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SETTIMIA Posts: 8,076
10/22/13 2:58 P

yoga, resistance band and walking

LAKESHORE480 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/18/13 2:49 A

Thank you so much for your comments. You know for years I HAD to get up, I HAD to go to work, I HAD to make dinner. Now I don't HAVE TO DO ANYTHING. I just love being retired. I know, I know I still have to get up and make dinner, but I don't have to go to work. Hip Hip Horary.

LAKESHORE480 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/18/13 2:43 A

I go to my doctor every 3 months. He insists on checking my BP and having blood work done. Sometimes I think he is disappointed that I am not diabetic.
I love the pool idea except I am way to fat to be seen in a bathing suit in public. I used to have a pool when I had my house. Loved it every chance I got.
I never thought of YouTube. Funny because I go on there at least once a day. I like to watch the old TV shows and Jeff Dunham.
Thanks for your help.

MISSPAM1 Posts: 1,174
10/17/13 12:56 P

There are a lot of things you can do seated. All of this will help you lose the weight. Baby steps is right and never feel you are not doing enough. Every little bit will help you get started and that is the key. Set a goal to do something for 5 minutes each day. When you feel comfortable, add a minute or two if you can. Take some weights and do some of the small weight lifting. Dance to some music in your chair. You can do this! You are worth it and will feel much better.

ERINTFG SparkPoints: (45,448)
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10/16/13 3:09 P

You CAN do this. You are not beyond hope, my friend. :)

Anything you can do that gets your heart rate up and your body moving will benefit you. If that means lying in bed and reaching up and down for a minute, then do that. Kick your legs up as high as they'll go, even if it's just 3 inches. There are some seated workouts here on Sparkpeople that might get you moving. You could try making the trip to the laundry room a couple times a day, even if you don't have laundry to do.

Set a goal, even just a small one-- two minutes of sustained activity. One trip up and down the hall twice a day. Whatever. When you reach that goal, make another one. Watch what you eat, because that is where the real weight loss happens.

You can do this! We are cheering for you! :)

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
10/16/13 12:54 P

"Maybe swap out your breakfast for a fruit smoothie" That's not necessarily the best choice, depending on the smoothie. Some have way too much sugar and unless you are adding extras like protein (powder or Greek yogurt) and good fat (flax or nut butter), it won't keep you full for two long. I love veggie omelets with a slice of wholewheat toast. Lots of fiber and protein and slow-burning carbs for energy.

CJGODESS101 SparkPoints: (30,781)
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10/16/13 11:04 A

Another option would be to get a pedal exerciser. You just sit and pedal like a bike, but only in the comfort of your own home or office. That way your legs get a little exercise. Start with a couple minutes then work your way up. Everyone is right, its all about baby steps. Same with nutrition, don't cut out everything at once. Maybe swap out your breakfast for a fruit smoothie or your lunch sandwich for a wrap or salad.

SETTIMIA Posts: 8,076
10/15/13 11:10 P

yoga and walking

KPA1B2 Posts: 785
10/15/13 9:11 P

I agree with the person who said baby steps. Set a goal & work toward it. Make it a manageable one. Good luck!

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/15/13 5:25 P

Perhaps the program that you are thinking of is Sit and Be Fit on PBS. You might also be able to find seated workout on YouTube.

I would recommend swimming because it is so low impact. That is how I started to get back into exercise at my highest weight.

Good luck!

PAMLICO-DAZE SparkPoints: (46,810)
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10/15/13 4:11 P

Check with your doctor first, then move more and sit less. You will gain stretch and burn more calories. Good luck!

LAKESHORE480 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/15/13 3:56 P

I do go to the doctor every 3 months to get my blood pressure checked and then a full blood workup every 6 months. And no I do not have diabetes.
I will look into doing the chair exercises. I think there is a TV program in the morning that shows how to do that. I will check that out as well.
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly and with positive answers.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (196,000)
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10/15/13 3:23 P

Hello, Buster ! Welcome to Spark People !

Has your doctor given you the okay to start exercising ? Ideally, if we have any medical issues, we should check with our doctor, just to be safe. When a person decides they want to lose weight, their first trip really should be to their doctor for a full physical. The road to good health should always include regular checkups.

If your doctor has given their okay, something you could do would be chair aerobics. If you can't stand for long periods of time, then sit in a chair and do some upper body exercises. Do you have an resistance bands or hand weights ? You could also do some seated strength training exercises.

You really don't have to do a lot to start. If you can walk (with the walker) for 5 minutes before you get tired, that's where you start. Today, you do five minutes. Next week, you might feel strong enough to do 10 minutes. You can break your workouts up into shorter segments and still get all the benefits. Walking for 10 minutes three times a day, still adds up to a 30 minute walk. And if you can only do 5 minutes, then that's where you start. Your strength and endurance will increase with time.

For now, you can look at the chair workouts that Coach Nicole has posted in the fitness section. Watch them first to see what you can and can't do. when you try them, you make modificiations where you need them. You work at your own level and do the best you can.

Ultimately, when it comes to losing weight, what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy. You could lose weight if you just did your best to eat right and watch your portions.

If you do decide to make a change to your nutrition, you really should talk to your doctor. They may refer you to a dietitian. Also, do you know if you're diabetic or not ? If you have diabetes, that too is going to effect what you should and shouldn't eat. While it's true that most Americans eat too much and need to eat less, the problem is that they are eating too much of the wrong food and not enough the right food. Quality of the food you eat will not only effect your health, it will effect your waistline too.

Take baby steps literally and figuratively.

BUSTER2360 SparkPoints: (518)
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10/15/13 2:04 P

I am obese and I can't walk very well. I certainly can't get down on the floor. What kind of exercise should I do? I use a walker to get to the laundry room in my building and that nearly kills me. For everything else outside I use my scooter, even to take out the garbage.
I need help because this is my last hope of reducing. If this fails they will just have to take me to the grave with a crane.

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