Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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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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.
Friday, July 06, 2012
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!
It's working for us!
Saturday, June 30, 2012
When I was a kid and company came over (usually relatives) we either had fried chicken, hamburgers, or fish fries. Why? Probably because we raised all of those items, or in the case of the fish, we had a creek running at the end of our property. We combined these foods with baked beans and potato salad.
Milk and cookies ruled at our house when I was married and my own children were growing up. Another favorite was toasted cheese sandwiches. Back then my favorite "company" food was lasagna -- lots of work, but it was something everyone loved and it was a one-dish meal.
Even as the kids grew up and moved away from home, I noticed that my food choices seemed to go in cycles. I was now eating more fish and seafood -- something I thought was "beneath me" back in my pre-teen years. Salads worked their way into my menus more often also. It took me until I was about 50 years old to have to watch my weight (lucky me) but as soon as the FAT CELLS discovered my body, they didn't want to leave.
Retirement came along and it seemed someone was always having a "cocktail party" and it was heavy on the appetizers to go with. Each hostess would try to out-do her predecessor by adding another item to the menu until the "drinks and nibblies" suddenly were full-fledged meals! And of course little by little the waistlines expanded. Steak was on the menu regularly, plus the baked potato and salad. Wouldn't have been too bad if it wasn't for that potato being piled down with butter and sour cream. No one seemed too interested in turning down dessert either.
So now, suddenly we are facing the reality of our poor choices. Now we are striving for that Healthy Lifestyle! Instead of cocktail parties I'm checking into menu's that will keep me in my 1200 calorie per day range, and checking outdoor temperatures to try and get in a mile or two walk. When in the city it's the easiest to just drive over to the gym and get a nice workout. There is an old saying "Better Late Than Never" -- this applies to our life -- yes, YOURS and MINE! We've had our fun, now it's time to be practical about what we're stuffing our faces with so instead of a cocktail, I drink a glass of water; instead of canapés, I snack on sugar-free, fat-free pudding or a 1-oz. serving of nuts; instead of butter and sour cream on my baked potato I use fat-free or low-fat sour cream; and I grill or broil my fish and forgo the NY steak! And especially say no-no to the ribeye! Dessert? Let me check to see what my calorie count is so far today -- perhaps a bowl of mixed fruit.
Yes, changes come to everyone's life, and if you choose wisely that life can be a good one and continue on for a good many years of healthy, happy living!
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