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TooMuch 01-25-14 08:36 AM

I don't want to exercise!
Well, I just had my Thyroidectomy and once again I'm terrified of weight gain. This week I bought size 14 jeans. I'm not proud of myself.

I can't for the life of me diet one bit right now. A life style change when it comes to food maybe but an all out diet is not in me.

The other problem is my lack of interest in exercise. I'm 45 years old and I'm way out of shape right now but I don't want to exercise. In my teens and early 20's I use to jog, from my mid 20's to my late 30's I would use treadmill and walking, elliptical machines and lift weights too.

I just don't want to try no more. Everything hurts. I have plantar fasciitis in my feet, I over pronate when I walk and run, I think I have runners knees, my hip slips out of place from time to time, I have back pain and injuries. I'm old and everything hurts!

I just have no desire but physically I'm out of shape. The other day I walked up 3 flights of stairs and I was breathless. It's bad.

I like walking now, the other day I went and I think swimming would be good too but it's so damn cold here right now. I have no desire to go out in the snow and cold and then get undressed and hit the pool.

Suppose I'm disappointed in myself. I've just never had "no desire" before. It's weird.

Uncomfortably Numb 01-25-14 11:30 AM

Don't be hard on yourself! It's pretty normal to have no desire to exercise if you haven't been doing it for a while, I think that's just the way it goes.

Starting a workout program is freakin hard! Exercise will never be more difficult or discouraging than when you first start it, but the more you do it, the more you see and feel the benefits, and that motivates you to keep going. You need to figure out a way to bust through that initial lack of desire, but once you get going, you'll be fine. It will be very tough at first, but it's a means to an end: you will feel better emotionally, you will perform better physically, your joints will hurt less (as long as you are being careful), and exercise will become something you really enjoy doing.

I would suggest getting a gym membership if you don't already have one, and make an appointment with a personal trainer. Tell them what you've told us, and have them make suggestions for what to do. That will commit you to change, and give you some ideas for what to start with. Make a weekly exercise schedule and STICK WITH IT, even if you're feeling tired/busy/depressed/whatever. It's so worth it, I really hope you'll give it a try.

As for dietary changes, a simple thing to do that will make a big difference is to lower your sugar intake, especially sugary beverages. Fun fact: you have to walk the length of a football field to work off the calories from just one m&m!

SensualGirl 01-25-14 02:27 PM

I read exercising makes it harder to lose weight. You move around less than you would have throughout the day and you eat more. Someone please confirm.

Uncomfortably Numb 01-25-14 07:07 PM


Originally Posted by SensualGirl (Post 1449122)
I read exercising makes it harder to lose weight. You move around less than you would have throughout the day and you eat more. Someone please confirm.

I wouldn't doubt that what you say is true for some people, but I'd be very surprised if it was the norm. Exercise burns calories and builds muscle, which reduces body fat. Exercise doesn't automatically make you move around less, or eat more though.

It is true that exercise alone is rarely enough to make a significant difference in your weight, whether your goal is to go up or down - diet does play a key role. Similarly, changing your diet without getting more exercise may not be enough either, depending on what your goals are. Reducing carbohydrate intake is important for losing weight, and increasing protein is important for building muscle. I've heard others say this, and I think it's true in my experience: going into the gym is the easy part, it's eating properly that's hard. Trying to change everything at once is particularly difficult. Making small changes over a long period makes it easier to form new eating habits.

udevi 01-25-14 08:57 PM

For dieting, I very gradually changed my eating habits over a period of years. Eliminating 'bad foods' from my diet was relatively easy, the sort of apathy that accompanies depression makes stopping doing something a lot easier than starting something. So, I found it difficult to start eating more healthy alternatives. I'm sure a nutritionist would say that I still eat unhealthy, but compared to the average person, I think I eat pretty well (although years ago, I had one of the worst diets imaginable).

Also, I am in no way advocating starving yourself, but it is important to note that your body does not get hungry because you are running out of energy or anything like that. If we only got hungry when we were running out of energy, there would be no overweight people. We feel the sensation of hunger when our body anticipates food is coming. If you eat three meals a day at roughly the same time every day, you will get hungry three times a day at around the same time. Your body has to prepare itself for the food it thinks is coming, so it releases insulin before you have even started eating, which lowers blood sugar level, and giving you that hunger sensation. You should eat when your body is getting really hungry, but relatively small meals should do the trick (ask a nutritionist for a healthy idea of a 'small meal').

Snacking before a meal is usually not a good idea, it actually tends to increase hunger rather than reduce it (they call this the appetizer effect).

Eating can be much like sex, we do it not because we need it, but because we have evolved to crave it. So, you might want to consider treating junk food as an addiction, because the cravings are not all that different from what an alcoholic might feel.

The way I 'tricked' my mind into exercising was with what I call 'process linking', where I would consciously link a certain activity with exercise. For example, every time I put my kettle on (I drink a lot of tea), I make myself do a few light exercises while the water is boiling. Do whatever exercise you can, even if it seems insignificant or pointless to do just one pushup a day, it helps. It doesn't matter how slow you move, as long as you are moving.

TooMuch 01-25-14 09:36 PM

Thanks Guys! I went for a long slow walk today. Maybe gone for over an hour. I really felt better during and afterwards. Something about being outside. I wasn't worried about pace, just enjoyed the walk. I felt the effects of the walk for like an hour or two afterwards and I could feel my muscles hurting from the effect of 2 days ago, which means I did get a work out in even if I was walking. It's a good start. If it's warm again tomorrow.... I'll go again.

My knees hurt and feet but I'll keep trying. Might have to go to physio and get them to look at my hip. I'll keep trying. I did enjoy myself.

SensualGirl 02-08-14 01:08 PM

I used to weigh 204 last month. Now I weigh 190. No exercise.

TooMuch 02-09-14 12:12 PM


Originally Posted by SensualGirl (Post 1467577)
I used to weigh 204 last month. Now I weigh 190. No exercise.

That's cool! That's Good News! Glad you were able to get your weight down! I'm glad you mention the weight loss and not working out because now that I'm 45 years old, I'm having a harder time going to the gym and working out. I'm in a lot of pain physically now. So I worry about weight loss. Currently on a diet too and have been successful with it over the last week. Don't know how much longer I can stick with it since I'm an emotional eater. So I'm happy to hear weight loss can happen without exercise but still I do like to get some exercise. So for me good news.

I got on my stationary bike a couple of times over the last week. Way too cold to go outside. Just want to get into shape. In about 6-8 weeks maybe I can take my bike back out and start riding again. Here's hoping! I love going for bike rides.

Nice to hear from you SensualGirl and glad to hear you've done so well for yourself and got that weight off. Not easy to do. :smile::hug:

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