- Dear Jen H:
Thanks for writing, but are you sure you aren't my wife writing under
an assumed name? (j/k)
My wife is very much into healthy eating and healthy cooking (and
she's a darned good cook) as well as homeopathic medical
treatements. However, even she is in a quandry on this one and is
starting to lean toward stomach surgery.
I seem to be on something of a downward spiral, which my wife has
witnessed during the 16+ years of our marriage. The heavier I get,
the more my muscles and joints hurt. The more they hurt, the less I
use them. The less I use them, the more sedentary I become. The
more sedentary I become, the heavier I get. The spiral has gotten
worse in the past five years or so.
Frankly, although I need to lose 120 pounds overall, if I were 60
pounds lighter, I think your system would work well. However, I have
to get that initial "jolt" of losing 60 pounds or so. Once I did
that, I'm sure I could use more moderate means such as those you've
suggested, because I'd be able to do at least some exercising.
I'm fortunate in that my boss (of 20+ years) supports me in this
endeavor, although he is pushing the stomach surgery. He's willing
to allow me to "tele-commute" for several months if need be to solve
this issue, but he wants to be certain that I am not going to be in
roughly the same condition in several months that I'm in right now.
Question: what kind of exercises do you use? Have you ever had to
LOSE weight (as opposed to keeping it off in the first place)? If
so, what did you do?
Thanks again for your help (and for listening).
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "rnjhamp" <rnjhamp@y...> wrote:
> Hello. I am 29 years old female from VA with AMC. I walk
> unaided. I exercise 4 times a week and I try to eat healthy, not
> diet. I have found that exercise keeps me agile and in shape and I
> feel better. I don't know anyone who has had the stomach surgery
> I would recommend diet and exercise. I don't condone "diets" but
> choose to eat helathy. Meaning I get one helping at meals unless
> is salad. For the munchies I try to stick with fruits, vegetables,
> pretzels, popcorn, or Slim Fast(Weight Watchers) bars. I drink
> of water thru-out the day. But if I feel like eating a pizza I
> I don't deny myself fattening, "comfort" food. I just don't eat it
> all the time, every day. I eat 3 meals a day, drink Coke or the
> with lunch. Anyway, good luck and welcome to our diverse,
> jen H.
- I personally ride the stationary bike for 30 minutes once a week, do
low impact aerobics twice a week and do weight machines once a week.
Have you tried swimming or any kind of water exercise? I've heard
that is easier on muscles and joints. There is a lady at my pool who
walks the lap lane twenty laps a few days a week instead of
swimming. She can hardly walk on land without pain but in the water
she can move easier. In the end it's up to you. I've also heard
the "Atkins Diet" is a great way to jolt your body into losing some
weight quickly. It is not supposed to be a long term diet, just up
to 1 - 1.5 months without carbohydrates and then going off it and
exercising and eating healthier. Just a few ideas.