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.
Good luck, and remember ..... Baby Steps!
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