Hi Welcome to the team. I too have back issues and OA in the knees. One knee is bone against bone. I work out in the water. It is so much easier on the joints and really feels good. If you enjoy the water, you may want to look into that. Good luck on your journey. The team is always here for you.
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I lost 122 pounds and have maintained it since 12/28/12.
Hi Julie, welcome to the team! You have taken the first step. Keep sparking everyday. It helps a lot. I am so sorry that you are in so much pain. Dieting and exercising is hard enough when you are healthy. Take it one day at a time. Don't beat yourself up when you mess up. Learn from that and start over again. We are all here for you. Sending you hugs, love and peace. Liz
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Welcome. I know trying to exercise and diet when you are in pain is so difficult, but if you do what you can little by little you will be able to do more and more and the pain will be less and less. We're here for you.
Welcome Julie, I know so well what you mean about losing the same 10-15 lbs each year. In fact I got to a point where I would lose about 7-8 lbs and then plateau each time. The main reason I joined SP was to get healthier as I also have back issues and arthritis which meant that I had to give up my job after over 34 years plus diabetes.
I want this to be the last time, the time that I succeed so there had to be a different approach. For me this is not about going on a diet because diets come to an end and then the weight comes back. It's not about banning foods and feeling deprived because that is not sustainable long term. Its not about feeling guilty about a treat or a meal out because you have to have a life.
For me it's about tracking everything I eat daily, measuring portions properly, increasing fruit and veggies and fluids, including regular treats but making the healthier choices from the food I enjoy, most of the time. Men always lose quicker because they naturally have more muscle and so burn more calories. I have accepted there is no quick fix and it is better to lose weight slowly to keep it off and help your body readjust. And it is working -28 lbs gone and not flagging yet!
Wishing you success in all you want to achieve.
P.S. My ticker only shows my goal until Christmas Eve - I have much farther to go!
Edited by: PINKANGEL73 at: 11/14/2012 (09:51)
Pounds lost: 28.0
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Hi - good to have you on the team. You will find that losing weight should help your back - and strengthening your core muscles too will help. Men always seem to be able to lose weight easily - it has always been a standing joke in our house that I go on a diet and DH loses weight!! So ignore it!! Now - you obviously realize that eating and controlling eating is a major part of your weight control - so using the Nutrition tracker every day - together with the exercise tracker will help - keep within the targets set and you are off to a flying start. As far as exercise - start gently - but work towards making it consistent - and do something that you enjoy - but do it every day for even a short time!! Enjoy the journey
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My name is Julie. I have always been healthy and active but it was always to keep my weight down even though I ate plenty because I enjoyed eating. When I ended up with major back issues, I became depressed and eventually was crippled. I felt like a failure because I had always been strong and impervious, I felt to major physical pain. I have since had 2 major back surgeries, even though I am doing better, I am slowly working out but not losing much. I am really trying to get my eating under control. I still am in pain after a long day. But I am able to work some but not the same career I had for 25 years. I am hopeful to get going again though. My husband is a big guy so it is easy for him to lose weight. I have about 90lbs more to go. I have been with SP for many years now off and on and when I stay with the program I do really well. Then I get off track and gain. This last time has seen me through my last surgery I just don't want to gain and lose the same 10-15lbs. every year.
Hoping to charge on because my health is important to me! I don't have diabetes or heart issues but I want to get a handle on this because I know my gut doesn't work real well I have constant heart burn and other gut issues. I just want to feel and look better.
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