Archives for: March 2005, 03
It's been a busy BTD night. A friend from out of state called to talk to my husband and me. He said he was afraid he might not be able to keep his job if he didn't get his weight and diabetes under control. I started talking about the Blood Type Diet, and even though he is a Type A who loves chicken fried steak, he could see that the BTD made sense.
I mentioned on the forum that my husband has torn some cartilage in his knee. He is doing physical therapy to build the muscles around his knee so that healing can take place inside. I've been doing some of the exercises with him, just as a preventative measure.
The physical therapist has also talked to him about the exercises he has done for 20 years since he had back surgery. Some of the exercises they recommended back then have proved to be harmful. Since starting the new back exercises he has seen an improvement in the way his legs feel.
I wrote last fall that I was going to try the Canadian Air Force exercises that Heidi recommended. I have been gradually working my way up the levels - pushups being the thing that slows me down. The plan of setting a timer and getting a whole body workout in 15 minutes is very useful on busy days.
However that exercise program was published in 1962. While some of the exercises are helpful, some of them are really stressful on my joints. Since hearing the therapist talk about how knowledge about exercise has improved in the last 20 years, I have been modifying some of the Canadian Air Force exercises.
My husband is ready to exercise now, so I will close this blog by saying that I found wild caught salmon on sale! It was delicious for dinner tonight with asparagus, black beans and grapefruit. My husband and daughter enjoyed the last of the spelt rolls.