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Welcome! The only suggestion I have is to ask your bariatric surgeon (bs) to test your Vitamin D levels. I found out from my bs that most of us with weight problems usually either are low on Vitamin D or low on Calcium. I was prescribed Calcitrol because I was not absorbing Vitamin D. (Calcitrol is the hormone the body changes Vitamin D into.) 95% of my fibromalgia symptoms eased with the Calcitrol. Now if someone could just fix our spines, necks, hips and knees of the osteoarthritis that easy!!!
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to the team. Glad you decided to join us. I have osteoarthritis in every major joint in my body. The worst is my knees and back. I have found exercises in the SP fitness tracker that I can do from a chair and others can be transformed so I can do them. Hope you can find some that you can do without doing your joints more damaged. Good luck in trying to reach your goals.
Thank You Teri. That is an great idea since I am allergic t o milk and citric acid and everything has that in it.
Welcome to the team. I have rarely used the diet that Sparks would have me do.. I realized that in the first few days and changed it to doing my own thing. I eat lots of fruit and vegetables, which you can get cheap at any 99 Cent store, not sure if they have them in your area but if they do are great sources for discounted stuff.
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Thank you very much and I will try your suggestions and let you know how I asm doing.
Welcome to this site. It's always fun to have new thoughts and comments.
Re your food intake - I found this very difficult first time around - gave up eventually on food tracking, and almost on SparkPeople in total.
Thank goodness I didn't go that whole hog.
Since I've started back to food tracking, I've done mainly the fast tracker (for my fruit and veg). But I'm also trying to get back to grips with the full tracking system, which I know I am going to need at some point.
Try any or all of these ideas, in addition to what you are already doing -
Keep the wrappers, till you've done your day's tracking - then you can add individual entries;
Try and only have to add a couple of things a day, at most, for individual entries - I reckon that's what put me right off, first time around;
Keep a note of what all went into the pan to make your meal (I understand that this could be difficult, in your circumstances, living with family);
Volunteer to do some of the cooking or prep for meals, if you don't do so already - then you'll know better what's in the meal;
Avoid fast foods. Even if you just end up making some toasted cheese for yourself instead - you can determine how much you make, what you use - and it's an easy one to add a portion or two of your daily fruit'n'veg (tomato and pineapple, some finely diced onion, etc);
Check out some of the recipes here;
Keep yourself active, whatever - make sure you dust and sweep your room, take your turn to clean the toilet and shower, do your laundry and ironing, and maybe add in the stuff from the others as well. Whatever - it's all good movement;
Please just don't go too far too fast, or get fed up/put off by the recording. Come back and talk to us about any frustrations or whatever - you'll probably find several folk who've been there and/or can suggest some way around.
Looking forward to hearing more from you.
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Hello, and welcome to the team and to spark people. Even if foods are not in the tracker you can manually enter them
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Hello and welcome to sparks and the team , the goal here is to eat healthy and in moderation.. eat smaller portions, drink water and eat more veggies and fruit... and try chair excerises
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Welcome to the team!
You will find lots of help, support and motivation here as you can already see from what everyone has written so far.
I have OA in my hands, fingers, back & knees. Walking is sometimes very hard but just take it easy and do a bit more each time and you will soon be where you need to be.
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Hi Kristine, I'm Hope a co-leader. I too have O/A although not the other things. I have also had bursitis in my knee, hip, and shoulders. With exercise I managed to get rid of a lot of pain. I started off with 10 min. 3 times a day for 3 days a week. A great way to exercise especially right now is to go in the pool. Lots of times the YMCA has scholarships for people on limited income. You might see what they can offer. It doesn't hurt to ask for a scholarship and if it doesn't fit in your guidelines you don't have to accept. Most of them have pools and are made for people with arthritis. You might try a bike because that burns a lot of calories and lets the stress off your knees and hips. Also be sure to try and drink 8 glasses of water a day. Even putting a squeeze of lemon or orange in it will cut the taste. It helps with the pain.
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Thank you chuckwalla for the great advise
I also live in Tacoma, have osteoarthritis, and am new to SP, so we have a lot in common. I joined on my birthday in May with about 50lb. to lose and a goal date of Jan. 30th. I've had somewhat of a slow start because an extremely swollen, painful knee prevents walking for exercise. In fact, that's how I injured it; I started a walking program after joining and found out just how out of shape I've become in the last couple years. But I utilized the Fitness pages and have 2 short workouts I do, each one 3 times a week on alternating days. One is Upper Body and the other is Core so I can work around the knee.
OK, about the food. You wrote that a lot of what is on your tracker isn't in the home. You can write your own diet plans, utilizing items that, together, fall within the recommended guidelines in the Nutrition section for calories, fat, carbs and protein. You don't need "special foods," and you can save a great deal several ways. Use less expensive grocery sources, (I recommend Fred Meyer, and you can see their weekly ad and coupons online.) Check out their bulk food bins for bargains on whole grains, like rice, oats, and lots of other stuff. Target also has good prices on some packaged items. There's a discount grocer near 6th & Pearl I just heard about also.
Key: watch ads, utilize coupons, and stock up on non-perishables when there's a great sale price. Most of what I buy I pay half or less for, produce is the most challenging.
Don't despair. Dieting is hard to adjust to, and I'd be happy to encourage you if you like. Even with limited exercise I've lost 11 lb. so it can be done. For help ask the SP experts and read the articles that interest you.
Keep your eye on the prize.
Edited by: CHUCKWALLA at: 7/30/2010 (03:09)
HI BEST AUNTIE I LIVE IN TOOWOOMBA, QLD AUSTRALIA I HAVE RA IN FINGERS , OESTEOPEROSIS IN NECK OA IN KNEES.
I am new to this site so I thought that I would introduce myself. I am Kristine Knox and I live in Tacoma Washington. My goal is to lose 50 pounds by January 2011. I have osteoarthritis in my spine, hips and shoulders I also have fybromyalgia. I am 140 pounds over weight and want and need to lose it so that my arthritis isn't so bad. As it is now I can't even walk a half as block before my spine starts hurting real bad. But dieting has been very hard for me so I will need a lot of help and encouragement.
I live with my sister and her husband. They buy the food for the house so a lot of what is on my tracker I don't have in my home. I live off of only $775 month so I can't buy special foods if anyone has ideas please let me know.