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3/18/18 10:55 P

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Today's fitness - walking. Lovely day with temps in the 60's and no wind to speak of.

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3/14/18 9:40 P

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@DENNISM1950 - very inspirational. My own problems with age, exercise and snacking seem to follow yours. So your success is encouraging for me. Thanks.

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3/11/18 8:28 A

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I am 67 with a pacemaker as a result of sarcoidosis with heart involvement about 3 years ago. I have slowly developed aches and pains over the years and after the packemaker perked me up, i started to see the need to up my exercise. For the last 6 months I have loosely followed the Beachbody Body Beast program using dumbbells in place of barbells in those portions and listening to my body. If it gets too intense (especially in the leg days) I slow down, substitute or cut the workout short. I can do most routines without pausing now, although I still have to do some substitutions. It has really helped me in multiple ways. Blood pressure has improved and most of my aches were gone and my body felt like it was "holding itself together". I had a fall on the ice that has added some new pain, but that is slowly working itself out. My balance has improved greatly. I have much more stability on one leg after doing lunges in the program. It is much easier to dress and dry my feet after a shower, without leaning against a wall. The stabilizer muscles are getting stronger. My shoulders were 100% better until the ice fall, and I think it helped me prevent more serious injuries. On top of that, it is improving my range of motion. I would recommend weight training for almost anyone, if they approach it as a lifestyle and not a race. The benefits are great.
My diet was a different issue. I have never had a serious issue with healthy foods. I have preferred a more vegetarian based diet over meat for all of my life. It just tastes better to me. My problem was snacking. If I saw something that looked good, it was hard not to take a little, and then a little, and then a little more. I found calorie counting too much effort and never stuck to it. Over the years I would be strong for a while and then totally binge for a period with expected results. Accountability is a real need for me, and all the traditional means of addressing it didn't really appeal to me. For the last month, I have tried something different for me. I had a daytimer so I log my weight, blood pressure, and any cheats to my diet, and I do it every day. I don't obsess over the weight. I just do it to keep in the game and to see the 3-4 pound fluctuations over the week and the trend that they point to. I log that I had breakfast and brushed my teeth and the same for lunch and supper. I don't eat anything between without logging it. I focus on the cheats. I don't really check calories, although I try to stay on healthier foods and I restrict the treats to one day a week. I hate to write down that I cheated and what it was. So far, just doing that is dropping about 1-2 pounds per week, so I am happy with that. If I hit a plateau, I may have to adjust, but by not cheating and getting exercise, I feel that I am getting a lot of my life back.

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Yeah, mine too (discouraging heavier weight, I mean). In my case, he had a point. I just got two hernias fixed and it hurts like hell, so I will be taking his advice this time. I've kind of proven to myself that walking is the best for me and that's what Doc told me to do in the first place. I did well after finding out I was Diabetic and got it under control, but then got stuck at about 230 pounds for a couple of years. Last June I started intermittent fasting and added a daily walk to my regimen. I'm now at about 195 and off of the Diabetes meds altogether. Walking has worked for me. Once the healing process is complete for the hernia surgery I will restart some light resistance and Yoga for core strength, but my bars, plates, Smith Machine and bench are all for sale. No more Charles Atlas for me.

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2/24/18 7:15 A

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Suggestion: check in with your Doc. Make sure your self-invented workout regimen is appropriate for your age, body type, needs and cardio-vascular condition. Just saying. (My Doc discouraged me from heavier weights, for example). Do you use a heart rate monitor and pay attention to those charts of cardio zone and whatnot? If not, you should.

And above all, condolences for your loss. Must be tough every day.

"Some day we will look back on this, and it will all seem funny" - Bruce Springsteen (The real BOSS, as opposed to me.)





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I really let myself go when my wife was battling cancer and for the months following her death nearly a year ago. I realized that wasn’t honouring her memory nor was it fair to my children. Since January seventh I have lost 16 pounds, go to the gym about four times a week and do four miles on the treadmill and lift weights every second day. I’m also taking a fitness class, have joined a church where I teach an adult Sunday school class and tutor at the library. I am also taking a university class and had a trip to Ireland last summer. Life goes on. My daughter is getting married this Thursday, March 1 and I’m officiating. That day would also be my 49th wedding anniversary.

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