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  • The key is "enjoy". I tried bike riding and running, but I don't enjoy them, so any excuse would be enough to stop me. "It's raining", "It's too late", and so on.

    I love walking -- especially taking my dog for a walk -- but it's just not strenous enough.

    About nine months ago, I took the plunge and started at my kids' karate school. I love it. I'm in much better physical (and mental) shape, and the bonus is that I don't look for excuses. As a matter of fact, I hate missing class!

    So good luck in your s

    • I lost 115 lbs. between (late) January 2004 and (early) November 2004. When I gave blood recently, they turned me away because my blood pressure was too low (my Doctor says it's not a problem) and they always talk to me about my "Athletic" heart rate (generally 48-58). My primary exercise is walking.

      I think you have the key, do what you love, but this thing about it not being strenous enough is not really true. I admit that I've not seen your Karate classes, but I have watched my Daughter's Tae Kwon Do.

      • First of all, kudos to you. It sounds like you've found what you enjoy doing and it's very beneficial. Second, you did read the first part of that paragraph, right? Where I said, "I love walking"? :-)

        I'm not discounting walking -- it's fun and I still do it regularly -- and I agree with your reasons. What I said was, "it wasn't enough ", and I guess I should have added "for me".

        What I was trying to emphasize is to find what you enjoy and is the right level for you. In my opinion, light exercise done regularly and with pleasure is better than rare heavy workouts done grudgingly.

        • Yeah, I agree...

          You know, everybody was asking me my "secret". It was frustrating, because they didn't believe me when I told them that it was eating less and exercising more, they wanted to know the REAL trick.

          After awhile, I told myself I wouldn't run around giving advice, because really, there is no advice to give. Everyone has to find it in themselves or it won't work at all.

          Getting involved in Karate with your kids sounds like a wonderful thing. When I got in shape, I thought of joining my Daughter'