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When exercising of any kind is hard to DO

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sometimes disability issues get to me. Ok, the pain part stinks, but I know that when pain makes even basic activity like walking from one room to another difficult: exercise when I hurt, if you can follow this, is hard...but essential.

Today I'm hurting big-time. Day 2 of a weather-change-induced fms flare. My hands and ankles have arthritic bumps: swelling that appears where it is hurthing from the arthritis. Yup, both the fms and arthritis are in rare form today. Sure would be easy to just read all day. While today IS a designated "down day" for the most part, I will do what I did yesterday: be more aware of my need to move somehow!!

Yesterday morning I vowed to walk 10,000 steps, knowing full well that since I hurt it was a huge goal. The weather was fantastic, but I couldn't really enjoy it: walking outdoors would have meant being too far from where I could rest if necessary, so I walked inside. My goal was 10,000 steps and I am still delighted that while I missed the goal I managed 8,045.

Why should I be happy even if I missed a goal?

Because without that goal I would never have walked 1,000 steps.

Today's goal has no numbers. Today I vowed to simply get up and move for at least 10 minutes every hour. Just to MOVE. Stretches. Walking. Anything. But to MOVE.

Knowing how much to push yourself when you know that any movement will worsen pain is a huge hurdle to exercise when you have a chronic pain condition. Over time you learn which pains are 'normal' albeit sharp and often debilitating. And you learn when to rest and when to push through the pain even just a little. It's a tough situation, because it would be sooo easy to just say "gee I'm hurting, so I'm not going to do ANYthing!'!!!

When exercising of any kind is hard to do, one must be honest with oneself internally. Forget the advice or recommendation of the well-intentioned friends or writers of articles and set your own criteria for goal-setting.

When I hurt most I still do some form of exercise. My definition of exercise is quite different from years gone by when there were no physical limitations. And doing my daily stretch routine is easy many days and exhausting on others. But I do the routine because I must. One of my main goals in all exercise is an end-result that luckily some people can't understand: exercising helps me look normal. I have an "invisible disability": chronic pain. When I don't move the muscles, they hurt more and I walk like a person in pain. So the appearance that changes most because of my upping my activity level is not a more svelte figure: it's that I don't limp, that I can pick up a gallon of milk and move it from the grocery refrigerator shelf to the cart without causing anyone to think "what's wrong with HER?" To be able to move in a store or walk in a park and have no one notice me... is actually pretty neat!

Today I'm hurting. I've done one set of stretches and walked around my home in room-to-room circles for 15 minutes two times. Yes, I wish I were outside walking around the block but I can't do that today. Instead, I'll push myself toward reduced limits.

But I will move.
I will up my activity level beyond what my inclination seems to desire.
Because sitting around will just not help me one bit.

ANY movement is better than none!!

  
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RAINBOWSEND11 4/13/2011 9:27PM

    wrong place

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RAINBOWSEND11 4/12/2011 12:34PM

    You are an amazing woman. Nothing keeps you down and that is really great. Your attitude is positive and caring. You make others get going, because if you can we can.

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GOANNA2 4/12/2011 3:41AM

    You have such a fighting, don't give up attitude Carol.
You are amazing and to do over 8000 steps is fantastic.
You motivate me when my athritis sets in but it is nowhere
as bad as yours. If you can do this with all your pain, then
there's no reason why I can't get my a into g and get moving.

I hope you have a great week with less pain my friend. emoticon

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CHAS1949 4/10/2011 4:03PM

    8000 + steps is amazing with what you are going through!! You rock!! Just be careful. I hope you won't push beyond safety! Each of us has their own set of challenges, but more active for US is the plan. I have a Spark Friend that walks/runs over 25.000 steps....I don't get discouraged because she can do more....I just hope that some day 25,000 sounds easy
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EMMANYC 4/10/2011 1:16PM

    What great attitude and fortitude you have! I don't have chronic pain, but I have some issues that flare up from time to time (e.g., back trouble). That pain has made me appreciate my ability to move and exercise when I don't hurt, but I must admit I'm not as motivated as you are to move when I do hurt. I've got some surgery coming up and I'll need to develop a plan that has me moving - appropriately in light of recovery timeframes.

I hope tomorrow is a better day for you.

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My opinion on smoking

Thursday, April 07, 2011

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MILLYMOUSE1 4/9/2011 7:50AM

    I am an ex smoker and can't stand the smell of the things. agreeing with Anna there should be a boundary at every building that you can't smoke. On the way home today we had to stop at a tavern as I needed to go to the ladies, there were 2 men and 1 woman sitting on a bench directly outside the door. I had to take a breath in, cover my mouth to enter in through the door.

Not a Happy Bunny emoticon Smoker Ahead grrrrr

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1TRULYBLESSED 4/8/2011 6:25PM

    I was an on-again, off-again social smoker when I was younger; by the grace of God, I never became addicted. My husband told me that, had he seen me smoking back then, he would never have asked me out. Twenty-three years later, I am SO glad I was in my off-again stage when he & I met!!

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CHAS1949 4/8/2011 5:25PM

    I wish it was that easy. My husband smokes and even if he smokes outside...it comes in with him on his clothing and breathing. I can't/won't quit my husband...so I guess I will be a "2nd hand smoker" until it kills me :(

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PAULALALALA 4/8/2011 9:23AM

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GOANNA2 4/8/2011 1:42AM

    I'm with you a hundred percent. emoticon
Australia is going to bring out mandatory plain (no logo)
cigarette packaging and they will jsut have messages
that smoking is bad for your health. I hate waiting at a
bus stop and breathing in sometimes smoke. It is horrible
in apartment buildings too. emoticon

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Memories of my friend's music

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

My friend Eric collected - and played - guitars. Of all sorts. He had a 'day job', but lived formusic - the weekend gigs. No, never famous, but regarded as great among those who heard him.. Some would say "he sure knows country" and others thought him a heckuva good stoner. (Some people can't tell a stoner from a musician when they can't get past the music.) His drug of choice was the same as mine: coffee. He played in clubs, for vets at the VA Hospital, in the VFW's near him, for parties...for any excuse to jam or just let loose. Country. Classic rock. Heavy Metal. The classification didn't matter, only the technique, as he switched from guitar to guitar according to which sound suited. We were pals, both loving music; but he could play, I only could listen. He died Christmas Day. But I'll always remember his music.

Certain songs remind me of him. Not because of the lyrics, but because of the guitars.
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"Money for Nothing"
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDpMqKSrr7Y
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_jpWumPnxc

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feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=M
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This one's for you, old friend, Jeff Beck, like you!, made those strings sing!
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PARKERB2 4/5/2011 9:12PM

    Sorry about your loss. My grandson just got into guitars. They had their first gig and they enjoyed it very much. He's a great little chef so I'm pushing him in that direction as I love food, it loves me too HAHA. Glad you can remember your friend fondly by his guitars. emoticon

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BUNNONE 4/5/2011 6:32PM

    What a beautiful tribute to your friend. As a fellow music lover, I was delighted to follow the links to two of my favs - Mark Knopler and Eric Clapton (his Unplugged cd rarely leaves the player in my car). Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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CHAS1949 4/5/2011 12:57PM

    Cool music...wonderful memories for you.

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Getting through candy temptation

Friday, April 01, 2011

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If you have left your home recently and entered a store,
whether a supermarket or the tee-store at the Club - you know that
the signs have been everywhere already and will strengthen:
throughout the next weeks stores and marketing campaigns will assault every sense they can attack on us. Merely leaving home will endanger us as we encounter the lure of pretty decorations, cute stuffed bunnies and chicks, and tons of candy in every store - including at sports equipment stores. Do not let fear of April candy calories worry you!
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Remember one simple rule and you will make it to May just fine:
Candy adds fewer calories to the diet when eaten after 10pm in a dark closet.
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CHAS1949 4/1/2011 3:44AM

    lol!!

Have a fun April Fool's day today!

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GOANNA2 4/1/2011 1:34AM

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Enjoy being who we have been, ARE, and are growing to become...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tonight I was going about some mundane chores, mind churning with thoughts and plans, and a song came to mind so strongly that I thought about it, and decided:

Mundane is ok; it's a part of the experience of life.... and is okay as long as that is not all there IS in one's life. I continued to think about things I've accomplished, ignoring regrets and wishful-thinking-lost, and felt empowered by the very real positives of my life - past, present and hopefully future, too.

Sometimes a gal just has to sit back,
truly appreciate ! who she is
and feel proud of her reality.

Helen Reddy's song sums up all the details into lyrics that cover it all:
"I Am Woman"
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLV4BBmjnzM&
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GOANNA2 3/31/2011 6:17AM

    Amen to that. Yes, I am Woman and proud to be one. emoticon

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CHAS1949 3/31/2011 12:14AM

    Thank goodness we CAN roar!! I am glad to have the opportunities that were not available to my mom's generation.

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