MISSION STATEMENT: Welcome to my Blog! My goal with this blog is to inform and to inspire my sixty plus readers! You are never to old to exercise! Keep moving! All opinions, thoughts and statements are mine based on 69 years of living! Injuries and surgeries past and present will be discussed! If I recommend a product or a lifestyle change it is something that I myself have used or have experienced! All nutrients and supplements I recommend may appear to be harmless but please check with your MD! Some may interfere with your current medications! This blog will be ongoing! Posts will be made when I feel I have worthwhile opinions, thoughts and statements! I may go back and review past posts to make changes if I feel necessary! Before undertaking any exercise routine please check with your health care provider!
Friday, December 27, 2013
Monday, December 23, 2013
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Monday, December 16, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Most of all I needed to face the diagnosis of me being Bipolar. The "episode" all to often came back to my memory. Was suicide ever in my thoughts? That question was always asked by my MDs. I would tell them "no" ! Several months later I fell into a terrible depression. It lasted about two weeks and it was like nothing I had ever experienced. By Pass surgery was easier to handle because it was physical not mental. I slept and would eat only when I was hungry, not for the enjoyment of eating and would struggle to answer the phone. I only wished to fall asleep, that was my only relief. One day I made the decision to get out of bed and go for a walk at the nearby park, I also thought that if I did not I may die in my own bed. Although my business and financial problems still existed it was my mental condition I was concerned with. I walked every day and started going to the gym which helped greatly but I also had the wonderful support and love of my brother and sister in law whom I owe my life too, the love and support of my wonderful daughters, also a network of dear friends that I will never forget.
In the interim I had to make a lot of difficult choices but as my oldest daughter would say " Dad, it's just stuff"!
It has been nine years which is hard to believe since that day in Dec. Have I been depressed since? Of course! Do I feel bipolar symptoms? Yes! The good news: I am only taking one med 2-3 times/day and 1/2 an ambiem at bed time which I plan to discontinue. Exercise has helped greatly! I do not lie in bed in the AM thinking. In my opinion the worst thing you can do. I get up early have my coffee, eat a small breakfast, watch the news and realize how fortunate I am! I surround myself with family and great friends, listen to music, and keep in touch with the friends I cannot see as often as I would like. I have a better understanding, empathy and sympathy of the issue of mental illness.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
My stress test went very well. Almost 15 minutes on the treadmill with progressively increasing incline and speed. My angioplasty and bypass surgery was 17 seventen years ago next month. My doctor told me the average by pass lasts 10 yrs, I didn't know that piece of information. I asked him what is the longest time he has ever experienced from a bypass patient ? His answer- "17 years" ! He recommended a heart catherization to check for blockages with a possibility of another angioplasty if a problem exists. The first one 17 yrs ago failed within two months followed by bypass. "Whoa" was my response! "I feel very good, my exercise routine involves weight training, a cardio workout which could be riding the stationary bike, walking on the treadmill, hitting the heavy bag HARD, jumping rope, only for a minute or two because of my knees and swimming, does that sound like a bad heart to you"? We compromised, I will be back in four months. He wtote me a prescription for nitro glycerin which I didn't need 17 yrs ago when I had a serious blockage. I know my body better then anybody, believe me, if I feel anything out of the ordinary I will call the doctor ASAP!
I also realize that some bypass patients unfortunately resume their bad habits which may include: smoking, eating poorly and lack of exercise.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
Treatments for my joint discomfort will consist of chiropractic, physiotherapy, and injections in my left and right knee and lower back. The injections were not a corticosteroid but a natural healing substance. I will be having treatments until mid Feb. I was also given a back brace and knee brace to wear 2 hrs each day and an electric stimulation kit for my knee to be used 30 min each day. Will keep everybody posted!
Nov 7th is my appt with my cardiologist to review my test results.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
I did not get the flu vaccine! Never have. Rolling the dice? Lucky? Maybe! I eat well, take vitamins, take an aspirin a day, exercise and most important-I am a prolific hand washer! The very last exercise I do at the gym is washing my hands with soap and hot water! I can't remember the last time I had the flu or a bad cold. Speak to your doctor! If your 60, I am 65 they will probably recommend the vaccine.
Friday, October 4, 2013
I had an appt today with a joint and spine center to help me deal with my discomfort. X-Rays were taken of my knee, thumb, wrist, lower back, elbow, and shoulder. Next Thursday I meet with DO's, DC's and PA's to determine my next course of action.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
I am considering going to a Joint and Spine Center that takes an integrative multi discipline approach to joint pain other then surgery and pain killers. My knee pain is my major concern. I don't need to run, a simple jog would be nice, or jumping rope if I am not able to run. I have had chronic lower back pain for years resulting from a hairline fracture in a lower vertebrae. Thumb pain from a fracture during high school wrestling, elbow pain from - who knows what, wrist pain! I suspect I will be told it is from a degenerative/arthritic process caused by the aging process.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Friday, August 16, 2013
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
10/29 These actors are getting younger and younger!
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Discontinued after 30 days. May try another brand.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Be active! Jogging is excellent, but at 65 I can no longer jog so I walk or ride the stationary bike! I envy those 50 plus people who are still able to jog! Jumping rope is a great exercise and fun to do to music. Could be tough on the knees, be careful. Swimming is an excellent activity to tone and burn calories without putting stress on your joints! I plan to start swimming! My surgeon recommended doing cardio for 30 min every day and that was 17 yrs ago. It does not have to be continuous, break it up; take the stairs, walk briskly to your car,etc.
Weight Train to maintain muscle mass and to tone! Dumbbells and an adjustable bench is all that is needed! Biceps, triceps, chest, back, legs and shoulders can all be worked by doing 1-3 exercises per muscle group! Don't forget the abs! Simple crunches would be a good start.
- Perform 1-3 sets,
- 12-15 reps per set of each exercise!
Breakfast is a meal you should not miss! It jump starts your metabolism! It should consist of protein, some carbs and fat! My typical breakfast is one egg, or egg whites, 1/2 bagel or whole wheat toast with organic peanut butter, 1-2 cups of coffee. I have no more then two eggs per week. I may also have on a non egg day some whole wheat or oatmel pancakes with some turkey bacon without nitrates or nitrites!! You can find pancakes that do not contain any HFC!
Lunch: Tuna or chicken salad on whole wheat bread with lettuce and tomato and an apple.
I may have a protein shake later that day.
Dinner: Chicken breast, lean beef, salad, or pork chop with vegetables! Maybe a glass of red wine or a light beer.
I really try to avoid eating anything past 7-8 PM!
Chocolate and sweets are my weakness so I try to minimize my intake. Not easy!
BEING FIT WILL ALSO AID IN RECOVERY FROM FALLS, INJURIES, SURGERY, ETC!
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