Jennifer
      May 20, 2017 / 9:03 am

      Driving 30 minutes each way would stop me too, Linda! From what my readers are saying, walking may be our best friend. I also have little free weights I am unearthing from under my bed. We can do this. Good luck!!

  48. Sandra
    August 2, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    I wanted to lose also but just didn’t have the time to go to a gym. I was sure if I got it off I would keep it off.So I did nutrisystem for 2 months lost 25 pounds and feel great keeping it off and walking more

    • August 2, 2017 / 6:19 pm

      Congratulations!! Good for you!

  49. Beth
    August 3, 2017 / 3:54 am

    I appreciate your honesty about exercise and am glad to know you’re getting enough protein. My husband and I began going to the gym when we retired and it’s now a daily part of our lives. I rediscovered my childhood love – swimming. I swim laps 3 x week. I also do a circuit class for bone strength as I have osteopenia. I love group exercise and the camraderie. My husband much prefers working out on his own. I’ve made good friends through swimming and classes (we have an intense lap swimming group). I lost more weight than I should have initially and noticed hair loss, probably from not getting enough protein. What a shock! I’m now at a good weight and hair is growing back. What I want is to stop worrying about protein, carbs, and fats and go back to eating like I did before this “hair situation” – without worry about nutrition and a normal diet. Sigh. It’s always something, isn’t it? However, we’re blessed and I’m grateful.

    • August 3, 2017 / 6:18 am

      My husband is a big swimmer and goes several times a week for laps. I wish I liked the water because I know it would be easier on my joints which seem more painful every year. Good for you, Beth!! Way to go. I need to get myself onto a regular regime.

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