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Hi everyone,I am Peggy,I love in NC,I'm 57 yrs old,and I have well over 50lbs to lose.My dr suggested strongly that I try the weight loss surgery,gastric bypass....but I just do not want to go the surgery route if I can help it. I have health problems that really limit exercise,but I don't believe that I can't exercise at all,as long as I am careful,and the dr agree's. I can't walk outsie due to balance problems,and breathing problems in this heat,but I do have a treadmill.I also have a small home gym for strength training. One problem is I need people to encourage me, or accountabilty,and understanding when the going gets hard.SinceI don't have a big circle of friends who are obese,or who understand,Im trying this online forum.I feel like if I don't do something NOW,its too late and my life will be even shorter.It'd be nice to be thinner,but my MAIN goal is to be stronger,and healthier. So...here goes..I'm ready to embark on a "getting healthier and fitter" for my personal health situation,as possible! I have my dr's blessing;so i am hoping to make weight loss/fitness friends here,to support and advise me. Thank you for having me as a member.
I am sorry I missed your posting June 22nd. Please forgive the delay in saying hello and welcome! I signed up in April and had 60lbs to lose of which I have now lost 20lbs so still have 40lbs to go. My target is to be 135lbs by Thanksgiving.
Are you in the Fat2fit group? There are more postings -- and lots of good advice there.
I think that those of us who have more than 50 lbs to lose do have greater difficulty than those who need to lose less. Most, if not all, of us have been fat for a long time and as we have put on weight, we have become more sedentary. Being a couch potato is not good for us, which is why I think joing Fat2fit as well as this group is good.
We can set weight loss targets for ourselves, and adopt healthy eating but for me I had to combine healthy eating with increased exercise before I began to lose weight. I do 30 minutes of cardio everyday and 10 minutes of free weights. To start with, my cardio was walking my neigborhood. As I got going I increased the distance and the speed. After loosing 20lbs weight, I find that I can jog almost all my route. I am hoping to increase that to running most of the route over then next 1 month or two -- and I hope lose another 20 lbs. But for me, even though I feel so much better exercising, I find it is easy to fall off the exercise wagon.
If you have a lot more than 50lbs to lose, you might find aquacise -- walking and other exercising in water easier than walking to start with. You need to get your stamina up and build up to exercising for 30 minutes each day. At first it may be better to exercise on alternate days and let you mucles recover in between. And start with just 10 minutes. Its also good to do a mixture of cardio -- exercise that gets your heart rate up above 100 -- and strength training: weights or resitance machines if you use a gym.
Do any of the group have any advice on how to stick it out exercising daily? How can we make it as automatic as cleaning our teeth?
Anyway, Granipeg, welcome to the group!