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MELLISOND Posts: 1,277
2/13/12 9:33 A

Hi, First I am sorry to hear that you have such physical limitations imposed upon you. But please please do follow medical directives so that you do not have additional limitations later on. Second, there are a couple of Spark teams for people experiencing pain and/or coping with injuries, etc. I did not find those teams to be very active but I did get some good support and suggestion from team leaders and some members. The Chair Exercise team has some great recommendations and resources that you could discuss with your physical therapist. Third, not being able to vacuum sounds like a real bother for you (as it would be for me & I know how painful vacuuming can be!) - so how about investing in a roomba to vacuum for you? I've been thinking about getting one even though I can now handle doing one room at a time with a regular vac.
Finally, I hope you can be patient, find exercise that is right for you, track and control your food intake, and heal your body. Best wishes,

CFLOTT Posts: 409
2/13/12 8:50 A

Wow. I just posted a very similar topic. Looking at the responses is already getting me thinking. Believe me - I HEAR your frustrations! I'm by your side in spirit and think we can do it!

BLOND_KIRA Posts: 80
2/12/12 10:04 A

It is really frustrating to be stuck not being able to do what you want too. But this too shall pass and then you will get back to all the things you love. Stick to your restrictions for now so you can do what ever you want in the future.

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2/12/12 2:24 A

Don't worry. Please remember that if you run out of the gate too fast then you could end up furture injuring yourself and prevent exercise even more. I know how you feel (I've broken both my ankles and got super antsy) but if you wait and keep a positive attitude, you will be okay.

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2/10/12 12:32 P

Andrea ! Hang in there !

When it comes to weight loss, what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit. A person can lose weight without any exercise. As long as you are mindful of those portions and eat healthfully, the weight will come off. It might not be fast, but it will happen.

So, if your doctor says you can do 10-15 mins on the treadmill, that's fine. that's what you do. There are members who will tell you how they lost 100+ pounds just be walking and watching what they ate. So, don't assume you can't either. You can. You have to be positive.

People don't realize how important their nutrition is when it comes to their weight. they rely too much on exercise. Well, the fact is, you can't outrun a bad diet with exercise.

Don't worry ! Are you logging your food choices ? If not, you should get back into logging. While you may be eating right, if your portions are getting bigger, you may be eating more than you think. Also, some of your gain may not be fat. It may just be water retention if you're on any medications. there are medications which can cause a woman to retain water. that might make it look like you're gaining weight when you aren't. I know women who changed their birth control and gained weight even though they didn't change anything else.

Everything will be fine !! Have a little faith in yourself.

2/10/12 12:18 P

So I'm going through really painful physical therapy and in the process packing on the pounds from not moving around. I'm not eating crappy and I actually want to work out! I'm getting my treadmill from my mom's house this weekend and I'm limited to walking for 5-10 minutes at 3mph no incline and only 2 or 3 times a week. I'm sad. I'm not allowed to use weights by any means. I'm not even allowed to vacuum which is driving me crazy! I've been doing arm exercises w/o weights and getting up and walking around as much as I can bear it but does anyone have any suggestions?


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