I'm glad I read your post. You explained the complicated process of rehabilitating your body through proper food and exercise very well. I did not experience consistent weight loss until I drastically reduced white starches, coffee, red meat, dairy and stopped eating at restaurants.
The number of people who can do that (and not cheat) would probably be about 1 in 10. Once committed, it's not that hard to do, actually. The hard part is the "commitment" part. What is truly amazing is that once "committed", the human body is so self-healing, you will see a noticeable slowing (or, even reversal!) in aging!View Thread
Rwr8277, thx for your comments. Would it be safe to say that you take no medications on a regular basis? Also, can you speak of what you have learned (or experienced) from your walks? Do you pass other fellow walkers on a consistent basis or do you see familiar faces only sporadically?
I've learned much from my daily walking. I've come to the conclusion that common "lifestyle" disease, today, are the result of "toxic" diet that illicit a sort of autoimmune reaction, whereby, our bodies "turn" on itself. Of course, Diabetes and Rheumatoid Arthritis are classic examples of this phenomenon. But, I think Obesity, Hypertension and Lipidemia are autoimmune reactions, too.
The true medicine and most direct treatment to counteract these "self-attacking" diseases is exercise.
Walking is simple.
Walking is physically and mentally empowering.
Walking is effective medicine for every modern lifestyle disease on the planet.
I've carried a pedometer for many, many years. I average 6 miles/day, 365. I am a T2 Diabetic and control my blood sugar entirely without drugs through diet and walking. My dogs accompany me, always, and they are my doctor-psychiatrist-trainer-life coach and ever-faithful companions.View Thread
There's few better ways to relieve stress than dog walking, and, for this reason, I think it's the healthiest habit I've adopted in my lifetime. The exercise is just as much for them as it is for me. I take my dogs out twice a day, once at 4:30AM and, again, at 7PM. I have Type 2 Diabetes but control my blood glucose, entirely, through diet and walks with my dogs. The walks are performed, specifically, to knock down any glucose highs and keep my blood pressure low and stable. My highest recorded HA1C over the last five years: 5.4
Our walks are daily/ 365. Sadly, during my many years of dog walking, I've never, consistently, seen one fellow walker during the morning walk, and only a couple during the evenings...
That's OK with us. Staying fit requires focus and discipline. The fewer diversions from our walks, the better "we" like it. View Thread
Rule #1: Be aware of signs of overexertion: breathlessness, dizziness, tightness or pain in the chest, loss of muscle control, and nausea. If you experience any of these signs, stop immediately. See your physician to determine the cause.
Rule #2: Listen to your body and progress slowly in the beginning. Most injuries in fitness come from doing too much, too soon, too fast, and too hard.
I've exercised for a minimum of 1 hour, everyday, for many, many years. I have (tripped and fallen, but) never injured myself, exercising. I have never experienced any sort of medical emergency as a result of exercise. The benefits of my exercise are financially, emotionally and physically incalculable...
The whole purpose of exercise is to test, learn and understand your body's limits so you can protect yourself from harm. View Thread
I read the article you referenced, then, smiled...
Under the section entitled Foods To Avoid (if your have diarrhea), I thought to myself, "and after your diarrhea stops, why not pretend you still have diarrhea and avoid eating those foods for the rest of your life?"
I mean, really? How ironic that one would voluntarily resume a diet that does not agree with them? That's the essential question that confronts all Americans, today, is it not?View Thread
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