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It Just Gets Easier

Sunday, July 15, 2012

emoticon June was a tough month for me and I didn't think I would be saying "it just gets easier" but here I am, just two weeks into July, and it's true! Walking is finally starting to be a habit with me

emoticon I like to eat, and I think I might have sabotaged my healthy lifestyle by sneaking in snacks now and then that were just putting me over the top. Over the top on fat and sugar, but causing me to fall short on nutrition, like proper protein and carbs. Sodium was also a downfall at times, and of course things like chips are loaded with sodium. But sodium can sneak up on you in places you aren't aware of also -- like canned soups and some of the TV dinners. It may look like a good deal on first glance, when you see it's only 280 calories; but read ALL the statistics and you'll see the sodium is usually in the unhealthy range.

emoticon By walking both morning and evening I found the steps added up so much easier and so much faster. Sometimes I add in a few things that I can do around the house. Now the arthritis doesn't bother me so much, and I'm figuring out when to space in my pain meds so it does me the most good.

emoticon It's definitely "happy dance" time for me. My loss the first week was 1.6 pounds and the week that just went by sees me down 2 pounds. WooHoo!

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JACK714 7/20/2012 7:44AM

    Good for you. Consistency is the key.

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NEEKEPOO 7/18/2012 8:21AM

    Yay! I think Ill log in a few fitness points today doing a happy dance for you! I always LOVE a reason to celebrate! Keep up the good work!

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PSMITH3841 7/17/2012 10:26AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Good for you! It won't be long now..... emoticon

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LYNETTEMOM 7/17/2012 2:07AM

    good for you! I hope to be hot on your trail again soon.

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CATLADY52 7/16/2012 5:53PM

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/16/2012 7:22AM

    Glad your doing so well keep up the good work and thanks for the blog
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VETTRANGER 7/16/2012 1:18AM

    Thanks for the note on my page too. I just try to pick out blogs for my 5 daily points where I think I can make a helpful suggestion. The grape tomatoes were a big part of my getting over the "bad snacks" LOL, so I recommend that often.

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KISAKATT 7/16/2012 12:45AM

    Way to go!! Those are some great habits and it's good to hear you're feeling better too!

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DIDMIS 7/15/2012 11:49PM

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VETTRANGER 7/15/2012 11:43PM

    For snacks, the key for me were to keep grape tomatoes on hand. Good ones are as sweet as candy, but are only 2 calories each. Great progress on the walking!

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Exercises for Inside the House

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

emoticon You hear the weather forecast and learn the temperatures will be 100+ for the next several weeks! That's not surprising if you live in Arizona, and lots of other states are too hot to get out and enjoy outdoor exercise. The temperatures may not be as hot but add humidity and it makes exercise an unattractive option.

I'm basically pretty lazy when it comes to exercise. I'm forced to do it or my arthritis will win, and I won't be able to move at all. Now it's super hot outside, but I know if I stop exercising I will suffer even worse. I've come up with a plan.

1. I do 25 push-ups by the sink or by a chest of drawers. I try to do this about 3 times each day, and that's 25 each time. Build up to that number if you have to.

2. I do leg lifts, which work the muscles in my legs and stretches them at the same time. I do about 10 on each leg, and try to do 3 reps.

3. Nothing to do with exercise, but it's a good idea to drink a glass of water after each of these.

4. Squats are a great exercise, and even if you just do a few at a time, you're up there moving. Try doing a few during the commercials on TV.

5. Develop your own set of stretches. Reach for the sky, one arm at a time, then both together.
Stretch down to the floor. When you touch the tip of your fingers to the floor you're a winner; when you can place your whole hand on the floor (without bending your knees) you are really awesome! Don't forget the side to side twists --keep that waistline trim.

6. I make a game with myself. I can read 10 pages of a book. Then I have to get up and walk 150 steps to help out on my pedometer. I can read 10 more, then do my push-ups. 10 more and I do another exercise. It all adds up --you'll see the difference on the scale, and also when you try on those skinny jeans.

These are just a few of the little movements you can get in. You will come up with many of your own. I like to keep a list of these small movements I can make during the day -- I read an article telling about moves like I've mentioned, and I think "why didn't I think of that -- it's something I can do."

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RAWHIDE64 7/19/2012 2:29PM

    Fantastic tips. That's a great way to work the program.

Lew

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PSMITH3841 7/17/2012 10:22AM

    Good tips....occasionally, when I feel I've not exercised like I should have, I have Zoey chase me up and down the stairs....Just a couple times gets us both panting and ready for some water! Plus, we've both burned excess calories. Most of the time, when a good tune comes on , we will Dance! Zoey loves to dance and she usually gets a "treat" after it's over. emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 7/16/2012 1:04PM

    Great ideas, all!!! Thank you!! emoticon

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CATLADY52 7/13/2012 6:28PM

    That is the kind of routine I like. Unstructured workouts I think woud be the way to describe them. emoticon

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4_MY_LIFE 7/12/2012 2:18PM

    Great ideas!!

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JACK714 7/12/2012 8:51AM

    Good suggestions.

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NONNAJEANIE 7/12/2012 7:57AM

    What a wonderful and timely post! It has been so extremely hot, just the heat has been de-energizing. But your ideas come to the rescue. Good ways to get the inertia going the other way. Thank you for being a great cheerleader!

Jeanie

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/12/2012 7:18AM

    emoticonIdeas will have to give them a try I do like the one read your book then exercise really like that one keep up the good work
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SHARPISTOL 7/11/2012 10:45PM

    emoticon I have a similar plan, that I do, when stuck inside, also! But, just to add to your list, I, also, jump all around, waving my arms, just acting silly, when I have a few minutes, like when I am microwaving something, waiting to let my dog back in, etc. I try to keep moving every second that I have, or find; just to burn a few calories. I find this more refreshing, and productive; than just sitting down, doing nothing. I see those as wasted minutes, or seconds; when I could have been doing some sort of exercising, or stretching! Keep doing what you are doing! More power to you!

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Poem about an angel

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A drunk man in an Oldsmobile
They said had run the light
That caused the six-car pileup
On 109 that night.

When broken bodies lay about
And blood was everywhere,
The sirens screamed out eulogies,
For death was in the air.

A mother, trapped inside her car,
Was heard above the noise;
Her plaintive plea near split the air:
Oh, God, please spare my boys!

She fought to loose her pinned hands;
She struggled to get free,
But mangled metal held her fast
In grim captivity.

Her frightened eyes then focused
On where the back seat once had been,
But all she saw was broken glass and
Two children's seats crushed in.

Her twins were nowhere to be seen;
She did not hear them cry,
And then she prayed they'd been thrown free,

Oh, God, don't let them die!

Then firemen came and cut her loose,
But when they searched the back,
They found therein no little boys,
But the seat belts were intact.

They thought the woman had gone mad
And was traveling alone,
But when they turned to question her,
They discovered she was gone.

Policemen saw her running wild
And screaming above the noise
In beseeching supplication,
Please help me find my boys!

They're four years old and wear blue shirts;
Their jeans are blue to match.
One cop spoke up, They're in my car,
And they don't have a scratch.

They said their daddy put them there
And gave them each a cone,

Then told them both to wait for Mom
To come and take them home.
I've searched the area high and low,
But I can't find their dad.

He must have fled the scene,
I guess, and that is very bad.

The mother hugged the twins and said,
While wiping at a tear,
He could not flee the scene, you see,
For he's been dead a year.

The cop just looked confused and asked,
Now, how can that be true?
The boys said, Mommy, Daddy came
And left a kiss for you.

He told us not to worry
And that you would be all right,
And then he put us in this car with
The pretty, flashing light.

We wanted him to stay with us,
Because we miss him so,
But Mommy, he just hugged us tight
And said he had to go.

He said someday we'd understand
And told us not to fuss,
And he said to tell you, Mommy,
He's watching over us.

The mother knew without a doubt
That what they spoke was true,
For she recalled their dad's last words,
I will watch over you...

The firemen's notes could not explain
The twisted, mangled car,
And how the three of them escaped
Without a single scar.

But on the cop's report was scribed,
In print so very fine,
An angel walked the beat tonight on Highway 109.

  
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PSMITH3841 7/11/2012 12:33PM

    Oh my goodness! I have got a lump in my throat the size of Rhode Island! Beautiful poem ....I do believe, I do, I do, I do!!!! emoticon

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MEEZERMOM2 7/11/2012 8:20AM

    I've read it before, but it gives me shivers every time!

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/11/2012 7:22AM

    I had read that one before brings tears to my eyes emoticon
and after reading Heaven is for Real I do believe there are Angels watching over us
Thanks for the blog
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ARTJAC 7/11/2012 12:42AM

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ONUTHIN125 7/10/2012 6:53PM

    How lovely, I do believe that angels are all around us. emoticon

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    That is lovely. emoticon emoticon

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What I Learned in June!

Saturday, July 07, 2012

emoticon But it takes effort! I didn't put enough effort into June and my bad choices were reflected in the bad numbers on my scale!

emoticon All is not lost if you made a mistake and learned from it. I learned that while 30 minutes of walking is not a lot of exercise, it is much better than NO EXERCISE!

emoticon I learned that by getting up at 5:30 in the morning for my initial walk, I can sometimes get the awesome amount of up to 8000 steps in a day! For me that's great!

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Fruits and vegetables should abound in your daily menu -- it keeps you on track and you will see emoticon results. When you step on the emoticon you will do a Happy emoticon and you'll have a big emoticon on your face!

When you ignore what you know you "should" be doing you will end up like this. emoticon

  
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ONUTHIN125 7/11/2012 8:52PM

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PSMITH3841 7/10/2012 1:00PM

    So True!!!! (Not to mention a fun read!) emoticon

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4_MY_LIFE 7/10/2012 8:14AM

    Yes! emoticon

And getting up at 530 to walk helps a lot.

July is going to be a wonderful month.

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JACK714 7/9/2012 12:50PM

    I see this is what you learned in June. Some of those lessons we seem to learn over and over. I like your lessons learned.

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TERRIH8118 7/7/2012 12:21PM

    emoticon Is'nt that the truth. Great blog

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/7/2012 7:47AM

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LIS193 7/7/2012 4:54AM

    Great report on the past month - let's make July count!
I need to get back with the program when we get back from our vacation on the 18th - still leaves me nearly 2 weeks to "work it".
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Exercising when in pain

Friday, July 06, 2012

emoticon Years ago I had a doctor diagnose me with arthritis. The bottoms of my feet would hurt when I would walk too much. He told me if I would buy Move Free at Walmart it should do the trick. I did as he advised and it seemed to work for me. As time went by I have tried various forms of Glucissamine and Chondrotin (which I have probably spelled wrong) that was contained in the medication. And eventually I did not even seem to need it any longer. I had a few other symptoms of arthritis, like swollen ankles and swollen wrists, but neither of those hurt, so I didn't pay much attention to it.

About a year ago I started to experience in my right hip when I would lay in that position too long at night as I was sleeping. The pain was severe enough to awaken me, causing me to change my position. Then my left knee started giving me problems. I could move it in the direction necessary for walking, but any sideways type of movement would bring shooting pain. I saw a doctor again and was told "it's arthritis, sorry, there is nothing we can do." Now it does not seem to me that there would be NOTHING they can do for arthritis in today's age! For the pain in my hip they offered a cortisone shot. The first time it kept me more or less pain free for an entire year. I had another shot in January, and by June my hip was hurting again, worse than before. Pain pills started to be a common part of my medications.

Then about 3 weeks ago I had not walked my dog (she's 7-1/2 years old) for about 3 days due to the extreme heat in the Phoenix area. When I reached down to pet her, she yelped as my hand brushed over her hind legs. I realized she too had developed arthritis. I cried, thinking she would be in pain and would eventually have to be put to sleep. But then I started reading all I could find out about arthritis. One of the most important things that stuck in my mind is that exercise actually helps keep those hurting joints more limber, and pain free. Exercise can be something as simple as WALKING. The very next morning I got up at 5:30 when it was still cool enough for both of us to be outside walking. She seemed to take to it very well, and I'll have to admit after walking a mile or so, my hips felt better too.

It has now been 3 weeks that we have been getting up early and we try to walk about 1-1/2 miles each morning on our walks. If we manage to get in another walk in the evening, so much better for us, as this is a case where more is better! Yes, I still take pain medication as necessary, but I feel so much better than if I had just set around watching TV or laying in bed hurting. I will not go so far as to say that walking will benefit everyone who suffers from arthritic pain, but as it is free and available to all -- why not give it a try!

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OLDERDANDRT 7/16/2012 12:59PM

    Yep! Same here! Way to go!!

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ONUTHIN125 7/11/2012 9:07PM

    emoticon My husband has arthritis. We began a new walking routine this morning. I hope that walking helps him as much as it has helped you and Amber. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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PSMITH3841 7/10/2012 1:13PM

    I have arthritis also. I had to have my hips replaced because of the deterioration caused by this condition. If I didn't keep dancing and exercising, my joints would seize up on me and I would be an immobile lump! Rainy, damp-cold days stiffen me up a bit, but up & down the steps a few times, and a quick walk with Zoey, I'm ready to rock & roll!!!!!You're giving great advice! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROBBGIN 7/9/2012 2:02PM

    Some good advice. I've got arthritis from my toes to my neck and have a great deal of pain....but I keep moving around. That old saying,"move it or lose it" is so true. I'll be glad when fall weather and cooler temperatures are here once again.

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CATLADY52 7/6/2012 4:04PM

    Walking early in the day is a practice I am trying to establish. I did it four times in the last week and will try to get another one in tomorrow. emoticon

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NONNAJEANIE 7/6/2012 10:20AM

    Right on, Lady!! I keep a picture on my refrigerator to remind me to "Never Stop Moving" - letters are people doing yoga poses. You may have seen it.

Another thing that seems to help with the hips are IT band stretches. You lay on your back and extend your legs toward the ceiling. Then gently cross your right leg towards the left and hold a few seconds, then repeat on the other side. We did this in Pilates class for several weeks, and lo and behold, all my hip pain disappeared. I must stress, do it gently and don't hurt yourself doing it.

Thanks for another great blog!! KOKO!!



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STILLFLYIN 7/6/2012 9:51AM

    Same thing here! Except I have had to find ways and places to walk inside.

Keep on moving so you CAN keep on moving!
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VITCHY-VICKI 7/6/2012 7:17AM

    emoticon emoticonWalking is good for everyone and if it helps with our arthritis then I will keep walking great blog thanks
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TRISTAROSE 7/6/2012 6:52AM

    I agree ... walking is great exercise and I walk every morning for at least 30 minutes. It does help to keep moving and it also relieves my stress. So glad you and Amber are on the move and I hope it continues to help you both!

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LIS193 7/6/2012 5:50AM

    Moving keeps everything going! I find I "seize up" when I don't move enough.
Keep at it!
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SHOES17 7/6/2012 1:12AM

    I have found that the more I move the less I hurt. Sitting in the same position for long periods of time really makes me hurt. I wish you the best. Keep moving and let us know how it goes! emoticon

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