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Saturday, April 21, 2007

As I end week 13

Today I walked to the Marigold shopping center again. The walk there was relatively pain-free. I was hopeful. I spent an hour there, most of it sitting in one place or another, so I hoped I would be refreshed for the walk back. But I wasn't. It was painful the entire way. I stopped whenever I found a rock or branch or anything I could find to sit or lean on.

I am certain that my heavy weight is a huge contributor to the pain and possibly to the inflammation as well. I have got to focus on losing some of that excess. Every ten pounds means a relief of forty pounds on each step.


Gabrielle said...

Been reading your blog with interest. I've just been diagnosed with osetoarthritis in my hip and I'm looking at a replacement shortly (I'd have it next week, if I could!) Re: the tree pose picture you posted, I've found what works best for me is to exercize in bed. Every morning and evening I follow a yoga DVD and adapt where I need to. My bed is high, so it's easy to get "up" when I'm done. I also stretch before even getting out of bed to turn on the DVD, do a scan of my body to feel where there might be trouble, then away I go.

Good luck!

Judith said...

Thank you for your comment, Gabrielle! Of course the tree pose pic was one of many that are in this program. I have thought about doing the first set of those exercises on my bed, then getting up to finish them. I don't see how it could hurt.

Best wishes on the hip replacement! Be glad it isn't your knee. That's the most complicated kind, especially the recovery. (Obviously I haven't had it but I've seen how it's gone for others.)