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I wish I had thought!!

Friday, July 10, 2009

I read with interest, a blog the other day about people using mobility aids at tourist attractions because they are overweight and could not be bothered to walk.
This is terrible. To use a mobility aid just because it is available, thus doing yourself out of the exercise of walking, and presenting as handicapped is something no one should do. Indeed why would anyone want to?? Being handicapped can have many problems that people who are not handicapped or have had no experience with a person who is, cannot realize.
I need to state here that I am not asking for sympathy, but I am hoping to make people think, as I wish I had done when I was younger!!
I speak from experience, since I have in the last 3 years, had to use a mobility scooter for a lot of things, as I am very limited in the time I can stand or distance I can walk..
I used to enjoy traveling, going on holiday, getting in the car and off. With no children, my husband and I could go as we pleased and we were looking forward to a retirement in which we could travel and have fun.
Now we cannot be spontaneous as have to plan everything carefully. And it’s honestly such an undertaking that we often give up and don’t bother to go away.
The airlines will carry the scooter free, but it needs booking in advance, so no last minute deals. Then they have to disconnect the battery, and tape it up tightly so there is no danger – fine, but I am not allowed to take scissors on the plane so it is really hard to undo the other end!!
Then there is the getting to the airport – my scooter is too big for the fast train therefore we need to take the slower train – 6hrs for 300km!! Then, on arrival at the station we need a handicapped taxi that will take the scooter. That usually means a long wait.
The other end of our flight – especially if its to another country – handicapped taxis that take the scooter are not always available – so what then?? To put it in perspective I am left with the option of chuffing down the freeway (say in San Francisco) on my scooter towing my luggage!! Humph!! Not sure the police would like that!!
Even a normal shopping trip is an undertaking (no last minute dash to the shop) – the scooter has to be loaded onto its trailer (its too big for our car) and I have to find parking big enough for car, trailer and ramps so I can unload and load (we live about 12km out of town). Then, if the shops are busy it can be a real problem maneuvering, since it is silent and people don’t hear it, and it has the turning radius of a bus!!
Also, since my husband is now 80, he will not be able to handle the lugging about of my scooter much longer. This means that we will have to move into town, to a smaller house with little or no yard, away from the home we love, that we planned and built in the quiet of the country.
OK – so why have I told you all this – because it all comes back to weight!! I was overweight from a very young age, but it didn’t stop me doing anything and even though I tried, unsuccessfully to lose I wasn’t motivated to do so!! My knees have collapsed as have my hips and ankles because of carrying that extra weight for so long!!
Had I lost weight when I was younger this may not have happened or if it had not to the same extent and could have been dealt with at the time. Now, even though I am losing weight, my knees will not heal, my ankles and hips are damaged beyond repair. My hope is that less weight means less pain, maybe!!
There are many younger people using this site, and I would say to you – please think ahead, think of you being older and having these problems and the way it would affect your life. Then use that as motivation to lose the weight while you are still young enough to enjoy life and to get everything you can out of it.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

INKAGOAL2012 7/13/2009 12:23PM

    Your words have stuck in my mind the last couple days that I had to add your last paragraph to my spark page.

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MARILYN1946 7/11/2009 9:50PM

    Wow, you are so generous to enlighten us about your mobility issues. Believe me, I am counting my blessings that my weight has only slightly limited me to date--and I can still take measures to improve my mobility or at least drastically slow down any debilitation in my future. Thanks for caring so much about your fellow Sparkers.

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MARIADALE 7/11/2009 1:09PM

    Well said!

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BMARYGIRL 7/11/2009 12:25PM

  This is a great blog. I hope lots of people without mobility issues have a chance to read it.

I have heard people make comments about others using handicapped parking when they "appear" just fine. Not all conditions that limit mobility are obvious. Severe heart conditions are an example.

It's too bad your scooter has mobility issues too.

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IRONGRANNIE 7/11/2009 3:08AM

    A very compelling argument. I really hope there is someone reading this and thinking ahead.

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Computer problems and Nortons Internet Protection!!

Friday, July 10, 2009

I have been having no end of 'odd problems with my computer - I have XP and 2009 Nortons Internet Protection.
I have had wild fluctuations of broadband speed - Telstra didn't want to know - it changed (often within 1 hr) between 56Mbps down to 1Mbps and anywhere in between!! -
Also I had so many problems with the Sparkpeople site - pages not loading completely - then often the whole computer jammed up and it was 1 file from Nortons stuck open!! When this happened it just jammed any or every program - had to do a restart to clear it then it would often happen again within a few mins!! Checked the file - it was a mainframe file that HAD to be there!!
Then this morning my email just wouldn't - none in none out!! But Internet was ok!! Tried another computer and everything ok!! So I went looking - decided to dump Nortons and got a 1mth free trial of Kasperski. In the installing it did a full scan - and found 14 problems that Nortons had let in - 4 Trojans, 6 trackers etc!! Not funny!! Nortons had missed these!!
Since Kasperski has been going - I have had a set speed of 50Mpbs Internet (no fluctuations so far) and no jammed programs and the SP site loads and works!! I hope it continues -
I thought that if other people were having odd, frustrating problems with a computer they might think about what I found!!

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MARILYN1946 7/11/2009 9:32PM

    Norton screwed up my computer and it cost me over $100 a couple years ago for a computer tech company to fix it. They now recommend to any of their customers that use it to uninstall Norton and use something else.

Glad to know you're so much better protected and so much less inconvenienced with your new program.

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BMARYGIRL 7/11/2009 12:16PM

  I admit I do not use Norton's. I find it interrupts work and doesn't stop the stuff I want stopped. My niece says "Norton's is a virus!!!"

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SANDYK1750 7/10/2009 3:14AM

    I too had problems with Norton slowing down my computer. We tried Mcafee and found it faster than Norton but it still slowed us down. NOD32 is great and so is AVAST

Comment edited on: 7/10/2009 3:14:27 AM

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IRONGRANNIE 7/10/2009 2:48AM

    If you don't like Kasperski, I have Mcafee and have had no problems whatsoever with it. I am so glad I didn't get Norton! emoticon

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Learning Curve

Monday, July 06, 2009

I think I am finally getting the hang of meal planning now. Most days I stay within all my allowances, and on the odd occasions things don't quite add up I am only a fraction under.
I am also finding that the weight comes off better if I keep my calorie allowance on the high side of my allowance. I find this interesting because every diet I have had before has used the principal of limiting, often severely, the amount of food eaten an therefore the calories. They didn't work though!!
Ok, ok, yes I know - SP is always telling us that its portion control combined with nutrient control that matters. However when one has learnt calorie control all ones life, to be able to eat, what for me is a substantial amount of food, and lose weight, is totally foreign and has taken time to get my head around.

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RIGHTNOW61 7/7/2009 8:02PM

    I don't think I get this yet. Sounds great, can't wait til it hits me. emoticon

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YOBBI1 7/6/2009 10:51PM

    I agree totally,I found at 1st when I kept at low end of calorie limit didn't lose much at all,now i keep to higher end losing more.Love the fact I don't have to starve myself to lose weight.If anything I sometimes have trouble eating all I should is so much :)

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OFEDEOZ 7/6/2009 9:33PM

    Wooohoooo! It's great when you finally get it, it's not jusy about the calories

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MARIADALE 7/6/2009 8:13PM

    It does seem that we lose more if we restrict less.

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IRONGRANNIE 7/6/2009 7:06PM

    I suppose it won't surprise you to hear I have found exactly the same thing. I can't believe the amount of food I can eat and still the weight comes off! How much do we love Sparkies! emoticon emoticon

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IRONGRANNIE 7/6/2009 7:05PM

    I suppose it won't surprise you to hear I have found exactly the same thing. I can't believe the amount of food I can eat and still the weight comes off! How much do we love Sparkies! emoticon emoticon

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IRONGRANNIE 7/6/2009 7:03PM

    I suppose it won't surprise you to hear I have found exactly the same thing. I can't believe the amount of food I can eat and still the weight comes off! How much do we love Sparkies! emoticon emoticon

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

I have absolutely nothing to say - life is going on as usual - same old, same old !! My weight is - oh so slowly - dropping off! The dogs hate the cold weather, as always and really - that's it!!

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MARIADALE 7/4/2009 10:12AM

    Slow and steady wins the race!

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Instant messaging

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Ever since the instant messaging system came in I have had lots of different logging in problems and very slow loading..
Recently I discovered how to turn it off (I haven't used it anyway) and my problems disappeared.
I have a feeling that it might be that its great for people with high speed internet connection but if - like me - you have a slower rate - not of my choice -then it can cause problems!! emoticon


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