Saturday, May 15, 2010

Osteo Update Time

For those of you that are new to my blog....I was diagnose with osteoporosis (sort of) in January. You can read about my experience here and here.

Just a little update on how things are going. When the new Holistic MD told me what he wanted me to eat and not eat, I was more than a little concerned. My diet was not nearly as bad as a lot of people, but not nearly as good as it should have been. He was asking a LOT for me to eat mostly whole foods as in fruits and vegetables, no wheat and no dairy. I need my Starbucks Chai Latte and pizza!

Then I needed to start walking 30 minutes a day. I was already walking a bit, but NOT 30 minutes every single day of the week! I don't have time for that.

Next I started seeing a Physical Therapist one day a week. She wanted me to do about 20-30 minutes of Pilates for osteoporosis at least 5 days a week. Where was that time going to come from?

Needless to say, it was a bit overwhelming. HOWEVER.....those of you that know me, know that I never say never. I dug in and guess what....the diet isn't really a big deal, the walking has become pretty enjoyable and the exercise is challenging and I love a challenge!!

I guess what I am trying to say is that things are going really, really well. I have no idea what it's all doing for my bone health, but I would think they would be staying the same or getting stronger rather than weaker and that is the goal.

The way I managed to sort it all out and not freak out was to look at it in smaller parts rather than as the big whole major life change that it was. It took me a while to figure out the diet and then to adjust to it.

I do my PT in the morning because that way it's done and there are no excuses when I get home from work. The walking....I am wearing a pedometer every minute of every day for a program we are doing at work. I have to walk 7000 steps every day. Most people walk about 3500 during the course of an average day and guess what......a 30 minute walk equals almost exactly 3500 steps! I get my 7000 easily every day. Some days I have 8000 and I've even hit 9000 a couple of times!

I was never trying to lose weight, but I have. My pants are all getting baggy and people are commenting on how skinny I am. I don't really want to be skinny...it's better for people with bone loss to have some meat and muscle on their bones.....but I will say that I feel awesome!

So, my words of wisdom....if someone like me can have words of wisdom is this....when you have to make a major lifestyle change....break it down into small sections and do it in baby steps. Success can be yours!

11 comments:

Silke said...

Such wise advice!! I have found the same thing... Plus, it was always easier when the end result was something very important to me. I am glad everything is going so well for you!! Love, Silke

Lanyardlady said...

Glad things are going so well. I can't imagine you ever being unsuccessful at anything!

Nancy said...

Kathy, that's awesome! When many women wouldn't take their health into their own hands, you've taken the bull by the horns and took control. More people should do that. Good for you, and I'm sure you're making a difference in your bone health!

Nancy

Muna's Treasures said...

so far it sounds great and if grit and determination make the difference, you're in to win! i hope the desired results are there but if nothing else, all the effort has to be making you healthier ;-)

Angela said...

I am glad things are going great for you!! I knew you could do it!!

DUTA said...

Kathy , you're a champ! I'm impressed by your willpower.

No doubt, the slimming comes from "no wheat, no dairy", and not from walking and exercising.
Anyway, 'baby steps' is a very sound advice. Thanks for sharing such important information.

Joanna Jenkins said...

YEAH YOU! Congratulations on how well you are doing. I know it's not easy-- especially with your busy schedule-- to fit the exercise into you day, but you are rocking it!
Keep up the good work,
jj

Matty said...

The key words here are that you feel great. Your efforts and dedication are obviously paying off. Keep up the good work.

Ms Sparrow said...

Good Goin'! Just last night on Saturday Night Live they did a spoof of the Sally Fields Boniva commercials. The point was that they were trying to scare you into taking a drug you don't really need. It looks like there is a growing trend opposed to osteoporosis drugs.

gayle said...

You are doing so awesome!! Did he say why not wheat and dairy? Plus what are you eating? I so wish I had your willpower!!

Cathryn said...

You inspire me! Thank you for that!

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