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How to lose when you can't exersise

McBackMMcBack Posts: 33
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Diet, Nutrition, Weight Loss
Ok, well I suppose I could work out the upper body, but anything below the waist causes flare ups. Walking, leg lifts, crunches, these are all pretty much out of the question. I mean I can do a little but not enough to make a difference.

I am 6'4" and weigh in at 253lbs. My ideal weight for my frame is about 200lbs and up until about 2 years ago when my back started to get worse again that is where i was. I have since put on about 50lbs, mainly around the waist and gut, and as anyone with a bad back knows, that is a recipe for pain being it pulls forward on the spine.

Shortly after my fusion surgery back in 2001 I put on about 35lbs while waiting for the fusion to take place, but once the green light was given for PT I did the Atkins thing and walked a lot and got it all off in about 6 months. Now that the back has taken a turn for the worse again and the pounds have piled even higher I m having a hard time shedding them. I tried Atkins again, but this time its not working like it did the first time and I can't understand why. I lost like 20 lbs in the first two weeks the first time around but this last try....little to nothing and I gave it a good go too :/

What works for others here? I know exercise needs to be incorporated, but seeing as I can't work the lower back and legs I don't know what to do. Any suggestions?


  • Have you tried water exercises or swimming? Since my back flared up in 2/2008 I have done various types of water exercise. At first just walking, then more PT I had learned at a water pt place, then swimming, and at most water aerobics. The water takes the stress off your body and if you can find a warm pool it feels very good on sore joints and muscles. Now I am 7 weeks post fusion and I have been back to the pool for 3 weeks, starting over with my walking and mild PT. I have lost 45 pounds slowly since March. I also of course watch my diet, counting weight watcher points for the most part. I still need to loose 40 pounds to get into the ideal category for my height/age. I am devoted to keeping this weight off as I know it is the best chance for my back to stay healthy. Good luck to you, as I know weight loss is sooo difficult. Sue
  • :) we have a weight loss group here and would love to have you join. :H we all face the problem of difficulty exercising or meds that cause weight gain so come join us. see week 35 in this forum if you like. join anytime. check out the exercise ball. even with pain you can use it to work the core. of course talk to your doc about any diet or exercise plan. Jenny :)
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  • I bought a stationary recumbent bicycle and it's great on the back it has a full backseat for support. Best investment I got so far for excercise equipment and my husband likes it too. It doesn't burn a lot of calories in the beginning courses but it's good for toning and cardiac workout. My husband had knee surgery and it helpes him but it was painful at first and also for me if I do more than 30 minutes a day. Of course check with your Doctor first. See you around.
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I live in a rural area and with the price of gas it is difficult to get to a pool/gym, about a 70 mile round trip. Seeing I am on disability as it is and can't make ends meet, making this trip a few times a week is pretty much out of the question.

    I really like the idea of the recumbent bike a lot, but again, most of the roads around me are gravel. Guess I need to move, huh? And I would if this damn economy would improve so I could sell my house, but that's another subject.

    I might look in on the weight loss group. I've been thinking about WW...just don't understand the point system and am horrible at cooking for one person.

    One thing I am adamant about is using stevia instead of sugar, which was the only difference in my last attempt at Atkins, and I am wondering if this held a factor. Does anyone here use or know anything about stevia. I discovered it in NZ a few years back and have been using it ever since.

    TY for the replies
  • I think Charry said her recumbant bike is stationery, so if you had one like that you wouldn't have to worry about the roads, just do it in your house.

    I lost 42 lbs on Weight Watchers years ago and most of that was without exercise. But then, everyone is different. Once you get the point system it's pretty simple. If you don't cook for yourself now then what are you eating? Either fast food or frozen or sandwiches? There are things you can eat on WW that wouldn't keep you in the kitchen long. What if you made a batch of something and froze it in individual portions?

    I look forward to seeing you on our weight loss thread!
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  • :) McBack, you can use the Weight Watchers food plan with our group. your bike will provide great exercise. we weigh in once a week and talk throughout the week as well. so quit thinking and come on over! Jenny :)
  • I started to reply earlier and got pulled away...I do cook for myself (like I have a choice). I am just lazy when it comes to the kitchen. Put a hammer in my hand or a computer in need of repair in front of me and I'm raring to go, but cooking never was my forte. Add that I live alone and HATE shopping usually results in a bare fridge and cupboards.

    As I have mentioned earlier, I live in a rural area so in order to have fresh produce I have to travel 40 miles. As such I don't get them often enough. Instead I freeze a lot. When I do have produce I usually grill up a chicken breast and toss it chopped over leaf lettuce, peppers, cukes, etc. I do a lot of crock pot and freezing in the winter months. Not much else to do, but those tend to be high carb, fattening recipes like stews, chili's, lasagna and such.

    And no, I don't do double cheese burgers :& , but I will have the occasional taco from the Bell or maybe a Wendys burger when I get to town...not often though. I love cheese and meat and veggies so the Atkins diet was a no brainer for me. Just don't know why it didn't work the second time (3 years later). And breakfasts gets boring in that regiment real quick. One can only doctor up eggs and bacon so many ways.

    I've considered the Nutra System, as this sure would solve my lack of culinary arts and pantry issues, but I can't imaging that stuff tastes well. And I know, if I don't get serious and stop being lazy I'll never beat it. I've done it before, so I know I can again. The desire is there and the incentive sure is too with my back getting worse again, so it's gotta happen.

    I do have a WW book here called "Weight Loss That Lasts".. Anyone familiar with it? A friend bought it for me a while back, but I have yet to read it. I would have to assume the point system is in it though...maybe not?

    Oh, and the stationary bike...I presently own an 810 sq ft one bed/bath home. I guess I could put one in here somewhere, but it would be right square in the middle of the dining room or living room.

    I'm full of excuses aren't I?...LOL Not trying to make em, just saying it like it is. I have to get in shape so it's gonna happen one way or the other, just trying to figure out which way. Getting back on track with my diet is the first step. Once I am down to smaller portions and the right foods my stomach will shrink again.

    Guidance welcome ;)
  • Hello,

    Why you do not try online fitness websites. they are also suggest you a good exercise according to you body. Try to drink water as much as possible. and take some diet food.
  • You're right about putting the bike in the living room where we have it but you can put a screen in front of it.It's great for when you watch tv and peddle. 10 minutes a day 3 times a day or 30 minutes of excercise is good daily. There's a show called "sit and be fit" early in the morning. Portion control is key and 6 small meals a day or get lots of fruit apples and bananas cut your appetite I heard in chat today. Lots of water is good too. It's sure hard to deal with this disability and lose weight too. See you later. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I have tried Nutri-System and found many of their meals and snacks to be quite tasty. I did get some I didn't care for at first, but I just avoided those in the future. Not a bad diet system.
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