Hi gemi (do you have a first name that I can use?)
Welcome to the Forum. Thanks for posting a little about yourself.
You will find the Forum a very useful place to find accountability, advice and encouragement on your journey to a better future.
Reading your post made me very excited for you.
Two things you shared echoed my start on the weight loss journey - and I'm excited because I know that success for you too will bring you a lifestyle that is so much better than you can imagine today.
When I started on my journey I was one month shy of my 52nd birthday. So age is no barrier for success.
I'm in my 56th year now and can honestly tell you that I'm 100% more fit and energetic than I was at 21.
So i now suffer chronic pain, I'm limited to what I can do as far as excercise to burn off the excess calories. A gentle walk is about my limit.
I can so relate to what you wrote above. When I started out all I could manage was a ten minute walk before my back would give out.
I also had chronic asthma and a belly hernia the size of my fist.
So you can appreciate that rigorous exercise at the start of my journey wasn't going to be on the cards.
The good news is that with increased fitness and reduced weight I was able to increase my exercise over time.
Towards the end of my weight loss journey I was running (yes running - not walking!) for an hour, swimming laps continuously for an hour and riding an exercise bike hard tack for an hour...and still be up for more!
My bold prediction is that this can happen to you too!
The secret is to keep pushing yourself forwards (but not too hard that you break yourself) and listen to your body.
In my case, the belly hernia particularly prevented me doing anything too hard with my body so much of my exercise was leg based.
The walking was gentle on my body - the running took a long time to be introduced into my regime.
Every day I would either increase the distance a little or go a little faster.
The swimming was very supportive of my belly hernia, my back and was very helpful with improving my asthma.
Never did the overarm stroke as this was too risky for my hernia. Did the breaststroke, did the breaststroke without using my legs, did frog kicks only while using a noodle as a kick-board. At the beginning when I couldn't swimming any more laps I would walk laps in the pool pushing as hard as I could against the water.
The exercise bike built up my legs and I could work very hard without fear of doing damage to my hernia.
As it got easier then I would increase the workout levels and the length of time on the bike.
You will be surprised by how many of your current medical problems will either disappear or became so much better once you have got fit and slim.
Looking forward to following your journey to that better future!