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Stuck in a vicious cycle

BradyLady

BradyLady

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Here is the background.

Several years ago, I was in a car accident that left me with permanent mobility limits. I do not have full range of motion on my right side, neither hip nor shoulder. My balance is poor, and I must walk with a cane. If I'm going somewhere there will be a lot of walking involved, I use a rolling walker. (I think it's called a walking frame in the UK?) I try to make my cane or the grocery cart be enough when I'm going shopping, but if it's a very bad pain day and/or a heavy shopping trip, I need to get a motorized scooter.

Well, anyway, I've always struggled with my weight. Since about the age of eight, I've thought of myself as very fat, although looking back now, I realize I wasn't. I simply have a larger than average body type and will never be thin even at a healthy weight. Over the years I actually gained weight via disordered eating, specifically starving myself because I thought I was too fat to eat, then building up so much hunger I was ready to eat everything, packaging and all. That cycle of binge eating caused me to gain weight gradually over the years, but even with that, I didn't enter the "obese" category until after my children were born. But I'm there now, at 50 years old, and wanting to live a healthier lifestyle.

What's frustrating is that two days ago, I walked a lousy six blocks. That's all. And it was slow, because any slight dip in the lay of the sidewalk caused me to lose my balance. If I hadn't caught myself with my cane, I'm sure I could have had a nasty fall more than once. Therefore, I could not build up any speed. But here it is over 48 hours later, and I still feel like I was finishing up a marathon when I got hit by a truck. How am I supposed to get any appreciable amount of exercise at this rate?
 
BradyLady

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I have a PS:

I looked it up on Google Maps. That six blocks was equal to half a mile, or .8 km. For me, that's actually quite a bit of walking at one time, and it isn't unreasonable that I should be in pain now. I took some over the counter ibuprofen, and I'm taking it somewhat easy today, but not totally. I managed to put in four minutes on my pedal exerciser. :)

Yes, my balance is no longer good enough for a regular bicycle. I don't have money to join a fitness center, or room in my house for a stationary bike or a treadmill, so I do have a pedal exerciser. I want to be able to do 30 minutes three times a week on it. I'm nowhere near that!

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secretsurvivor1

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good effort, you beat me, what about swimming as it is non-weight-bearing and may cause fewer aches and pains?
 
BradyLady

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Around here, the only way to access swimming is to join a fitness center, which isn't in the budget right now. Not out of the question for the future, though. And I wonder, how many exercises can be accomplished in a rather large bath tub?
 
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Nicola398

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I greatly sympathize with you Bradylady, it is horrible to have mobility difficulties.I have a lipoma between my shoulder blades at the base of my neck, it is quite a big lump and it forces me to walk hunchback and is heavy, and as I am slightly shorter in one of my legs to the other I am leaning to the left so when I walk my back gets twisted too and I end up in pain.Of course all this is much worse the more weight I put on and a one stage I was almost 23 stone, that's 323 pounds or 146 kilos and had great difficulty trying to get around.
If you want to exercise to lose weight and that is a problem I can vouch for the Atkins diet, which have been doing since 8th April this year, I have lost 1 and 1/2 stone which is 21 pounds or 9 kilos.
You can follow this diet without exercising and lose weight, I highly recommend it, it is easy to stick to, you don't feel hungry all the time like n low fat diets.You avoid all sugar, no wheat, pasta or rice or high carbohydrate vegetables.You do eat plenty of vegetables though and 4oz protein at each meal, a cheese allowance of 115oz a day and a creme allowance of 45mls a day or 3 tablespoons.Fat is a must, the Atkins people say you need to consume fat for the body to release and consume it's fat stores and burn it up, so you are encouraged to use oils in your cooking and as salad dressing etc ,eating fat helps to feel full up so you aren't hungry like on low fat diets.You are allowed diet fizzy drinks too, even muffins and other desserts so long as they are made with sweeteners and low carb flours such as coconut flour and almond flour.
As I say much love and sympathy to you, being unable to walk much and get about and being in pain all the time is awful and can be soul destroying.Best of luck, NicolaX
 
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