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Disabilities - How does one cope?

Thursday, April 29, 2010

When I worked, my job involved lifting and carrying large heavy boxes from one area to another, delivering to various mail stops. If you think of the work that a UPS driver does, that's what I did 8 hours a day, except for a private business.

That all came crashing to a halt on December 26, 2008 when I slipped on the ice and tore the meniscus in my right knee, also smacking my right shoulder on the truck as I fell backwards. I also tore muscles in my right calf.

Lots of physical therapy ensued, then surgery, then more physical therapy - none of which worked. About a month after the knee surgery my knee gave out on me, and I fell and tore the rotator in my right shoulder.

Up until I discovered this wonderful community, my days were pretty much spent watching LOTS of TV -- primarily NW Coast News until my hubby came home from work.

Since discovering this wonderful community, I have 're-arranged the patterns of my mind' and now I try to follow this program, while at the same time increasing my exercise program.

Walking has always been difficult for me, not only because of the bad knee, but because the bones in my feet also are out of whack because the knee is screwed up. But I still tried walking each day. Finally my new Oregon Scientific pedometer arrived and this week I have managed to reach over 10,000 steps a day for the last two days! emoticon

My personal challenge is to keep on walking every day with the hope that one day I will be able to walk without my walking stick. I'm hoping that when my new 3 wheel bike arrives, the exercise it will bring me will finally strengthen the very weak muscles in my right leg.

What challenges have others who belong to this community and are disabled met? What goals have you achieved?

  
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ANNIEGOOSE10 4/30/2010 3:30AM

    thank you so much, urbanlotus. that is very kind of you.

be well. emoticon

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URBANLOTUS 4/29/2010 5:41AM

    I just want to say how I admire your determination and trust you will have the results you want because of it.

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Cookbooks and Recipes

Monday, April 26, 2010

I am an avid cookbook collector -- have been collecting them for over 30 years. My husband said to me recently: 'But you don't cook! Why do you have all those cookbooks? You should get rid of them!"

To which I replied: "I get ideas out of each of the cookbooks that I have." And as I said that I started flipping through the pages of the small regional cookbook I had purchased in Sequim a few years ago at the lavender festival and promptly found at least 6 recipes that I would seriously considering using sometime.

I LOVE going to church functions or large garage sales where people have local cook books. They are so informative and have such awesome recipes in them!

One of my favourite cookbooks is from the Farm Bureau and specializes in foods that were prepared during the Depression years.

And I still have my old Betty Crocker cookbook -- the one where you had to subscribe to Good Housekeeping magazine [I think that was the magazine] so that each month you could cut out the recipes to put into it. Mine is over 40 years old. emoticon

  
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PUNAWAIAU 4/26/2010 4:25PM

    love cookbooks and getting ideas from them ;^)

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ANNIEGOOSE10 4/26/2010 1:21AM

    o wanhhhh littlewind -- you're getting rid of your cookbooks!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEWIND53 4/26/2010 1:17AM

    I have a couple of staacks of them I plan on putting in my yard sale in June.

I buy almost every cookbook I see but 99.99 percent I never use. So I'm cleaning them out!

Wanna come over? lol


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RD03875 4/26/2010 1:07AM

    I love cookbooks too, I can never resist thumbing through them in the grocery store or the bookstore.

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Sweet Potatoes and Yams

Friday, April 23, 2010

i adore both of them and try to eat as many yams as i can each week. i just bake them and eat them as they are. every once in awhile i will put a wee dab of butter on one, but i much prefer them plain.

since i also try to be as 'green' as i can, i compost the skin.

at target i discovered sweet potato fries. the brand name is alexia. because i try NOT to eat fried foods, i bake them in the overn.

would anyone like to share their favourite sweet potato and/or yam recipe?


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ANNIEGOOSE10 4/23/2010 1:45AM

    hi shirl! thank you for posting back. emoticon

i do eat chicken, and lots of fish - i try to eat fish every day. there are these cute widdle salmon cups and they are just the right size for a snack food.

and i eat veggies galore -- carrots, celery, the yams and sweet potatoes; sometimes regular potatoes; peas . . .

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ANNIEGOOSE10 4/23/2010 1:42AM

    thank you punawaiau - that is so kind of you to say.

i'm still so new to this site, so i'm exploring lots of areas and when i got to the recipes section, i thought to myself -- wow, i could blog about some of these things.

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PUNAWAIAU 4/23/2010 1:37AM

    enjoy your blogs ;^)

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PUNAWAIAU 4/23/2010 1:36AM

    sweet potatoes and yams baked with a sprinkle of brown sugar is my fave ;^)

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SHIRL20 4/23/2010 1:35AM

    Hi Chick -- Sweet potatoes are spectacular. I'm into a quasi-vegetarian mode (no beef, pork, or chicken but, fish and dairy pass muster). In my household there are two of us on this track, myself and Dad (85 years old and still out there surfing the web). At least one (or two) nights a week, we do sweet potatoes (baked in the oven) with steamed, fresh broccoli. I'm still working so, what I love about this meal is that it requires next to no work. Pop the sweet potatoes in the over and hit the exercise routine while dinner cooks.

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Blueberries

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Today i FINALLY got the blueberries add - on to work. It's been so frustrating. For the last few days I kept searching for blueberries, but then when I tried to add them to my daily nutrition, I kept getting this whirling thangy which told me the Spark site was checking its database!!!!! So frustrating! But today it worked.

I LOVE blueberries and try to eat them at least 3 times a week, if not more. For many years I suffered from chronic cystitis. I used to eat cranberries, drink cranberry juice, and take cranberry tablets for it.

Then I discovered a few years ago that in some respects, blueberries are more effective than cranberries, so I switched to blueberry juice and eating blueberries. BINGO - no more problem.

Hope that if others like blueberries they will post their comments and/or success stories here. emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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PUNAWAIAU 4/23/2010 1:33AM

    blueberry muffins, yum ;^]

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ANNIEGOOSE10 4/23/2010 1:11AM

    we have 3 blueberry bushes -- have had them for several years now. each year i pick lots of blueberries. i freeze some of them for later use. emoticon

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GOING2LSEITNOW 4/22/2010 5:02AM

    My husband planted a couple of plants in his garden for me and I can't wait to try really fresh blueberries.

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ANNIEGOOSE10 4/22/2010 2:20AM

    most mornings i put blueberries in with my rolled oats/cream of wheat. yummmmmmmm emoticon

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TIBURONA 4/22/2010 1:11AM

    Blueberries a great taste treat and full of colorful antioxidants...a truly super food. I've been thinking of trying the new cran/blueberry juice from Oceanspray. Usually I am a water, water, water gal, but I thought it might be good for a change of pace.

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JERRI82 4/21/2010 11:47PM

    love blueberries with my vanilla yogurt!! yum!

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COLDWINTER2010 4/21/2010 11:41PM

  I love blueberries too. Especially the small wild ones. Were lucky to have frozen berries and they are pretty good.

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Annie's Blog

Saturday, April 17, 2010

To blog or not to blog -- that was my question.

I decided TO blog because I'm excited about this site. Last year I subscribed [also through MyPoints] to another weight loss site and it was just awful. They were 'nagging' me through endless emails about participating. So I unsubscribed to them.

Then in February, this site came up on MyPoints and I thought to myself - o no! yet another weight loss site. But I was curious, I wanted my points, so I joined.

This is basically a hassle free place. And like I just told my husband tonight -- because it's so hassle free, I am working a program. Ackkkkk!!!! I can't believe that I said that!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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ANNIEGOOSE10 4/17/2010 11:03PM

    and thank you to josephine34, enas38, rorylyons and runningjo for your support!

i have found that i'm more mindful of what i am now eating. emoticon

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RUNNINGJO 4/17/2010 4:12AM

    Yay!! I'm so glad you're here, and you didn't ignore SP's emails. :-) Welcome!!

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RORYLYONS 4/17/2010 4:00AM

    emoticon You will find lots of wonderful support on your journey to be healthy & fit.... emoticon

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JOSEPHINE34 4/17/2010 3:01AM

    emoticon your at the right place emoticon

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ANNIEGOOSE10 4/17/2010 2:53AM

    thank you punawaiau, colbybear and flowerrock604 for your encouraging comments.

i'm having fun coming here each night. emoticon emoticon

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PUNAWAIAU 4/17/2010 2:50AM

    Yea it's totally your call how involved or not involved you want to be ;^] WElcome ;^)

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COLBYBEAR 4/17/2010 2:42AM

    Sparkpeople is such a great place to work towards your goals, because, like you said, it's hassle-free. Plus you get the added bonuses of support and encouragement from fellow Sparkers, the food and activity trackers, and all kinds of other goodies.

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FLOWERROCK604 4/17/2010 2:26AM

    You've definitely come to the right site. You will find all the encouragement you need and even be able to pass on some emoticon

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