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Splash, Splash, Splash!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

I am LOVING this pool thing! I'm soooo thankful to have pool access now. Swimming is a sport that I have always wanted to do. When I lived in Maryland, I took a swimming class for adults to learn how to breathe properly while swimming. We always had summer vacations at the beach, but after getting caught up in a rip tide one year, I stopped going out in the ocean beyond the breakers. Since then, I've developed knee issues and can't support myself walking in the sand anymore. Ironically, I now live in Florida and can go to the beach often, but don't because of my knees. Thankfully, the pool gives me the opportunity to exercise without stress to my joints. I've found that swimming, water aerobics, playing with children and even just doing the "doggie paddle" exercises parts of me that have seemingly been dormant for far too long. So, now my motto is "splash, splash, splash" and just have fun! The more "fun" I have, the healthier I become!
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FIDDLEDD53 4/8/2011 12:38AM

    Hi Melissa! Definitely take the opportunity as time allows. I was blessed to retire early and care for my mother and younger sister (both handicapped). That enables me to use their pool every day that the weather cooperates. On weekends we often have family cookouts there and the kids can really keep me moving in that pool! Next week I'll have 3 teenagers visiting for a week... I think I'll be getting PLENTY of exercise then! Thanks for keeping in touch; you are very encouraging!
--Petie

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MPALMER15 4/7/2011 10:16AM

    emoticon I love the water too, but just don't get enough opportunities to get into it. This summer I plan to take the kids out to my Mom's once a week. She lives just blocks from the beach, so we can alternate between pool and ocean. I am looking forward to it!

Happy Swimming!
Melissa

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Challenged!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

WOW! I signed up for my first challenge and already I am challenged at sticking to it! I find water aerobics to be the best exercise possible for me. Both of my knees are compromised with health problems, so conventional exercise is extremely painful. Exercise in the water is great... but now it RAINS! We really need the rain... many recent brush fires have burned acres of trees and have even damaged some homes, so I can't really complain. The rain is desperately needed.

Yesterday (plan number two... since it rained), I got out my Bob Harper walking video. To my surprise, my sister was right there with me! We did the first workout and she did great. Me?... well, I did keep up the movements but I couldn't put pressure on one leg, so only one side of me worked out. When Bob said to switch to the left, I stayed on the right. Regardless, I did get moving and built up a sweat. I suppose if I keep that up, I'll be a size smaller on the right one day! Hmm... an opportunity for a new product... a line a clothing for the "Dual-Sized Woman"!

Today (plan number three... since it's raining), walk around the mall. I can do that. Today, I'll have to get out with the old cane and make a go of it! Spring Break is over here, so there shouldn't be many kids hanging out there. And, it's the end of the month so I'm out of spending money and won't be distracted by sales and smells (mmm,,, I just love the smell of the Yankee Candle Shop). I'll try it!

  
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SDJOLLY 3/29/2011 9:44PM

    You're doing awesome! You have to protect those joints and you're doing the best that you can. Just move as much as possible for you, but don't hurt yourself. emoticon

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MPALMER15 3/29/2011 7:33PM

    emoticon You have the right idea! Even if you have to dial down the intensity of your workouts, you can still continue to work out in some way. I, too, struggle with some physical issues at times, but I always find a way to work around the problems. Keep up the awesome work! The rains will pass soon and you can get back in the pool!
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Have a great evening!
Melissa

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Water Aerobics!

Monday, March 28, 2011

AWESOME! I started doing aerobics in the pool this week. What a difference in exercise! When I walk in the water (not ON the water, LOL) I work a lot of muscles without a huge impact on my knees. I can feel the difference in all of my muscles. Treading water is quite a workout too! This week is warm, but there are supposed to be showers everyday... guess I'll have to dodge the storms. I'm determined to get at least 15 minutes in each day. My younger sister joined me yesterday. Hopefully, she will continue to workout with me. That would be great! Then, I have one more sister who REALLY needs to get in there with us, but she isn't convinced enough... YET. For now, my focus has to be on getting myself on track.

  
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ANEISA 4/4/2011 4:50PM

    I'm so glad I read your blog. I love the water, but wasn't sure if water aerobics would actually help me with weight loss. Now, I plan to sign up for a class at the local rec center before the week is up!

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MPALMER15 3/29/2011 11:30AM

    emoticon I love it on those rare occasions when I get to get in the pool for fitness. It feels so good!

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FIDDLEDD53 3/29/2011 9:15AM

    I appreciate all the comments. I am very fortunate to have a mother nearby who has a beautiful pool that is heated. The heat is quite costly, but I consider that my "gym dues" since it's makes no sense to join a gym when I need a knee replacement in one knee and have a broken kneecap in the other knee. The water makes exercise possible.


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SDJOLLY 3/28/2011 10:03PM

    Awesome job! I've never done water aerobics, but everyone I talk to says it's a fantastic workout. I'm trying to work up the nerve to use our community pool in our subdivision. I'm skeered! emoticon

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CARRIE310 3/28/2011 3:45PM

    I love my water aerobics class. I go two mornings a week and my waist has gone in some and my pants are loose. I have lost only 4 pounds but the inches are also important. My knee and back pains have ceased. I am so amazed what the water can do for the body. A lady in my class lost 62 pounds with water aerobics. She did not diet, she just ate smaller portions of food. She looks so good. She is very thin and thinks she is still fat. I informed her she was not. Another lady lost 42 pounds. I know if they can do, I can do. This is the only exercise I get up look forward to going to. I LOVE IT and I do not know how to swim. Keep up the good work and I hope your sisters stick with you.

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SANDYLH1 3/28/2011 11:48AM

  Sounds wonderful. Can't wait to open my pool, it's so much easier on the knee's to exercise in the water.

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WDWGIRLS 3/28/2011 10:56AM

    Sounds like a lot of fun! and a good workout. Have you seen the blogs by DAWNWATERWOMAN - she is a wonderful inspiration for pool exercise.

I've been thinking about getting an aboveground pool but am afraid it would never get warm enough unless I bought a gas water heater for it and that could be pricey. It's on my "I win a million list" - LOL emoticon

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Knees, knees, knees!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

This is my first entry in a long while. However, I am taking the advice of a new friend who suggests "start writing up your struggles". He's right... keeping frustrations in doesn't help anything. I've done pretty well not regaining weight I've lost. But now it's getting harder to lose weight by just dieting. Exercise is critical, and I know that. It seems that everything I try hurts way too much. I have a knee that needs to be replaced. I had one done, but lost my job and insurance before I could get the second one replaced. I've tried Wii exercise programs, Cardio workouts that are primarily walking videos and Biggest Loser workouts, but can do very little before shooting pains tear up my knee and nearly cripple me for the next 24 hours. I'm sooo looking forward to warmer weather when I can get back in the pool and do aquatic exercises! It's been a long, cold winter here in Florida... obviously nothing compared to places north of here, but still cold and gray. I'm continuing to walk as much as I can, but I know that will not be enough exercise to trigger more weight loss. It's really simple math... burn more calories than I eat. Okay... I suppose it's time to start recording what I eat each day and find areas to cut back even more. Well, there's no time like the present!

  
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FIDDLEDD53 2/8/2011 12:17PM

    Thank you for all the support! WOW!
Seated workouts do help... and are good for strengthening the upper body. My biggest problem areas are (naturally) below the waist. In fact, the knee that still needs surgery is constantly swollen to the point that I need a larger jeans size (even stretch jeans) just to accommodate that knee. Is that weird or what! The replaced knee is great... it's strong and only hurts occasionally from a broken kneecap (result of the surgery). Regardless, I am thankful that I can walk and will continue to do so until the pain stops me. Hopefully, I can adjust my diet to restart the weight loss until I can back in the pool and do better workouts.
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SANDYLH1 2/8/2011 11:15AM

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REJOHNSON3 2/8/2011 10:57AM

    Wow, I can almost feel what you are going through having had a knee completely replaced a year ago May 2009. I was not exercising and I was bulking up to put it mildly. I was taking 12 Aleve a day - not good. Now following surgery and therapy I am exercising and worked up to seven days a week. No Aleve. I have lost over 50 pounds and feel great. Have you tried a staionary bike for exercise? Your knee will NOT be bearing so much weight during that exercise. Good luck to you, FIDDLEDD53, on your weight loss journey.

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SCHMEVELYN 2/8/2011 10:45AM

    Have you considered seated workouts? they aren't glamorous, however they are better than nothing.

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Back To It!

Friday, April 02, 2010

Well, I started slacking again. Fortunately, I didn't gain back any weight. I do however feel that my jeans are a bit tighter around the old hips, so I must have shifted some weight. Now it's time to get serious. This time, it's mostly for my knee. I have a hard time walking now, and need a knee replacement. Without health insurance, it just can't happen. The BEST solution is to lose weight. That won't heal the knee, but it will relieve some of the pressure. Today I have made my mind up to stick to it again for as long as I can.

  


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