Yeah so um, I talked to one of the doctors who comes into my bank today. He recommended I hold off on running till I lose about 30lbs or so. He said it'll be easier on my knees, ect. He also told me to keep doing what I'm doing w/ food tracking, do light exercise like walking and stuff, and I should be able to start running by the summer. He doesn't think it'll take me long w/ these habits to drop the weight. So forward I go.
I'm actually not running now Steve. Don't know if you saw my post above, but my doctor wants me to drop about 30lbs before I start running. He said its better to focus on low-impact stuff right now because of my weight and the damage it could do on my knees and all that.
I'm walking a lot now, and especially up very steep hills. It'll help w/ my lung power once I start running. The hills are really good long steep grades.
My doc was just like, "if you drop some poundage first, you'll find running to be a lot easier on your joint". I mean, I have to lose about 85lbs to get to my goal weight. That's a lot of pressure on my joints you know?
He encouraged me to do stuff like hard walks, eliptical runners, cross trainers, stuff that burns fat and calories and can help build wind. He didn't discourage me from running, he said it's a great thing for me. He just wants me to relieve some of the pressure on my knees to help avoid any serious injuries, and he said I'll find it more encouraging and more fun when I do start to run.
After the doctor who comes into the bank talked to me about it, I talked to my doctor as well and he said it was a good idea to drop some weight.
Andy, I saw your post, I just meant in general, were you planning on running and other varieties of working out, or was running and healthy eating going to be your main source of weight loss? But I knew you had to hold off on the running for a bit.
Andy, I'm in a very similar situation. I'm taking 9 credits this semester, we're in the process of recording/practice/show stuff, I work 3 jobs that work out to be about 40 hours week, and I'm still home to make dinner/run the house/etc. I still make time--if I'm not healthy, everything else will suffer. My day is very structured, and it works out. I still find time to exercise 1-2.5 hours a day. I used to use time as an excuse, but if you plan out your day, time isn't an issue at all.
And people's motivation works differently as well. I know that when I have a ton of things on my plate (which is starting to happen right now to me), then I'm more efficient with my time because I know I have to get things done.
I have to get up at 5:30 to run on the weekdays, because I have to get ready, run, shower, dress all by 7:30. Soon it will change to 5:15 or 5:20 as the sunrise gets earlier.
I think if I had my mornings, it wouldn't be an issue. I have to be AT my first job by 5am. Before I started that (its just a paper route), I was at the gym EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Its hard. Monday my day starts at 5am, I go from the paper route to class, then to my job at the bank until 6:30pm. If I went to the gym or exercised in the evening I wouldn't see my daughter and wife at all on Mondays. Tuesdays I only work at the bank till 4, so I do use the afternoon to exercise. Wed. is the same schedule as Monday except after work is over at 6:30 I have to be at the church right away. I get home around 9/9:30. I do not see my daughter on Wed. at all. Thursdays, same schedule as Tuesday so I exercise. Fridays I could be doing something. Saturday I do exercise.
ran my first half-marathon on june 11th just north of indianapolis. my goal time was 1:45 (8-minute per mile pace), but i expected to be a little slow due to missing a couple weeks of training in may when i was sick & out of sorts.