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  • lclark04957
    lclark04957 Posts: 25 Member
    edited May 14
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    Great advice. It’s easy to compare myself to others and lose focus on personal goals and why I am on this weight loss/fitness journey. I’ll do what I can, when I can, and focus on the positive.
  • lclark04957
    lclark04957 Posts: 25 Member
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    Good morning my 60 and older friends. Half way through the week and so far so good. Managed to exercise everyday this week. I definitely feel much better physically and mentally. I hope the rest of the week goes well for everyone, and I’d love to hear from you. Please share. It’s motivating to know I’m not alone in this wellness journey.
  • lclark04957
    lclark04957 Posts: 25 Member
    edited May 16
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    @ridiculous59 … totally agree. 93 and moving? Sounds fantastic. Stretching is something I should do more. I always feel better after. I don’t know why I skip that step. Good advice. I’m making it a goal for next week!
  • BCLadybug888
    BCLadybug888 Posts: 1,410 Member
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    @AnnPT77 - you truly are brilliant, and earn the PT in your name!
  • BCLadybug888
    BCLadybug888 Posts: 1,410 Member
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    Hello peeps!
    I am working hard with my personal plan, hitting all the bases I know:
    - not just logging food, pre-logging food! (which is not my thing)
    - aiming for a water target
    - staying with a calorie deficit 12/14 days, then having 2 days at maintenance to mix things up & satisfy any deprivation I may be trying to convince myself of 😆
    - cooking almost every meal from scratch, adding in lots of veggies, trying to get adequate protein. Weighing and measuring food to be as accurate as possible.
    - fasting daily 14+ hours
    - trying to regulate my bedtime and get adequate sleep (made progress on this but not quite where I want it to be)
    - incorporate daily activity to build a daily habit (meeting my very modest activity/step goals for the most part, but still not there yet with a dedicated activity time daily)

    And I have lost weight, not as much as I would've liked or think I 'deserve' but averaging a lb a week last 6 weeks and I do seem to have a bit more energy and am feeling stronger and more in control overall. So having a successful month or so! I am on my 3rd cycle of my plan and still gung-ho to keep going. 🙂
  • 23majiki18
    23majiki18 Posts: 2 Member
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    Morning!! I’m “Nana” and am hoping to lose a significant amount of weight and throw out meds for blood pressure (entirely doable!) and cholesterol ( maybe not so doable—-we shall see)! I would appreciate input on “easy on the knees” movement activities (aka—-exercises!) as my knees hurt most of the time (miniscus injuries and auto crash). I know losing weight will help with the pain, but it’s a double edged sword right now. I’m planning to start some water aerobics because I know that will relieve a lot of pressure on my knees. However any/all other suggestions are greatly appreciated. Have a great logging day and enjoy!
  • AnnPT77
    AnnPT77 Posts: 32,798 Member
    edited May 21
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    Welcome, @23majiki18!

    "Easy on the knees" has some individuality to it, I think. I can only comment from my own experience, but your experience may be different.

    Ridiculous59 has good advice there about water exercise. That will work for quite a few people, since the water supports body weight and takes some of the stress off.

    I have osteoarthritis in my knees, and at least one torn meniscus. (I suspect both are now torn from the sensations, but only one was MRI-ed at the time.)

    Myself, I find that I can do things that require work from my knees bending in the linear front/back axis, but things with higher impact or torque/twisting on my knees makes things worse.

    By higher impact, I'm talking stuff like running, jumping, etc. Torque/twisting happens in some dance-type exercises, and in some games. (Some examples of games with twisting, things that I'm not suggesting are currently on your or my agenda, but are clear examples: Tennis, basketball, etc.) So I don't do things like that.

    What I'd suggest is some cautious experimentation.

    For me, with my limitations/reactions, major activities are biking (stationary or outdoor) and rowing (machines and boats, which is a leg exercise primarily, some upper body). Those are things I worked up to, and that involve only knee bending in the linear-hinging way, and pressure but not impact. I'm not saying "do those", I'm just giving examples of my personal thought process.

    I do find that some activities are uncomfortable at the time I do them, but don't make the overall conditions or pain worse longer term. That's an even more scary level of experimentation, though.

    For myself, I put walking (for exercise) in that category. I like to keep conditioned enough to walking that I can freely do things like art fairs or music festivals and whatnot that require quite a bit of walking. When I've cut back on walking (in Winter here!), I start gradually and build up distance over a period of time. My knees hurt by the end of a long walk, but don't get worse in general.

    Another thing that helped me was physical therapy. At first, my orthopedist didn't want to refer me for PT, because he said it couldn't help treat either OA or torn meniscus. But when I told him I wanted to learn how to walk and (especially) climb stairs in ways that would reduce further knee stress, he was supportive and referred me. I took one cortisone shot that sort of tided me over, and did the PT. For me, it was helpful.

    The physical therapist also assessed me to see whether certain muscular weaknesses or other musculo-skeletal issues were contributing to my knee pain. For many people, quadriceps (front thigh muscles) need strengthening, but that wasn't the case for me. However, I did have tightness in my hip joints that was contributing to my problems, and he gave me exercises to improve that. Very helpful!

    It can take a bit of patience and cautious experimentation to find some activities that work, but in my experience, the results can be worth that effort. I'm hoping you find some things that a workable for you!

    P.S. Apologies for the long post!
  • lclark04957
    lclark04957 Posts: 25 Member
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    I love this group! Great advice and very supportive. Welcome, @23majiki18!
  • designer91056
    designer91056 Posts: 15 Member
    edited May 21
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    @cfriedman44 Hi my name is Carol. I am 79 and brand new to My Fitness Pal and I am still getting lost on the app. I weigh 208 and have a lot of health issues that makes it hard to exercise. I love the diary as it helps me to be accountable and the suggestions on how I can make changes in my program.
    I would like to make new friends here. Some of the things I enjoy doing is knitting, crochet, and reading fiction.

    Hi Carol,I’m Mary Terese. I have MS. So that comes with a a lot of issues, including balance an fatigue. I’ve been using MFP for a few years on and off. On 5/16 I restarted AGAIN!! My weight was back up to 198 😩. So frustrating. Dr. has me using the Brook + app for my insurance. He feels I’m insulin resistant and eligible for a med to help with that. I need to document diet and activity for 3-6
    mns for insurance to pay. The app isn’t very user friendly so my coach said I could use a different app for my food diary. Yeah!! I love Fitness Pal. Weighed myself yesterday and I was down. 197.2. Another app I was considering talked about intermittent fasting. Really easy. You don’t eat after dinner and until breakfast. So basically 12- 14hrs. Depending on your schedule. I do 14-16 hrs which is the max. I would love to be your support partner. I enjoy reading fiction as well. Especially thrillers and murder mysteries. I do reformer Pilates twice a week for exercise. It offers my body the support it needs while I work out while developing the muscles needed for balance.
  • BCLadybug888
    BCLadybug888 Posts: 1,410 Member
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    Welcome back @g2renew, you can do this, we are all in it for the long haul.