By jladytiger1979 Latest Reply 2011-10-20 10:33:47 -0500
Started 2011-05-25 14:30:51 -0500

I would like to be able to jog/run for exercise. My problem is that I'm morbidly obese and have allergic asthma, which is bad this time of year. I've tried to medium jog on treadmill and thought I would die. Couldn't catch my breath. I do other aerobic exercise (on my own) for about 20 minutes at a time and walking doesn't seem to be doing much for me. I'm just trying to find something I am interested in so I can stay consistent. I have a membership to my local rec center but I hate going by myself. My husband doesn't give me support to do anyyhing physical with me or motivate me and I don't have any friends here (I'm not originally from here and tend to highly distrust people) that aren't too busy with their own lives or young enough or whatever reason. In addition I get rashes between my thighs and on tops of my legs where my belly hangs. 31 yo F. I know exercise is like a double 4 letter word but what do you do to keep it fun? How do you stay motivated especially when you have to one to do physical things with. PS I walk on the beach all the time and I've only gotten him to walk with me 1 time. Anybody wanna start a club near Virginia Beach???

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Marytea 2011-10-20 09:20:06 -0500 Report

You sound like a wonderful and committed lady. Keep working exercise in wherever and however you can.In SoCal, there is a group called the Loma Linda Lopers who train to run marathons. However they also have a walking program this it just wonderful and friendly to those of us who do not wish to compete or race. There are even some extremely overweight folks and folks who have had bypass surgeries. You may have a group like this in your area. The companionship was worth as much as the training.

jladytiger1979 2011-10-20 07:34:23 -0500 Report

Update: I have joined a gym..very cheap national one!! I'm up to 3.6 mi with interval training run/walk incline/decline. I do some weight machines about once a week. Lost 100 lbs so far! Some of the girls I work with go after work & we keep on each other. My husband even said he might join after all this time!!

Have a wonderful day!!!!

bambalina 2011-10-20 00:54:25 -0500 Report

Hi ! jladytiger ,I have an idea ,! addvertise in the local free paper [ if you have one ?]and I am sure you will find a partner ,I wish you live in San-Diego ,I am looking for a friend too , good luck ,stay well ,!

jladytiger1979 2011-10-20 07:30:03 -0500 Report

Thanks for the suggestion. But unfortunately in this city if I advertise for an exercise buddy you get a whole nother crowd!! LOL


jladytiger1979 2011-10-03 12:46:12 -0500 Report

I'm happy to announce a follow up to this post!! I found a trail near my house and over the last few months have built my resistance up to walking half & running half. The trail is 2.25 miles!!! It's getting cold though so I think I'm gonna have to take it to the gym!

Ridgewalker 2011-10-03 12:19:41 -0500 Report

There are plenty of hiking/walking meetup groups. I belonged to three in Texas and have joined a few here in southern Cal. or just find some buddies to walk on a regular basis. Since 66% of the US is overweight or obese it shouldn't be hard to find others that like the same activities. If you go out for a walk I bet you'll meet others that walk the same times of day. I also started doing ecstatic dance. It's fun - you just go in a room with a bunch of oher people and dance for two hours to some recorded music. I lost 55 lbs. doing this three times a week.

jladytiger1979 2011-10-03 12:44:04 -0500 Report

I have been out on a trail I found near my house and there, believe it or not, is never anyone on it when I go. Can't blame them it's through the swamp!

majikinfl 2011-05-28 12:15:28 -0500 Report

I wish every day I had someone where I live to motivate me. I am stuck with walking in the heat and humidity of Florida and I just don't. I hope you will keep trying and try to add a little time each day if only 5 min or 5 feet more. Somewhere I heard "every journey begins with a single step" and we are most certainly on a long journey…keep going…I have not doubt you will Succeed. I need to take my own advice…LOL

Allhoney61 2011-05-26 15:53:38 -0500 Report

I want to walk but I have a foot problem. So I have been going to our community center and riding the bikes. Both my hubby and mom have issues that prevent them from doing a lot of walking so they too have been riding the bikes. Hubby does 8 to 10 miles but I only do about 4 miles. Family is a motivator for me but I know that not all ppl have supportive families. Places like here and other internet sites have helped me.

kdroberts 2011-05-25 21:11:00 -0500 Report

Swimming and the rowing machine are probably the best two activities you can do. Both you can do at your own pace, both are no impact so won't damage knees, ankles, etc, both will hit on pretty much every muscle in your body and both will really kick your blood sugar down a notch. Try 4 days a week alternating between the 2 for 30 minutes. Make sure you do it for 2-3 weeks. After that it should become habit and much easier to do. The first time you use the rowing machine, ask a trainer to show you how to use it. They will help you set it up so it's right for you and that makes all the difference in the world. They shouldn't charge you for it, it's part of their job.

Chad1978 2011-05-25 20:57:16 -0500 Report

I have a friend that used to be 450 pounds, but without the allergies. He spoke to his doctor, or maybe a weight specialist, to find out his best course of action. They suggested that gastric bypass thing, but he didn't want to do that, so they started an exercise program. His first step was walking. After about a month, I believe, he was able to walk 5 miles a day, and at a good pace, too. He was lucky because most of his friends, including me, were motivating him, and helping him out because we wanted to see him live a healthier life. When he needed that push we were there for him. After a year or a year and a half he was down to 200 pounds. Most of it was walking and not jogging. He did start to hit the gym when around 275 pounds, and started to do more jogging around 250 pounds. I think these were all things that the doctor had him doing to help him meet his goals. I too am an allergy sufferer, but am now taking Allegra D and Singulair, and honestly I can't remember the last issue I have had. They are just band aids, but hey they work for me. I am not sure if these work for allergic asthma, but it doesn't hurt to find out.

I do suggest that you walk more, and make yourself goals. I know we all would like to jump in there and go as fast and hard as we can, but the reality is that it takes a lot of time to get where we want. I suggest you get a pedometer, and try walking a block and see how you feel. If you feel good go for a mile. If you still fell great push yourself just a little bit more, but be realistic. Don't push yourself to the point of complete exhaustion. Just do your best, and write down your result for the day. On the next day try to do better than yesterday, and so on and so on, as long as your asthma allows you to, anyways. Don't be afraid to talk to your doctor about your wanting to exercise, because he may very well be able to find your best approach to exercise.

As far as the rashes, I get those too. I get them around my thighs when I am walking/jogging. It is most likely just chaffing, and can happen when you sweat, especially on hot summer days. If you are worried about it, though, again, bring it up to your doctor. I wish you the best, and keep up the good work. Just don't over do it.

cheetah1976 2011-05-25 16:40:38 -0500 Report

I have found that Jazzercise is fun and helps me lose weight. I am alos obese but been able to enjoy working out for once in my life. I joined and found a great support group and friends. It is a great way to meet some new friends. You can always start by parking you car a little farther away and walking or walk in the mall in the mornings.

nanaellen 2011-05-25 16:17:26 -0500 Report

Wish I lived closer cause I would love nothing more than to start walking on the beach! I have the same problem I get bored and then give up. Only for a little while though. Gotta get back on that horse right??!! Don't give up even if you have to do it by yourself! And I have to agree that the swimming thing is probably the best as far as excercise. Even if you have to do the laps, I wish I had a pool to swim but unfortunately I live in a tourist town so everything cost too much!! Do you have insurance? Cause a friend of mine gave me this cream to use on those "rashes" I get them under my breasts sometimes, oh yeah ,almost forgot ,the cream is called "Clotrimazole and Betamethasone Dipropionate Cream but you have to have a script for it. Wrks great! And last time I was in the Hospital they gave me some powder that works pretty good too. It's called Nyamyc. Hope this helps! Ellen :)

jladytiger1979 2011-05-25 18:55:04 -0500 Report

I've tried the laps but I swim slow but I can swim far a long time. Rec center has a rule if you are moving slow & other people want to swim (faster) you have to get out. So usually I don't get to swim long. I have thought about doing classes there like tai chi or kettle bells or belly dancing…but that's more money. Ya can't win for losing!! Thanks for the info, I am definitely going to check on them!! When ya cause more problems when your trying to get better makes it even harder!! Lol

Carm68 2011-05-25 14:33:31 -0500 Report

Don't give up!!!!! Keep trying! Do you belong to a gym? Have you tried water aerobrics. I started with that and then went on to the other cardio machines. I am obese as well…so, I know the challenges…but you CAN do it!

jladytiger1979 2011-05-25 15:10:13 -0500 Report

I belong to the rec center but their pools are limited. Mostly lap pools. Thanks for the encouragement! I need a little! I've lost 80 lbs but I'm in a total slump. I've read the 17 day diet but chalked it up to another fad diet. They say no carbs after 2 pm! Id be falling out by 7 pm!

Carm68 2011-05-25 21:20:54 -0500 Report

i am doing weight watchers and having good results. It seems to be the most balanced of the diets out there.

Somoca 2011-05-25 17:47:50 -0500 Report

Sometimes you have to confuse your body ( sort of ) if you have a normal routine, your body is probably use to it and has acclimated itself to your workout. Change it up. One day power walk, next two days aerobics, one weightlifting (yes you can burn calories doing that) one day nothing but stretching…Your body will wonder WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON????? LMBOOO. It helps me. Now I do not fall out when I'm only a block from home:D

cavie2 2011-05-26 14:27:47 -0500 Report

This is the best advice I have read so far, and you are so right about confusing the body by changing excercise and having a day of rest like stretching. Your muscles need that rest time AND swimming is one of the best exercises you can do as there is no impact just as kdroberts says.

jladytiger1979 2011-05-25 19:02:58 -0500 Report

I have done some strength stuff like I have a dvd yoga & pilates for any body (size). I have little weights (less than 5lbs). I do stuff like plank and "power line" exercises to try to strengthen my core. Guess I just feel like I want to break out of my house! Haha! Maybe I'm trying to hard? Or expecting to much? The asthma really gets me down. I used to be extremely active and mostly fit (I've always been thick through the middle but extremely strong, flexible and had a great stamina.) Ugh! I dunno! So frustrating!

ravenmoon33 2011-05-26 04:56:19 -0500 Report

I can understand your frustration at 406lbs most activities are tough for me. I joined the health club at a local college and they have a lap pool as well. I spoke to the director and now one lane of the lap pool is dedicated to slower swimmers and water aerbics. Maybe the director of your rec center could do the same thing. The elderly people of the club really appreciated it too because they were constantly being run over by the speed swimmers. I ususally do 5 mins on a cardio machine before getting in the water (I also have asthma and that's about all my lungs can handle) then follow up with a few laps and a good 30 mins of water aerobics (Youtube has lots of videos on effective water aerobics that help me learn how). If the director of the rec center is not responsive, maybe check into some other source of pool (like a health club or college with a fitness program). good luck and God bless.