Friday, March 30, 2007
The trail is pretty but it's made of asphalt. My knee was hurting after ten minutes, so I really needed those benches. I think if I had a "shooting stick" I could do trails like this more often, because I would be able to stop and sit whenever I want. I took all of these photos from the trail - taking photos has a double use for me: I like to take pictures, and it distracts me somewhat from any discomfort. I get a feeling of accomplishment and I'm always tuned in to my environment.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
I read a report on an extensive study that was completed recently that concluded that the use of glucosamine and chondroitin - both and separately - appear to be beneficial for those of us with moderate to severe arthritic pain. It's more difficult to determine if it is of any benefit to those with mild pain. This study recommended that people with moderate to severe arthritis pain try these supplements for three months, then evaluate the effects. Although it's impossible for me to separate the effectiveness of the supplements from the effectiveness of the exercises, I think it's safe to say the supplements can't hurt and are probably helping.
Monday, March 19, 2007
The other day I did a small hike, one that used to take 30 minutes but now takes 40 when I'm speedy, and that usually leaves me limping. The other day was no exception that way. But it seemed like the pain going up was less. And I could stand better, longer, which isn't long.
What I need to do is focus now on losing weight. The rest I'm doing.
Monday, March 12, 2007
What I notice most right now is that I am willing to go to places where I have to sit for a while, even when there isn't a large space in front of me. I find that I do not stiffen up as much when I get up and there isn't as much pain. It isn't definitive progress, measurable, but just the fact that I have discovered that I am more willing to chance these situations suggests that my body knows something is better.
Sunday, March 4, 2007
Today, Sunday, is a day of rest. I started doing the exercises and then remembered that I will be doing them tomorrow, so I stopped. Not that it would have hurt to do them one more day, I expect.
I am beginning to think about doing things that take more energy and a good attitude. I'm getting ready to tackle more clutter. It seems I do this in waves, but I want it to become a regular activity, one that I feel strong enough and pain-free enough to do every day. So as of today I am committing to just fifteen minutes of decluttering every day. I suspect that as I feel better about what I have accomplished I will in turn gain more energy just because I will like myself more.