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post #1 of 42 Old 07-06-2012, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Cant Exercise :/

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen!

If any of you follow my numerous threads you'll know that im currently battling my weight (and i was winning!) but ive suffered an injury to my hip and im out of commision for the next few months.

So now i need help. What can i do to keep loosing weight even though i can ride, cant run, cant do anything that involves my lower half. Its not that i physically cant, but the pain afterwards is just not worth it.

Are there any exercises involving only my upper body that will burn calories and fat?

Or, i hate to ask. Are there any diets i could go on? Ive been on Atkins before, and definitely saw results. I find it hard to stay on, but im willing to try. (With multi vitamins and what not).

I leave for Florida in 5 weeks, and i'd like to at least slim down a little by then

More or less, i need suggestions, tips, and support!

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post #2 of 42 Old 07-06-2012, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Oh, and just a note, shakes or weightwatchers arent an option. I just cant afford them at the moment

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post #3 of 42 Old 07-06-2012, 11:45 AM
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Can you do low impact exercise? Elliptical, walking, yoga, pilates, bike riding, ski-machines and swimming are all fantastic, low impact workouts that are effective. They will absolutely help you lose weight. Yoga and Pilates may help with your hip.

Otherwise, it all comes down to eating less than you're burning and unfortunately if you can't exercise that lowers your overall allotment of calories. You'd probably have to stick to 1500 calories a day.
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Can you do low impact exercise? Elliptical, walking, yoga, pilates, bike riding, ski-machines and swimming are all fantastic, low impact workouts that are effective. They will absolutely help you lose weight. Yoga and Pilates may help with your hip.

Otherwise, it all comes down to eating less than you're burning and unfortunately if you can't exercise that lowers your overall allotment of calories. You'd probably have to stick to 1500 calories a day.
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Elliptical, walking, and bike riding are all out. Ive tried those, and it hurts more than its worth.

Im definitely going to try swimming though and see how it feels.

As for yoga, im definitely interested, but im worried some of the positions might break me :/

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Yoga and Pilates have beginner levels and even then you're encouraged to do what you can. In larger classes there's sometimes a second person doing a modified version of the big stretches. Don't be intimidated - do the moves as closely as you can. No one will be staring at you. They will be too busy trying to get the pose!

Swimming and water aerobics are great. When I was a rather large individual, water aerobics let me move a lot without hurting myself and I was able to go longer than on dry land.
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Diets rarely work; however, lifestyle changes do.

I have had some success. If I took it more seriously, it would work better.

Cut way back on sweets.
Don't drink sodas. Sugar you drink is the worst.
Don't drink alcohol.
Don't eat any fried foods.
Cut way back on meats.
Eat less rice, potatoes, and bread.
Eat more veggies.
Any breads you eat should be whole wheat.
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post #7 of 42 Old 07-06-2012, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Yoga and Pilates have beginner levels and even then you're encouraged to do what you can. In larger classes there's sometimes a second person doing a modified version of the big stretches. Don't be intimidated - do the moves as closely as you can. No one will be staring at you. They will be too busy trying to get the pose!

Swimming and water aerobics are great. When I was a rather large individual, water aerobics let me move a lot without hurting myself and I was able to go longer than on dry land.
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I'm going to look into yoga for sure. And for swimming, i really conviniently have a man made pond in my yard thats clean enough for swimming!

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Diets rarely work; however, lifestyle changes do.

I have had some success. If I took it more seriously, it would work better.

Cut way back on sweets.
Don't drink sodas. Sugar you drink is the worst.
Don't drink alcohol.
Don't eat any fried foods.
Cut way back on meats.
Eat less rice, potatoes, and bread.
Eat more veggies.
Any breads you eat should be whole wheat.
Ive tried most of this, and im seeing results, but not very quickly or consitantly.

I really need to quit eating white pasta. Its my weakness!

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I have lost 45 pounds with this plan; however, it has taken me 2 years and I am pretty stuck now. It is hard to stick to the plan.

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post #10 of 42 Old 07-06-2012, 01:29 PM
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Best way to lose weight without using your legs is boxing! Ideally you would put on padded gloves and punch a solid wall or a heavy bag, however not everyone has access to that so you can punch air! A few seasons back on the Biggest Loser, one of the contestants injured his knee, he still lost 20 lbs by just using his arms & boxing. To be effective, you gotta sink it down & punch it out until you sweat, for at least 30 minutes. Upper cuts with handweights, straight punch combos, jab/ cross combinations, use your abs & your core strength in every punch. There is many DVDs out there with instructions, no excuses!
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