I have been an avid exerciser for ages, and it works for me on ALL sorts of levels. I've never had sleep trouble, I don't jiggle nearly as much as my weight predicts I might...But you know what? My joints hate me. My hip joints are the worst because WHEN they ache is when I sleep—can't stay on one side too long or they about kill me. I used to not have that problem because I was a belly sleeper, but two pregnancies, each followed by a year of breastfeeding broke that habit (and I think changed my body shape) as now it bothers my back to sleep that way.
So what does one do for JOINTS? I've heard fish oil helps, but for the life of me I can't get past the idea of it, not to mention I haven't had the attention span to take ANY pill every day since the hubby got snipped in 1999. (in fact Thing 2 was a result of my inability to remember even before THAT).
Jury on Progress
The MEASURING is something I haven't mentioned in a while and today was a measure day. I've lost 5 inches in my waist, five across my hip bones, five+ on my butt and 3 on one thigh and four on the other (no, I don't have a clue how that happens). It makes me HAPPY. (so a 37.5 pound loss is about a 5 inches all the way up and down--thankfully only 3 in the boobs, but then I never have the good luck to GAIN there, so it's only fair)
It also makes me happy to change out the closet to my summer wardrobe and realize all the summer dresses I couldn't wear last year are waiting... many fit NOW, and another 10 pound loss (which I should hit by the end of May) opens a HUGE number of options. Only one more snowfall until spring (Spring in Michigan begins at the 2nd snow after the forscenthia bloom)
(this is us on the London Eye in August 2008)
For those of you rusty on your Norwegian and Dutch, that is pronounced YIPPEE for YORIS.
I can't have a J day without giving a shout out to one of my favorite people. Joris and I have an unlikely friendship... middle-aged woman in Michigan, barely legal Dutch boy... and we met when he was a teen, but you frequent the same places for a while (in this case the Wizard War Thread at HPANA) and you form friendships. He is smart, with attention to the kinds of details that sail in one ear and out the other for me, so I've used him as a memory crutch for AGES, the expert on things like European History... and then all the graphics stuff. He helps my writing group with some regularity and has done ALL the book covers I have.
So JIPPEEEEEEEE! Joris, you're a superstar!