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3/11/19 4:53 A

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Hi Belladonna! I echo a lot of what Beth said in her response. I also have bad knees since my teen years when I was a serious ballet student. I have to be careful about exercise. But I do find that what works well for me is swimming. Are you able to do that, or are you interested in it at all? Some pools have special days for arthritic swimmers where they heat the pool up and offer water exercise classes to older adults or people with arthritis. I always feel happier after I swim. I can't say the same for other forms of exercise so much.

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2/19/19 4:30 P

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Hello, Belladonna,

It almost doesn't matter where you start, as long as you start somewhere. Have you set some fast break goals? That helps. You set 3 goals, of whatever you want, and track those, until they become habits.

For example, you might set a goal of
- walking to the mailbox every day (or to the corner of your building, if you get the mail delivered to your door). The point is to get outside every day during daylight hours. (If your knees are too bad to walk that far, you may have to be creative.)
- tracking your sleep. If you're tired, you might not be getting the sleep you need.
- tracking your nutrition. This is a huge help if you want to lose weight. Just through the act of tracking your nutrition, you can learn a lot about your eating habits
- not snacking between meals, or not eating between 7 pm and 7 am.
- posting something on Spark every day.

As I said, it almost doesn't matter what it is, as long as you start. If whatever you start with doesn't work for you, you can change it.

One thing you might want to consider. Is it possible that you are depressed? No need to answer here, but something to think about. A lot of what you said sounds consistent with depression. If that's the case, you might want to seek professional help. Or at least try doing some of the things known to help (like exercise, going outside during the day, social contact).

Speaking of social contact, since retiring, you probably aren't getting the social stimulation you were used to. You might want to reach out to a friend or family member every day, or so.

Another thing that might be happening is that if you used to get a lot of satisfaction from work, you might not be getting the warm fuzzy feelings of success that you are used to. So maybe
- get started on a craft project. Something easy and small is fine. (What crafts do you do?)
- volunteer somewhere. Use your skills to help someone else.

Best of luck with everything. Even by posting here, you have taken a step forward.

Let us know how it goes.

"There's treasure everywhere." Hobbes, in Calvin and Hobbes
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2/19/19 12:32 P

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I’ve never been a stupid woman, but am starting to wonder !
Good job, now retired, really bad cabin fever this year but I can’t seem to get it together. Don’t even know where to start. Overweight, tired and sore all the time, trapped in house with bad knees. Can’t even get it together to do crafts I love. Have not left the house in almost 2 months. Gotta snap out of this, it’s not like me, is this part of aging (62) ?

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