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Losing weight is my ultimate goal, but at 53 health is also really important. I tell myself everyday that even if not one pound comes off I know that when I am older I will feel great and be able to do things lots of folks cant (like get out of my rocker without assistance) lol.
The only time I have to work out is very early in the morning -- before the kids wake up, the nanny arrives and it's time to go to work. As I run on the treadmill I watch the sun rise, plan my day and enjoy a bit of serene quiet alone time.
In training for a marathon walk, I learned that walking w/your arms swinging at your sides causes the swollen fingers. Proper form has the forearm at a 90 degree angle (like a runner) which prevents the swelling. If this is hard, hold a string or stick between your hands to help keep hands up.
Often when I find myself talking myself out of a workout, I decide, "OK, I'm not going to work out, but I'm going to wear my gym clothes around the house." The simple task of getting dressed for it usually leads to me working out in some form or other, even if I don't end up in the gym
I bought a Kool-tie a couple of weeks ago at REI - cost $10 - it's a necktie filled with crystals which stay cool for several days before you have to re-soak it - it has really helped me not to get too hot and sweaty when exercising, so I push myself a bit more. I was skeptical but it works for me!
I would never have thought I could hit a heart rate of 170-180 without falling over dead. I have signed up for 10 personal traning sessions. Having been a non-exerciser most of my life I was afraid of pushing myself because I didn't know what was an ok hurt and what wasn't.