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Monday, April 16, 2012

So, I am dealing with ways of coping with some foot surgery (scheduled for June 11) that will keep me away from my beloved treadmill for about two months. Yikes!

I did some research on special chairs, and pedaling machines, but there is the high cost for a limited period of time, and, guess what, most of these devices either don't ship to Canada or ship at exorbitant rates.

So back to SP where I found under wellness and lifestyles a "Limited Mobility" tab. With lots of exercise videos that you can do sitting down. With maybe buying a resistance band, if I want to.

And there it is.

Thank you, SP!


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BEATLETOT 4/19/2012 5:20PM

    Aw, I'm so glad to read this! I remember when the Limited Mobility section came, they posted a thread on my Knees forum about it. I'm glad that it is helpful for you!

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DDOORN 4/19/2012 2:33PM

    Thx for the head's up on the "Limited Mobility" tab! Didn't know about that and this issue often arises for & know where to point the way! :-)

There is SO MUCH available here for our SparkFamily it's hard to stay on top of it!


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SHARJOPAUL 4/17/2012 9:47AM

    Resistance bands are great! With the exercises SP has and a little imagination it is amazing how many diferent ways they can be used. Its not arobic but tycan sure keep your muscles in shape.

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SASSYBLONDE69 4/16/2012 4:29PM

    You could also look into renting a machine for the time you'll need it?

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PUDLECRAZY 4/16/2012 4:23PM


I have been exploring the resistance band exercises because I will be going on a long trip this summer and spend many hours in the plane and in airports and hotels. They are nothing to pack and I think I'll be able to just pull it out of my satchel and do a few exercises on the plane or in the airports. At any rate, I have had some around for years after various physical therapy routines. Definitely worth the cost.

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    You are bound to succeed. There is also a vibrant chair exercise team - check them out. Best wishes for your surgery.
Cheers Ros

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ROCKMAN6797 4/16/2012 3:11PM

    You are bound to succeed Bonita with a plan in place!


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Surgery update, or, a new adventure?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Well, I am scheduled for some pretty intrusive foot surgery for June 11, 2012.

It involves fixing a bunion, straightening a hammer toe, and removing a deformed toenail (yuck!). Has to be done, even comfortable shoes hurt at this point.

So after getting really worried about loss of fitness and weight gain, and having gained over Passover, I have set myself some new goals!

First is weight loss, to lose as much as possible and ideally 8 pounds in two months.

Second, to continue to increase fitness as much as possible; I am increasing the speed of my treadmill intervals gradually to 3.6 miles an hour.

Third, to learn about exercise when you can't treadmill, or even walk very well for a number of weeks. I am looking at two months for minimal recovery, and 6 months for "getting completely back to normal."

I am pretty sure that SP must have some helpful hints about how to recover from surgery; I will look this up. Hopefully it will include cardio workouts when you can't walk!

Here I go,!


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ROCKMAN6797 4/11/2012 2:36PM

    Sorry to hear about the pending surgery but your approach is top notch! There are a ton of activities that you can undertake that don't involve the feet but please check with your doctor before doing so just to be safe. You have accomplished much with the tools you have obtained so keep using these tools throughout your recovery. And please check in often with your SparkFriends, we will motivate you as necessary!

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DDOORN 4/11/2012 1:57PM

    Sorry to hear about the temporary setback! Sounds like it'll be time to really build your upper body with various strength training exercises. For cardio you might want to consider this:



Instead of using it for your feet, you can use for your arms as a cardio workout.

Hoping all goes smoothly and recovery is as SPEEDY as possible!


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PUDLECRAZY 4/10/2012 7:02AM

    Okay, I need this surgery, but am putting it off until the summer I retire when I don't have to teach but my insurance is still in effect. Big difference in medical care between here and Canada. It is not a pleasant surgery, or recovery. However, I have a friend who had it a number of years ago; she is so much more comfortable now and very happy she went through the surgery.

You will be restricted from any weight bearing for quite a while. I am thinking you can do upper body exercises with weights and theraband, and you can get one of those portable exercise pedals and pedal with your arms while your foot is healing. How about a rowing machine at the gym? Once you can get wet and get to the pool, swimming will be a great way to exercise. Check with your doctor about when you might be able to add something like swimming.

Sit ups
Pushups on an exercise ball to keep the weight off your foot

Ask your doctor about a scooter/walker. You might be able to take 'walks' using this. A friend who teaches kindergarten used this for her foot surgery recovery. It is pretty cool.


Here are some images of them. You rest your knee on the platform and walk with your healthy leg.

You are very wise to increase your fitness level while you are still mobile. That will be good for you in so many ways including a faster recovery after your surgery.

Wishing you a very successful surgery and quick recovery. It will feel great not to have that bunion pain.

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CHLOE453 4/10/2012 6:07AM

    Wishing all goes well with your surgery and you have a very fast recovery!!! emoticon emoticon

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This and That.....not so good but not so bad.....

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Not the most original blog title, I know, but it is descriptive of what I want to say.

Well, where to start.

I have been on vacation from work for a week, which I spent cleaning (for Spring and for Passover), preparing for the Seders, and walking an enormous amount (especially yesterday; we were guests at a Seder and it ended after midnight) and we walked home for about three miles!

So, my legs are sore, my hands are sore, my carpal tunnel syndrome has worsened, and my stomach is upset as Passover food is not the easiest to handle. I have wrecked myself up a bit, but it will heal. Also, I have gained a couple of pounds (yes, I weighed myself), which I have to remove from my life. This holiday is unusual because there is prescribed eating of certain foods....

And, last week, I saw a plastic surgeon about my right hand ring finger. It has an arthritic node and a locking tendon. The Doctor drained the node, and I will have surgery (minor) for the tendon in mid July. Again, wait for specialized care for non-life threatening conditions, but you do not pay a penny. So, guitar continues every day, but only for 15 minutes.

And, tomorrow I go to see an orthopedic surgeon...enough already. My right foot has a bunion and a really bad hammer toe (and I never wore high heels) and it needs to be fixed. Now, this one scares me. I have already had this surgery on my other foot, you are pretty much barred from treadmill etc. for six weeks, and I am 1) concerned about losing fitness levels and 2) gaining weight. But I have to do it, I cannot even wear comfortable shoes with any degree of comfort anymore.

So, while I am thankful that my real health is fine, I am having lots of mechanical problems with my body, so to speak, brought on from decades of living and working, and playing....

I will cope.

About weighing myself...I got a really good idea from Oohlala53 (hope I spelled that right, credit is definitely due to you).

She weighs herself for a week straight at the beginning of every new season, takes an average, and then does it again 3 months later.

For me, it will be the fiscal quarters, I guess I have been in management too long :-).

So, no complaints, just an update.

Hope all are well and have enjoyed Passover/Easter/Spring Break! Here in Ontario, where I am a quasi-governmental employee, we have Easter Monday as a holiday, so one more day and then back to work!


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ROCKMAN6797 4/10/2012 8:06AM

    I am now even more impressed by your daily steps, you really are pushing through your ailments. I hope you upcoming doctor visits result in good news.
Finally, good for you for coping, life can be full of up and downs but the ride is definitely smoother when we learn to cope with these highs and lows.

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DDOORN 4/9/2012 2:36PM

    Great to hear from you as always!

I have a touch of arthritis hampering the fingers on my right hand...thankfully not the left! But it still gets clunky and awkward when I try to fingerpick on the left. Finger joints tend to lock into place when they bend more than 90 degrees and it takes a mildly painful POP to unlock 'em...ugh!

But we keep playing on nonetheless, eh? :-)


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MEDDYPEDDY 4/9/2012 2:48AM

    Interesting tid-bits from your life, hope everything works out. I am thinking about weighing in but donīt want the disappointment. I have bee exercising a lot and eaten more better than bad but I canīt feel any change in my body so I do not think I have lost any.

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I have weighed myself for the last time for a good long while!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Not forever, of course, because everything changes, but I have taken the leap!

I kid you not that I am one of those unfortunate people who has an unhealthy relationship with her scale. You know the type, the number is down, she is walking two feet off the ground; the number is up, she is walking to the cupboards and fridge planning a 4,000 calorie day. yuck!

I have said it before, the scale is a trickster. I do love to measure things, but I am sending the scale out the door because it does not accurately reflect what I eat, what activiities I do, and my sense of well-being.

So, I did some editing today, set my current weight as my goal weight and do not want to think about it for a good long while. Like all of us in Level 4, I do get the check-ups from Sparkpeople about how I am doing, which asks for my weight. I will see about that one when I get the next notice to check in.

And the scale? A lovely electronic model, by the way, that measures one tenth of a pound increments.... it has been relegated to my guest bathroom. Under the counter.

Wish me luck, Sparkfriends, this feels like the right thing to do!


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OOLALA53 4/3/2012 9:46AM

    I committed on my last birthday to weighing roughly at the beginning of each season. I weigh for one week and average the 7 days' results, recording that around 4 times a year. It ends up keeping me more honest in my habits because I'm thinking more in terms of what is going to be in my best interest overall rather than what can I get away with and still weigh less?

You've come a long way and are still blazing the trail. Thank you for sharing your journey! emoticon

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YAMAHA49 3/19/2012 2:17PM

    Bonita: I've been catching up on some of your blogs. You are one witty lady! We also seem to have a lot in common: you lost 100 lbs, I have 100 lbs to lose! You are near retirement, I retired early a year ago (long story). You love music and play guitars. I love music and have a lovely nylon string Gianinni that my husband bought me 20 years ago which I used to love to play. Bilateral carpal tunnel has severely limited that however. You are interested in volunteering and I do a lot of volunteering since retirement! I'm glad my moniker caught your attention.
Some day I'll share with you how I came by it. Meantime, keep on blogging! I love your perspective!

Blessings, Yasha

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DDOORN 3/19/2012 10:13AM

    You keep coming up with great challenges for yourself...! Way to SPARK! :-)


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ROCKMAN6797 3/18/2012 6:31PM

    This sounds great, I love that you measure your health in other ways! The scale should not rule our lives!


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PUDLECRAZY 3/18/2012 5:16PM

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That's what I did!

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JITZUROE 3/18/2012 4:23PM

    It DOES sound like a good plan! All the best to you beautiful!

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TUANLILADY 3/18/2012 3:08PM

    I hear you. I'm in the same boat, and have asked my DH to hide the scale so I can't seek it out until April 1. I'm hoping every 2 weeks will show progress - or not. I don't think I could go a month, but might have to change that thought!

Good luck with your plan, and thanks for posting this subject.

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What's Important, or not, at least to me....I think

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Boy, how is that for a definite title?

Kidding aside, I have been on an interesting journey for the past couple of weeks, and while I have been at all my usual places on Spark, I have not blogged.

I did want to share what I have learned....

This list is working for me, maybe some sparks will resonate with you...

The SCALE is not important. It is a trickster, ridiculously sensitive to all kinds of matters that have nothing to do with wellness, including, er, your system's regularity. I still weigh weekly, but am working towards stopping.

How your clothing fits is important....

And, how your body looks is important.... these two measures will let you know what you need to know.

How you give your body NUTRITION is important....if you eat on plan, you will reach your goals!

Especially if you include FITNESS. And I don't mean crazy exercise! Cardio and weights are important and should be done if you are able. But the most important thing is MOVING. And not to a new home, ha-ha. Keeping active, using a pedometer to measure steps (if you are of the numbers persuasion).


To yourself the most. To your loved ones who rely on you, you are accountable to work towards wellness. Let's add your city, or town, your country, the planet. Do something good for someone each day. Love the planet!

And be accountable on Sparkpeople. Find a way that works for you, heaven knows there are a wonderful lot of choices, and use it!

Now, here is a not-so-secret. ACT POSITIVELY, AND YOU WILL BE POSITIVE! This works, would you believe it!

So there it is.

Now, an update on my guitar/iPad story.

Sometimes things just have a synchronicity that lets you know they were meant to happen.

About a week ago, I was able to significantly increase the gigs on my mobile data plan for a very small increase in price.

And, a few days ago, after the new iPad model was introduced (it gets to Canada next week) the older stock went on sale at the stores for 25% off. Would you believe it? On an Apple product? To make a long story short, I am now the proud owner of an iPad 2, and have enough data to use it even at home (we are hard-wired for computer, no wireless).

This is my 18 month maintenance present to myself, I do believe I have a decent chance of making it!

2 year anniversary, new guitar!

Thanks for reading this, Sparkpages. Thanks for your continuing support, your humor, and your darn good advice!


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JITZUROE 3/15/2012 5:48PM

    Great blog Bonita!
Great points to focus on too, thanks for the reminder!
Holding myself accountable for things like what I put into my mouth is HUGE for me (as I think you already know). Along with being my own worst crisitc, these are definitely 2 big ones I need to improve on.


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ROCKMAN6797 3/12/2012 12:51PM

    Fantastic blog Bonita! I feel the same way as you do, once you are close to your goal weight, the scale is not a good reference point to use rather, as you say, the way your clothes feel on you, how you feel, etc is vastly more important! I have continually attempted to impress this on fellow SparkFriends, especially when they blog about the scale not moving. I am so pleased that you have arrived to this "truth!'
Congratulations on your iPad2! My mother loves hers! Her poor computer is collecting dust as she uses her iPad exclusively! Can't wait till you blog about your 2 year gift to yourself!


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DDOORN 3/11/2012 7:57PM

    Great truths you speak! And such a sweet reward! :-)

I've seen others with their iPads and they sure are something! Looks like using one of those would be VERY habit-forming...! $$ way to tight to consider one here but I could see it happening in the future maybe...?

I'm totally content with my Yamaha. The only time I could see myself pining for a new guitar would be if I ever got into performing and wanted a classical that would plug in.


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PUDLECRAZY 3/11/2012 6:43PM

    I completely agree about what is important!

Great news about your iPad! I'm a little torqued because I just bought the iPad 2 for DH's birthday in January at full price, but I am so happy that you were able to get one at 25% off. I am tempted because it would be nice to have one to record tricky guitar techniques my teacher shows me and because it would be nice to have when I travel this coming summer.

How exciting about your upcoming new guitar. Have you decided which one to get?


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HAPPYSOUL91 3/11/2012 6:13PM

    excellent blog, your statements really ring true.

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THE_HERMIT 3/11/2012 4:54PM

    Congratulations on your decision to focus on how life fits rather than how life weighs, I too wish to focus on this concept of how my clothes fit more so than my weight on the scales. I keep telling myself muscle weighs more than fat anyhow.
'and the idea of a new guitar as a present for achieving your goals is great. Also good is the fact that you managed to get an ipad 2 for 25%off.

I would be interested to know what you think of it as a product as I have wondered what would be the value of one to me. I have a laptop, but want something lightweight for uni lectures and the laptop battery seems very heavy and only has a lfie of 2 hrs compared to the life of the ipad which i understand is ten. before recharge.

can you use it to type word documents?
and does it have a usb port? emoticon

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