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4/16/12 3:12 P

Google "sciatic nerve pain". I had this after I had my kids and it eventually went away. Lots of stretching helped. Anyway, look it up and see if it sounds like what you have. Good luck!

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4/16/12 2:14 P

It is definitely important to me to teach my daughter to eat healthy. I really want to stay on track this time. My doctor hasn't diagnosed my leg yet, she's been very busy lately. But I had tried stretching a couple nights ago and it seemed to help a little. Perhaps I can do more stretching in the meantime. Thanks everyone! :)

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4/16/12 10:36 A

Your food is even more important when you are injured- so really work on that! Has your doctor diagnosed your leg? Perhaps some stretching exercises would be beneficial.

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4/15/12 9:37 P

Metabolism changes and we have to change with it. I love food to and tried three new recipes this weekend. You can check my blog from today if you'd like to see what I made. The thing was they were mostly spark recipes and I felt satisfied and healthy for eating better.

I thought a long time ago about going to chef school and ended up doing something else, but I am a foodie through and through. You can choose to be a chef that cooks healthy. You have a wonderful opportunity to teach your daughter as she grows how to choose healthy. That one thing keeps me focused right now because i have three teenagers who will move out before too long and I want to influence them in a good way before they are all gone. Start while she's young and help her have healthy habits she can be proud of!

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4/15/12 2:37 P


I'm sorry you've been having a rough time with your legs, but do continue to work with your doctor like Coach Nancy says. As long as you are mindful of what you eat, you will not gain weight because you can't exercise as vigorously as you'd like.

To be perfectly honest, a person can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. If you want to take the weight off, you have to eat right and watch your portions. So, don't beat yourself up because you can't exercise because of your legs. Listen to your doctor. If they want you to lay off exercise for a few days and even a few weeks, that's what you do.

Will this slow down your loss ? Yes, if you can't exercise that means you may lose 1 pound a week instead of 2. that's not a bad thing. Concentrate on eating right and with time, you will lose the excess weight. Most people don't realize how important our diet is to our weight and long term health.

Now, if you want to be able to do some exercises, how about doing some upper body strength work ? You can do all sorts of upper body exercises with either hand weights or resistance bands while sitting in a chair. Work your upper body muscles while your lower body heals.

Also, we can't spot reduce areas of our bodies we don't like. It would be great if we could, but we can't. Weight loss really does go back to what we eat. If you do your best to eat right and watch your portions, you will lose weight with time. Remember, this isn't the Biggest Loser. You won't see dramatic changes in so short a time.

You didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight. BUT, it does with time. You just have to be patient with yourself and your body.

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4/15/12 2:21 P

Hi Chelsea,

Continue talking with your doc about your leg/back issue. He/she is really in the best position to guide you through this issue as he/she is most familiar with your medical history and is able to do a full physical evaluation to held determine the best treatment plan for you.

Focusing your workout on a specific body part to shrink the fat in that area, AKA spot reduction, is not effective. The reason, fat distribution is, for the most part, determined by your genetics, but by following a healthy diet and exercise program, over time you will see results, but it is going to take time.

If you haven't visited our nutrition lifestyle resource center, this may be a good time to do so, as I believe education is the key to helping us break free from the diet mentality, therefore learning to live the healthy life we are meant to live.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

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4/15/12 1:33 P

So, I haven't even been on this website in a week or two. And I haven't been doing great with my diet. Let me back up a little. I was doing good dieting for a few weeks a while ago and I was walking a lot with my friends. Well, I'd been having problems with my leg, since I had my daughter (She's 10 months now) If I walked around too much I'd get a painful tightening feeling in the back of my right thigh, from the bottom of my butt cheek down to behind my knee. I tried to exercise and walk, but it just got worse the more I exercised. So, I stopped walking for a few days. Like a couple days after I stopped walking my bad eating habits were back. I stopped tracking my calories on here and just started eating whenever. I went to buy some new clothes yesterday and was very shocked to see myself in the changing room mirrors. ALL of my legs are bigger and there are stretch marks all down them. I already knew my stomach was pudgy, but I noticed there's fat on my back too! It got me so depressed. I really want to lose weight so bad! Before I had my daughter I was so skinny! And it seemed like I could eat anything and not gain weight. I want to exercise more, but my leg hurts so bad every time I try to. My doctor is supposed to be giving my anti-inflammatorys soon, and I'm hoping so bad that I can start exercising again. Its just my body is really really getting me down, but I love food (I'm going to school to become a chef!) and dieting is getting me down even more!
On a side note. Does anyone know any exercises that target the legs, butt, and stomach?

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