My Best Hint: Make your TICKER show fitness minutes... this moves much faster than pounds lost. Then it resets the first of each month. Come visit my page to see what I mean and leave a word of encouragement! Joyce
Hey I came to your page because I was thinking about you. Now, reading what you wrote (below) I feel God had me come to your page to encourage you.
About three and a half years ago I had my forth surgery on my eyes. I had to take a steroid and gained 20 pounds in the process. It was horrible! What made it worse I already needed to lose 20 pounds!!! After my surgery I experienced so much pain from the medication had to take I could barely walk. Just walking from the car to the grocery store door was enough pain to put me in a scooter to do my grocery shopping. I too medicated my pain through food which only caused me to gain additional weight. Shortly after all this weight gain occurred I found this web site by the grace of God.
I have lost the weight I gained, some of it (35 pounds) but in the past year I have fell twice on my knees within 7 months. Both falls were bad, I fell onto cement. Now in the duration of the past 10 months I have gained 10 pounds back, due to the fact for many months both times after falling I could not do any cardio with my legs, or lift weights. I still cannot lift weights with my legs and much of the muscle which was once there has disappeared. It has been hard, and only through my faith have I been able to stay positive about this, although there are and have been days I am/was negative. Many times I simply have had to say out loud, “God has healed my knees, they will become strong again! The muscle will return. I will lose the weight I have gained.” I have lost a few pounds too! Because I have injured my knees I have to be very careful with what I eat, or I will gain much weight. I have been able to cardio with my stationary bike, and walk for many months now. The second time I fell it was a hard fall emotionally, because I had reached the point where I was able to do cardio for a few months and was just able to lift weights with my legs again. After I fell the second time I went right back to square one!
Now it has been three months since my second fall and I have begun to lose weight through eating better and doing exercises every day and burning a certain amount of calories each week. You can do this! Keep God in your thoughts and pray often for HIs help. I believe God sent me to your page to share this with you. Believe me, I do know it is hard, especially when the additional weight comes on. When I gained all that weight after my surgery I was at my highest weight, and I was not used to being heavy, I felt like a pig. But God wanted me to love myself and I was in a state of mind that I could barely look at my body. Your life CAN get better. There is a way and that way starts with God and ends in prayer. I care about you and have missed you. I will keep you in prayer, and I know in my heart that you will get out of this. Your pain will decrease, God answers prayers, and this email is part of an answered prayer I am sure of it.
Some of my healing took place as I went to physical therapy, but it is very important you have a well- trained physical therapist. My knees were healing, but then this one girl had me do something which I should not have done. As a result one of my knees got worse. However, our God can heal all things at all times. Although it was hard to deal with, I put my faith into action and started making declarations once again: “God will heal my re injured knee. Although I was seeking healing through prayer and going to therapy I will be healed through God’s grace once again.” This whole thing has been a learning process for me. I had to put my trust and faith in God in ways I had to do in the past in some ways, or different ways I guess. I have to trust God that He had healed my knees, trust Him that He will help me to eat better, to lead me to do exercises that would not hurt my knees.
I believe that all that we go through in life we are to bring God into it, and seek His ways as we struggle through our pain, frustration, and difficulties. How can we become victorious through God if we don’t seek Him through it all? Life is hard, and I am sure you have been through so much. However, don’t ever forget God is only a breath away, a prayer away, and His love not ceases. All He wants is to see us succeed. All he wants is to love us, and all he wants is YOU.
I know I have never met you, and I know I probably never will, but I tell you the truth, I love you. I care about your pain, and I care about what you have been through. You have been missed by me and others here on Sparkpeople.
I will keep you in prayer. I was praying for a while but I confess I did stop after a while. You can do this! Just do any type of exercise which does not cause pain. Maybe there is no exercise you can do without pain. If so is there a pool you can get into and use? Exercising in a pool does not cause pain to your joints. I will pray that God helps you find some good ways for you to exercise. In the meantime do what you can:
Eat as good as you can Give yourself one day a week as a treat day. Then try as hard as you can to stick to one day a week to treat yourself. (I know this is hard but it will help you to lose weight and you are not completely depriving yourself of your favorite junk foods) Do as much exercise that you can, but start out slowly Create goals for yourself and then reward yourself after you have completed them
Well those are just a few suggestions that have helped me. I hope some can help you as well.