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Arrgh, knees.....

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I have done journals my whole life (off and on naturally, sometimes years off, but then back on when things got bleak). This Spark journal/blog that others read is a new concept for me. Of course, a person then really edits what they say here, and a personal unrestricted journal is good for the soul, too. Julia Cameron in her book talks about the "morning pages" and I started doing those, too.

I am going to focus on the knee issue. I know a friend of mine told me just five pounds made a difference to her. I was very encouraged by other Spark member comments as well. To lose for my knees is a great motivating force. I was in a lot of pain yesterday, and I know the vicious cycle once a person cannot exercise much, then it is so hard to lose weight.

Right now, I am a bit discouraged, because I am positive I gained back the two pounds I truly had lost and I refuse to weigh myself. My goal for now is to just lose those 2 pounds and then be able to weigh myself. To achieve this goal, I just cannot eat out. Yet, yesterday I had to do exactly that. I mean, it is impossible to be in relationships with others who want to eat out. You could say, I can control myself with chocolate, but with eating out, all bets are off. The trigger foods.

Spark is great, there are so many places to express yourself, email, the blog, response to others blogs, a person's spark page where people make comments, it is a truly amazing place. However, since I have been Sparking for awhile, I am wondering why I am still almost the same weight as when I started.

  
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KAYYVAUGHN 8/12/2011 8:40AM

    Grace is right. The knee can make a difference in exercising. We all get off track with our eating.

Take care of yourself when exercising. Look over Sparks' list of strength exercise, and find some that will fit your needs.
Kay

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 8/11/2011 3:07PM

    A few years ago, while I was out walking, I turned around real quick and tore the meniscus cartilage in my knee. That was the end of my walking for several months. I had arthroscopic surgery, physical therapy and wore a brace for about a year.
I taught my exercise class in a brace.

To make a long story short, I finally started walking again, with a brace, Ben Gay and Extra Strength Tylenol and icing after my walks. It took me a few weeks to build up, minute by minute.

I also did( and still do) strength training exercises, at the gym, to strengthen my knee capsule(leg presses,leg extensions & leg curls).

After a while I stopped wearing the brace. Now I'm walking 25 - 30 miles a week with NO pain. I still take the Tylenol and carry a tube of Ben Gay, but never need to use it.

I never lost an ounce journaling or blogging so if I only had time to do either the blogging or the walking, I'd choose the walking in a heart beat. It more important to be consistent with a physical activity than a non-physical one.

I hope you have as much success with your knee problem as I did with mine.
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Don't let it drag you down!

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DC2837998 8/11/2011 1:09PM

  I've finally decided that weight loss through portion control or fasting will allow you to determine which exercise/workout you can do. The more you lose the more vigorous the exercise you can do. But FIRST you must lose the weight.

When I had an injury that precluded me from working out, I sat at the restaurant and drank iced tea while the others ate.

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Evening blog

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Usually, I do the blog in the morning. I love mornings, so fresh and new and hopeful. But today was very busy. Babysat grandson for my daughter while she had ultrasound for new baby. She was thrilled it is a girl!!! Then went to Giants game (they lost), did a lot of walking and my knee hurt. I cannot go on like this at this weight. Spark says consistency is the key, and that is why I am blogging now. I have been consistent with this journal, and I want to keep at it. I need to be more consistent with watching the calories.

  
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VINGRAM 8/11/2011 11:32AM

    I can personally testify that weight does help the knees. I have had surgery on my left knee twice and was told both times (after falling) that the arthritis was all that was making it hurt.

WRONG! I haven't had to have a shot in my knee for over 6 months and usually count down the days to the 6 mos time frame.

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KAYE454 8/11/2011 12:12AM

  Your blog sounds exactly as me right now my daughter is expection in 8 weeks and also about my weight also.

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Checking Yesterday's Goals

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Did not reach all the goals. (what else did I expect?) But that is okay. Think I will establish a habit of checking back on goals the next morning. One of the reasons I bought myself the 27 inch computer screen for a self Christmas present last year is that I can do things like this.

1. Keep to calorie limit.
Did not do yesterday. How to achieve this? Measure or weigh before eating. Try again today.

2. Walk one hour. Did half an hour. Took my mom out instead of doing the other half hour. That is fine.

3. Start strength training. Did not do. Worked on bead project instead. Forgot, actually, that it was a goal today. Did have the time.

4. Keep up with papers in computer room. Got a good start on it. Have tickets for plays for the upcoming season to organize.

5. Keep checking back with Spark. Only did breakfast. Did rest of the food log this morning. Better to do it as I eat. Was very tired last night, went straight to bed.

6. Compute calories BEFORE you eat. No, did not do this. Not sure if it is a reasonable goal.

  
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JEANNE229 8/10/2011 12:52PM

    I admire your goal setting "goal". (smile)

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VINGRAM 8/9/2011 11:15AM

    No one is perfect every day......don't beat yourself up. Just keep at it!

Hugs.........vista

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A Good Start

Monday, August 08, 2011

Yesterday was first day back to Spark; checked my nutrition tracker this morning and for the first time, I met all of the goals yesterday. Very unusual for me. Besides all the regular things, I track the fiber, the potassium, calcium, vitamin D, etc.Spark makes it so easy to do!!

Simple Goals for today:
1. Keep to calorie limits.
2. Walk one hour.
3. Start strength training.
4. Keep up with papers in computer room.
5. Keep checking back with Spark
6. Compute calories BEFORE you eat the stuff!!!

  
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KAYYVAUGHN 8/9/2011 5:33AM

    You are really on target. Good luck!

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 8/8/2011 9:29PM

    Boy, you jumped back in the wagon quickly! Good for YOU!
Keep up the good work!
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VINGRAM 8/8/2011 11:58AM

    emoticon You're on track! emoticon Maybe your enthusiasm with rub off on me......I have not been doing very good for the past few weeks.

Hugs........vista

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Back from trip

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Drove five hours, by myself, to get home, but it wasn't too bad. The trip was really fantastic, saw three wonderful plays in Ashland, Oregon. Had lots of fun girl-chat with my friend who I only see once or twice a year. (so lots to talk about, even though we email) She just had knee surgery and she is overweight and I hate to say it, she looks terrible. I feel so bad, but it is an object lesson to me to get back to my Spark program. We ate together the entire time, and really she does not eat that much, but you know, once your knees go and you cannot move around very quickly, well, it is so, so hard to lose weight. I want to lose it before I get to that point. I can still walk fairly quickly, but my knees are bad too.

So, I want to get back in the Spark Saddle. (ps I am sure with my vacation type eating, I gained the weight back that I lost and I refuse to even weigh myself until I have been on Spark another week, I will be too discouraged!)

  
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KAYYVAUGHN 8/7/2011 6:35PM

    Tomorrow is another day, and you are determined. You will succeed.
Kay

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VINGRAM 8/7/2011 5:32PM

    You can't "undo" last week - and you did have fun with your friend. So start where you are and do what SP preaches.....do not beat yourself up over something that is already done.

Good luck and hugs on the new resolve! vista



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