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Hello, My name is Mark. I am disabled and am trying to lose some weight so that I might be healthier. I do most of the cooking in our house and try to make healthy choices as to what to eat. I am some what inactive do to my disabilities. My Doctor told me I need to start walking and lose some weight. At first I could only walk to the corner and back but I slowly worked it up to two miles a day. I try to walk every day. And my dogs each enjoy their turn at going for a walk. In fact they look forward to it and stand at the door waiting for me to put my boots on.

April 25, 2009
I am now over halfway to my goal. It has not been easy. For the last fiive months I was on a plateau that finally broke this month. Even though I was not losing weight I was losing width. I went from a size 44 pants to a size 40 just since November. Why the size reduction but not the weight lose? In November I started Physical therapy. At first it was very diffecult to even do five minute on the stationary bike and could only lift one pound weights. After three months of therapy my therapist suggested I join the gym program at the physical therapy gym. I did so and have been exercising three times a week since then. My exercise routine went from 30 minutes to now taking 2 1/2 hours. This is because more and more exercises were add and more time on each peice of equipment. The reason why I was losing width and not weight is because I was developing muscles and losing fat. They increase in one equaled the lose in the other. The best benefit of the exercises is that it has reduced the amount of pain that I am in form my severe arthritis.

Member Since: 3/29/2007

Fitness Minutes: 64,903

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My goal is to lose about 80 pounds and get back to the 175 lbs. I was at before I got sick. Or maybe even more then that.

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I was walking every day but since October 2008 when My Doctor sent me to Physical Therapy, because my arthritis pain was really bad, I was started in a gym program to help increase my flexibility. Now I go to the Gym for 2 hours a day. Monday, Wednesday and Friday i concentrate on strength exercises and do 20 minutes of stretching and then I finish it off with what ever cardio exercise i can do in the remaining time. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays I do cardio exercises and some stretching.

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    Mark, I'm glad you joined The Slowest Loser Team. I enjoy your comments on the threads.

    One of your other teams reminds me of an acquaintance of my youth. This guy sort of insinuated himself into our group in school. He was a con-man even at that age. Trying for sympathy, he told us he had a disease called "ankolosizing spondelethesis." I looked it up and of course there was no such thing. I saw him last summer, age 75, still trying to live by his wits, looking healthier than any of us! It takes all kinds!

    Keep up the good work! Every step takes us closer to our goals! emoticon
    3177 days ago
    Thank you so much for the Spark Goodie. That was very thoughtful of you.
    3285 days ago
    Stopping in to say hi and see how you been. Have a good day!

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    3286 days ago
    Hi Mark, I'm back to try it again. I really need to get healthy again and happy! I hope you are doing well. Just dropping by to say "Hi". emoticon
    3304 days ago
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    Thank you for the welcome to the healthy living, gluten free group. I am excited to learn how to win this battle over my body!
    3327 days ago
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