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sally7378sally7378 Member Posts: 2 Member Member Posts: 2 Member
Help! I am disabled and bedridden and can only walk like 5 minutes at a time and stand only about 5 minutes at a time. I am morbidly obese and need to lose 140 pounds (I just lost 10) - It was not water because I take lasix everyday for unexplained edema, so the water weight is totally under control.
I truly do not believe that I will be able to lose weight, especially 140 pounds WITHOUT EXERCISE. Any kind of exercise is painful. Ive had 3 back surgeries (I sleep or rather sit at an angle about 21 hours a day. I am eating less than 1200 calories a day, so why have I only lost 10 pounds in 5 weeks? Is there anyone out there that is losing weight but not able to exercise?

HELP???? TRAPPED IN MY OWN BED!!!
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  • liznotyetliznotyet Member Posts: 446 Member Member Posts: 446 Member
    congratulations on your first ten pound loss. yes it sounds like you have been through a lot. as Richard Simmons used to say, when you carry extra weight you can use your own body for resistance. every extra stretch and lift you can muster is moving towards strength.
    if you're eating food that makes digestion sluggish you might consider adding some fermented foods as well.
    stay connected with mfp - you are not alone!
  • jgnatcajgnatca Member Posts: 14,495 Member Member Posts: 14,495 Member
    This guy started in a worse place than you are.

    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/jesse-shand-the-incredible-shrinking-man.html

    I like how he describes the transformation as a series of baby steps, which I think is much more realistic than say, The Biggest Loser.
  • frantzcrfrantzcr Member Posts: 129 Member Member Posts: 129 Member
    You could try a detox since toxins are stored in fat. Also while you may not be able to do hard exercise yet, you can start working those muscles by using 5lbs weights in bed and do bicep curls or easy arm exercises. If you can only walk 5mins maybe try to get up more frequently to do 5min walks during your waking hours. If you are only getting up twice a day try to get up 3-4x and build your way up from there. If you have a physical therapist try working with them on what is appropriate for you to do it. Results come from daily actions. Congrats on your progress and while it may seem to be coming slowly at least it is happening!
  • TorontoDianeTorontoDiane Member Posts: 1,389 Member Member Posts: 1,389 Member
    Sally I am no expert but you need medical intervention to help you .. that is a team of specialists to get you on the right track

    dieticians, nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, exercise teams.

    I couldn't walk for a year due to a severe leg fracture. I did what I could .. sitting and laying down.. there are free weights you can put in your hands and move.. for that 5 mins you can walk.. make a goal to yourself to try a minute or two extra every few days.. when you start to make progress, you will believe in yourself.

    Do not think of the amount of weight you have to lose, be proud of the fact that you have lost 10 pounds. When you have a great deal of weight to lose, every little bit adds up to a lot over time.

    I have lost 57 pounds .. 37 of it since the beginning of May... I am not very active. But what you can do is look after what you place in your mouth. Making healthy choices to take care of your body, is the first step

    Much luck to you
  • TorontoDianeTorontoDiane Member Posts: 1,389 Member Member Posts: 1,389 Member
    you are probably eating way too little calories as well.. this needs to be addressed. Everyone thinks eating less calories will help you lose weight. Yes it does, but I am eating 1500 calories a day. Your body needs fuel and eating healthy will help you burn off those pounds.
  • rileysownerrileysowner Member Posts: 7,804 Member Member Posts: 7,804 Member
    Congratulations on the start you have made. The good news is you can lose weight simply by eating less calories than your body burns. In fact, while exercise can help, generally if food consumption is not controlled, even lots of exercise will not result in fat loss. You can do this. I agree with a previous post, in your particular situation, doing this should be done with a team of people to help you including your physician or better yet someone who specializes in dealing with obesity, a registered dietitian, and likely more. You can do this.
  • manderson27manderson27 Member Posts: 3,499 Member Member Posts: 3,499 Member
    Firstly, congrats on losing 10 pounds. That is 2 pounds a week so a sensible sustainable loss.

    Dieting is for losing weight. Exercise is for stamina and fitness. So focus on eating within you calorie goal and eat as healthily as possible but do not restrict yourself too much this can counterproductive. Put your statistics into MFP and eat the calories that it gives you.

    As for exercise anything you can do will be good for you, just try to do a little more each time. Even just lifting your arms up and down while you are lying there will help.

    If you google exercises for the bedbound or bedridden you should be able to find some mild exercises that you will be capable of doing.

    I do agree with Torontodiane when she says you need medical supervision to help you deal with all of this so I hope you are getting some appropriate help.

    Stay on MFP this is a fantastic tool that will help you keep focused on your diet and health. I really do wish you all the luck in the world. You can do this, you have to do this for your health.
  • slivesey77slivesey77 Member Posts: 2,450 Member Member Posts: 2,450 Member
    DDP Yoga might be something to consider. High cardio, low impact. Using your own body weight and dynamic resistance so you don't require weights or equipment, though you may want to use a chair for stability assistance to start. Very adjustable for whatever level you're at. There's lots of videos on youtube for it. There's been a number of people in poor condition either from injury/disability or from being overweight that have done quite well with it. It's an option to consider.
  • pebble4321pebble4321 Member Posts: 1,133 Member Member Posts: 1,133 Member
    You've lost 2 pounds a week for 5 weeks - congratulations!
    For a start - you could keep on doing what you are doing, that is clearly working.
    And don't get discouraged, losing weight is going to take time, especially when you aren't able to move much, that makes it tough.
    I agree that getting some individualised advice would be a very good thing - if you don't already have them, ask your doc for a referral to a physiotherapist and dietician.
  • canadianlbscanadianlbs Member Posts: 5,202 Member Member Posts: 5,202 Member
    Sally I am no expert but you need medical intervention to help you .. that is a team of specialists to get you on the right track

    very this, especially if you've had back surgery. even for able-bodied people, exercise isn't usually the big key to weight loss.

    10 pounds in 5 weeks is two pounds a week, which is about right for most people. especially if you feel sure that none of it is water, it sounds like you're pretty on track in that sense.

    so it sounds like you're doing pretty well, actually. don't give up.
  • AnvilHeadAnvilHead Member Posts: 18,515 Member Member Posts: 18,515 Member
    frantzcr wrote: »
    You could try a detox since toxins are stored in fat. Also while you may not be able to do hard exercise yet, you can start working those muscles by using 5lbs weights in bed and do bicep curls or easy arm exercises. If you can only walk 5mins maybe try to get up more frequently to do 5min walks during your waking hours. If you are only getting up twice a day try to get up 3-4x and build your way up from there. If you have a physical therapist try working with them on what is appropriate for you to do it. Results come from daily actions. Congrats on your progress and while it may seem to be coming slowly at least it is happening!

    ^ Not this. "Detoxes" are complete bunk and don't do anything whatsoever beneficial for anybody. All they are is a waste of money.
  • firef1y72firef1y72 Member Posts: 1,578 Member Member Posts: 1,578 Member
    sally7378 wrote: »
    Help! I am disabled and bedridden and can only walk like 5 minutes at a time and stand only about 5 minutes at a time. I am morbidly obese and need to lose 140 pounds (I just lost 10) - It was not water because I take lasix everyday for unexplained edema, so the water weight is totally under control.
    I truly do not believe that I will be able to lose weight, especially 140 pounds WITHOUT EXERCISE. Any kind of exercise is painful. Ive had 3 back surgeries (I sleep or rather sit at an angle about 21 hours a day. I am eating less than 1200 calories a day, so why have I only lost 10 pounds in 5 weeks? Is there anyone out there that is losing weight but not able to exercise?

    HELP???? TRAPPED IN MY OWN BED!!!

    First of all 10lb in 5 weeks is brilliant, that's 2lb a week, you're obviously doing something right.

    Next activity, a year ago I had 140lb+ to lose and could barely walk across the room without crutches. Atm you can walk for 5 minutes, is that once a day or could you manage 2,3 or more times? Can you push yourself to take an extra couple of steps a day? It's not unfeasable that as you lose weight your pain levels will reduce. My pain is caused by a life long joint condition (hypermobility) and there are still mornings when I wake in agony but overall as I've dropped weight my pain levels have reduced and so I've become more active, a bit of a snowball effect.

    Do you have a physical/physio therapist? If so can they help you with some goals and exercises that are within your own limitations? If you don't have a physio then it may be an idea to see one. The Oedema could well also be linked to your excess weight and activity, it may (or may not) improve with a little more activity and a little less weight.
  • MisssynthMisssynth Member Posts: 179 Member Member Posts: 179 Member
    I think people have covered everything i wanted to say, so just popping on to say well done for you first 10lb. As you get lighter you'll be able to move more. Soon it will be 10 minute walking, then 15... Just make sure you push yourself a little bit (safely, im sure your doctors can advise). Getting some hand weights would be a great idea, and maybe one of those bicycle things that are just like pedals on the floor so you can sit in your normal chair and peddle away.
  • trigden1991trigden1991 Member Posts: 4,660 Member Member Posts: 4,660 Member
    Well done for making the decision to start this journey. You don't need exercise to lose weight, you only need a calorie deficit.

    Set up MFP with your weight and set activity level to sedentary and eat to your calorie goal.
  • BrianSharpeBrianSharpe Member Posts: 9,097 Member Member Posts: 9,097 Member
    Do you have access to a registered dietician? You can lose weight without exercising but a dietician can help you ensure you're meeting all of your nutritional needs while eating at a caloric deficit.

    You mentioned you can walk for about 5 minutes. Even short sessions will help with cardiovascular health and as you lose weight you can try adding a minute to your walks every few weeks (you have to judge for yourself what is appropriate).

    It's not going to be easy but you sound determined!
  • robininflrobininfl Member Posts: 1,137 Member Member Posts: 1,137 Member
    Congratulations on starting your weight loss!

    You don't need to stand up to exercise, start where you are. Look up youtube videos of exercises you can do in bed.

    If you eat less than you burn you will lose weight even without exercise. But if you are trying to gain fitness, you can start with movements that don't require standing or walking, and move ahead from there.
  • crzycatlady1crzycatlady1 Member Posts: 1,930 Member Member Posts: 1,930 Member
    sally7378 wrote: »
    Help! I am disabled and bedridden and can only walk like 5 minutes at a time and stand only about 5 minutes at a time. I am morbidly obese and need to lose 140 pounds (I just lost 10) - It was not water because I take lasix everyday for unexplained edema, so the water weight is totally under control.
    I truly do not believe that I will be able to lose weight, especially 140 pounds WITHOUT EXERCISE. Any kind of exercise is painful. Ive had 3 back surgeries (I sleep or rather sit at an angle about 21 hours a day. I am eating less than 1200 calories a day, so why have I only lost 10 pounds in 5 weeks? Is there anyone out there that is losing weight but not able to exercise?

    HELP???? TRAPPED IN MY OWN BED!!!

    Why not? Weight loss is about CICO. You just need to eat at the appropriate calorie amount for your weight loss goals. I lost 50lbs no problem, without any sort of exercise. Now several years into maintenance I continue to control my weight by how many calories I eat.

    Just make sure you're accurately measuring out your food on a food scale, set to grams, and are tracking everything that has calories. You'll also need to re-run your info every 5-10lbs lost, because your calorie intake will decrease as you lose weight.

    edited November 2016
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