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. 😀

 

Sully Saturdays # 15: The Weather and Little Sisters Both are Unpredictable

 

The weather has been nice and the snow has all melted, so Mom has been able to take me outside. I was so ready when she asked if I wanted to go outside. I didn’t even want to wait to put my harness and leash on. Well actually it was Milly’s Pink leash. I broke the clip on my leash last year. Mom is still looking for a new clip. Once Mom had me all harnessed and leashed she opened the door. I made my way down the steps, dragging Mom behind me. She clipped me to the step rail and went about doing her stuff outside.

It is too early yet for any reasonable amount of catnip to be by the steps. So I had to be happy with just smelling and rubbing on last year’s dry stalks. When Mom was done doing her stuff, she unclipped me to take me for my walk around the house. I have not been for a walk all winter, so it was new to me again. When we approached the corner of the house that took us into the backyard, I stopped dead in my tracks and fluffed up my tail. Something in the backyard made me nervous and a bit scared. There was nothing Mom could see, so maybe I hear or smell something that she can’t. Mom gently coaxed me forward so I ran through the backyard. I was fine when we reached the end of the house. I continued on to the front yard at a happy little trot to the front deck, up the steps, and waited for Mom to open the door to go back in. As a treat for doing well on my walk, Mom found a small patch of green catnip and brought some in to me. I LOVE IT! I can’t wait for my patch by the steps to take off!

As you know I got a new little sister back in November. Her name is Little Kitty and she gets to stay in the house. My other sister Milly is the shed cat. Here I am with Milly during one of her house stays this winter. She was in a good mood that day and let me snuggle, cuddle, and give her kisses.

Any way Little Kitty and I are getting along for the most part. Mom will let her out after I have had my breakfast which can be any time between 4 am and 6 am, I am not always the reason Mom gets up at 4 AM. Sometimes she just can’t sleep any more and decides to get up on her own. Most days I get her up at 5:30 ish.

Little Kitty has to stay in her bedroom at night because she is still learning the house rules. She is still too hyper to be left to her own devices. She likes to get into the trash for one and she gets on the counters to lick the grease out of the pans that were used to cook supper, if Mom leaves them to wash until morning.

When she comes out of her room, she will run up to me for snuggles and kisses.

 

She is all sweet and nice for a little while then BAM! She is running up and down the house, jumping off of everything. She will run through the house, jump onto the cat tower, then leap off of it with such force she knocks it over or sometimes she pounces off it on to my head as I walk by it.

This action then takes us into the living room where the wrestling matches begin.

Naturally when she pounces on me I have to shove her off, hold her down, and give her some bites.

All the while she is kicking me in the chin and chest with her back feet.

It is no wonder my chin is all scabbed up.

 

All this rough housing with Little Kitty all winter has

helped me loose some of my extra weight.

Mom says she can actually see my hips again and my stomach doesn’t stick out

the sides as much when I lay in the loaf position.

This is the most recent photo of me.

 

Eventually I start to get tired after about an hour of this very physical play. It is time for me to take my morning nap, which usually last until lunch time. Little Kitty will go off keeping herself busy or Mom will keep her entertained for a while. She must get bored with that and Mom because around 10 AM she thinks I have rested enough and tries to get me to play again. She will come over to the big living room chair and paw at my head between the bars or jump up beside me paw me and jump back down expecting me to chase her. Well I am getting on in years and I need my full morning nap. So I will paw her on the head, she thinks she has gotten me to join her in play. So I then paw at her and hiss at her a bit. SHE DONT’ GET IT! Her cat mom must have never have yelled or hissed at her to teach her that this is a warning noise that means back off! She just keeps coming. I will try running away from her while hissing she thinks I am still trying to play and chases after me. Mom will hear me hissing, she will call me a grumpy old kitty, then she opens her bedroom door to let me in, she closes it again so Little Kitty can’t follow me in. Ahh, now I can finish my nap in peace. She knows that I have had enough of my little sister’s rambunctious, unpredictable ways!