I've backpacked w/ a 60 lb pack, and it was HARD! But that was about what I lost too, so I see the concept, and how it would work.
that said, there are lots of ways to lighten your pack, and I would really recommend that if you decide to try backpacking. Especially if you don't have the equipment yet, it would be good to go somewhere (like REI) where they can measure you, fit you, and advise you on packs that will work for what you want to do, and let you know the best way to load it up for weight distribution. that will really help avoid back, shoulder and neck issues. I think this would be especially important w/ your hip issue, as most packs rest on the hip so that is where you are carrying most of the weight (it keeps the strain off your neck and shoulders...)
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I've lost 50 lbs since July and it is soooo much easier. Still have about 35 lbs to go. Before I lost weight I had a hard time "hiking" through Walmart. Now I have gotten up to 12 miles a few times and am working on making it more. Congratulations on your hiking and feeling better. Keep going! We can do it!
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While I applaud your tenacity, be very careful of loading too much weight on your back! I've had back surgery and know only too well what loading too much into a back pack can.......and WILL.......do to me!
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adding however many pounds you lose to your backpack. hubby and i were hiking the other day and i was thinking how it will feel to hike with 50 lbs less weight. i have always dreamed about hiking the AT, but was born with dislocated hips and they always hurt when i walked more than 2 miles (come to find out, i was just way out of shape and since i started really hoofin it, i've been pain free for about 6 months now) i'm thinking to hike even some of the AT, you'll need quite a few pound on your back.
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