Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Saw my hip surgeon 5-9-06. I have a problem with pain in my thigh - almost 5 months after hip replacement surgery. Doc says it is not the hip, but muscles in the thigh. I have to stop all lower body strength exercises and let some of my outer thigh muscles recover.
However, I need to do some special walking steps during my one mile walks to help repair (strech) muscle in my inner thigh. One step is to extend my right leg behind me as my left leg takes a forward step, streching my inner (right) thigh muscle. Boy, this hurts like hell - it must be working!
The next step is really a series of 50 steps - the doc calls them "pep steps", short, quick little marching steps that fatigue the leg muscles over time.
I put these steps into my one mile walk about 50 %
of the time - as physical therapy. Hope it works! Will know for sure in one month.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Spark People, Healthy Reflections: (copied from a spark newsletter post on 5-7-06)
"The last dejected effort often becomes the winning stroke
We keep hearing about how persistence is often the key to success. But what do you do when you've been striving for so long that it seems like your goal is never going to see light? How do you deal with the fear that you're about to fail? Simple. Give it just one more shot. And then one more. Think about the sweat and time you've committed already. You've come this far, you'd be unfair to yourself if you quit without a fight. Even if the odds are way out of your favor and you can't see how it can possibly help, reach out and take one last swing. You never know what will happen. Big, meaningful achievements don't just happen when everything goes your way. How many times have you seen tennis players make miraculous winning shots while lunging for a ball that seemed impossible to reach? Sometimes, you can find victory in the effort."
When you have been a part of something for 4.5 months, you do not give up.
When you truly belive in the logic of the program, you do not give up.
When you have developed your personal goals and objectives and a reasonable plan for achievement, you do not give up.
When your desire to win, outways your fear of loss, you do not give up.
Like my friend, "FITNESS" says, ATTITUDE!, ATTITUDE!!, ATTITUDE!!!
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Though my journey may sometimes seem like an impossible one, I am always moving closer to my destination.
"Though our life journey may be long and peaceful, we need to be ever vigilant and aware of our true objectives, lest imperceptible digressions mount into unacceptable consequences." UK
It is OK to fall - we are only human. But we DO need to accept the consequences of our actions and put a corrective mechanism in place to make sure we stay on our course to a healthy life.
"..... donít live with regrets. Approach life with perseverance and dedication to the things that matter most to you. Success is never easy. It remains up to you whether you will give up, or fight through the tough battles to earn whatever it is you want.
A fragment of a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson is telling:
"Finish each day
And be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and
Absurdities have crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can."
Move on with your life. Keep reaching for your goals and you will achieve them. One minor setback is nothing if you really want something and are willing to work for it."
Sunday, May 07, 2006
I have been part of sparks now for 120 days as of tomorrow. This is the longest period of time that I have been able to stay with a "program". In the past I have been able to drop more weight in a shorter period, but this time it is VERY different. I am very happy with my progress and am looking forward to many more months and years of healthy, spark living ahead, on my journey to a permanent, better me.
The thing that makes this site and this program so remarkable is not only the experts and the strength and logic of the program's components, but more importantly, the participants; the living, breathing fellow human beings that are all focused on saving their lives. Being a part of this mass of motivated committment, and sharing and learning how to overcome our faults while celebrating our victories, is am amazing idea that has come to life, here. I am very fortunate indeeed to play a small part. I believe that when you get to this point (4 months or so), you realize that you have an obligation to not only yourself, but also to the program and to your fellow participants to nuture and counsel.... as best you can. To that end, I accept the responsibility and the challenge and look forward to what lies ahead.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
If I have fallen, if only for a day, I will be stronger because of it. In overcoming my obstacles I learn. Through struggle comes strength. This is all part of a better life. NEVER GIVE UP. NEVER GIVE IN TO DEFEAT. To give up is to abandon any hope - and I know that with hope, kindness and love, anything is possible. So when I see myself taking one step back, I will stop -- and take two steps forward and solve the puzzle of WHY it happened and institute a correction mechanism. The next time I start to slip, I will then be able to catch myself before any harm is done. Finally, ATTITUDE, ATTITUDE, ATTITUDE!!! I need to remind myself that this is MY journey, with my own personal reasons for success as I adopt a strong and consistent ATTITUDE for achiving my goals. Here's to my health!
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