Hi, I'm Bonnie from Clackamas. Have been on Spark for almost a year and a half--lost 26 pounds, gained a few back, but back on track right now, and definitely feeling the benefits health wise! Bonnie
So who should I be talking to that you know who needs my skills? Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden. -Corrie TenBoom Prayer is not an old woman''s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.-Mahatma Ghandi
current weight: 182.0
Fitness Minutes: (30) Posts: 20 7/13/07 3:30 P
Hi, I go to the 24 Hour in Clackamas, and teach in Oregon City. I have just returned from a good workout and now I am off to find some garage sales and then I will come back and go jogging in the pool. I too have found that slow and steady has become my friend. It is a little tough because people will look at me and they don't see what is happening with the RA ( if I cover it up fairly good ) and the diabetis. Some of my friends have not really understood but I really haven't shared it a lot yet. I was sort of in denial with it all. Fortunately my husband has been great and he is diabetic and is not overweight at all. He is very active and it ran in his family and I think our life style must have had something to do with it so we are doing this together. I am slowly recovering from my sweet toothitis and getting that under control too. Exercise seems to be my friend as far as that is concerned. I am going to try to record my food journal throughout the day rather than just in the evening and see how that goes. Have a good day and thanks for the encouragement. Maureen
Maureen, RA was a tough one for my mom to get under control. She had really good times, and then would need to slow down, think about taking care of herself, and start the cycle of getting better over and over again. She learned, for her, that slow and steady, was the best way to go about it. She had gold shots for awhile, and always took some kind of non-steroidal anti-imflammatant, as the steroids cause very crazy behavior. She did find that swimming was a great thing, and totally got into water aerobics classes! I am sure that medicines and practices have completely changed, as she passed away in the 90's (NOT from RA!!!), and I'm hoping there are better ways of coping with RA now!
I also gained my weight while I was "down" through all these surgeries! What a pain. I used to coach sports, and was very active, and never needed to worry about my weight. I've now got a lot of digging out to do, and it is tough to do when you are not feeling well....but I am pretty determined to stay the course. I figure it started in 2001 (when we were hit by the drunk driver), and it has taken 6 years to get into the mess of carrying too much weight, that I will give myself a break, and just plug along, continuing the effort for good health, just moving forward, not really setting a time to be done! I also work out at 24 hour, at the Tualatin site. I'm going in this next week, as my sister-in-law has the summer off too (she teaches in Beaverton), and can take me when she's working out! Yay! I love that a student of yours is your trainer! Make sure he doesn't sass you! Continue on! I'm going to go enter my breakfast right now! My limit is 1400 calories a day while I'm wheelchair bound, according to my doctor. It has been difficult, but I'm getting closer to staying near that number as each day passes! I am 6 feet tall, and carrying too much on my frame! The loss will continue to happen, and we will be much healthier in the end.
How do you handle the diabetes? Having those 2 conditions, and having to learn about them at the same time must be overwhelming! Good luck, and stay positive!
Fitness Minutes: (30) Posts: 20 7/12/07 11:05 P
Hi Sue, Up until this year I was a walker and then in Feb.. I was hit with RA arthrits and in Dec a couple of months before that I found out I had Diabetics so I needed to move more and I couldn't all at the same time. I was off for a month 1/2 time and I was the association president 1/2 time release so my district let me get a sub for my class and I did a lot of the work buy email for a few weeks. With meds I am doing much better but I did gain about 25 pounds in the last 3 months on them and now I am getting off all of the meds and I have a personal trainer at 24 hour fitness that I go to 3 times a week. What made it bad at the start, is that he is a former student of mine when I taught 5th grade but he has been great and taking it really slow and being super patient. I am now doing great and moving more and now I am focusing on nutrition and exercise. I have a ways to go but I think I can do this especially with the help of this forum. I am looking forward to going back to the classroom full time and I really enjoy the 7th graders. They are fun. Good luck with your workout and I may just email you for that motivation some time. So far Day 3 is ok. Maureen
Thanks for the message! I just got rid of my ¨splint¨, and now sport a glow in the dark cast! I will soon be able to get out of the house and use the hand bike at the club for a little bit of cardio...I just don´t want to go backwards! I am meeting with a person that will show me what I can do regarding exercise at the gym while in a wheelchair, which I haven´t done after the previous surgeries! I´m excited!
Are you a walker, runner, or a conscientious objector when it comes to exercise (ok, that would be me! I typically went kicking and screaming!)
Keep me posted on your progress, or when you need a shot of motivation!
Aren't middle school kids just the strangest creatures? I sure have fun with them!
Fitness Minutes: (30) Posts: 20 7/12/07 8:26 P
Hello, I am also a middle school teacher but of language arts. I have just started and also hope to keep motivated by this site and groups. It sounds as if you have some challenges that you are dealling with positively. Good job on losing the 30 pounds. Just wanted to say "hi" Maureen
I am a Portlander, and brand new on Sparkpeople. I am interested in keeping on my health and fitness goals by talking to others to keep my motivation level up! I have yet to set up a page, and am pretty computer illiterate, but I'll get help on those things! Currently, I am at a standstill, as I am back in a wheelchair. I was hit by a drunk driver in 2001, and just had my 9th reconstructive surgery. Since I cannot be active for the next 6 weeks, I am really having to watch my calorie intake. I lost 30 pounds since July last year, most of it due to excersize and weight training. I don't want to go backward, so I need some help!
I am a middle school art teacher, and have a husband, and 2 adult sons, 20 and 21 years old! (Both are home for the summer Hope your summer is full of fun and fitness! Sue
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