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Thursday, March 05, 2009

I have a neuroma in my foot. This is caused by two bones rubbing together (due to bad genetics); which then cause inflammation around the nerve; which causes major pain in the 'balls' of your foot. The course of action is cortisone shots, rest (no walking for exercise), and when the inflammation resides, getting fit for orthotics. I will be sidelined for at least a month. Now, I'm major stressed about gaining weight. I can't put excessive weight on my foot, so how am I to get cardio? I also do not belong to a gym--I can't afford it. Grr. Does any body have any tips? Oh, and I live in a condo with no garage to store items like a bicycle.

  
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ASH72461 3/5/2009 11:46AM

  how about an exerccise bike
it might help if you have one

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MISSENG 3/5/2009 11:17AM

    Sorry, I read your SparkPage instead of your blog. I would follow doctor's orders to rest. However, here are some ideas found online:

Swimming is great exercise whenever there are limitations to joints and limbs.

If there is no way to go swimming, lay on your back and bicycle with your feet in the air. The main thing is that you move your body more than you did before. Doing leg lifts while sitting in a chair will increase your heart rate if you do it long enough. Lay on your side and lift one leg at a time. Sit, posture stable, in a chair and do arm exercise, then twist side to side. Just keep a steady fluid motion going and your heart rate will increase. Once you have been doing the exercises for a while you might feel like they are too easy. When doing the arm exercises, grab a couple of canned veggies/water bottles for weights. As long as you keep a steady motion for 45 minutes, you will burn calories.

You can also try seated aerobics. Lisa Ericson, ex-figure skater, has an aerobics video for seated able-bodied or disabled people that is actually quite a challenge for any level athlete. She, herself, demonstrates the movements from her wheelchair and includes several levels of exertion. Her enthusiasm is infectious! For more information about the product or ordering information, you can visit her website at http://www.seatedaerobics.com.



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THENAMESLISA 3/5/2009 9:37AM

    BUMMER! I'd be worried about the same thing. This sounds crazy, but you might search for exercises for the elderly or for wheelchair bound people. You could do some upper body exercises with dumb bells and/or resistance bands. Don't know if they have anything in your area like this, but I have some friends that use the local Holiday Inn indoor pool for a small fee. Some high schools or colleges have pools that may charge a nominal fee.

Hope your foot heals in record time.

YOU WILL MAKE IT THROUGH THIS ROADBLOCK!!

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OKPARROTTHEAD 3/5/2009 9:13AM

    Hey Girl...Sorry to hear about your foot... I hope everything works out ok. But I have some ideas for you. You can still get some exercise without using your legs. You can do like punching exercises. Kinda like tae bo without jumping around. that might help a little, also lie on your back and do "bicycles" like you used to do when you were a kid, that will get your heart rate up a little and you might not be able to lose any weight, but you could keep your weight steady until you get back.

Let me know if you need anything...
Love ya,
Lisa

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STEPHAM1 3/5/2009 8:32AM

    Oh - sorry to hear this. Only ideas I have would be to watch portion sizes and what you're eating. Then is there someplace you could go swimming, do water aerobics or something that doesn't put weight on your foot. Check your local YMCA or college if you have them, there can be reduced rates if you qualify and you can look at it as a temporary expense. Also, keep in mind you can still do exercises like sit-ups, push-ups, tricept work etc. to keep you strong and your metabolism up.

I hope this helps - I am no expert, so check with your doc first!

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SPARKLESSENCE 3/5/2009 8:14AM

    I'm so sorry you have this neuroma! I had a friend with one - it was called Morton's neuroma in her case - and yes, it was extremely painful. In her case, when she was able to do more walking, the orthotics really helped. I can tell you from my own experience that when I've been sidelined after breaking an ankle (!), etc., if I continue to track my eating and remember that being more sedentary will burn fewer calories, I still lose weight. If you lose a little conditioning, you'll be able to build back up - I promise! So enjoy the respite and heal well - emoticon - Sara emoticon

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Exercise is my goal today

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I will drink my water and exercise today. I am going to walk (I can't decide if it's too cold for a little one in a stroller) either at the mall or at the Nature Center. I am going to get out the WiiFit and do the strength exercises. That's what I am doing today. Uh, huh!

  


Pazcki Day!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

So to day is Pazcki Day (jelly doughnuts), or Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday. I've also been told it's pancake day. I am confident that this is my LAST (as a fat girl) Fat Tuesday. I am going to be soooo much more fit and fantastic this time next year. I am using this day as a turning point in my miserable outlook. I have been feeling very low and unmotivated as of late. But I am actually feeling much better since starting over with small goals. It's great how just making a small goal can set you on the path of much bigger ones. Small is good, I can't believe I forgot that.

  
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THENAMESLISA 3/5/2009 9:39AM

    Oh my...those are yummy. You can have one next year, if you've been a good girl.

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BYHISSTRENGTH 2/25/2009 10:09AM

    Keep up the great attitude!
You are right, small steps lead to great success.

God bless

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RUTHIEBEAR 2/25/2009 7:41AM

    I agree small steps are BIG!!! Looking at the big picture can be so overwhelming (I speak from experience), taking those small steps one at a time add up to BIG accomplishments. Keep up the great attitude! You can do this!

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MARICARMEN38 2/24/2009 1:47PM

  Congratulations on taking the first step! Keep up the good work!

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ASHLYNMOM 2/24/2009 11:06AM

    Keep up the motivation - those small goals helps everything seem so much more attainable!

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WANTABEE6 2/24/2009 10:36AM

    I personally love to make small goals.. they get you there faster and reinforces in your mind that I can do this. Same as for eating using a smaller plate makes my food portions look big so I don't have to go for seconds. And exercises they same started out with lower sets and eventually worked up to the whole sets.

Small is always better than jumping right in.

Congratulations on doing it. Pay offs are the Biggest Rewards.

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MOMOFFOUR95 2/24/2009 9:22AM

    You can do it; one baby step at a time. I think it's the best way, when your goal looks like a mountain can you really find the best way to tackle it. Make it into an ant hill and it is amazing the determination and motivation one can find to tackle it. Wishing you the best on your journey.

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JERI-ANN 2/24/2009 8:04AM

    Congratulations on your determination! Setting small goals is so much better than the large, long off goals , which can make you feel like your getting nowhere. I wish you the Best of Luck at reaching your goals!

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the brick wall in front of me

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I feel like I woke up with a brick wall in front of me. Like it just appeared there overnight. And now it is my job to remove the bricks, one by one.

I am still figuring out my feelings. I am so confused. I was doing so well. Nothing dramatic has happened in my life. Yet, I feel like I am stuck in quicksand.

I keep crying at random moments. I feel tired. Yet, I am still reaching for the first brick. Today, I will set a small goal of drinking all my water. I will praise myself for accomplishing that goal. I will take down this wall! One brick at a time.

  
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PRANDERS 2/19/2009 9:51PM

    Came by to thank you for the support and encouraging words on my blog and saw yours. I know that feeling myself and it will pass my friend. You are doing great and have so much to be proud of!! Take things slow and be easy with yourself...just like you said--One brick at a time. I'm here anytime you need to talk okay?
Your SP friend,
Pam A
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RUTHIEBEAR 2/19/2009 11:43AM

    First of all I am proud of you for reaching out and sharing your struggle with us. I, too, feel like the wall in front of me is overwhelming. What a great plan to take one step (brick) at a time. Work on that one, get it under sontrol, then tackle the next one. Key for me is tracking all of my food BEFORE i go into the kitchen. YOu can do this. That wall will come tumbling down. If I can help in any way, know I am here for you.
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Fears

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I have been thinking about why I have been so unmotivated. I have lost 20 pounds and I am proud. I am also scared. If I lose more--none of my clothes will fit and I do not have the money to buy more. I guess I'll have to go to Good Will. If I lose more--I will be in a new decade of numbers, that I can't remember when I saw them last. I guess I'm gonna have to get used to the "new" me. If I lose more--I just know I'm gonna have to deal with even more emotions (all that baggage). I guess I'm gonna have to get brave.

I am going to go a new direction here. I am going to focus on my feelings when reaching for food. I am going to figure out what I am holding on to that scares me so much. I am going to cry, laugh, deal.

Tell me everythings going to be okay. Tell me I CAN handle this. Lift me up.

  
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THENAMESLISA 3/5/2009 9:43AM

    I am also a garage sale and thrift store junkie. Don't let the need to buy smaller clothes get in your way. It's a small price to pay for better health and you deserve it!!

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TANGYTANGERINE 2/19/2009 11:46AM

    Just remember, we're here for you. Everything is going to be OK! Just remember, God never puts anything in front of you that you can't handle. And with our support together we can.... emoticon

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OKPARROTTHEAD 2/19/2009 4:22AM

    Don't forget about garage sales. I am a garage sale junkie. Until I get down to my goal weight, I hardly buy anything that is new. I go to Salvation Army or Good Will. It amazes me what people will get rid of. But there loss is my gain. Garage sales have to be my favorite though. My husband and I get up on Saturday mornings about 7 am and just go all over town to look for treasures. I am hoping to find some good finds this year since none of my clothes fit. Plus it is something that we do together.

I went through the some of the same feeling when I started my journey. I had been fat for so long, i was scared that my husband wouldn't like the "new" me. He is overweight as well and for the longest time it really worried me. When I would tell him that a client at work had commented on my weight loss, he would inquire if it was a man or woman, things like that. It is frightening to become a new person, even though you are still the beautiful person inside that you always have been, a new person is what is standing before you in the mirror and that can be scarry.

You have it inside of you to get over this hump and I am there for you....
Let me know what I can do to help you, ok

Your Friend,
Lisa

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BYHISSTRENGTH 2/17/2009 7:07PM

    You can do it! You are doing great! Step by step you will be victorious.

Keep up the good work and do not worry, God will provide you with all your needs.

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SEYMOUR213 2/17/2009 1:27PM

    You are doing exactly the right thing! You have to search the emotions and figure it all out, or the weight will go back on. It can be scary and painful, but I know you can get through it. And you will be so much better for doing so.

Warmest Wishes,

Cindy

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THENAMESLISA 2/17/2009 10:28AM

    I'm in the same situation, but it could be much worse. I buy the majority of my clothes at thrift stores. There are some really good deals at the mall now that are comparable to thrift store prices. I just bought a beautiful pair of dress pants for work that were a steal and by the time I had them professionally hemmed (to keep the cuff), they are really loose on me.

You may find some friends with clothes that may fit you till things get better.

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RUTHIEBEAR 2/17/2009 10:01AM

    WHew! Can I ever relate to this blog!!!! I, too, am still wearing clothes way too big, because I cannot afford to buy all new things. And with as much as I need to lose, it would mean buying clothes that I (HOPE) I will never have to wear again, because eventually they will be too big.
I, too, have been learning why I eat when I eat. I let emotions dictate for way too long. I am finally getting that under control. None of this is easy.
But the bottom line is YOU CAN DO THIS!!! And we are all with you all the way. Reaching out and sharing your fears is a good start. Many of us have been there and can offer you encouragement. No, it is not easy, but it is worth it!
Keep up the good work! And remember, I am always here for you!
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SHER116 2/17/2009 9:35AM

    This road you have chosen has many turns that can scare us. But what a rush. It's like going up the big hill in the roller coaster. It is exciting, scary and thrilling all at the same time. There is great joy, freedom and peace at the other side of that door. Don't stop before the miracle happens. Always when things feel tough, there is a freedom on the other side. We'll hold your hand. Let's go!!

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STARRHEGER 2/17/2009 9:23AM

    Everything's going to be okay. You can handle this! You can do it in HIs Strength for His Glory. These are wonderful challenges to have. I'd much rather need new clothes because i've lost weight, not gained. Rejoice!

Let not your heart be troubled
Starr

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ALANHUDSON 2/17/2009 9:18AM

  I've gone to Salvation Army alot.
My daughter shops there all the time.Many of the things still have the price tags on them.There is no shame in going there,it saves you money and helps those less fortunate.
The rewards are more important,than worrying about the store you go to.
Thank God you'll be healthier,and more attractive,and FEEL BETTER,TOO.
You can get through this,God bless.

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STARTINGOVER05 2/17/2009 9:16AM

  Take a breath....and another. It's totally okay. Embrace the new you! There are many alternatives for clothing, can you take in any of your old clothes, exchange with a friend, or yes Goodwill.
This is a good change!

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USPSLDY 2/17/2009 8:44AM

    I used the Goodwill to buy some smaller sizes and it was fine. Some are better than others. The one I visited was nicely arranged. They had almost all there clothes arranged by color and it was really clean. Also you can donate some of your bigger sizes and get a tax break.
Bring your fears out into the sunshine and you will find that they are usually not as scary as they seemed at first.

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TARIANGIE 2/17/2009 7:57AM

    I know what you are going threw. I decided to stop feeding my emotions and face them a year ago. (Intuitive Eating) and it was and still is hard. I have been numbing my self to any emotions for so long I still have problems. It has been a roller coaster ride but the downs are not as far down as they use to be.

Yes you well cry, stream into the pillow but you well come out on the other side lighter emotionally.

You have taken the first step by planning. Now move on to the second by doing.

I am in the same boat as you about cloths.

I did have some smaller cloths laying around the house but once I get to 160 I well need to buy some. Thrift store sounds like a great idea. Or maybe one of those consignment cloths stores. I have seen a couple around here that look kind of nice. And we have a new salvation army.

Good things to buy while losing to help you not have to as much. T Shirts they can be baggy so well last a while and pants with elastic bands and/or draw stings.

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MREAUOW 2/17/2009 7:56AM

    New things are always scary - especially when they make you make changes to other things. I mean it's great that you are loosing weight, but I understand the fear of having to change your wardrobe.

Fortunately, there's an easy fix to this. Pull out a needle and thread and fix your clothes. Taking clothes in is so easy you'll laugh when you actually do it. Get someone to help you (some one you trust with pins). Put your clothes on inside out, then pin along the seams to make them fit properly again. Take them off and stitch along the line of pins. It's really that simple.

Good luck, and don't let this fear stop you from continuing to become healthy.

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