Linda, I can relate a little. I am 62-yo and have neglected myself, feeling the wrath of osteoarthritis in my knees and back. I'm starting slow, exploring SP a lot, and learning how to develop good habits in eating, self-esteem and exercise. I know I have a long way to go, but just after 3 weeks and about 14 lbs. gone, my knees don't hurt AS MUCH...just a little hint of relief going up and down stairs and I say, YEAH! Small steps, modify your exercises to within your abilities...of course, clear things with your doctor. Maybe you can join the YMCA or look up Silver Sneakers availability in your area. Where there is desire, there is a way. You can do this...so can I. I won't give up. Sure, my skin might be loose, but that too can dimish with exercise, maybe not all gone, but it's not bikini wear that we are aiming toward. Our health and well-being is of utmost importance and it's never to late to take action. Love yourself and your family enough to commit to being around for many years to come.