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I haven’t been completely upfront with you guys 🧐. A lot is going on around here right now that I don’t talk about publicly because it’s just too personal, too difficult, and I really try to keep my personal life separate to a certain degree. Especially the hard parts. After I tell you what’s been keeping my attention lately, I hope my “5 Weight Loss Tips at 50 Years Old” will help others that are going through similar situations.

For months now, my focus has slowly gravitated off of decorating back to my children who need me now (as older teens), more than ever. As you may know, our oldest suffers from Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and was doing fantastic for a while, but has had 2 flare-ups this summer since she returned home from her first year in college. I’m happy to report that she has pulled through again, and we pray she will continue to stay healthy.

What you do not know is that our youngest suffers from several severe anxiety disorders, and does most of his schooling from home. He is also in intense treatment and I am happy to say is slowly improving.

Here's 5 Weight Loss Tips at 50 Years Old that you may not have learned about yet.  They will surely get your engine burning again!

As you can imagine, having 2 ill children at the same time can take it’s toll on mom & dad. Both illnesses are extremely debilitating in different ways. The worry, dr. appointments, and in general just caring for them while they are ill has been a struggle, however nothing matters more to me than my children (and my husband of course). Decorating just needed to take a back burner for a little while. This doesn’t mean I am going away, or closing shop. No way! I enjoy this blog and all of my readers way too much, and I need this creative outlet in my life. So please, don’t give up on me. I have lots of ideas brewing.

So, I feel this personal disclosure helps lead into the subject of today’s post. As we all know, stress breeds weight gain. On March 15, 2019 I weighed the most I have ever weighed my entire life (except when pregnant) and I decided to stop ignoring it. I just turned 50, so this comes at a time when I know a lot of women my age have the same struggles losing weight, and I hope my “5 Weight Loss Tips at 50 Years Old” help.

Here's 5 Weight Loss Tips at 50 Years Old that you may not have learned about yet.  They will surely get your engine burning again!

How I Achieved Weight Loss

I’m proud to say I’ve lost 13 pounds since that day in March and I actually surpassed my happy #. 13 pounds may not sound like a lot of weight loss, but when you think about 13 pounds of fat, it really is a big deal. So, let’s see if you can see the difference in some photos. The photo above on the left was taken October 2018 on our daughter’s birthday, and I remember feeling great that day until I saw the photos 😳. My thighs were looking plumper than usual, and as you can see, I was self conscious about my belly that I’m hiding with my hand. After that photo I basically fell into the holiday eating phase and things got worse.

The photo on the right was taken a few days ago. I finally feel comfortable wearing a tank top and showing my arms where before I hid them.

Here’s another photo below that takes a little more courage to share, but I really want to show the difference, especially in the muscle tone in my arms. The photo on the left was taken last summer and the photo on the right was taken a couple weeks ago.

Here's 5 Weight Loss Tips at 50 Years Old that you may not have learned about yet.  They will surely get your engine burning again!

TIP #1 DO CARDIO & LIFT WEIGHTS

Lifting weights has literally changed my life and the shape of my body. I’ve only done cardiovascular workouts my entire life until my husband suggested lifting weights to help tone. I tried it, and it didn’t take long before I was hooked. I could see results the very first time! The way I look at it is that the muscles all over your body are little “fat burner ovens”. Once you get that muscle fired up by lifting weights, it’s going to work very hard for you 🔥and burn more fat without you even realizing it. Ha ha, we have little fireplaces in our body.

Always consult your Dr. first before beginning an exercise routine.

I know I am very fortunate to have my husband as my trainer. He is extremely gentle and supportive and backs off when he knows I’ve had enough 😆. If you don’t know anyone like this that you can partner up with, the gym is a great place to ask. Most gyms offer free training with a membership. Joining our local gym was the best decision we ever made. It is worth every single penny and more to be honest. My husband & I meet here 2-3 times per week, and it is where we “connect” as couple. I’m not going to lie, working out together has increased our libido and sex is better because I feel better.

Here's 5 Weight Loss Tips at 50 Years Old that you may not have learned about yet.  They will surely get your engine burning again!

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Okay, maybe a little TMI there, but hey I’m not messing around here. I want you to understand the difference this weight loss has made in my life. Going to the gym clears my mind, helps me feel more in control of all the stress I spoke of earlier, and makes me feel sexier and prettier. BOOM.

Here’s my track that I run on. I usually do 30 minutes of cardio (15 bike/15 track) and then I do 30 minutes of weight training. Some days I do one or the other. On days that I weight train I increase my protein and always have a snack ready right after. Click here for one of the high protein snacks I eat after. That leads me to tip #2…

Here's 5 Weight Loss Tips at 50 Years Old that you may not have learned about yet.  They will surely get your engine burning again!

TIP #2 LOW CARB/HIGH PROTEIN BREAKFAST

I eat eggs and fruit every day for breakfast. Trashing that 300 calorie bagel that made me crash 30 minutes after I eat it gives me so much more energy and less bloat. Now I get high off protein that keeps me full longer and keeps my blood sugar level. I call this my “Rainbow Breakfast” and here’s another favorite “137 Calorie Power Taco“.

Note: I do a combination of low carb and low calorie while trying to lose pounds. I’ve tried both separately and feel I’m a bit too old now to stick to the Keto plan, but I know it works great for folks that have more than 20 to lose.

Here's 5 Weight Loss Tips at 50 Years Old that you may not have learned about yet.  They will surely get your engine burning again!

TIP #3 ORDER PREPARED LOW CALORIE MEALS “A La Cart”

Lunch is one of the hardest meals for me to go low calorie because I get really hungry for that second meal of the day. Talk about HANGRY-LOOK OUT! Lunch usually comes after I work out, so I feel like I could eat a horse.

Years ago I did Nutra System and fell in love with their a la cart “grilled chicken sandwich (200 calories)” and their “grilled hamburger (240 calories)”. I order 10 of each which come frozen so I can keep them in the freezer. They are very very satisfying, tasty, and packed with protein. I add a tomato to mine and a little ketchup/mayo.

Note: I heat my patty in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees and then toast the bun in the oven for a minute.

Here's 5 Weight Loss Tips at 50 Years Old that you may not have learned about yet.  They will surely get your engine burning again!

Here’s a company you may not of heard of… Clean Eatz. By the way I am not being paid for this. They don’t know me, but I wish they would give me some free food 😆. I tried a few of their “clean” meals under the “build your own plan” and WOW. Every single meal I tried I loved-I am not kidding. They are all very tasty and satisfying. My favorite is the Beef and Broccoli (see below) that I hoarded because they were switching the menu. I believe it comes back around again and if it does I completely recommend it. The Beef and Broccoli is not low carb and contains a little brown rice. The beef is very tender and out of this world fantastic.

Note: I keep my “meals” to under 400 calories but everyone should calculate calorie information in a calorie calculator that tells you how many calories you need to lose/maintain. The Beef and Broccoli was around 300 calories and again, packed with protein.

One last point about ordering pre-made food…I know cost is a concern, but if you are decreasing your groceries/gas, you can save there. In addition, eating out and paying a tip is way more expensive than this Beef and Broccoli which cost $7.99.

FYI-if you are enjoying this “5 Weight Loss Tips at 50” article you may enjoy Julie’s low calorie recipes found here.

Here's 5 Weight Loss Tips at 50 Years Old that you may not have learned about yet.  They will surely get your engine burning again!

TIP #4 ADD LOW CALORIE INGREDIENTS TO MEALS TO INCREASE VOLUME

As you may know, I love to cook. Now, although I love to make all kinds of dishes, I do tend to gravitate towards healthier options like ground chicken meatballs, and my all-time most popular healthy recipe is of course “Chicken Loretta“. Sometimes though, I do a little trick that helps keep calories low with every day type dishes. For example, frozen ravioli. I love frozen beef ravioli because it’s so quick. 5 minutes in boiling water and then throw a jar of pre-made sauce on it. That’s great and all, but if you eat too many you are getting too many calories in one meal.

My trick is to saute low calorie foods in cooking spray to add to the ravioli before I add the sauce. Below you’ll see what I sauteed right before I added the cooked ravioli and sauce. Mushroom, onions, peppers, olives, zucchini, carrots, cabbage, and artichokes are some of my favorite add-ins. Sometimes I add big whole mushrooms to my tomato sauce to fill in for meatballs.

Here's 5 Weight Loss Tips at 50 Years Old that you may not have learned about yet.  They will surely get your engine burning again!

One more addition to this tip is to get to know “spaghetti squash”. I use it in place of noodles with spaghetti and meatballs, and casseroles. It bakes up super easy, here’s how I do mine:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Wash & dry spaghetti squash. Cut in half and scoop out seeds to discard. Drizzle a little olive oil and sprinkle a little salt & pepper on squash. Place halves on sprayed cookie sheet upside down and bake 1 hour. Use fork to pull out strands and use just like noodles. I enjoy it plain, too.

Here's 5 Weight Loss Tips at 50 Years Old that you may not have learned about yet.  They will surely get your engine burning again!

TIP #5 INDULGE ONCE A WEEK

My last “5 weight loss tips at 50” is to keep your furnace burning by indulging once a week on your favorite food. This will not only help keep cravings at bay, it will trick your metabolism and you will burn more calories when you get back to eating better again. I had 2 pieces of this pizza pie on my birthday and my weight actually went down the next day. Happy birthday, to me.

Here's 5 Weight Loss Tips at 50 Years Old that you may not have learned about yet.  They will surely get your engine burning again!

I’m very proud of myself and that isn’t something that comes easy for me to say. I struggle with self confidence every single day. My husband tells me I’m beautiful sometimes 3 times a day, but still it has to be felt from the inside. Taking some time for myself at the gym during a very difficult time has helped me avoid depression, given me back my health that was on a downward spiral, and now I feel like Julie again.

Here's 5 Weight Loss Tips at 50 Years Old that you may not have learned about yet.  They will surely get your engine burning again!

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Here's 5 Weight Loss Tips at 50 Years Old that you may not have learned about yet.  They will surely get your engine burning again!

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56 Responses

  1. carol bittner says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! You look great and should be very proud. Those before and after pics are beautiful; I’m happy for you. You really look happy!! So very sorry to hear about your girls. I knew from a post long ago about the first one. You and your hubby have your plate full; I know your children are are ‘your world’ and you are taking very good care of them. Also know that all this brings with it the dreaded STRESS. I’m happy to hear you and hubby are ‘taking good care of each other’ also. God bless you all.

    • Julie says:

      Hi Carol! You are so kind, thank you so much for such a thoughtful comment and for being such a loyal reader-and most of all for your frienship!

  2. Beverly Troup says:

    Congratulations on the weight loss! I would love your e book.

  3. Darlene says:

    GREAT JOB! The hard work really paid off, you look Amazing Julie!💜

  4. Anne says:

    I agree with your husband – you ARE beautiful! Congrats on the weight loss and thanks for sharing your tips!

  5. Kyle says:

    I completely understand and you are getting to that menopause stage of life. I hit the same wall in April. My husband and I said no more. We have been working our way down to our best weights. My husband is less that 3 pounds from his weight and I still have a ways to go but have lost almost 20 pounds. It is a slow process. For us being in our 60’s, we realized for the first time we have to count calories and we need a lot less than we used to be able to eat. All I can say is good going and praying for you all!

    • Julie says:

      Very very true, Kyle! Menopause is knocking on my door and I’m pretending not to be home, lol! Congratulations on both your weight losses!!!

  6. Lorri Rauscher says:

    You look great…thanks for weight loss tips. Would not give up on you, you are so creative. Sorry about your daughter and son but they have a great Mom and Dad looking after them.Keep up the good work and God bless you and your family.❤

  7. Barbara says:

    Your Fabulous at Fifty body looks more like Thriving at Thirty. So inspiring to read your story and thanks so much for sharing!

  8. Nancy says:

    Sweet Julie, I am sooo proud of my former Buffalo girl! First of all, I think it is good that you shared the family health challenges as I am sure there are readers who face similar situations every day. When my stepmother was very ill at the end of her life the sharing from friends helped Ross and me make sense of it all and support her with more understanding.
    Second, YES the whole eating/exercising is never ending. You have a handle on it now and I think you are doing a wonderful job! Besides that I am saving this post to look back at for ideas as I get bored with lunches! A big hug and congratulations!

    • Julie says:

      That is a great idea! Lunch is always a tough one for me. I swear I could honestly eat a big mac and fries for it every day. Now I treat myself with a small hamburger once a week.

  9. Tracey Alvernaz says:

    Great job! You look great!!

  10. Rita Ramirez says:

    Congratulations Julie! The struggle is real! We have to stay healthy ourselves to be able to tend to those whom need us, no matter how old they are. Keep up the good work. You look wonderful! Rita

  11. Ramona Ann Oertel says:

    Congratulations Julie, I have struggled with weight my whole life and at 68 years old decided it was time to take care of myself. In 18 months I have lost 86 lbs. You look fantastic and are an inspiration to us all. Thank you for sharing your family’s story and I will keep you all in my prayers. ❤❤

  12. Diane says:

    Wow, you look great, not just saying either . . . I know how hard it is . . .
    I am in the same spot except I have 16 years on you, some things never change. Stress is responsible for a whole bunch of things and weight gain is definitely close to the top of the list. I am a recent cancer survivor, husband 1 yr into Parkinson’s diagnosis and taking care of my 92 almost 93 yr old Mom, in the middle of a house move (after 25 yrs) and building new home. When I look at this list I could scare myself but I realize that when I am happy with myself, it propels me on to be healthier as well, for myself and my family which by the way includes 2 healthy grandchildren. As a former aerobic instructor and fitness freak still, exercise gets into your soul. It may take a nap now and then but always returns because it works and you are a great example. You have shown taking care of yourself is necessary for sound body and healthy mind. You have motivated me to get up and get going again, I have been “napping” long enough. Thank you for posting your journey 🌈

  13. Kaycee says:

    Hi Julie, Girl I am so proud of you! You look amazing, but more importantly, you feel amazing!!!
    It is so difficult to stop and take the time you need to take care of yourself, and you did just that. When Momma is healthy and strong, there isn’t much that you can’t slay!!! I can’t imagine the courage it took for you to share so much, but I am sure you helped may by sharing and I thank you! You and your family are in my prayers everyday!!

  14. Sara says:

    You are such an inspiration! I too eat when I’m stressed and always envied friends who COULDNT eat while they were stressed. You look great and thanks for the weight loss tips. Being diabetic, I have to watch carbs so your tips fit in with my lifestyle! Thanks and hope your kids stay healthy!

  15. Nancy says:

    WOW ! Best info I have seen!! Thank you!!

  16. Mari says:

    You look great & an inspiration.

  17. Good for you…hot mama! Thanks for sharing your story and some of your tips.

  18. Debbie ODonnell says:

    Great job!! You look amazing 😀

  19. great Job love, Mom and Dad in NY.

  20. Erica says:

    You look fantastic! Thank you for sharing. Good luck to you and know you are not alone. All people have difficult things to deal with in their lives. I hope you continue to take care of yourself and keep your marriage special! I always enjoy your very positive blog. You are a sweet person.

  21. Cheryl Foley says:

    Thank you for this refreshingly honest take on losing weight at 50. You look fabulous! I am inspired.

  22. Debbie says:

    You have totally inspired me. You look amazing. It’s important we look after ourselves as well as our family.

  23. Kathleen says:

    Dear Julie: All these people are right with their “congrats” and “you SHOULD feel proud! I want to say “ShowOff!” at that beautiful bikini picture, but that’s only my jealousy speaking! Stay strong and keep up the good work and thanks for the tips. Hopefully some of the inspiration will rub off on me.

  24. carmen says:

    Thank you so much, you have been a big help and a big congratulations to you!!

  25. Tina says:

    May I send you a private message? Email? I’m dealing with the extra weight for sure and love your tips but the story about your children tugs at my heart. Check out rebekahsangels.org. It’s my daughter’s foundation. She is a Boston bombing survivor. My youngest daughter has major anxiety probably from dealing with her sister as she fought hard to save her leg those months after the bombing. She is homeschooled also. Would love to share our story and what we’ve found that helps with you. Through Rebekah’s foundation, we are seeing families changed.

  26. Vicki Philp says:

    Congratulations on taking charge of your life and health! As you know to look after others you have to look after yourself. A fact wives and mothers tend to forget as we look after family and animals
    I like your hint of having a little of what you like to avoid total diet crashes. Mine is 95 percent dark chocolate and sour dough bread
    I’m not a great sweet eater and usually prefer to eat fruit and hey I love your watermelon cake
    And I have been making homemade soup with garlic sourdough bread
    I have been on keto but don’t follow it stringently as you can see. I don’t know how much I have lost but my clothes are looser. It’s a long journey and I’ll keep plugging away
    I’m 69 and I think allergic to exercise. So walking along the beach is best for me
    Good luck on your journey

  27. TRox says:

    I have been going through a stressful time period with my husband and son in medical conditions. I looked in the mirror the other day and BaM! Where did those pound come from? Your article and tips have given me a lot of encouragement and the nudge to take a little bit more care of myself. I appreciate the courage it took to share and want you to know that it has really helped me!
    Thank you!

  28. Stephanie says:

    Congratulations on your weight loss. You always look amazing. 👍🏻👍🏻

  29. Girl, you look great, Hats off to you! My heart hurts for your children. Nothing hurts a mom more than seeing their children struggle or in pain (emotionally or physically). I pray that there are no more arthritis flare-ups in your daughter’s future.
    As someone who has suffered with severe anxiety in the past, I can relate. There is so much baggage that goes along with it–learned coping behaviors, one’s world becoming smaller and smaller and so much more. It’s an awful way to live and affects every single part of your life and confidence if allowed to continue for too long (I went nearly 20 years before anxiety disorder was even recognized as a valid medical issue). Medication was a turning point for me, but finding the right one can take some doing. I would love to fill you in on what I learned while actually working for a mental health practitioner. If medication is something you want to explore there is a test out there that actually tells which types of medications work with a persons DNA for the best result. I also had wonderful results with behavior modification therapy when things improved to “undo” the learned behaviors/beliefs that “I ” implemented myself to cope, but that were holding me back once I got a handle on the anxiety. Getting all of this under control is pivotal to living a complete life. I admit, medication scared me, but living my life with anxiety and panic attacks and depression was not an option. I was actually agoraphobic for over 5 years at one point. No way to live! I often wonder where I would be now if I could have gone to college, traveled, etc. Please message me if you want to talk. And yes Mama, taking care of yourself (and your hubby) is so important. Prayers out to your family my friend and thanks for sharing. my blog post on anxiety & depression was the most difficult one I ever wrote, but the responses were wonderful and heartwarming. I think you are finding out that our readers truly care and that’s an amazing gift! Luv ya

    • Julie says:

      Thank you, Karen! What is that DNA test called? He is in treatment now and we have a very good psychologist and psychiatrist.

  30. angela carrera says:

    way to go!!!! good for you!!!! I do try, I walk everyday in the summer when I’m off from work. I try to eat healthy…thanks for your tips….will try harder. but WINE is my downfall. I love it!!! ugh.

    sincerely,

    Angela from NJ

  31. Robyn Voight says:

    Congratulations on your weight loss journey and success, Julie! You look amazing and your hard work is very inspiring! Many prayers that both Daphne and Vic both continue to improve with each of their struggles. I totally understand as a mom, that it is so hard to watch our kids hurt, whether emotionally or physically. Your kids are so fortunate to have such a strong support system through you and Rick. I wish nothing but the best for your family!

  32. Mary says:

    You look fantastic. I too have a daughter who struggles with a dabilitating disease and is also bipolar. It is a struggle for her and for me and can be very depressing. I love your posts and I think this one will help a lot of people. Sometime you feel very lonely and it helps to know that you aren’t alone. Thank you for sharing. Not only are you beautiful on the outside but you are truly beautiful on the inside. Much love to you.

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