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EELPIE Posts: 2,700
12/9/13 4:31 P

Just start really, really slow in the beginning, and keep to a pace that is comfortable for you. And it's good that you have a sense of humour!!!

You tube has a ton of yoga videos, including beginner. Maybe spend an hour looking at them, and bookmarking ones that you think you might be able to try. I've a bad back from an accident, and whenever I did yoga and found a pose hurting my back, I'd do Child's Pose until they moved on to a new pose.

Pilates is another form of exercise that you might enjoy. For me it is reminiscent of yoga - very small, controlled movements that are extremely low impact.

Good luck :)

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12/9/13 4:08 P

Yes, I am definitely considering modified yoga...I am not at that stage though. What convinced me to resign my job and start this health change was started was a YouTube video about a man named Arthur Boorman a veteran who did not walk unassisted for 15 years. He used yoga to achieve a miracle for himself.

Please view his remarkably inspiring video "Never Give Up" at

Menopause took away my muscle and replaced it with fat. During the last 5 years I added 50 pounds of weight and so the old knees are needing lots of help. After a few self pitying cries, I also laugh and say that I am in my metamorphosis stage. I am fat but pretty caterpillar right now.

Edited by: 1LAPISLAZULI at: 12/9/2013 (16:15)
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12/9/13 4:07 P


Welcome to Spark People ! You are NOT too old to make a change for the better. I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. that's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time. thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.

Spark People encourages all its members to start with those baby steps. don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated.

Don't look at losing weight as having to lose 120 pounds. You start with first five. then you move on to the next five. If you think about having to lose 120 pounds, you'll get discouraged.
If you were to lose 5 pounds a month, that might not seem like a lot. However, lose 5 pounds each month for 12 months and that's a 60 pound loss. You didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight. So, don't beat yourself up if the weight doesn't come off as fast as you'd like.

Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time. You'll be learning a lot about yourself and good health over the next few weeks. I know it seems daunting, but anything IS possible once you set your mind to it.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
12/9/13 3:41 P

LOL, is more than possible.

Have you considered yoga? Strength, stamina, flexibility and balance are the hallmarks of yoga.

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12/9/13 3:37 P

This is a test of the Panic Button for Immediate Help for me :)-I am a new member since November.

I have resigned my job in order to change my current destructive eating and exercise habits. I consider this my part time job right now. Being the best mother I could be and then taking a promotion to a managers desk job the past 5 years, doing a lot of travel, eating craptastic hotel food, sitting at a desk and endless meetings and going through menopause has taken a good toll on my health.

I used to be a dancer for 10 years, age 18 to 28 and now I am 56, with about 120 pounds to loose. I keep thinking back to the days when I was a dancer and I cry sometimes because the exercises I do are for balance, strength, flexibility and stamina are such BABY exercises. Plus dealing with dieting and exercise brings back the fact that 30 years ago I became addicted to exercise and was bulimic.

Are there other women out there with similar experiences? Is it possible to loose weight and become fit at 56? Your words of support out there are needed because I feel like a person after a serious accident learning to walk again. I know I will never be 28 again, but I will need the strength, stamina, balance and flexibility to accomplish more goals.

Edited by: 1LAPISLAZULI at: 12/9/2013 (16:30)
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