It took 3 months of slow, easy stead workouts for me to get to where I am now. If you get into the weight room you need to be really careful about how you lift. Read a lot and get to know your body, what it likes and what it doesnt.
Beef -- Sirloin is your friend and so is buffalo. It costs money to lose weight, you need to keep that in mind. To eat right, it costs money. also, dont rule out the beans...beans, beans, beans...high fiber and high protien...one of the best overlooked superfoods when it comes to fitness and weightloss.
Tiny Asian trainer told me she'd kick my ass yesterday. Moving around this morning, I'd say mission complete.
Another thing I've noticed...after a really good workout, I normally would feel drained for the rest of the night. After one of the magical little protein shakes that the gym makes at the counter, I'm back to normal within an hour or so. Doesn't help your sore muscles but helps get you out of that daze.
This is slight ot but something i learned today that i never realized. When the temp outside is above your body temp then your body gains in temp and it is the same as having a fever. Yesterday, here, was 105 at 6:30 when i quit in the shop. I couldn't focus or concentrate nothin. At noon i had gone to the gym and did a core workout, showered and comeback clean and ready to work. In 10 minutes i was just a mess again. A little while ago i was talkin with an oldtimer - this is relative, im early 60s' and hes' way older - he said it was because the outside temp is higher than your body temp. And that turned on the light bulb! of course!
After six weeks on the stationary bike, I decided to try the treadmill for my cardio. Switched back and forth between a fast walk and just breaking into a jog for 20 minutes. Man it felt good to run again! I was a little wobbly here and there and almost fell on my face a couple times, but didn't stop. Wasn't even that winded afterwards, a little sore that night but nothing out of the ordinary. Well, now I'm on day three of barely being able to walk. I look like an 80 year old man hobbling around. Stupid friggin arthritis. Taking a few days off to let myself heal. This sucks.
I'm probably wrong
I've never been a guy who enjoys exercise. Never got a runner's high - none of that. But now that my body's a mess (reduced lung function, 3/4 of a heart (left wall is dead) etc. etc.) I really CAN'T do much. After a flight of stairs I have to rest and let my heart catch up (re-oxygenate my blood). My workout was always just working - building something (shops, mostly), working in said shops, etc., but that's not as easy as it used to be although I still do as much as I can.
So when I had the operation in November I lost quite a bit of weight and I decided to keep it up. So I'm down 22 lbs and currently holding. I've made lunch my big meal and eat sparingly for breakfast and dinner and I'm at least holding my own and maybe losing a little. But I haven't been on the scale since returning from vacation but I think I'm still doing OK.