@MentalNomad - Thanks for the training advice. I’ve had a couple of days using my new routine and I’m really feeling it deep in my muscles. It’s been almost a year since I did anything at the gym other than cardio.
I’m going to hold off on using a protein supplement for now. I had a bad experience with creatine some years ago and hurt my kidneys with overuse.
My new training program consists of 30-40 minutes of cardio on the elipitical trainer (burning ~350 calories) followed by 15 minutes of strength training on the machines focusing on upper body (arms, chest, abs, shoulders) on one day and lower body (thighs, calves, glutes) on the next day. I can usually get time on 4 machines daily and will try to hit all the machines in a week.
I’m not worried about losing interest in fitness training. As I mentioned, 5-6 mornings at the gym has been part of my daily routine for 20 years now. I am so hopelessly “addicted” to the endorphine “rush” I get in the shower after my workouts that if I miss a day, I feel “withdrawal” symptoms for the entire day!
Next week I am going to try out your idea of doing the strength training ahead of the cardio and see how that works out for me. I need to cool down because I perspire profusely. Without a cool down, I am wiping sweat off my brow long after my shower.
@horsfield - Thank you for the links to those charts, they are real eye-openers! I am going to ask one of the trainers at my gym if they can check my % of body fat with calipers and compare that with my calculated BMI. 3000 calories sounds like a HUGE number to me, however.
@EveB - I have been under the care of my current physician since 1995. She is quite knowledgeable of fitness and nutrition. She attended U of Connecticut on a basketball scholarship and made the women’s Olympic basketball team in 1980 (the year the US boycotted the Olympics). Like me, she trains daily and is in incredible shape. She truly “leads by example”!
@Tark - Every office visit to my doctor involves completing a questionnaire about my diet, exercise, sleep, supplements, etc. I really think she has the complete picture of me when I go in for a visit.
Thanks again, everyone, for the thoughtful comments!