Stories of perseverance on the way to becoming fit.

  • rdberg1957

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    Oct 23, 2010 4:57 AM GMT
    I've overcome numerous obstacles on the way to becoming fit. I'm not there yet, but I am getting there at age 53. I've had depression, back problems, fatigue, obesity and other issues. Each has required a long process of problem-solving and persistence. I spent years trying to find those who could help me with back spasms and sciatica. I found help from chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists and a trainer. None of them had the complete answer, but all of them had a piece of the solution. In order to stop continuous weight gain, I finally had a gastric bypass and lost 130lbs two years ago. Now I am able to work out five times weekly, alternating between strength training and cardio; I do active isolated stretching each time. My racquetball game has improved immensely. Recently I found out that my metabolism had dropped, mainly because the gastric bypass requires that you eat fewer calories. I also had some testing done at my club and found out my anaerobic threshold was 104 bpm, very low. Anaerobic threshold is the point at which one stops burning fat and burns sugar drawn from muscles. No wonder I was fatigued with a brief workout. I now do cardio at 85-105 bpm and can do 45-50 minutes per session. What obstacles did you overcome on your way to becoming fit? What problems have you needed to solve in order to improve your fitness?
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    Oct 23, 2010 5:07 AM GMT
    I used to be disgustingly skinny, I didn't break 100 lbs until my Junior year in High school and I was like 5'9 (my friends actually threw me a little party as a joke when I broke 100 lbs). I grew 2 more inches and at 18 I was 5'11" 130, still wayyyyy too thin. My brother really got me into weight lifting and for the first year I got super frustrated because I, like so many others, was a really hard gainer. Then around age 20 my metabolism must of slowed a bit because I was finally able to put weight on and maintain it. From day 1 I've put on approximately 40 lbs of muscle, but I want 15 more lbs! Then I'll just do maintenance for the rest of my life. icon_razz.gif

    edit: Congrats on losing 130 lbs and working out 5 times a week!!
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    Oct 23, 2010 6:17 AM GMT
    Hey, that's incredible. Good for you. Curious, did you change your eating habits after the surgery? You must feel like a whole new person.
    rdberg1957 saidI've overcome numerous obstacles on the way to becoming fit. I'm not there yet, but I am getting there at age 53. I've had depression, back problems, fatigue, obesity and other issues. Each has required a long process of problem-solving and persistence. I spent years trying to find those who could help me with back spasms and sciatica. I found help from chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists and a trainer. None of them had the complete answer, but all of them had a piece of the solution. In order to stop continuous weight gain, I finally had a gastric bypass and lost 130lbs two years ago. Now I am able to work out five times weekly, alternating between strength training and cardio; I do active isolated stretching each time. My racquetball game has improved immensely. Recently I found out that my metabolism had dropped, mainly because the gastric bypass requires that you eat fewer calories. I also had some testing done at my club and found out my anaerobic threshold was 104 bpm, very low. Anaerobic threshold is the point at which one stops burning fat and burns sugar drawn from muscles. No wonder I was fatigued with a brief workout. I now do cardio at 85-105 bpm and can do 45-50 minutes per session. What obstacles did you overcome on your way to becoming fit? What problems have you needed to solve in order to improve your fitness?