Welcome. As everyone else said, take these changes one step at a time. It doesn't work to jump in with both feet. You just get overwhelmed. Walking is a good start to an exercise regiment. I walk around my neighborhood (get to see what the neighbors are up to!), in the park, or, if the weathers bad, with Leslie Sansome on YouTube. It doesn't matter how far you walk at first. The distance will increase quickly if you stick with it.
Weight training is a must. All you need is a couple of dumb bells that aren't too heavy for you. You can find all kinds of free web sites that explain/show how to do the moves if you're not sure if you're doing them right. You don't have to have a lot of paraphernalia. Remember, don't work the same muscle two days in a row. Weight training with dumb bells can be done in front of the television during ball games!
Achieve success in any area of life by identifying the optimum strategies and repeating them until they become habit - Charles Givens
Welcome Steve. I think you have as many problems as a lot of people on here. so don't feel you are alone. I too am 60, have numerous health issues, take far too many drugs and supplements, am overweight, love to eat out and I don't want to make my husband a widower. You've made an important decision and I believe a wise step in joining SparkPeople.
Be sure to go to your "Start" page each day and start (if you haven't already) to track your food and your exercise. On this page, you will also have links to your own SparkPage (if you've set one up yet and if not, I would advise you to do so), any forums such as this one that you join (go to the search box a the top of each page and search out the forums and see what is available that might interest you), blogs written by other members, and so on. Search also for what to do as new to SparkPeople. There will also be links to many many inspirational , encouraging, and informative articles to read and videos to view.
As mentioned below, we are in this for the long haul - there is no short-term fix for bad habits that we developed over a lifetime. Set a goal for yourself. Make it attainable and reasonable such as a small step towards your overall main goal to lose X number of lbs. or whatever. When you ave reached that goal successfully, then set a new reachable goal that will bring you even closer to your main objective, and so on. One step at a time. Good luck and join in the discussion on other forums in this team and others. We look forward to getting to know you better.
Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada
10 STEPS TO SELF-CARE - If it feels wrong, don't do it; Say "exactly" what you mean; Don't be a people pleaser; Trust your instincts; Never speak bad about yourself; Never give up on your dreams; Don't be afraid to say "No"; Don't be afraid to say "Yes"; Be kind to yourself; Let go of what you can't control; Stay away from drama and negativity as much as possible. (unknown)
Steve, there is hope and you can still have tasty food, although alcohol may have to go out the window for the most part. Here is a book I would highly recommend. It is quite different from the conventional wisdom, but well researched and supported by a lot of current research. www.amazon.com/The-Great-Cholesterol -M yth-Disease/dp/1592335217
I have practiced what is recommended in this book and many others and my lipid profile is excellent, body fat the lowest ever and I'm eating the tastiest foods and never hungry.
Best wishes, Birgit
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glad you are here . remember don't change everything at once take your time start tracking foods try to stay in range if not don't beat yourself up over it . just start over the next day . go in small steps , you won't get there faster but we are in it for the long run, it is a change of life not a fad diet
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Hi, I'm Steve. I'm overweight, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, on all kinds of meds & I love food & drink. I don't want to leave my wife a widow. I don't seem to have the willpower to loose weight on my own. If I don't change something with consumption, I won't live to see 70, in 10 years. I want to live & be healthy but I'm holding myself back. I've never joined anything like this & am not sure what's right or wrong on these boards but I need help please.
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