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I originally joined SparkPeople with the goal of getting a hip replacement. I lost 37 lbs & am sitting here with a shiny new hip. Of course, now I need some new goals.

I graduated high school at 175 lbs & I can now see that was a perfectly fine weight for me. My body image was worse then than it is now. At some point I figured I was a fat chick no matter what so it didn't really matter how fat. Now I see myself as a worthwhile person regardless of size. I'll be me and I'll be happy no matter what the scale says, although my health and fashion sense will both appreciate some more weight loss.

Anyway, I began this journey because it was the only way to get my hip fixed. A Spark friend points out that it is indeed a journey--not a trip or a vacation. I just got the OK to put weight on my new hip and need to set new goals and get moving again. I'm open to suggestions!

Member Since: 12/28/2010

Fitness Minutes: 156

My Goals:
I'm recovering from hip replacement surgery (6/14/11), I'm looking forward to being able to do things I enjoy that involve being on my feet again!

For now my goals are to heal well and take off the weight I re-gained post-op.

My Program:
Mostly I work on portion control, eating more fruits & veggies, more protein & iron, less fat & sodium. No food is "forbidden" there's no need to go crazy!

Exercise is whatever my Physical Therapist says for the time being. I need to re-learn to walk!

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I'm a medical social worker and recently passed my licensure exam (whew!). My 3 kids are mostly raised, my 2nd husband is the love of my life, and we have 2 cute little dogs to keep us entertained.

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I like to read history, sci fi, non-fiction. I sew and crochet & recently became interested in loom knitting.

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    Thank you for your concern: no I didn't check with the doctor. He's actually away on holidays for a month. I have been lying with leg up and a hot grain bag on the leg, and today it's feeling much better. I was up most of the morning walking and doing some simple housechores. So hopefully, I'm almost back on the track of healing.
    2505 days ago
    Thanks again for your comments.
    I don't see myself as tough at all. I lie around most of the day. Today I really tried to walk more and do more for myself.
    I think this has to be the toughest operation that a person could go through, and I think we should be so proud of ourselves.
    Right now I could not see myself doing the other hip.
    2512 days ago
    Thankyou for your reply. I appreciate your comment about regretting for a bit that you had the operation because I've felt that way daily. Before surgery I was still doing well, although I walked funny with my hip stuck in an internal rotation position and couldn't bend for long periods of time, so I had actually put off surgery about 3 times.
    I also am using a walker; just the cane for the stairs.
    Maybe you're right regarding the meds. I'm on 1 to 2 tylenol 3's every 4 hours. What extra pain killer did they recommend to you?
    2519 days ago
    Thank you for your comment on my "hip replacement blog". I'm afraid that my recovery story is far different from yours. There's not a whole lot that I can do, and it's very depressing.
    I wish that I could have had an OT come into my home before the surgery to help make things easier.
    Hope you're continuing to do well.
    2519 days ago
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. You go girl! I was a brunette and started coloring in my 30's. Decided around 50, when I had become a blonde, that this having dark roots most of the time was a pain in butt. So, I cut my hair short and let it grow out. I am blessed with the white hair genes of my mom and her mom. :) I silver streak will look lovely, I'm sure. If you don't like it, you can always color it away. ;) Have an awesome Sparkweekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2523 days ago
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