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2011 Walk to Fight Arthritis

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

This blog has been brought to you by some inspiration from ITSME51.

As some of you might know I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I also have recently been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my knees and shoulder. I've also been depressed lately because I haven't been exercising as much since my knees have been sore so as a goal for me for exercise, I decided to walk in my first ever Arthritis Foundation Walk. There's a 1K and a 5K walk whichever can be done by the participant but for me it will be a new challenge. I am proud to walk for this organization because thanks to the money donated to research, I am able to take new medications that have slowed the progress of my illness. I know there is no cure for arthritis and that it affects many children and adults everyday. My doing this is just one little thing I feel I can do to help myself and others. Maybe someday they will find a cure.

If anyone would like to support my efforts the link below should take you to my donation page. If you are unable or do not wish to contribute that is just fine as well, just say a prayer for me that day that my arthritis in not acting up.

arthritis.akaraisin.com/B2A3D7D76DD0
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JHADZHIA 3/29/2011 3:07PM

    Joanna, be careful. We are not supposed to be soliciting funds in Spark land.. Others have learned the hard way. Doesn't matter if its a good cause or not..
I would love to walk in one of these myself, but am awaiting foot surgery (again).
You might want to consider a knee brace for support. It kept me going for a while longer before I had to get my knees replaced.
All the best with it.

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Recent Health News

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I've been really achy the past few days. It's not supposed to rain until tonight so I don't know why I was achy two days before. It's unusual.

As well, I saw my family doctor last week and it's confirmed that I have osteoarthritis in both my knees but it's slightly worse in my left knee (which I definitely knew because it's the one that hurts most of the time). So, he prescribed Pennsaid (they're drops that you apply to your knee 4 times a day - it's kind of a topical aspirin) and it seems to help a little bit.

He also concurred with me that I'm suffering from a little depression, which I think is largely due to my lack of exercise because my knee is hurting. So, that's why he prescribed the Pennsaid because both of us agreed that treating the pain would go a long way in treating the depression so we'll see how that goes.

In the meantime, I've signed up to do the 5K 2011 Walk to Fight Arthritis on May 15th and I created the team, JoJo's Jammers (name is courtesy of my sister who knows that I'm Aunt JoJo to my many nieces and nephews). If you'd like to sponsor me, here's the link:

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MOLLIEMAC 3/16/2011 8:42AM

    Hi Joanna, here's a site you might want to check, it seems like an excellent fit for you. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/bibl
iotherapy/

Hope the Pennsaid works for you, I have a friend who uses it daily to control pain in her arthritic elbows. Take care...MJ

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DDOORN 3/15/2011 3:18PM

    Hang in there, keep working with your doc and maybe a physical therapist too? to find the best ways of dealing with your OA!

Don

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Photos from Antigua Trip

Monday, February 21, 2011

- Atlantic Ocean view from St. James Club Resort in Antigua

- view from our balcony

- the pool where I did most of my swimming

- Mamora Bay where I also swam a couple of times (Caribbean Sea)

- the main dining room

- the Kissing Swan dessert I had on our last night

- how my dad and I passed time when we weren't reading, swimming, eating or sleeping

- bougainvillea near the pool

  
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CURLYGIRL1120 2/22/2011 8:07PM

    Our area was hit by snow again last night. What a beautiful way to end my day, looking at your wonderful photos. Thank you for sharing

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JHADZHIA 2/21/2011 9:54PM

    What a wonderful, relaxing vacation! Bet your RA didn't bother you too much in such a warm paradise!
That dessert is just fantastic!
Thanks for sharing your trip with us! Awesome photoss! Enjoyed!

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PATRICIAANN46 2/21/2011 8:33PM

  I am sitting here in the middle of a snow storm, wishing that I were swimming in that beautiful, warm water and enjoying the wonderful scenery.
emoticon for sharing your trip.

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M_DOBREV 2/21/2011 6:13PM

  LOVE IT! I want to go! Beautiful pics, thanks for sharing.
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JIMCROCE 2/21/2011 4:49PM

  Wish I was there. Looks really nice and relaxing. I'm jealous emoticon

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GRAMPIAN 2/21/2011 4:30PM

  Beautiful pictures - thank you. emoticon

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MICHARM 2/21/2011 4:18PM

    Looks absolutely beautiful!

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Reflections

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

January 1, 2010 - I had exercised 253 days the previous year (2009)

January 1, 2011 - I exercised 344 days last year (2010)

So, that's one good thing.


January 1, 2010 - I weighed 219 pounds

January 1, 2011 - I weighed 225 pounds

That's bad.


January 1, 2010 Measurements
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Chest - 44"
Waist - 40"
Hips - 48"

January 1, 2011 Measurements
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Chest - 44.5"
Waist - 42"
Hips - 49"

So, that's not good either. The gain in weight obviously wasn't muscle.


September 2010 - I met with a dietician to discuss why I wasn't losing weight. I brought random days of the week food diaries printed off of SparkPeople. She said that it appeared that I was doing everything right and that maybe I should just resign myself to not losing weight due to my autoimmune disease (RA) and the medications I'm on. She said continue eating well and exercising and at least you'll be healthy. But I wasn't ready to give up. I've been trying to lose weight since 1998. Compared to then, I'm down 40 or so pounds. But I didn't have rheumatoid arthritis then. I didn't get that until 2004 so should I give up?

I just can't yet. So, tomorrow I'm giving Weight Watchers another try. I lost 70 pounds on it before so I'll try it again. I'm also going to try an aqua-fit class and see how that goes.

I'm a Taurus and I'm stubborn (persistent) to the end (especially with myself). I just can't give up because I know that if I lose weight, I'll feel better. And, because if I can't lose weight then what's the point in trying?

  
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DDOORN 1/8/2011 9:55AM

    Hey, once we've re-vamped our lifestyle and enjoying our lives there is not one thing wrong with maintaining...and although you have a little uptick over the year, you essentially ARE maintaining! So KUDOS to YOU!

Hoping you'll find ways to tweak your life even more to your satisfaction but also take comfort in the accomplishments you've made as well!

Thx for stopping by my blog! Have been crawling up from a backslide myself. I was not very kind to myself this winter so far BUT: am ramping up for 2011!! :-)

Don

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MOLLIEMAC 1/5/2011 9:00AM

    Joanna, you can do it. Eat well but not too much :), keep walking, do the aquafit and try some strength training if your joints are feeling good. Take it day by day, week by week- we're pulling for you...MJ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Christmas Quiz

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Thanks to HEALTHYCYNDI1 for this with a couple of modifications.


Have you been naughty or nice this year? - Mostly nice.



What do you want most for Christmas? (no altruistic answers, please) - Lands End gift certificate



Do you believe in Santa Claus? - Yes.



What is your favourite food at Christmas? - Lindor milk chocolate or Turtles



Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? - Yes.



Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? - Yes.



What is your favourite Christmas song? - O Holy Night sung by The Three Tenors or Luciano Pavarotti.



What is your favourite Christmas movie? - Miracle on 34th Street (the original - 1947)



What is your best memory of Christmas? - Christmas morning with my parents and my sisters and the growing anticipation.



What do you look forward to most at Christmas? - Vacation time from work, seeing family and friends and getting caught up on my reading.



What are you doing for Christmas this year? - Going to my sister-in-law's house.



Who do you want to kiss under the mistletoe? - I don't think I've ever done that but it would definitely be my hubby if I get to choose.



What kind of Christmas tree do you have? - Artificial



Do you take part in a Secret Santa? - Yes, at my sister-in-law's.



Do you go to any Christmas parties? - No parties this year but a couple of work lunches.



Have you ever had a white Christmas? - Yes.



How early do you wake up on Christmas morning? - Usually between 7 and 8, my normal waking time on days off.



Do you still get a stocking? - Yes.



How many Christmas cards do you normally send out? - 75 e-cards this year.



What is your Christmas wish? - For me and my friends and family to be happy and healthy in the New Year.

  
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MOLLIEMAC 12/22/2010 9:30AM

   

Have you been naughty or nice this year? - Mostly nice.

What do you want most for Christmas? - a gift of time

Do you believe in Santa Claus? - Yes.

What is your favourite food at Christmas? - mincemeat pie

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? - Yes.

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? - Yes.

What is your favourite Christmas song? - Missa Luba choral mass

What is your favourite Christmas movie? - none

What is your best memory of Christmas? - skating on the Red Deer River Christmas afternoon when I was a kid

What do you look forward to most at Christmas? - having family close

What are you doing for Christmas this year? - having son, DIL and grandson with us for a couple of days

Who do you want to kiss under the mistletoe? - my DH

What kind of Christmas tree do you have? - real Nova Scotia balsam fir- love the smell!

Do you take part in a Secret Santa? - no

Do you go to any Christmas parties? - just a dinner party here with close friends

Have you ever had a white Christmas? - Yes.

How early do you wake up on Christmas morning? - 6ish

Do you still get a stocking? - of course!

How many Christmas cards do you normally send out? - 30 handmade cards

What is your Christmas wish? - good health, peace and that our daughter is accepted into a residency program emoticon emoticon emoticon

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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JHADZHIA 12/21/2010 11:01PM

    Have you been naughty or nice this year? - Mostly nice.
What do you want most for Christmas? (no altruistic answers, please) -a waterproof, shockproof multi-directional pedometer lol.
Do you believe in Santa Claus? - No
What is your favourite food at Christmas? -dessert as I never have them at home
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? - No
Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? - No
What is your favourite Christmas song? -The Royal Guardsman -Snoopy's Christmas
What is your favourite Christmas movie? - Miracle on 34th Street (the original - 1947)
What is your best memory of Christmas? - Christmas morning with my mom and brother and sister
What do you look forward to most at Christmas? - relaxing as things quiet down at the club.
What are you doing for Christmas this year? - Nothing as I usually go to Mom's, but she is going to my sister's farm for the first time ever. My brother did invite me over for the first time ever for a Christmas eve supper.. So a year of new experiences.
Who do you want to kiss under the mistletoe? - not interested. I am a bachelor for a reason LOL
What kind of Christmas tree do you have? -never had one myself, but Mom put up a real one for the first time since we were kids, it was wonderful!
Do you take part in a Secret Santa? - No
Do you go to any Christmas parties? - Never any parties, but one work lunch and work supper.
Have you ever had a white Christmas? -Always
How early do you wake up on Christmas morning? - I am a faithful insomniac 4 am is my usual awakening, but lately, its been every hour now.
Do you still get a stocking? -No
How many Christmas cards do you normally send out? - None, but sent out six real ones this year, spurred on by my Spark buddy who wanted to exchange real ones :)
What is your Christmas wish? - For my relatives, Spark buddies and I to be healthy and happy.

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