Valerie, when I was having pain problems and couldn't walk (my favorite form of exercise) I took a water aerobics class. You can work as hard as works for you and the water helps take the pressure off. You will still need to be careful as you heal, but you can do much in the water that you can't do on dry land. It might also help if you can find a pool for arthritis patients - it would be warmer than a regular swim pool, which might be helpful with the strained muscles while they are getting better.
As far as "maintaining" with a few more pounds to go - just hang in there and keep on trying. The real goal is good health, so even if you aren't losing, you are making new healthier eating a true, life style change that will go far to keeping you healthy over the long haul. (I have been "maintaining" for 2 1/2 years with about 8 pounds to go to goal! It truly is frustrating. I think I need to cut back even more to start losing again, and so far, I just haven't done it.
Fran - Raleigh, NC
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