Greetings, Maryann. I am 42, live in Alabama and am putting off my knee replacements. However, my brain is pretty sure I'm thirty-something, too. I liked your "allergic to the world" mention. I struggle with Fibromyalgia & Osteoarthritis...I often call it "The Princess & The Pea" syndrome. Periods of hypersensitivity to noise & light often make me feel the same way...I just never put those words together. (Thanks!) It's nice to meet all of you. I'm grateful to have found this site & this team.
WELCOME TO THE TEAM MARYANNE. YOU HAVE COME TO A GREAT TEAM FOR ADVICE AND ENCOURAGEMENT. THE SPARK FRIENDS ON HERE ARE AWESOME PEOPLE AND WON'T SET YOU ASTRAY. READ THE BLOG SECTIONS. YOU WILL FIND ALOT OF ENCOURAGEMENT ON THEM. ENJOY.
I WILL SUCCEED BECAUSE I KNOW I CAN DO IT AND I AM MOTIVATED.
Welcome to SparkPeople Maryann. Looks like you're in the right place. Lots of knee replacements on this team so you definitely aren't alone. I'm Judy, 67 and I've had 3 of them myself (1 on the left and 2 on the right) as well as both feet and ankles almost totally reconstructed.
Have you started your Spark Page yet? If not, you can start that my going to the "START" page and get your nutritional maintenance set up and go from there. If you haven't already started using your Nutritonal and Fitness Trackers I'd advise you to do so. You will learn alot about what food groups you need to improve on etc. It will give you a good report of your nutrition and fitness.
For fitness, don't try to do everything at once. Baby steps is what you need. If you have access to a pool or hot tub that would be good for your knees or any other joints to do exercises in such as treading water, walking back and forth in the pool etc. Walking is also good for your joints but too far in the beginning. I actually started out walking just in our mobile home, then went to the driveway, then 20 feet and back in the front of our lot. I then would increase the distance a little at a time but remember, when you walk in one direction, you still need to come back home. Sometimes we get impatient with ourselves and forget that we aren't in the shape we were age the age of 34!! That's when the arthritis bites us in the wherevers and reminds us too late that we over did. I'm a good one for doing that myself at times. Only do the exercises that don't cause you pain and start out slowly.
Go to the Articles and Videos Section and read up on all you can regarding arthritis, diabetes (if you are a diabetic as well). It will offer you recipies and videos on exercising as well.
We are here to help one another so don't be embarassed to come on here and ask questions or to vent if need be. There will always be someone here to get back with you. We are all here to help and to encourage one another in whatever way need be.
Be sure to set you goals but make them small ones. Drink your liquids, get your 8 hours of sleep each night. Don't look at the entire amount of weight that you need to lose but instead look back at how far you've already come such as weight, health etc. The small goals will be much more apt to keep you going and to not let you get so discouraged.
Have fun and enjoy your Spark journey. Together
One Day At A Time Dear Jesus!!!
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