Extreme Body Make Over – Mine!
by JIM “PAPPY” MOORE
Jun 30, 2014 | 1972 views | 5 5 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This column was published 20 months ago in The Gilmer Mirror. Because it is an answer to the gimmickry sold to help weight loss, I thought it might be a good time to run it again, as written 20 months ago.


I started this quest 16 months ago. I decided to do the best I could to get back into shape, to make my body work better, and to try to reap health benefits mainly from regulating better what I ingest and what I do to keep my body in good condition.

First I lost the 60 pounds I had gained the past decade. That took a year. I did it by eating better, by preparing most of my food instead of eating out, and by counting calories every day and keeping my calorie count below 1800 daily.

Then I started a physical regimen after that year. Because it had been so long since I did any serious and regular exercise, I started slowly. At first, I dribbled the basketball in the driveway 10 minutes a day. In time, I pushed that to 30 minutes a day. I switched hands frequently, to give the upper body workout aspect balance. Then I started walking around while dribbling.

I kept that up until I was walking quickly and dribbling thirty minutes in a stretch, which meant I was walking a mile and a half or a little more. My driveway is long, so there is a stretch which I use. There's a 200 foot stretch of flat concrete which is perfect for dribbling and walking. Next I started walking a second 30 minutes a day, boosting my walking to 3 miles a day, all while dribbling a basketball. Then I added a third 30 minute walk a day with no dribbling. Then I added 30 minutes a day of stretching and core strength exercises. Then I added shooting baskets 15 minutes a day.

My daily regimen is now 6 miles of walking, with one mile of dribbling the basketball, plus stretching and strength exercises 30-40 minutes a day. I had to stop shooting the basketball, as my Achilles tendons were acting up.

Since adding the exercise aspect of my approach, I've lost another 20 pounds, for a total of 80 pounds lost. My blood pressure is typically 110/70 to 115/75, with a pulse of around sixty. I am taking no meds. I am eating the best I ever have. My general health is good.

By using stretching exercises, I have countered the debilitating effects I used to see when I started walking very much. Every time I had tried to get back into shape for several years, pain in my left hip and lower back stopped me. I've had shots and treatments. I wanted nature's answer, and nature's answer was: strengthen your core, Jim. So that's what I've done, and it is has helped greatly. Also, quality massage therapy by a top notch massage therapist helped me immensely.

My approach involved going online and reviewing various weight loss and/or health programs. I also have to tip my hat to AARP, whose monthly publication had some really good suggestions on keeping fit as a senior. Much of our health depends on what we eat, what we breathe, and how much we move our bodies. I finally accepted that if I wanted to get my body back, I had to go do it with a tedious and demanding approach which required me mainly to put in effort and be willing to put in the time and dedication to that purpose. There are many health problems that we cannot do anything about. I am trying to do something about the ones which I can address better by working to have a better and more healthy body. Consider it, yourself. I am sixty three years old. I was in terrible shape, now I’m in pretty good shape. If I can do it, you can do it.

© 2012, Jim “Pappy” Moore,

All Rights Reserved.

Jim “Pappy” Moore is a native son of East Texas who still makes the piney woods his home. oaktreefm58@juno.com
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July 02, 2014
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Viame
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June 29, 2014
60 pounds lost is considerable. This is a notable weight loss story. It can be surprising but there are multiple weight loss success stories online I came across recently. It is clear that getting rid of unnecessary fat can be done. However, it should be done in a healthy manner that can also be followed over the long term without making you sad and depressed because you have to never eat again the food you crave the most.

I share a bit of my thoughts regarding weight loss on this page: specialfatloss.com

There is also a link there to a video that introduced me to phenomenon regarding weight loss and genders that I was unaware of.

I do not believe in letting a diet victimize put pressure on you by making you completely deprive yourself of delicious, lawful and healthy food, just because you wish to lose weight.

Is there any justification for that type of thing?

Viame
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June 29, 2014
60 pounds lost is considerable. This is a notable weight loss story. It can be surprising but there are multiple weight loss success stories online I came across recently. It is clear that getting rid of unnecessary fat can be done. However, it should be done in a healthy manner that can also be followed over the long term without making you sad and depressed because you have to never eat again the food you crave the most.

I share a bit of my thoughts regarding weight loss on this page: XXX

There is also a link there to a video that introduced me to phenomenon regarding weight loss and genders that I was unaware of.

I do not believe in letting a diet victimize put pressure on you by making you completely deprive yourself of delicious, lawful and healthy food, just because you wish to lose weight.

Is there any justification for that type of thing?

Beverly Renzetti
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October 21, 2012
Jim, Good Article! Thanks for sharing your story and inspiring others to live healthier, happier lives.
Jim Moore
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October 22, 2012
Thanks, Beverly!