Hi All. I just joined to be a part of this forum.
Was diagnosed 2 1/2 years ago with Thyroid cancer. After thyroid removal and 2 radiation treatments, I have gained 50 lbs. The thyroid is involved with metabolism, energy, etc, so made it hard to do anything until they got through with all the tests and medication adjustments. The Lazy Boy just got too comfortable. Finally got a clear body scan, so things are starting to smooth out.
I had to change jobs, so life is a little more sedentary (sitting in front of a computer all day). A new Dr started pushing a lot of pills at me for blood pressure and the like, so I figured it was time to start doing something about the weight and stamina, now that I can finally do something about it. I acquired a Scott solid frame Mountain bike about 3 weeks ago to try to tackle the hills and dirt roads around my house. I am up to about 2 miles a day. Doesn't sound like much, but there is about 1,500' difference up and down in the loop that I ride; plenty enough to get the heart rate up. I use to commute by bike about 12 miles a day, but that was on flat ground and 25 years ago!!! I had forgotten what the burn in the legs felt like.
As soon as the snow is off of the ground (which won't be too long, pretty unusual early spring), I hope to get up into the National Forest and try some of the miles and miles of trails that are available to us here. Hopefully, the training around the house will get me in good enough shape to try some of the easier ones. Won't push it too hard though.
Any of you have any advice for someone who is trying to stave off old age and the onslaught of pill pushers? I don't smoke or drink, take vitamins and some herbal supplements, but getting out in the fresh air and feeling the wind in the face seems to be the best medicine so far. Just don't seem to be dropping any weight. It is amazing how easy it is to put on and how hard it is to take off!! I keep telling myself that it is converting fat to muscle, but it is still frustrating to get on the scale and have it laugh at me.
Thanks for listening and this forum sure helps to know that there are others who get on a bike at my age.