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8/24/13 8:02 A

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Welcome to the team!

Vanessa

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
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"God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference." ?


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8/20/13 11:15 P

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Gosh do I Understand. I also have arthritis in my knees and feet, as well as my lower back. Never did any serious running, however, participated in sports, especially volley ball. I lived and breathed it when I was younger, so maybe that's why I had problems with my knees, etc.

Focus on tracking your foods and do walking or swimming as suggested by others. Every lb lost is like 4 lbs of weight off your joints, which will help to reduce the pain. I'm looking forward to the weight loss to alleviate the arthritis pain! Good luck going forward.
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8/18/13 11:46 P

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I wanted to run also, but cannot. I have pins and screws in my ankles due to an accident. I can empathize. I do fast walking and wear great shoes that have gel cushioning. I use the elliptical machine to save me knees. I use trails that are not made of concrete. All of these things soften the blow. Try to use the nutrition tracker. I am able to control my calories.

Thanks for posting.

I am on my way to better health!


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8/18/13 11:04 P

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Hi, welcome to the team. Glad you've joined us. I know you really enjoy running, but have you tried walking? I have had two knee replacements and my doctor told me I can't run, not that I ever did. However I do love walking, and I do that whenever I can. Riding a bike is also good exercise. Exercising in the water is also good as it is easier on the joints. Good luck with your healthy lifestyle challenge.

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8/18/13 10:34 P

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Welcome from Minnesota! Good luck on your journey.

Blessed be.
Becky

May I deal with honour, may I act with courage, may I achieve humility.--Dick Francis

And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.
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8/18/13 8:11 P

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8/18/13 8:10 P

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Hello Team!

I just joined the ¨Challenged by Arthritis¨ team in hopes to get some support and feedback from others who also suffer from Knee osteoarthritis. I am 28 years old and had two knee surgeries in my teens due to sports. Now, 12 years later, I have been diagnosed with this degenerative disease and just finished my PT.

I joined SparkPeople on July 4, 2010 and by September 1, 2011 I had dropped 62 lbs. I had never been so happy, energetic, motivated and confident in my life! I started running after 6 months of joining SP and I saw the weight melt off. I had found a new passion for running and I almost never missed a scheduled run. I started with the '5k your way' training programs in January 2011 and then built my way up to running a half marathon by April 2012. I had knee soreness and stiffness from time to time but my active lifestyle kept me from feeling any pain. Last June 2012, things turned for the worst. I started feeling pain in my knee and numbness in my thigh when I was running, so I cut back to shorter distances which helped but due to other unplanned life circumstances I started gaining weight. In February of this year I decided to get a checkup and sure enough the doctor diagnosed me with knee osteoarthritis and advised me not to run anymore.

I am quite bummed because I cannot seem to get my motivation back. Running was my motivation. I miss it! Of the 60 lbs I lost, I have gained 22 of them back and am struggling to lose the weight again.

If any of you have any advice on how to get back on track or words of encouragement in regards to knee osteoarthritis, I would greatly appreciate it.

I look forward to reading/commenting on others posts and learning from all of you.

Cheers!

Sweetlelie

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