Hang in there... a few thoughts.. #1--I found it to be frustrating as all hell to try to loose weight and not being able to move. All I know is exercise, good physical exercise is the only way I had lost weight in the past. (between 18-48). Mentalpause really screwed up with my program. The general malaise, the heinous weight gain..the whole nine yards. My Mom was fat, hence..I thought that 'this was normal'. BOY< WAS I OFF BASE. An easy way out, blame it on my genetic makeup(part of which is true)
So, I cut back on portions, developed portion control. Healthy Choice dinners worked best. Turkey is awesome when nuked properly. (buhahah). Soup (Progresso).. No cereal, non fat milk only.. fruit (4 a day...seasonal, no bananas), and the worst...just say NO to candy!!! (ARGH! -->here is where I die.. I love candy) I was at a trim weight for a 63 yo...5'8" 160 lbs. Felt good, but got tired easily. Lacking b vitimins, iron, and all the other good junk that good red meat or lean chicken can provide. So now I get a b injection. I do not qualify for iron infusion...so I've gained 15 lbs. (over the past year) Vit. B stimulated my appetite..so, over the past year I've gained 15 lbs. (sigh) Sucks to be me. ;-)
What it has boiled down to for me is movement. That is what I have always counted on in the past. I've always been active(except on the few occasions that I was laid up due to a horse throwing me, or other sort of injury). Movement is paramount to weight loss. If I cannot move, I fail to lose weight. I can maintain..but I starve my body in return. Not a good equation. PT has been helpful. My old injuries have created a massive amount of excess bone growth(spurs) in my spine & neck. My neck was fused about two years ago. I sleep with a c-spine brace every night. I had two failed back surgeries in the 80's. The S1 nerve root was nicked during the last back surgery '89, and I lost some very important nerve functions on my right side. My ability to walk is starting to become limited (I survived Sepsis 1 year ago).. So, my bod is well used, marginally destroyed..but it still works. It's the hand that puts food in my mouth. That is what needs to stop.
So, that is my story and I'm sticking to it.
Ooops, on the side-->two weeks ago, I was cleaning dog crates. Not an easy task. I vacuum the area, and the crate, then take a Swiffer mop to the crate(they are big crates)...well, the vacuum cleaner cord attacked my left leg! It (I) managed to wrap the damn thing around my calf..and was trying to maintain balance(HA!) with my bum right leg. Oh to be a fly on the wall, I was dancing with air, and bam, down I went...twisting my right knee. I had a visit with one of my regular docs, and she said to get a film of it, and see your orthopedic surgeon. HA! My ortho fired me(I guess my money isn't green enough or something)..so I'm in the process of acquiring a new ortho. Mean while, my GP ordered the film, and I got the results yesterday (duh--a week later).. yes, the hardware is still intact..lots of soft tissue damage, along with a neat subdermal hematoma(bruise). I just have to laugh. I twisted my knee..hahahahaha...it's metal.....hahah..do I care? no. I can still walk. I have my fentanyl patch, and Percocet to get me through the day. I've been doing the RICE(rest, ice, and I forget the rest). But, it is frustrating...I have fair pain relief with the chronic pain meds (my low back is fusing by itself--sucks and is very painful) So, my situation is more than knees. But I can say that without my tkr's I'd probably be dead, or in a wheel chair.
Keep going. Don't stop.. Control! You are in control of your food. No one else, just you.. (now I need to follow this rule as well) ;-)
Take care, keep me updated.. mmmkay? xoxo