Thursday, July 11, 2013

Losing Weight When You Cannot Workout

I've shared my story with so many people now and I notice some of the same questions coming up. Many of you have stumbled across the blog looking for ways to lose weight, but have some pretty tough physical restrictions. How do you combat the weight when you can't workout?


I began documenting my progress with my weight loss from the very beginning in November 2011. At the time, I was considered obese and my doctor suggested that I was a very good candidate for weight loss surgery.


I had tried many times over the past couple of years to lose the weight, but was not successful. I'd eat well for a few days and not see all the weight magically disappear so I would quit. Looking back, I now realize I had an unhealthy addiction to processed foods and complete junk. I know that it looks like I've got my act together now, but I promise you it has not always been this way. I have struggled countless times and failed at losing weight. I still battle plateaus and fight for every single pound I lose. I'm not one of those girls who can drop ten pounds in a week. Heck, I can't drop ten in a month either! And no, I do not have some super human amount of patience. I'm just determined not to go back.

I had many health problems when I first started losing weight.

  • Daily heartburn 
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Three compressed discs in my lower back
  • I had issues with my back almost weekly. 
  • Severe swelling in my legs, ankles and feet. 
  • Vomited stomach acid and once blood came with it. 
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Gallbladder failure and had surgery to remove it. 
With all of those issues going on, I did not have the will power nor the ability to push myself through any kind of workout. I did try in the beginning but my back issues flared up. I'll admit I was pretty lazy too...

So I decided that I would attempt to lose the weight by controlling my diet. As I saw results, I became more motivated to show people through the blog that I could lose 50 pounds through nutrition alone. And I did it. Yes, it came off a little slower and I plateaued longer than people who workout and diet. But, it still happened without me working out. 

Yes, I know many in the weight loss community are absolutely dying over that. But, I promised you that I would be real here. Not everyone has the ability to workout, but you cannot allow that to be your excuse. When I stopped trying to live up to the "right" way to lose weight, it freed me. I was able to do this my way and I had to figure out what worked for my body and my lifestyle. 

Things that have worked for me are sometimes going to be different than yours. That's okay because it only matters how we get there. 

When I lost the first 20 pounds, my health problems did disappear. I am no longer on any type of medication and I can tell you that I've never felt better in my entire life. I worked closely with my doctor to come off of all my medications and he monitored my progress along the way. 

I tried some things that worked well and some that didn't. It's a learning process. I had to discover what worked for my life and for my family. We're busy, I work full time and I have a wild three year old. It wasn't always easy to find that balance, but I kept trying until I did. Family gatherings were tougher because I had changed my diet, but they helped adjust things too. 

Okay, so where do you go from here? Start by making one healthy change at a time. Do that every day until it becomes a normal part of your life, then introduce another healthy habit. You will not overwhelm yourself this way. I would start by drinking half your body weight in ounces of water each day. The water is the key to it all. If you aren't properly hydrated, your body will work against you! 

Let's leave all of our excuses behind and focus on the things we can do starting today. You can take control of your life. You can make healthier choices every day. Every little thing you do (both positively and negatively) can add up. It's your decision and you can do this. You don't have to be super human or especially gifted, because I'm sure not. I'm a girl who can look at a hamburger and gain a pound! If I can do it, anyone can. 


24 comments:

  1. first i great you for succeeding to lose your extra weight and i agree with you that drinking water plays an important role in losing weight .I will be happy if you can check out my site quitting sugar in which i share my personal experience to lose my extra weight like you

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  2. Great post! What works for one person won't necessarily work for another but we are each responsible for finding out what does work for our own body.

    Even those people who love love love fitness will tell you that at least 70% of weight loss is directly related to diet....so we need to be fueling up on natural, wholesome foods and stay away from the processed junk that is filled with ingredients most of us cannot even pronounce!

    I've never been extremely overweight, but my body can definitely tell when I am not fueling it the proper way; my muscles ache, I have headaches, pains in my abdomen, and the list goes on. It's amazing that those things all seem to go away once I am focusing on proper nutrition!

    -Bevin-

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    1. I can't believe how different my entire body feels depending on what I put into it. Until I saw for myself, I didn't buy that theory at all.

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  3. i began january 1 this year and am down 35 lbs. It is slowly coming off but I am okay with that because it is coming off the way I want it to. I walk at least 30 minutes everyday and log my food into myfitnesspal. I have a goal of 50 lbs and when I get there I will start working out more and toning. I just recently started the couch to 5k program to train for my first 5k.

    I too work full time and married with three boys. Our life is hectic but I wouldn't change it. Right now a gym membership is not a priority so I am not even going to put myself through that at this time. It may change, who knows!

    You look great and keep up the good work!!

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    1. Congrats on the loss!!! You are doing great!

      Myfitnesspal is wonderful! You can add me there if you want, I'm mrsdelsignore.

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  4. I love this! One healthy habit at a time is great advice!

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    1. I think that's what helped me the most this time.

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  5. I love the line "When I stopped trying to live up to the "right" way to lose weight, it freed me" Right on! Same for me. I absolutely love low-carb living. I always did well on it. But people would give me so much heck abou it that I would begin to doubt myself, I would get off of l.c. and gain weight. This time around I am doing weight loss on my own terms and I say "take a flying leap" to those who would feel the need to nag me about my style of eating. It's working for me.

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    1. You are doing fabulous! You know exactly how your body works. No one else knows you better!

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  6. Great advice and thanks for sharing! I love reading other people's success stories because it reminds me that it is possible, even for me!

    - Caitlin, from Weights and Measure

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    1. Absolutely! Just stay patient and it will happen.

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  7. I agree to start with one thing and water is definitely a good place to start. One of my coworkers helped me to understand that being active is good, but your food choices are really where it's at. That's what I am trying to work on right now.

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    1. It's definitely a process. I had to weed out the foods that trigger my cravings and weight gain. It takes time, but it definitely worth it.

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  8. One healthy habit at a time is the best advice! I know personally I try to g balls to the wall and its just too overwhelming! I love that your story is different from everyone else's and I personally feel like you can be successful without exercise, but not with a bad diet! Eating is SOO important! They say it all the time that you cannot out train a bad diet! what an inspiration you are for all of those people that cannot workout but don't want to use it as an excuse anymore!! Thanks for linking up with us!

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    1. I've tried the "go all out" approach before and I struggled bad! Never had success with that at all. :)

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  9. One of my favorite books for motivation is "finally thin" by Kim Bensen and she lost over 200 pounds on weight watchers and she talks about how she really didn't exercise until towards the end!

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  10. Congratulations, Wendy. I lost 44 pounds slowly (over 3 years) by eating smaller portions - no exercise. It's just as valid a way to do it as exercise in my view! Cheers

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    1. That's amazing!!! Even if it takes a while, it's absolutely worth it! Congrats!

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  11. Thank you for this post, it's made me feel a whole lot better about my weight loss plan because I'm taking it slowly even though I don't have any health problems other than obesity. My goal is to develop new habits weekly and all I've done so far is commit to taking a multivitamin and drink 100oz of water daily. I've not even got to the exercise part yet lol. I'm aiming for long term, sustained weight loss and a lifestyle change just like you, thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. It's okay to take it slowly. You are doing this for you so it's going to have to be by your standards. Each healthy thing you do adds up.

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  12. Thank you for posting this Wendy!!! I have been sitting around for over a year waiting for my ankle to start getting better and telling myself it makes no sense " to diet" if I can't exercise. Finally a few weeks ago I said enough is enough and started eating much more healthy. I have enjoyed the first weeks weight loss numbers but know I a, going to have to work harder for that every week. Just the few pounds I have lost already make me more energetic and wanting to get up and do stuff! I can't wait to be able to do Zumba someday and not have to worry about injuring myself. My ankle WILL get better!!! Now if I could just get over my love of pizza!!!! Any hints there??!!

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  13. Thank you for posting this Wendy!!! I have been sitting around for over a year waiting for my ankle to start getting better and telling myself it makes no sense " to diet" if I can't exercise. Finally a few weeks ago I said enough is enough and started eating much more healthy. I have enjoyed the first weeks weight loss numbers but know I a, going to have to work harder for that every week. Just the few pounds I have lost already make me more energetic and wanting to get up and do stuff! I can't wait to be able to do Zumba someday and not have to worry about injuring myself. My ankle WILL get better!!! Now if I could just get over my love of pizza!!!! Any hints there??!!

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