Start Weight:(25 Oct 12) 128.0 lb
Current Weight:(13 Apr 14) 121.2 lb
Goal Weight:122.0 lb
following: Ruhu's own diet
performance: losing 0.4 lb a week

I'm a 54 year old mother of 2 boys who both are in college -- one living away from home & one who returned home this year to finish his college degree. I was overweight as a child and struggled with binging in my twenties after my sister passed away. After getting married & having my sons, my eating and weight seemed to stabilize until recently. I started craving sugar horribly & began eating for emotional reasons, possibly in response to menopause, being an empty nester & having my Mom diagnosed with Alzheimer's. I've been working to find a way to live and eat healthfully. This journey has lead me through many different ways of eating, but what's working best currently is eating mindfully, paleo/primal and staying gluten, lactose & sugar aware. I had been at about 120 pounds for years, give or take a few, but seem to be averaging closer to 125 now. I'd love to get back to 120, but am realizing that as I age, that may be unrealistic. I'm an avid tennis player & workout most days that I don't play tennis. I know it's weird but I actually like to workout. I'm so happy to have found great support here on fatsecret.

FatSecret member since: 24 Sep 12

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Ruhu's Latest Member Challenges

  Say NO to Sugar 2
status: In Progress
currently: Week 3 of 4
end date: Tuesday 29 Apr 14
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  Say NO to sugar
status: Completed
ended: 29 Mar 14
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Ruhu's Cookbook

cals: 282kcal | fat: 21.96g | carbs: 6.38g | prot: 16.00g
Egg & Asparagus Medley
An incredibly simple yet delicious guilt-free dish, perfect for a light meal.
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Ruhu's Latest Posts

Weekends are terrible
I find it harder on the weekends too, so must find that fine-tune that Draglist & Calyn have! One weekend at a time, right?!?
posted 31 Mar 2014, 12:47
Emotional eaters - and resulting yo-yo weight?
I hear myself in all of your posts! For me too, emotional eating has become my "go-to" to deal with stress, fatigue, sadness, anxiety, etc. I have to keep reminding myself that it's such a habit now, that it will take time to "re-wire" my now natural instincts to eat these emotions, rather than healthfully express, release or sit with them. I hope we can keep this thread going & continue to support each other on our journeys! xoxox
posted 15 Mar 2014, 06:10
Emotional eaters - and resulting yo-yo weight?
You've got this fellow emotional eater's support, anytime you need it! What's helped me tremendously is working to eat & live mindfully. I'm a huge proponent of Dr. Michelle May's "Am I Hungry?" approach. (She has a book & web site.) I just sent you a buddy request & would love to stay in touch. Good luck!
posted 14 Mar 2014, 13:09
Older women????
Can I join the party? I'm 54 but guess I'm technically through/in menopause as my periods stopped when I turned 50. I'll never forget my gynecologist telling me 50 was the average age -- I had my 50th birthday & never another period! I've had a fairly easy time through menopause, mainly after making some dietary changes. Unrelated to menopause, I struggled with acid reflux & allergies. After going through an elimination diet & realizing that gluten and lactose negatively impacted these, I gave both up & now my allergies and reflux are so much better. Last spring was my first not needing to take daily allergy medsSmile. But, night sweats & mood swings persisted which I realized corresponded with me eating sugar. So, I've now also eliminated added sugar from my diet (as much as possible) and I'm sleeping & feeling so much better. Thanks for creating this thread for us older gals to share!
posted 13 Mar 2014, 06:09
Struggling to cut out certain foods
I've eliminated gluten, lactose & now added sugar as they all impact me negatively -- stomach issues, allergies & sleep problems. Sugar has been the hardest, but I've come to realize that some us do best eating all/any foods in moderation & some (like me) need to completely abstain. I was finding with sugar that each time I'd eat it again, I'd want more or fight intense cravings. I'm been off it now for over 2 months & feel so much better. The first weeks were the hardest, but I just tried to focus on all the good foods I could eat, and taking it one day or meal or moment at a time! Good luck to you… we're each on our own journey, so you need to keep trying to see what works for you!
posted 12 Mar 2014, 11:59
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17 April 2014

Mom's been moved to rehab back at her retirement home and so happy to be out the hospital. It'll be easier for me too, as I'm staying in the hospitality ...
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16 April 2014

I first of all have to say thank you all so much for the love & support! I've been feeling it & it does help so! Mom has slowly been getting stronger, ...
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