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Carolnnc
August 18th, 2016, 05:32 PM
The last five years I have struggled with my weight going up and down. I was doing really well with walking on the treadmill and hung with it for over three years. Then life happened and I stopped for a year. Now I can not (no matter how hard I try) get back into my treadmill routine. I'll walk for a week and quit. I can't walk outside due to asthma and allergies. I used to walk first thing in the morning but I physically hurt in the mornings and it takes me a couple of hours to get going and then I keep putting it off until I just don't walk. I have a little tv and will watch movies which I enjoy and it does help. I have indigestion quite a lot now plus I hate the way I look like a short, stumpy raccoon! Hubby is absolutely no help at all. I cook at home and eat well but I find I will plop down and sit for hours on end. . Has anyone gone through this battle of giving up and if so can you give me suggestions?

kensington
August 18th, 2016, 05:38 PM
I plop down for hours when I sew. I go in that room and don't come out for days at a time. I get up to press seams and or cut fabric.

I am no weight specialists by any means, unless you can count that I know exactly where the ice cream is. But, active is the answer. Maybe if you can't get into the treadmill, join a gym for a year. Change the activity might help. I'm going to do that... join a gym. I figure I can sit up there and watch others work out as well as I can sit here. Hang in there.

nayzie
August 18th, 2016, 05:57 PM
In February I started eating "clean"; nothing white: bread, rice & sugar!! And drink 70oz of water daily, it's been a struggle but I have dropped 40 pounds and feel wonderful. Keep moving and positive thoughts :)

Hulamoon
August 18th, 2016, 06:08 PM
I'm sort of in the same place. I shot up during menopause, lost that and now it's creeping up on me again. I live on a beautiful street but in all directions it turns steep. I'm not in shape for that yet. There is a park close by and I was going to get a pedometer and try and walk at least two miles until I can get my strength back. Do you have a park close by?

I saw an interview with the trainer (Bob) from Biggest Loser and he was asked how can you lose weight faster and surprisingly he said calories, eat more vegatables than fruits was another.

stitchwishes
August 18th, 2016, 06:12 PM
You're not stuck, you're actively thinking about it and that is a huge thing! I personally think if we try and stick to something like that every day for years, it's not the way the human body was designed — it loves and thrives on variety.

I'm in the thick of it myself, having packed on weight from a medical condition and the meds. Frankly if I didnt try as hard as I do I'm sure I'd be in a lot more trouble. I can't exercise, but can barely do some of my PT and it's very little movement and I'm not supposed to do it when I'm too weak (which is almost every day).

So it's come down to diet for me. I hate that word. I went on one once, then stopped, and we all know that story! I'm a very healthy eater by nature, and the times I've been well I return to a normal weight and stay there. The biggest thing that is helping me is my Fitbit Blaze! I didn't want one of those things at all, it was gifted to me, and the second I put it on I was hooked. Tracking my food on there has been an eye opener. Yes I was eating healthy, but I've seen that I need to crop my food intake and make adjustments to get it in line with the calories I burn. There are apps like my fitness pal that help you track food, that's a free start. I can do very little movement, but the Fitbit Blaze has shown me I'm moving a lot more than I think I am on some days, and that is really encouraging! You can do it with friends, but I don't like fitness competition because someone is always going to feel like a failure (me!).

PM me if you want to chat.

Bubby
August 18th, 2016, 06:39 PM
I'm looking for a daytime yoga class in my area. No luck so far. I gained 12 pounds this past year and got a 'talking to' from my doctor because I'm diabetic. He was thrilled with my lab results but wants me to move more. Twelve pounds may not sound like much, but I'm small and it makes a difference of two pant sizes.

I also think that moving is the answer for most of us. Unfortunately our love of sewing/quilting doesn't encourage much movement.

pcbatiks
August 18th, 2016, 06:43 PM
If you enjoy Jenny's tutorials.....that might be a good way to get back on the treadmill. You can watch a few while you walk......keeps your mind off the walking and can get you inspired for a quilt project.

I look through blogs on quiltersblogs.com while I ride the exercise bike........anything to keep my occupied. There are tons of blogs listed on this site.

http://www.quilterblogs.com/

Wishing you the best.

KarenC
August 18th, 2016, 07:48 PM
I have struggled with the same, but for me the larger problem was what was going into my mouth than the exercise. I walk every week after joining a training group for half marathons. Yes, you can start walking half-marathons at the ripe age of 55. Never in my life did I expect to do that. But, I did not drop the weight until I did weight watchers. I think the biggest part for me was drinking about 90 oz. water daily and writing down what I ate. If I had to write it down, I thought twice about eating it. Dropped 35 pounds in 6 months. Of course, I have let some of it creep back, from bad eating, so now I'm back at it again trying to lose.

Patsquilting
August 18th, 2016, 09:07 PM
As you can tell, you are NOT alone. I belong to TOPS = it's a weight support group (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). We are there to encourage each other. If you can get on the tread mill even 2-3 times a week to start. Don't do everyday - eventually you can build up. Some is better than none. One day at a time. Even if you can get on the treadmill a couple of times a day - but in shorter time limits - it will help you get started. Never give up = always try - you are important - and your health is also.

LauraP
August 18th, 2016, 09:13 PM
Have you thought of sitting exercises? They are great for people who have mobility issues or haven't exercised in a while. Also think about water aerobics. Our hospital offered a program in warm water which was great on achy muscles.

grammaterry
August 19th, 2016, 12:22 AM
I think we all have the problem as we age, some more than others. Sometimes I look in the mirror and I think, "what difference does it make" I really love food...I've eaten sensibly all these years...and sometimes I just want to eat all I want and not worry about the lbs. My body is never going to look like 30 again or even 40 or 50...but I also don't want to be sick and old. Old I can't control, but sick...nutrition is the key...so , sometimes I splurge and eat the ice cream or the whole bag of cheetoes, but mostly I just get a glass of ice water and I'm pretty happy.

Snip Snip
August 19th, 2016, 12:58 AM
You are getting lots of good advice here, and lots of company. Just a couple other things: If you drink sodas (pop), that is one thing you absolutely can give up and not miss it. Empty calories, carbonation that gives you indigestion, and acid that your stomach doesn't need. Water with a slice of lemon is so much better for you. Diet soda is just as bad for you, as it sets you up for insulin resistance, the same as sugary drinks do.
The other thing: if you can read while you are on the treadmill, that might help. Get a fun large print book, and you will lose track of how many laps you are making.
Oh, and remember the old adage: Breakfast like a king, lunch like a merchant, dine like a pauper. (paraphrased)

TMP
August 19th, 2016, 03:47 AM
This is also something that I am struggling with. I have always been under weight and didn't have to do a thing to maintain my weight. I ate whatever I wanted . Then after developing Psoriatic arthritis 5 years ago I got into the habit of not moving around as much. Poof 40 pounds. I am at a point now I could exercise . I have no idea where to start to lose this extra weight. Btw I love all the wrong food.

Vonnie
August 19th, 2016, 08:36 AM
I'm in the same boat.

I know what to do, just no energy to make it happen. And my joints ache really bad.

WendyI
August 19th, 2016, 11:29 AM
I know this problem intimately. Having arthritis in my knees exacerbates it incredibly and the fact that I'm frankly a lazy person. I really am. So, now that I have been diagnosed with Type II diabetes I have no choice but to control my diet. I "cheated" the last couple of days and am feeling horrible again. So I'm forced to eat healthier. "dieting" never works..it's a lifestyle change for sure. I lost 50 lbs just by eating healthy. I've gained some back but I'm loosing again. Start with food and then work your way back up to exercising. If you managed to do it for three years, you'll be able to do so again. Try to mentally remind yourself of how well you felt when you did it. I hate exercising but KNOW I feel so much better when I do it!

Carolnnc
August 19th, 2016, 01:53 PM
Wow! Thanks to everyone of you for sharing experiences, tips and struggles. It's so helpful to get encouragement from everyone. I think as women we sometimes feel alone with our body struggles. After reading your comments I realize I have to go back to tracking my calories and steps. I went this morning and got a Fitbit and a food diary. My biggest struggle is going to be calories. I am 4'11" and to lose lose weight I can only have 770 calories a day and then to maintain I can have only 1200. As southerner who loves sweet tea, grease, flour, sugar and salt it takes great strength to eat a carrot:) I have a friend does Weight Watchers and a couple of weeks ago I looked at all the material she has for the program. She went hysterical when I said, "dang! I couldn't even lick a piece of chicken on this diet." So I am renewing my pledge to get in gear and lose the weight.

Hulamoon
August 19th, 2016, 07:36 PM
Wow! Thanks to everyone of you for sharing experiences, tips and struggles. It's so helpful to get encouragement from everyone. I think as women we sometimes feel alone with our body struggles. After reading your comments I realize I have to go back to tracking my calories and steps. I went this morning and got a Fitbit and a food diary. My biggest struggle is going to be calories. I am 4'11" and to lose lose weight I can only have 770 calories a day and then to maintain I can have only 1200. As southerner who loves sweet tea, grease, flour, sugar and salt it takes great strength to eat a carrot:) I have a friend does Weight Watchers and a couple of weeks ago I looked at all the material she has for the program. She went hysterical when I said, "dang! I couldn't even lick a piece of chicken on this diet." So I am renewing my pledge to get in gear and lose the weight.

Carol where did you get your Ftbit? I only have Walmart so may have to go Amazon. I don't want to spend $100!

Carolnnc
August 19th, 2016, 07:52 PM
Carol where did you get your Ftbit? I only have Walmart so may have to go Amazon. I don't want to spend $100!

Lori,
Amazon has the Fitbit Flex for $79 which is the one I purchased for $100 locally because I didn't want to wait for it to ship.

Carolnnc
August 19th, 2016, 07:57 PM
I'm looking for a daytime yoga class in my area. No luck so far. I gained 12 pounds this past year and got a 'talking to' from my doctor because I'm diabetic. He was thrilled with my lab results but wants me to move more. Twelve pounds may not sound like much, but I'm small and it makes a difference of two pant sizes.

I also think that moving is the answer for most of us. Unfortunately our love of sewing/quilting doesn't encourage much movement.

I'm right there with you! I think the 12 pounds I need to lose might equal 30 on someone who's tall.

Carolnnc
August 19th, 2016, 08:03 PM
This is also something that I am struggling with. I have always been under weight and didn't have to do a thing to maintain my weight. I ate whatever I wanted . Then after developing Psoriatic arthritis 5 years ago I got into the habit of not moving around as much. Poof 40 pounds. I am at a point now I could exercise . I have no idea where to start to lose this extra weight. Btw I love all the wrong food.

Loving all the wrong food has definitely gotten me where I am now. I have always loved to cook/eat and at my age it has caught up with me.

Carolnnc
August 19th, 2016, 08:14 PM
As you can tell, you are NOT alone. I belong to TOPS = it's a weight support group (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). We are there to encourage each other. If you can get on the tread mill even 2-3 times a week to start. Don't do everyday - eventually you can build up. Some is better than none. One day at a time. Even if you can get on the treadmill a couple of times a day - but in shorter time limits - it will help you get started. Never give up = always try - you are important - and your health is also.

Thanks Pat. I checked online and there is a TOPS meeting at the end of my street!