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What to do about sore, overworked legs?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Well. I would call it an epiphany. Yet it is so obvious, I should have arrived at it a long time ago. That is, I spend a lot of my days and nights getting up and doing things. I am the sole caregiver for my severely disabled wife. I do for her and I do for me, much of the time. That includes all shopping and anything out of the house for both of us. I am the only one who drives her. I also drink a lot of liquids during the day and night, and I am just up and down a lot. It results in muscle tightness and fatigue in my legs. A day doesn't go by that I don't have that in the evening. So, recently I was at a neurologist's office and told him about the problem, and at my request, he prescribed a muscle relaxer. He said it would be good for me to take it.

Today, I was laying in bed, muscles fatigued, and I thought about the drug and how I should be taking it, and haven't. Then, I started thinking, "what else could I do for my muscle fatigue?", when it occurred to me, "I'm carrying around about 70 extra pounds of weight! What about taking that off? DUH!" It started to sound like a pretty good idea, and I started planning my grocery list for tomorrow, cutting calories from what I would normally buy. I was thinking, after all of my resistance for these many years, I could use the nutrition tracker to document what I've eaten, and to see where I might sometimes go over on calories.

Why hadn't I thought of this previously? I have been ambling along, cutting small amounts of calories here and there, but to no avail. I am about the same weight I was at Christmas. So it's going to take some good planning. And I will up my efforts to keep my gym attendance consistent. But as of tonight, I am definitely on a new path. With 70 less pounds to lug around all day long, let's see about that muscle fatigue. Thanks for listening, Glenn
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  • v SYDLETZIII
    You can do it. Today is a great day for new beginnings.
    667 days ago
  • v JUDITH316
    You have a lot going on, you can share anytime, .I'm here for you Glenn.

    So sorry about the muscle fatigue in your legs, hope you feel better soon...

    You mentioned about tracking; give it a try, I believe it will help you..

    I plan out my fitness regime and meals with the trackers daily..

    They are a great tool which have really helped me...

    Keep pushing and keep up the great work... emoticon
    668 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/30/2014 4:33:53 PM
  • v MYAKAYAH
    Have a lovely weekend Glenn, I'm trying to figure out the response about women not wanting to be known as nice lol! I don't care if I am nice a lot of the time but I don't try to be mean. I have heard I have a different personality for being female but I'm just a guy in a female's body most of the time!
    668 days ago
  • v JUST-ELIZ
    Well I do take the meds. Especially since we've been up north doing everything the old fashioned way! But your idea is much better! emoticon
    668 days ago
  • v ICECUB
    GLEN, THAT IS A GREAT IDEA. LOSING WEIGHT WOULD MAKE A TREMENDOUS DIFFERENCE.. THE LITTLE I HAVE LOST HELPED MY HIP AND LEG A LOT. WHEN I DID WEIGHT WATCHERS I WROTE EVERYTHING DOWN AND IT HELPED TO BE ABLE TO GO BACK AND SEE WHAT WORKED AND DIDN'T WORK. WAY TO GO WITH TAKING CARE OF YOUR WIFE. I KNOW THAT IS A FULL TIME JOB. HAVE A GREAT LABOUR DAY WEEKEND.
    668 days ago
  • v NHES220
    It will definitely make a difference Glenn. This made me smile too. I do better when I plan my meals and use the nutrition tracker. Down 63 lbs and getting up and down the stairs is much easier. I would not be training for a half marathon today at my previous weight. Good luck to you!
    669 days ago
  • v KAREN608
    For me, I have varicose veins, and compression knee highs really helped. Weird, why did no one tell me sooner.

    Agreed, less weight, less tired!

    You are going to use the food tracker?!!! Cool!

    If I keep to the range they tell me, I don't lose weight.
    Not sure way. But I do like to see what I am eating and how the calories add up.
    Veggies are so low in calories you could eat a bushel basket of them if you wanted.
    Junk food, high in calories. Tracker taught me to look and think about what I am eating.
    Mindless eating be gone forever.

    I know if you track you can see patterns of eating and it is bound to help you.
    669 days ago
  • v SOFT_VAL67
    When you go shopping, add some blueberries, pomegrantes, and ginger to your store list.
    And do some searching in your vitamin aisle and maybe see what you can find there for sore muscles.
    I would skip the muscle relaxer unless I felt I had no other choice.
    I was prescribed one and when i went to bed at night, I would wake myself up kicking all night, it did not help me.
    And I say the same thing to myself all the time when I am walking at the track and others are lapping me and leaving me in the dust.....I am carrying probably at least 50 more pounds around that track than most of them.
    669 days ago
  • v LOFLLAMA
    I love you, Glenn. You make me smile!
    669 days ago
  • v KAREN-IS-HERE
    emoticon You are a smart man ! yaaaaaa!!
    669 days ago
  • v MARYANN2323
    I, too, get sore tired legs. Losing weight does help a great deal, also cutting way back on sodium and taking a magnesium supplement. Magnesium helps the muscles relax. Check your diet to see if you are getting around 420 mg a day. Women need 320 mg. I suggest googling it. Hope this helps.
    669 days ago
  • v REGILIEH
    Sounds good but don't be hard on yourself because just taking care of your wife would be a full time job. I think you are to be congratulated on all the work outs you get done besides all of your many have to's.

    I love the food tracker and I'm sure that will be a huge help.

    Good luck!

    Anne
    669 days ago
  • v MYAKAYAH
    Its always nice to have an epiphany! The nutrition tracker was helpful for me in terms of seeing where my calories were everyday so I wasn't going over. In losing weight food is often the culprit for people from what they have learned and reported!
    669 days ago
  • v PRAIRIECROCUS
    I hope you'll get better, soon !
    669 days ago
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