Hey, Norm! You and I are at similar weights and on a similar timeframe since we started eating healthy. Sadly, I'm not having your success with working exercise into my daily programs, it's something I still need to work on.
It isn't easy at this size to get out and move. Keep trying!
I snipped that quote above just to say it feels like you took the words right out of my mouth! I too had that resigned sense that my weight was gonna kill me off at a young age. Now, I still have some of the health problems I had, but with everything getting better, it no longer seems so grimly inevitable!
Better!! Yes, things are getting better. I have quite a few neighbors who have seen with their eyes my progress... They remember when I first started walking around the block that I walked very slowly and used two canes, one in each hand... They keep telling me I'm doing good! I correct them... I tell them I'm doing BETTER, and that I'll let them know when I'm doing good! They're catching on.
My own method for coping with tasty whole wheat pasta (which I tend to cook in quantity when I cook it, and then eat too much of while it's in the fridge) is to make pasta salads, heavy on the veg.
That is a GREAT idea, and I'm going to use it myself. Thanks!
If you have a bikeable route to the store or the post office or anywhere else you go nearby, you could hang onto that cool trike to use as a means of transportation. With the basket in the back, you could haul quite a bit!
I can haul even more with mine, as I've taken off that flimsy basket (the only part of the trike that wasn't built like a tank) and replaced it with a large milk crate. Not only does it hold more but I can stack a second one on top if needed. But... when my "lifesaver" reaches the point that it's merely a cool toy, I feel I have a moral obligation to pass it on to someone else for whom it can be a lifesaver.
I also like that walking and biking use slightly different muscles so by doing both, I'm strengthening my legs in a more well-rounded manner. And, remember, muscle burns fat while at rest; fat does not.
You're right! I'll make a point of riding a bit more than I have been. It will be easy to do, as I'm limiting my walks to half mile each and a total of 2 miles. Riding more will let me add more exercise without adding more strain on my back.