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Posted: 14 Oct 2013, 08:38
I have lost about 60 lbs since starting about 18 months ago, still have about 100 to go( crazy I know but I am not really focusing on the amounts for my own sanityLaughing ) The problem is over the past 11 months I have had three surgeries and have had a chronic illness that makes it impossible for me to exercise( my body doesn't make/ utilize aerobic energy so once the anaerobic is used, which only takes a few mins., I am done doing anything for hours, including things like showering, making dinner for the family etc.. I can't push thru it since that actually causes me to relapse which can mean bed-rest for months.) So I lost the 60 via eating right, IE a plate with 1/2- 3/4 veggies, 1/4 whole grain or starch, 1/4 protein, and limiting to about 15-1600 calories which is a few less than what I "should" eat, 1900. It worked well for a number of months but then I stalled ( right around last year at summer time, a few months before the first surgery). IF I could exercise I'm sure I could get past that plateau but now that hopefully the surgeries are done at least for a while, I want to start eating better again( I haven't totally botched it, I have gained a 2-4 lbs but not sure if some of that is still swelling/water since the last surgery was less than a month ago. ) So is anyone in this same situation, where they can not do exercise at a rate that would help jump start the metabolism? I don't think I can go lower in calories, I have tried the fluctuating daily calories, minimal exercise I can do, that was for about 6 months before the first surgery and so far nothing has helped moved me from here. I have spoken with a dietician but she said keep what I am doing which obviously didn't help for months. I don't want to lose the desire due to being frustrated by this plateau. I haven't been up to cooking much so we have not been eating as well, plus I couldn't eat much fiber for a while so that kind of knocked out a lot of fruit and veggies that I was eating mostly before. I can eat them again now though. Fortunately, I don't have much of an appetite still so I am not eating a ton, which probably has helped not put on a lot when I have been pretty much a couch potato for a year. But any help would be appreciated.

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Posted: 14 Oct 2013, 11:47
One thing you didn't mention is changing the ratio of carbs/protein/fat while staying within your 1500. Eat more avocado, salmon, peanut butter, nuts, chicken breasts (w/out skin). Keep the carbs in breads, rice and pastas down to a min. See how this helps you.

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Posted: 14 Oct 2013, 12:09
From what I read in your post, you are in a truly difficult position. Most likely one that few,if any of us on Fatsecret know the answer too. Your medical support team is the group to turn to for answers.

However, I urge you to keep posting. Sharing and communication with others has helped my to stay the course.

Best of luck
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Posted: 14 Oct 2013, 15:32
AnnThom wrote:
One thing you didn't mention is changing the ratio of carbs/protein/fat while staying within your 1500. Eat more avocado, salmon, peanut butter, nuts, chicken breasts (w/out skin). Keep the carbs in breads, rice and pastas down to a min. See how this helps you.
that is pretty much how I eat. I have type 2 diabetes so I don't eat high carb food much, except veggies, which of course are carbs and some fruit. I limit grains to one or two potions daily. I tried an Adkins type diet once that messed me up. The problem with health care pros are they usually know very little about my illness. IE the nutritionist says increase exercise but doesn't know how I can do it. Its very frustrating. There is only one medical team I know of who actually specializes in it but they don't accept new patients plus are 400+ miles away. That's why I hoped maybe someone here would have a similar problem, even if not identical

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Posted: 10 Nov 2013, 08:16
Would there e anyway to speak to a physical therapist aout doing some "easy" exercises that would not put you in jepardy? The ones I am thinking of are similar to ones they do when someone is bed ridden. Perhaps some of those movements and being careful what you eat will help break the plateu! Congratulations on how far you have come and what you have already achieved.

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Posted: 10 Nov 2013, 20:21
I too have been through many surgeries. I had a lot of weight to lose (still need to lose some), but even being bed bound for over a year, I found that if I would continue to move my feet, legs, hands and arms constantly, it built the strength in them, so when I was able, I could use my recumbent bike. I started off at only 5 minutes at a time. Now I can go 1 hour. Just keep moving. Good luck

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