Cutting Out My Excuses!!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

For those who may not know I;ve been told by my Ortho Dr. that I need two knee replacements and it is exacting why I'm finally going to stop all my excuses and once again start exercising slowly even if I can do only 10 minutes a day. A couple of weeks ago I stopped my 30-45 minutes of sit down exercise as my knees were hurting worse than ever and I blamed it on exercising!! When I went to my Ortho Surgeon I asked him if the exercising could be why my knees were hurting and he just said, "Well they are bone on bone". But, when I went to leave his office his parting remark was, "Stay Active". So, I feel like I got mixed messages from him--and not really the advice I wanted and paid for. He just keeps telling me what a good candidate I am for two total knee replacements, in otherwords two scary, at least to me, surgeries and long recovery time.

Then, yesterday Ann, one of the Leaders of a favorite team of mine wrote me that she also had been told she needed two knee replacements and walking was painful but like most people really didn't want the surgeries so she got smart and joined SP and exercises and tracks her food and guess what she now can walk without a walker, in her words, " for not too far or too long", but she is once again mobile and she attributes that mainly due to exercising almost every day. I know she enjoys working out at Curves and taking her beloved dog for a walk. There are others who have lost weight and gotten active and they all are enjoying life so much more now. They don't have to depend on others to help them with household chores, shopping, etc.

Yes, I want that for me--to be more mobile and pain free! So, no more excuses cuts it for me anymore as so many friends have motivated me that I can and will do a little exercise every day--I even joined the Knee Team, not too long ago, for more exercise ideas! Thank all of you for those gentle kicks in the butt as I sure needed them--it's about time I took responsibility for my actions or in this case non-action!
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    My knees are bad too, altho perhaps not as bad as yours, but I'm pretty sure they both could use replacing. My hips hurt too, perhaps more than the knees, but I haven't been to a doctor about anything related to those joints yet, I'm scared to death of surgery. Good luck on yours! I do the walk at home DVDs with Leslie Sansone. Usually I do her 30-minute, 2 mile walk. It is a good workout--she includes arm movements and when I am done, I am tired, so I know I must burn some calories. On my days off, sometimes I will do the 2-mile walk twice, usually the last time just before I go to bed. My hips ache so badly after doing that second 2-mile walk, that sometimes I can't even sleep. I can only lay a certain way in bed to get comfortable, and often spend half the night sleeping in the recliner by my bed. But that's okay--because the exercise is helping me lose weight, and I KNOW that less weight on those joints can only help me. So I keep walking and hurting and feeling GOOD about myself. Keep going, I know you can do it!
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    These past three blogs have been good. keep it up!!
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  • _KATHY
    I'm with you. No more excuses.
    3180 days ago
    You go girl!! You can do it. Make that Dr. tell you exactly what he means. That's what they are there for and he/she would not want you to be wondering.

    You can do this!!! emoticon
    3180 days ago
    I have had two operations on right knee and one on left. I have bone on bone. but since I have lost weight the pain is not as bad. I do get cortisone shots every three months till I have the knee replacement. I am waiting till I have my weight off, and am at a normal weight. I too thought there were no exercises that I could do. I was proven wrong. The first thing you should ,do is get some stretch bands, I wrote about them in my blog today. They are the miracle exercise equipment, no one should be without. Then see about water aerobics , they are great for our condition. Sometimes when you start out after a long absence from exercise there will be twinges , sensations that are a little uncomfortable, I don't mean sharp pain, but those little twinges are normal.
    Nothing comes easy. I take some Tylenol and carry on.
    Once the weigh goes, you will feel the difference.
    I have needed knee replacement for over 10 years, but the Doctor refused to do it until I lost weight. He said it would not last and my recovery would be terrible with all the weight I had. Well I am 147 pounds lighter now, and plan on being even less my the time I go under the knife.
    Find a exercise that you can do, and keep at it, Coupled with your weight loss plan, you will see success.
    Your friend, Tisha
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  • SHELLEY147
    emoticon for saying NO to excuses!! Take it easy and do what you can....as long as you're moving, you're losing! :)
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    oh Jill, I feel so INSPIRED by your progress, your attitude, your optimism, your cheerful way of dealing with this challenge.., and I am SUPER MOTIVATED by your 3 pound weight loss. That means so much! It means you are moving forward, moving, moving.
    I'm just SO happy.
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    3181 days ago
    Kind of like my docs advise to quit smoking and lose weight. The two don't go together! Sometimes we have to take it a small step at a time. I was going to suggest water exercises, but that has already been mentioned. Having worked at a rehab center, I have seen patients before and after knee surgery. In order to recover well from the surgery, you still have to go through the pain of rehab. Do yourself a favor, and try to lose weight and get in the habit of exercise BEFORE the surgery. Your recovery will be so much quicker and less painful.

    I know it is frustrating to have to hold back, but take it little by little and you will become more used to the exercise. In that sense, I am in the same boat as you. I want to do much more, but if I overdo it I won't be able to walk tomorrow!

    Know that your friends are beside you cheering you on!
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    Hi Jill,
    I feel your pain! I, too, have OA in both knees. I used to do water walking at the local gym. They had a program for folks with arthritis called "Twinges in the Hinges." You should look into something like that. The resistance the water gives is like resistance bands, and the water also cushions the joints. Very easy to do - no swimming experience required. Good luck to you on your surgery too. Terri
    3181 days ago
    Do what you can! Stay active and take one day at a time.
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    Good for you. YOU just do what you can...and before you know it you do more and more! I have seen it to be true. Like with my sister. Good for you Jill! As our friend Marsha says..MOVE IT. LOL Have a joy filled day....Karen emoticon
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  • JERESS26
    Good for you! emoticon I don't know if you have access to a pool, but that is very easy on the knees. Jean
    3181 days ago
    Never ending battle sometimes isn't it. My Dr gives me mixed messages at time also. I want the same as you Jill. It will happen for us. One day at a time. Hope you had a good weekend.
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