oh honey. I feel for you. it's SOOO hard when you can only see that you can't do what you once did.
Before I launch into a few ideas about exercise, I'd like to suggest that you make sure you're getting enough protein. Your muscles need it.
Now, what I'm about to tell you comes from the perspective of being BEDRIDDEN and having to learn how to walk again. I used to walk MILES in NYC - at least 3 miles RT to and from the PATH or Port Authority, and at least a couple of miles at lunch. it was fun! I also hiked for hours with the dogs.
and then, I was bedridden and weighed more than 500 pounds. Not overnight, though. Once out of the hospital and moving again, i literally counted steps. 40 steps down the driveway, 40 steps back. sit on the front stoop, repeat. then take a 2-hour nap. and added a few steps every day or two. before long, i was walking around the block. then 1/2 mile. then a mile.
and then hiking again.
you don't have to go to the gym, especially if it makes you sad. do what you can NOW, and then do just a little more. Deal with this one day at a time, literally one step at a time.
you will NEVER know where you'll end up if you don't start. Who knows? you might actually run a 6.5-minute mile! i ended up doing a 5 K [walking!!! these old lady knees don't run!]
Start your day with a smile, and get it over with.
Keeping it off is a hundred decisions a day that help you maintain what you achieved. And that's the hard part. - L Sanders
start: 506 [Sept 2001]
weight at gastric bypass [Jan 29, 2002]: 409
current weight: 225
weight for plastic surgery: 200
final goal: 180
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