I am really sorry for your loss & stress. I was in the same situation a few years ago & gained back the weight I had lost . I finally got back on track. I took baby steps & got back to swimming & walking slowly. I also have arthritis in my hips & back & find it difficult to exercise. Swimming has helped me a lot with the tummy fab. I joined the Aqua exercise class that is easy to move in the water. Take it one day at a time & slowly enter back into being healthy again. .
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I am really sorry that you have had so much bereavement and other family illness recently. That is never easy to cope with, and it is more than understandable that you have fallen off the wagon a bit. Don't go beating yourself up. There are times when we need to cut ourselves a bit of slack.
Now that you are ready to re-commit, I strongly suggest that you start off with baby steps, nutritionally and with exercise.
As far as the exercise is concerned, I would suggest that first you talk with your Dr about what is appropriate for you, and possibly get a referral to a Registered Physiotherapist who will be able to show you exercises that are safe for you.
I have Scoliosis as well as Arthritis of the spine. I was sent for rehab and the person doing it is a qualified practicing Physiotherapist who is also a qualified Pilates Instructor who takes Mat Pilates classes. I took my x-rays and reports for her to see, and she examined me. As a result she was able to help me a huge amount. It is best that you at least initially do these classes with the Instructor and preferably in a small class. Then it is virtually like a one-to-one. The Instructor can physically see and feel what you are doing and is able to do hands-on re position changes to ensure that you are doing it safely and in a way that will do the muscles good. She was able to steer me a way from exercises that would aggravate either condition and give me either an alternative exercise, OR an alternative way of doing the exercise so that I was getting the most benefit.
I mention the Pilates because there are tons and tons of exercises with heaps of variations so there will be safe ones for you. It is great for strengthening the core muscles which helps reduce the flabbiness of the abdomen. It also works all your other muscles, too. It helps to improve posture which in turn can give the appearance of having lost weight, and you can reduce a dress size simply by having more tone in that area. It also helps to oxygenate the blood better because you learn correct breathing techniques and that has the added benefit of helping when stressed.
You should start back slowly. At least you came back before you gained even more of the weight. You are ready to do this again and you came to the right place for support.
I have arthritis in my knees and lower back and I have found the chair exercise videos on Sparkpeople to be invaluable in getting in my exercise. I also walk daily. Remember whether you walk a mile in 20 minutes or in an hour when it is all said and done, you walked a mile.
I wish you much success as you resume your weight loss journey.
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Thank you so much for the encouragement.
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I'm very sorry to hear of the loss of your loved ones.
As the old song goes,"accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative". give yourself credit for all the POSITIVE things you do for yourself and don't beat yourself up because you're not perfect.
I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". if the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.
In short, while you may have regained 18 pounds, you've still kept 54 off. That's how we accentuate the positive. Because you really can't blame yourself for regaining some weight. That is something every single one of us on Spark has dealt with. That was the past. You can't change the past, but you can influence and change the future.
Start by setting some simple goals for yourself. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Take baby steps literally and figuratively.
As far as exercise, you do what you can. Can you walk without any pain ? if so, take a daily 30 minute walk. There are members who will tell you how they lost 100+ pounds just by walking and watching what they ate. Remember, you can't spot reduce areas of your body you don't like. It would be great if we could, but we can't.
However, I can assure you that if you do your best to eat right, watch your portions and get a little regular exercise, the weight will come off your entire body with time.
Be patient with yourself and your body. You didn't gain the weight overnight. It's not coming off overnight, thus the need for patience.
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Hi, I am so frustrated with myself! After a winter of dealing with the death of 3 family members, the grave illness of my sister and general stress, I have gained back 18 lbs. of the 72 pounds that I worked so hard to lose. I am ready to get these pounds off and get back on track with my diet and exercise. I have so much stomach flab that I can't stand to look at myself. Due to health issues, I am limited to the type of exercise that I can do. The exercises that target the abs aggravates my lower back problems. I need to find an exercise routine that I can do and stick with.
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