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A Game Changer

Sunday, April 15, 2018

I basically stopped all contact with Spark People except for a team chat that I lead. I had lost a good amount of weight and was solidly into Onederland. Then came an asthma attack that landed me in the hospital in March for 9 days. And because I was taking megadoses of IV steroids, i gained 25 lbs. rapidly. Now I am almost back to where I started. This is terribly depressing to me.

However, I'm not going to accept that I am this weight. It is unacceptable. And of even greater concern is my current physical weakness and disability. I can barely walk from my room to the kitchen and going up and down the deck steps (6 of them) is almost impossible. I NEED to improve that or I will never be able to leave my house. I cannot pick up our 10 lb kitty. I have a really hard time rising from sitting. I am rapidly losing my independence.

I have a Rheumatoid Disease (RD) which is an autoimmune disease that has symptoms like joint pain and destruction as well as attacking internal organs and the skin as well. It is treated by chemo drugs and biologics...very toxic drugs. Mine are given intravenously every two months.

I don't think I will ever return to the level of fitness I had attained in 2010-2011. this disease has progressed too much. I"m in too much pain to do much exercise....so i want to target Functional abilities....rising from chairs, getting off of my bed, using stairs. Being able to stand from the floor. These are my goals.

I have two artificial hips. My left one has dislocated 8 times. I've had four surgeries on it. My right hip has given me some pain but never dislocated...until last week when I was standing...it slid out and before the screaming pain came, it slid back in again. This worries me greatly. I have had to modify the way I move and especially the way I bend to pick something up. When I hear my prosthesis squeak, then I know that movement is not a good idea and I modify it.

I also have an artificial shoulder and cannot lift more than 5 lbs. although I doubt that i CAN carry 5 lbs. My right ankle is fused in a 90* angle. This means that squats and a whole bunch of other things, are impossible. If I get so that I can go downstairs, i will try out my recumbent bike....I'm not sure if that will be possible either.

I dont' think that cardio is going to be possible...so will focus on strength and flexibility.
For now, I'm going to eat the foods that Spark says to eat. Let them count the calories. lol. I have really been limited in my cooking ability due to pain. I have a very very messed up spine and i can only stand for a few minutes before I need to sit down. This makes it hard to cook. I do have a stool in the kitchen from whence i can wash dishes, chop veggies etc.

So that is where I stand. I'm in this to get thinner and stronger. I've done it before. I will do it again. Maybe not to the same level...but as nearly as I can..
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  • DETERMINED369
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    Do what you can and don't sweat the rest! Take advantage of any days you feel less pain and prep a few easy meals for the freezer maybe? Take care Cynthia. Glad to see you back, though.
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    890 days ago
  • LUCYCAN7
    Hi C,so glad to see you blogging.Try the Rehab,cook with a Crock Pot
    or bake and freeze your meals in serving sizes.As far as Exercises you
    can do the chair ones any kind of movement is better than none.I think
    there is chair Cardio you can do.How about PT?If you can't stand keep
    moving your Upper body as much as you can while sitting.Can you do
    leg raises? emoticon emoticon emoticon Linda
    890 days ago
  • LVMS61516
    Have you considered rehab following your recent hospital stay?
    890 days ago
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