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    Extended inactivity

    Bit of background: I was always skinny, and I used running and sword fighting lessons to stay fit in a really amateur way before. I really thought I was building the strength I'd need to tackle any challenge in life.

    From ages 24 to 28, warehouse work gradually broke me down until finally, in November of last year, I fainted into a pallet, lost my job, and started 4-5 months of bed rest. I was just too dizzy to stay on my feet longer than half an hour during that time. Then, of course, covid hit and dragged my isolation out even longer. I gained 60 lbs during this time, skyrocketing up to an even 200. For the first time in my life, I'm overweight and have to think about working out in terms of losing weight rather than gaining speed or power, and I'm not really sure where to begin.

    I work at a veterinary clinic now, and I used to be so mobile on the ground, but now just kneeling down to tie my shoes is uncomfortable. But I need to be able to get down and restrain hundred-pound shepherds and Rottweilers.

    I guess there are two key questions that come from this: 1) What kind of workout should I look for to dust off this body? 2) How do I find the motivation that swordsmanship used to give me? How do I believe that the strength I'm building will matter, the way I used to?

    #2
    Imho question 1 is rather easy to answer, i would recomment the foundation program. From there you could then progress onward to the more demanding programs.
    Regarding motivation... you probably would prefer tying your shoes to be a non-event, right?
    Believing that your new build strength will matter will come easily over time. You will feel that everything is easily doable. The workouts will pay big dividends if done consistently.
    A good motivation imho might be to set up close but unfamiliar goals for yourself and go to tackle them. With time you will recognize that your actual limits are way beyond your
    impression. And to quote a famous advertisement slogan: "Form follows function". If you are not overeating and working out your body will adapt to the machine you need it to be.

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      #3
      Motivation is hard. I just shoot for consistency. I work out every day, and I don't skip days, so working out is a habit and doesn't depend on fickle motivation.

      To dust off your body, I second Foundation, or even Foundation Light.

      If you want to lose weight, you need to look at your diet first and foremost, though. Try to eat veggies at least once a day at first, and then at every meal. Try to find healthy food that you find fun to do/eat. Look at Darebee's nutrition section.

      Good luck!

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        #4
        I recommend Foundation too, or foundation light: they helped me a lot to recover from surgery when I was very weak. For motivation, the worst thing is that everyone expects to come back in shape in no time, especially if you have been in shape before. Keep in mind that it is normal to struggle, it is normal to have setbacks, and very difficult to scroll away that mindset "all or nothing" which is probably the cause of "giving up" more than some occasional setbacks... Try focus on completing one program rather than on numbers, and if one day you don't feel like working out, but you know that is just your mind playing tricks, try to tell yourself: "ok, I'll do one set /exercise and then see how it feels..." when I do it myself, I usually end up completing my program.
        Hope this can be helpful, welcome to Darebee and Good luck!

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          #5
          'Preciate the feedback, y'all c: Foundation it is! Just finished day 1.

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            #6
            First step done, congrats!

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              #7
              Start slowly but consistently.
              First you build the habit. Then the habit will build you.

              If you ever feel like skipping, use the 2min rule: 2 minutes is better then zero.
              Or let us know and some bee will do it with you...

              Also important: Have fun working out
              Choose the right rhythm, load, programs and exercises. You will enjoy and come back for more.

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                #8
                I find a good way to get motivation is accountability or even just commiseration from others. I suggest starting a check in thread on here so people can cheer you on as you go on your journey.

                Welcome by the way, you’ll find the hive is a very supportive community and I hope to see you around the forums!

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