Shaping Up After 60 With Faster Way To Fat Loss

Shaping up after 60: my progress in the Faster Way to Fat Loss program. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Back in July, I decided to use this time to make some positive changes and improve my fitness and health. I re-joined Faster Way To Fat Loss (after a half-hearted initial attempt a couple of years ago) and am in my 7th week of the program. Now that I’m actually beginning to see some changes, I thought I’d share them with you.

When I first started FWTFL, I wanted to be realistic about my goals. I’ve never been “thin” without a lot of struggle. First, that’s just not my body type. Years of eating disorders and yo-yo dieting from my teens through 30’s left me with a glacial metabolism. And our post-menopausal bodies are more inclined to hang onto weight, especially in the belly.

Shaping up after 60…it IS possible

So I began the process with tempered expectations. I mostly wanted to increase my lean body mass, gain strength and the stamina to help me age well and be able to keep doing the things I love. I’m making progress on all of those, but have also lost some inches in the process. And…I’m not complaining.

Susan B. of une femme d'un certain age shares her progress in the Faster Way to Fat Loss program.

As I mentioned in last Saturday’s post, the initial boost in energy and increases in strength were what kept me going for the first few weeks. But I’m pleased that my pants are fitting better (those that were tight now fit well, and those that were a little loose are sliding down). My stomach seems flatter, and my posture better.

A flatter stomach was one of the first changes I could see after 6 weeks in the Faster Way to Fat Loss program. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

What I Like About FWTFL

  • The program is comprehensive. It incorporates intermittent fasting, nutrition, carb cycling, and targeted workouts.
  • It’s flexible. You can follow the weekly meal guide or not. You just track your food (focusing on “macros” e.g. Protein, Carbs, and Fat)
  • We’re encouraged to stick with whole foods, so it’s high in fiber and micronutrients. It’s not about selling you a bunch of supplements, prepackaged meals or meal replacements.
  • There are no foods that are off-limits, though it’s recommended to eliminate or minimize dairy and gluten. (I still occasionally enjoy a piece of cheese or small hunk of bread, just not daily.)
  • You can do the video workouts provided on the app or do your own or none at all. (I do most of the workouts and LOVE them!)
  • Because the workouts are available through the app on a tablet or smartphone, they’re portable. You can do them anywhere!
  • The coaches and community are very knowledgable, helpful and encouraging. “Progress over perfection” is the mantra, so it’s about doing the best you can on any given day.
  • It’s based on sound, current science. (Many nutritionists, endocrinologists and other health professionals are now embracing the benefits of intermittent fasting, and have been on-board with whole-food nutrition for some time.)

If the thought of “intermittent fasting” is making you nervous, it’s quite do-able. It just means that you consume your meals within an 8-hour window, and fast (water, plain coffee, and tea OK) for the remaining 16. For me, that means I usually eat between noon and 8pm, and fast for the rest of the time. (Several hours of which are spent sleeping.) Some days if I’m really hungry, I’ll break the fast an hour or so early. That’s fine too.

What might surprise you…

We’re often told that we need to eat less and move more, but we may be overdoing it and depressing our metabolism-boosting hormones. I was really shocked at how much food I was supposed to eat daily, and was sure I’d be bursting out of my clothes within weeks. And the workouts are all around 30 minutes; that’s all you need if it’s targeted.

And speaking of hormones, FWTFL is designed to reduce Cortisol. That’s the “stress hormone” that makes us store belly fat, interferes with sleep, increases blood pressure and has been correlated with a host of other chronic illnesses. (My blood pressure, which has been creeping higher for the last couple of years, is now back down into the normal range.)

If you’d like to learn more about how fitness and nutrition can impact your hormones, sign up for this FREE online training, Tuesday Sept. 15 at 12p ET.

And if you’d like to sign up for the next Faster Way To Fat Loss session beginning September 21 (with my awesome friend Karen as your coach), just click here 👇

Follow Karen on Instagram HERE.

Have you tried intermittent fasting? If so is it something you do regularly?

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(No, that top isn’t one of my best colors. But all of my workout tops are baggy, so I opted for the most fitted tee I had for these photos… 😆 )

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31 Comments

  1. Ann
    September 12, 2020 / 5:02 am

    Are you paying for it or are you getting it free for advertising on your blog?

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      September 12, 2020 / 5:14 am

      I’m paying for it.

  2. September 12, 2020 / 5:19 am

    I am so pleased for you. Losing wright and inches, better posture and more to eat. Sounds like heaven. I have joined yoga classes. See what that brings.
    Greetje

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      September 12, 2020 / 5:38 am

      I really miss my yoga classes, but have incorporated some of my favorite moves to do at home. I find it very relaxing and centering. Enjoy!

  3. September 12, 2020 / 5:23 am

    I really like the idea of a long term health program that doesn’t rely on prepackaged meals or supplements. So many times those programs fail when you try to introduce “normal” foods back into your meals. I am fascinated with the “fasting” component of this program.
    Well, you certainly look amazing and your testimony to having increased energy makes me want to know more. At this time in my life, improving my balance is a huge concern also. Thanks for all this valuable information.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      September 12, 2020 / 5:39 am

      Yes, balance is a huge issue for me too! Doing Pilates has helped with that, and the workout videos in the program have a lot of moves that are helping my balance too.

  4. Francesca B.
    September 12, 2020 / 6:12 am

    I would love to do the program as I hear good things about it but currently me and mine are both unemployed (entertainment industry) and so it is not going to happen. We are both in our fifities and the world is tough for the self employed. I wish there could be a “pay what you afford option” during unprecedented times like these, as exercise is key to reducing stress and helping you feel empowered. My lovely yoga instructor has moved to an online version of classes since her business has been closed during the pandemic, and I do that. She has significantly reduced the price too if there is a need and it is all confidential. Bless her lovely heart. Shame more companies are not doing that and “reading the times”.We could all do with something to reduce stress and promote health. I have given up alcohol and that is really helping me. You are looking good Susan, well done!

  5. Candy
    September 12, 2020 / 6:18 am

    I have done intermittent fasting for more than a year now. It has improved my sleep, gotten rid of indigestion and stomach problems, and helped me shed a few pounds. I did a lot of research and talked to a dietitian who suggested the easiest way is a 12-hour fast starting when dinner is over (for me, around 7-8 pm) until breakfast the next day (7-8 am). This gets rid of nighttime snacking and the bulk of the fasting time is while you are sleeping. I drink water now while I watch TV after dinner. P.S. My husband pooh-poohed the whole idea, but I notice he has slowly cut back on his nighttime noshing. When his heartburn went away, he stopped the snacks entirely.

  6. September 12, 2020 / 6:25 am

    Hi Susan-you look terrific! Thanks to you, I joined with Karen as my coach in the Aug 24th session. Feeling progress, love the program and I, too wanted to gain strength, lose belly fat and feel better in my clothes in my mid-60’s. The exercises are challenging, but with modifications and low-impact versions, I am trying to get through them and improve over time. I do enjoy the variety and there is little time commitment. I was a health & wellness certified coach with a extremely low-cal pre-packaged food diet program, but after a few years, & the weight crept back with real food, I decided I had to win the battle with good, healthy food! This program fits the bill! Keep it up, Susan!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      September 12, 2020 / 6:29 am

      Wonderful to hear it, Judy! Isn’t Karen the BEST?? 🙂

      • Karen Karlsen
        September 14, 2020 / 2:50 pm

        So so happy for you Judy you are doing a great job and really putting the effort in to learn the process and do the initial learning. It’s a game changer. We eat like it’s our job! K

      • September 14, 2020 / 3:23 pm

        Yes, Karen is the best! She is inspiring, uplifting and smart! Always good to follow her advice.

  7. Ronda Castleberry
    September 12, 2020 / 7:02 am

    You look fantastic, Susan. After you register, are the workout videos available on YouTube or do you have to watch them on your computer or phone? Not sure about the accountability/support community aspect. Is that just a Facebook group?

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      September 12, 2020 / 7:04 am

      Hi Ronda, thanks! The workout videos are available through the app on a smartphone or tablet. The community aspect is on Facebook, and the level of participation is up to you.

      • Ronda Castleberry
        September 12, 2020 / 7:24 am

        Thank you, Susan. You are always an inspiration. I appreciate how much you love life!

  8. Karen
    September 12, 2020 / 7:09 am

    Congratulations, Susan! When I retired six years ago, I finally had time to commit to a regular exercise program and began working with a personal trainer twice a week. I added another one or two sessions myself at the gym, and walked with a friend for a fifth day. While I was not really overweight, I was 10 pounds lighter and one-two sizes smaller after a year, and have stayed at those levels. Even with COVID, and our gym closing for months, working out at home with weights (trainers had given me travel workouts) and the purchase of a bosu ball, plus additional weekly five mile walks with a friend, I have maintained most of my strength (I do not have a weight bench at home and miss that) and all of my weight loss and smaller size. I do notice I am not quite as firm as I was but I’m sure that’s due to working out 2-3 times per week rather than 4-5, and not having access to all the targeted equipment.
    We have always been pretty healthy eaters. I did cut back on sweets, but find that eating a few a week is OK. I also make sure I bake them and don’t allow myself to buy them, another “hurdle!” (OK, I buy something once in a while at our farmers’ market.)
    The point is, we are doing this for ourselves to be healthier, stronger and happier, and to feel better as we age, and it does not happen overnight–it’s work and a commitment, but worth it, for all the reasons you mentioned.

  9. Colleen
    September 12, 2020 / 7:13 am

    I started IF in January not even knowing what it was. I was just looking back at the healthiest time in my life– in my 30’s and 40’s and realized I fasted most of the day because I was so busy. In Feb I stumbled upon the books Delay, Don’t Deny and The Obesity Code which really helped me understand the benefits of fasting. I eat in a 6-hour window. I’ve only lost 10 pounds, but a total of 6 inches from my waist and hips. And I pretty much eat what I want in that 6-hour window, including gluten, sugar, and alcohol. I’d like to cut back on sugar and gluten, but in the middle of a pandemic, I’m just happy to have lost weight and not gained!

  10. sosusam
    September 12, 2020 / 7:33 am

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience. (And I’m glad to know you’re feeling healthier and stronger these days! Not easy during a pandemic.) Ever since you mentioned FWtFL–this time around–I’ve been curious, but have had trouble finding reviews that sound, er, real. It’s so helpful to hear your thoughts on this. The price is steep for me, but I’m interested in finding out more, so I’ll check out the video session on Sept 15. Thanks again–and congrats on finding a program that works well for you.

    • Amy
      September 13, 2020 / 6:06 pm

      You look great! I am doing a “frugal” (aka free!) variation of this and it’s working well so far. Eating only during an 8 hour window (11am -7pm) tracking points on Weight Watchers (free membership through my employer and WW allows me to eat what I want in moderation – could never give up dairy or gluten!) and doing free 30 minute barre3 classes on youtube every morning (during my fasting time).

  11. Susanne
    September 12, 2020 / 7:37 am

    Susan, I’m quite tempted to give this a try ( Your well-written post is very convincing.) Do you feel this is a maintainable “long term” lifestyle approach? My concern would be if it feels too contrived with counting macros, and meeting each day’s differenting requirements for carbs, proteins, and fats.

    • Konda
      September 12, 2020 / 8:41 am

      Replying to Susanne, I am 70 years old and throughout my life maintained an excercise routine of mostly running then walking. Being a retired nurse, I should have the knowledge of how to eat smart but I really lost my way, especially once I’m hungry I can eat a whole lot. At my age, the last few years, the pounds just packed on where I felt lost. One year ago I started FWTFL and it was exactly what I needed. It really educated me regarding food and excercise. I had wonderful success with gaining strength, losing weight and inches and feeling fantastic. After about 5 months I had surpassed my initial goal of 10 pounds and 1 pant size down and felt very comfortable doing it on my own with what I learned. Now 1 year later I’m 20 pounds down, even through the quarantine because of the education I received. I highly recommend trying it. I now do the same type targeted excercises using You tube and my YMCA and continue to mostly eat with whole food nutrition in mind. It was just what I needed.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      September 12, 2020 / 9:27 am

      Hi Susanne, I do think it’s sustainable for a couple of reasons. First, after doing the program for a while you get a sense of what foods and portions will achieve your targets. Second, it’s not an “all or nothing” approach. I anticipate that when we travel again I won’t track for those days. Third, I’m not hungry all the time and have no cravings. Yes, there is a little more effort with meal planning and food prep, but I think that’s true with any whole foods based eating plan.

  12. Linda
    September 12, 2020 / 7:52 am

    I’ve been intermittent fasting for some time and do not snack. I’ve been battling with SIBO for two years and meal spacing is part of the treatment plan. Five days a week I eat at 8,1, and 6, with a 14 hour fast. The additional two days I fast 18 hours and only eat lunch and dinner at 12 and 6. I always try and pack a lot of quality nutrients in those two meals. I’m never really hungry, which makes it easy to do. Though they say it takes a least six weeks to develop a new habit. Intermittent fasting in addition to being good for your gut is supposed to help with longevity as it allows time for cell renewal.

  13. Renee Session
    September 12, 2020 / 9:44 am

    Thank you for sharing. You look great.

  14. Judy Eckersley
    September 12, 2020 / 10:30 am

    How much does it cost?

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      September 12, 2020 / 11:12 am

      It depends on the length of time you sign up for. All the the details are at the registration link.

  15. Eve
    September 12, 2020 / 1:04 pm

    I eat between 10 and 4 most days but will have a small snack at 6 if I feel hungry. I actually started this after my gall bladder was removed. It’s better to go to bed on an empty stomach.
    The exercise is a challenge because I bruise easily so sit-ups will have me so sore in a short time. I tried walking and got a very sore hip. I start slow but usually ends up too sore to continue. I keep a normal weight so I look fine but I know I’m not fit.

    • Lagatta de Montréal
      September 13, 2020 / 3:52 pm

      Can you cycle? Less harsh on the joints than walking.

  16. Lynne Greenwood
    September 12, 2020 / 5:29 pm

    I’m almost 71 and have been IF since March. I usually eat in a 4 hour window, 4p-8p. I am down about a pound a week. Losing my belly, no restrictions but usually eat pretty healthy. If I want to do lunch, I just adjust my eating times (window). Feel great. Was pre-diabetic but now my fasting glucose is in the 80s-90s. No longer contemplating carpel tunnel surgery! The DDD book and her new one are great! Feast, Fast, Repeat! Gin Stephens..

  17. Brenda
    September 13, 2020 / 5:04 pm

    You look great, Susan, and I appreciate your posts on this.

    While I really hate the title, “The Obesity Code”, is a great book to read if you are interested in intermittent fasting and the science behind it. I’m contemplating signing up for the FWFL but do not think I can give up eating dairy.

    I already don’t eat meat so finding good sources of protein without dairy would feel very restrictive. While I do cook vegetarian meals, most “vegan meals” I have tried with cashew cheese etc. are pretty pale substitutes for the real thing.

  18. Anna Van Munster
    September 14, 2020 / 11:51 pm

    Great to hear! I started getting closer to sports last year for the same reasons – to maintain ability to do/enjoy things longer and now going 4 times a week to the sport club doing variety of classes (body pump, yoga, joy walk). Also try to reduce carbs (especially sugar). Indeed it works! Feel much stronger and energetic. I guess it also played not-so-small role in my post-covid recovery (by then, of course, practiced at home – dog never got SO much walking, heh)

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