I had ovarian cancer in 2012 and survived with the surgical removal of the tumor, hysterectomy, and an appendectomy. Prior to that surgery I was sedentary for a little over a year due to pain but was caught up in finishing my Associates degree (I know, no excuse).
I tried to get back in shape but herniated the incision from 2012. The scar tissue progressed and adhesions were strangling my stomach and upper intestines. I was very sedentary again, due to pain, until I had surgery in October 2013 that repaired the hernia, got rid of the adhesions and I also had my angry stone riddled gall bladder removed.
As suggested by my physician, I am trying to stick to a low glycemic index diet, I eat smaller meals 5 times a day instead of 3 big meals. AND... I have been grabbing paleo recipes and trying to keep as close to them as I can. I'm just not losing weight due to no exercising.
My issue is that I have been so sedentary that my muscles seem to be atrophied from non use. I went to the gym with my niece and after one minute on an elliptical, I thought my thighs were going to explode. My knees were locking and I was afraid of falling just from walking. I was so humiliated because I was asked not to sit on the floor of the gym but I had no choice. They wanted to call an ambulance, I refused, and had my niece help me to my car. 3 days later, I was STILL feeling the pain from ONE MINUTE on an elliptical. I cried because only 5 years prior I was able to push 400 lbs with those thighs.
I am a 49 year old female, 5' 8", weigh 320 lbs, and quit smoking 2 years ago. The only restriction from my physician is that I do not lift anything over 20 pounds for at least another month.
Can anyone suggest an exercise I can do to start that won't land me on my back or in severe pain for days on end? I "get" the no pain no gain thing.... but when it hinders my ability to walk, I have to draw the line.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
~Thomas A. Edison
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