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5/12/11 3:47 P

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I like your attitude, you got spunk! I can tell both of us have a bit of mileage on the tires of life but you are right--Nothing to do but keep moving.

Take it from an old Coach.
1. Take it slow and and easy.
This is not a race of life and death. We are just trying to keep the
ship moving and avoid the ice bergs on the way. Can't tell you the number of times I flew into a sport and then had to rehab for several weeks because I was in a hurry to do things.

2, Be kind to your self.
If you need time off to do whatever, then do it and not feel guilty. Avoid hurling your self into a
brick wall because you did NOT get to exercise today. The only person that knows that you missed a day is you. No one else cares.You are doing this for you and only you!
I look at all of the working out I do, reading of articles and staying on the diet, going to the doctor and paying for a dietician as my way of being nice to me.
And if I'm really good to my self for the week and worked hard. I'll have a scoop of ice cream on Sunday nite.

3. Enjoy the small rewards.
I am convinced that if we concentrate on the small things, we would enjoy life even more.
I have lost over 80 lbs but my biggest joy is rough housing with my dog Barney. We take walks
and goof around but we have fun. I no longer fear bending over to pick up loose change, I find as I cross the street. Last month, Barney and I split an ice cream cone from the change we found on our walks. Won't make us rich but we had fun!

4. Taking control.
There have been times in my life when I felt that I had no control of anything. What I have found is that if I do things for myself and others , that lets me feel that I control at least something in my life. If I decide that I want to read on Sundays or listen to music, study some thing new all of these things give us a feeling that we can control somethings and it seems to anchor our lives for a moment.

You are on a good course and you have vision of where you want to be. Keep the course, remember to enjoy yourself as you move along. If we are doing the best that we can do, no one can really say anthing about it. Listen to your self and you can never go wrong. I wish you well.

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5/11/11 11:31 P

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Thanks, I appreciate your input. I guess I'm just a little impatient and want things to be moving faster. After 5 years of chronic pain, had the 2 total knee replacements. Then with my regained ability to move, got serious about my health, stopped smoking (after 42 years), and lost 70 pounds. Last summer I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, had surgery and radiation, and am now on long-term hormone therapy with several unpleasant side-effects. Sometimes I feel like a juggler with lots of balls in the air, unable to stop without them all crashing down. Eventually I'll get it all coordinated - until then, I'll just keep pedalling.

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5/9/11 3:21 P

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My left knee needs replacement and the right one---let's just say it is still there. With my weight over 300 lbs, I know that running is out of the question. My doctor is a die hard mountain biker.
So he wanted me to strengthen the muscles around my knees first and just do easy workouts on the stationary bike. I rode for more than a month just 15 minutes a day at a very easy pace. then did stretching afterward. For 3 days a week, I worked on leg presses, lunges and dead lifts to build up the muscles, the large ones in the legs. It has been a very gradual process. This started in July 2010 and went to Dec 2010. Starting Jan 2011 my work outs began to increase and now I do 60 minutes a day with of the goal of trying to reach 20 plus miles.

Bottom line is this, I would suggest that you go back to the surgeon for a follow up and tell him what you are trying to do and let him help tailor make a plan to help meet your needs.
If that is not an option, my second choice would be to seek out someone that does rehab for people that are recovery from an injury. There are many groups that offer rehab and gym memberships but that depends upon your area.

I work with a dietician that I see every 2 months to help me plan out my meals and guide me as to what I need to improve upon. It would be worth your efforts to get a professional in physical therapy to help plan an exercise program for you. What has worked for me may only cause you more problems in the future. Best advice is to start with your doctor and if he is not helpful ask if could suggest someone to you.Keep looking until you get the help you need. But stay with professionals and not someone who does it because they have good intentions.
Hope this has sparked a few ideas for you.




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5/8/11 10:50 A

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I used to be a regular rider until I had both knees replaced. Then, riding an upright produced aches in a very short time so I got a stationary recumbent (both to help with rehab and also get in cardio). Mobile recumbents are just too pricey for me at this point - has anyone else had problems after knee surgery/replacements and have you been able to get back riding an upright?
I live in an area with great off-road bike paths and would really like to get back outside.
Carol

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Thanks for posting this Adam.

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I just found out about that today too. Maybe the announcement was on Spark People somewhere.
Thanks for sharing!

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May is National Bike Month
Wednesday May 4, 2011

Hurray for bikes!

May is National Bike Month and to that end, the next bunch of days is chock full of great events and actitivities designed to promote bikes and get more people out riding. It's a chance for people to consciously promote cycling and the many ways bicycling is such a fun and useful way to get around.

The League of American Bicyclists has a nifty page where you can find all the events taking place near you, as well as a list of 50 ways to celebrate bike month in a PDF file. A couple examples:

www.bikeleague.org/programs/bikemont
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