Losing Weight When You Physically Can’t Exercise: Doreen’s Journey

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Losing Weight When You Physically Can’t Exercise: Doreen’s Journey

Doreen Gee has enjoyed walking her entire life. Even into her 50s, she took almost daily jaunts in her hometown of Victoria, British Columbia. But everything changed as she approached 60. Severe osteoarthritis in both knees affected her quality of life, her relationship to her body and, especially, her weight.

By her 62nd birthday three years ago, she found herself 60 pounds overweight and in near-constant excruciating pain. The only way forward was dual knee replacements. Gee realized she needed to make a change.

The simple solution was that the closer she could get to her ideal weight before surgery, the better the potential outcome of her knee replacements would be. The easy answer was changing her diet — if only it were easy. She admits she was “not into dieting,” but the time had come to take it seriously. She first learned about MyFitnessPal by way of the Arthritis Society, a Canadian nonprofit organization devoted to patient education.

When she started tracking her calories and exercise, she couldn’t even walk a block due to severe pain in her knees. Within weeks of sticking to a restricted-calorie diet, she shed some of the weight and felt better physically — and more motivated psychologically — almost immediately. Steadily, she began losing 12 pounds per week.

Her real revelation, however, came when she began the practice of recording her food intake every day, which she describes as a learning experience. “I thought I was eating healthful foods, and I was, in part,” she says. “But in recording my intake, I woke up to how many calories I was consuming, especially in healthful foods like nuts and cheese, but in quantities too large for my optimal daily intake of 1,200 calories.”

For the remainder of 2014, she diligently followed the program and became instinctively aware of what foods were best for her body and for weight loss. “Recording my meals helped me stay accountable,” she says. “It works like clockwork. If you stick to the program, the weight comes off. It’s that simple.”

When she consulted with her surgeon ahead of her first knee replacement, their conversation helped her begin to realize just how much weight is tied to overall health — more specifically, how obesity is linked to poor health. She got the message. By the time she had her first knee replacement surgery in July 2015, she had shed 30 pounds. Daily exercise and physiotherapy were crucial to her successful recovery, and she found them more manageable after losing weight. After her recovery, she was able to begin exercising more immediately, which further bolstered her spirits. She began with brief walks down the block and increased her time and distance daily. Within a few weeks, as her knee healed, she was walking for pleasure daily.


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But then came the challenge of the second surgery in January 2016. Her recovery was more intense, which made her rehabilitation process more arduous. So did her day job: As a freelance writer, Gee spends most of her work hours sedentary. That didn’t help her bounce back physically (though plunging back into her work helped her mentally). By last October, she had gained back the weight she had lost and was virtually unable to exercise again.

Recommitting to the same weight-loss plan required more work, but Gee took the plunge: It’s the only process that had ever worked for her, she says. She quickly realized the discomfort in one of her new knees eased when she lost weight, and she was tired of her weight draining her of energy. So she began again.

Today, she has since lost 20 pounds, is down a pants size and is able to walk to her local rec center for Zumba classes regularly. She thinks of her new knees as “deserving less weight on them — the miracle for me is to be able to walk again.”

What she likes best about integrating MyFitnessPal into her life is that it focuses on balance, not deprivation. She has been able to decrease her intake of sugary, nutrient-poor foods while increasing protein and fiber and rebuilding her physical stamina.

Now, at 65, she feels like she’s regained her health in many ways. “Life is already better because I’ve lost the weight,” she says. “I plan to stay healthy for as long as I can.”

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  • Anne Wozniak

    Awesome inspiration! Thank you for sharing.

  • Anne

    1200 calories is never a healthy intake. It is far too low. I wish the diet industry would stop using this stupid number like it should rule people’s lives. This is not an optimal intake.

    • Christin

      I’ve even seen things online saying things like women should not eat more than 2,000 calories a day.
      That’s a load of bull! My weight loss for activity level is 1,800. Then add about 700-1,000 (some days it has been more) exercise calories. That’s a lot of food!
      Went on low carb low sugar diet for my husband because he’s been diagnosed as a diabetic. Though I don’t know much about diabetes. But in two days of cutting back on my sugar and carbs, still eating 1,800. I’ve lost 1.5 pounds in two days.
      And I also have osteoarthritis in both my knees. But doing only walking and lifting and light zumba, the proper shoes for my knees and proper compression sleeves for both work and my workouts, my knees have gotten better. There are many things I can do now that I couldn’t before and no pain.

      • Debbie

        What is your percentage of body fat? You don’t need to share your answer here, but osteoarthritis is often caused by metabolic changes due to having a higher percentage of body fat. There are many other reasons for osteo, however. I’m certainly not implying anything either way, so please don’t take it that way. I’m only asking just because there wasn’t enough information provided to discuss what you said.

        The average woman can’t consistently consume 2,000 calories per day without gaining weight. But someone who’s a professional tennis player, for example, would likely need more than 2,000 calories per day. There’s a lot of factors that go into determining how many calories to consume to maintain a healthy weight, including metabolism.

        I was pre-diabetic. I completely reversed it by losing weight, exercising, and changing my diet. I cut out soda, even diet soda, potatoes, rice, and pasta, and I ate more fruits, vegetables, and plain Greek yogurt. I ate clean and always ate protein with every meal and snack. And yes, I used MFP daily. I still do. I’ve logged in for over 600 days now.

        I still have more weight to lose because, I too, have osteoarthritis in my knees brought on by being overweight and my golden retriever. Yes, my rambunctious golden playfully tackled my knees back in 2005, tearing the meniscus in my left knee. I mentioned it to my doctor back then, but all she did was give me pills. I should have insisted on PT. It wouldn’t have helped, so then I should have had x-rays and an MRI. Instead, proper treatment (surgery) wasn’t received for over ten years.

        And yes, hindsight is always 20/20.

        Anyway, I’ve got a spot of bone-on-bone osteo in my left knee because I didn’t get the torn meniscus fixed for ten years. My gait is still off, which is killing my back. And eleven months after I got the meniscus fixed, I had surgery in January for a torn rotator cuff in my right shoulder, which occurred back in 2013. I’m still recovering from that and am currently in PT. Again.

        So weight loss got stymied temporarily with each surgery. But now I’m getting back into exercising again.

        Can you recommend a good Zumba shoe? I need some better shoes too, because proper support is essential. Thnx!

        • Christin

          I really don’t know a good shoe for zumba. All mine is done at home on carpet in my bare feet. Big screen TV, game console and YouTube. But it’s light, no jumping around.
          I’m about 25-26%, but that’s going off online calculators and measuring tape. But I have genically bad knees from my mom’s side of the family. Many people claim bad knees are solely from weight gaim, my knees have been dislocating since I was a lil girl (and I was underweight) Now they’ve stopped, but I have Osteoarthritis.
          I can’t do sports or run period. All I do is walk, lift and my light zumba and I burn, burn, burn.
          Some days I’m hitting a 2,800 calorie day if I been to work (walking and lifting) come home and walk up hill on my treadmill and do 30 mins to an hour of lifting.
          I rarely calorie count, but watch what I eat. Healthy fat and carbs, LOTS of protein, green veggies. Don’t eat fried foods, potatoes, things like that. But some people consider me a strict eater cause I only eat certain foods at certain times then have a shut off time when I stop for the evening, but the evening time is when I go all out and feast. And Saturday is my anything goes day, all measured eating goes out the window. If I see and want it, I eat it.
          I do get tested and last year had numbers so low was told they didn’t register on the meter. So I put down as having the health age of an 18-year-old, when I was 33. Now I will be 34 in April, and my health age got bumped up to 21 cause my Glucose showed on the meter at 107. So now I have to pinpoint what caused it and correct. Have added new foods in my diet which are higher in carbs and sugar, so I gotta see what caused my spike.
          Still a few pounds over weight, but not too worried about it. Even at my screening and doctor’s office my weight is never mentioned, being I’m an all out healthy person.
          I also hate sports and would like to run, but can’t. My knees won’t allow it. But I’m doing way better than my family and don’t need knee surgery as of now due to my compression sleeves. But I do wear Hoka One One Bondi 4 to workout in. I also have Equines Deformity in both my feet which causes the Plantar Fascitiis and so I have to wear hinged plastic braces on both my feet at work.
          They keep up with me where I still can walk and lift at work.

          Each individual woman has their very own mark for how much they can eat. Some more, some less. We’re all different. But putting a specific number on how much all woman should eat is something that shouldn’t be done.

          • Deby Decker

            For a good shoe of any kind try Vionic!!! Great shoes. Expensive, but worth every penny. I’ve got boots, casual shoes, sandal and dress shoes from them. You have to go online to find them. I’m an R.N. and worked 12 hr shifts at a busy inner city hospital. Shoes do make a differance.

          • Nancy

            Yes, Vionic the best, worth the price. The only shoes I can wear and my bunions not hurt. Can walk for hours.

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          • Debbie

            My niece has had knee problems since her teens… she was injured accidentally by another cheerleader, but she has flat, narrow feet, and I noticed her gait needed correcting. So yeah, knee issues can be caused by many things.

            How much someone can or can’t eat is definitely different for each person. For example, if someone has lost a lot of weight, their metabolism slows down, which makes it hard easier to regain, etc. There’s so many factors, that it’s not one formula fits all. But it can be used as a guideline.

            Your glucose—was that fasting? If it was after eating and within a certain timeframe after a meal, I wouldn’t be concerned. It will naturally go up. You can always get retested while fasting.

            If it was 107 while fasting, I’d recommend getting your A1C tested just to see what that number is.

            I was pre-diabetic. My A1C was 6.1. Finally got it between 5.4 and 5.6. What’s your husband’s, if you both don’t mind me asking? My glucose while fasting was… shoot. Can’t recall. I’d have to look it up. I’d say it was 106. Went down quite a lot since. I think it went down to 92?? Gee, I’ll have to check.

            I’m struggling to stay awake. I worked out at the gym and did more than I’ve been able to do since my surgery. So that was cool. But I’m sleepy now! ☺

          • Christin

            That was while I was Fasting, but more than likely was due to the extra sugar and the fact I haven’t been lifting as much lately.
            Forgot what he told me, but it was up there.
            Still waiting on the meter, he went to get it but they were closed, early. So now he has to wait till Monday.
            I’ve noticed the low sugar /low carb thing works some, but it effects my lifting being I need sugar and carbs to fuel myself before a workout.
            So I’m just holding in there for now till it gets down.
            And he’s already doing better, his went down to 140 in a few days without fasting, but on medication. Thanks to an employee who has her own meter.
            Still waiting to see what mine will be.
            Once mine goes down, and to where I want it to be, I’m more than likely gonna to stick to a low sugar/low carb diet on none lifting days, then go all out on lifting days.
            The fact I can’t run put a damper on me and what my life will be like when I’m older, but I came across a lady in her 50s who had a broken ankle and couldn’t do jack on her feet. But she was fit as ever because she took up lifting.
            So I thought that was a good idea, tried it, and it worked. Laid off the pressure on my knees, got proper foot wear, compression sleeves, lifted more. Knees got better and I got fitter.

      • RYAN

        You really think you’re burning 700-1000 calories a day in exercise with walking and light zumba?? You need to re-think your numbers there.

        • Christin

          No. You don’t know how to read apparently. It’s my job which is very physical. Just walking and lifting. I timed myself at unloading 900 lbs in 7 minutes. All 50 lbs and higher.
          So do that, walk about 12,000-14,000 steps, lifting anywhere between 3,000-4,000 lbs a day, get home, and go on a dog walk still. You burn some calories.
          Then on a good half day I still walk 10,000 steps, come home, house work, lift and treadmill, or light zumba, more dog walks.
          Ever heard of a Reverse Diet? I lose weight on it. But it has to be a dedication of the right foods and controlled lifting.
          You apparently have never heard of women being on that type of diet where they can eat as much as a man can and either maintain or still lose weight.
          I eat more than my husband and I’m still losing weight, pound by pound.
          But weight loss for me takes longer cause there are times when I have to put everything on hold and maintain my weight for a long time from work and home.

          • RYAN

            Then don’t say things like, “I’ve even seen things online saying things like women should not eat more than 2,000 calories a day.
            That’s a load of bull!”
            Activity level has everything to do with how much you eat a day. Also, 700-1000 calories a day is still WAAAY overshooting your activity level. In one sitting, a 165 pound person will burn 700 calories by running 10 MPH for 30 minutes. Picking up boxes and walking a little is not the same total energy expenditure. I’m sure you’re losing weight, but you could lose much faster by bringing your calorie consumption down and widening your deficit. (10000 steps is barely 1.5 miles), (lifting doesn’t burn many calories).
            Are you a competitive body building cutting weight for shows? If not, why are you trying a “reverse diet” and why are you restricting calories enough to even need to try that? Do you think you’re “damaging” your metabolism? That doesn’t actually happen fyi.
            A consistent diet is the key to losing weight. Eat less than you burn, and you lose weight, simple as that. Start at 1500/day. Lose weight? Great! To fast? Bump to 1800. To slow? Drop to 1300. Reevaluate and adjust. Not complicated.

          • Christin

            And yet again, I need a reason to be on a Reverse Diet?
            Because I want to be. I see better results in muscle eating more.
            Do I want to be skinny?
            Nope!
            I’m a woman who actually prefers being THICK.
            Thick, fit and healthy. And it’s working by approval of my yearly Bio Screening done by my health insurance company (whom also provide free health coaches and nutritionists which both gave my eating habits the clear)  AND cleared by MY doctor.
            I don’t want to be skinny fitting into a size two pants.
            Most women want that, I don’t.
            I’m a size 14 with about 15 pounds or so to lose and still fit and THICK.
            And the faster you lose weight, the more saggy, loose skin you have. For anyone wanting to show off legs and arms, it’s actual best to go slow, apply lotion with vitamin E daily and moisturizing body wash with vitamin e.
            I’ve lost about 40 pounds or less in about four years and no saggy or lose skin. Tone as can be. 
            You eat, you lift, you gain muscle, muscle burns fat. I can’t do cardio to burn fat. So therefore, I lift. Works for me.
            And there women who have fallen into the mind set where “women can only eat so many calories a day”.
            With that, they weren’t seeing great  results, like me. So they threw that logic out the window, bulked up their eating to man sized portions, eating certain foods on their own macros intake and got into power lifting.
            Total transformation!
            Now I don’t wanna look like a female body builder, plus my knees won’t be able to take the weight of power lifting, so I’m on a lighter intake.
            But it is possible for women to eat more and not count how much they’re burning. It’s something not all women are in to cause they wanna look petite, which is their choice.
            I don’t want to look petite. I like having muscle with some fat, as long as it is all within the guidelines of a doctor. And for mine, so far, so good.
            Mine got a surprise when she asked where I had been going for my results and I told her home.
            There’s more to fitness than burn more to eat more.
            I’m not saying for people to stop doing what they’re doing. But there is such a thing where people can burn less, eat more and see results. They’re just gonna be on the thicker side. And it’s not fast like cardio.
            It really does exist.
            And I do cardio. Treadmill faces the wall, full incline, walk a warm up to 3.0-3.3, go for 30 to an hour, headphones on, but it’s relaxing to me. I LOVE my treadmill time.

          • Christin

            And I commend Ms. Doreen for losing weight despite the fact she can’t exercise due to her surgeries.
            I’m lifting because I have the same thing in both knees, it’s been a genetic disadvantage for me since I was a kid.
            Then, from weight gain as well later on in my adult life.
            But with joining MFP, watching my calories. Which for my activity had set me at 1,700 for weight loss.
            Then I found my calling with lifting. Switched to a higher calorie intake over 2,000 and started seeing more results with me body, would lose about a pound every 1-2 months and the pain in my knees slowly subsided.
            But as of lately I couldn’t lift much, and gained 6 pounds. Switched MFP back to weight loss with my lower weight, even with the added 6 pounds.
            My weight loss got bumped up to 1,880.
            I’m following the baseline between 1,880-2,000 and lost 2 pounds in a few days.
            I haven’t been lifting the past two weeks. So my weight has maintained at the two pound loss.
            It’s not cardio (much), I’m not consistently counting how much is going in and going out, but I do read ingredients etc.
            But it works fine, for me.

          • Lisa

            Women’s and men’s bodies are different, we get it. There’s more to fitness than walking, zumba, treadmill, etc. Try lifting some free weights, have you done that? Not the machines, the actual free weights. That is NOT powerlifting, a sport you’re not qualified to do. You need to educate yourself a bit more before you go on the attack. Women need to lift weights, it builds bone density. You like that, right? You can be a lump or a pencil, but with your attitude and knowledge base, you’re surely a pain in the rear.

          • Rae

            “(10000 steps is barely 1.5 miles)”
            This isn’t accurate at all. I’ve measured both my Misfit and my phone’s pedometer (S Health) against both track distance and treadmill distance. There is some slight variation, but 2k steps is ~ 1 mile, so 10k is about 5. Generally speaking, walking a mile will burn about 100 calories, so with 10k steps, you’re burning about 500 calories more than just sitting and doing NO walking. In your example, a 165lb person running 10mph for 30 minutes is still running 5 miles. They’re burning more calories because they’re obviously working A LOT harder than someone at a 4mph pace.
            Agree that a consistent diet is key, and you’re probably right about Christin overestimating exercise calories, because we almost all do. Based on her description of her day, though, I can easily see her burning 700-1000 above BMR if she’s on her feet and lifting/carrying heavy boxes all day.

          • Lisa

            No, he didn’t misread your post. You say, “… But doing only walking and lifting and light zumba…” You have a warehouse personality.

    • Ellie

      If you want to lose 2lbs a week, you need a calorie deficit per day of 1000 kcal. An average height and weight woman could easily have a TDEE of 2200, so 1200 kcal is the perfect amount for that rate of weight loss which is considered a steady and healthy weight. This is not an optimal intake for everyone, but it will be the optimal intake for some people. What’s misleading and far more damaging is the blind focus on 2000 kcal per day regardless of your weight, height or activity levels.

    • Debbie

      It depends on your height, activity level, how much weight you want to lose per week, and your current weight. That’s the formula. The key is to never eat LESS than 1200 calories. 1200 calories is for losing weight, not maintaining it. Parenthetically, women can rarely eat 2,000 calories without gaining weight unless they are into marathons or other demanding sports. Weight loss is also determined by the individual’s metabolism and thyroid function.

  • Debbie

    Good article. I think what many people don’t realize is that obesity is far more detrimental to one’s health than they might think. Everyone pretty much knows that obesity can cause heart attacks or clogged arteries. But the very fact that someone is obese may bring on nasty metabolic changes, such as diabetes, chronic inflammation, and arthritis.

    I was reading that it’s not the stress on the joints that causes arthritis, it’s the metabolic changes. That was an eye-opener. Doreen used My Fitness Pal to log her meals. I’ve personally benefited from logging my food and exercise to help me reach my fitness goals.

    Even if you don’t want to lose weight, logging your food is still incredibly helpful. You may think you’re eating a healthy balance of macros and micros, but 9 times out of 10, you’ll find there’s something that needs tweaking. Most people that log their food are amazed how much sugar, fat, and calories they actually consume.

    MFP doesn’t differentiate between ADDED sugars and what is naturally found in food. Since food labels do not reflect that information yet, MFP can’t either. Unfortunately, it’s the same with B vitamins.

    It’s important to note that if you’re eating clean and sticking to fruits, vegetables, and dairy, there will be naturally occurring sugars in those foods. Those are not harmful. (However, if you’re needing to manage blood glucose, there are extra steps you need to take to ensure there are no untoward spikes.) I always eat protein with every meal or snack to help my body deal with naturally occurring sugars.

    One of the real dangers to healthy eating is processed foods that are almost always laden with added sugar and sodium, not to mention additives, preservatives, and food coloring.

    But there’s another danger that is often overlooked: adding too much sugar or salt yourself to what otherwise would have been a healthy meal.

    For instance, when I began making my homemade vegetarian soups, I diligently logged all the ingredients. To my surprise, I discovered that I was using entirely too much salt. It sure didn’t taste too salty!

    So I cut back drastically on the salt and threw in a lot more spices to give my soup more flavor. I also add one or two tablespoons of Bragg’s nutritional yeast to each bowl of soup for additional B vitamins and flavor. I’m not a fan of nutritional yeast’s taste except in my homemade soups. Luckily, then, it’s a flavor enhancer.

    A friend of mine has strict dietary requirements for his various ailments, and he’s always prided himself that he’s been eating clean for years. However, he was adding two tablespoons of maple syrup to his daily breakfast of oatmeal and berries. Maple syrup is sugar. Even though he was eating egg whites with his breakfast, he still was consuming a big load of simple carbs. This practice was detrimental to his health goals.

    I advised him to stick to steel cut oats, not rolled, to lay off the maple syrup entirely, and add a tablespoon of chia seeds instead. The chia seeds provide antioxidants and healthy fats, which helps slow absorption and keeps you feeling fuller longer.

    Not sure you want to log your food? I didn’t either. It sounded like such a drag. But the experience was far more rewarding and less a hassle than I had assumed. I’ve been logging my food for over 600 days now.

    Try MFP for a month. What can you lose, except those bad habits that have prevented you from being the healthiest you’ve ever been?

  • Debbie

    My latest blog post—I cited this article and provided a link to it, also. ☺

    Can An App Really Help You Lose Weight? My Fitness Pal is a free app that I utilize daily to record my food and exercise. Not only does it help tweak my diet, but I’ve found the daily …

  • Charlee Tiseo

    I have been stuck on my weight loss journey at 1200 calories (and 909 days)for over a year.
    I did a metabolism medical study thru the hospital and found out that the calories and workout program I was following faithfully … I was starving my body. Who knew? I was eating healthy(no bread no sugar no potatoes NOTHING WHITE!)working out 5 days a week and my body was storing absolutely everything I ate because it thought I was starving it!! I did the study they raised my calories to 1700-1900 depending on how many calories I burned that day(easting back half of the calories burned with good fats and proteins that keep me burning calories all day long). The weight has started coming off again and I am never hungry.

  • Laura

    Stop counting calories, and lets focus on whole plant foods, like vegetables, legumes, starches, fruits and occasional nuts and seeds. check out WSLF Diet, you’ll never need to starve yourself again! 🙂 Carbs are not the enemy, I am slim, fit, all thanks to whole starch plant based diet. Don’t restrict – replace 😉

  • David Jones

    It is surprising how much healthy food you can pack into 1200 calories. Vegetables and salad with smaller portions of protein and carbs, can be very filling. Tracking food choices as well as macros and nutritional value ensures a healthy way of losing weight. Also the need to regularly re-evaluate your food choices as you lose weight and increase mobility is important. Short sighted comments are not helpful. I’ve lost weight on 1200 calories and at the time I had limited mobility. As soon as I was exercising I increased my calories accordingly. I also used multivitamins to supplement shortfalls in my diet. The amount of fruit and vegetables I ate each day was staggering and a 350 calorie salad was difficult to finish not just the size of the portion but the amount of chewing was tiring and jaw aching. So for those of you who doubt the healthiness of a1200 calorie eating plan need to prove your theory or change your mindset. No offence meant. Also studying metabolism and exercise has helped me stay on track. My advice plan , lose weight and exercise. Replan regularly as you get fitter. Also have a plan for eating healthy on less calories if you’re injured or stressed so as not to put the weight back on. Never feel guilty for the odd slip in eating. Also be aware of friends and family who are feeders and will push you back into bad habits. The best quote I’ve read was exercise like a beast eat like a beauty. Take care guys , keep fit and keep losing. Also keep inspiring.

  • Virginia

    Congratulations Doreen! You look wonderful and are an inspiration to everyone who must deal with age and physical challenges on top of the usual hard work required to improve our health, strength and energy.

    To my fellow commentators – your sincerity and dedication to pursuing health (and helping others to do the same) is impressive. It is a good idea to remember that every person is a complex individual. We each go through a journey of discovery as we listen to good information, apply it to ourselves and then learn what works for us and what is less helpful. Best wishes to all of you.

  • Christin

    I’m not a diabetic and I already take cinnamon. Either in powder or the capsules.
    What more than likely done it was the honey or granola. Or both.
    Last year I wasn’t eating honey, granola and greek yogurt (with live active cultures). But the yogurt I was experimenting with different flavors. But stuck with the Great Value brand plain Greek yogurt as it has live active cultures, with little sugar and carbs when taken half a cup a day.
    Serving size says a cup, but the half cup I found works good for me.
    Those live active cultures work well for my gut and lady parts. Better than taking all the pills and creams. So getting rid of that type of yogurt is the last thing I want to do. So I may end up switching to that Oinkos zero.
    I’m the kind of person where antibiotics do more harm than good, because of my gut.
    My husband though is the confirmed diabetic just now. So I’m gonna be helping him along his journey and eating with him.
    For instance, if I eat chocolate or ice cream (when my Glucose is better), it’s gonna have to be at work. And he already went through all the junk at home.
    We’re getting a meter today and since I registered a 107, I’m gonna be use it on and off to track my glucose. But I’m not gonna use it every day since it’s for him.
    My MFP name is Blackdawn_70631 if you wanna request.
    I could use some tips on what diabetics go through to help out my husband.
    He just found out a few days ago when we done our screening.

  • Carrie Connolly

    I had peaked at a miserable 219 lbs (I’m 58, 5’6″) on Jan. 2016. Worse than that, I was pre-diabetic, cholesterol was high and my body (including arthritic knee) hurt all the time. Seems like I had added 7-8lbs/yr after having a family..I’m a stress (emotional) eater, too. Fast forward to what happened-February 2016, I started using FitnessPal app and walked in the door of a local (very supportive) gym. In one year, I’ve lost 39 lbs and have maintained. This has always been the catch! But, I don’t diet, I track and observe my choice of food. I track AMOUNT..serving size does matter. I eat about 1300-1400 calories a day (water is essential!). I, recently, had a lung cancer surgery (I’m good!), but, just walking as much as my body allows for last 3 mo. With watching food intake, I’m staying about 179-180lbs. Once I can get moving more, I’d like to work on maybe 20-25lbs and get stronger, like I was last year. Thanks all..its about being honest with one’s self and leave the judgement at the door!!❤

    • Christin

      I’m just an inch taller than you and was at the same weight. Just wait till you lose more! But you got this, and that’s how you’re supposed to eat. Watching in moderation.
      Hope you can jump back into your regular routine shortly. ❤

  • Alexandra

    Good morning,
    I was hoping that someone could answer my question. I am 53 and in menopause, I have been on my fitness pal since January and have lost about 22 pounds but I have been stuck at that weight for about 3 weeks and can’t lose anymore weight.
    I have been on about a 1200-1300 cal diet and have stuck to that with no cheating.
    Thank you for your help.

  • Lisa

    You go, girl! We’re proud of you Doreen. 😉