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A New Lifestyle - Change is Possible!

Monday, February 05, 2018

I'm not addicted to sugar or even high on the susceptibility chart. I drink mostly water and sometimes a cuppa tea or coffee and lactose free milk if I want milk. With tea, coffee, or milk it's often nice to have a cookie. I can usually limit myself to one or two cookies. Progress, not perfection! My husband likes cookies so we have them. I don't want to make cookies my "forbidden fruit" or feel deprived. I do support the Girl Scouts, but I didn't buy any cookies this year!

I rarely drink alcohol. I can have fun without "needing" a drink. Yesterday during the Super Bowl I enjoyed a homemade bowl of hot cauliflower soup. My husband and I both enjoy cooking. I admit that I like a good hamburger. I grew up during the 50s and 60s! Now however, when we eat out I usually choose something healthy like broiled salmon or something grilled without breading. I choose things that are "heart healthy." I've learned a lot of things since I joined Spark People, and I'm grateful for the articles, teams, and Spark friends I have.

I've lost weight, regained, and lost again. Last fall I had a total knee replacement and during my recovery I was able to change my lifestyle. I had daily physical therapy while in rehab, later as an outpatient three times weekly, then twice weekly, and Thursday is my last PT appointment until I have the other knee done or have some other need. I must exercise my new knee daily for the next year if I want to maintain flexion, and I do! Learning to exercise and seeing great results has taught me that it works when done consistently and correctly. I'm not a runner, but I like walking and want to hike again when the weather is more pleasant! I am a Lifetime Girl Scout, a member of the Green Hat Society, and I enjoy camping and visiting our many wonderful state and national parks. I have things I want to do, and places and people I want to see during the rest of my life. I'm hoping to be healthy and happy for as long as possible!
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  • PACEKA1
    I was just commenting on Fredie's blog and I saw your post about your dog - I am so sorry. Then I read your blog and I feel like I've just read about myself. I am almost one year after my knee replacement surgery. I remember the first few weeks being a bit challenging both mentally and physically but the constant exercise was such a plus. After several weeks my physical therapist said I needed to join a gym so I could continue strengthening my knees - so for the first time in my life I did just that. I am now going about 3 times a week, taking classes that are hard for me but so much fun, and I feel better than I have in years. It sounds like you are putting forth great efforts toward your own healing. One thing that has been really amazing to me, my other knee barely hurts these days. When I first had the surgery I thought I'd probably be back within a few months but all this strengthening of my legs has helped. I suppose one day I will have to do it but I'm working hard to make it years from now.

    Congratulations on your progress!
    622 days ago
  • GOODGETNBETR
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    Hope your recovery goes well on this one and the next. Stay young at heart and keep reaching for the stars.
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    627 days ago
  • KOFFEENUT
    Good for you! You have EXCELLENT reasons for wanting to be healthy - it allows you to live your best possible life. Like you, I've had some ups and downs. Always good to see that others are also experiencing success over the long term with healthy lifestyle choices!
    646 days ago
  • JACKIEWALKS4FUN
    Sounds like you are doing great. Healthy choices. Exercising, keep going and you will be walking those trails again. emoticon
    646 days ago
  • JOANOFSPARK
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    646 days ago
  • N260SNFIT
    You sound balanced & realistic in your healthy journey! emoticon
    646 days ago
  • no profile photo SATURNHART
    Great job!
    647 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    good for you.
    647 days ago
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