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MISSRUTH Posts: 4,128
1/8/14 7:42 A

I'd suggest that before you embark on any exercise at all... run it by your doctor(s) and get their input as to what types of exercise would be appropriate for you. While exercise is important for our health and fitness.... weight loss has more to do with what/ how much we eat. It is not necessary to do a lot of strenuous cardio (thereby putting yourself at risk of an asthma attack) to lose weight.

MARIEANNLSTOREY Posts: 6
1/7/14 6:40 P

Hi, I am embarking on my new Lifestyle journey with Sparkpeople. I refuse to call it a "diet" because Diets dont work, because you can never stick to them for long.. I feel that real and lasting change has to come from a commitment to a Lifestyle change where you commit to eating better, and adding exercise. My special challenges include the fact that I am Asthmatic, and it becomes worse with exercise, and the fact that I have osteoarthritis in my lower back. I have gained a lot of weight due to the fact that I have a blood condition that has required many treatments with Prednisone, a nasty steroid medication that creates a whole host of problems. I am hoping I can get some results by using the Sparkpeople program, as I really don't want to join Weight Watchers or anything like that. The good news is, I have a wonderful husband that accepts me for who I am now, and does not judge me by my size. He has been with me for 25 years, 19 of them as my husband. emoticon Wish me luck, I really want this to work.

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