Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Like the priceless pieces of art in the Louve, your body is also a work of art. Look in the mirror or take a picture and look at it closely. Consider it to be your blank canvas. What are you going to do with that blank canvas? How are you going to paint your future? What is your muse?
My "muse" this year is my son's wedding! He's getting married in October - very exciting....BUT that means lots of professional pictures that family members will all see and keep. I don't want to be the biggest one in the pictures! I want to look better - for me, my DH, and my son & fiance. I want to feel good and be able to dance without pain in my knees. I don't want to limp down the aisle. I know that I can do this!
Even though I'm still heavy, I have lost weight. Not at break-neck speed or anything, but I'm still down 25 lbs. It's been a rough road - I take a lot of meds and have bad knees which hinder my weight loss, but I've learned lots and have made changes that have been healthy. I had knee surgery in September which helped me walk without my cane. I just went to my doc on Monday for my physical and came out with flying colors. My cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, A1C (for diabetes and controlled only by diet) are all perfect - and dropped from last year!! I was excited....the healthier eating is paying off! Now to get it to work as consistent weight loss is the goal. I'm back to exercising as well as tracking nutrition. I know that if I can get into "Onederland" I'll feel and look much better. I'm not trying to be perfect....just be a healthier me!
Friday, January 24, 2014
I was asked today if I had any suggestions on how to get more consistent participation for our challenges.
Good question! Sometimes I feel like I'm the Lone Ranger!!
We get a lot of people signing up, a good turn out the first week, then it drastically drops off as we continue to week 2, 3, 4.....WHY?
My answer: It's not for lack of fun....I love our challenges! But I think people disappear when they aren't doing well, and of course, that's when they should be on here the most!
For me, the challenges keep me trying - even if I've had a bad day - I'm reminded that I need to keep going (call it a "guilt trip"). Even if I'm the only person still posting on the thread, I'll keep doing it until the challenge is over. I don't like quitting, so it's motivating to me to see it to the end. It's something in my life I CAN control, and I don't do as well when I'm not logging or checking in - no one to watch so I slip into bad habits.
However, it can be a little lonesome, and I don't get the give and take that would benefit me more! So if you're one of those that lets it slide and stops posting....come back and play with me!! Maybe it'll remind you to keep going!
NEVER STOP - we are a work in progress, but unless you work at it, you'll never be successful.
I plan on being successful. I don't know when that will be achieved, but I WILL GET TO MY GOAL WEIGHT!
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Had arthroscopic surgery yesterday on my left knee....if it works, the right one is next!
It was way worse than the doc thought. I ended up having Stage 4 OA (osteoarthritis)...the worst it can be...which my previous MRI and xrays didn't show. Originally, he saw bone spurs on the underside of my knee cap, and I have no cartilage in that knee as well. For the surgery, he was going to scrape the bone spurs from the underside of my knee cap and clean up anything else he saw.
After going in, he discovered bone spurs on the back of my knee as well, and both of my meniscus were completely torn. He scraped it all and cut away pieces that shouldn't be there (from the meniscus). It caused some bleeding inside, but he's hoping some of the work will stimulate cartilage growth (that would be nice!), and cleaned it up so that I can walk much better (I use a cane for any type of distances right now.)
I don't have any pain really and I can walk around with full pressure (assisted by my crutches for stability right now).
I'm going to keep moving and walking (the more you do, the less scar tissue builds up and better range of motion there is).
I want this to work!! I have our son's wedding in a year that I want to be at without a cane....and dance at too!
Now that would make me happy!!
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