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1/12/18 10:35 A

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Totally agree with all of the advice, just wanted to add a personal anecdote that I also have been struggled with assorted injuries over the last few years. I had reached my goal and maintained for a couple of years before multiple injuries (hit by a car, breaking my foot and collarbone in several places, then associated tendon problems in my foot, then a fractured toe in the other foot, then back problems), then gained back 40 pounds. It's incredibly frustrating. Just a few takeaways:

1) I can't emphasize enough that, if you can afford it or if insurance covers it, at least a visit or two, go to physical therapy! I didn't do this early enough and caused myself additional problems as a result of not properly rehabbing (fractures in my foot healed, only to find that I then had achilles tendons problems from jumping back into activity too quickly and without strengthening atrophied muscles);

2) Along those lines, don't overdo it! Again, can't emphasize that enough. If you try to do something your body isn't ready for, it will very likely make the situation worse and ultimately increase the time you're away from exercise;

3) Don't stop tracking your food, and focus on high quality nutrition. When I was battling these injuries, I was, simply put, depressed and just sort of gave up on it all. Weight loss is really about nutrition anyway so I really wish I had fought through and kept tracking.

4) If your doctor didn't put restrictions on walking, walk. Don't underestimate the calories you can burn by just walking. I was a runner pre-injury and sort of scoffed at the idea of walking as exercise, but it can seriously torch calories if you do it long enough, and it's how I eventually, slowly got back to shape and to running. Again though, see above about not pushing yourself too far, too fast and doing more damage.

Best of luck. I have so much empathy for what you're going through right now. It really sucks and is so disheartening. You're not alone, and don't give up!

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1/9/18 11:44 A

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Great advice from others here, especially getting clearance from your doctor due to the nature of your injuries.

I don't want to keep adding the same thing to a thread, but I felt the need to chime in on my love for water activity as a great low-impact tool for fitness and recovery. It's really the only thing that came to my mind while reading your post, due to the restrictions you are experiencing.

Do you have a physiotherapist that can help you with some exercises that are tailor-made for your situation and body?

Good luck in your recovery!

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1/8/18 2:56 P

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With everything that you are going through, as already posted here, it would be best to discuss this with your doctor and get a referral to a physical therapist who can work directly with you when you have that clearance. Doing anything else or getting advice on exercise from anyone else can cause further injury and likely take you longer to recover.

In the meantime, tracking your nutrition and staying within your range will be your best bet for weight loss/management. The majority of weight loss actually comes from our nutrition intake, so managing that really well can help, especially during times like you are going through. So if you aren't already tracking your food, I would also recommend doing that (just as MLAN613 suggested too).

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1/8/18 12:27 P

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As a die-hard swimmer who gladly shares pool space with water walkers, if they're giving you grief about walking laps, splash them on the breath stroke.

Just kidding. :-)

I would definitely look into physical therapy and getting clearance from a physician, given your history. You might also check to see if there is an walking infinity pool in your area. It's basically a treadmill, but in a pool, with a strong current for resistance.

Good luck!

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1/8/18 6:19 A

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I am so sorry you are dealing with all of this! Since you are dealing with some serious injuries, we here really can't safely recommend any exercise.Anything we suggest may cause more injury.

You best bet would be to get cleared for exercise by your doctor and, if he/she thinks you can exercise while recovering, a referral to a physical therapist may be a good idea.

Also, did you know that nutrition is the bigger part of healthy living? You maybe can't exercise like you want to right now but you can make smart nutrition choices. Have you set up your nutrition tracker and are you using it? If not, I encourage you to do so.

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1/7/18 10:45 P

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I'm a mess! I've been fighting injuries for over 2 years, and recently added a fractured and displaced tailbone to the mix last week. It was bad enough that the doctor said that he didn't even have to look hard for it in the x-ray. I knew I wasn't going crazy with this extreme pain!

Anyway, I had been recovering from a badly sprained ankle (2 more weeks until fully recovered from it), herniated disc in the lower lumbar section of my spine from a fall last winter (l4/l5 - had 3 injections, waiting on approval for a radio frequency ablation, but am mobile), and have completely recovered from an abdominal wall muscle injury 2 years ago (yeah, careful when you go on a long bike ride, no matter how great of shape you are in. I wound up gaining 80 lbs since that injury). In other words, I've been basically out of commission for the better part of 2 years, gaining over 80 lbs in the process (ouch!).

I was feeling great when I first got injured, being able to do just about anything I put my mind to, including long bike rides, intervals on the elliptical (which I loved doing), and much more. I looked and felt great! I was 20 lbs from my goal. Now I'm 100 lbs from my goal.

So, here's my question. I'm now unable to really sit for 8 to 12 weeks, and for the first 2 weeks, I'm kind of limited with my ankle injury still being kind of on the rebound. I am worried about re-injuring my back, so I'm leery about doing too much. I've considered walking laps in the lap pool at the gym (it is actually in walking distance from my home), if the die-hard swimmers will allow me to do that, and work my way up to doing aqua fit as my body allows. Then work my way back into using the treadmill then the elliptical. But I didn't know if there were any other options I could use during my recovery as well? Suggestions?

I'm tired of living on the sidelines...I'm ready to get into the race!!!!!

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