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Supporting someone fighting anxiety and depression
I'm parenting a teen struggling with anxiety and depression. I am doing my best to be loving and supporting, but I feel like I'm not adequate. There are so many conflicting opinions. Plus I have to consider the level of cooperation. I find mysel... Read more
Spring and Summer Goal - 16 pounds
Goal Date - August 11
Exercise Strategy - more steps, more walks, strength training
Food Strategy - reduce use of sugar and sweeteners, continue eating gluten-free, more organic food, less processed food... Read more
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How many new beginnings will it take to actually be successful? Well, at least one more. I'm doing the Spark Start challenge this time.
I have been sidetracked by injury and arthritis. I have regained all of the weight I lost a few years ag... Read more
Resetting the Goal
I am inspired by people who stick with a plan and have a large weight loss.
I revisited my goals, adjusted the amount to lose per week, and set a new target date. Yes, I'd love to do it faster, but I really want to do it no matter how long ... Read more
1. I'm glad my knee replacement surgery and recuperation has gone well. I enjoy being able to walk without pain.
2. I'm glad that watermelon exists and that I get to enjoy it in the summer.
3. I enjoy my job and my coworkers
4. I have a lo... Read more
First Walk at Work
My employer has started a "Walk on Wednesday" program that allows employees to stay on the clock and walk on Wednesday afternoon for up to an hour.
Yesterday was my first time participating. It was very hot, very humid, and very sunny. I wa... Read more
I am so glad
The surgery and recovery have been a difficult process, but I am definitely happy with the results.
Before the surgery, I would be exhausted walking the short distance from my car in the parking lot to my desk. Last week, I went to IKEA wit... Read more
Yesterday I went to the DMV. After standing in line for a few minutes, I realized I had left the title in the car. Before surgery, I would have been so discouraged. Walking back to the car would have been a big deal. However, I went to the car, ... Read more
My physical therapist is very pleased with my progress. Today I could bend at 115° and could straighten to 3°. The goal is to reach 120+°.
Like many other things in life, physical therapy is hard, but very rewarding. When I bend my knees... Read more
Before I had knee surgery, I was at my highest weight ever. Then after the surgery, my weight was still high, probably because of all the IV fluids. But as I became more mobile, I dropped 12 pounds in 3 weeks. Dropping the weight so fast gave me... Read more
Getting more flexible every day
Physical therapy is making a difference. It is very hard at the time, but the benefits very much outweigh the discomfort.
When I first came home, ordinary things such as getting in and out of bed were challenging. Now, for the most part, su... Read more
I can definitely tell the difference in my mobility since I came home from the hospital. I rarely use my cane, and I barely take pain medicine.
I still tire easily, and have difficulty bending my knee or straightening it completely.
My... Read more
The evenings seem to be the worse. The swelling gets to the point where I can barely bend my knee and the pain seems more bothersome. However, I can tell I'm making progress by the reduced amount of pain medicine I need.... Read more
Day 32 after knee replacement
At my primary care doctor's office today, the nurse didn't notice that I was limping and seemed surprised to hear that I had knee replacement surgery in March.
I remember that after the last surgery, I didn't really appreciate it for about ... Read more
I've made a lot of progress, but I'm glad that I have only 2 knees to be replaced. The healing process is so slow and entails enough pain that I am glad I am not a quadruped.... Read more