Living ~400lbs

… and believe me I am still alive

my knee h8s me

  • Year In Review…Kinda

    We don’t quite have one “lockdown now” date. Hubs went to the Seattle Sounders Opening Day game on March 1, 2020, and the next home game on March 7, 2020. The programmer (along with Microsoft, Amazon, and other tech employees in the area) started working from home March 4th, 2020. Our last eating out day… Continue reading

  • Happy Saturday

    In no particular order: My household continues to abide without strife, hooray. I appear to have hit on a balance for strength training and stretching that keeps my knees happy and doesn’t disappoint my back or hips or anything. else.  Yay. My state, Washington, has decided to start vaccinating more non-frontline workers who are under… Continue reading

  • Who thought knees were a good idea?

    You may remember that I can’t take NSAIDs anymore. I’ve also written about knee issues, and that recently I wasn’t having them. Apparently I tempted the fates or something, because last weekend I managed to do something to my left knee. The good thing is that I have been able to treat it with using… Continue reading

  • Life Without Ibuprofen

    I became aware of ibuprofen in high school, as a reliever for period pain. I used it with happy abandon for assorted cramps and pulled muscles. When my knees started hurting, I used ibuprofen. Headaches weren’t much helped by ibuprofen, but that’s what acetaminophen is for. Eventually I had knee issues that ibuprofen didn’t handle,… Continue reading

  • Hand Laundry Never Ends

    As many women know, hand washing of bras is recommended to keep them in good condition.  This is not necessarily a huge burden! Hand washing of pantyhose is also recommended. Thank heavens I don’t have to wear pantyhose. And then came…compression stockings. Compression stockings are often recommended for people who are on their feet all… Continue reading

  • The Fat Life Isn’t

    Internet is part of life, but it’s not all of life. The people I know offline aren’t surprised that I am married, employed, and co-own a house.  The emails I get from this site often assume these aren’t possible, or that I must be some sort of exception.  There’s also am assumption that my fat… Continue reading

  • A year ago: Exercise Progress

    …I started a program of walking every day.   I didn’t keep up with it being a daily walk, but I did get consistent enough in walking and strength training that I did not have to use a cane since … last January?* I’m considering this a victory. Two things that helped: 1) Focusing on… Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    [a not-always-weekly exercise in gratitude] Tomorrow is Friday. Tomorrow is FRIDAY. Tomorrow is Friday. I showed my dad the “chair squats” exercise on Sunday and he mentioned it would be easier if I lost 50lbs … and I stayed calm and “Every time I’ve lost weight I’ve regained it all plus more.  I decided to stop… Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    [a not-always-weekly exercise in gratitude] 1) Upcoming 3-day weekend. 2) Being able to ask for help. 3) Taking time for breakfast. 4) I do have clothes that fit and know where to buy more if I need them (and I caught up on Fatcast yesterday). 5) Exercise is continuing to mean that walking is just walking,… Continue reading

  • An “Oh!” Moment

    Today I was reflecting on the history of my knee/leg problems, starting with injuring my right leg and knee when I started an exercise program in July of 07.  I attributed this to starting with a more strenuous program than I could handle. Why did I start an exercise program in July of 07?  Because:… Continue reading

  • What’s Up With You?

    Hi y’all. Feel like it’s been a while since I had a real post. So. Still here. Still fat. What’s changed: Started walking again. The hip pain I referenced about 10 days ago?  Still here.  Still decreasing, thank heavens, but still here.  I took nearly two weeks off from walking every day.  I have begun… Continue reading

  • Disney World

    As hinted yesterday, my November vacation was Disney World! For a week! Yes, it was fantastic.  We stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter, visited in-laws, did Mission: Space, Soarin’, ate Moroccan food, laughed at Ellen & Bill Nye, geeked out at Spaceship Earth, loved Big Thunder Mountain and Test Track, enjoyed lunch with an Imagineer, and… Continue reading

  • One Little Commitment

    Just one.  I’m not a person for New Year’s Resolutions, and yet … I seem to have made a commitment to myself.  And to my knees.  It’s just one thing, it only takes about 30-60 minutes a day, and yet it seems to have completely eaten my brain. What is it? Going.  For a walk.  Every.  Day. Not… Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    1) Walking is much better; been leaving the cane in the car most of the time. 2) Fun evening exploring Microsoft’s private “mall” one afternoon with a friend. 3) Getting better at prioritizing and being gentle with myself. 4) My office seems much warmer since I got back from vacation.  It’s nice not to HAVE… Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    [a not-always-weekly exercise in gratitude] 1) My friends & family are warm and safe. 2) A marvelous lack of work emergencies this week. 3) Fresh-baked pumpkin bread and See’s café au lait truffles :) 4) Going for a walk this morning (and Christmas shopping this afternoon) without the cane. 5) Enjoying the Star Wars marathon (not the… Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    [a not-always-weekly exercise in gratitude] 1) Able to slowly and gently dance around the living room this week :) 2) Life expectancy keeps going up. 3) Enjoyable walk today despite the sometimes-rain sometimes-drizzle.  (I picked a shopping area, so I could spend a lot of time inside or under eaves.) 4) How cleaning my bedroom… Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    [a not-always-weekly exercise in gratitude] 1) Getting a bonus at work this year :) 2) Laughing at this post from Men-in-Full.  “Someplace happier” indeed. 3) Being able to get around without the cane most of the time. 4) Nifty lycra-spandex leggings.  They’re not just comfy for exercise, they also make great long underwear! 5) The man… Continue reading

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Former software tester, now retired heart patient having fun and working on building endurance and strength. See also About page.

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