Recovery was amazing. I felt very good this morning. Staying very well hydrated, stretching after the second walk and the meal I ate for dinner really helped I think.
I cannot run. My knee is recovering. Even then I know few runners in their 50's and 60's without knee/foot/ankle issues and I don't want to follow them. I might start riding my bike when I am lighter though.
I stop midway during the first walk each day for push-ups and leg lifts. I am going to try to do these monster 2-a-day walks until Halloween unless I hurt myself or truly get burnt-out in the meantime.View Thread
Thanks for your advice. Taking this journey 24 hours at a time (or even 24 minutes in some cases) is very sound advice for the most part. I take a longer view with things like menu preparation and shopping, but the rest is taken a day at a time.
Your comment "slug it out" is very appropriate. When I fitness walk I often get into a mode where I am tired, bored and hurting (not seriously) yet I almost enjoy that mixture of feelings. "No pain, no gain", "I got myself into this, now I have to pay the price", etc. I suspect it's a matter of direct feedback.
I realize that staying fit is going to take a lifetime of living a healthy lifestyle. "Dieting" has become a bad word these days but a huge part of the process of getting into shape for me is requiring a diet that is lower in calories.
I made it through day #30. Two monster walks. I drank a gallon of water on the first walk (it was 91F.) Second walk was shorter this evening. Between the two of them they are among the longest (almost 9 miles combined) and fastest I have ever taken.
I had a container of 1% cottage cheese and a can of pineapple in it's own juice mixed together for dinner with a few crushed peanuts. About 650 calories. Tasted like steak and lobster to me! It will be interesting to see how I recover. The walks were brutal!View Thread
Welcome to this forum. It's good to see you taking the first steps to get your life back. I suspect others will advise you on diets and exercise or will suggest you find a nutritionist and someone to advise you on exercise so I will leave that to them. No matter what make sure your doctor approves of whatever avenue you end up taking.
I have just two very quick things to mention. First, given your situation I think the fee movie located here: http://www.jointhereboot.com/ will really resonate with you. I'm not suggesting you follow the diet that's described in the movie but I think you will find it both motivational and inspirational.
I am on day #29 of my new eating/exercise plan. I have read a great deal since I started. One diet that seems to resonate very strongly with me is the six week "Eat to Live" plan by Joel Fuhrman. If I had to do it again, I would have started with this. It takes dedication from what I have read and your MD would have to approve it for you but that six weeks is life changing.
Good luck. Welcome aboard and I am sure we will interact again.View Thread
Does anyone else here ever feel what I call the "dog days of dieting?" While I don't weight myself, all is going very well. I feel great, albeit hungry at night. My energy level is way up. Clothes are beginning to fit again. My injured knee feels a great deal better. My face is no longer puffy, etc. etc.
Yet I feel this odd sort of feeling. On the one hand I feel an almost impatience to get the weight off so I can focus on maintaining it and really building my health.
On the other hand I feel so good that that I sometimes almost question whether I should remain on the diet yet I KNOW I need to.
Sunday will be my 30th day on the diet. Fully 1/3 of the time I think I will need to be in a reduction phase. I find these dog days to be disquieting...View Thread
Like many dieters the morning is the easiest in terms of not being overly hungry so I take advantage of that even though I'm sure some nutritionists would cringe at that statement. So within a 1/2 hour of getting up I eat either an apple or a banana or some other similar fruit or an 80-100 calorie chunk of cheese or a shot glass full of unsalted peanuts along with a large sliced tomato or two, a couple of cups of black coffee and a pint of ice water.
I walk during lunch for 90-120 mins during which I consume about 3 quarts of water (I perspire heavily.) In the early afternoon I will have a small bowl of shredded wheat or oatmeal with 1% milk -- my traditional breakfast for the past 20 years and perhaps a small handful of blueberries.
I walk again at night before dinner. A typical dinner (and I eat as late as possible -- more cringing) would be something like a can of tuna packed in water, some sliced tomatoes, some raw carrots, some celery, maybe an orange and a few multigrain crackers from Trader Joe's. I usually finish the gallon of water I started earlier and often times add a quart of club soda.
Some keys for me:
Many times I am getting fairly hungry before one of my two walks. Walking (and I mean athletic power-walks) blunts my appetite for 1-3 hours -- the time of the walk and then up to an hour afterwards.
Drinking the gallon of water and the club soda really helps. Last night I mixed some psyllium power with some of the water and that made me feel even less empty.
I find it easier to wait for dinner than to eat earlier and endure hunger pangs later in the evening.
There is a spiritual/faith aspect of this journey for me. The first 10 days of the 2 walks/day and the new menu kicked my backside. I was exhausted and I felt ill. In retrospect now that I know more, I was detoxing. On the 11th day everything changed. I didn't endure those first 10 days without assistance. I have absolutely no question that any strength I have exhibited on this journey thus far comes from a source far greater than I.
Without taking anything for granted I am spending some time now putting together target weight sustaining menus that I will use once I realize my goal.View Thread
Thanks for your comments. Today is day #26 and I feel extremely strong. With the exception of the planned BBQ on the 16th, my adherence to my diet has been perfect and I have not experienced any significant hunger pangs. I just finished a fast 2 hour walk at lunch. I'll walk again tonight for close to an hour at an even faster pace.
I was initially exhausted at night following the two walks (even though I was already a serious daily walker) for the first 10 days of my diet. Now my body (and probably my mind to some degree is getting into shape.)
I don't keep a food diary. But I plan and follow a menu schedule so I know how many calories I am consuming per day. If I felt anything adverse (dizziness, strong hunger pangs, lethargy, other pains, etc.) I would adjust my diet but for now it seems to be doing extremely well.
And it's extremely simple. One fruit and at least two veg at every meal. No red meat or fowl -- only fish, legumes, unsalted nuts, eggs and cheese. One gallon of water per day plus about a quart of club soda or Pellegrino per day.
The results in 26 days have been amazing. My chronically "bad knee" seems to be almost healed. I was walking yesterday when I began to focus on it to see if I could feel any pain at all. I did that for a good block until I realized I was focusing on my good knee as both knees feel geat.
Mt flexibility is improving too. Before I began I would struggle to pick up a penny off the sidewalk. Yesterday I tried with the same force I was accoustomed too and my palm was comfortably flat on the pavement with some flex to my knees. Just amazing...View Thread