How This 55-Year-Old Is Finally Conquering Her Weight Struggles

This is one story from Huff/Post50's new series "This Will Be Our Year: 15 Women Over 50 Shaking Things Up In 2015." We'll be following 15 remarkable ladies throughout the year as they make a radical change in their lives, whether it's embarking on a 500-mile hike, starting a new career or attempting to find love on the Internet. Start from the beginning here. linda Linda Randle, 55, is trying to lose weight once and for all.

"I am continuing to exercise regularly and following a structured eating plan. I am walking at least 2 miles a few times a week along with strength training, because before I had primarily just been walking on the treadmill.

I am planning my meals along with eating more fruits and vegetables. I have given up soda and replaced it flavored drinks with 5 calories per serving. It’s all about making healthier choices -- like having white meat instead of dark meat, or learning to make substitutions for the foods I like, like cauliflower pizza. But food still remains a challenge. My dinner meal planning is difficult because I dash home from work and I’m famished, so I eat whatever is in sight. Many mothers, like myself, we cook for convenience. So we aren’t buying a lot of fresh things but I’m trying to change those old habits. It’s a lifestyle change and I’ve been documenting what I eat.

Now I’m focusing more on maintaining the weight loss than doing anything dramatic. I am still losing weight, just not at the pace I wanted. My goal is to be at 300 pounds or under when I have the surgery. I’m losing about two pounds per week and I have 16 pounds to go so I’m hoping to have the surgery in October.

I’m hopeful because I received clearance from the physical therapist. Now I have to work on getting clearance from the nutritionist which is the last hurdle. For me, personally, I would have thought I’d have had the surgery by now, but I have that last hindrance of nutrition. Both of my children are getting married soon and so maybe when I get to the empty nest I’ll be better at meal planning!

I’ve been a plus-size for about 20 years and to be able to go into a store and go straight to the more common sizes would be an incredible feeling. I’m also taking a cruise in February and I haven’t worn a bathing suit since junior high so that’s a big goal!"


Read the first and second parts of Linda's story!


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