Post # 1
Hi there everyone. I am 5’3 and normally about 129-135 ( I am pretty busty with an hourglasss frame), but I have fibromyalgia and MS and late last year my doctor proscribed meds for pain that made me gain weight and my weight shot up to 152, since then I have come off the meds, started walking more and eating healthierand am down to 144. I more recently cut all gluten and diary out of my diet and am eating a diet of around 1200-1300 calories a day mostly vegetarian and taking long walks atleast 3 times a week. I can’t do vigorous excercise because of my conditions. Is there a way I could get down to 115-120 for my wedding day in late September on this program?
This topic was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by BelleEtoile.
Post # 2
BelleEtoile: I’ve been successful with this, but I am overweight, which means it’s easier for me to initially start losing weight.
Post # 3
BelleEtoile: hi! Congrats on your upcoming wedding and on doing such a great job on losing the extra weight and eating more healthy. Carrying extra weight does no body good!
My sister has MS so I’m a little bit familiar. At least for my sister, sometimes exercise can cause some bad flare ups. It doesn’t even need to be vigorous. But she might just have more complications.
Can you consult with your doctors if swimming is an option for you or aqua jogging, aquaerobics? Just make sure the pool’s temperature is not too warm for your body to handle!
As for walking, in order to make a difference, you’d have to eventually get like an hour of walking done. One thing though… I would not restrict your diet any further. Make sure you are still getting the calories your body needs to carry all the basic functions. With your health issues I would make extra sure your nutritional needs are more than covered and possibly even supplemented. Have you considered visiting a nutritionist at least once to get a good plan that is exactly what you need in terms of nutrition but at the same time allows you to reach your weight goals?
Best of luck!
Post # 4
BelleEtoile: I would add some light weights to your routine, like 2 to 5 lbs. There are tons of exercises you can find online to do.
Building muscle helps boost your metabolism, which burns fat. So the more strenght training/weight training you do, the more fat you will continue to burn throughout the day.
Post # 5
BelleEtoile: You can easily lose weight with just dieting. Generally people who exercise will look a little thinner than others at the same weight who don’t exercise.
Post # 6
I’m sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I am the primary caregiver for my mother who has SP MS, so I know a fair amount about the disease. I agree with all that Sporty-Bee mentioned. I would also suggest seeing a nuritionist, your body may need differnet nurtrients than the body of someone without MS. I agree that trying something in the pool would be beneficial. There are several women in my Mom’s support group who do some type of aquafit, and they really enjoy and benefit from it.
Have you spoken about these concerns with your medical team? Do you have a support group? All of these people will most likely have some suggestions for you!
Post # 7
You have a lot working against you, OP, but your goals are not impossible. As the others are saying, start incorporating some light weight training. I have been a member of *many* fitness groups with ladies in your category (i.e., less than 30 pounds to lose). Many find themselves stalling until they start lifting weights…and then it starts falling off in conjunction with cardio.
Do you have access to any pools? Indoor community pools? Maybe doing that a few times a week could really help — maybe you could build up to aqua running, depending on the pool.
I’m a vegetarian, but don’t eat as little as you do — I’m concerned about your nutrient/protein intake. Do you track? Do you get at least 45 grams of protein per day? It’s usually difficult NOT to meet that benchmark, but…
Are seated workouts possible for you? Search Google — I know that SparkPeople has a seated cardio workout that could be a possibility for you.