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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

My Goals:
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.


My Program:
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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  • v GRAMMYPAT
    Hi Mark
    Thanks for including me as a friend. Looking forward to getting to know you.

    GrammyPat
    4578 days ago
  • v ALASKAN
    welcome & hello Mark
    It's good to see and meet you here on Gardening team .... Good luck on your goal(s) and I'm here if you need help on this site. Take care and talk to you soon. Stay focused and have a positive attitude will help. I'm here to keep you encouraged and to be supportive.

    To STAY MOTIVATED I DO THIS ALL THE TIME:::
    1) come in and read the posts
    2) read and join any teams that you think you like
    3) get it know the people
    4) read some articles
    5) most of all :: have fun and enjoy yourself
    You are doing great, making progress every time you come in.

    If there is anything that I can do to help, give me a holler. If I do not know the answer, I will find it. Our leaders are really great and help when you need it too. So don't hesitate to ask. That is why we are here... Always, ERNA
    4586 days ago
  • v DJ4HEALTH
    Thanks for adding me as a friend. I see that you are almost to your goal. Congrats so far and you will get there. I know that with arthritis it will take longer but we can do it. emoticon
    4589 days ago
  • v THYROIDQUEEN
    Thanks for adding me as a friend. We all need all the help we can get... emoticon
    4590 days ago
  • v SUPERFIT5
    Thanks for adding me as a friend. I've read a lot of your posts on the GF team and always appreciate your input. Have a great day!

    Lisa emoticon
    4591 days ago
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