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Monday, November 18, 2013

I will keep this short and to the point. I need help. I have been doing ok with the lifestyle changes I have made since March 2013. I have lost a few inches and a few pounds. I have PCOS (which makes it very difficult to lose weight) and I have been following a modified South Beach Diet. I have food allergies and sensitivities so I have limited the wheat, grains and dairy. Anyway, I know I need to add exercise or I will not get much further....so this is where I need help....My whole body hurts, with or with out exercise. I know part of it is from long term obesity and sedentary lifestyle, but the rest is from the PCOS. I don't have the ability to get to a gym for a personal trainer and well honestly I don't like exercise. I have an elliptical and a total gym. I have tried to use both but can't seem to get it to stick and again my body hurts really bad. So WHAT CAN I DO? I am tired of being in pain from inactivity or activity, I can't get through to make it effective and feel defeated. Hope someone might have some suggestions that might work for me or at least spark something in me. Thank you to all that respond :)
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  • DRAGNFOG
    I have been sugar free since March 2013, I only have an average of 1 serving of any wheat or gluten 2-3 times per week. I try VERY hard to eat the right foods and very minimal processed foods. I only use Truvia in my coffee in the morning, but everything else is sugar free with no artificial sweeteners. They give me a bad bellyache. If I eat anything with sugar in it my joints hurt worse. I eat lean proteins and a lot of veggies and fruit. I think I go overboard on fruit some days, but not others. I drink mostly water, but I will have unsweetened Iced Tea and club soda. The PCOS makes it difficult to lose weight especially after 40. Along with the mood swings, no energy and body pains. I appreciate all of the suggestions you have provided and I love the 5 minutes of walking idea. I think when I look at exercise in the overall terms and big blocks of time I get fearful of the pain. I need to start thinking in small chunks of time and manageable that doesn't overwhelm me thinking about it. I think I can do anything for 5 minutes except holding my breath...lol. My husband has said to me in the past that the way I explain things is overly dramatic...So I would like to say that I am not bed ridden or not able to walk a few steps, or climb stairs or whatever image can be conjured up by my frustration. IF that is what you imagined I am sorry for the dramatic explanation. I do get out and play with my kids sometimes, play frisbee with the dog but mostly I live a sedentary lifestyle. Men~ what do they know..lol
    2206 days ago
  • GLC2009
    i don't know what kind of food plan you follow, but, i developed body pain that i had for years. i never had it diagnosed though. but, what i believe ended the pain finally was eliminating all artificial sweeteners and wheat from my diet. i have been a.s. free for 3 years and wheat free for 2 years. there are so many health issues that have cleared up for me. i don't know if this would help your problem at all, but, it could be worth looking into.
    2207 days ago
  • WOUBBIE
    ~INDYGIRL~ swears by her "handbike". When she was in massive pain and morbidly obese it was literally the only exercise she was able to do and she started out with only minutes a day.

    I don't particularly care for exercise myself - it's a waste of time in my busy day - so I made it just a PART of my busy day. I started 2 years ago with a promise to walk 5 minutes a day, and over time it grew to walking an average of 5 minutes an hour. I now generally get 40-45 minutes a day just in walking.

    I also started with isometrics at my desk (Google it, there's plenty of good info out there). You build strength over time, not overnight, so that's a great way to get started without stressing yourself. As you build your muscles everything begins to get easier - climbing stairs, walking and running, carrying the groceries, caring for the house.
    2207 days ago
  • DRAGNFOG
    Thank you everyone for your help, suggestions and care. It really means a lot to me. I will try to update the progress, but I will try to do the building up inside and outside. starting with a few minutes of what I can do and increase from there. Hope to be able to work up to dancing. Feel free to add me as a friend, I read everything and will post as often as I can. I don't want this to be on-sided :)
    2207 days ago
  • EDENFELL
    Hi! I'm sorry you're going through a lot. I don't have pain issues however I can completely relate to not being on board with exercise! I've found what works for me is zumba and various types of dancy workouts to good music. If you go to youtube and type in zumba workout you'll find different ones of different lengths. Start with a 5 minute one and see if you like it. You can modify and just make it a point to move to the music instead of focusing on the choreography. I think if you add in an element of fun, you might stick with it more. I like the walking every day idea as well! Good luck. emoticon
    2208 days ago
  • AUSSIEFLOSS
    I don't have what you have, but I have recently learned that I have osteoarthritis, which in affect, means that I too will hurt With exercise or Without. Either way, I figure I am going to have pain, especially after a few days in a row of walking. I try to walk at least 5-6 days a week for 45-60 minutes. I don't know if it is the right amount for me, and I will be going to physical therapy soon, so I will find out then if I am overdoing it. But about 3 months ago I started walking a dog of my aunt's just for the week, and it was enough to remind me that I really like walking. I continued, and my back pain got worse, leading to an x-ray and the diagnoses of arthritis.

    Any whooo, long story...but I mainly wanted to say that I just keep going because I know that even though I will hurt when I am walking, I will hurt more if I don't. I will get worse if I stop moving, and so I do not want to do that. I need to lose that weight that has been partly responsible for my pain. What I have realized is that because I love music so much, that it in itself has become my reward. I have an mp3 player to take on walks, and once in a while I buy just one new song, and it really gets me eager to go out there and walk and listen to the music.
    Maybe find something you love that you can do while you exercise? Like watch tv. or read (some people can do it, but not me!) Or play your favorite music? Maybe try the least taxing workout at first...maybe not weights right away. Eliptical?? I WISH I had one of those!!!!! I am soooo green with envy! And no, I don't go to the gym either.

    Well, I hope you figure it out. Best wishes!

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    Oh and something that helped me too is finding 'tough girl' songs to workout to, like Katy Perry's "ROAR"!!
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    2208 days ago
  • SUCCESSN2018
    Hon if you want to add me as a friend, you can or message me. Long story short I got diagnosed with PCOS summer of 2012. I don't have a gym membership or personal trainer. I have a treadmill, recumbent bike, free weights, Wii, and DVDs. 95% of the time the only thing I'm using are my recumbent bike (on bad weather days where I can't get outside), free weights, and my own two legs. Yep, I love to just get outside and walk. Start small and go from there. Even a 10 minute walk is something. :) Keep your chin up.


    2208 days ago
  • MILEENA123
    I can't say that I know what you are going through because I don't.

    However everyone has to start somewhere. If 30 mins on the elliptical trainer hurts then start with 20, or 15. Don't hurt yourself. However start with maybe 15 minutes and then add an extra minute every day or couple of days. If thats bad then start with a walk around the block. Or around the house and work up to walking around the block. Do some of the strength exercises on here without weights, then with 1 lb, then 2.

    Nothing will happen overnight. But you need to start somewhere.
    2208 days ago
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