I am finding my return to the gym to be easy. Too easy, in fact. The book says that the first Level One goal is to be able to do 45 minutes of exercise at a heart rate of 60-65% of your max heart rate. 65% for me is 117. I just can't walk that slow! I have been mostly maintaining something around 130-135 on the treadmill, trying not to work TOO hard too soon, and that's about 2.8-3.1 mph at a very slight incline of 1 or 2, but occasionally playing with higher or lower levels. I feel a twinge in my left knee reminding me that there's no rush to get up to speed. I like doing the 45 minute walks. I watch an episode of Star Trek or House of Cards while I exercise. There is plenty on Netflix to go through.
Level Two (from the old folks book) is to add strength training.
I'll see a personal trainer next week and get her guidance on where to go from here, adding weight lifting and maybe cardio goals - we'll see what she says.
Someone posted an article featuring the full nude photos of Julie Kozerski's post-weight-loss body and I looked at my old nude photos at about 220 and feel like maybe I'll be happy at 220 or 230 - depending on what my doctor says and whether my heart or knees and feet are okay with it. I don't mind a little chubbiness. Also she lost 160 pounds in a year. I'm not going to do that. Plus probably no man will ever see me naked again so it's only my aesthetics I have to worry about.