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Lighten Your Limbs With Friends

Diabetes & Endocrine System | Last Active: Jan 10, 2020 | Replies (317)

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@retiredteacher Carol, I am in a slightly different position, but I would love to join the group. I was very gradually losing weight prior to my cirrhosis diagnosis. When I found out I would need a liver transplant I got serious about weight loss and exercise because I knew the better shape I was in, the better my recovery would be. Also, the possibility of having to dual list was in the back of my mind — some transplant centers require a BMI under 30 which mine certainly was not.
I lost a very significant amount of weight and then just about a year ago I started losing more for no apparent reason! I felt like it was a "get out of jail free" ticket! I stopped losing weight and am now about 10 pounds over where I want to be. I really want to lose that weight and would like to lose at least five more than that. I already do exercise a lot –pool exercise at least 3 times a week, for about an hour and a half each time, I go to the gym at my health club 2 – 3 times a week, and I do my recumbent bike a few times a week for 25 – 30 minutes each time. I also need accountability, but more for the diet than the exercise, although I hate going to exercise and have to really push myself. After I do I am glad I did it, and feel almost smug about it.

I have been using myfitnesspal for food accountability and that has been a tremendous help. I also wear a fitness tracker to encourage myself to make my goal — my son has the same fitness tracker and I have discovered that he checks up on me! That keeps me honest, for sure. Recently though I keep getting off track. I start out fine in the morning, and then I get out of bed. 😉 Today I am doing fairly well overall on the diet but due to some other circumstances I have not done much exercise. Right now I am really fighting myself, I am sort of hungry and would really like a treat.

If my goals and needs are not too far off from what you intend the group to be, then count me in. Also, I highly recommend myfitnesspal for anyone serious about trying to lose weight, and with that you can friend other people using it to encourage each other. It gives you a breakdown of what you have eaten and you can see where you went wrong, if you did.

Whether or not my needs fit in, I think this is a great idea. The encouragement and support of others really does help.

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Wow, JK, you are an exercise expert. When I was young, I did aerobic dancing, power walking, and swimming, but only the aerobic dancing was with a group. But as I am older, I make excuses not to exercise. Then I got this Mayo Plan. It looks like it will be progressive enough to start slowly and move up a week at a time. That's something I can do. If you think it will work for you, then add it and you can see if it makes a difference. It may be too easy, but you'll determine that. It's the one part of having Diabetes 2 that I have not been able to do. I have my food under control, so I have to add exercise. This Mayo Plan is something I can am going to do. Maybe I'll lose a few pounds, but mainly I need to be healthier and stronger.
Come along and you can see how it measures up to the other exercises you are doing. Thanks for suggesting MyFitnessPal. That sounds like a good tool also. I figure if we have the tools, we can get the job done.
Glad to hear from you.

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