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Donna B replied on Sun, Mar 10 2013 11:10 AM

Agnes, I know you are going through so much right now this has to be a very difficult time.  I think of you often!  A little fresh air and light exercise is good for your mental health as well as your physical health.

 Two miles may have been too much, but would a short walk every day be a possibility for you?  I bet you would feel better for it.  

There is something about getting out in the fresh air (and hopefully sunshine) that lifts the spirits...especially if spring is in the air.

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Agnes replied on Sun, Mar 10 2013 12:02 PM

Donna B:
 Two miles may have been too much, but would a short walk every day be a possibility for you?

The left knee let me know it wasn't happy before I was off the property and before I even got to the first bus stop. It really didn't get worse the whole time. I think the knee would have been fine if I had given just the knee some padding to keep it warm. The first part of the week was too miserable to wander outside unless one had to. Actually I forgot that it was on Tuesday I got the sound mud puddle shower so I was waiting for things to dry up a bit. One was enough.

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Kris replied on Sun, Mar 10 2013 1:40 PM

Donna B:
I think I will need to start walking our road shortly - not very interesting, but a steep hill...down and up, down and up...sigh!

Donna,

is roller blading a suitable substitute for skiing?

 

I haven't been able to exercise the past two days. Muscles spasming again. I managed some gentle stretching. Thinking of going out for a walk around the neighbourhood.

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Donna B replied on Sun, Mar 10 2013 3:31 PM

Kris:
is roller blading a suitable substitute for skiing?

It would be, but the only roads paved around here are the highway and a few secondary roads.   I am not brave enough to roller blade (or bike) on the shoulder of these.  The competitive skiers around here do train on the highway, but I am just too chicken with the 60 mph traffic.

 Most of our secondary roads are gravel or packed dirt, which doesn't work at all for roller blading.

I'll just stick to walking wherever I can find dry ground...which is mostly on the plowed gravel & dirt roads right now.

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Patti replied on Sun, Mar 10 2013 4:30 PM

And even with those dirt roads right now, you can sink a couple inches walking on them.   Hmmm, think I will go outside and see if I can find any buttercups on the south facing, bare slope. 

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Angele replied on Mon, Mar 11 2013 2:37 PM

Agnes, I've been thinking of you, wondering how you were doing when you have so much to deal with.  You are a very strong woman. Many people would have sat down and said I quit.  Instead you get up and go everyday.  I'm sure it's not always easy, but you do it and you impress me.

 

Today I weighed myself .6 of a pound gone. Now this is our spring break so I plan to snowshoe everyday and maybe walk too. Right now I'm tired...maybe a nap is calling me...lol

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Agnes replied on Mon, Mar 11 2013 5:42 PM

Angele--Thanks for the vote of strong woman. I think I was already on the right track when I received a card where the sender had also written, "You can shed tears because they're gone, or you can smile because they have lived." They both loved life so I must smile though tears still sometimes flow.

Today I did that 2 mile walk both ways. Knee was much better because I wore a pair of fleece pants as well as my regular ones. The rest of me was sweating but the knee was none too warm.

I wasn't going to weigh myself because I was sure I was gaining. Not so. Since we started I am over 5 lbs less. Wahoo. I've made it back to less than 10 lbs to reach where I was before the meds and all the stresses hit. Actually saw the specialist today and no idea why it occurred to start with but the inflammation in my lungs is shrinking thanks to the meds.

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Donna B replied on Mon, Mar 11 2013 10:04 PM

Agnes:
"You can shed tears because they're gone, or you can smile because they have lived."
 

What a beautiful quote!   I'm glad you have that for some comfort during this time.

Agnes:

Today I did that 2 mile walk both ways. Knee was much better because I wore a pair of fleece pants as well as my regular ones. The rest of me was sweating but the knee was none too warm.

I wasn't going to weigh myself because I was sure I was gaining. Not so. Since we started I am over 5 lbs less. Wahoo. I've made it back to less than 10 lbs to reach where I was before the meds and all the stresses hit. Actually saw the specialist today and no idea why it occurred to start with but the inflammation in my lungs is shrinking thanks to the meds.

 

Agnes, that's wonderful news!  My knees get cold too - don't know why, but they do...LOL!  I usually wear a stretch brace on that knee and just that extra layer seems to help to keep the cold off.  And a 5 # loss to top it off??? That is such great news and your  lung inflammation is improving...awesome!  

 I am so happy for you!

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Star replied on Mon, Mar 11 2013 10:21 PM

Hi,

I'm still following this thread. I am officially down 7.8 lbs since we started in January. I had managed to gain some weight, so My Fitness Pal thinks I am down 12.8. So I've lost the weight I gained after my injury plus some more. It feels good to be back on track. I am cast and splint free. I have started back walking, I'm still slow, but am getting out there. I think all the good weather we have had in TN has helped, makes me want to get outside. Me and everyone else, pretty crowded out there on the warm days. I would like to get back to strength training, but I'm pretty sure my arm will not allow that for a few more months.

Keep up the good work everyone.

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Donna B replied on Mon, Mar 11 2013 10:23 PM

It's Monday and I managed to weigh-in this morning.  Not too bad - I lost another pound!  Since mid-January (when I started recovering from that nasty bug) I have been pretty much losing one pound a week which is exactly my goal.  So, I am happy with that - as small as it sometimes seems to me.  I really do want this to be a slow process so that I will be able to keep it off this time.  I know now it is all "mind over matter" for me...I know what I need to do and what I need to avoid to keep the weight from creeping back onto my body.  

I am very happy with MyFitnessPal.com.  It really is a big help for me in keeping track of my calorie intake each day in comparison to my calorie burn.  On there, it really 'smacks you in the face' (gently) if you over-eat for a day.  When you sign out each night, it very kindly tells you what you will weigh in 5 weeks if every day for the next 5 weeks is just like today.  For me, if it is 5 pounds less than what I weigh today, I know I am doing reasonably well.  If it isn't, I know I need to do better!    So, as long as I am keeping honest records, I should know where I am long before I have added additional pounds.  

But, if I do...I know my solution will be to exercise more and eat less junk food!!!  (If I regain, you can bet it's due to ice cream and M&M's...LOL!)

 

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Agnes replied on Mon, Mar 11 2013 10:32 PM

Donna B:
(If I regain, you can bet it's due to ice cream

Just so I wouldn't eat it I actually sent the ice cream in the house down the kitchen drain. It doesn't mean I won't occasionally treat myself during the summer when I'm out but the anytime temptation is gone if it isn't in the house. 

I've also been thinking about getting the soft knee brace though I think I best make sure it is the knee and not higher up, as I suspect, that is where the problem starts.

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Donna B replied on Mon, Mar 11 2013 10:40 PM

Agnes:
Just so I wouldn't eat it I actually sent the ice cream in the house down the kitchen drain. It doesn't mean I won't occasionally treat myself during the summer when I'm out but the anytime temptation is gone if it isn't in the house. 

You can be sure, there is NO ice cream in my house right now!  But later??? I can't promise there will never be any...but it will be limited - that is for sure!

Do you have Skinny Cow ice cream products in Canada?  They come in small individual servings and are low calorie also.  I have tried those for a treat.

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Debbie replied on Tue, Mar 12 2013 7:26 AM

Donna B - I love Skinny Cow ice cream, have you tried their candies?  very good and wrapped in portion sizes also. 

Final weigh for our Lite 'N Up challenge was yesterday.  I have lost a grand total of 18.5 pounds since Jan 1st,  17.3 for the challenge.  been in maintenance for these past 2 weeks but need to step it up and start losing again.  Haven't been on treadmill in over a week because back hurts too much when I do but weather is getting nicer so time to go walking outside.  Still have 23.5 # want to lose and then we'll see about the last 10# after that.  Baby steps and it will come off!   

"I'm just a poor soul who's intentions are good.   Oh, Lord, Please don't let me be misunderstood."

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Ginny replied on Tue, Mar 12 2013 7:52 AM

Hi Star,  Glad to hear that you are healing well and getting back into a routine for weight loss.   Keep on keeping on.    Ginny

 

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Agnes replied on Tue, Mar 12 2013 9:23 AM

Donna B:
Do you have Skinny Cow ice cream products in Canada?

Donna, we do but knowing myself they are best left in the store. Portion becomes a relative thing. Younger son's ginger snap portion always was the number he could hold using thumb and first finger as clamp. It didn't take long to empty the cookie jar.

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