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BILL60 Posts: 370,009
2/17/13 7:15 A

Welcome to SP and the best to you on your journey.

GLAMNGLOWDIVA SparkPoints: (296,977)
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2/17/13 2:32 A

emoticon emoticon emoticon WELCOME TO SPARK!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time. A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.

1. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.

2. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.

The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Again, welcome to the SP family!
*~ Paula *~
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SMARGED SparkPoints: (67,249)
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2/17/13 1:03 A

Hi! emoticon to SP! And emoticon on your wonderful attitude. I have no doubt you'll reach your goals!

There are lots of exercise videos on this site that you can use - there are videos of chair exercises, and other low-impact exercises that you might be able to use.

Blessings! Marge

JAMBABY0 Posts: 14,077
2/16/13 8:08 P

Hi and welcome! So glad you are here to make a change! Assuming you have your doctors ok in exercising I suggest checking out the exercises here on spark. I would also look for spark teams of which people have had the same surgery or at least the same limitations. Good luck on your journey and if you have questions I am sure we can help!

AUNBENS SparkPoints: (32)
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2/16/13 4:09 P

Hi!

Hi everyone! I am new to this site and beyond motivated to work hard.
A week ago, I had ACL reconstruction surgery and it's been a rough week getting stronger. But this injury has really fueled something inside of me. I don't know if it's because I am pretty much isolated to the couch ..but I know that I am not going to take my health for granted again. I did, prior to this, and now that I can't do anything I enjoy, I can't wait to be back at it and in the best shape of my life. I know that there is a healthy skinny me inside and I feel as though I finally have the motivation to become that girl, again. So, I'm going to be trying to loose weight while being slightly handicapped. And trying new things. Once my incisions heal, I think I will be doing some kind of water aerobics to relieve the pressure from my knee and working on some upper body condition while building up my knee strength.

I want to be in shape so that this summer I can participate in some fun 5ks and go to the Boundary Waters in Northern Minnesota with my youth group kids.

So if you know of any exercises that I can do that don't require much use for legs, let me know. I will be cycling soon. As of right now, I can't even do a full bike rotation while pedaling, but hopefully that will become a good exercise for me.

Anyone else have ACL surgery before?

Thank you for your support!

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