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All Talk & No Action

Thursday, July 26, 2012

I find it tough to get motivated. Yeah, my knee is sore & unstable & I have to watch out - especially on stairs! But, I've become less mobile in the last couple of years. I can blame menopause for some of it - apparently estrogen does a whole lot more for a body than milk! The decrease in estrogen has made my arthritis far worse than anticipated. I've gained more weight - everywhere! I'm tired but I can't sleep for any length of time unless I'm sitting in my chair in front of the tube. I get cold & I used to be so hot. Sometimes, my whole body aches & I don't know why. My hands are the worst though, you NEED hands to do everything! When they're painful, it's hard to do everything. I can't even get my shoes on very well any more. It's actually my socks that're giving me most trouble. Can't get the leg up to put em on & the hands are too sore to get em off at night. Sometimes I really struggle - my balance is off too - mobility again I guess. So, I got out the Gazelle. I dusted it off. I guess it's about time I used it??? LOL Whining is so much easier that doing something about it . . . . sigh. By the way, I haven't written this for sympathy or anything like that. No comments are necessary. I'm just whining & feeling sorry for myself. Putting it in words & posting it will - hopefully - get me off my butt & doing something about it. I try to be upbeat but sometimes it's just easier to whine.
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NASFKAB 7/30/2012 12:41AM

  have heard that Tai Chi is useful

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MOTTAMAMALOU 7/26/2012 5:52PM

    Whine all you want to!
Tai Chi is excellent for coordination and balance. Plus you just may like it.
I've tried it and it's realy good.
Have you seen your doc for pain control and an estrogen patch? That may help.
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JUNEBUG4967 7/26/2012 1:47PM

    I totally understand! I can agree with everything you wrote! One thing that is helping my balance is Tai Chi. There are a couple of exercises that are part of the Chi Gong that are really good as you are retraining your mind to move your body parts in two different moves at the same time. I will have to check at home to see what the specific name is... our instructor just says "roll the ball". You are doing a short lunge at an angle with the arm motions straight out to the front. You might check for a class in your area to see if it would work for your knee.

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