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Friday, August 28th, 2015
9:45 am
Hi to every one
I want to ask if any one still active in this comunity or not
i see that posts are very old
Monday, October 30th, 2006
11:51 am
Hi, I am new to this community and am very interested in all of the great info you give each other. But anyway, I need some advice. I am now 18 but when I was 14 I had a bad knee injury and had to have surgery. I never got physical therapy, but now I am still in pain. Everyone told me that I would not need to go to PT because I was to young. So now I am not sure if it will be worth it for me to go back and try get a handle on my pain. I am not sure if I have done more harm to my body by allowing my injury to persist while I continued to grow. Does anyone have any experiences or advice on this? Thanks
Monday, October 16th, 2006
11:49 am
Need therapy advice
My most urgent need right now is for some physical therapy/massage for a spasm-y hamstring, but I'd really like to find someone who can look at the entire system and work out solutions that will address the connection between my back pain, hipm knee, ankle, foot and toes - I have problems with'em all!

I already know I'm overweight and need exercise and diet, so I don't want to hear that as the first thing out of the caregiver's mouth, thank you very much. These areas issues have been present and prgoressing my whole life, so I know there are some structural/mechanical processes that can be modified - it's just that every specialist I go to looks only at the area giving me a problem at the moment, and not at the whole body. I want to get off the multiple specialist carousel!

I live on the Eastside but am willing to travel a bit.


Current Mood: sore
Monday, September 18th, 2006
4:35 pm
Sunday, July 16th, 2006
11:18 am
newbie to livejournal
I'm new to this whole LiveJournal thing and this is the first community I've joined. I was surprised to find so many proanorexic and bulemic communities when I searched "running" or "yoga" I'm glad I found this one! I'm moving to Los Angelos soon and was wondering if there are any run clubs or communities anyone could recommend. I ran my first marathon in December and since have been focusing more on shorter distances, striving for a more balanced lifestyle (marathon training sucks).
Friday, May 19th, 2006
11:30 am
Hi folks,

I've joined this community to hopefully get some help for my boss...

She is having some major issue with her arms and the docs are not very helpful so far.

She has been diagnosed in the past with carpal tunnel syndrome. She has braces that she uses from time to time when her arms are really hurting. She has also had breast reduction in the past.

Her current issues are:

pain in wrists
pain in upper arms
pain radiating up to back of neck (new)
muscle hardness or tenseness in upper arms...

the doc who diagnosed her w/ carpal tunnel a number of YEARS ago is now telling her it's not carpal tunnel at all...

thanks for any help.

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, January 31st, 2006
9:36 pm
orthotics dilemma
So my physical therapist has slowly been picking away at items that are mis-functioning in my body.  We've gotten to a fairly nit-picky level, where mostly my sacrum is still rotating, causing other things in the neck to eventually go out.  We kept circling around various issues I was having with feet, knees, and ankles.  But the major crap of 2.5 years ago is not happening anymore.  (YAY for that.)

So, my PT had me visit her co-worker, who specializes in feet, ankles, and knees.  The verdict was that I needed some slight corrections with orthotics to overcome structural issues that will never go away, and that my body would never be comfortable with my feet facing strictly forward/parallel, and specifically to wear them when exercising.  I've been wearing them since Thursday, building up my time wearing them, so I don't whack my back out.

Then, I get to yoga class tonight.  And mention that I'll be needing to start wearing them in class.  And basically, the upshot is she won't teach me if I'm wearing them--bare feet only.  She says that you grow dependent on them, that I have to work harder to strengthen my muscles so that I won't need them.

As I didn't have any shoes I could really wear them in, I went barefoot tonight.  And I could feel it immediately.  My feet didn't want to go "all the way down" when they were bare.  Standing poses ached at the ankles because they didn't want to strain as far as they needed to in order to hold the pose correctly.  But my hips felt totally different, and one very stubborn clench seemed to be loosening.

My PT has not led me to anything that was bad for me yet, so I have a lot of respect for and trust in her.  And I also have a lot of respect and trust for my yoga teacher.  So my question to you, oh healthy people, is what is the conventional wisdom on orthotics and exercise like yoga?  Should I be finding a yoga class that will admit me wearing orthotics?  Practice on my own from now on?  Ditch the PT?  What's a girl who loves her yoga to do?
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005
8:40 am
Greetings and Salutations
i just joined up through a rather oddly unrandom series of links. As is life most of the time... oddly unrandom, that is. :)

Honestly, i have a lot of weight to lose to be optimally healthy for my body frame. It is more important to me to be healthy than to be skinny... my big issue right now is that i don't have the stamina or strength or flexibility or balance to do the things i WANT to do. So, that has to change. i can't change the past, so i can only change NOW.

i am a vegetarian who doesn't do dairy. i avoid refined sugars, white foods (other than potatoes, which i do love, but don't eat more than once every week or two anyway), caffeine, and nasty-fats. That being said, i still tend to eat too much of the right foods, and enough of the wrong foods, to get to my goals. So... time for more change. Daily exercise has worked so well for me in the past, but i have fallen off the wagon. Time to climb back on, eh? :)

Anyway... i am 36, homeschooling mom of two great boys, partner to my beloved husband, owned by 6 birds, 4 cats, 1 dog, and 1 fish. i am a massage practitoner on the side (i keep my license current, but i don't have an active clinical practice). i live on the poorer side of a good neighborhood. My house is cluttered, which i think reflects my cluttered mind... so i am working on that one, too.
Wednesday, October 19th, 2005
9:54 pm
Slimming down
I'm a girl with really bulky calves and bigger shoulders than i would like because of muscle. Is there anyway to slim it down other than just losing the muscle? I really would like nice legs, but it's impossible with my calves. Any ideas are appreciated. Thanks!
Tuesday, September 13th, 2005
5:23 pm
the whole getting to know you gig...

hello!  my name's amy, and i'm new to this community...to save space here, i will give you guys these links and you guys can learn more about me by reading them...

http://www.livejournal.com/users/a_healthier_me/414.html - my introductory lj entry from when i first started this journal

http://www.livejournal.com/users/a_healthier_me/2005/09/13/ - my most recent entry

i look forward to posting lots in this community and meeting new friends :)


x-posted...cause i joined a bunch o communities today :)

Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, July 18th, 2005
3:07 pm
Hey everyone. I found this community while looking for a community that promotes exercise and healthy lifestyle, as opposed to promoting eating disorders, which I sadly found too many of. I am a 28 year old woman living in North Carolina, who just finished up graduate school. I have always been pro-exercise, but didn't become a regular exerciser until February, 2004, when I did a project for a class that more or less spurred me into the routine. I began alternating running and walking for 20 minutes until I was finally able to run for 20 minutes straight. That took about 6 weeks I think. And then I started to increase the time. After 4 or 5 months I was running 6 miles, 4 times a week. Unfortunately a few injuries sidelined me (especially a really bad lower back injury) for a few months, but I jumped right back into exercise when I was able to. I began to do more low-impact activiites, such as the ellyptical machine, and added on weightlifting, as well as doing about 40 minutes of stretching.

When I graduated in May, I lost gym privileges, but my fiance' bought a bowflex, which I often use. I also do a great circuit workout I found in the July issue of Fitness that tones all of your muscle groups as well as burns 600 calories. When I had gym access, I was working out 4 times a week, for like 2 hours (an hour of cardio, and 30 minutes of weight lifting, and 40 minutes of stretching), but now I work out for 90 minutes, 3 times a week.

Over the course of the past year and a half, I have only lost 10 pounds on the scale, but I have gone down several inches. I think I've lost about 3 inches off my waist and 3 inches off of my hips. And I went from hovering around a size 10 (very tight size 8), to a size 4. (I'm 5'6", 130 lbs.) I know that I have gained a few pounds of muscle, so I'm not stressing over the number on the scale. At the moment I am focusing more on building muscle, and just maintaining my cardio fitness. When I get a job (still searching), I am going to join a gym, since I am asthmatic and have a difficult time running and doing any other exercise outside in the humid summers.

Oh and I mostly stay away from sugars (except for the occassional chocolate and Twizzlers), and eat mostly fruits and vegetables, whole grains, my 3 servings of low-fat dairy, and a little meat (canned tuna and eggs). And lots of water!

Anyway, that's my exercise / nutrition background. If anyone has any tips for losing that last little layer of fat on the abdominals and the hips / thighs, I would be glad to hear it! I'm starting to see definition in my upper abdominals (including the obliques) but can't see the lower abs because of my "pooch".

Current Mood: hungry
Monday, July 11th, 2005
11:24 pm

Hi there to everyone! My name is Bec and I'm looking for a health partner. Someone who can monitor what I eat/do and give me advice and encouragement. And in return, I will do the same for them. If nobody's interested, that's fine n' dandy. I just really need a partner for influence and encouragement. I've heard that having a health buddy increases your chances of weight loss by 33%. I don't know where Shape or whoever it was got that statistic but it make sense to me. Anyway, I know it's a bit difficult when you aren't doing these things together, physically. But it still would help a lot I think. My stats:




goal: 140lbs and to be physically active with a routine of some sort

I mainly want to eat healthier and get in shape. I have terrible cravings for sweets mostly. And I get bored so I eat. I just like food! lol I use to weigh a lot more, about 195 a year ago. I had been about 148-152 recently but...I gained weight. -_-;; Mainly because I started eating whatever I wanted (and a lot). And now it's just about 157-160. And I haven't gained anymore weight than that but I'm worried it will mess up my metabolism and I won't be able to eat like this forever without getting fat. And I very well could be! I mean, I might be replacing muscle with fat, which weighs less. Anyway, if your interested please comment! =)

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005
5:20 pm
I am finally not pregnant anymore. Yay! My daughter, Genevieve, was born on June 23rd, at a whopping 10 lbs. 14.8 oz. I had hoped to ease back into running by the end of the third week at least, but the resulting third degree tearing put an end to that concept. The good news is that I am healing a lot faster than I thought I would, even if I can really feel my stitches at this moment in time. Also, although I'm feeling pretty good, at the moment I'm too sore to want to run. I know that will change, however, and that is when I'm really going to have to concentrate on being good. I just have to remind myself that I only have to wait until August. Yeah, right. Only!

Thursday, June 9th, 2005
12:39 am
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Wednesday, May 25th, 2005
4:44 pm
Hey y'all. I'm new, heh.
I've been wondering how to get rid of the fat in my legs. They look really bulky now and it's digusting when I have to wear shorts. How do you slim down really fast there? I've been trying running but it just makes them look really bad somehow, what with the muscles in the lower part. People say that muscles make you look good, but somehow that's not the case for me.

Also, my knees somehow twist in instead of being straight.

What can I do?!
Thursday, April 21st, 2005
9:09 pm
If you practice yoga in the southeastern US or simply want to add yet another yoga journal to your list, please check out yoga_yall. We'd love to have more input!

(Liberally crossposted)
Wednesday, April 20th, 2005
9:47 am
Hi! In high school, I ran track and cross-country, but had to take several years off for a knee injury. Turns out I could have had very little time off, if I hadn't been too stubborn to go to the doctor! Go figure. I've been back in the running game for three years now, but am currently on another hiatus due to advanced pregnancy. I was hoping to run all the way through, but my hips had other ideas.

At the moment, I coach long-distance track on a volunteer basis. I'd play with the cross-country team, too, but I'm substituting while I look for permanent work, and my pay checks can't take the hit for two seasons out of the year.

I probably won't be posting too much until my running gets back under way in a couple of months, but I do have a question about one of my runners. She has asthma, and I'm not really sure what to look for, since I don't want to hold her back too much. Fortunately, she seems to have a good idea of when she needs to take a break, but I'd like to have more info on the subject. I know a little bit about asthma itself, but not enough on how it fits into athletics. Can anyone suggest some good reading material?

Since I'm new to Livejournal, this will be cross-posted in several places. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Tuesday, April 19th, 2005
12:39 pm
getting past the plateu
hi guys, i just joined and have a question:

i'm 5'3, and about 145 lbs, and have been working out pretty intensively for the past three months. for the six months before that i had been very slowly gaining weight and not doing much exersize, and before *that* i was in extremely good shape, exersizing regularly. i've been watching what i eat, and controlling my portion sizes (although i'm still eating a little more than i should for a standard 'diet' regimen), but at this point i'm not losing any weight (i also eat very healthy food). in the past 3 months i've lost about 4 lbs., which is very frustrating because i've been working really hard...i go to the gym 4-6 times a week, doing at least 40 mins. of cardio (usually 50+), weights every time that i go (although i do alternate which weights i do on which days) and for the past 3 weeks i've also been doing yoga twice a week, and practicing some of the moves at home also. plus, i walk alot, as i have no car. (although i've only lost 4 lbs., people say they see a bigger difference in my appearance, i have great muscle definition on my arms, legs, back and shoulders).

now, i'm a very muscular, barely size 8 145 lbs, but there is still a thick layer of flab, specifically on my belly and butt and thighs, that i'd like to tone out of existence. i've just hit a major plateau, where i've been for the last month to six weeks...is there anything that you guys can think of to help jump-start the weight loss...i want to lose in total 10-15 lbs. (down to 130-135), and would really like to be down 5 in the next month.

thanks :).
Sunday, March 27th, 2005
2:31 pm
hello from Canada
hey i'm writing a report on why fad diets are bad and the only subtopics i can think of are
1) they give adverse long term effects
2) they do not give daily nutritional suppliments
.....i can't think of/NEED a third one
specifically i'll be looking at the low carbohydrate and high protein diet ANY other bad fad diets with ample information to research on will be MUCH appreciated
thank you so much!


Current Mood: hopeful
Saturday, March 26th, 2005
8:24 pm
I would like to try and take herbal supplements for my health. anyone have any recs? thanks in advance!

Current Mood: blah
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