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So frustrated right now - can't exercise due to surgery

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hey everyone, I hope you are all well and doing well with your weight loss and fitness plans. It's been a busy last 2 months for me. I luckily found a new job in London and work one-to-one with an autistic child, who is good work with. I've moved to London and love being back there, although I am paying far too much rent and making a loss! I had surgery 2 weeks ago (on the 10th of Feb) and believe that I am not allowed to exercise for 1 -2 months, or even longer! I don't know exactly for how long but will ask the surgeon tomorrow when I see him. As strange as it sounds, I would love nothing more than to go out for a jog or lift some weights but I am definitely not allowed to either of those! I am still at my parents recovering and although it's nice to relax, I want to be active!

Just came out of hospital after spending 4 nights there (was only meant to say 1 night!) and now spending time with family.

Since I can't burn off calories, I've been trying to be more careful with how much I eat a day but am struggling to eat less than 1,600 cals a day. Yesterday was pancake day though and felt I should have some but what about the other days! I am at home, having lots of healthy food but cannot stop myself from eating too much! I definitely need to work on my portion sizes. Do you know that I have been with SparkPeople since 2008 I believe but am still in Stage 2 of the SparkDiet? That's the part where portion control comes into it! And yet, I have gone from 210lbs down to 147 lbs. Currently I am around 153lb, which I think is due to the inactivity after the surgery.

Goal 1 - must read up on stage 2 of SparkDiet and go through this stage! I have the SP book, so will continue reading it. Don't get me wrong, it's a great book but there's a lot to get through and I haven't finished it yet emoticon

Goal 2 - if I cannot do exercise, how can I lose weight? It's hard enough to lose excess weight when cutting calories alone and sticking to a low calorie range per day. I need to work out what I can do that won't test my body. When I get back to London, I suppose the only thing I can do is walk. I love to walk and explore London but the weather is generally bad and it's nearly dusk when I get back from work.

Sorry for my ranting but I feel like I am stuck in a rut that has been enforced on me. It's silly really because I should be happy with my surgery and how luckily it was approved and offered free on the NHS. I have been using some of my free time wisely and been searching and keeping record of loads of different clean eating recipes I can use that are good for me and keep me within the calorie limit per day. I even set up a complex excel sheet for me to input information and workout what meals I can make each day!

One thing I have noticed is that I rely on silly things like my weight on the scales as an indicator of success, which invariably people who want to lose weight do, but have read a couple of articles and blogs that have made me focus on the important things that I should be concentrating on like not tying up my self-esteem with my weight, to be happy with the shape that I am currently am, and to focus on health and fitness.

It's so easy to get side-tracked and obsessed with how many lbs we can get rid of in a week and lose sight of the fact that we are fitter and stronger than we were before, and that what we previously couldn't do, like run a mile, we can suddenly do. I need to remember this and focus on getting fitter and healthier than ever before, so it's a pity at the moment I can't exercise.
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    take it easy, 2 months will go fast and you return to your normal life and exercise again

    2555 days ago
    I liked your blog alot and it is similar to my situation. I didn't have surgery but I do have a stress fracture on my foot which means no jogging or hardly walking. I had set goals for myself and I won't be able to meet them. That bothers me a lot but I will take care of my body now so it will heal properly so I can get back to it as soon as it lets me. I am also not good at planning my meals and/or staying below 1500 calories. But seeing your success at losing so much weight is what I hope to blog about someday. Keep your head up and keep smiling.
    2555 days ago
    Thank you guys for your helpful comments! I do eat healthy plant based whole foods but seem to have a great appetite! I will try to plan the meals for the next week and try to stick to it. I normally can't even plan ahead one day so it will be a challenge but one I need to conquer!
    2556 days ago
    I can understand on the the exercising. I had knee surgery on Nov 2 and I still con not exercise as I want to. Keep in there it will get bet
    2556 days ago
    Exercise is important but diet is more important. If you keep your calories to whole real food you shouldn't have a problem. Plants, fruits, grains, beans...these types of things are lower in calories than processed foods like breads, crackers, pretzels etc. emoticon
    2556 days ago
  • *ERICA*
    Losing weight is 80% YES YOU CAN!!! you can do it in diet alone. Keep your calories clean! Make a daily, weekly, monthly plan of your food. And stick to it. If you are determined to do it you can do it!
    2556 days ago
    I am again inspired by the idea that I don't have to judge myself by the scale. I read Coach Nicole's article yesterday and hope I can finally be convinced. Not totally convinced yet, though.
    2556 days ago
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