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Old 12-26-2018, 07:17 AM
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Long story short I used to be a gym rat, in great shape, gym 6 days/week, 5k's/10k's every month at least. I was in a great routine that worked for me as a then 51 y.o.. Ran into some health issues (not related to gym use) that got me off my routine. Those issues are largely gone - have been for 3 years or so but I just can't seem to get motivated to get back to any kind of exercise regimen. 40 pounds later I need to do something. Anybody else faced and conquered this issue, if so what worked for you?
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Old 12-26-2018, 07:28 AM
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Dr friend of mine tells his patients every 20 pounds you take off can add another 5 years to your life. There is a lot that goes into that (not smoking, eating better and working out), but its a good starter.
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Long story short I used to be a gym rat, in great shape, gym 6 days/week, 5k's/10k's every month at least. I was in a great routine that worked for me as a then 51 y.o.. Ran into some health issues (not related to gym use) that got me off my routine. Those issues are largely gone - have been for 3 years or so but I just can't seem to get motivated to get back to any kind of exercise regimen. 40 pounds later I need to do something. Anybody else faced and conquered this issue, if so what worked for you?
The health app on my phone. Looked at it for the first about 6 weeks after getting the phone in January 2015. It showed I had walked 15,000+ steps while shoveling snow. It started me walking on a regular basis.
I set a goal to achieve of 6,000 steps/day for the entire year of 2018. I am currently at 6133 steps per day. I walked 13+ miles on Sunday. My wife has started to walking more because of it and a friend now tags along with me on many of my walks.

I also use the heart rate monitor app.

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yep, decided to give up office life and go back to driving truck. couldn't pass the DOT physical. too much weight so would require a sleep apnea test, blood pressure was too high etc. I have always been an active person and in pretty good shape. not even sure when I started slacking and gaining etc.

then girlfriend invited me to do a training class with her, was free admission for a week etc. yeah there were some heavy folks in there and I was the first one out. couldn't do it.

that was 2 years ago

today I run 4 miles every other day, and lift weights on the opposite days. last run I did at the end of season there were 3000 runners and I came in 300th place. I'll take that. BP is normal, weight is normal etc.

lots of new friends that I met at the gym.

funny thing is, decided not to go drive as then I wouldn't have time to go to the gym. LOL
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When my son developed a debilitating illness at age 8, I realized that my wife and I were in for a long slog caring for him. I wanted to be there as long as possible and be as capable as possible to help him and her. So, I started exercising daily at age 34. I'm age 71 now, have maintained the motivation and activity. If anything, I work harder now than I did at age 34.
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I’ll let you know when and if that happens
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My kids and my iphone/iwatch health app.

I want to be here for my kids for a long time.
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Pretty much this. First off, 51 yrs old and being a gym rat, god bless you. I'm 36 and been a gym rat since 19. Gym rat of all the gym rats in fact. Competitive bodybuilder, body everyone envied, etc. Now I can't find time for the gym or eating right. Work, house, and saving for a wedding hit me hard.

I'm in the same boat.

My only advice: It's momentum. Just keep it going. Start with a goal of making it to the gym 3x a week. Do that for 3 months. Whenever you don't feel like going, just go.
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I turned 50, and realized life was just harder at 250. That and the fact that I had one pair of pants that fit, and you ciid not tell they where pleated when i wore them.


18 months later 210. Spin twice a week, run twice a week, and add in random bike rides. Paddle i the spring/summer/fall. 2 Sprint tri's, Paddle board race, 10 mile, 13.1, and a bunch of 10k's. Have never felt better. Been down with the flu for two weeks, and am going for my first run today. Literally in a foul mood because I haven't broken a healthy sweat.

Best thing I ever did for myself.
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Thanks all - I like the mirror idea as I avoid them at all costs these days. 4 years ago I weighed in at 150# (5'-8"), probably too skinny but now I'm 200#+ if I had the stones to get on a scale. What has brought it to a head was some holiday photos that I appeared in. I have avoided pictures just like the mirror knowing I did not want to see myself and pretending it was not so bad. Last year or so I have aches and pains, 'fat' pants (i.e stretch material etc.)36" belt becoming too tight etc., just all around disgusted with myself for getting out of my routine and letting myself go. I will be at the gym tomorrow a.m. when it opens and will face the wrath of the folks that used to envy my workout routine. I will be the FNG as we used to call the newbies (i.e. F&^%^'n New Guy). Fingers crossed.
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I am married to a hottie.........she keeps me motivated!!
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Looking at my parents who are about to turn 74 and 78 and are in horrible shape. My dad can barely get in/out of the vehicle or up from a chair. We don’t want to be in the shape they are in when we are there age so we try to work out daily, whether it is walking or using weights and use my fitness pal to track our calories.
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Originally Posted by bhc6085 View Post
I am married to a hottie.........she keeps me motivated!!
Pics or it didn't happen LOL
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You can work out until you are blue in the face and it won't mean anything unless you change your diet and eat healthy. Working out will help you reach your goals quicker and perhaps help you look better, but you don't need to workout to lose weight and feel better about yourself.

Personally, I am getting back into swimming and biking. I have been running for 30 years and my knees are done with it. I have not run in over two months now and I am loving having no knee pain and no limping.
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Originally Posted by mymojo View Post
Thanks all - I like the mirror idea as I avoid them at all costs these days. 4 years ago I weighed in at 150# (5'-8"), probably too skinny but now I'm 200#+ if I had the stones to get on a scale. What has brought it to a head was some holiday photos that I appeared in. I have avoided pictures just like the mirror knowing I did not want to see myself and pretending it was not so bad. Last year or so I have aches and pains, 'fat' pants (i.e stretch material etc.)36" belt becoming too tight etc., just all around disgusted with myself for getting out of my routine and letting myself go. I will be at the gym tomorrow a.m. when it opens and will face the wrath of the folks that used to envy my workout routine. I will be the FNG as we used to call the newbies (i.e. F&^%^'n New Guy). Fingers crossed.
Thanks again.
that was me almost exactly. was normally 150 suddenly hit 201 and thought WTF?
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Round is a shape.Leave me alone.



Going to Manila end of March, will drop 25 by then.
Plus I turn 60 this year.
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Originally Posted by bhc6085 View Post
I am married to a hottie.........she keeps me motivated!!
same here! She is 54 now and still a head turner. I am Really not that overweight 5’9” 170, but i rarely feel “ good”

The Grand baby motivates me some, hunting season some.....

I will follow along here and see you guys can help get me off my ass

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...change your diet and eat healthy. ...
Step one.
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Simple fear of death says it all
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