Wow Linda. We already have much in common. It is important to stay active. I just got through a baby shower for my daughter this afternoon. There were 16 of us present. I somehow got out of doing much of the work - guess I am good at delegating. My sister always comes through for me. None of the immediate family on my husband's side even showed up, let alone helped to put this party together. I keep my mind active as I am in school one day a week - an apprenticeship program for Developmental Service Worker. One of my call-in jobs at a group home is coming to an end due to my arthritic condition. Hopeful that I can stay working at the other organization for at least another 3 years till I turn 60. Have a good week, and please stay in touch. MaryBeth
MaryBeth from Ontario
current weight: 209.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,863) Posts: 34 9/25/11 12:03 A
I too have a lot to do. I also am in a choir (actually 2 - one in my church and the other is a community choir). I volunteer at the food bank and am very active in my church. For the past 5 years I have been operating a year round penny drive to send children to camp. At church and in the neighbourhood I'm known as "Miss Penny". I have two grandchildren who visit me on a regular basis. One "My Girl" is in her teens (actually she just turned 16 last Tues) and "Little Man" is age 5.
I think it is important to keep as active as one can so that you are not concentrating on things such as excess weight and/or pain. believe that keeping active keeps the mind healthy.
I am looking forward to starting my Gentle Fitness program at the local community centre. It is well known and a few of my friends are already members so it should be a lot of fun.
I'm loving the trackers on SP, it makes things so much easier and has help me be more conscious of what I am eating. Things are slowly getting better. One of my mantras is "carbs down - protein up". Since being on SP I have been eating less bread and pasta and more fruits, vegetable and water.
Well I must sign off for now. "Never Give Up" Linda (a.k.a myreductionplan)
Welcome to the team! You have shown a good attitude towards weight loss despite all your pain. Just remember not to be too hard on yourself. I only have osteo so far but it sure sets me back sometimes. I too used to love to go for walks but find it hard just to walk up town which is only 10 minutes. This past week I met with my team leader from one of my group home jobs. They had me get a functional abilities form filled out by my doctor. Dr. was careful in how he filled out the form trying not to get me fired from my job. However, due to the nature of my job in the group home and that particular organization, they say that I cannot continue working for them. My arthritic condition is permanent and I can no longer fulfill the job description. They are not willing to budge on having me continue work with some added assistance due to safety issues I guess. It makes sense but I am at an age where I do not yet qualify for pension, and disablity benefits are almost impossible to get. I was only working call-in hours anyhow but for a while I had received lots of shifts, then I think the staff were afraid to call me because they could see my struggles when I walk. Well, I still work for another organization where the individuals are not quite such high needs so hopefully I will be able to stay with them for a few more years. Life can sure get complicated sometimes! Take care and feel free to start up a new thread any time. I am the leader of this team but have not had a lot of time to spend trying to keep it overly active. Thanks for joining us. Look forward to getting to know you. MaryBeth
MaryBeth from Ontario
current weight: 209.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,863) Posts: 34 9/23/11 7:05 P
Hello to everyone. I am not new to SparkPeople (Mar 2011), however I am new to this group. I have been with the Parkdale Healthy Living Group for the past few months. This group started in my church and there is a lot of support.
I deal with pain 24/7. I understand that the “Arthritis Brothers” as I call them just love dancing around in my body. There is Osteo, Fibro and now Polymyalgia causing me pain every day. Over the past two years I gained twenty some odd pounds because of inactivity. I used to walk up to two hours a day and now I’m lucky if I can do fifteen to thirty minutes a day. I used to love to dance, now if I do it I will surely suffer for the next few days. With all this being said I am going to persevere and loose weight and work at being active again. Even with the sore joints, sore feet and wrists, and pain throughout my body my goal is to lose 10 pounds work out at least 3 times a week. Knowing myself I know it will take me a minute to get started, however once I get going there will be no stopping me. I am determined to reach my goals. I believe I will achieve – which means I will succeed.☺
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