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8/25/14 5:59 A

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Mare - I have some exercise videos from Stronger Seniors that I absolutely LOVE! You can easily modify them to leave out your injured leg! As for doing anything in the water when you can't swim, I wouldn't try it. Just my opinion. I'm sorry about the bf being unhappy with the situation but stuff happens and we just have to deal!

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7/9/14 7:25 P

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I do know how bloody frustrating this is as I broke my r ankle in 2000 and BOTH ankles four years later.Chair exercises on here are a good start.Doing some leg lifts( good leg) on the bed helps.Arm circles and waist bending while sitting. I did gain weight while parked on the couch.I cut way back on my foods once I could move around more.I was a lot heavier in weight but now go to Weight watchers.The closer you are to your ideal weight the easier it is to get around with an injury.I paid my daughters to rub my feet the first ankle brake but they weren't as helpful the second break(s).My husbands mom was wheel chair bound so my husband understood.Get your bf to sit in the chair and prepare a meal.Just saying. emoticon

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7/9/14 3:30 P

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Lots of questions Mare, none of which I can answer.

I am very unhappy that your friend feels put out!

That shows lack of caring on my part, but that is just my
opinion. I know you will figure it out.

SP has a ton of chair exercises, check them out.

Hope you heal real soon.

Nancy a.k.a. Teddybear

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When you choose the behavior you choose the consequences. (Dr Phil)

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7/9/14 2:03 P

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So, I'm a reasonably healthy 27-year old weighing in at 260. I've been stable at that weight for the last year and a half. I haven't really lost, but I'm not getting heavier either. I'm used to exercising a few times a week, usually 2 or three hikes during the work week and an hour of horseback riding on the weekends. Unfortunately those activities are out of the question for the foreseeable future.

I now have an injury to my left knee (1st injured back in April) that has put me on crutches at home and in a wheelchair at work so I can actually get around and get things done. My whole left leg is in a brace, and I'm due for an MRI on Saturday. Possible meniscus or ligament injury. Xrays came back normal. This is unbelievably frustrating for me, I'm a very independent person who's usually on the go. I hate asking people for help. My boyfriend, who also values independence and self-reliance, is torn between feeling bad for me, angry at the situation, and resentful toward me for asking for so much help. Which I hate to do. But that's beside the point.

I don't want to stop exercising and begin to gain weight again while I'm laid up. What are your favorite chair exercises? What would you guys recommend for an adventurous and currently unsound Mare? And am I completely bonkers for thinking maybe I could still go kayaking on the reservoir? That activity doesn't involve my legs...

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