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2 hours ago, elirules said:

Build muscle people do not get crazy with cardio. Muscle mass is crucial.

What is crazy cardio? I don't think anyone is running marathons in the first few months after surgery.

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Back before the band, I started doing weight training. I was serious about it and planned on entering a contest. I worked at it hard for 18 months. I didn't have time or energy to do both when I started. But as I built muscle, I began feeling better, moving better and just getting active. Unfortunately, I didn't lose weight. But I figured 350 pounds of muscle would look better than 350 pounds of fat. That was true. My body shrank and soon I was wearing hand-me-downs from a woman 100 pounds less than me. I was running up and down stairs just for fun. My doctor friend said I was going to be the healthiest fat person in town.

Unfortunately, the story has a sad ending. I contracted Epstein Barr, which progressed into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, soon to be joined by Fibromyalgia. I got sicker by the day until I thought I would die. I put on 100 pounds during this time. Eventually, I became stronger.

Fast forward to now, I have tried and tried to get back to weight training, with no success. But the attempts have kept my core strong. I've gone through breast cancer with both chemo and radiation, and a stroke. Because I had lapband surgery, I now weigh 280, and hope to lose 30 - 50 more pounds. I'm still huge, but I've lost 160 pounds. Once again, I am too weak from the stroke to do carsio, but I am trying to do a bit of weightlifting. I'm starting slowly, and I know If I keep it up, the cardio will follow, just like it did before. Once the muscle is built, it is just so much fun to use it.

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