Hi Brenda, welcome to the team. I do believe that the added weight makes it much harder. First off, try to think of losing weight as important step to being healthy not to looking attractive. If you approach it more as an important step to gaining a healthy lifestyle, you will probably be better at it. Do not make things off limits, just reduce the amount you are eating. I started off by not restricting anything but logging everything I ate into the nutritional trakcer and what my activities were into the fitness tracker. After a week or so, I examined were I could start making easy changes to both diet and fitness. Keeping things gradual is far easier to incorporate into your life.
The next question I have for you is have you had PT? See if you can get PT from your doctor for PT doing swiss ball, pilates and core work. This should give you a good starting place. The reason I suggest PT is do to your fusion and possible pain. A physical therapist should be able to make sure you do not injure yourself. If financially this is not possible, just be very careful about keeping your core engaged and keeping your body aligned. Start out by walking and gradually speed it up. The main thing to remember in both exercise and food, is moderation. Don't change anything quickly. It could injure you with exercise and cutting too much food too quickly will make it harder to stay with it.
I hope that you can get back to your old life or even a better new one. You can find support on this team as with other teams. Best of luck.
Enjoy life when you can, as life changes when you least expect it!!!
| Pounds lost: 15.8