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Thursday, September 11, 2014

We've been working on our kitchen. My husband added some trim to our cupboards and raised a counter, adding an open cabinet space underneath. It gives us a much better working space which I'm more apt to use. We chose a new color theme and painted everything two shades of grey and yellow. The kitchen looks bigger and cheerer. It took us a lot longer to finish then we thought it would. At this age we can't seem to work a long as we use to. Still we feel pretty good with what we were able to accomplish. My plan is to do the pool workout 3 times a week and I have a chair yoga workout I do the other days. The chair yoga is a good stretch and does get the blood flowing. I would like to add meditation on a daily basis. Helps with everyday stress which also can help with weight loss. I'm still struggling with evening munching. I'm right at the edge at 230.2 lbs but I seem to be fighting going into the 220's. Not sure what that's about. I WILL NOT GIVE UP!

  
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LINDAKAY228 9/12/2014 11:09AM

    Don't ever give up! I've been up and down a few times but overall less than when I started and intend to keep going And I started in November 2009. Your kitchen sounds lovely! I'm so glad you have it the way you want it. Sounds like you have a good plan to move forward with the exercise!

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KOFFEENUT 9/11/2014 1:02PM

    Sounds like you guys have been BUSY! Always nice when the result of all that work is a more functional, cheerful space. You have some good goals that YOU are in control of. Hang in there - with consistency you WILL make progress!
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PHHHISC 9/11/2014 12:49PM

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New Workout

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Yesterday was my first time in the YMCA pool for the arthritis workout. This last year I have had increasing arthritis pain even with the Celebrex I take. It was getting so I could hardly walk. As my husband says I was gimping around. I still have an appointment with the podiatr emoticon ist for my foot pain and neuropathy. I had a visit with the cardiologist....just routine checkup. He was very happy with my blood run up. Lower cholesterol, low A1c, good EKG. But I complained about not being able to walk much and he said "GET TO THE POOL!" So, since my old bathing suite no longer fit, I got a new suite and got to the pool. The Y has an arthritic pool workout that last 1 hr every week day at 11 AM. Yesterday was my first time. I loved it. I was tired but not hurting as much after. And I was able to walk without gimping after only one workout. This morning I find I still am feeling better than before. So anyone that has pain moving the pool workout is the answer. You only have to exert yourself to the extent that is comfortable. Everyone else is in the same boat as you and everyone was very friendly. I'll be making this a regular workout for sure.

  
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BESTMENOW70 9/11/2014 12:37PM

    Some medical insurance programs pay for a gym membership. We're seniors so we get help that way. Also as seniors the fee is a lot more budget friendly. There are some advantages to being a senior. I'm still doing the workout and really enjoy it and the other people I socialize with while working out. I'm just getting back to Spark community. Thanks for your comments.

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LINDAKAY228 7/8/2014 6:20PM

    When I lived in New Mexico until the end of October, I used to go to water aerobic classes that were not too "wild" and you could go at your own pace. It was 2 times a week at noon and I worked from home and tried to schedule my lunch hour for those classes. But I worked up from the arthritis classes I used to go to at one time at the same pool. We didn't have a Y in that small town and it was a private gym. The pool was shared with the physical therapy dept so not available at a lot of times. A hospital owned the whole thing. The arthritis classes were at 5:30 pm on Mon and Wed and I had a hard time in the evenings. Still do. But the water adds so much buoyancy and held make exercises that we would do on ground seem easier in the water. And of course the arthritis classes were aimed at mobility of joints, including hands and feet as well as others. I am in TX now in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and live in Arlington where there is a Y. I was looking at it just a few days ago and thinking about trying water exercise again. I had a stroke on Halloween and have a few problems and am on disability now so it I have to find the cost and think about it. More problems when walking, writing, etc so at least I can still drive LOL! I hope they continue to help you. I think water is so excellent! A number of years ago I also went to therapy classes in the water for fibromyalgia and arthritis. Almost forgot that. But the classes don't have an end date like therapy does so I continued off and on with classes. Day classes would be so much better than night ones for me! Glad the first day helped so much!

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NHES220 7/8/2014 2:29PM

    Good advice from your doctor, glad you took it! Way to go!

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KOFFEENUT 7/8/2014 1:53PM

    GREAT news on your routine checkup - the healthy lifestyle is paying off! And thanks for the information about the pool. It hasn't been a problem for me recently, but I went through a period when I couldn't walk for exercise. It never occurred to me to try the pool!
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One step forward, two back

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I am making progress again. If I don't keep track, I end up eating more. I'm trying to stay active every day. So I'm slowly making progress. I find it very helpful to go to the meetings on Sat. Everyone is very supportive even if I don't make progress. On my last visit with my 91 year old mom, She informed me that I was fat. I know that....that's why I'm trying to loose weight. Even though she has dementia and I know I shouldn't pay that much attention to what she says, I found her declaration hurtful. I did stick to my plan a bit better this week, so maybe it was a good thing too.

  
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KOFFEENUT 5/29/2014 2:38PM

    I have to remind myself all the time that this is a journey, and ALL my small steps in the right direction count. Whether you've lost weight in a particular week or not, those healthy choices you're making still make a difference!

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LINDAKAY228 5/29/2014 2:53AM

    One step at a time is the way to do it. Don't rush it. I also worked a lot with senior citizens for since about 1995 in different positions, and all the way from very active to very sick. I do find that the older they get, they tend to revert more to childish ways, especially is they have dementia. So don't let her get to you. And hang in there!

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Weight Watchers

Sunday, April 13, 2014

I've already lost 4.2 lbs. My meeting day is Saturday and I weighed in at 244.2 on their scale. I've only been on WW about 4 days and weighing on my home scales, I've already lost weight. For some reason following their program has cut back on my evening eating. I have found that counting points is easier then counting calories. Of course it helps a lot that the sun has come out and we're working on gardening.

  
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Getting things done.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

I've dealt with my emotions from putting my failing mother in a nursing home. She's settled down some. I finally got in touch with an auction house to get rid of her stuff and added some of our stuff too. It took a couple of months for me to be able to deal with this without too much emotion. In the meantime I've tried to lean in towards eating vegetarian which seemed to help with the bloat. I have lost a couple of pounds. My husband and I were both pretty sick with some kind of flu bug but we seem to be getting rid of it now. Didn't visit mom for two weeks because we didn't want to take the bug to all the elderly but we got a call yesterday saying that she now has a viral infection that is going around the nursing home and we probably shouldn't come to visit. Getting rid of the "STUFF" Is a big help mentally. My husbands A1C is up so we're both watching what we eat. Not giving up the battle. emoticon

  
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KOFFEENUT 4/6/2014 5:16PM

    It is amazing what a drag all that "stuff" is on our mental energy! Way to go on buckling down and DOING something about it. (I needed that pep talk - now I need to go and do the same...)


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