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10/21/10 7:32 P

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Be careful and listen to your own knowledge of your body too. The surgeon cleared me for water aerobics at week 3 and look what happened. I pulled the muscles in the stomach for a second time and now have to wait even longer to do more than ride the exercise bike. Treadmill is too hard on my bad back.

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10/21/10 12:35 P

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I love my walking. Especially when I can walk outside! Can't wait to be cleared by Dr to begin other forms of exercise!

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10/21/10 10:38 A

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Absolutely right! it is one step at a time, but you can and you will do great. :c)

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10/21/10 9:50 A

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Start slowly. If the most you can do is a 15 minute walk then do it. Maybe start with every other day. Slowly work your way up to more time. Then a longer distance. If you go to a gym....same thing. Start slowly. Your body is in shock. It has no idea what you just did to it (surgery). You need the exercise so you don't start to lose muscles. The more you work out, the better you will feel. It will be painful at first but it will get easier. Although, when it starts getting easier you need to "up" your workout! :) I started at the gym at 388 pounds. I thought I would DIE it hurt so much. I went back to the gym a month after my gastric bypass surgery. I go about 4 - 5 times per week for about 2 -3 hours each time. I am stronger and healthier than I have ever been in my life. Now, if I skip the gym my muscles hurt. :) You can do this!! emoticon

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10/18/10 5:14 A

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Yes, I believe exercise is vital after surgery. No, I did not want to get up out of that hospital bed and walk to the bathroom, then to the nurses station, then around the nurses station, and so on. Oh, I hated it. But doc made me and my support team made sure I continued at home, then at the gym. Now, I don't feel right if I don't get my exercise in, minimum twice weekly, preferably 4 times. This includes aerobic (in pool) and weights and/or machines.
Also, as stressed earlier, stretching is a must. It really helps w/soreness. If you stretch before and after exercising, you won't get near as sore, if at all. Even if you're just doing 15 mins, stretch before and after.
It was stressed to me that exercise is vital to protect and build muscle, not just to lose weight. With the surgery, you're going to lose weight anyway, but you don't want to lose muscle. This could be why you are getting so sore. Make sure you have no deficiencies and your labs are all good, then begin to exercise. I promise you, in a bit you will wonder why you didn't do it all along.
Good luck and I'm rooting for you all! Get up and move!

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10/12/10 11:22 A

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@ LAC569 - Way to GO! That is fantastic. I am a little over 3 years out, and it still blows my mind when I find myself midway through a powerwalk, or a session at the batting cages.. $ years ago, I would never have dreamed that life would be so good again. :c)

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10/12/10 8:50 A

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stretch, stretch, stretch!!! that is so important, and i cannot tell you how many people will walk out of a workout before stretching once the class is done. you need to stretch before and after your walk, or workout, no matter how intense it is.
the more you exercise, the more calories you will need also. i work out at least 5-6 days a week, and i take in around 1400 calories a day. so far, 8 months out, and i havent hit a plateau yet. sometimes i slow down from the 2-2.5 lbs a week i average, but i change things up with workouts, and make sure i am on track with calories. then, i will catch up again.
good luck, and just like everyone says, start slow, when you feel comfortable, add more. thats where i started, and i am now a fitness instructor at our Y! still blows my mind!

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10/11/10 12:54 P

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Baby Steps!
Start with what you can, then make it a routine, then extend it just a bit... lather, rinse, repeat. My Doc had me up and walking the day after surgery, and made me swear to do at least that every single day, at least once, but preferably more... I did. I wanted to skip it really badly, ESPECIALLY around 5 -6 weeks out when your body starts to run out of all of those stored nutrients and you hit that wall... ugh. But I kept it up.. With the weight loss came this euphoric feeling that gave me an energy boost, plus the freedom of movement after losing the first 40 lbs, (that is a LOT of weight to be carrying, right?)... anyway, it all came together and clicked. I still HATE exercise for the sake of exercise, but I have found things that I enjoy that keep me moving and that is the real key. Walk your dog, or your kids, or your sweetie, or just yourself.... take up dance... boog-a-loo while you are cleaning the house... whatever... you will get there. :c)

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10/10/10 11:07 P

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Passionatecyn, If you are unable to get in any exercise then you should discuss this problem with your doctor and ask him/her to refer you to a physical therapist to help you get started.

Exercise is very important and I know it was one of the things I was told to start prior to surgery. My surgeon stressed that without exercise I would not succeed at loosing weight. I wish I had learned how important when I was young but alas I had to learn at age 47. I am only stopping exercising for a few days due to injury and will be speaking to my surgeon on Monday. I hope in a couple of days to get back to the Y and again start on the exercise bike with other exercises a couple of weeks later after the muscles/tendons/scar tissue/ whatever is causing the pain goes away.

Keep walking every day for at least 15 minutes and each week add 5 minutes. No stopping if you "feel sore" or you will never get over "feeling sore".

Do not give up. Exercise is important to be healthy.

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10/10/10 9:24 P

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I am 4.5 lbs out and i have to say that i have endured the same. I haven't donw much exercise because of it. I try to get in at least 30 mins a day but its rare. I get sore for days afterwards even from just a 15 min cardio work out with some ab work. i know that exercise is good and i should do more i am concerned because my weight loss has slowed down alot i am still at 72-73 lba gone and my doctor engourages lots of exercise. i just dont feel up to it. ugh..

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10/10/10 7:10 P

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When I first started to exercise I was sore. I tried to do too much. So I backed off a little. Sore is good, agony is bad. You need to gradually work up to exercising for a long period of time. Right now your muscles are not used to exercising and so they complain when you exert them.

Your idea to start out walking 15 minutes is a good start. Each week add 5 minutes to the walk. When you reach 30 minutes you may want to consider joining the local Y or other fitness center. Water exercise is fun and not as strenuous on the joints but again start slow do not try to do every exercise. When new to a gym it is good to pay the money for a session with the personal trainer. They will help you develop a fitness plan and will show you how to use the various pieces of equipment. Many people weight more than me but like me they put their health first and exercise. We are all there to exercise.

Exercise is important both cardio and strengthening.

Have fun, soon you will enjoy the workout. I miss my workout and can not wait to get back to it.

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10/10/10 3:06 P

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My advice would to be gradually get into it. I think your idea of 15 mins a day is a great way to start. Increase as you get stronger and healthier. I was working out prior to surgery, so I hit he ground running afterward. I begged the PA to let me to the gym after I got my staples out. I was outta of work for 3 weeks and would have gone crazy without the gym. It gets easier I promise. I am now working out 4-5 days a week and I feel amazing. My joints and muscle thank me when I push them, and my heart too.

I just went for my 3 month post op visit on Wednesday and asked Dawn if there were any ab moves I should avoid, and she told me no. She said that Dr. O'malley encouraged it! I am sure you heard the same thing.

You're doing awesome. Remember small steps lead to BIG changes! Good Luck. Hope to see you this week!

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10/10/10 1:31 P

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You are doing great with the weight loss and I hope you get a exercise routine worked out.

I am 3 months out and My Doc had me walking for 30 min from the first day home and in the gym at 1 month. My routine now is three days a week at the gym doing 40 min of cardio then weight machines or free weights alternating upper and lower body work out at each visit and just recently the PT added mat work (leg lifts and such). On the days I do not go to the gym I walk a mile then spend 1hr to 1.5 hrs walking, stretching and water aerobics.

I am tired all the time and have to force myself to do these things but I have not experienced any unexpected pain from it.

I do think it accounts for my slower weight loss (about 2 or 3 lbs a week) but as long as the scale keeps going down I am not going to complain. I can see a great difference in the way my clothing fits so something is working.

Best of luck,

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10/10/10 1:05 P

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Oh, another thing or benefit of aerobic exercise is circulation to the skin which will help with shrinking of the skin and i need that for sure at my age of 56.

I'm also getting lazy about some of my nutrients. Low in iron and protein now.

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10/10/10 1:03 P

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Well, know that walking 3 miles hurts me more than walking 30 minutes in the pool. I used a heated pool too. i hate to exercise and am usually exhausted from just working all day. I'm the first one to balk at exercise but I know I would lose faster if I did.
Plus, i'm in pain all the time from arthritis so exericise in water is good and so is weight bearing exercise for that. muscle will get sore from not being used and then suddenly using them. Soreness can go away with regular use.

You may want to increase your calories if you are working out too. I think part of the new lifestyle we are supposed to do is exercise and I just hate it to tell you the truth.

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10/10/10 12:34 P

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Wow... I am just glad to hear that others are experiencing the same. Some say "you're still healing".. which my surgeon says is crap. Some say "maybe you're deficient in something", but my bloodwork is perfect. I figure that my body just has very little left to work with considering how few calories I'm putting in, in which case... is it wise/good to exercise? Samsmom, you said water walking, etc but it's the muscles that are sore.. not "impact" soreness, and in water I would still have the muscular work out, right? Anyway, I'm glad to hear there are others going through this. In another "live" support group I attend there are people who have lost/maintained 100+ lb losses and some dont exercise and others say they didn't feel good enough to exercise until 6 months out. That's more or what I feel like I'll be. But all I hear from professionals is that I should be exercising now. Ugh... what to do. Just listen to my body I guess. I'll walk a little I guess. I do that anyway but not consistently. Probably stretching would be good too. Thanks!

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10/10/10 11:24 A

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i'm the same way too! I bathed the dog one day and was out of commission for 4 or 5. He is a 50 lb basset and i was bathing him bent over the bathtub so my back, butt, and thighs were killing me for days.
My plan is to increase exercise slowly and try to get in some water exercise. If you workout in water, it is not as hard on you but you get more benefits from it. Example: walking in a pool for 30 minutes equates to 3 miles of on road walking yet the impact is not bad at all on your body.

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10/10/10 10:55 A

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I am the same way as you. Especially my thighs, I was cleaning something the other day on my knees and for 2 days the back of my thighs just killed me. I have no idea what the answer is....

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10/10/10 10:45 A

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Hey all.
I am 3 months out now... 70 lbs down. I hear that I should be exercising. Honestly...my muscles get sore doing just about anything. I take a long walk and the next day, I'm sore. I go up and down my stairs and by the time I'm at the top I'm thinking "there is no way I could do an eliptical yet". And, honestly, between us girls... after some "time alone" with my partner my leg and thigh muscles are sore for 2 days after. I'm wondering if this means that I am lacking something, still recovering, or perhaps NOT EXERCISING enough? I plan to add just a 15 minute walk each day into my routine. If anything, this would be to establish a pattern of just "doing it" and hopefully a gentle reminder to my muscles. I'm basically wondering if this sounds normal to any of you? Was/is anyone else in this situation? Thanks!

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