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Old 09-23-2011, 10:44 PM
 
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Possibly you and your doctors have not communicated well re exercise and your joint issues. Many, many people who have undergone hip, knee, shoulder surgery exercise regularly. You can't just get out there and start hiking, jogging, bench-pressing, of course. It does take some planning and thought.

Biscuitpop had rotator cuff surgery this past June. It turned out to be an unusually nasty tear and the surgeon expressed concern that the rehab would be even longer than usual. Three months later, he's back to near normal range-of-motion. He doesn't bench-press or throw around 50 lb bags of quikcrete like he did pre-surgery, but he works out 3x a week with free weights and tension bands, and he lifts everything he needs while doing yard work and house renovation chores. (He's 61 y.o., fwiw).
My 87-year-old MIL had a knee replacement in March and she walks 1/2 mile, 2x a day, most days. My late mom did 20 minutes every day on her treadmill after her hip replacement surgery.
I have a 67-year-old friend with pulmonary hypertension who's dependent upon her electric scooter to get around. Yet she does regular cardio, strength, and flex training routines.

If you don't choose to exercise for whatever reason, that's your thing, no need to explain, no judgement from me. Just own it. Your excuses don't cut it.
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Old 09-24-2011, 03:37 AM
 
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Previous surgeries aren't "excuses" for exercising, just plain truth.........depending on the surgery and what the surgeon tells the patient. My shoulder surgeon told me to my face "watch how much weight you lift from now on and no high-impact sports, such as water skiing." My hip surgeon told me "no running, jogging, weight lifting or any high-impact stuff on the hip and watch too much walking" and they both said "or you'll be back in surgery again". There was NO miscommunication there and I try to obey what they told me. I use to lift a case of 24 water bottles at Wal Mart to buy, but later my shoulder would start aching. My wife said "no more" and now she puts the case in the cart and takes it from our vehicle into our apartment.
Fact is, some older folks can plainly lose weight and exercise much easier than others can.
Please, let's not get "snippy" with those that have had surgeries and can't do as much exercise as others can.
Another fact, some folks simply throw "caution" to the wind when it comes to exercise and do what they want, even if a doctor tells them "watch it".

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Old 09-24-2011, 07:39 AM
 
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Please, let's not get "snippy" with those that have had surgeries and can't do as much exercise as others can.
If you can't exercise and you want to lose weight, then you'll simply have to bite the bullet and cut back on the calories. Easier said than done, I know...but there it is, short and simple.
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Old 09-24-2011, 08:08 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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At age 50 I was still the "lean, mean, fighting machine" I'd been in my early 20s overseas in the military - weighed the same and still in excellent shape. Thereafter I started putting on the pounds. Marriage likely contributed to that but that's not really a good excuse. I just got lazy.

I absolutely hated my last year of work - might explain why it was my last year - and basically ate and drank my way through it. I ballooned to a good 60 pounds over my best and most comfortable weight. Not good!

In the two years since we moved and purchased our retirement home I have lost all of those 60 pounds and WILL keep them off. We had always eaten a "balanced" diet and still do but since then we've learned to eat an extremely healthy diet yet haven't had to sacrifice taste or variety. Add work around the house, landscaping, vegetable gardening, sustainable exercise in keeping with aging joints and the weight flew away and shows no sign of returning. I assiduously guard against it!
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Old 09-24-2011, 10:16 AM
 
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Never said we don't exercise........just can't exercise like people who haven't had surgeries. We still walk, but not far. We swim in our apt complex pool, when we can and the weather cooperates. We get on treadmills during the winter months when it's just too cool to walk outside. We get exercise using our boat, when we can due to weather/tide conditions. So, we do get some exercise, but perhaps not enough to assist in loosing weight.......but we keep trying! As far as our eating and drinking goes, just can't cut out the burgers, fries, pizza, steak, baked/mashed potato or the few Bud Lights we drink during the week and weekends when it's warm-to-hot like it is now.

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If you can't exercise and you want to lose weight, then you'll simply have to bite the bullet and cut back on the calories. Easier said than done, I know...but there it is, short and simple.
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Old 09-24-2011, 10:29 AM
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Menopause can affect metabolism--estrogen levels affect weight. I've know women who lose, maintain weight after starting bio-identical estradiol. Also, if you cut out carbs from your diet--bread, crackers, pasta and desserts, your weight will drop. Then, when you're where you want to be,you can slowly introduce some here and there.
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Old 09-24-2011, 10:33 AM
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Location: Cody, WY
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As far as our eating and drinking goes, just can't cut out the burgers, fries, pizza, steak, baked/mashed potato or the few Bud Lights we drink during the week and weekends when it's warm-to-hot like it is now.
I had a friend who talked like that. He had a heart attack when he was sixty-five. Afterwards he told his wife he was going to turn his life around. But he was a little late; the next day he had the big one.
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Old 09-24-2011, 10:37 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I absolutely hated my last year of work - ...- and basically ate and drank my way through it. I ballooned to a good 60 pounds over my best and most comfortable weight. Not good!

In the two years since we moved and purchased our retirement home I have lost all of those 60 pounds and WILL keep them off. We had always eaten a "balanced" diet and still do but since then we've learned to eat an extremely healthy diet yet haven't had to sacrifice taste or variety. ..
CONGRATULATIONS on surviving that last yr AND shedding the lbs. That is being proactive and disciplined. (I could use a lesson in that )

I got back to my High School weight before completing grad school post age fifty. BUT, I can't seem to get to High School W-I-D-T-H. Was I really THAT skinny?

A trip to the mall or McDonalds reveals that HS kids are no longer 'beanpoles'. I would say we (USA) are really gonna get 'Spread-out'. Airlines will need to widen seats in my lifetime, and probably need to remove about 30%. Today's porky kids would not have survived a 'twiggy' generation.
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Old 09-24-2011, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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......but we keep trying! As far as our eating and drinking goes, just can't cut out the burgers, fries, pizza, steak, baked/mashed potato or the few Bud Lights we drink during the week and weekends when it's warm-to-hot like it is now.
Well then make sure the burgers, fries, pizza, etc. are as healthy as possible. Cut out the extras like bacon on the burger and pepperoni on the pizza. And use portion control. Cut back on the quantity. Potatoes are great, but watch the butter and sour cream.
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Old 09-24-2011, 02:21 PM
 
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The biggest difficulty is: eating/drinking what we want, getting a little exercise, but still wanting to lose weight.
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So, we do get some exercise, but perhaps not enough to assist in loosing weight.
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TRYING to eat right and better weather for boating is all we can hope for and pray for!
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As far as our eating and drinking goes, just can't cut out the burgers, fries, pizza, steak, baked/mashed potato or the few Bud Lights we drink during the week and weekends when it's warm-to-hot like it is now.
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I never had a weight problem 'til I hit the 50 mark and then it started going on and hasn't come off for the last 12 yrs.

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