Hi! My name is Linda and I just happened upon this site when I was looking for a recipe! It came up in the google search. Thinking I should take it as a sign, I decided to sign up.
Dieting is so, so hard for me! I am 60 years old and retired. By nature I'm a very sendintary person. When DH is out riding his bike, I am sitting here knitting. When he goes for a walk, I'm reading a book. I never have been and never will enjoy physical exercise or sports. So that's challenge #1, because I know I have to move to lose!
I have severe arthritis...back, hips, shoulders, knees, ankles, fingers...you name the joint it's there! So certain exercises are pretty painful.
And finally I have lymphodema in both my legs. It's not attractive at all and it's just another excuse for me to stay home.
I have over 100 pounds that I should lose, but honestly, I sometimes wonder if it's just not too late!
So here I am...hoping for some inspiration, and maybe a good old fashioned kick in the butt!
Don't have the attitude that you will never enjoy physical exercise. It's just a matter of finding something you like. Get up and walk with your DH one night. Ask him to take it slow, stop and enjoy the scenery, smell the flowers, feel the breeze or the sunshine. Take it slow, and you will find that you can enjoy being active, and the more active you become, the more activity you will want to do.
You might want to look into some chair exercises for those with mobility problems. That way you can get in some movement without it being too stressful on your body.
I am so glad you found 3FC! This is a terrific site for support, friendship and ideas. It's never too late!
I too have alot of physical problems - arthritis, other chronic muscle aches and some mobility problems. I have used some chair exercises to help get movement into my life. I always do stretches, daily. Of course...always check with your doctor to see what good is for you to do. And whenever there is a physical contraint involved....always start really slow. I hope you can find something. Is there a warm pool near by where you can gently move in the water?
It's hard to lose weight without movement...but, not totally impossible. It goes slower. I've lost my 71 pounds doing healthy eating, daily stretching, and some chair exercises a few times a week. You can do this!!!
Move ticker, move!
Next Mini Goal - 214
"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." - Margaret Thatcher
I can't lose 100 pounds....but, just maybe I can lose five pounds twenty times.
Last edited by Beverlyjoy : 08-02-2008 at 05:29 PM.
Thanks, everyone, for the encouragement. I know you're right: I just have to do it! I have to get my mind in the right place! Walking is my best best right now. Then when I get some other issues taken care of, maybe I'll go back to the community pool.
As for a diet, I've had some success in the past with Weight Watchers, but I'm not really able to afford it right now. I don't eat any meat but fish, so I've heard that maybe the Mediterranean diet is a good one for me.
Hi Linda! Like you I'm not much for exercise. I do take my dogs for walks but I mosey along whiel they run through the woods and I'm as likey to find a nice rock to sit on to knit or read while they race around. I have neither the money nor the time (nor any inclination) to go to the gym. And I'm 50 so at that age where the pounds come off slower and harder.
But you can lose weight even with very moderate exercise. And as you do you may be more interested in getting out and about.
The WW forums here are excellent support even if you can't afford to join a local group. All the forums here are excellent support! You can do it!
"Vision without action is a daydream ~ Action without vision is a nightmare"
Pool exercises might be a nice alternative for you. I do know lymphodema can be a deterrent for some to be seen in a bathing suit. Maybe check if they have adult only time or lane swim time - often these are at the same time... Most in the pool if you head there earlier in the day or later in the evening are adults age 50+ and often the pool is not at all busy during the day when it is school time (which is only a month away at the most depending on your area).
Starting over... If at first you succeed a bit then get sick... Get yourself better and start again darn it! AND AGAIN!
Ok! Straight up... First time through... I lost and then got sick and gained more than I had lost. Second time through I lost, got where I needed to... Enjoyed it. Took prednizone (oh lordy how I hate it) and was creeping back toward my worst.
So let's do this (C is stopping point apparently):
1st: S/C/G: 334/280/200 - 2007-2008
2nd: S/C/G: 369/291.2/200 - 2009-2010
Thanks for introducing yourself! My advice: take FULL ADVANTAGE of everything this wonderful site has to offer. There are countless forums to choose from and everyone here is so supportive and friendly (not like other websites I've witnessed). It has seriously become a source of motivation for me. I visit daily, reading posts, repsonding to posts, updating my ticker (I LOVE moving that bad boy down), writing in the free diet journals, meeting new people with similar issues and goals, etc.
I would also agree that working out in a swimming pool. That may just be the answer for you. It's very low intensity and would probably work well with your arthritis.