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Old 07-11-2013, 08:48 AM
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I really, really need to start some kind of exercising program. I have a bunch of weight I need to lose. The problem is this, in my left foot I have plantar fasciatis plus 2 heel spurs. This causes LOTS of pain if I stand for too long or walk too much. I've been told I really need the surgery, but I've heard how difficult of a surgery it is to recover from. I know it would help so much if I could lose some weight.
Do any of you have any suggestions on some exercises I could do? Or if you've had this problem what worked better for you? I've got a treadmill & try to use it sometimes but like I said walking gets painful after a while.
I'm trying to work on a diet plan to start eating healthier. It's so hard! Living down here in the South where we would fry water if we could, it's hard to get away from those kinds of foods. I love salads & things like that, I'm not too picky but there are some things I don't like.
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I have a lot of thoughts on this subject. but for now i'll just say, I just recently lost 60 pounds. I still need to lose around 40 more. the way I did it was to eat low carb. I cut out all things with sugar ( no cake, candy , ice cream ,ect ). and cut way down on all carbs like bread, ( except this healthy bread I eat that is sprouted grain bread ) , I cut out pasta, potato, rice, ect .

swimming would be great for you. could you join a gym ? also bike riding.

good luck ! , I know its hard
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Salads are great because you can add yummy things like manadarin oranges, apples, raisins, chicken, etc. We have a juicer and I found a ton of different healthy juice recipes on line for free. You'd be surprise how drinking one glass of juice in place of a meal will detoxify you and help you loose 5 lbs in a couple days. Your body will crave this juice once you start drinking it because there's vitamins & minerals it knows it needs. Don't buy candy, cake, & cookies. Keep the fridge stocked with fruits & veggies. I agree that swimming would be great for you & it's fun. Find a friend & play badmitten (sp) in the pool or volleyball with a beach ball. You wouldn't believe how much exercise you get and it's really fun too. As long as you keep moving, you'll be burning calories.
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I am a HUGE advocate of exercise! And as Elaina said, cutting out the sugar and flour items helps tremendously! I've lost about twelve pounds over the last 3 months cutting it out, but it was due to digestive problems.

Some exercise things I like is something called The Firm. They have several different ones. I have 3 of their products, the original, the step, and the wave! Another thing to check into is rubber tubes. I have a set and they have handles to make gripping easy. And remember 2 or 3 short workouts per day, say 10-15 minutes each is better than nothing!
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Get the Shaun T video. It feels like dancing instead of working out. I love it. I do it low key for core strengthening, as I have an unstable spine. You can go at your pace. Eat 5 small meals a day. Cut out as much gluten as possible. Grains and such are good for you, but they cause internal inflammation. Cut back on carbs, increase your protein, and drink as much water as you can. Cut your portion sizes back. Think a bar of soap. Meat, veggie, etc serving should not exceed the size of a bar of soap. Make sure not to skip meals. This will actually work backwards. As you lose you want to replace fat with muscle. Judge your progress by how you look and the fit of your clothing. Since muscle weighs more than fat, many times people don't think they are making any progress. Once you get into a healthy lifestyle, you actually feel much better. Exercise releases endorphins. Wishing you the best of luck. Oh, and have one cheat day. This will keep you more focused.



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Oh, and cut out soda if you drink it. I have a friend that lost 10 lbs in 2 weeks just by giving up Dr. Pepper.



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And this may sound crazy, but every movement burns calories. When you are driving down the road, tighten your glutes. You can do it as many times as you can until you feel the muscle fatigue. You can do it with your legs and abs too. I drive down the road dancing in place. Make sense? I'm 45, 5'2, 3 kids, and I weigh 107 lbs. That's the scale reading this morning. I don't go without foods that aren't that great for me, I just eat them in moderation. And I move, move, move.



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Sorry to hear about your health issues! it must be a hard place to be in when you have to decide between living in pain or a hard surgery.

I'm jumping in here because I eat a totally different diet than most people have suggested.

I eat a high carb, low fat, plant based diet. This means lots of fruit, lots of veggies, no meat and no dairy (including eggs). This diet, besides being nearly impossible to be overweight on, has a myriad of health benefits, including erasing or preventing diet related diseases.

A good documentary on this style of diet is called "Forks Over Knives" if you're interested.

Diet is the most important part of your life. You can do intense exercise for two hours every single day, but if your diet is bad, you will see barely any results.




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