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I've shrunk! But it's the wrong way!!! And my knees are shot.


Saturday, May 18, 2013

I have been 5 ft 5 inches tall since I was 15 years old. That's almost 43 years. So imagine my surprise when I went to the health fair at work a few weeks ago and they said I was only 5 ft 3 inches. What???? Try that again. So she did. Same results. I even had my best friend measure me at her house. Same thing. emoticon Add that to basically all work and no workouts this year and I have inched (pounded) back to almost obese. My BMI is 29.5. The good news is that my cholesterol and blood sugar numbers were very good. My HDLs need to come up a bit, but overall the numbers were considered excellant. Our eating habits are still pretty good. Thankfully my son loves to cook and does all the cooking during the week. With my 50 + hour work weeks, I don't have the energy to even think about cooking. And exercise has been almost non-existent.

Speaking of exercise. I pre-ordered the Spark Solution last month and was trying to gear up to getting back in the groove. Since I'm still tied to my desk at lunch, I started getting up 30 minutes earlier and working out to a "low impact" video. Unfortunately, it wasn't low impact enough for my knees. The "butt burner" portion of the video consisted of balancing on one leg while pumping the other leg and your arms. I started having pain and swelling in my left knee. Decided to soldier on thru and just wrap the knee for support. Not a smart choice. 8 days ago, my knee was so swollen I couldn't see my kneecap and the pain was intense. Off to urgent care we went and I was off my feet all last weekend. Tuesday I saw an orthopedist who said it was a bad sprain, took 30 ccs of fluid off my knee and gave me a cortisone shot. emoticon He said my left knee is full of arthritis. Told him, yep and guess what? I have a matching set. I've known for years that I had arthritis in both knees and my right hip. He said at my age emoticon I can no longer ignore them. So no more butt burners, no lunges, no jumping jacks, no jumping rope, basically nothing that is going to put strain on my knees. But every pound I lose will make my knees feel better.

So here I am on a rainy Saturday morning determined to figure this out. I've done a lot of thinking this week and have decided that skinny is no longer what I'm striving for. I will be 58 years old in 7 weeks. I want to be healthy and strong. My biggest obstacle is time. Work is not going to change, which is a blessing. I didn't get the clerk I was promised, but that's ok too. I'm thankful for the job security. Getting up 30 minutes early wasn't really a problem, but I need to figure how what to do with that 3o minutes that will help me get fit, but not destroy my knees.

I've gotten my copy of The Spark Solution and am currently reading it. I've had success here before and I know I can again. I welcome any and all suggestions, hints and advice anyone wants to share.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Sparkling weekend!!
Debbie
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SCOTMAMA 8/3/2013 11:11PM

    Personally, I think at your age you're too young to be bothered that much with arthritis in both knees and your right hip. I have twitches in my left knee every so often and same problem with the right hip, but I'm almost 75. Quite a difference!

Doggone! Losing 2 whole inches is not a good thing. For one thing, I don't know if you even thought of this, but it raised your BMI. Because when you figure how tall you are and how much you weigh, you now have to figure it at 5'3" -- so when you quoted 29.5 which height did you use? lol

Sweetie, wait till you hit 50,60, and 70! But at least you are on the journey and eating right. Keep at it, they say America is a nation of obese people, but you and I don't have to be in that group.



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JOANOFSPARK 8/3/2013 8:21PM

    The same thing happened to me about losing inches.....height wise......all my life I considered myself 5'1".......but several years ago, they measured me and I had shrunk.....down to 4'11" .......it totally freaked me out until I realized that that was actually one less than 5 foot........but it sounded so much shorter.....

I have knee and lower back problems as well.......and I have to do Chair exercise for a lot of my exercise... check out the team "Chair Exercise" ....they have some really great exercises....also Coach Nicole has some seated exercises that work really well.

http://www.sparkpeople
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PAHOOT 5/25/2013 6:48AM

    There are some books in a series, "Strong Women" and they don't give aerobic exercises but some great strengthening. I would skip anything that put pressure on the knees and try to start with that. It's a really good program and will, at least, help with your muscle tone. The pool sounds good, also.


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BRAVELUTE 5/24/2013 9:48PM

    Do you have a pool available? Treading water in the deep end burns lots of calories, doesn't put a lot of stress on joints. I have no neuropathy pain keeping me awake at night anymore and don't need the nsaids or aspirin.
And my hip joints used to clunk with each step as I walked. They don't anymore. 57 pound weight loss has helped that, but I couldn't have lost all of that without the fitness work.

I highly recommend it.

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INFLATED 5/19/2013 7:44PM

    I don't know if a recumbent bike would help or not. It would probably be best to discuss exercise with your doctor. The thing about arthritis is, if you don't move the area, it is more likely to stiffen up.

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