to the team and
on starting your healthy lifestyle!! I know it's not easy but it will get much easier over time!!
My suggestion is to keep using the recumbent bike but start out at the lowest resistance level and just pedal casually at first - increase the intensity [speed or resistance] until you just barely start to feel the resistance and then do some short bursts of 'intervals' where you 'give it all you have' for 10 seconds and resume the slower speed again for a few minutes. If you can't last for 10 seconds, then go for 5 seconds. The point is that you'll be increasing your capacity this way and after awhile, you'll notice it's easier to go the 10 seconds. When that happens, it's time to increase the resistance a little bit. This strengthens the heart, gets the blood circulating in your legs [which will help prevent the cellulitus] and all the fluids in your body will start to stabilize. It won't get you into the olympics by next year but it will help you meet your goal of staying out of the hospital and once you lose some weight, your knee will probably get a lot better, too.
I hope you have somebody to guide you on how to do the exercises at first - I'm not an expert by any means but if you're near Orange County, I can recommend someone who is an expert and she is also used to working with people who have the same physical challenges you are dealing with. Send me a private spark mail if you're interested - her rates are pretty reasonable and would be well worth the investment to learn how to do things correctly.
Good luck - I know you can do this!!
Lynda in Orange County, So Calif
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| Pounds lost: 15.5