trying to lose weight with ongoing health issues

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Posted: 19 Nov 2012, 09:18
My names Jen im 28. I am a below knee amputee and I have arthritus in my good knee joint, and problems with my wrists. I spend 95% of my time in a wheelchair. I am currently undergoing tests for MS.

I am married and have a 5 yr old. I suffer with chronic pain and therefor find it hard to cook-my husband is pretty good but not very adventurous with food.

I am currently around 17st - 238lbs. I used to be very active and very slim and I hate being this big-my joints are sore and the weight im carrying cant be helping.

I have a lot of weight to lose. I am not feeling all that well and so I have decided to start watching what I eat a bit and not snacking, rather than going all out and burning out too quickly.

I love swimming but cannot transfer into the pool without suffering a great deal of pain.

I need to get down to about 16 stone to be able to use a hoist to get into a pool and so this is my first challenge.

Any body who has any words of wisdom or who fancies a chatter to help keep motivated please ass me as a buddy.

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Posted: 29 Nov 2012, 07:38

I am handicapped and spend most of my time sitting, which creates a lot more problems and weighty ones at that. It even went and restricted my movement further. Urgh!

When I joined this site, I did start exercising (5 mins per day for a month and then increasing it by 5 mins each month.) But as the number went over 20, I lost my motivation.

But I did find something that makes me a bit more active. Try doing two things. 1. fidget, all the time. It's fun and is an escape. 2. Do a sitting dance. Just sway your upper body as if you're dancing. I usually do it for 1 hour and count 30 mins of calisthenics (the light, home exercise one).

Oh and try and help with cooking by doing the tasks you can do while sitting. Peeling and chopping are relatively easy for me. Do some finger exercises at the beginning to ensure that you get used to chopping. That way you can at least make salsa! *just kidding*

Do let me know if this helps. I will try and answer any further questions you might have if I can.

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Posted: 29 Nov 2012, 08:38
Hi Jen. I think your best bet is to talk to a Physio for exercise that suit you. I have a back and neck problem and my Physio was really good in sorting out suitable exercise but most is for pain relief in my case. In the interim perhaps some low weight dumb bells. I have 3 sets that range from about 1 to 2 kg they are the sort people use for zumba for extra resistance. In the UK they average about £15. I also found due to being physically restricted that i don't need to eat as much as i used to. Check out the internet for alternate day fasting, its not for everyone and it can get tedious working out your calories but it has really helped me. It might help to just kick start your diet. Good luck

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