WELCOME EVERYONE ~ Please join us in our thread: to give support and encouragement; to share ideas, and/or just chat with one another about everyday issues ...
This special thread is for anyone with any kind of physical obstacle and/or challenge like SB, CP, MS, MD, PK, Lupus, Osteo, Arthritis, Rheumatism, or any other condition (s), whether genetic or acquired (like injuries), that causes some physical limitations and/or difficulties.
Sooo, ya ... I was supposed to start this last night; but better late than never they say ... ... got busy doing other things and forgot!
Anyhoo ... we had really cold weather again last night; it went down to about -22C and we revved up the furnace again to keep us warm. It was cold today too -- about -15C with some light ***** squalls but we braved the winds and went out shopping and to run some errands anyways. Gotta pay those bills ...
I bought a thick plush new fleece blanket for our bed; I wanna be warm, but it is so nice I feel like stealing it to use on my sofa. I have it in the dryer right now, as they say to wash it before using (never know where they have been, I guess).
We had meat pie with french green beans and salad for dinner tonight. I discovered them when we were putting some stuff in the freezer today. I forgot that we had 3 meat pies in the freezer for Christmas; and we never ate them, so we had part of one tonight; and have some leftover for our lunch tomorrow too.
Hope you are all well; have a great evening and a terrific Tuesday tomorrow ... Rosebud
HI, it's me again ... just closed the January thread. DH says it's already down to -20C tonight; so it's gonna be another cold one out there for sure ... Time to go make my tea and read some; and put my feet up after all the walking I did today. I felt much better today; and so far, I don't feel sore, so I hope that's a good sign.
Oh, my new plush burgundy fleece blankie is done; maybe I'll go wrap myself in it to stay nice & toasty! Keep warm people ...
Hello everyone I hope that I am in the right place....I used to be pretty active on this board years ago....I had been doing pretty well lost about 40 pounds and then one day when I was taking my daily walk my knee ballooned and everyday after that it did the same thing this went on for about a week and then I went to the doctor to find out why and that is when I got the news that I had R/A. At this point the doctor had told me that walking everyday was no longer an option and sent me to the RA doc more then a few rounds predisone....fibromyalgia....depression and I fell in to the fridge not to resurface until I got sick and tired of being fat. Not sure what to do about exercise just yet as my knee still gives me problems and some days it just hurts to move but I have been kind of being more careful with what I eat still not sure that I could pull off the same kind of diet plan that I was on before because it relied on me walking 5 out of 7 days a week....and now it hurts to take a shower most days. I want more out of life my doctor says that lossing weight will help my joints and my back pain.
HI LUCY ~ BACK to 3fc's and to this thread ... I had just replied to you in the old January thread and you popped your post over here. Good girl, you got that all straightened out.
We can sure identify with your plight on this thread; everyone here has some kind of physical challenges to deal with on a daily basis. We are glad that you decided to come back and join us on our thread; and we look forward to getting to know you better as well ... Rosebud
Thanks and sorry for the goof up but my brain is still in Jan...lol I am still not sure how to do this and both of my issues are a big problem but I am willing to try at least I need to loss the predisone weight and that is about 60 pounds Then I will work on the depression weight 100 pounds then I will be back down to where I was when I left here 2 years ago I have been looking around and others seem to have some kind of medication that helps them but my meds don't seem to help and the fail safe is predisone and that makes me so hungry all the time....ugh
LUCY ~ there is a predisone thread on this forum that you can do a search for; you may like to read about other's experiences with that drug. From what I have heard, many if not most people that took that drug, gained weight while on it. Yes, you'd think the doctors would find another med instead; but I don't know much about that specific drug as I have never been on it (to my knowledge).
Over the years, I have just taken tylenol and/or rested my legs. One time when my right knee was dislocated the doctor gave me some kind of pain pill and that helped, but I don't remember what it was called now. After I popped my knee back in, the constant pain went away. Later on, it would pop out and I would have to keep pushing it back in. Over the years that has been slowly healing, esp since I started using a cane on that side; so it's not near as bad as it was before ... only gets really bad if I walk on it too much at once, so then I have to rest it for a few days.
I have to pace myself and do the xtra walking every other day; if I am sore or my legs/feet/knees bother me, I rest them until they feel better. Then I do other things at home instead like chair aerobics, dancing, stretchie bands, hand-weights, and other light toning exercises. Swimming might be good for you.
I am gonna go take a look at the thread...have been doing good today I have even called my old gym to see if they could take the freeze off my account but it has been so long that I needed to call the main office and I haven't heard back from then just yet.
HI LADIES ~ well, we had another day today; we have been very blessed the last few days with all this sunshine. It was cold last night, but the sun warmed the day up for us to about -10C, which wasn't too bad.
DH had to put a new handle on our back door, and said that his hands were still freezing anyways. He locked himself out, so I had to try to get the door unstuck: a hammer wouldn't budge it, so I finally had to use a screwdriver and that worked! It took him awhile but he finally has it opening and closing again ...
LUCY ~ hope things work out with your gym so that you can go back again. Do they have a pool there? What kind of exercises would you try?
I made my own Chinese food for dinner tonight; had baked chicken balls with rice and stir-fried veggies: onions, mushrooms, celery, carrots, snap peas, red pepper, corn, and sliced cabbage with some broth & soya sauce for flavor. It was really good.
Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday tomorrow ... Rosebud
It has been a day a pretty good one but it doesn't look like the gym is going to fix the mess up Long story short I stopped going when the doctor said no more walking got them a doctors note and put an unlimited freeze on my account when I tried to unfreeze yesterday they told I needed to call corporate and they changed computer systems blah blah blah so now they can't find my account.
I was going to try to see a personal trainer for a little while to get an idea of what I can and can't do with my health as well as using the toning tables that I "should" be able to do. I am going to wait to see if they call me back with some good news but I am not holding out much hope. I think I am going to look into the YMCA because they have a pool and other things for my youngest to do while I am there but the new one doesn't have the pool built just yet and the other are farther away from me so I just don't know at this point.
Now the good news I have stayed at about 1,200 calories today and my fit day says that I burned 3,317 calories just by being me today
HI LUCY ~ I was wondering how you decided on how many calories to eat at the beginning of your journey? From my knowledge and experience, 1200 seems way too low to start out at -- becuz you will inevitably hit some plateaus along the way, and you want to have some leeway so that you can cut down about 50-100 cals to get your weightloss going again.
Our PURPLE, who will come by sometime this week; started out at 2000 to 2200 calories and lost weight on that. Then when she hit a plateau, she would lower her calories to get losing again. Now that she has reached her goal weight (or close to it), she is eating about 1500 calories a day to maintain her loss of over 120 lbs. (You are starting out lower than that)
I started at 2100 calories which was a recommended average amount by a science researcher in New York; now I am doing about 1800 during the week and 1800-2000 during the weekend, give or take a few cals. This way, I have some flexibility too. Our local dietician told my mother that IHHO, no adult should eat less than 1500 calories a day, as the body needs that much just to be healthy, especially a larger person.
We have to make sure that we are eating an amount that we could maintain for the rest of our lives. If we eat too low now, then when we increase our intake later on, we will gain all the weight back -- which has happened to me in the past, many times. There is a CALORIE COUNTERS FORUM on this site -- maybe you could start a thread there and ask others their thoughts about how much they think you should eat each day based on your weight & height.
I know cutting 500 calories a day, should result in a 1-2 lb loss for each week. In the beginning, you may lose more, but some of that will be water, then it will be fat from about 3-4 weeks and on ...
HI LADIES ~ We had lovely again today; and we're lovin' it too! We had lots of birdies comin' to our feeder the last few days. The colder temps encourages that, so we put out extra food during February and March for them, as these are our coldest winter months.
Just stayed home and did stuff around here as I seem to have caught a wee cold when we were out yesterday; DH says he caught it too. So it's better to just stay home and recupe, as they say.
to PURPLE and RONNI ~ hope both you ladies are feeling OK this week. I'm sure you are busy, but do take good care of yourselves too!
Hope you all have a great day tomorrow ... Rosebud
Life for me still remains very busy glad my life is not normally like this I would not hack it I have woke up to a grey and dreary morning drizzling down with rain so umbrellas at the ready. The last two days it has been sleeting on and off and two sharp frosts in the morning which took most of the morning to melt away.
Gosh is it February already where did January go at the moment it seems a blur Tomorrow is another busy day with visiting my sister in hospital and then going on to see my parents oops no a I mean the other way round So tomorrow will go in a flash no doubt at 90 mph I am hoping that in a few weeks time that things start to slow down and get back to normal.
I have had no oxygen therapy this week due to the sniffles so I am starting to feel better that a little more as each day goes by but I knew it was the wise thing to do. If you try treatment the pressure will always win as it will give you acute pain in the ears so just not worth it. Slowly this cold is disappearing nothing like how I felt on the first day which was my worse due to it triggering my trigemenal neuralgia.
On the food front thing have been a good week on plan so pleased there not so good on the exercise front though not really felt like it. Hopefully when the cold has gone I will get back to walking a little most days. Ate some lovely home made soup yesterday. This soup was roast butternut squash and roasted onion soup. It was in a chicken stock and seasoned with a tiny bit of curry. If you are able to take it more spicy then curry or chilli will be nice in this soup. I just blitzed it down with my hand blender to make a smooth thick soup which was very tasty Yesterday I served it with a little bit of granary French stick.
DRAMAQUEENLUCY Lucy to the board nice to meet you and hope you find the board helpful.
It is hard coming to terms with not being as active as before due to our bodies challenges. Like you I used to walk nigh on every day which aided the weight loss. I had two relapses in with my MS which then put paid to my walking for months. I can walk a little now but I soon get tired and it becomes counter productive as then for two weeks I can barely do anything as I feel so rotten.
My sister a few months back was also diagnosed with a form of arthritis but not the same as yourself. My sister has osteoarthritis and for that form of arthritis is young at 40. I am not sure if you have spoken to a professional person whether that is a doctor or a physiotherapist to see what form of exercise would be OK without aggravating your arthritis further. Any amount of exercise is better than none no matter how little it seems it all adds ups.
Oh dear I am forgetting myself I forgot to introduce myself I will try and do it in a nutshell which I am not renowned for I am a 45 year old lady who is using the calorie counting method I pan in about 1500 per day. I am not losing at the moment but am maintaining as I can't seem to lose that final bit but from where I started I am more than happy. I am or stall I say was a psychiatric nurse in a locked unit at a medium secure facility. I ultimate aim was to progress to maximum secure facility but then in 1998/99 I started to experience problems which lead me to believe I might have MS due to my medical knowledge. I didn't want to give up with my beloved nursing so I kept my fears to myself for 9 months until things came to ahead when the MS hit my legs. I then eventually told my DH what my fears where who persuaded me to see the doctor the rest is history I was diagnosed some 9 month later with MS.
Eventually when I surfaced about the parapet after years of playing the perfect ostrich I embarked on losing weight I found this site was was my saviour and has kept me on the straight and narrow ever since. I started on the programme that Rosebud told you of about 2200 per day and have slowly worked down to about 1500 per day or there about. Even at 2200 cal per day I was still losing 2 or 3 pound per week at the beginning as I had been consuming vast amounts of calories per day for years. Oh yes by the way I am from the UK you might have guessed that already from my spelling I live in Robin Hood county of Nottingham which many people have heard about due to the legend or our football club if they come from other European countries.
I hope to get to know you more over the forth coming weeks and start to enjoy your successes along the road with you
ROSEBUD It is sure good to be able to drop by today I have missed my normal pace of life not this one I have adopted at the minute 90mph. Nice to have the time to catch up and have a bit of me time.
My sister still remains in hospital she has had some ups and downs along the road. Her feeling as come back in her leg but low blood count so has need a transfusion to correct that. Walking with the aid of two physiotherapists now so the path to recovery has begun which will be a slow and long haul.
No further news about my father's tests so fingers are still crossed for good news on that front I think he goes and sees the specialist this month not sure which date though. Dad has a catalogue of different people he has to see on a regular basis from the practice nurse, doctor, heart specialist, diabetic nurse, chiropodist to name a few now added into the equation is the specialist for his bowel. My mum is is private secretary I reckon what with this appointment this day and that appointment that day if it wasn't for mum I am sure he would not attend them. Yikes not to mention his medication he wouldn't have a blind clue if it wasn't for mum dishing them out and telling him or reminding him to take them. When mum had her appendix out a few years back me and my sister tried to sort him out he swore blind that was not the right medication that mum gives him. I am sure I could sort medication out for one person when I was in charge and dispensed a whole wards medication on a daily basis he drove me "crazy".
I have one delivery to do next week that is to Luton about 100 miles from home so not too bad and it is a straight route there and back traffic permitting. No other deliveries on the horizon as present to our knowledge.
You know I am maintaining at the minute well my DH said my body shape was changing and half believing him as I did was still not sure. Then someone asked me had I lost even more weight has it looked like I had. I know I hadn't I regulate my weight by going on the scales which lets me know if I am on track or not. Couldn't believe my ears so maybe this long spell from weight loss is my body now taking shape after all that weight lost of one person if you look at the amount I lost. It is not as though I can do vast amounts of exercise to sculpt my body that way as you know so it is pleasing to know the little walks are paying dividends. So good news on that front and it has pleased me on end as comments like that help boost your will power to keep doing what you are doing as it is the right thing for you.
Time for me to run and start to thing about preparing some lunch as no preparation done as yesterday I went shopping and by the time I had finished with that I was bush whacked as the Australians say Bye bye all and take care till next time.