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!!
Thursday, April 25, 2013
LOOK OUT ETHYL....I'M STARTING A STREAK!!
What streak will I start? Well, I've decided to do WPU's daily. Just a small amount every time I go to the restroom.
Why you ask? Because when my arms move, I could probably take off and fly!
Another Reason? It keeps me doing some exercise in a routine, which I have trouble with.
I read a great article in my Weight Watcher's magazine (May/June 2013 issue) called "Baby Steps":
"You've decided to lose weight, and the first couple of weeks go according to plan. But by the third, you're back on the couch again, pizza in hand, wondering if your barely used sneakers could score a few bucks on eBay.
So what's the secret behind keeping a healthy habit - not for a month or a year, but for the rest of your ife? One day, as I was picking out socks after a shower, it hit me: The key to forming habits is in the "after." Think about it: AFTER I get out of the shower, I get dressed - as if on autopilot. AFTER I brush, I floss. "These are what I call "anchoring" behaviors, and they are what habits are built on. After I had this lightbulb moment, everything else fell into place, and I soon figured out the three (totally doable) steps to adopting a healthy habit.
STEP 1 - SHRINK YOUR GOAL: You know the drill when it comes to being healthier: You try and fail, try and fail again. What slips people up is that they usually take a giant leap, like vowing to eat a salad for lunch every day. But this rarely works. The solution: Take the first step toward your goal by adopting a small habit. How small? I'm talking miniscule, like eating one baby carrot at lunch or just opening a vitamin container - you don't even have to swallow a capsule! For me, my goal was to improve my upper body strength, so my mini-habit was to do two push-ups at a time - much easier than aiming to do 20 in one go.
STEP 2 - ID YOUR ANCHOR: If you want to create a new habit, you need to have something that prompts, or anchors it. Think of an action you perform daiy (or several times a day) that could serve as your anchoring behavior - in other words, what will you do just before practicing your new habit? For example, I decided to perform my two push-ups after using the bathroom. That happens several times a day, so the number of push-ups I do in 24 hours quickly multiplied.
STEP 3 - CELEBRATE! This is the fun part: Every time you complete the habit, reward yourself. I'm not talking about a new pair of shoes; I mean literally throw your hands in the air and do a happy dance as soon as you pop open the vitamin jar. It may seem silly, but if you start by simply acknowledging the act, eventually the habit will naturally evolve into your taking a vitamin each morning or eating a whole handful of baby carrots with your lunch. Case in point: My two push-ups soon became five at a time, and now I'm easily doing 70 a day.
If my plan sounds easy, that's because it is. Sure, you'll have to solve the puzzle of your own behavior (maybe you'll choose the wrong anchor and need to rethink). But once the habits begin to stick, you'll wonder why you didn't take baby steps sooner!"
So, I decided I could do something routine as well and get my arms in shape - or better shape! STREAK!! Not just this week, but hopefully a continued habit!
Friday, April 12, 2013
How do I keep going when temptation strikes?? Good question!
Well, I actually have a lot of trouble with that since I yo-yo a lot. I'm really good during the day....breakfast, lunch, snacks - I'm home alone and eat a routine set of things for those meals. So why don't I consistently lose weight? Dinners, weekends and company.
Our dinners are usually good, but it's sprinkled in with not-so-great if my mom is visiting (she will want to go out a bit more or bring in food), and that makes it tougher. Sometimes my son is over (about 2 times during the week) and he wants "home cooking" - comfort food. I know, I can make choices. Sometimes I make healthy meals, and sometimes we have something that is his favorite and it's over my calories for the day.
Our weekends are pretty routine - we usually go out to a local hole-in-the wall place on Friday night, and I eat on the lighter side during the day and pick lighter fare for dinner. On Saturday we go to the movies, and usually get something quick for dinner before going. Sometimes I have part of my DH's popcorn (he insists on buying it there) and sometimes I remember to bring my own and sneak it in.
It seems to just be a culmination of it all - that half healthy, half not-so-healthy that keeps me at a standstill. SO, back to the question of the hour.....how do I stay motivated when these temptations strike?? LOGGING MY FOOD and BEING ON THIS CHALLENGE!! Plus, I'M TIRED OF NOT LOSING!!
I like getting points for staying within my calorie range - it motivates me to log my nutrition and do well.
I am tired of stepping on the scale and hearing it groan (or is that me??) - NOPE....it's my darn Wii Fit that makes those "oh" sounds when you stand on it. Good grief....I want to actually have that thing move consistently down and not tell me I'm "obese" all the time!!
It's time I take responsibility for my actions. I know what I'm supposed to be doing - I've been at it most of my life! Now I'm actually moving forward and making better choices this week - CONSISTENTLY - and I'm hoping it pays off when I stand on the scale this morning!!
No matter what, I will continue. I want to be able to lose the weight I need so I can get knee surgery and feel like the age I am.....not older than my Mom!
Got to get moving.....
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