I lost ~100 pounds on McDougall about 8 years ago. I ended up being very fit, doing step aerobics 3x/wk, weights 2x/wk, yoga 3x/wk, hiking, etc.
4 years ago I got into an ongoing extremely high stress job and, slowly but surely, all the healthy, life-balancing activities were dropped.
I've subsequently gained 90 pounds. My knees, ankles and feet hurt much of the time, sleep apnea is back, I feel sluggish and lethargic (not to mention irritable and blue) almost all the time.
So - first things first - back to McDougall eating. But I also know I'm one of those people that really need exercise. Walking hurts, no access to a pool, stationary bike causes me to be bunched up so my stomach presses into my lungs and I can't breathe well at all. I tried going back to step aerobics (I'm still surprisingly fit despite the decline in health and fitness) but my legs/feet/ankles hurt so bad from it that I've stopped.
I'm in my mid-40s, no sign of menopause, and as I mentioned, surprisingly fit, considering. My BP is in the normal range, though I do suffer from edema in my lower legs/ankles -- this will go away quickly with McDougall, I know. I didn't go back to eating meat, but did indulge in some dairy foods; despite this, my cholesterol is still only 167.
All that said - I don't think exercise will result in heart or BP issues, etc, so...what do you think? Should I just suck it up and exercise anyway and wait for weight loss to catch up to take care of the pain?
Thanks for any suggestions you might have. I'm out of ideas!