I hope this isn't a heated or controversial topic, but I really just want to chat about this.
I'm 47, and have been reasonably trim and fit (though curvy) most of my life, but in the last two years, man oh man, WHY is it suddenly so difficult to keep the weight off? Despite my best efforts, it's been creeping up and up steadily and methods that have worked just fine in the past no longer work at all!
I'd just like to lose the 10 pounds I've gained in the last 3-5 years but they won't budge!! I can't even shift ONE of those pounds, at least, not without it coming right back as soon as I glance away for a moment.
I won't get into exactly what I eat at the moment, as everyone has opinions on what works and what doesn't, but I'll just say that what I consider a healthy diet has always worked for me. Any time I saw my weight creeping up after some period of unhealthy eating or inactivity, I'd go back to what has always worked for me (OK little to no sugar/refined carbs, lots of vegetables and fruit, minimal meat, regular and often heavy exercise, as a permanent lifestyle thing and not a "diet") and it worked. Now I do all that and the weight still just comes and comes. I bought a larger pair of jeans last year and now I'm bulging out of those, and I no longer go in at the waist. When I exercise I feel it's harder to move my body at the pace I used to be capable of.
My mother says, "You can't have a girlish figure forever" but I want to fight this whole middle-aged spread thing!! When I was 40-43 I was in great shape and feeling a little smug about knowing how to keep weight off when I wanted to, and thinking everyone who said "you tend to gain weight as you get older" just didn't know enough about proper eating, or got too lazy to exercise, but it's happening to me now, and I am no longer smug.
I don't expect to look 20 years old again or model-thin, but can I please just have my waist back and quit busting out of all my clothes? Is this possible after 45? 10 lb doesn't sound like a lot to lose, but I just don't understand why I can't even shift ONE of those pounds!