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Coping With The Unexpected

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

One would think that if I am not spending hours at the gym I would have lots of extra time on my hands.
Not so!!
Just because my knee injury prevents me from going to the gym for 3 hours or so does not stop me from working out at home in other ways. I went into that in another blog.
I continue to workout during the time I would be at the gym, not as many hours but at last 90 to 120 minutes a day.
Usually if you have one area of your body that will not tolerate exercise at this time, other parts of the body will.
The only part of my body that is out of service at this time is my right knee. That leaves a lot of other parts to work with.
I will say that that one part, the right knee is a very painful area . And sometimes the pain is all consuming. But you have to over come that. I think the more pain I have had to endure has made me stronger to with stand the pain .
I also believe coping with that pain and other painful injuries throughout my life have made me tougher to withstand the everyday struggles that arise.
I'm not saying that you have to have pain in your life to make it in this world. But coping with crippling accidents, like I had at an earlier age, not knowing if I would walk again. Working hard to get off crutches and amazing the doctors when I was ready to go skiing with in a year.
Amazing them again when they said if I broke my leg again I would never walk without a limp.
I did break it again and again in 4 months I was walking fine. I remember the pain, the struggle, the days that I almost wanted to give up. But I was determined to prove the doctors wrong. I was a very stubborn young women. My Grandmother called me head strong and some what of a know it all. But what ever she thought of me, she had faith that I would get better. I remember her reading the bible and her book by Mary Baker Eddy, of Christians Science belief . And with my Grandmothers faith and my faith and determination I overcame all the odds and got better.
I went on to ski again,. was on the ski team. But I did not take as many chances.
I also ran track in school.
I ran and jogged through my life, until my knee started to give me trouble in 1995.
I have had two operations on the right knee and one on the left.
I will have a knee replacement on the right in May.
The left knee will come later.
Due to limping and putting more weight on the left knee it is probably going out faster than planned.
The limping also caused back problems, with the back getting out of alignment .
I have had back surgery. I have a pin in my back from the earlier accident. I don't want another back surgery.
Since I have lost 162 lbs I have not had one back ache. My back used to ache every day.
I have pain pills to use when the pain gets really bad. But because they are a narcotic
I limit my dependency on them.
This last knee injury was one of the worst I have had. I have had to use more pain pills.
And the more pills I have had to use has caused an upset to my stomach.
So it's suffer the knee pain, and no stomach pain. Or have stomach pain and no knee pain.
Believe it or not I hate stomach pain, so I would rather deal with the knee pain.
Thank goodness the swelling has gone down and the worst of the pain has subdued.
I have ice it almost 24/7 since last Saturday.
I had to put the crutches back in service.
It's a lot easier to use crutches when you don't weight 300 lbs.
I always hated the strain crutches put on my under arms. But now that I have been working out my muscles are so much better equipped to handle walking with crutches.
You never know what the future has in store for you. I never thought that building my body up and all the hours I put in working out would benefit me in this way.
It's hard for me to sit this time out.
I want to be putting in 110% to getting fit.
But things happen, and I am dealing with it in a responsible manner.
There was a day that I would have turned to food to comfort me through this time and what lies ahead for me. But those days are over. I mean that with all my heart.
I know once an addict always an addict. But you can be a reformed addict. I know addicts that have not touched a drink for 30 years. Well that's me and with food addiction.
I might have to eat food, but it will be the healthy right food for my healthy and fit body.
I'm too vain to ever go back to being a fat , obese, women who looks like she's 20 years older than she is. And has no energy to take care of herself, or her surroundings
I just bought size 12 linen Capri's and by next moth will probably need 10's.
I got a pair of low cut skinny jeans. I need a little help in the tummy area. But I got a nice rounded firm booty. All those booty exercises have paid off. Don't need any implants or lifts in that area. Can't say the same for the chest. But a good bra will handle that. Smile!!
I saw someone yesterday that I have not seen for a few months. She was complementing me on the excellent botox and lift I had. I was looking fantastic. I explained that I had not had the botox or lift yet. She could not believe that. She said oh, come on you can tell me. Who is your doctor, he has done a great job. I told her it's just good genes. So far I am not ready for any nip and tuck or shots. I want to wait till i have reached a goal weight. Then and only then will I decide what if anything I need to do.
So enough about me.
My daughter and family are spending the spring break doing mission work, building houses in California/ My son in law does the cooking. Daughter helps, but this year is taking it easy due to her recent operation. She is recovering very nicely from that too.
My younger grandson is with them. And they took one dog ,Jack the golden retriever.
I am dog sitting the two little dogs , Kibbles and Bits.
My oldest grandson, who is in collage is spending time with girlfriends family skiing in Bend.
Everyone will be home this weekend.
I am taking my dog Titan for a much needed grooming this morning.
I am still on my veggie meal plan. Gave up meat for Lent.
After a trip to the supermarket and a look at the meat prices and rising fish prices, I might be on who knows what later on.
I looked at $16.98 a lb for Halibut. $12.98 for scallops. $7.98 for salmon. What's up??
I ended up with shrimp, cook myself, $4.98 lb.
Oh well I got lots of fresh vegetables so I am sure I won't starve.
There are people all around the world who don't get 10% of our food and they manage.
For some wonderful reason business had picked up and we are really scrambling to get all the jobs covered. maybe it's Spring.
Speaking of Spring, we are having some nice Spring weather here in Salem , Or. Not so in other parts of the country. But I hope everyone soon comes out from the winter doldrums and enjoys a beautiful uplifting Spring..
Thank you Spark friends for all your support and best wishes for me and for my daughter when we need it. You are the best.
Take care and stay positive.
Peace and Love
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  • JILL313
    Tisha, You are an amazing and very determined lady--your GM was so right!! I really admire your strength in spite of all the obstacles that your health problems have brought you, your stronger than ever. You put me and I'm sure many others to "shame" as I don't try nearly as hard as I should. I also have 2 bad knees and a bad back and I'm sure I will feel better when I really challenge myself and start exercising more. You have an awesome attitude--always thinking positive and you keep right on challenging yourself no matter what problems your faced with. Keep it up Dear Friend as I really look up to you!


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    3705 days ago
    Your blog has inspired me to quit whining about small inconveniences.
    Like you, I'd rather have the knee pain than the stomach ache, but I haven't tried very hard to do any exercises. My "i give up" attitude is not productive.
    I'm so glad your business has picked up. Thank you for the motivation today.
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    3705 days ago
    I hope your knee is better soon!
    3705 days ago
    I'm glad your business is picking up, and hope your knees serve you well. The BW had both knees replaced - the first one over New Year's Eve in 2,000, and the second a year later. She did all the exercises religiously, and they both turned out great. Of course, there are always new problems to keep you occupied.
    3705 days ago
    The spring sun always inspires me! I love the spiritual rejuvenation I get from it each year! Thanks for the inspiration. emoticon
    3705 days ago
    I knew there was some other Special Connection between you & me. We both were very young with Limitations (The World calls it a Disability). I know exactly, what you went through. 1 Operation, Physical Therapies, Then more Operations & PT.

    As an Adult, I should go see a Specialist & get an Operation to Cut my Right Heel Cord to where I don't limp. But, I've lived in Hospitals more Years than I can count. It felt like living in a Bubble. Always being physically restricted, Also being told, I'll get my chance to "Play with kids my age"...Blah,Blah,Blah.

    Half my Life is gone because of Doctor's Advice on different options or procedures , Etc..... I just want my life back. So I limp, So F..ing What... If the World's got a problem with it, Then it's on them. I bleed the same Red Blood. I have Dreams & Goals just like everyone else. My limitations shouldn't be a factor. But, there are those, that look around it & then there's the people who will frown upon it . They can't help it, Their one Sided Minded .Guarantee if I could trade their lives just fer "one Week", they'd see the World more brighter & I get to see Normal fer once in my life. I always said, if Bionics ever was like Steve Bionic Woman/Man Characters (Late 70's & early 80 TV Series), I'd be 1 st in line fer the procedure.
    I believe like you do, our Life Trials & Tribulations have been Hard & Pass the regular Human Expectations but, we survived because our Will to succeed was stronger than the Limitations we were dealt. We've had to Prove over & over again, what we are made of & we probably will until the day we die. Everyone has a Destiny & we are just a Small Part of God's Miracles.

    Too many Doctor's are Too Scientific. All they believe in is Science. And when they run into people like us, They try to reason the Answer but can't, coos there's a Power greater than they are, holding us.

    Take care hun,

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  • KATWOMAN12839
    i am smiling at you....people's words are powerful....but u used them to inspire you not the other way you go girl!!!!!!!
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  • MEGANBY2011
    You have such a wonderful attitude about exercise. I need to rub your hand or something. I do go for my walks everyday, but I have to really talk myself into it. You are doing Great! I am also so glad that your daughter is healing up so well. Have a great day in the sun! Megan emoticon
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    You just plain amaze me. And Motivate me. YOU get exercise in , even while battling all the things that you do. YOU are one very strong and determind woman. I really admire you. Have a joy filled day, Karen
    3705 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    "Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors." African Proverb Sail on my dear friend.. you are truly an inspiration for all of us. emoticon

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    3705 days ago
    Do you think you could bottle some of your strength and determination and send it over to me in the UK (will gladly pay the postage!) emoticon
    3705 days ago
    This is what I needed to read. My knee has been acting up (right one also) and I have not done 30DS in 5 days due to the pain. I scaled down my cardio to 30 min from an hour and just run (much slower than I used to).

    I needed to read this because I have many muscles in my body that need the workout and are screaming for it, and I can't lose focus just because one part of me is slightly angry.

    Thank you.
    3705 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    A very well written and inspiring blog! emoticon emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 3/23/2011 3:21:01 PM
    Oh. Wow. I needed to read this. I have been letting my pain and body dictate to me that I can't workout anymore, poor little me, might as well. eat. I am a food addict too. This blog brought tears to my eyes and made me see the fight is not over, I don't have to just lay down and "die". I refuse to be that 240 pound woman with chest pain and breathlessness and diabetes ever again. If you can workout with your pain, then so can I. I DO have other, perfectly good body parts, I just needed to see this. THANK YOU.
    3705 days ago
    ican't believe with all of your health ailments that you work out 90 to 120 minutes a day--that is amazing and must take so much discipline. i am perfectly healthy and i feel like giving up on exercise after ten minutes. your resilience and determination are inspiring.
    3705 days ago
    Man, you have such a great attitude :)

    I want to keep learning from and being inspired by you. You are doing such a great job!
    3706 days ago
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