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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My daughter Abi (aka Raptormelon) recently began tracking magnesium, so I thought I'd add that to my tracker as well. I've also been tracking sodium and potassium because I'm taking a medication for blood pressure. It is SO HARD to keep the sodium DOWN and the potassium UP. So now here's this other thing. WHAT has MAGNESIUM? Hurray for Saprkpeople - while sparking I read a blog about butternut squash - one of my favorite veggies - and IT IS HIGH IN MAGNESIUM! Hey, if I stock up at the market and we prep and freeze it, we probably won't need to get supplements!


To Walk or To Drive

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I live conveniently close to my workplace. In fact, when I first applied as a paraprofessional, I was given the choice between this school and another, closer to the lake, to which I'd have to drive. I purposely chose this for the convenience. It's only a half block, and provides a nice little stroll.

But the way my left knee has been misbehaving, and putting greater strain on my right hip, I was debating whether it might be prudent for me to drive. Thanks to NSAID's, exercises, and PRAYERS, the pain has subsided (although I snese it is just "on the lam" for a time).

So, I decided to walk. Carefully, not rushing (as if!) but - walking won out.

Just as well - gas is so expensive and walking doesn't pollute!

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KATHRYNLP 11/13/2012 8:23AM

    "Walking never hurt anybody"... in fact it always makes the day start off great! Good choice. emoticon

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NANCYRUBIO 11/13/2012 7:39AM

    Great your knee is better. Just listen to your body so you can keep it in good shape. You chose wisely!

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Spark Discoveries

Monday, November 12, 2012

As I've been doing more "sparking" and trying to rack up those sillylittle points, I've been finding some great videos. For anyone who has limitations there is no excuse NOT to do exercise, once you see these SEATED workouts.

I've saved these to my gmail account so I can jump to them at any time, along with this one for stretches

as well as one for an online timer so that I don't sit for TOO long without a good stretch!
Woops! There, it's going off! Time for a stretch! thanks, Spark!



Sunday, November 11, 2012

Yesterday I rested my knee except for the time on the bike. Since I may face eventual knee surgery, I decided to take a look at the exercises that were recommended to strengthen the involved muscles before surgery. Since the majority have you lying down I decided to do them when I went to bed. So, that's what I did. They weren't too sternuous, but I could feel it. "THIS is good!" And afterwards my knee actually did seem to be less rebellious. So I'll keep up these lying-down exercises. Of course, I can't discount that many have also been praying for me. A little bit of this, a little bit of that...Shel

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PARKERB2 11/11/2012 8:45AM

    Hope the surgery goes well. It's good your doing some exercises now.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

I have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, notably in the knees, and am" a good candidate for surgery". I thank God I have been able to continue working out on my bike - and was told this is also very good for the condition. I find it helps me "loosen up" and I don't seem to need to take as many NSAIDs (usually aspirin). But yesterday my left knee did its thing again, sending a sharp pain which hobbled me just as I was getting ready to go to a Women of Influence conference at my church. Roo! emoticon I took aspirin and elevated my legs and waited for the pain to subside. I take a diuretic for blood pressure which gets me up to pee a couple times during the night, and it was tricky going. Of course babying the left knee put more strain on the right hip which has also given me problems in turn. I decided not to attend the conference today either. Again, roo! emoticon But after breakfasting and watching a Christmasy movie and reading the Bible I decided to give the bike a try - and was relieved that I could still pedal with no problem (though I was ready to ahlt if necessary) - something to do with how the weight is distributed, I thought I'd hold off surgery till summer vacation. I hope I may yet do so. We'll see. Meanwhile...I have to be careful, getting movement and exercise without exacerbating the problem.

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MIKESCHICKY 11/10/2012 10:03PM

    pain is tough :(
I had to have my hip redone a few years back and I remember. Makes you glad you're alive now and not 100 years ago :)
Maybe you can look into seated type exercise option for rounding out your program.
Hang in there !!

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BLONDEE53 11/10/2012 6:41PM

    Shel, you are sure in my prayers my friend! You are doing good in your self-care. I need to follow your example! emoticon

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