Losing weight with no exercise and I need help

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moijo1
moijo1 Posts: 1,216 Member
Hello everyone,
I'm female age 40, 5.9 , 16 stone 2lbs, I've lost 2 stone already, but not getting anywhere now. My goal weight is to be a healthy weight which is between 9- 12 stone.
I'm pre diabetic and have been for 2 years now so watch my sugar intake and eat wholewheat instead of white carbs. Just one portion of fruit a day which is normally a banana or berries.

I'd like to lose at least 2 stone by Feb for a holiday away with the girls.
Any help would be appreciated thanks.
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  • AmberRock22
    AmberRock22 Posts: 2 Member
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    Have you tried incorporating exercise as well? I know your total says no exercise but you don't need vigorous exercise. Even just doing small things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator and going for walks each day can make a difference...
  • Pandapotato
    Pandapotato Posts: 68 Member
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    What does "not getting anywhere now" mean specifically? Did you hit a plateau? How long ago? how long have you been tracking overall? Do you stay consistently under your calorie goal?
  • moijo1
    moijo1 Posts: 1,216 Member
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    Have you tried incorporating exercise as well? I know your total says no exercise but you don't need vigorous exercise. Even just doing small things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator and going for walks each day can make a difference...

    I can't I have tried, but ended up making myself worse. I have prolapsed discs in my lower back, the shortest walks have left me bed ridden for days after. I think if I lose the weight first the exercise might be easier on my back.
  • moijo1
    moijo1 Posts: 1,216 Member
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    What does "not getting anywhere now" mean specifically? Did you hit a plateau? How long ago? how long have you been tracking overall? Do you stay consistently under your calorie goal?

    I lost 54lbs in the first 6 months and for no reason began to gain it back, I tried increasing my cals from 1200 to 1400 and 1700 over the following 12 months only to find I had a low thyroid. When that was sorted out I tried going back to 1200 since I still wasn't losing, tried 1700 and 1400 again over the past year. No change in my weight still.

    Doctors orders, give myself a break for a month or 2 and start fresh at 1200 again, which I'm doing today. I just can't see it working.
  • JustMissTracy
    JustMissTracy Posts: 6,339 Member
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    minie_me wrote: »
    What does "not getting anywhere now" mean specifically? Did you hit a plateau? How long ago? how long have you been tracking overall? Do you stay consistently under your calorie goal?

    I lost 54lbs in the first 6 months and for no reason began to gain it back, I tried increasing my cals from 1200 to 1400 and 1700 over the following 12 months only to find I had a low thyroid. When that was sorted out I tried going back to 1200 since I still wasn't losing, tried 1700 and 1400 again over the past year. No change in my weight still.

    Doctors orders, give myself a break for a month or 2 and start fresh at 1200 again, which I'm doing today. I just can't see it working.

    Right there...you've decided you can't. Mistake X10!! Your body hears what you tell it, what you constantly think and say....start saying I WILL and I CAN, instead of I Don't think I can, or I'm not able...MAKE it happen for YOU! This might just sound like unicorns and bubbles, but honey, successful people thinks Successfully!
  • moijo1
    moijo1 Posts: 1,216 Member
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    minie_me wrote: »
    What does "not getting anywhere now" mean specifically? Did you hit a plateau? How long ago? how long have you been tracking overall? Do you stay consistently under your calorie goal?

    I lost 54lbs in the first 6 months and for no reason began to gain it back, I tried increasing my cals from 1200 to 1400 and 1700 over the following 12 months only to find I had a low thyroid. When that was sorted out I tried going back to 1200 since I still wasn't losing, tried 1700 and 1400 again over the past year. No change in my weight still.

    Doctors orders, give myself a break for a month or 2 and start fresh at 1200 again, which I'm doing today. I just can't see it working.

    Right there...you've decided you can't. Mistake X10!! Your body hears what you tell it, what you constantly think and say....start saying I WILL and I CAN, instead of I Don't think I can, or I'm not able...MAKE it happen for YOU! This might just sound like unicorns and bubbles, but honey, successful people thinks Successfully!

    Mind over matter eh? Nope been there done that, I look in the mirror every day and think I'm skinny, the scales tell me different lol
  • slyce0flife
    slyce0flife Posts: 19 Member
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    How long are you eating at a particular budget before throwing in the towel? Have you talked to your doctor about exercises you can do? Walking may be out, but your back may allow for a recumbent bike or swimming? I ask these questions because I've been there. I would eat at what I thought was 1,200 calories for a while and then realize I wasn't actually sticking to that because I was being lax by not weighing my food. I recommend a kitchen scale.
  • jgnatca
    jgnatca Posts: 14,464 Member
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    minie_me wrote: »
    minie_me wrote: »
    What does "not getting anywhere now" mean specifically? Did you hit a plateau? How long ago? how long have you been tracking overall? Do you stay consistently under your calorie goal?

    I lost 54lbs in the first 6 months and for no reason began to gain it back, I tried increasing my cals from 1200 to 1400 and 1700 over the following 12 months only to find I had a low thyroid. When that was sorted out I tried going back to 1200 since I still wasn't losing, tried 1700 and 1400 again over the past year. No change in my weight still.

    Doctors orders, give myself a break for a month or 2 and start fresh at 1200 again, which I'm doing today. I just can't see it working.

    Right there...you've decided you can't. Mistake X10!! Your body hears what you tell it, what you constantly think and say....start saying I WILL and I CAN, instead of I Don't think I can, or I'm not able...MAKE it happen for YOU! This might just sound like unicorns and bubbles, but honey, successful people thinks Successfully!

    Mind over matter eh? Nope been there done that, I look in the mirror every day and think I'm skinny, the scales tell me different lol

    My kind of gal. How about water exercises to take the strain off your back?

    Do you have enough leeway in your diet to reduce your intake by 100 cals a day?
  • moijo1
    moijo1 Posts: 1,216 Member
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    Runz4Life wrote: »
    How long are you eating at a particular budget before throwing in the towel? Have you talked to your doctor about exercises you can do? Walking may be out, but your back may allow for a recumbent bike or swimming? I ask these questions because I've been there. I would eat at what I thought was 1,200 calories for a while and then realize I wasn't actually sticking to that because I was being lax by not weighing my food. I recommend a kitchen scale.

    Doctor says no exercise, it could cause more nerve damage, I had compression in the left and a little to the right I ignored the doctors advice before and tried exercising I've ended up with large compression to the right too now and some central (for those that don't understand, the disc is bulging pressing on my spinal cord), I asked to see a physiotherapist who have recommended bilateral nerve block compression injections which I will have to wait 3 months for at least. Water exercise is actually painful I feel like I have nothing but pain from the waist down.
  • moijo1
    moijo1 Posts: 1,216 Member
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    jgnatca wrote: »
    minie_me wrote: »
    minie_me wrote: »
    What does "not getting anywhere now" mean specifically? Did you hit a plateau? How long ago? how long have you been tracking overall? Do you stay consistently under your calorie goal?

    I lost 54lbs in the first 6 months and for no reason began to gain it back, I tried increasing my cals from 1200 to 1400 and 1700 over the following 12 months only to find I had a low thyroid. When that was sorted out I tried going back to 1200 since I still wasn't losing, tried 1700 and 1400 again over the past year. No change in my weight still.

    Doctors orders, give myself a break for a month or 2 and start fresh at 1200 again, which I'm doing today. I just can't see it working.

    Right there...you've decided you can't. Mistake X10!! Your body hears what you tell it, what you constantly think and say....start saying I WILL and I CAN, instead of I Don't think I can, or I'm not able...MAKE it happen for YOU! This might just sound like unicorns and bubbles, but honey, successful people thinks Successfully!

    Mind over matter eh? Nope been there done that, I look in the mirror every day and think I'm skinny, the scales tell me different lol

    My kind of gal. How about water exercises to take the strain off your back?

    Do you have enough leeway in your diet to reduce your intake by 100 cals a day?

    at 1200 cals I don't think I should reduce it further.
  • kimny72
    kimny72 Posts: 16,013 Member
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    OP, are you using a food scale? They really can make a huge difference. Make sure all your stats and your goal are accurate in MFP so you can get a calorie goal, use the food scale and log everything for at least a couple of weeks, and see what happens. Don't give up!
  • blankiefinder
    blankiefinder Posts: 3,599 Member
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    Same as above, are you using a food scale??
  • moijo1
    moijo1 Posts: 1,216 Member
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    kimny72 wrote: »
    OP, are you using a food scale? They really can make a huge difference. Make sure all your stats and your goal are accurate in MFP so you can get a calorie goal, use the food scale and log everything for at least a couple of weeks, and see what happens. Don't give up!

    Yes I use digital food scale, every things weighed accurately and previously logged it all here. I'm trying my best not to give up thanks :)
  • concordancia
    concordancia Posts: 5,320 Member
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    The single best treatment for your medical condition is usually physical therapy, so I find it odd that yours wants you to have injections, rather than start. However, there are often special conditions.

    The most important factor for your diet is to understand that it does work. Your low thyroid was a mitigating condition previously, but if that is sorted out, then you will lose by watching what you eat. The key is to be consistent: it sounds like previously you upped your calories. That only works to help you fuel workouts which build muscle and otherwise help you burn more calories.
  • blankiefinder
    blankiefinder Posts: 3,599 Member
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    I would go back to your Dr and make sure your T3, T4 and TSH levels are all in the optimal range, not just acceptable or 'in range'. I don't have the chart on my phone but if you do a search here with my user name and optimal, you should be able to find it
  • moijo1
    moijo1 Posts: 1,216 Member
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    The single best treatment for your medical condition is usually physical therapy, so I find it odd that yours wants you to have injections, rather than start. However, there are often special conditions.

    The most important factor for your diet is to understand that it does work. Your low thyroid was a mitigating condition previously, but if that is sorted out, then you will lose by watching what you eat. The key is to be consistent: it sounds like previously you upped your calories. That only works to help you fuel workouts which build muscle and otherwise help you burn more calories.

    Ah right, I was trying to exercise when my calories went up but it was more 1 step forward 2 steps back, I could'nt do as much as I had entered. My thyroid is back to normal now so I will keep it at 1200cals and see how I go for a month or 2.
  • jgnatca
    jgnatca Posts: 14,464 Member
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    I was wondering if water would help. It sounds like you get too much movement in the water. I agree also that dipping below 1200 calories a day isn't wise.
  • moijo1
    moijo1 Posts: 1,216 Member
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    I would go back to your Dr and make sure your T3, T4 and TSH levels are all in the optimal range, not just acceptable or 'in range'. I don't have the chart on my phone but if you do a search here with my user name and optimal, you should be able to find it

    They are right now. I get blood tests every month ;)
  • blankiefinder
    blankiefinder Posts: 3,599 Member
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    minie_me wrote: »
    I would go back to your Dr and make sure your T3, T4 and TSH levels are all in the optimal range, not just acceptable or 'in range'. I don't have the chart on my phone but if you do a search here with my user name and optimal, you should be able to find it

    They are right now. I get blood tests every month ;)


    It's a rare Dr that tests for free t3 and free t4, if yours does, I'm impressed.
  • moijo1
    moijo1 Posts: 1,216 Member
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    Im in the uk , that might be why it's different. :)