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Goodbye, Osteoarthritis! (Hello, Forks Over Knives!)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Intense pain recently brought my workouts to a sudden, screeching halt. emoticon
A visit to our family practitioner yesterday, which included x-rays, revealed that I have osteoarthritis (still waiting on the blood test results). I also have a hip injury, so she is sending me to physical therapy for that.

My main form of exercise was the Leslie Sansone "walk" DVDs. She calls it "walking," but you are really marching very rapidly in place, with lots of leg lifts, kicks, leg crunches, etc. That' show I hurt my hip. l absolutely LOVE my Leslie DVDs, because she has measured out the "walks" so you know exactly how many miles you would have gone if you were outside. I also find her *super* motivating, so I am really bummed that I can no longer do these workouts safely. However, I have been doing a little research and found that exercising on a mini-trampoline can work wonders for arthritis sufferers. My mom happened to have one that she can no longer use, and she said I could have it. I'll have to experiment with it and look for some videos, but I'm so grateful that she happened to have one that I can use!

My next plan of attack is going back to the "Forks Over Knives" diet (like the documentary). My husband and I went 100% on this lifestyle a couple years ago, lost a bunch of weight and started to feel TERRIFIC, with lots of energy!.. then holidays came along and we fell off the wagon. After my doctor visit yesterday, I got back online and found several testimonials from arthritis patients who were able to actually REVERSE their arthritis on the FOK plan! So that was all the motivation I needed to get me back on track. Best of all: my wonderfully supportive husband is joining me again!! emoticon Tonight we made Vegan Southwest Pizzas and they were SO satisfying and delicious!!

I am a *young* 47 years old emoticon and I believe that I don't *have* to suffer. I am going to work around this diagnosis, learn new ways to exercise, and I'm going to keep up with the FOK healthful eating plan, lose these extra pounds and become pain-free! I am very thankful that I caught this disease early and am learning how to take steps to prevent it from progressing and even (hopefully!) reverse the symptoms I already have.

I'm also going to do a SparkTeam search on "arthritis" and on "Forks Over Knives," too! We live in a rural area with limited resources, so with a good online support team, I know I can "stick with the program!" emoticon

I will NOT let osteoarthritis keep me from my weight loss goals!!! emoticon

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POETICJUSTUS 12/28/2014 1:26AM


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AJDOVER1 12/28/2014 12:31AM

    I know you can make this happen! Having a good support system really makes a difference.

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LUCYPAPERHANGER 12/27/2014 11:19PM

    Thank you, Jambaby0! emoticon

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JAMBABY0 12/27/2014 11:14PM

    good for you, you can do this

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23 miles this week!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

I am SO proud of myself-- I just found out I jogged/power-walked 23 big miles this week! I use Leslie Sansone's DVDs, and she has the miles all measured out. emoticon
For me, this is a HUGE accomplishment: the most mileage I've ever completed in one week in my life! I feel really good, and I notice I am sleeping better, too (well, except for last night because of our teenager keeping us up with his drama, but that's a whole 'nother story)... I have more energy during the days, too. Also, each day I've been able to do just a few more of her hand motions, etc. I can't *believe* how quickly my body is responding to consistent exercise.
The reason I am blogging about this is because, if I get discouraged in the future, or "don't feel like" putting in some miles, I want this post to remind me HOW GOOD I FEEL today, the last day of The Week I that I Exercised the Farthest!!! emoticon

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    Thanks very much! Just did three miles this morning and I feel TERRIFIC!! emoticon

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AJDOVER1 11/24/2014 11:33AM

    You're doing great! Keep it up!

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LUCYPAPERHANGER 11/23/2014 11:35AM

    Thanks for the encouragement, Jane! emoticon

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HOBBESIS49 11/22/2014 10:55PM

    WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!

Be so VERY proud of YOU...Yeah for Consistency!

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    Thank you, Ms. Lizzy! emoticon

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    Thank you, Janut!!! emoticon

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I am back and need to learn how to manage my STRESS this time!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Last year I started out on SP wanting to lose about 20 lbs., and I lost half of that-- 10 lbs!-- using this wonderful website! I was beginning to look better in my clothes, had lots of energy, and I was feeling terrific! Additionally, my aches and pains were going away, and even my bad back was doing much better as I strengthened my muscles.

Then I let the stresses of life knock me down; e.g., unexpected dental bills, my husband's losing his eyesight in one eye (long story, and he's on the mend now, thanks be to God), and the mental illness of our youngest lad, which causes him to tantrum for hours on end.
In short, I fell off my SparkPeople wagon-- and I fell hard.
What was my downfall?
As a SAHM in a small house with four boys who often fight-- the two youngest with special needs, and the youngest with *extra* special needs -- I slowly crept back into my incredibly unhealthful, former coping mechanisms: sugary sweets, salty chips, cigarettes and wine. emoticon
Finally, my exercise dwindled down to almost nothing most weeks.
All my aches and pains were returning, and my back ache, and my insomnia, and I gained back what I'd lost and *then* some.
Friends, I really, REALLY want this. I know I can do it. I KNOW I can get healthy using the tools on this site. But I simply *must* learn how to manage my stress. Willpower alone did not work for me last time. When everything was SO loud and crazy and chaotic in my house, I would go for that wine glass or those chips-- or both! emoticon
But now things are looking up: my husband's last (hopefully!) eye surgery is in two weeks, our psychiatric nurse is helping us find new meds for little guy, hubby and I are scrimping and saving to try to get out of our new $3,000 debt (dentist, car troubles and the boys' new beds-- which they have needed for years), and I have taken up meditation, which seems to be helping me have a more positive outlook.
My younger sister is my biggest inspiration. A year ago, she could not run a mile. Well, she just ran in and completed her FIRST MARATHON! That's 26.2 miles!!! She did it in five hours! If you knew her before, you would understand what a MIRACLE she is! emoticon
Now, I don't want to necessarily run marathons, but I DO want to slim down, get HEALTHY, and feel GOOD! My life has been hard enough: I don't need health issues on top of it!!!
I am going to poke around SparkPeople, and see what I can find for helping manage stress. If anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears! emoticon

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    Thank you, Ms. Lizzy!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 11/21/2014 9:35PM

    With all the special needs in your home, it is hard not to have stress. I only had one child that needed extra attention, not 4. Do the best you can. Meditation and quiet time is so important in this journey. Try to find just a little time for you each day. It works wonders.

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    Thanks for that support, AJ-- and prayers!
After an incredibly stressful morning, I jogged/power walked five miles today in an hour, and it felt SO good-- much better than my usual "coping mechanisms"!
So your prayers are already being answered, ha! emoticon

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AJDOVER1 11/21/2014 5:18PM

    It's good to see you back! You're in my prayers.

It's good to hear some things are looking up. There are some things you simply cannot control -- and it sounds like you're identifying them. My technique is to divide and conquer the big things and just work on the parts I can. It's just not going to all happen overnight.

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    SO true, Ms. Froggie!!! I *have* been putting myself last, and that's got to change!
I have got to do my best with the boys but then ***let go***. I have been stressing over *everything* surrounding these guys-- including their academic performance. Our first two kids (bio) are self-motivated and on honor roll; but our two youngest (adopted) couldn't care less. We have tried *everything* through the years: sticker charts, awards, prizes they can win, etc. Now they are 9 and 11, and I'm realizing all I can do is love them, point them in the right direction, encourage and support them; I can lead a horse to water but I can't make him drink!
It's time for me to take my health seriously-- physical, emotional and spiritual health!-- or this ship's gonna sink!!

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MSFROGGIE 11/21/2014 7:37AM

    One moment at a time. As mothers we put our selves last.

You will make it!

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Need to SPARK through seasonal illness!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Well friends, I'm so discouraged, I just wrote a SparkCoach (I'm in the SparkCoach program; participants can email a Coach f they have questions or need encouragement). It seems like ever since this school year began, our four sweet boys have been bringing home every single GERM! emoticon A bug will go though our house, and then start all over again! We used to home school, so maybe we never built up our immunities?? But it's been crazy. So anyhow, I feel like, every time I get back on the SP wagon, I get sick! Then I'm down for the count for a couple weeks, and it's sooo hard to return to *consistency*! emoticon
Well, I don't want to be a drag-- just needed to vent, I guess!
The good news is I am easing back into my fitness. I just did a 1/2 hr. gentle yoga DVD that has helped my lower back in the past, and I feel really good. The yoga even lessened my current nausea, somehow! I have also begun to track my food again today (crummy Saltines emoticon), just because I'm trying to re-establish the habit. I sure hope this nausea isn't flu, and I'm praying my flu shot kicks in soon-- just got it on Wednesday.
Okay, here's to new beginnings, sick or not sick! emoticon

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AJDOVER1 11/23/2013 9:34PM

    you're in my prayers. Let me know if there's anything I can do for you.
You're off to a great start. Every little step in the right direction will bring you closer to your goals.

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MSLZZY 11/22/2013 10:39PM

    Glad you are back and sorry you had so much illness. Hang in there!

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TOKIEMOON 11/22/2013 7:37PM

    Lucy, I'ts good to see you on SP again, but not good that you're battling so many viruses. It may well be that the public school exposure (vs. home schooling) Is the culprit. As if illness isn't bad enough, the next 6 weeks of holiday craziness are upon us.

I hope you are getting help at home and that you can take care of yourself. Be well my friend! Denise emoticon

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    Wow, thanks very much for this encouragement!
Bless your heart, bronchial stuff is the worst-- it's like, how can i do aerobic exercise when I'm coughing as if I'm hacking up a lung, for goodness' sake?!
...but I *really* like your attitude! Thanks very much for chiming in!!

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INDORTY 11/22/2013 3:10PM

    Lucy it is always hard to keep Sparking through any illness but the seasonal ones seem to be even hard for the very reason you mention .... you no sooner see the top & you get knocked down for another round.

I get asthma & all too often a common cold ends up as bronchial asthma so I totally understand what you are saying.

The ONLY thing we can do is to keep pushing ourselves through it BUT rest when need to. It is so easy to give up & binge our way through it all (as I did during October) and then lose it all yet again.

The key is IF we do sink to eating our way through it all, we need to remember to NOT beat ourselves up. Comfort food can be good at times if it is the right stuff.

NB: I am doing a bit of self talk here too.

cheers & good luck emoticon emoticon

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Today's SparkCoach Action Step

Friday, August 02, 2013

This was my SparkCoach Action Step for today:

"Spend a few minutes writing about the reasons behind your fitness and weight-loss goals. What is your true motivation? What do you hope to achieve or experience after reaching your goal?"

Hmmm... I know I want to lose about 15 more pounds (initially!), but what is behind that goal? I guess I just accepted the goal weight that SP gave me when I answered the questions in setting up my account. Why do I *want* to lose the weight, though?

Honestly, my main motivation is my personal appearance. I'm disgusted by how much I've let myself go since I had kids. I saw my rear view in the mirror today, and I nearly wept. I really should have a "WIDE LOAD" sign on my bottom! emoticon

As a matter of fact, we are going to see friends tomorrow whom we haven't visited for some time, and I've been *dreading* this. I'm very embarrassed about my weight gain... so much so, that if it weren't for Ricky, I would have gladly called the whole thing off. I realize that's incredibly selfish and shallow of me, but back when we lived near them and saw each other all the time, I was a skinny Minnie! On top of that, *they* have somehow remained very active and they both look great!!! While I did... well, I don't know what! Maybe too much couch and potato chip time over the years! emoticon

I guess I want to look good in my clothes again. I'm a size 14 for crying out loud!!! I remember when I was a size 2. {{{sigh}}} Granted, that was before I had my babies, but I'd *at least* like to wear a more realistic size 8-- or 6 would be amazing!!! emoticon I also want to be able to wear a swimsuit without hiding under a towel!

And I want to be fit, so that I don't get out of breath so easily! I want to be strong, so that I don't lose bone mass as I enter the menopause years! I want to be HEALTHY and able to keep up with my family! I want to age gracefully with my darling hubby, whom I've been in love with since I was sixteen years old! I want to live to see my grandbabies, if the good Lord gives us any! emoticon

To sum up, my goals are twofold: to look great, and to be healthy & strong! emoticon I'm going to search for images in magazines or on the internet that represent my goals, and tape them inside my cupboards, etc. I may even tape a couple inside our 'fridge!!! emoticon

Lord Jesus, please help me to reach my weight loss goals! emoticon
Phil. 4:13!!!

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THRIVE2DAY 8/4/2013 1:33AM

    My "why" is also to look good in my own eyes. If it were up to my husband, I wouldn't be on this journey anymore - he's fine with me in a size 8. But I'm going for the 6 so I can wear "that" dress! emoticon

I also want to be good example of caring for God's temple and showing self-control.I don't want my size to take away from my testimony!

You have some good reasons to lose weight and knowing the "Why" will carry you forward. Good for you to be able to define it and put it in words and pictures.
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AJDOVER1 8/4/2013 12:18AM

    You're well on your way to reach your goals!

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JANTWO 8/3/2013 12:28AM

    Great goals!!!!

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MSLZZY 8/2/2013 11:09PM

    You know what you want and you are determined
to get to your goal. You are feeling as we all felt
when we started-how did I get to this point in my
life? I think you have a very positive attitude and
you WILL accomplish whatever you set your mind to.
So go for it! HUGS!

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UKMOM638 8/2/2013 8:47PM

    You Got This! I believe in you and putting it all out there is a GREAT Start! emoticon emoticon

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