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2/24/17 8:12 P

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Thank you so much for sharing your story! I am really inspired by so much that you share with us on the boards.

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2/24/17 5:07 P

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I've been asked this in another thread, so forgive me for just copying and pasting basically (small modifications).

When I started my journey on (actually May 12th, 2016 but I didn't start really exercising until June 8th, 2017) I weighed 414 pounds, couldn't barely get up off the couch, used a walker to even make it to the back of my VERY SMALL house, hardly ever went outside except to hobble to the store where I had to lean on the cart to make it through and was in intense pain after every trip.

I would often lay on the couch and cry, and I had to go to the bathroom a lot, but would lay there waiting until the very last minute because just getting and walking 15 steps HURT so bad I didn't want to do it. I DO understand pain. I understand illness and injury too. I still deal with back issues, and often hurt it badly (you should have seen me the other day doubled over on the front seat of the car when we got done at the gym after I did strength training day and tried the oblique twist for the first time in... well ever. LOL OMG that was bad. Heating pad and ibuprofen and lots of groaning when I got home.

I have lived with all kinds of pain, and totally understand where many here are coming from. When I started, I could only do chair aerobics on the spark people videos and some of the youtube videos, and couldn't even do all of them then, just as much as I could, but I pushed myself as hard as I could. I only, at the time, did maybe 10 minutes a day, but slowly but surely, those 10 minutes started to pay off, and I got stronger. When hubby bought me (us) the membership to the health club, he had to drop me off at the door with my walker, because I could not go across a parking lot even with the walker (same was true at grocery stores), and I needed to take my walker to get to the back of the club where the lockers were, and into the pool from there. The pool is what really saved me, along with t hose videos at home, because in the water I was free of pain. I couldn't do much'swim' wise, but I walked the water and did water aerobic type moves, then, got stronger and stronger, until after about a month I no longer needed the walker! Then gradually I was able to walk from the car to the club, sitting at the desk area for a breath before walking down the room to the lockers, then after a few more weeks I no longer complained when there were no spots in the first parking row, and no longer needed to take that stop at the front of the gym to rest before going to the lockers....

Now, I can walk pretty much pain free for up to a mile, sometimes more, and am working hard to make that even longer... and I can swim normally, so do that all the time. I'm also constantly adding to my workout choices. I just started Tai Chi and really like it so far, although I only do a few minutes at a time at the moment.

Yes it is work.

It's okay that you can't do a lot of the exercise, but every little bit you can do counts, and will add up to more.

It is like a full-time job for me now, although I also have my own 'job' I work from home so I'm lucky in that I can make my own schedule. But I realized, back there in May that I was dying, and I'm not saying that flippantly either... I suffered from horrible sleep apnea (and had even begun to have spouts of apnea during the day time when wide awake, where I suddenly felt like I couldn't breathe at all). I'd wake up at night a lot with a sudden gasp, and feeling so sick I can't hardly describe it (from lack of oxygen) and that sick feeling would last for hours and hours, sometimes all day. On those days I truly and honestly felt like I WANTED to die to get rid of that feeling. Just get it over with.

It was one of those extreme shows on tv one day -- that My 600-pound LIfe one, that I suddenly saw that that was me, at least I was heading there fast, and even though I hadn't hit 600 pounds yet, I was just as disabled as most of them were, and I was one step from death. I was also a lot older than most of them were. When I was younger, (and I'd always been obese, all my life) I was more able to 'carry' it, so I could make more excuses. But then, in May at that time, I knew if I didn't make some serious changes I was going to die and sooner rather than later.

For me, the changes were not something that I just thought I should do, it was something I had to do or I would have to resign myself to dying.

I don't have the medical issues from weight that a lot of people do, but I've had some (along with the severe sleep apnea -- gone now yay, I have restless leg syndrome, and breathing problems -- getting better, but still there to some degree). The more I lose and the more I exercise, the better I feel. Sure I'm sore a lot, but I like it... it means I'm moving!



Edited by: TAMIP62 at: 2/24/2017 (20:56)
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2/24/17 9:59 A

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I have always loved dancing and weights. Back in college, the free weight room was my way of keeping the freshman 15 at bay, and also for working off the various stressors. Also, dancing at every opportunity! Parties, cleaning the house, celebrating good news, shaking off bad news, I try to dance. These days with all the extra weight, I sometimes forget, but boy, when I remember, I dance up a storm!

My way back was walking first - first around my basement, then around the office interior, then around the exterior, then the neighborhood, then the park, and now whenever and wherever! It's the greatest stress reliever when I can't dance in the office like I want to.

I also found the chair workout by SP's Coach Nicole very helpful, especially when my body is aching too much to take any substantial walking. If I can't do the entire workout in "one sitting" (pun intended), then I just take the various elements and do 1 or two minutes of each movement to keep adding to my fitness minutes throughout the day.

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2/19/17 11:20 A

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I don't like walking so I started by buying a bike and rollers so I could cycle inside and also because I was to embarrassed to exercise outside. I did this for a couple of months and when I was more confident, I cycled to work as well. (which is only 10mins). After doing that for a couple of weeks, I went swimming 3 times a week as well. A couple of more weeks further, I slowly replaced the inside rollers by going to the gym 3 times a week and going swimming 3 times per week and this really helped to get me fit! :)

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2/16/17 3:30 P

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Figured this would be a good thread to ask... What are your favorite exercises, favorite equipment, favorite DVDs?

In particular, I am looking for DVDs or YouTube videos that don't involve a lot of lunges OR getting down on the floor. But I'm also just really interested to hear what you all enjoy!

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2/10/17 9:49 A

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I just came here to look for advice on exercise emoticon

Getting ready to have knee replacement surgery in April and trying to figure out what to do in the mean time. I can walk short distances but not in a cardio effective manner.

Thanks for the information and looking forward to getting some more advice!

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2/7/17 4:02 P

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I forced myself to sign up for handicapped transportation--on a set weekly schedule, worked with my health insurance to help pay for stuff, found a mostly women's gym and set up a consult with the gym. I knew it I didn't box myself in to a situation where it would be difficult to back out that I would not follow through. It's worked so far. I started Jan 2 of this year and have continued to go... A first for me. emoticon

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1/22/17 11:17 P

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I started working out before the New Year because I didn't want to be like everyone else with the resolution plan to lose so much weight. A couple days after New Year's Day that I kind of stopped working out. This past week I started working out again because the simple fact I saw how my body looks like in the window at my job and I was disgusted with the look. I know that it is not nice to put down your own self but seeing that look I was like I am done. I have been strict with how much I eat now along with working out a bit every day with having a bad knee.

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I started by walking and cleaning. My partner worked weekends so to occupy my time, I cleaned a lot in between some tv breaks. Then I'd walk to the grocery store 5 blocks away n back carrying bags to make some dinner.

Walking I went to various malls in the area. We had 2 that were less traveled one even had stairs to a lower level where no one went except coin collectors! And the high school bc i fear slipping on ice n hate dark n cold in WI winters.

This built up. I kept going at it. It was my time, my routine. Then I started water aerobics n then gardening in summer. Weeding is so much physical work!

Keep trying new activities to keep interested.

My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far I’ve finished two bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. I feel better already. - Dave Barry


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I am pretty much wheelchair bound most of the time. I can walk a few steps. In the past I have tried several exercise routines and they have all been to difficult for me so I gave up. This time I started with seated Qi Gong which is a form of Tai Chi. I found a video on YouTube that is 35 minutes long. At first I had a hard time lasting the full 35 minutes but now I am able to do the whole time and 3 times a week I have added strength training with bands and weights. I hope to get that to 7 days a week soon.

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5/16/16 1:50 P

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I started by setting a minimum time that I already knew I could do easily, not pushing too hard, and then being consistent. I started with only 10 minutes. If I felt that was enough then I stopped if I felt like I could do more then I did a bit more. Having that short minimum was enough for days I didn't feel like it. I still use it too. If after 10 I really don't feel like doing more then I don't.

Gradually increase time and speed as you get more comfortable but still let your minimum be ok .

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5/9/16 3:52 P

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Good for you!

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Actually, I started today! I walked for 10 minutes by walking up and down my long driveway 4 times. I usually overdo it when I start an exercise program and then quit after a few weeks so this time, I am starting really slowly and building up little by little.

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When I started back in 2008 we started by walking and not far either because we were just too heavy but, everyday we walked a few steps more and soon we built our strength up to do much more. I wish you success.

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Second the starting slow, 5-10 minutes. Also recognize that your lungs will adapt much more quickly than your muscles and bones, so just because you no longer are gasping for air doesn't mean you should skip past a slow, steady increase in activity. It's easy to get impatient and think that it's taking you forever to get to, say, half an hour of walking. But if you hurt yourself and have to quit, it's going to take much longer!

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Great question! I have the same issue. I have tried before and start gung ho at the gym but then I overdo it and hurt myself and quit. From childhood through my mid 20's, I was very athletic and participated in lots of sports. Then I started having babies and quit exercising regularly. One bad marriage, single mom-hood to two preschoolers, extremely long work hours and general bingeing to make myself feel better took its toll and here I am now in my 50s and over 300 pounds (luckily for me, I am now happily re-married and my kids are grown up but not much else has changed).

Last night, I read an article here on SP that advised to start with 10 minutes a day and no more. Take a walk around your house or neighborhood, walk on a treadmill, swim, do stretching exercises...anything but just do it for 10 minutes a day until it becomes a habit and doesn't seem so difficult. Then increase it in 5 minute increments. The article said you won't see much impact on your weight loss at first with such little exercise time but the goal is to make exercise a habit and build up your strength and stamina. I am going to try this starting tomorrow (Mother's Day!).

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I am struggling with the physical exercise part... In the past that has not been a problem, however; I have been sedentary for quite a while and the activity part is wiping me out... Any suggestions? And I am also frustrated because I used to be able and now I am struggling with it..... I know in time it will be better... Looking forwad

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