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11/9/13 7:13 P

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Glad it went so well ! Be careful to follow their advice and not over do it. It's hard when we can't go like we used to .

Very cool you could talk to them and see what was going on. I'll bet you got some really good info during that time.

Keep us informed on how you are doing, and take care of yourself.

If you don't love yourself....how can you expect others to.


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10/23/13 2:07 P

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Dear Kidmiffy,
It was an amazing experience....the whole surgical team was great - and I spoke with the surgeon throughout the surgical process since I was able to get an epidural and was alert and awake the whole time. Learned a lot and could not feel a thing - amazing as I was watching it on a large flat screen and able to converse with the surgical team throughout.
Thanks again for the well wishes - now I just need to rehab and relax - my biggest challenge. I do feel a little sore today but have not delved into the pain meds yet - may do so in a bit if needed.
Thanks to all of you who do an amazing job of sharing information and are so positive and helpful - I feel incredibly lucky to know you - even just a little!
Thanks for your sharing, giving, and emotional support.
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10/23/13 4:05 A

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Good luck...keep up posted on how it goes! and how you deal with everything :D

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10/21/13 11:13 P

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Wow - this is ALL great advice. YOu are amazing. Thank YOU for taking the time to offer these suggestions and help me out.
My surgery is tomorrow - I just want to maintain the gains and know that if I can follow in your footsteps, I will most definitely be on the right track.
Thanks again - your kindness does not go unnoticed.
Wish me luck!
I am scared and excited and worried and anxious and a whole lot of other things all wrapped into one.
Thanks again and again! You are wonderful and I appreciate your help and suggestions!!!

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10/21/13 7:59 P

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I'd definately keep active with chair exercises and arm weights, etc. Keep muscles toned up where you can.

Be sure to log food before you eat it. Logging would become important for me. I'm always amazed how much chicken and stirfry I can eat w/ such low calories. Look for those low calorie foods that can also last a while. I'm a grazer and like to munch, so low calorie foods are my friend. ;) Popcorn , honey nut cheerios, are good low calorie foods that last a while so I don't feel like I'm limiting myself any. Yogurt , salads w/ apple chunks, etc. Keeping your routine varied w/ also help. Lower calories some days, higher others may help out.

I went through a broken/messed up foot that kept me out for 6-8 months, then excuses kept me out for 3-4 months more. I didn't watch what I ate and just gave up. You're ahead of the game by preparing for this. You'll be fine since you can plan for this.

Something that helps me too is getting the lean cusine steamers for lunch many times. They are 270-340 calories and have a varied menu . It allows me to not get bored w/ my meals and my simple cooking. I always have one in my freezer at work so if I forget lunch or just don't know what I want I don't give up and get fast food.

Keeping the weights going may be a key to helping you out and check out some of the videos at Sparks, they may have more you can modify for yourself.

My husband had to get it done a couple of years back and it was a quick simple surgery. His tore like a half moon and they just clipped off the corner where it kept folding up under the knee cap. It was MUCH better afterwards. He can't kneel because he feels the pressure still or no quick turns w/ his knee or he gets a twinge, but can do everything else.



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10/21/13 4:26 P

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I was training for an event a couple of months ago and managed to break my ankle in a fall...and faced a similar problem of managing my weight while being sidelined. After some consultation with my doctor and physiotherapist I actually didnt end up having to change my caloric intake too drastically....and the trick for me was water running...which was great because i found when i was back on my feet I had maintained the strength in my foot and actually was stronger for it. However I would be lying if i said that it wasnt a struggle, and I had to learn to take it easy when I was in pain.

Obviously everyone is different, and knee is very different to an ankle, but I would really recommend talking to your doctor or a physiotherapist about your desire to remain active and what options you have available to you - who knows it might be an excuse to try something new and exciting :D

Good luck with the surgery! And I wish you the best in finding something that works for you.

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10/21/13 2:25 P

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Hello all,
I was recently told that I needed knee surgery soon for a medial meniscus tear. Frankly, it has me depressed and anxious. I've been so active and finally have my thyroid, weight, and life in order - then this happens. Help is needed - I KNOW that I need to be active to keep my weight down and simply do not know how to do that with the reduction of XZ.

Help needed: I need tips as to reducing my caloric intake and feeling full so that I do not eat as much since I do not have the ability to exercise as much. HELP and suggestions to reduce daily intake please...

This group is good as we all want each other to succeed.
Any suggestion is greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.

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