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Saturday, May 23, 2015

I know you're taking a spark break, so I hope you see this! Thank you for your response to my last blog - for sharing your experience. I would not have guessed you had knee problems and now I understand your commitment to walking in this context. And I have received your white light and good wishes.

Your comments, along with Morticia's, Don's, and ONEKIDSMOM lifted me up and pointed me in a healthier direction. The compassion was palpable and then I also realized I was feeling sorry for myself!

I can walk and swim/water exercise, and probably bike. I can take glucosamine again, wear better shoes, be more attentive to my food plan for weight loss, and strength train. I can see the surgeon for an assessment -- and that doesn't necessarily mean surgery. And who wouldn't want to eat dried cherries? emoticon

So, I hope your summer job is wonderful and refreshing and your walking paths are awesome.
I'm taking the dogs on a walk right now; pictures forthcoming.


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    I will be praying that the news from the doctor will be good news and that you will have an easy fix. emoticon
    2213 days ago
    Pam-I am 'home' for a couple of daze as the family is using the lake cabins this weekend so I didn't have to stay and cook for them..the offer was there but they like to get together and cook all together and use the gas grills so I was good with coming home. My little grubby dogs were sure happy to see the back yard that has been the entire kingdom of their life. They are not adapting as well as I would like, but that is my fault as I have never taken the time to leash train them so they don't wander and are a bit skittish now being on a leash with all the weird smells of the lake. It's a gorgeous setting...the stairs up to the lodge are just KILLER but I am just taking it as it comes and enjoying the new digs and challenges and especially all the unplugged alone time.

    I don't think you were feeling sorry for yourself. It's just plain scary to be getting older and have a body that is not quite willing to do what the mind wants. Anyone who tells you different is a liar-liar-pants-on-fire! You have done lots of truly amazing things ALONE in the last year or more. You have taken on the new diet challenges and taken charge of your life. We all need a support system and a soft place to land NO MATTER HOW STRONG WE ARE!! Vent as often as you need to. Sparkers are filled with love and compassion and advice that will help. Seriously, Pam...YOU CAN DO THIS!! emoticon
    Go online and do a little research and see if any of the alternative treatments 'speak' to you. And seriously, ask around...you are in a larger city area so there are sure to be some great docs!! I'm at the end of the earth and very blessed that the VA docs have dealt with so many crippled up soldiers-jumping out of airplanes seemed like the most fun I ever had...and then I got older?!!

    I'm sending you a spark mail! Yes, that is why the 12 Weeks to Walking was so important to me. I was a runner in the Army but those daze are gone forever. Just a few more steps and a few more and I met my goal of a 45 minute 5K walk and met some great people along the way. Spark really has a lot of teams that will get you walking but doing it with Sassy and the gang was my motivation. Now the team is basically gone...but I still walk every day!
    2213 days ago
    emoticon Know this one is meant for MONTANAWALKER, but glad your spirits were lifted... it's one of the things that Spark is all about! emoticon
    2213 days ago
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