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  1. Woke knee feeling decent Elliptical level 1 20 mins- iced after. Slightly sore tonight but I've been doing stairs in our home too much with family in town! Oh well! Today's message at church-Halleluah, anyway. Love love love this theme! I have much to be thankful for and I'm reminding myself often!
  2. Knee seems to be improving weekly- thanks for asking! Iced it tonight while I'm relaxing-sore tonight but considering my workout AND 6 straight hours of housework, I'm good!
  3. Elliptical fixed hopefully for good! Did 15 mins level 1- my hubby changed out braking system and resistance seems more now!! 5 mins of upper body light weights. It's a start......
  4. Look at you go girl!!! Congrats on a great 5K time! Be proud of your accomplishment!! What pretty crisp morning to run too-keep up the good work!
  5. Been quite awhile since I posted. Not much to report on the fitness front. Still babying my knee daily-minimal swelling though I'm fairly limited on working out. One can only do so much swimming......I did attempt 2 miles on my road bike-felt ok..... Just slow, very slow as I'm out of shape! Our elliptical at home is on the fritz...... Considering our other cardio options seeing as we are limited on gym time with our unpredictable work hours and kids. Diet is ok..... Only up 2 pounds in 3 months (net loss now #4) which I'm positive is water retention from my processed GF, vegan Meals-convenient but not natural. Not sure how much I'll keep posting..... This only reminds me of what I used to do- until I find my new normal.....maybe then I'll start posting. Until then......
  6. I'm sorry to hear about your decline-I admire your strength and courage as you've looked into all options for our health. You are truly an inspiration. Give your loved ones hugs and I'll keep you in my prayers for peace and comfort. Take care!
  7. Bummed- I'm thinking my steroid shot is wearing off and irs only been two weeks this time! knee discomfort started yesterday- on feet with busy quick cases.... Lots of movement- woke this morning site and its gone downhill! Trying to stay positive-trying a new topical cream to hopefully get by! Maybe core work later...... I'll see how I feel.
  8. Thought I'd check out your journal-nice work in logging your workouts AND food!! I like your snacks-I too usually eat an apple for a snack-very filling! My PB goes in my morning hot GF cereal-keeps me full longer! Keep up the good work!
  9. Tuesday: knee doing well- only sore after extended periods (more than 3 hours) on my feet walking..... Attempted to work out at home on elliptical- it needs to be serviced!! Ugh!! It's got a shimming effect now! So not much done before kids got home but that's ok- it was a great evening making Halloween costumes! Diet: need an intervention!! I'm eating too much vegan, GF processed junk!! I realize it's out of convenience and some laziness! I'm having to accept my new normal for now..... Guess I'd better get back to swimming! I can tell I've not been in two weeks!
  10. Been almost a week since posting- Knee is starting to feel better- hooray! It started to turn around drastically feel better on Thursday. In fact, I did 10 mins of elliptical, level 1 slow pace. I was sore Friday BUT not bone pain sore..... More in the quads and patella tendons. I feel so much better-like night to day better! Today, I also got in ten mins on elliptical same as above..... Also, I walk my furry babies around the block! We all enjoyed to great weather! I've eliminated my prescription anti- inflammatory med since Wednesday. I battled severe reflux/heartburn Monday and Tuesday. (Mobic, the med is guilty of causing stomach lining damage!) I started in supplements called Boswallia and then turmeric. I've also added in systemic enzymes though these are hard to take b/c I need an empty stomach and I always forget! Still, I credit these pills with my improvement! I'm going to increase my hours from 6 hrs per day to 7-8 as tolerated. I'm really excited to see how this week goes- So thankful for my progress FINALLY!
  11. I've not tried either of those places though I've heard of them! I'd probably love the cupcakes seeing as I've got a serious sweet tooth! Worked 6 hours today.... I walk a lot on hard surfaces (HARD operating/hospital floors!). I completely underestimated how these surfaces take a toll in my body until I'm limited and hurting! Still trying to stay positive! I did do stretching and core work today-felt wonderful!! Oh how I miss being "in shape"! I must find my new normal for a fitness routine. Tomorrow, I'll go swim!
  12. Hey-appreciated my local MO gal & Dylan saying hello- thanks for the words of encouragement! No exercise for me other than straight leg lifts whole sitting-usually 2 sets of 10 twice a day for both legs! My shot kicked in by this morning-minimal pain but knee joint is stiff, almost an awkward unstable feeling. I've managed to rest most of yesterday and today despite having company, kids & dogs around! I'm extremely thankful for each day and the memories we are making! Tomorrow, I'm working-this week will be 6-7 hour days per docs orders.... My work environment consists of hard cement floors with constant activity and walking-I need to be fully functional! My plan will be to attempt to swim this week 3 times for cardio while doing pool exercises. I will follow with ice as needed. Must get this knee healed! Diet: I'm a sucker for Oklahoma joes BBQ ribs, yes, I gave in this time!!.. Yes, total slacker when entertaining company. I do balance out that part of meat with fruit..... Tons of water. Taste great in the moment but then I start thinking of how/what it does inside my body (salt=water retention, inflammation, cruddy felting) Then I think WHY?? I'm weak at times.... Lots going on and I'm miss my exercise high!! Oh well, tomorrow is a new day.....
  13. Friday: another cortisone shot into the knee-8 weeks post-op..... Still painful after walking and no resting! Extremely frustrated! I was told now.... It's going to be 6-9 months to get it healed! Ugh!! Swimming will be my friend! Along with remaining part-time at work! Good news-my weight is stable-pleased with this.... I figured after 8 weeks of little to no exercise, I'd pack on the pounds! But NO, it's the healthy Vegan way of eating!
  14. Friday: 25 mins pool exercises.....included 15 mins suspended such as aqua jogging, cycling....lots of flutter and scissor kicks. Outdoor Pool now has bubble on top - still chilly inside since its only 48 degrees out! Fingers are crossed for it to warm up inside the bubble! I took off the last 3 days from any exercises due to my knee being excessively sore from inflammation. I'm very frustrated since I'm over 7 weeks out from surgery. I see my doc next Thursdy for follow up. He has prescribed a compounded cream that should arrive tomorrow- hope for some relief to function-even just walk without pain!! I'm still thankful my work is allowing me to work part-time! Zoey- the puppy- still makes me and RJ smile!!! Oh I did make a new GF Vegan chocolate PB cupcake recipe that someone posted on here- delicious!!!
  15. These ROCK!! I did substitute a GF yellow cake mix for the GF baking mix only because I didn't have any available. I omitted the sugar and baking powder since the cake mix covered those ingredients!! And you're correct- the icing is delicious!! Yum!! Thanks for sharing - I plan to check out your blog!
  16. So here we start October..... It's been a week since I posted. My workouts consist of swimming every other day 500-750 yards, water walking & agua jogging. I'm getting a little burned out on the pool- its rough on my skin......I'll go tomorrow but then take rest of week off for a break. Swimming for me is the least painful. I'm trying to remain upbeat despite the chronic knee discomfort. I'm still part time at work only because it's so uncomfortable to walk so much! The steroid shot gave me great relief for 8-10 days- not good that it's not working now! I'm waiting to hear back from my doc about next step. Today's workout consisted of 7 mins of stationary bike-no resistance. Then I did walking front straight leg lifts 10x4 with 15 sec planks in between. I finished with crunches on ball and 15 mins of stretching. It's a start....... On a bright side, we've adopted a 8 month old pup- she's part schnauzer-part rat terrier! It started out as a rescue/foster dog BUT she captured our hearts and fits right in the family!! We've missed our Duke but we still have lots o love to share! Nothing like a puppy to make you laugh and smile!!
  17. Hey there- been looking for your update. It sounds like its been a rough week for you- lack of appetite and sleep on the ol body is no good my friend! I hope you get the answers through the scan to further help you in planning your care. So your vocal cord or cords are paralyzed? Do they know the cause? (maybe you've mentioned it previously and I don't remember?). Those vocal cords play a huge function in the larynx and yes, can affect the body's function. It can be the little parts that "just work" involuntarily in our bodies that when malfunction causes all kinds of ruckus! ( I'm dealing with a patella/femoral joint malfunction myself!). Glad to hear your therapist is helping you and that you like her! I'll pray for you! Take care - rest when you can !
  18. Saturday: no exercise- just ran errands with kids and watched my Sooners get beat-ugh- not happy with their performance! Sunday: did a flight of stairs (normal gait) at church...... Took elevator down(stairs down really hurt!) I walked the pooch, slowly, late afternoon..... Felt ok. Monday: woke early for work.... Knee SORE to start with.... Glad to be back at work! I missed my co-workers and ultimately what I do! I do enjoy keeping my patients safe AND asleep for his/her surgery! I'm frustrated yet once again; my knee hurts with stepping laterally, up and over things, quick steps to reach, move, touch etc. I didn't realize (actually took for granted) my excellent physical condition until I've lost it! Work hurts because I have to be so mobile!! I'm thankful for my short workdays this week...... I came home today to ice and elevate. Still hurts to touch and with movement- I broke down, took a Percocet and just ate Happy Herbivore's single mug chocolate cake in which I added coconut flavoring and a few pecans for my version of Mississippi Mud Cake!! I'm good- tomorrow is a new day..... Will take my gym bag for possible pool time!
  19. Friday: pool again today- 700 yds total (250x2, 100x2). Followed by 10 min leg work in water. Knee feels better and better each day! Only hurts with flexion and late in the day! Ready for the weekend and then back to work part time on Monday!
  20. Vitamix rocks-had mine for 3 years..... Easy to use and clean!
  21. Thursday: pool 800 total - 250x3 freestyle, 50 backstroke(slow!! Gotta get my form correct!); aqua jog/straight leg pool exercises 10mins (30 min total for cardio); It's tough getting my strength cardiovascularly back.....my resting pulse is 10-15 beats higher than normal & I get out of breath quickly!! I'll get there.... Just a SLOW process. Today, my knee is extension is normal and pain free. Knee flexion only 90 degrees.... Too painful to do much further. I opted on Monday to forego PT and do my own exercises..... I'm pleased with my choice! I know my limits and I can push myself plenty!! Food: trying to do more veggies..... I get stuck in a rut on convenient processed GF, vegan treats!! Ugh!
  22. Sunday: great home workout focusing on legs(quads) and core..... 3 min on elliptical before my knee hurt (no resistance, short stride). Monday: pool workout-750 M swim (250x3) aqua jogging 10 mins Tuesday: exhausted! Rested and stretched legs Wednesday: home workout 30 mins..... Knee is ok. I hesitate at doing too much to quick. I did have lunch with a great friend today- I've missed her! Nice to catch up & I ate grilled artichokes-YUM!
  23. Hey there-thought I'd check in to see how your week went. I'm still following along with your journey. I read a book the other day called, "From Hormone Hell to Hormone Well". I thought of you in as far as the hormones related to cancer as well as the excessive hormones in our lives each day that we don't think about! I read the book to help with my worsening PMS and other issues related to estrogen dominance!! A few docs only want to throw anti-depressants at the symptoms.... I'm against that! I'd rather find the root of the problem and treat if possible! Anyway, enough about me-it was a great eye-opening read about hormones! Hope your doing well!! I too love daily sunshine for vit D!
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