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I'm doing much better!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

...so I think this flare up is coming to an end. I'm feeling much better than I did. I'm not taking the pain meds at all now.

I'm still having some issues with pain, but it's certainly more manageable than before. I'm gingerly exercising again and I'm still losing weight, which was my big fear with sidelining the hardcore workouts.

I'm still sugar-free, pasta/rice/alcohol/bread-free, as well. Got permission to have oatmeal with just a hint of stevia...had that for breakfast this morning and it was AMAZINGLY delicious. (I've been craving oatmeal for a couple of weeks now.) It was way more satisfying than plain oatmeal has ever been before. And stayed with me for a long time, too!

I know I don't have throngs of people reading this, but in case this blog happens to be read by anyone looking for a fitness coach...I feel the need to give a shout out to Echelle, my coach. She's amazing!!! She's so thorough and attentive and helpful and supportive. I've lost 55 pounds since June 1st and she's such an integral part of my success.

Working with someone, a professional, gave me the sense of taking ownership and being responsible in a way I've never done before, doing it on my own. Not to mention, she knows her stuff!!! Answers all my questions. Talks me out of binges. I've benefited greatly from her expertise. I'm learning to think differently. And that makes eating this way so much easier.

We set up 2 week phases. At the end of each phase, she analyzes my food/exercise journal and then offers up suggestions, changes, restrictions or new things to try. She tells me what kinds of exercises to be doing and at what level of intensity. She works with me through my knee pain and adapts the exercises accordingly.

Although she prefers to work face-to-face with her clients, which is ideal, she does work via internet/texting/phone. That's how I'm doing it. I send her body shots every so often, so she can see the progress. (Ugh...I'd rather she saw me in person!) It's working for me. I've never stayed this motivated for this long. I don't feel like I'm starving. I have newfound will power I didn't know I have. (Changing my thinking...it's not forever...it's just for right now...makes it so much easier to say "No, thank you.")

If you are interested in getting Echelle's contact information, send me a note. I'd love to help her out in any way I can!

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ANITA012 10/24/2010 11:33PM

    If it works...Then do it! It sounds like you have found what works for you and that's wonderful! Keep up the great job! emoticon

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DCFKAF 10/24/2010 7:47PM

    Thanks, guys!

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MCJULIEO 10/24/2010 5:24PM

    What excellent results! Hang in there, and we'll all rejoice with you!

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55WALKER 10/24/2010 1:00PM

    I like all blogs but happy ones make me extra happy for the blogger.
You have an awesome trainer!

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SKYHAWK195 10/24/2010 12:54PM

  sounds like good news!

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side effects stink!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I think the pain meds, in addition to making me constipated, have caused some insomnia. :( I woke up at 1 AM and didn't go back until after 4, only to get up at 6:30! I'm seriously dragging now and it's not even 8 AM! Gonna be a long day!

My knee pain is better, though. I have to keep that in mind. I may be bloated and grumpy, but the knee doesn't hurt as bad!

I'm coffee-free for three days now. Can't say that I love a cup of tea first thing in the morning like I love my coffee, but if it brings relief, I'm willing to do it.

Aqua therapy is also supposed to be great for arthritic knees...my gym membership expires in December...may not renew there and join the YMCA instead, for the pool. Maybe...we'll see...

Ok, gotta go take some more fiber...wish me luck...

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IRISHLASS2012 10/21/2010 8:14AM


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Living with Arthritis...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

...so I've done a little bit of reading and asking around about arthritis. Everyone has great suggestions. I'm employing some, learning about more and will try others soon. I've given up coffee, for now. I'm taking glucosamine chondroitin. I'm going a little easier on the EFX for a while, but have started doing weight machines on my biceps, triceps and back. They could definitely use it. I'm looking into acupuncture and aqua aerobics, as I hear hydrotherapy is great for arthritis.

And miraculously, I'm still losing weight! I'm very close to my second mini goal.

Arthritis sucks. But I'm not the only living with it. And that's key...I'm LIVING! I'll find ways to make it more manageable and I'll continue to live.

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DCFKAF 10/20/2010 1:38PM

    Thanks, Barb...I'm down 50 pounds since June 1st...going to keep up that effect, in hopes of lightening the load on my knee!

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INDIACATZ 10/20/2010 9:18AM

    Sounds like your doing all the right things for your arthritis.. I am in need of a replacement but doc says I am too heavy.. losing weight does wonders for the knees.. I found the water aerobic were great.. I am not going to class right now due to a small job I have.. hope to go back in the next year..Good luck with your journey .. Barb

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Monday, October 18, 2010

3 hour wait in the urgent care clinic...x-rays...diagnosis: arthritis...and an appointment to go talk about pain management. :(

Although not happy with this diagnosis, I'll live with it. I have a friend who has suggested acupuncture. Am going to check into it. And I can only imagine that losing more weight will help...less excess weight on the joints.

I'm a little down about it...didn't want to end up having to have surgery or anything, but was hoping it was a minor injury that would require just some time to heal. No such luck.

Anyway...I said I'd post what I found out...not really in a mood to write right now...more tomorrow.

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DCFKAF 10/19/2010 8:01AM

    Thanks, All, for your kind words...I know many people live productive lives with arthritis. I'll be doing some research this week to find some ways of alleviating the pain. And I've been given the ok to return to the gym, which I'm very pleased with. It could have been MUCH worse news. I do realize and appreciate that!

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ONESPOTLEFT 10/19/2010 6:59AM

    people always think cancer right away; there are a lot of things that you just adjust to and for me that's getting older and taking on more of the aging problems

I like to go to support groups so I can feel like I am not alone and that it will be ok in time.

I have found yoga and the stretching has helped my cope with arthritis

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LULA2007 10/19/2010 12:25AM

  Boy, do I know how you feel. i just found out that I have artheritis in my right foot. It has bothered me for a couple of years, but finally got bad enough for me to see a Dr., the result was arthritis!

However, several years ago while skiing in Colorado in wet mushy snow, I thought my knees where going to fall off they hurt so much. I could hardly walk the stairs at the condo! That too was diagnosed as arthritis! The best part of arthritis in the knees is that the more you walk, the better your knees will feel. I started walking every day and before long my knees didn't hurt anymore. It has been about 5 or 6 years and they still don't bother me. That is the good news for you! Take some advil and go for a walk! Unfortunately for me, the foot doesn't work that way. I am custom orthodics molded on Thursday morning and hope they help, because I love to walk and hike and my foot just can't take it anymore:) Bless you and I will pray that things get better for you.

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PICKIE98 10/18/2010 7:29PM

    I am glad that it is not cancer, it is all relative.. I was hoping it was not that,, some people find out from an injury that they have cancer .. so for that I am glad ..
I have had arthritis since I was 21 years old, spine, all joints,, runs in females on mom's side.. I did learn to live with it, but the initial shock of it is hard.

think on it, but know that it could be worse,, you can get through this,, live with this, take it slowly dear.. Linda

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Got the message...loud and clear!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Yeah, I've really done something not so good to my knee...stopped working out on Friday and it continues to get worse instead of better. I'm not going to the gym after work tomorrow. I'm headed to Urgent Care. I'm concerned that it's something more than a strained or pulled something. Usually resting up for a few days takes care of it...not this time. :(

I'm listening to all the good advice I've gotten here. I'm going to have a professional look at it. I'll update as soon as I've got news...

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DCFKAF 10/18/2010 7:57AM

    Thank you!

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ANITA012 10/18/2010 12:55AM

    Good Luck! emoticon

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