MARTY32M's SparkPeople Blog MARTY32M's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I've had a setback, hopefully temporary About mid April I realized I had tight hip flexors, tried to stretch them, and strained something in my upper thigh, I still don't know exactly what. Then I kept walking on the injury until I couldn't walk any more. <BR> <BR> I went to an orthopedist, who misdiagnosed the condition as arthritis instead of a soft tissue injury and sent me to a physical therapist. <BR> <BR> The physical therapist did a better diagnosis but couldn't treat it properly because by that time, about mid May, I had ... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 15:53:54 EST I live with heart disease Maybe there is one thing I can say about where I've been that might be helpful to some people. Heart disease is not the end. I'm living with it and thriving. I rarely think about it. <BR> <BR> I'm writing this at age 81. More than 20 years ago I told my doctor I sometimes had chest pains that went away when I got up from my desk and drank some water. I thought they couldn't be heart disease, but my doctor sent me for a stress test anyway. I flunked. I was then diagnosed with partly blocked c... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 17:24:37 EST What am I doing here? I just realized I'm not getting anything useful here any more. I started here looking for low fat and low salt recipes. But low fat isn't considered a good thing any more, and I personally don't need to avoid salt. Then I switched to looking for exercises, but I've settled on a routine that works for me and I stick to it regularly, except for small changes when I need them and skipping a day or two when I shouldn't exercise. Now all I do here is pick at details I don't think are perfectly acc... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 16:58:29 EST All you need is dumbbells and a mat. Not. I just followed a link that took me to a 20 minute video of a stick-thin young woman named Heather supposedly showing me how this 20 minute portion of a workout can strengthen and tone my entire body in no time! All I need for this efficient workout is a pair of dumbbells and a mat. <BR> <BR> So as I watched the video I picked up a pad and pencil and started to take notes on the sequence of moves. I'm supposed to start with some body weight exercises and then pick up a pair of dumbbells tha... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 08:53:18 EST Still going at 81 I turned 81 last month. I figure each year is a point won in the game of life. <BR> <BR> I updated my profile picture today. I wanted to deflate the belly bulge, and I made it by cheating a little: I changed my posture. I adopted a more posterior pelvic tilt. Tighten the abs so the front of the pelvis rises, and the pelvis tilts back, reducing the forward bulge just above it. <BR> <BR> I keep changing my exercise routine. I just started a new one. Two or three times a week I do 13 free weig... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 22:09:57 EST Updated my goal I've had a simple goal for three years, to be more fit and agile at 80 than I was at 77, and now that I'm 80 I can see that I've barely made a difference. I try to get ahead but age catches up. <BR> <BR> I did develop a program that gets me to exercise every day, resistance training and endurance training on alternate days. I still hate exercise, but I have to exercise every day because each day is different and if I skip a day it will mess up the whole schedule. <BR> <BR> My doctor told me... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:15:52 EST