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I want to loose weight but i dont know how

So long story short i have scoliosis (curvature of the spine) since inwas born i had it severely so i have had many ops. Major op at 7 and one every six months until i was 12. They pot screws and poles into my soune and fused it. Very traumatic and done a lot of other stuff which i wont go into. Anyway im body concious as my back doesnt look like everyone elses and i have put on weight since the op. Ill admit im not massive but i would say chunky. Basically i find it hard to loose weight as i cant do any exercise that strains my back or puts pressure on it i also have a 4 month old baby. Please can someone help

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Welcome hollieedridge you will find lots of support on this forum. I have tagged Pineapple27 into this post as I am sure she will have some support to offer.

Come and join our Newbie Club, which is a good place for you to connect with members, who are also just starting out, or re-starting. Just post a few words on the September Newbie Club thread to introduce yourself and respond to others there you will soon feel part of the club.

Follow this link to the Newbie club: healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh...

Please read all the information carefully, it is very useful and can be referred to whenever you want to check something.

I wish you well on your journey.


Thank you

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Hi Hollieedridge, i have curvature of the spine only diagnosed in my thirties when had a shoulder injury at work and saw osteopathi, i have one shoulder blade higher than the other, mine is mild. I find lifting can set off pain. I can remember being in a Pilate class, being in pain trying to exercise on a hard tube, the teacher was very unsympathetic. I swim, i wonder if you could do exercise in the water, or is this not a option? I hope you find what works for you.


Yes they did say swimming will strengthen my back so i guess water would be a good place to start


Hi hollieedridge, and welcome!

You've not long had a baby, so first things first - your body will have changed shape and be holding on to a few extra pounds because of this.

In terms of disability - the great news is that it's entirely possible to lose weight without doing any exercise whatsoever! There are many of us on this Forum who have additional barriers to losing our weight - whether it's age, the side-effects of medication, thyroid problems, disability, illness.... it just means that we will have to put in that little more effort to counting calories and keeping an eye on portion sizes as we are likely to need less calories because of our inability to burn additional calories through huge amount of exercise....

I have a disability that I was born with (shortening of all four limbs as a result of the drug Thalidomide my mum took when pregnant with me). As a result my mobility is minimal - and was further reduced following a serious head on car crash in 2002 when I broke my ankle. I went on to have ny ankle joint fused and am still in constant pain with it.

I started my weight loss journey at 14 stone - 5 and a half years ago. I am just 4ft 9" tall and so was classed clinically obese.

I was 49 years old and had been trying to lose weight all of my life since the age of 9. My disability makes exercise difficult (I am very sedentary and use a wheelchair outside of the house).

The one thing that I realised very early on in my journey was that I was just eating FAR TOO MUCH! I was a short, middle aged, sedentary female and I was eating the same as 5ft 9" active man (my now husband!). No wonder I was piling on the weight!

I started my journey at the end of February 2012, and managed to lose 4.5 stone in 2 and a half years through calorie counting and logging/weighing all of my food.

Then re-gained some, lost some again and have now managed to more or less maintain for the past 6 months at around 10 stone. Still considered "over weight".

Ideally I would love to drop another stone to 9 stone and maintain there.

My weight loss journey has been long, but I am still learning new tips and tricks to help me along the way and what's more, still enjoying the challenge! I would say that my behaviour around food has changed massively - I have learned to respect food, to "break" it's control over me, and to be able to modify how I behave with food. Just because food is within sight doesn't mean I have to eat it! I don't see eating the way I do as meaning that I am missing out any more - in fact I am now able to enjoy my life and have regained the ability to do things that I struggled to do or even found impossible to do!

Here are a few of my past posts which I hope you will find helpful and inspiring. I won't try and tell you that my journey was easy - and you'll see that there were many blips along the way, but 5 years down the line, I feel about 20 years younger than I did when I was lugging around 4 stone more.

Please do pop back to the forums and share your journey with us - we are here for you, day and night and happy to share your success or support you when you need it.






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