Hmm...well, I think I get the idea. I can pretty much just do some of my normal exercises but try to do them on one leg or on a step. I was thinking of using one of those big fitness balls to do crunches, too. I figured that would help with my balance.
I know it doesn't help us lose weight like cardio does, but strength and balance gives me a sense of confidence.
Whenever I go hiking with the kids, if there is any sort of stream they want to cross it. I am like a scared cat standing on the side ready to scratch anyone's eyes out if they try to get me to cross! I know I have terrible balance so I won't do it. LOL. I have fallen in before as everyone watched me float down the stream. Good times...
You can say you overcame the fear to admit you have a weight problem. In that one step you've overcome many other emotional fears we have to face when we decide to get serious about losing weight .
I've heard Rich Weil, our Fitness expert, say lots of good things about using resistance bands and he often helps Members with some beginner tips. I'd encourage you to ask Rich and the Fitness & Exercise Community for their feedback and support, too.
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I'm impressed once again, Judy! You've overcome some real challenges to get to where you're at today. I'm so glad you were able to overcome the fear of outdoors!
It sounds like many of our Members have had success using a small step by step beginning. Every step counts.
And, yes...It was a sad day for my Bears. Terrible, because I had to suffer my daughter's Packer cheers while my QB decided to sit out the most important game of the season. Grrrr! I sure hope they get rid of Cutler. But you better believe I did some jumping around when they scored. I would hate to be shut out. Better luck next year to our teams!! Now if I must, I choose the Steelers. View Thread
I have a hard time with balance, too. Sometimes I even notice when I'm on my walks I find that I don't walk a straight line at times. What types of exercise did you do to work on your balance?
It has gotten much easier to be active now that I've lost some weight, but I still have at least another 40 I'd like to lose. I've been thinking it's time to join a gym and get a few training sessions. I figure once I get the hang of things I won't need the trainer anymore. Thanks for your tips!
Exercise can be much harder to get going with when your whole body aches, so just do what you can in very small doses at first. Our Fitness & Exercise expert, Rich Weil, may have some good tips for you. I'd encourage you to ask him for his input on the Fitness & Exercise community.
Starting over doesn't have to be cold turkey. Start where you can and work towards the rest. It's the persistence that will pay off.
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Has your doctor given you any medical reasons that you may be feeling extra tired? Could it be an iron or vitamin deficiency?
As a one-meal-a-day eater, too, one thing I had to do was start logging all my foods. I began to learn the different foods I needed and correct portions sizes.
I'm sooo not a breakfast person, but by starting the day with a small breakfast, I get my engine going and it actually makes me hungry again in a couple hours. It's better to eat small meals a few times a day than one big one, so your metabolism stays higher.
Just try making one new habit at a time (you could start with a small healthy breakfast as your first min-goal). We're here to support you in any way we can, so please ask any questions of share how you're feeling anytime!View Thread
I've heard a lot of things about Weight Watchers. My sister has used their system for many years, first to lose weight and then to maintain. What's good about it is that you're teaching yourself about the different food groups and what's important for you to eat (and not eat)
Can't agree with you more about teaching our kids healthy habits and how important it is to take care of our bodies. As moms, we tend to put our kids first and ourselves last. We can fall back into those old food relationships pretty fast when all our focus is on our children's health and we neglect our own.
Sounds like you have a good motivating force to get you started...congrats on that! Now just start taking steps, no matter how small, just do a little bit every day and work your way up. Maybe you can try to include the family, too, by taking them for walks.
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Many of us get stuck in that rut that says "I can't exercise because I'm too heavy, but I can't lose weight unless I do" So how do you begin when you're carrying an extra 100 pounds on your body?
Along with changing our relationships with food , we all know how important exercise is to lose weight and stay healthy. But, when you're 100 pounds overweight, just walking or even lifting yourself up off the couch may seem like a challenge.
Along with the physical challenges, our weight may also affect us on an emotional level. Some worry what others may say or think when they try to exercise. The fear of judgment is very real and can hold back some overweight men and women from ever trying at all.
Does fear of ridicule affect your decision on where (or IF) you will exercise? Are you stuck in the same old catch 22 that says you can't workout until you lose weight?
Maybe you've learned to face down your demons…we'd love to hear how! Even if you haven't been active for a long time, you can still do something today to begin the process of losing weight.
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This week, Pamela Peeke, MD, has the 411 on why and when our waistlines wander south. And better yet, she shares medicine ball moves and posture reminders toreturn your shape to tip-top status. "Nobody likes to walk around with fat pouring out over their pants and a wall of flab jiggling around the midriff when you don a short top. The great news is that you can melt your Muffin Top at any age. You just need to stick to a winning plan."