exercise for middle aged overweight man

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  • trailingspousetrailingspouse Forumite
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    Another pound lost - he's now 14st 11lb.

    He's just come in from playing 9 holes with his brother - says he was rubbish this time, but personally I see that as a good thing. If you're zigzagging across the golf course taking lots of shots, you walk further and swing your arms more often!!! He still enjoyed it, and that's the main thing.

    A bit of a difficult day today - we're meeting his boss and her son for lunch (that's not the difficult bit!), then going to a funeral. It's a man OH was working with, who died of cancer fairly suddenly aged 52. That's the difficult bit. It's bringing a lot of things back up to the surface for us (OH was 50 when he was diagnosed) - but also putting a lot of things in to perspective.
  • trailingspousetrailingspouse Forumite
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    Last week was a challenging week for all the wrong reasons. This week is challenging for all the right reasons - we are on holiday.

    He did his 2 fast days on Monday and Tuesday, and we headed off to Mallorca on Wednesday. Lots of walks in the fresh air, lots of seafood salads, but a bit more alcohol than normal. And he played golf this morning. We're only here until Monday, so he'll do his 2 fast days later in the week - he's sensibly not expecting to lose weight this week, but hopefully won't put any on.
  • trailingspousetrailingspouse Forumite
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    We've very quickly got into a fab and (almost) healthy routine - up early, out for a walk before breakfast to watch the sunrise (good for both body and soul), sensible breakfast (real fresh orange juice, scrambled egg), morning spent in the open air (yesterday was at a nature reserve), light lunch, lazy afternoon watching the world go by and drinking coffee. Yesterday things went a little awry and we were having cocktails by 6, followed by a celebration meal (sis-in-law's birthday) and more-than-normal quantities of alcohol.

    Today we will be sensible all day.
  • trailingspousetrailingspouse Forumite
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    Walking has become a Thing. We managed more than 10,000 steps in each of the last 4 days, and (because we did >12,000 yesterday and just over 9,000 5 days ago) averaged more than 10,000 over the last 5 days. Loving it - and we've rediscovered our love of photography. Yes, I know it's all easier when you're on holiday, but we live in a beautiful part of the country so no excuses.

    So - home off holiday tomorrow, then walking regularly thereafter. The longer light evenings will help (OH doesn't get in until 6.30), but he's only working 3 or 4 days a week at the moment anyway, so plenty of days available for walking.

    And we've decided to give dancing a go - one of my colleagues and her OH go for ballroom dancing lessons at the local college, so I'll be looking further into that when we get home.

    Much more sensible re the alcohol intake today, but Mr Spouse has decided to have a couple of weeks without alcohol at all, to make up for the holiday excesses. Don't get me wrong - we're not dancing on tables or singing in the streets, we've just had more than we normally do ('normal' is two glasses of wine a week).
  • trailingspousetrailingspouse Forumite
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    Back to normal after the holiday.

    He had fast days on Monday (the day we were travelling) and yesterday, and when he got weighed this morning his weight hadn't changed from before we went away. He's extremely happy about that.

    He managed to do >10,000 steps every day of the holiday, including our travelling day (all those long walks at the airport to get to the gate, although I suspect a bit of turbulence mid-flight might have added a few...).

    Some big changes in his eating habits - he no longer craves chocolate. We needed to shop when we got in, just to pick up some bread and milk and so on, and later he told me he'd been able to stand in the queue at the checkout without even thinking about popping a bar of chocolate into the basket. His portion control is much improved (if anything, it's me still struggling with the idea that I 'ought' to give him the large portion or the extra potato, or whatever when I dish up. I need to get over that). He will leave food on his plate if he's had enough. And when we were on holiday, and out for meals with his brother and wife, he was the one saying 'we don't need a starter do we?' He's taking much more control over what he eats, and his meal of choice is seafood and salad (it used to be steak and chips).

    Getting the exercise in on a work day is proving a challenge - he leaves the house at 6.30am and doesn't get back until 6.30pm, his day involves 3 hours driving and then he's pretty much desk-bound all day. And once he's home, he's knackered. One of his colleagues is also on a health kick, and they're planning to have a walk at lunchtimes, but some days he doesn't even have time to eat lunch, so I'm guessing it's unlikely to happen!
  • trailingspousetrailingspouse Forumite
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    Was at the supermarket this morning. Now that the 5:2 diet is part of our lifestyle, I've noticed that I'm spending much less per week. And as I'm no longer buying rubbish, there are entire aisles that I don't even go down! So - saving time as well as money!!
  • bugsletbugslet Forumite
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    He's doing really well and even on holiday, pretty much stuck to things. As for not craving chocolate.......well jel!

    I have similar working hours to your OH, I would leave the house at 6.30and get back at 6, but I get up a bit earlier and leave at 5.45, you do get used to it. It means less time commuting as there is less traffic and I fit a 30-40 minute walk. I also sneak a ten minute walk at lunchtime, so that gives me over 6000 steps by the time I get home, often over 7000.
  • trailingspousetrailingspouse Forumite
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    Whoop!! He got weighed this morning and is 14st 9lbs. Only 5lbs off his target weight, or rather target loss - he wanted to lose 2 stone, and he's very nearly there.

    Big plans for tomorrow - we're off for a bike ride. Yes, I bought myself a bike!! On nice days when he might have gone out on his bike we've ended up doing something together instead, so it made sense - and the exercise won't do me any harm. In fact I'm planning on using it for work too - it's only 3 miles along the canal path, which is a bit too far to walk there and back in a day (especially as I have stuff I need to carry), but perfectly doable on a bike. I've got a proper old lady one, with a sprung saddle (can't cope with those skinny little ones) and a basket on the front for my stuff.

    The clothing situation is getting a bit desperate now - suit trousers, jeans, even underpants are too big for him!! Jumpers that were a snug fit are now hanging loose. Shirts that had been relegated to the back of the wardrobe because they were too small are now back in circulation. He's bought himself a pair of golfing trousers and a couple of tops - trousers were a size 38 (down from 42) and tops were L (rather than XL). He's not wanting to make the big investment in buying suits (he'll need two) until he reaches his target weight, but a) the last few pounds is always the hardest, so that could take longer than he thinks, b) I don't think 5lbs is going to make a huge difference to his waist measurement and c) he needs them now!!!

    But I can understand him wanting to wait - it'll be a sort of reward for getting there. Better than cake, anyway!
  • trailingspousetrailingspouse Forumite
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    Great day today. We headed off to the golf course first thing this morning (his brother is on holiday) and OH used the driving range (I watched and drank hot chocolate) then he played 9 holes (I got to pull the golf trolley, yay!). A very pleasant start to the day.

    We then came home via the doctors, the pharmacy and the hospital (long story), grabbed some lunch, and this afternoon we went out on the bikes. We cycled about 7km - not very far, but as I haven't been on a bike for about 20 years, it was far enough!!

    Did I mention how much energy he has? I'm still recovering and he's in the kitchen putting a salad together for tea! We're having our usual Friday night treat - pizza. It used to be a whole pizza each, with lashings of mayonnaise, but now it's half a pizza each with lashings of salad. There might, however, be wine.
  • trailingspousetrailingspouse Forumite
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    Things have taken a bit of a nose-dive yesterday and today.

    As I mentioned in my first post, he suffers from depression, but has been OK recently. This situation changed yesterday - the world has crashed down around him, he just wants to be alone, and he needs comfort food. Today was meant to be a fast-day, but that's gone out of the window. Such a shame, he's been doing so well. I know a few days of not fasting (so long as he eats sensibly) won't make much of a difference on a global scale, but he's cross with himself which isn't helping his depression. And at least we don't have much in the way of rubbish in the house so if he's looking for comfort food he's limited to half a packet of custard creams...
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