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Desperate Moves for Desperate People

Monday, October 06, 2014

Well, my box of books arrived. How exciting to see my name on the front cover and picture on the back. (of course the pic was taken a few years ago, a few pounds ago and a few (lot) of gray hairs ago....but hey it's how I'd like to be remembered.

I came up from being in the basement today and I was carrying a jar of spaghetti sauce and it felt SO HEAVY in ny hands and the weight of it make it really difficult to climb the steps. I was appalled at how weak I've gotten. I really do need to start doing some kind of strength training as well as flexibility...I'm as stiff as a board...my joints are all but frozen in one position.

I know it's important.
I know it's gonna hurt
I know if i don't do it, it will probably hurt even worse.

I sort of don't know where to start. I need a really gentle really easy routine. AHA! I have just the ones. One is called "Stretching with the Classics by Richard Simmons (best part of it is he doesn't say a word through the whole workout. The other one is "Yogalates" I can't think of the leaders name. She has long braided hair and a beautiful voice with a soft foreign accent. This DVD works on the core and on stretching out your legs. It is soothing and gentle. Here and now I am pledging that I will do these two DVDs--maybe one a day until I get stronger and more limber

Then once I get those done so they are easy, I will work on chair yoga and chair dancing.

That is enough goal setting for now. I am hoping my daughter can join in with me but the problem would be a lack of room in the basement room...I have a bed in there and a dresser and TV/VCR/DVD and a recumbent bike. So probably will have to do it one at a time.

It would also be good to do calf raises on the step, walking up and down the steps, and wall push ups. and possibly squats. I don't want to over load myself with goals. I tend to do that....I get excited by my plans that i set too many of them and get discouraged.

And eating? I'm eating out a LOT usually one meal a day (not every day) and I usually bring half home for either later or the next day. The other thing I've been eating is frozen meals. Pot Pies etc. I know they are not the best for you but I have few options. I cannot cook anymore other than just heating something up. I cannot stand for more than five minutes. Maybe If I were to buy a bunch of veggies already pealed and cut up, maybe then I could steam them and eat them in wraps or pita or over rice. I should also add some mushrooms and beans. And what is that?? That is DR FURHMAN'S Eat to LIve Diet. HIS recipes are impossibly difficult for me right now but If I do it this way....it just might work. I don't know if Eric will get on the boat with me but he might. I know he feels like crap and could die any day now. Maybe this will be his ticket to health. And my daughter is sick every day. She eats like crap too.

I'm goign now to make my shopping order on the computer. I think this just might work.
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  • _LINDA
    You do need to work on one area at a time, one goal at a time. See what seems doable. In my mind just moving those joints as best as you can seems to be the critical place to start. Good old range of motion prescribed to everyone with arthritis. Nothing fancy, nothing hard, relatively speaking (painful as hell when you are in an active flare) but necessary to quality of life and being able to move. Not exercise, no. All can be done in and on the bed. The goal could be to do what you can after taking pain medications every morning or after loosening up in a hot bath or shower. Actually, hydrotherapy works best -easier to move joints in a hot tub, supported by the buoyancy of the water. Any chance you could qualify for that therapy??
    Any particular reason you need to cook at all? I get away with very little. I eat my fruits and a lot of my veggies raw. Egg whites and sweet potatoes are my main cooking, done fast in the microwave. Buying pre cut is a must for me. Nothing wrong with frozen. I get a cheat in that my Mom cuts up stuff for me that is not normally sold pre cut or frozen. Maybe your daughter could cut up stuff for you.
    All the best with it -you can do this!
    Good luck with sales,
    {{{gentle one arm hugs}}}
    Linda
    2173 days ago
  • JANISMKW
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon On your book being published! What a huge accomplishment!

    Best wishes to you as you work on your fitness and food. Any little thing you can do in the right direction will be good... a little strengthening, a little sweating, a little stretching. And whip up a batch of any vegetable, whether you steam, microwave, roast, saute. There are frozen without salt or fresh pre-cut. Keep it simple and try to plan ahead.

    Or, for example, you can throw a whole cauliflower head in the microwave or steamer for 10 - 12 minutes and cut it easily when it's cooked and soft.

    {{{Hugs}}} Have a great day.
    2174 days ago
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