Weighting To Be Hip

 

I am trying to get myself back on track after reverting to old eating habits the last two years. I started eating wheat flour again. I just couldn’t pass up those marked down bakery items in Walmart. Then there were all the marked down holiday chocolates for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, and Christmas. I did not have any problems staying away from the soda. Needless to say I gained back all 30 pounds that I lost between the years 2013 and 2014. So I now weighed 167 pounds again. I started trying to follow the Low Carb High Fat life again in 2017, but I was not strict about it. I was able to lose 10 pounds but that is where I have stalled.

This is a photo of me before and after LCHF in 2012/2014 now you can just reverse that and that is what I look like again.

 

I know I need to lose more because my hips keep letting me know about the extra weight. I know you think she is not that old for hips going bad yet, but when I was born my hip sockets had not yet hardened. They were still sort of like cartilage. I had to wear a cast from my waist down to my toes until some time after I was 2 years old. I had to return to the hospital every six weeks to have it changed. The bar between my legs was shortened each change until my legs were almost together.

 

After the cast came I off I was given one of the smallest pairs of crutches ever made at the time so I could learn to walk again( My older brothers claim I beat them up with my crutches more than I used them to walk with. In my own defense if I did do it ,they were probably teasing me or stealing my toys). I also had to wear braces on my legs at night and corrective orthopedic shoes until just after I was 4 years old.

After that it was yearly visits to my orthopedic doctor. My hip sockets did finally harden but now my left hip ball was deteriorating so they wanted to keep an eye on that. My doctor said that I would probably get early onset of arthritis and would eventually need hip replacement surgery. He said to hold off on the surgery as long as possible. At the time he was telling my mom this most hip replacements only lasted 10 years. The surgery has come along way since way back in the late 70s. Oddly my “good” right hip is the one that gives my more pain lately. I guess it is tired from all the years it had to do all the work and it is the one with the arthritis.

So I have gone back to following a stricter low carb high fat plan which has been helping maintain at 157 pounds. My hips have been better but I still need to lose more. I thought I should put more exercise into my day. So I thought about what would be low impact for my hips and yet help lose weight and strengthen my body. I decided to try yoga. So I looked at the books the library had to offer. The first book I looked at sounded good. It was for beginners 50 and over. I didn’t get it though. It seemed like one long testimonial for all these 70-year-old folks. It did not explain the poses enough to my liking. My next choice was more to my liking. It gave the name of the pose, a good description of how to do it, and at least one or more photos of the pose being performed. I did check it out. Here is the title if you would like to see if your local library has it or find it online to purchase. “A Year Of Classes Yoga for Real People” by Jan Baker Copyright 2002 published by Weiser Books Boston,MA/York Beach,ME

I have been doing the following poses that are preformed lying on the floor on my back Dreaming Dog, Lie and Stretch, Reverse Bow 1 and 2, and Head to Knee Pull.
I can not do all of them to the full extent yet. I am starting out slowly. I can not do the Dreaming dog as pictured as my hips are too weak yet to lift my leg to the proper position. So I slide my foot towards my hands and lift my leg into position. The Lie and Stretch is pretty much what the title says. So I have no problems with it. The Reverse Bow poses are another one I have to slide my foot to my hand first then do the actual pose. I can not bring my knee fully to my chest though with either leg. So I just hold it as close as I can. I have tried the head to knee a couple of times but again I can not get my head to actually touch my knee so I just goes as close as I can. Like I said I am going nice and slow so my body can get use to this. I have already noticed some in improvement in my hip pain. It has also helped with stamina a bit too.

There was a pose called Fish where you lay on the floor place your hands on your hips. You then tip your head back so your shoulders and spine are off the floor. Then old that pose for a few seconds then tip your head back to a normal position. I tried this pose one time. It gave me a head rush when I returned my head to a normal position. I have not done it again. I didn’t like the feeling it gave me. My body said “NOPE” loud and clear on that one.

Monday (October 1) when at the library I decided to check if they had any DVD’s with yoga. They had several. I chose a beginner lessons program. I watched through a bit of it today. (Thursday October 4) They had a lesson on doing warm ups from a chair so I followed that one through. I watched another section and they show three different ways to do the poses, standing, standing with a chair for support/balance and sitting in a chair. I followed along on this one a bit sitting in a chair. I think I will just watch each section all the way through later and see what other things I can try.
A lot of nights my hips are really giving me the old one two punch. Then my restless leg syndrome will act up. So some nights I am waking up every 2 hours to walk around to settle the RLS down. I thought I would try doing the lie and stretch pose before I went to sleep one night. It really did help with the pain and I didn’t wake up with an RLS episode. I actually slept 6 straight hours.

All in all I think this yoga done at a slow pace will help with my weight and my hip pain issues. 😀

 

Butternut and Ham Bake

A Healthy Dish

 

On Thursday October 8,2015 I posted a couple of photos of the squash that David had harvested. Laura over at Laura Z Knits commented that she liked baked acorn squash, but she wanted to know what I did with the butternut. I told her in a reply that I baked them with some ham pieces. I gave her just a brief explanation of what I did. Thank you, Laura for the inspiration for this post.

Well yesterday David was looking at the butternut squashes stored in the pantry and he dropped one. It split on its little bottom. So I knew what I would be making for dinner tonight. So I thought I would make a photo tutorial of how I prepared the butternut squash and ham bake.

 

Things you will need:

1 butternut squash

1 package of smoked spiral ham slices and pieces. We purchase this at Wal-Mart in the meat section by the ham. You could also use leftover ham from a previous meal.

1 medium onion or 2 small onions.

1 teaspoon of jarred garlic or a clove or two of fresh.

Salt

Ground pepper corns

Onion powder

Garlic powder

1/4 cup melted bacon grease or olive oil or melted butter which ever you have handy

A vegetable peeler

A large thick bladed knife

A small vegetable knife for cutting onions and ham pieces

A teaspoon for scooping out squash seeds and stringy meat.

Large Glass Baking dish-mine is a 10 x 15 inches

And one Rubber Headed Mallet– Oh, Don’t worry too much about the strange look your husband or significant other might give you when you ask them to borrow a rubber mallet from the garage or tool box.

You handle their reaction however you see fit. 😀

 

 

Now on with the Show!

And there you have it. You could add other vegetables like peppers, mushrooms, or even some green beans the last 15 minutes of baking. You could also add milk or  heavy cream to make it like scalloped potatoes and ham. You could even put some shredded cheese on top. I am sure this would work great in a crock pot on low cooking all day while you are at work. So take what I have given you here and let your creative juices flow.

 

I Planted A Garden Today, INSIDE !!

Because this May has been too cold, too wet , oh and lets not forget the two snowstorms we have had one on Mother’s Day and one just last week.

We had already planted the spinach about 10 days ago. They have sprouted and are doing well. So I was talking with Dave on how well they were doing and he said something about radishes. I said we could grow those in the house too. Then I thought, Hey! we could grow a small variety of tomatoes too. So here we are growing a container garden in the house. 🙂

When the weather finally starts to cooperate, Dave will turn the soil so he can plant cucumbers and a variety of squashes.

Close up of one of the smaller tomato plants.

                        Close up of one of the smaller tomato plants.

One of My AllPoetry Poems

Forty Body Talk

My mind does not feel forty.

My skin has a healthy glow.
My eyes are happy and kind.
But my hair has begun to thin,
My front has begun to sag.
My middle has a spare tire, which cries out, LIAR!

The junk in my trunk has sunk.

My back is on the attack.
My hips and knees beg me, PLEASE!
My feet and toes try to take up the slack.
But my life is full of laughter.
My heart is full of love, now and ever after.

My mind does not feel forty!

Author Notes

I recently hit this milestone birthday. And was in a bit of a sour mood the other day. When this came to me.

© Arlene. All rights reserved, 7 years ago

If you enjoyed that one I have a few more at http://allpoetry.com/Starshine_on_me

Most of my poems are Acrostics, but I do have a few others like this one too.