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  •  That's an aggressive weight loss plan! (3+ / 0-)
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    Clytemnestra, Eyesbright, ladybug53

    Two things helped me lose 70lbs in a year. Cutting out wheat based products and biking/triking.

    Have you looked at eliminating wheat from diet? Many are surprised at how much heavy 'bloat' quickly melts away by switching to other whole grains versus wheat and gluten based products.

    Do you have a good bike you could ride (when you need an alternative to walking)?  Riding at a brisk 12-15 mph for an hour can burn 350 to 450 calories or more, depending on bike weight and yours. Riding faster than 16 mph could burn 500 to 600 calories. If hilly terrain, more calories will be burnt. Hopefully, there are nice roads around you and maybe bike paths you could try out.

    If you have balance concerns or get backaches or tailbone pais on a regular bike, consider trying out some of the newer adult 3 wheel recumbent trikes like a Sun EZ3 SX Tadpole, TerraTrike Rover or a Catrail Villager.  The ones with higher seats are easier to get on and off, but you'll give up some cornering speed and increase wind resistance. Of course, if you cannot get into the seat, you won't want to use it anyway. A handy folding cane might make the difference if one has awkward entries and exits.

    Biking & cutting wheat out helped me get back on my feet after developing a chronic debilitating condition which left me on a scooter & cane for a couple years. On a bike I could exercise legs without heavy pressure on knees and ankles. My first 2 wheeler mountain bike (suspension tuned to 'soft') helped me lose 30 lbs in a few months. But on the 2 wheel bike, going more than 30 minutes at a time was painful to the tail bone and ankles. After switching to the 3 wheel trike, with a cushy seat, going an hour or more at faster paces was fun. And then I took off another 40 lbs. My condition still limits my walking much, but with the trike I have a fun means of mobility.

    A 3 wheeler is pretty stable to ride if caught in rain, on gravel or muddy roads, or snow, so I can take it out and ride when others might just stay in. The models with multiple gears can make hill climbs easy--no balance worries if slowing down to a walking speed. With a rack and basket it's good for small grocery & errand runs. It might take twice as long versus a car to do a 7 mile round trip, but burning another 400 to 500 calories is way better for my health and environment.

    When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

    by antirove on Thu May 09, 2013 at 11:37:35 AM PDT

    •  I have my eye on a stationary recumb. bike (3+ / 0-)
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      SadieSue, antirove, ladybug53

      unfortunately yesterday's needed spraying for carpenter ants took it out for this month.

      Stationary because I need to make sure I have a consistent speed - the hills around here give my knees fits.  And the new recumb. bikes at the Y (I do have membership there) put me too high above my knees. (I wish I could have snagged one of their old ones).

      My knees are a major consideration with my biking OR even being on a treadmill.

      I am really a peddler at heart.  In my teens and early 20s I would put at least 1,000 miles on my bike every summer.  One summer it was 2,000.

      But put me on a stationary recumb, with my tunes and I can knock out a consistent pace that even those who are physically fit have found impressive.

      The weight loss goals keep in mind how I work mentally.  2lbs every week is safe .... 2 1/2 lbs is tweaking it a bit, but it allows me to get to 10lbs a month, which is mentally what I can deal with.

      Last month I only lost 8 lbs and had to really talk myself into being okay with it.

      I may be OCD that way.

      I already have little wheat in my diet - fibro trigger, so it's mostly a non issue.

      Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

      by Clytemnestra on Thu May 09, 2013 at 01:58:14 PM PDT

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