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About 12 years ago I could barely walk and after I got down to about 240 from 280 I was able to walk so much better; however, my knees were just about worn out and about 8 years ago I had a left knee replacement. .Recovery on my second knee replacement has been slow, especially since I had a quad tear 6 weeks after surgery while in physical therapy. I am still struggling with going up and down stairs and lately fell and was not able to get up by myself which is a goal I have (need to do more of those exercises for the muscles around the knees). NOTE: I FINALLY FIGURED OUT A WAY TO GET OFF THE FLOOR BY MYSELF..AND THINK IT IS RELATED TO MY HANDS BEING STRONGER SINCE I HAVE RECOVERED FROM CARPAL TUNNEL AND TRIGGER THUMB SUGERY ON BOTH HANDS WHICH WERE DONE AFTER MY 2ND KNEE REPLACEMENT....VERY HAPPY ABOUT THIS ACCOMPLISHMENT. I also need to lose the weight I gained since knee replacement and then more to help my knee replacements last longer.

I retired from working fulltime at age 69-1/2 due to vision problems (OMG and macular degeneration) and now a year later have gained 20 lbs instead of losing. The weight along with increased degenerative arthritis (widespread) is making it difficult for me to walk again and have resorted to using a walker when I go out. My walking speed is about 1 mile per hour. In addition the side effects from anti-inflammatory drugs have started causing too many side-effects so my doctors won't prescribe any of those any more so losing weight and exercising (as much as possible) and using a tens unit are the only suggestions I have gotten from them of late. So I am trying more seriously to lose weight again and the online interaction at SparkPeople helps allay my feelings of isolation since my husband is in memory care and I have had to give up driving and have moved to an apartment which luckily is on a bus line that goes almost everywhere I need to go. My daughter lives 1000 miles away but she and I Face Time quite often which cheers me up as we have good rapport. She drove 2 days here and 2 days back when I moved near the end of September 2016 and I don't think I would have been able to do it alone.
Anyone interested in making homemade yogurt without running out to buy special equipment? This works and as I recall the place I found it said it was "foolproof" which really appealed to me 46+ years ago.

Hippie Yogurt from The Last Whole Earth Catalog:
Yes, you can make it at home and you don't need any thermometers or special equipment, either. This is a recipe that really works; it was printed in The Last Whole Earth Catalog in 1971.

3 cups of instant powdered milk
1/2 tsp. unflavored gelatin
1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
1 large can Pet Evaporated Milk
3 tablespoons yogurt (plain, unflavored)

1. Preheat the oven to about 275o F (between 250o and 300o). Soften the gelatin in measuring cup in a bit of water, then add enough boiling water to make one cup. If you want to add sugar, put it in the cup now. Let the mixture cool.

2. Mix the instant powered milk with three cups of water and stir well.

3. In a large glass or pottery ovenproof bowl, mix the evaporated milk with two cups of tepid water. Add the diluted instant powdered milk, the gelatin mixture and the yogurt. Stir thoroughly.

4. Cover the bowl, put it in the oven and turn the oven off. Leave it overnight or about 10 hours. Then, look in the bowl -- it's yogurt! Yield: two quarts.

Member Since: 9/27/2007

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My Goals:
My ideal weight goal is the same as it was 5 years ago, 150 pounds.

I know I can do it.

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Have to lose weight to make my knee replacements last longer.

Starting weight 250 on 2/19/2011.

New starting weight 226.9 on 2/16/2013.

Goal is to lose 5 lb per month for 12 months.

To be 190 by Sept 21, 2013.

My exercise goal is to do the recumbent bike 15 minutes each morning and eventually each evening, too. I will go tothe gym and swim 30 minutes and do 15 minutes of leg exercises on the machine 4-5 times per week. I also need to do neck and knee exercises an additional 15 minutes per day as my quads need strengthening.
This is only 5 lb per month...I know I can do it!

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I love to laugh and my favorite movies are comedies.
I like to play the piano and when I visit my hubby at the NH the residents ask if I will play the piano for them which I am very happy to do. My eyesight is variable but at present I am able to do even better than a year ago reading the music. Unfortunately, I only sight read but that is still fine if I have my rechargeable clip on light with me and the notes are standard sized (printed in black...some music is printed in blue).

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