Born2Run1958 wrote: »
Hello all! Will be 62 in December although I don't feel that old.
mrsbfe wrote: »
I'm 63 and live in Ohio. Body image and eating disorders have always been a struggle. My mom was a clothing designer, and my abusive ex expected a trophy wife. So the results of that, along with depression and anxiety, have added CPTSD to my list of "issues." It's very difficult for me to have a realistic idea of how much I should weigh, or what I should look like. My cholesterol and blood sugar are good, but my BP is too high. I'm trying to use my BP numbers as a goal and not my weight (very difficult).
My body has restricted my exercise with a spinal fusion and wonky wrists, so I mostly walk or use my elliptical. I live on 13 acres, mostly woods, in southern Ohio, and I'm hoping to get in some hiking as well. I'm going to have to learn how to use a compass or tie ribbons to trees so I don't get lost! I know I need to do some strength training again, but I'm really not sure what to do about that. I'm open to suggestions (I have a 10 lb lifting limit).
If you read this far, thank you. I look forward to both giving and receiving support.
KeriA wrote: »
I had put together an at home strength training routine when I had more time to exercise before I went back to work. So I found that on the computer and tweeked it. It starts out with 5 minutes on my Gazelle, then I go to my back yard with some 5 lb weights and 2 shampoo bottles. I do some body weight and free weight exercises ( bicep curls, dumbell rows, dumbell press, front shoulder raises, lateral raises, with my knees I can't do deep knee bends so I use a chair to do sit/stands, I also do some high knee marches, leg lifts, arm circles and kick backs, I do a modified push up on a wall) then I come in and do some more lying down (like bench press lying down, planks and pilates roll ups, more leg lifts etc.) then stretches. I do this one day a week. I found my resistance bands so I found a video to do with them on another day. That gives me 2 strength training sessions a week. I separate them by a day. I try to get a walk, cardio video or gazelle on at least 3 days. Of course you will need to know which you can do and which you can't. I really needed smaller weights for some of these so that is why I use shampoo bottles. I go outside to get some fresh air and sun. Take it slow and tweek things to suit yourself.
All the best with finding what works for you.
kermitch wrote: »
Will be interested to see how you go with you blood pressure. I'm just hitting the high on my monitor (getting to 140+) which gives me a red warning. I'm trying to leave out as much salt as I can, and I've also heard magnesium is very good for getting it down. Don't know how correct that is, but I do often take a serious magnesium/vitamin C drink for sleep and stress. Does it help???? Can't really tell, but I'm sure I've felt better when I'm on it.
I'm 62, still working. The pension (government superannuation) kicks in here at 65, so I'm working at least until then.
Add me as a friend if you like, would be great to watch our BPs together.
linnieaikens wrote: »
Hello! I am just joining this group/thread. You gals sound like a fun group. I turn 60 in a few weeks, am a teacher of 30 years, originally from Hollywood, CA (17 yrs), Santa Barbara, CA (40 yrs) and now Southern Utah these past 3 years. I still find it hard to say I am a Utahan since I still think of myself as a Santa Barbara gal. I dearly miss my morning beach walks! I miss the colors green and blue! (of course, with the fires, it's more gray and taupe--sad!) I just started (July 1) to take serious control of my health (again...but committed to a forever lifestyle change now!!) using my Fitness Pal and FitBit. I am down 28 lbs since July 1 and have 50 more to go to reach a good weight for me. (Ideal weight numbers always made my ribs stick out. I just want to wear pants with a button and zipper without a big muffin top!..I was raised with the mantra to hold your stomach in!!... before it was okay to let it all hang out...still can't do it!!) I am trying to fine-tune the macros on FitnessPal, but all the responses out there are from 20-something people, whose answers seem a little unrealistic for me. I am supposed to stay under 40% carbs, am 5ft2in and have been doing 1200 cal./day and walking 10,000+ steps/day just at work (okay, so that includes 6-7 times running to the bathroom on the other side of school between classes at my age!) plus another 3,000+ step walk after dinner. Does anyone have some idea of what to put my macros at? I am currently losing about 1 lb/wk at <40% net carbs, 30% protein and 30% fats. Does this sound about right or do I need to adjust the protein and fat?
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