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    Scotty MacFly

    I was at one of my favorite creeks yesterday, and I kept saying to myself last year that I was going to venture deeper and see what’s beyond the waterfall. So I did. I found nothing but a very steep rocky woodsy area that if I was to slip and break an ankle, I’d be lion food. Then I remembered a creek that I have heard of that runs into this one upstream that’s worth hiking to, so over the river and through the woods to a new place to fish I go. I reached the main trail, huffin’ and a puffin’. I’ll be 51 next month, and I know I’m not like I used to be, but man, this crept up on me quick. Last year I was unbeatable, but now I’m just…eh.

    The Doc. wants me to get down to 190lbs. I am 255 now. Last time I got down to 200, I didn’t feel good and was tired all the time. Just no energy. So he gave in and said because of the way I am built, and my blood pressure, between 200 and 215 would be fine. He was first going by that height and weight chart but then came clean and said that chart doesn’t work for everyone, but dropping my weight would help my B.P.. I agree.

    Any of you ever do a workout program to keep pounding the water and get into new areas you want to fish?



    Not really. I walk the dog a mile every day, 2 if my knees aren’t hurting too bad (I used to ski which has left both knees pretty much disaster zones) I’d rather have a root canal than spend time in a gym. (it’s the boredom of walking or biking in place rather than the physical activity)

    Pretty much resigned to sticking to the relatively level hikes and taking my time – getting old sucks but it sure beats the alternative.



    I feel your pain, Scotty. Literally. I’m not particularly overweight (5’10”, 180 lbs) and the ticker is good (100/60 – purely genetics, I assure you) but at 64 my knees are a lot like Grsdlnr’s. One of my favourite pools requires a 2+ km wade down a river and then a slog back upstream at the end of the day. The banks and forest on either shore preclude hiking alongside the stream. My fishing buddies are all of the same age, and man, we don’t even try it unless the water level is pretty low.
    Luckily I heat (in part) with wood, and feeding the woodpile keeps me exercising (I think of it as a rural Pile-ates program). But I also do a bit of cycling (20 or so km) when I can, to keep the legs limber and the lungs functioning. One of the guys (5’6″, 280 lbs) walks about 4 miles a day for the same reason. I also find the cycling helps me last a little longer between breaks on motorcycle trips, but yeah, I’m not doing a lot of backcountry slogging these days.
    I used to do a lot of river running in a canoe but now after an hour I find it hard to unfurl into an upright position. Used to pole canoes a lot, too, but with unpredictable knees and crappy balance, it would be best to just jump in the river at the outset and eliminate the suspense.
    So, yeah, you’re not alone, and yeah, some vigorous exercise will help, but as buddy said, it sure beats the alternative.
    I think one of the challenges of rapid weight loss is that the major dietary change required leaves you hungry and lacking in energy, just like you said. A slower lifestyle change of diet and exercise might help you get where you’re aiming without that exhausted feeling. More likely you’d feel more energized than anything. But I’m not na├»ve enough to think its as easy to do as it is to type.
    When it comes to aging and wearing out, we’re all in this together.


    Scotty MacFly

    My biggest fear is the day I can’t fish anymore. I don’t need a heart attack skampering and frolicking over the Continental Divide.

    It’s starting to feel like fall, and I have seen small signs of it coming soon. I think this winter I and the Lady of the house might join a fitness club. I used to power lift, and that’s part of my weight issue because I’m still pretty thick, but weights are not what I need. Cardio is the game now, and I hate doing cardio.

    This is going to be fun……..No it’s not.

    Gotta go, brownies are out of the oven!



    Scotty: If fitness clubs are not your thing, I’m with you there: not a fan of ‘indoors’, and not a fan of people. Here’s an idea that might help: Get a used stationary bike, Nordic track or stairmaster or whatever (believe me, 90% of them are very lightly used), set up a tv in front of it, and watch an episode of a favourite series each night. One winter I watched Sopranos start to finish. Felt pretty painless. I’m pretty sure you can subscribe to Netflix or Crave or Shomi for a lot less than a club membership.



    This is the curse of being only fisherman. It’s not even close to enough exercise. Other than the meat, the thrill and challenge of a hunt. I hunt for the exercise. I hike the mountains up to 12,000ft about 250 days a year. I use snow shoes in winter. The rest of the days I hike at lower altitudes around 9000ft. That’s mostly in the dead of winter. I’m 6’1″ and weigh 170lbs. BP is like a 20year old and my resting pulse is 58. When I was younger I weighed 250lbs and was a powerlifter. I still did lots of cardio back then. Now I just eat right and hike.

    Scotty, your weight isn’t normal unless you’re 6’5″ and younger. You need to do more work and get the weight off. Saying you were tired at 200lbs was a thin excuse. You want more energy. You have to push your body to higher limits to build strength and endurance. Then your daily life will be full of energy. There is nothing in fishing that should make you tired.

    In case you forgot. I’m 73. I’m still hauling out 90lbs of elk meat on my back over the mountains back to the Jeep. Usually, 3-4 miles and 4 trips. That’s why I know you can improve, but it takes a positive attitude.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 8 months ago by  Creek.

    Scotty MacFly

    Hi Creek! Yes I know my last time at 200 was pathetic, but it was because I rushed it and starved myself. It was very hard to maintain. I learned to listen to what my body is saying, just like when I kicked the chewing habit. I took my time and weened myself off bit by bit, and if I rushed it my body didn’t like it, so I stayed at that limit for another week and after that I was able to continue weening myself off. It was easy, but it took time.
    It’s time I do something about it, and I’m mentally ready. I’m walking, and cutting down my food intake. Soon I will be doing other activities to help me out.
    I broke my knee two years ago, and I can’t run real good, but I can run some. It angers me that I can’t move like I used to, but that anger drives me to do it.

    When I was coming down the mountain I ran into a group of nice folks your age, and I thought to myself that they were truly an inspiration. I never was real good at using my head, so I always relied on my physical fitness. But as time went by, life took on new responsibilities. I know, it’s not an excuse and not meant to be.

    But you’re right, fishing alone won’t do it. But I’ll get there again, and it’ll be done right this time.

    Glad to hear from you, and I hope you’re doing better.



    The problem most people have when losing weight is doing it by diet alone. Done this way you lose too much muscle and always feel tired. It doesn’t last and most of them put the weight back on.

    A better way is to eat enough good food to supply your body what it needs for repair and energy. Enough calories to maintain your weight if you did no exercise. Then step up progressively your exercise. Let the exercise burn the calories. This way your energy stays up and you lose more fat than muscle.

    Hiking can get your heart rate up just like running. On level ground, you walk fast. On climbs, the climb will keep your heart rate up. The important part is to maintain a faster heart rate. That’s aerobic exercise and will burn fat for energy.

    Don’t charge into it at first. Start slow and build up to harder and harder. In time you’ll be charging up climbs you could hardly make when you started. In time you can carry some weight in a backpack to increase the workouts.

    You can also do some workouts for your upper body too. Hiking will take care of you legs, lower back and heart/lungs, but won’t do too much for your upper body. A gym is not a bad idea. Go early in the morning when it’s not crowded. I used to manage a gym when I was in my 30’s. It can be addicting once you get into it. It’s tough at first, but you can do it. Be positive and set a small goal you can achive. Then another and another.

    Good luck.

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