Can You Lose Weight Without Working Out?

Hello followers and readers, you may wonder why you have not gotten a new blog post in a while. Well, the below post should explain a lot. I have a rare nerve disorder and have been unable to type or sit at a computer for the last month, so here I am 5 days into a visit to Stanford Hospital typing one out for all of you.

Lately I have gotten several e-mails and messages from women who are trying to lose weight while recovering from injuries or surgeries. I am one of those women and this post is for them. You can still lose weight even if you can’t work out!

My story:

In June 2010 I was in a car accident, I was rear ended and I braced myself on impact which resulted in the tendons and cartilage in my right hand to be ripped and torn off the bone. I under went wrist/hand surgeries in May and December 2011 to try and correct the damage, unfortunately it landed me with a rare nerve disorder called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS or RSD). Which has claimed my right (and dominant) arm, and is spreading to my left leg. Despite all that I went through I lost 150 lbs between March 2011 and February 2012 and have kept it all off even though I am still unable to work out.

There were times between the surgeries where I was able to do some cardio, but with the pain it was never consistent. Yet I still lost the weight and kept it off! If you pay attention to your diet and eat all natural foods your body will help you along. Because I could not work out I became a food fanatic and learned how to manage my diet to compensate. I created my own diet to match my needs, and you can do the same, I encourage you to!

When people ask me how to get started on losing weight I give them four tips one of them being “Move your body more.”  For some women I have told them physical therapy and daily physician recommended exercises are enough (physical therapy can be hard, I know!) others dancing with your spouse or kids after dinner, parking far away at the store and just shaking your money maker while cooking or cleaning is “more.” You can do that, right?

Also low impact workouts can help, walking in the pool, Barre Method class and yoga are both great for low impact if your lower body and back is not injured. If your injuries are below the waste take this opportunity to do some upper body workouts. Schedule an appointment with a gym trainer and ask them to show you how to use all the upper body equipment then go from there. Try to hit your back, shoulders, chest, biceps and triceps that is 4 major muscles and you will get your heart rate up for sure.

For those of you who are not injured and are able to work out I recommend a combination of weight training and cardio. Body For Life has a great work out and I have done the workouts many times and seen results. Hate to work out? Find something you enjoy doing and make it a workout. Do you like to walk your dog? Work up to a jog or walk twice as far to boost your heart rate and burn some calories. Love to play in the pool? Swim laps or take a water aerobics class. Keep in mind, there are people out there that wish they could swim laps or walk their dog. Don’t take for granted what you can do.

My message to you:

Anyone in any condition can lose weight, don’t give up hope just because you can’t work out. I promise you, you can still lose the weight! I am here for you, check out my Facebook page for daily support:

Visit my Lose Weight By Eating FACEBOOK PAGE for daily tips and recipes, and weekly weight loss competitions.

More Posts About Weight Loss Struggles:

-Attending Parties where most of the food was processed and just junk food.

-How to enjoy your Vacation and still Lose Weight.

-Being around food all day, at home with it, at work with it- how to be in control!

-How to Lose Weight during the Holidays.

-How to stop Emotional Eating and start Losing Weight.

-How to stay Motivated, even on a bad weight loss week.

23 thoughts on “Can You Lose Weight Without Working Out?

  1. Very inspiring. Despite all your hardships you have still managed to lose weight and that’s very admirable!

  2. I hope you feel better soon, Audrey! I am so thankful to have found you on facebook. I hope you get some answers after your stay in the hospital. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

    • I am so happy to help :) If you love a post please share with your friends that’s all I ask. You can even “Reblog” as long as you give links back to here. I want to get the message out to as many people as I can.


  3. Oh my God! Thank you so much for this post! You are truly inspiring! I love your recipes and they have helped me and my family stay on track. We hope for the best in regards to your health. Thanks again for all your hard work.

    • Thank you Lynelle :)

      I only ask that you share the information with your friends. If you love a recipe pass it on :) I want to reach and help as many people as I can!


  4. Hi Audrey!
    Since I found your blog and started taking your invaluable tips, I’ve seen results that I haven’t seen in a long time. You are right about how much of a difference changing your eating habits makes. I cook everything fresh and I feel great. I’m not left hungry. Ever.

    I’ve been working out, but not as much. Still I’ve lost 30lbs in the last month and a half!

    You continue to inspire me. Thank you for sharing your story with me (us.)


  5. I have lost 6 pounds over the last two weeks! Found you on Pintrest and follow you on facebook too! Thanks so much for your inspiration and valuable tips. I am so thrilled to see these results so soon!

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