It is both a mental and physical challenge. You've spent years "tricking" your body into thinking you're old and dying by not being active. Now, you must trick your body into thinking you're young and rebuilding. Your system has to be re-booted. Exercise does not burn fat. Your body burns fat preparing for growth and higher levels of activity. You need to rationalize...you need to "see" the necessity of more movement. This is a mental challenge; you're absolutely right...But, mentally, you need to clearly understand why it's so important to exercise...It has little to do with weight loss.View Thread
Congratulations on your 72 lb weight loss, ejmatt.
What does your blood panels & metabolics say? Blood pressure, fasting blood glucose, cholesterol levels (LDL & HDL), liver and kidney function parameters, c reactive protein, RBC count and hemoglobin, Vitamin D, etc...In other words, how is your health, quantitatively, speaking?
I think you should focus on maintaining the highest level of nutrition, possible, get plenty of rest and, without question, keep daily activity level, as high as possible. If you do this, your weight will reduce, automatically.
Yesterday, reporters grilled 23 year old golfing genius, Rory McIlroy, on what he needs to do stay World #1. "Look, guys, it's a 'process'...If I stay focused on improving my game and focus on playing every golf shot to the very best of my abilities, the World Ranking, the Money...all the accolades...they'll take care of themselves..." In other words, don't worry about the weight; just worry about the "process" and let the weight fall where it may.
Hint: Activity and movement are key...MMA fighters can consume as much as 6,000-7,000 calories per day and struggle to keep weighton. For several years, now, I've averaged between 13,000-15,000 steps, daily...my weight hasn't budged in over 2 years.View Thread
I quit a long time ago, I can't remember when. But, I do remember this. My "crew" wanted me to stop as bad as I did.
My daughter and son, at the time, 6 & 8, helped me to quit smoking. I took it one day at a time, my family counted down each day; the pressure was enormous! My girl checked my pockets when I came home for work...My wife sniffed my clothes...My son searched the car, everyday...My mom called me all the time!...Two weeks in, I knew I had beat it.
You're ready to quit, now. You'll make it. Just think, "little victories". Oh, one more thing...
I suggest you consider using a pedometer and track your steps, daily. I carry mine with me at all times. Although I perform exercise twice a day (primarily for diabetes management and prevention), I'm actually more concerned about myactivity level for the entire day. I average 13,000 steps (6 miles), 365.
Since you have arthritis, obviously, you must take extra precaution and monitor pain level when performing any exercise. Swimming is fantastic. It adds flexibility, it's aerobic, it's strength training, builds balance and easy on joints. If you could swim just a couple mornings a week, I think you will start to feel immediate improvement and less pain.
Lastly, I'll add this. Today, I took a bad fall during my 4:30AM walk with my dogs. At the time, I was shadow boxing and I tripped over a bad joint in the concrete. As I was going down, I was able to take a last second, desperation step to help break my fall and allow me to get my hands in front to avoid a total face plant onto the cement. I scraped my knee, badly, and I lay frozen in pain for about a good minute but I was able to pick myself up and get home.
As I write this post, aside from the bad scrape, I am relieved I was able to avert serious injury...that quick, short step saved me. I seriously doubt many people my age and size could escape injury in a fall like that. This is why I perform exercises that challenge and test my balance and I perform simple Yoga stretches, first thing, every morning. I was prepared for just that moment...I'm 56, too.View Thread
In your studies, you indicate that O2 Consumption is the method used to measure a rise in Metabolic Rate. Yet, it appears based on what you mention, above, that a rise in metabolic rate doesn't necessarily require a rise in heart rate. What does that say about Red Blood Cell counts, Iron and Hemoglobin levels and how does it impact weight loss?...
How did Erythropoietin, steroids, and blood transfusions help Lance Armstrong win 7 Tour de France and make him a billionaire?
PS: rocketqueen, we're still waiting for your response. thx...
To observe a dog respond to attention & play or a walk or run... how it shapes and transforms their overall disposition and demeanor...hammers home the point of what these activities do for us, too. I mean, if you want to raise a vicious and dangerous animal, just lock your dog in a garage or backyard, alone, 24/7 and, Voila!, you're now the proud owner of a lawsuit waiting to happen.
I find it interesting that Dr. Lodge, recognized as one of the top rated doctors in America, chooses EXERCISE and SOCIAL CONNECTIVITY as his topics of choice for a DIET board.
It's amazing what we can learn from our animals...View Thread