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MEGSTURN Posts: 461
11/5/12 10:05 A

thanks ladies!

J...I like the idea of making smaller goals....I also didn't realize that I had changed my I changed it back...!
I am able to bike...and this is working for the time being...I lost 35 pounds 2 years ago and I remember that walking was much easier on the knees and feet almost immediately..

and Budies...thanks for the water reminder...I forget that...and tracking is amazing...
thanks to both of you!

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11/5/12 9:55 A

Firstly, get medical advice! Exercise is only one part of the equation. Work on your eating habits too. Start tracking your every bite on spark people, and if you can't be on the computer all day, even writing your food intake in a journal will help you control your eating habits! So lots of lean meats, veggies and fruits. And of course lots and lots of water. When I first got started, I made my first goal to drink nothing but water, and I mean nothing but water!!! Make small goals like this and continue moving forward!

Good luck!

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11/4/12 8:40 P

You didn't say how much you weigh or how far you CAN walk, but you know what Lao-tzu said about starting with a single step.

Get some dietary and exercise advice from your health provider and then test yourself and set goals.

For example, if you can walk to the corner and back that's your starting point. Add another 100 yards each week and before you know it you'll have gone a mile.

In running there seem to be certain goals, and I imagine they're similar in walking. The first is one mile, the second, three miles, then five, 10 and finally 20. Of course some go on to marathons and other ultras, but you know what I mean.

If you do this, weigh yourself weekly and measure yourself once a month you'll see improvements quickly.

Another thing to remember is that it's easier to lose five pounds that it is 100. So set five pound goals. If you weigh 150 your goal is 145. When you get there change it to 140 and so forth.

Get a partner and workout together. Misery loves company, and if you can talk while your walking the time and distance goes much faster.

Good luck.


MEGSTURN Posts: 461
11/4/12 2:29 P

thanks everyone!

down another pound this morning!
hmmm this seems rather easy if you just track it...
foot is better today..
probably just a sprain...
off to ride a bike...

and yes...the doctor cleared me to do this...but she didn't have any advice on how to
start here we go..! emoticon

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11/4/12 12:38 P

Great news that you want to get started. Try chair exercise or go up one step and back down. Start slow. Talk to your doctor. Losing weight is 90% diet and 10% exercise.

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11/4/12 10:09 A

Going along with medical assessment; but adding water excercising has been a lifesaver for many in your situation! Water jogging, swimming, water aerobics, water zumba. Low impact but a great workout! The chair exercising is also a great idea. Our YMCA has a class for our older members that uses chairs. Best wishes for your journey!

11/4/12 9:13 A

Good for you for working towards better health. Definitely talk to your doctor. I would be willing to bet once you've done that you can find some videos here on the spark people site. I believe they even have a couple of things you can do from your chair. As you build your health and strength you will be able to do more and more. Good for you!

11/4/12 7:52 A

Meg, just wanted to say hang in there... emoticon

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11/3/12 7:45 P


So sorry you are having some issues, but I, too, would recommend a medical evaluation to get clearance as to what exercise you can and cannot do that would not further aggravate your issue.

Coach Nancy

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11/3/12 5:29 P

You should get medical clearance from your doctor to start an exercise program, and do whatever cardio you can manage (chair aerobics are great) and a full body strength program.

But diet is more important than exercise for losing weight so that's what you can start with.

MEGSTURN Posts: 461
11/3/12 5:14 P

I am heavy...old...out of shape...I can't walk because of my knees...I mean I can walk but not for exercise nor a great distance....however I have noticed I can walk to shop...too funny.
But I do pay for it with painful knees later.
Recently I injured my foot...not sure what it is...swollen on top.
Can't bend it to walk and this on the third day of starting SP..
so now what...
live in the pools near enough.
I did try the chair em.
any advice on how to start???
I used to be very athletic...really...somewhere between 45 and now...well how did I get here??

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