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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.

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 CALGAL98
    Getting older sucks, but I'm not going quietly into that good night! I keep adding things to get me active. I started a huge garden last year and canned and dried all sorts of stuff. This year I'm adding a couple of milking goats and will be making cheese and soap in addition to the garden. I refuse to stop, even if I have to take it a little easier. The animals force me outside--they need food and care. That forces me to stay active. I want to be active until I die, and that will include the horses, goats, garden and grandkids. Life is good and will be great.

    Congrats on getting the walking going. It is a huge answer to feeling better. I love my treadmill. Vicki
    4804 days ago
    Sounds like you are not only "trying to walk every day" but you are walking up a storm. Rock on!

    Ari from your arthritis team
    4811 days ago
    Hi! how about a picture, an opening blog and show your tracker.. if you started a year ago then show your start weight and give a synopsis of how it was to be on for a year.... anything... it really doesn't matter.. Just get going! I look forward to checkin back! kathy
    4830 days ago
    Hi! Jump in, the water is just fine... I've been here living on spark people since Dec 30 and I will tell you that if you participate, this is a life changing experience... You must read as much as you can, articles, recipes, other peoples pages and blogs and start talking to people..

    Blog on your own page, it is so helpful to you and others will find you and begin to be your support system... I am happy to help if you need anything.. When I started I spent alot of time going to pages and going back to their early blogs to see how they felt when they started... Feel free to visit mine... I blog everyday... sometimes it is about nothing but sometimes it is meaningful to me and seems to be also to others...

    Have fun... start with Fast Break and really think about it... start slow and make real progress on the small stuff before you move ahead... if you are like me, you've been here before and before and before and things don't always stick... it will be different if you do the work!

    Good luck and happy sparking!

    4832 days ago
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