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Is it possible to get rid of 100 lbs of fat & flab in just one year, and do it in such a way that it is healthy and not harmful in any way? I'm disabled so can't exercise the way most people can. Not disabled due to being fat -- actually I got fat due to being disabled and not taking charge of my abilities in the very beginning. What I did was give in to my disabilities. Big mistake. But I'm working on correcting that. Over the past year I've gotten rid of about 52 lbs practically just by changing how I eat. Though I HAVE made it out of a power wheelchair and I'm now walking when I can, using a rolling walker with a seat so I can sit and rest when needed. So is there a possibility I can get rid of 100 lbs in the next year without starvation, deprivation, cravings, weakness, dizziness, or traditional aerobic exercise (which I'm not capable of -- yet)?

Specifically, how do I healthfully (and within my physical capabilities) amp up what I'm doing so I can have an average of 2 lbs gone per week, rather than the mere 2 oz to a lb that it's been?

Please feel free to take a look at my public logs to see how I eat and the types of exercise I'm capable of in order to give constructive advice.

Thanks a bunch!

Sat. Dec 1, 10:33am

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You can lose 100 pounds in a year! And congrats on what you've lost so far!

Consider that if you average it out, you'd 'only' have to lose 1.9 pounds week to reach that goal, and you'll more than likely lose more that that initially.

You have to expect cravings, you just have to decide and learn how to deal with them.

You have to think of food differently so that your life changes don't feel like deprivation. If your mindset says 'I"m deprived!" your actions will compensate.

Can you do exercises from a wheelchair or chair? It's great that you're trying to get in all the movement you can; can you do thinks like lift weights are use exercise bands from the seated position? I'm not sure what you're capable of but you sound motivated.

You can do it, and it sounds like you have the determination to get it done! Go online and watch some of the people who were on Oprah this week - they lost 100-200, up to 500 pounds - all on their own :)

Saturday, December 01, 2007, 10:59 AM

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op - are you doing strength training? that builds muscle which helps burn fat. and in turn helps prevent you from burning muscle instead of fat.

Saturday, December 01, 2007, 11:09 AM

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I did read your profile and WOO! You are truly an inspiration! I am amazed at your strength and motivation considering what you have to deal with. I can't even imagine the pain you must feel on a daily basis. You have done an excellent job with your loss and attitude. Doctors are not always right. You should feel proud and I hope your doctors are awed by you. The only thing I can suggest is not to set your goals too high, you have come a long way and your next goal doesn't have to be the rest. I find that setting smaller, attainable, realistic goals work best for me. I aim for about 3-4 pounds a month. But that is what works for me. If I don't set realistic goals I find I get depressed and disappointed and end up sabotaging myself. 100 pounds in a years is definitely doable if you can manage to lose almost 1.92 pounds a week, every week. But you have already loss 52 pounds and at that weight I am sure your loss is slowing down a bit? This is normal. Since there is not a lot of exercise you can do right now it might be a bit tougher. I think a more realistic goal of about 60-75 pounds in the next year, which is 1.15-1.44 pounds a week, would be a better aim. If you could incorporate more exercise it could work. Have you've at all tried or thought about doing a water exercise program? The great thing about water is that you are weightless and if you have access to a heated pool by chance it can sooth your aches and pains. Since you are starting to walk a bit with assistance I would say look into what is available near you. That could make the difference of .5-1 pound a week and 2 pounds. But either way don't give up you have done an amazing job!

Saturday, December 01, 2007, 11:14 AM

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Given your special set of circumstances, you would benefit greatly from speaking with a Registered Dietitian. They specialize in helping people with all kinds of medical challenges lose weight while meeting their individual energy and nutrient needs. They will also probably tell you that losing 2 lbs a week is a significant achievement that very few people manage to do consistently (let's face it, would we start a healthy diet that told us honestly that we'd lose 3 lbs a month on average?), so while it may be healthy as a rate of loss, it's rarely realistic. However, I'd love nothing more than to see someone like you defy the statistics!

As for getting physical activity, check Richard Simmons' sites and videos. Sure, he's an aging goofball, but I've caught a number of documentary-type pieces or chat show footage where he has gone into residential facilities for the disabled (whether it's from obesity or not) and met people who'd dropped 100 lbs - admittedly from 450 lbs to 350 lbs, so they weren't your typical before/after success stories, but still! - doing his diet and exercise programs, crying with them of course, and also leading them through a workout. Which makes me think he must have something to offer the wheelchair-bound.

Congratulations on taking charge of your life, and I hope you're proud as hell of that 52-lb loss!

Saturday, December 01, 2007, 11:15 AM

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Yes OP, totally ignore 11:37, I read your log and you're eating healthy well balanced meals and doing what you can for exercise. Keep up the good work and the pounds will continue to come off!

Saturday, December 01, 2007, 1:16 PM

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Can we ignore 11:37? Grammar, syntax, spelling, etc. mark her as the usual mean-spirited attention seeker that plagues a lot of these threads unnecessarily and undeservedly.

Saturday, December 01, 2007, 2:01 PM

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I'm sorry 11:16 - I didn't realize it was necessary to do research before offering congratulations and encouragement that the OP could reach her goal!

Saturday, December 01, 2007, 2:04 PM

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I'm sure you can do it safely. There's 52 weeks in a year so that's less than a pound a week. Over that period of time and if you exercise while your losing you prolly won't get that loose baggy skin syndrome that people who do the surgury get. Have you seen them? They drop 100 pounds in a couple months and all their excess skin is flopping around because it didn't have any time to tighten up while they were losing weight. That's sad.

Sunday, December 02, 2007, 10:16 AM

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There are some not so nice comments in this thread. I know the op from one of my groups and she is sincere and motivated. Why does there have to be people who make unhealthy comments like stomach surgery and mean comments like stuffing your face? And the comment defending the op was a little exttreme too, even if she was right. Can we just be nice and helpful to each other?

Sunday, December 02, 2007, 10:30 AM

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Funny 10:30 that you would say the defending comment was extreme. Personally I think it was a great defense.

10;16 I think you made a booboo, with 52 weeks in a year she would need to lose more then a pound a week or she'll only lose 52 pounds in the year. I think you meant it was less then 2 pounds a week. Either way OP I think you have the motivation and strength to do this. Even if you don't lose 100 pounds this year think of how much better and healthier you'll feel with having lost, say 60 or 70 pounds. No matter what I think you will find that the more weight you lose the easier it will become to exercise and the more you can in corporate into your life. The more weight that is gone the less stress on your joints also. Good luck to you!

Sunday, December 02, 2007, 11:01 AM

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