Stronger

Today is exactly six months since I had my knee replacement surgery. And sure enough, just like so many people reassured me, I am feeling pretty great. Its amazing to me how much stronger I am with just one knee being in better shape. Carrying 50 pound sacks of animal feed is not such a big deal any more.

Starting probably a week before Christmas, I started taking longer and more vigorous walks. Three days a week, I take the longer walk, go up and down my back stairs 5 times, and do my P.T. exercises and stretches. The other three days I go to the gym and do the weight machines, and I have steadily increased my time on the bike–now I’m up to 40 minutes.

Last week I had some work done on my car, and so I told my friend that I would meet her at the end of my road. Its only a mile and a half, but it includes that big steep hill. I haven’t walked up that hill for a couple of years. And it was not bad–my knee felt great!

I’m so grateful to all of you who took the time to write and encourage me with your own, or your friend’s experiences.

Just because I haven’t included pictures for a while, here’s a couple of the dogs.

Chloe and Zoey sharing their bed-perch:

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And Bessie looked so funny relaxing in her fireside perch, I went to take a picture, and of course, Sophie photo-bombed it. She can hear a camera from a mile away!

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A Great Video to Start the New Year

I just saw this video. Actually it was used in a sermon by John Ortberg. Its just a great inspirational story. And actually its been viewed more than a million times, so maybe most of you have seen it and I’m just late to the party. Anyway, if you love dogs, and you are maybe thinking about making your life a little healthier, you’ll love it!