This post is written to encourage all of you who’ve been thinking about taking up some exercise but are still at that thinking stage – I’ve been there and done that!  It’s also written to show you that we’re all human and that often we dither and are unsure about what’s best to do – that’s definitely me at the moment.  For instance, look at how I behaved in the past. All the research says that exercise is key to healthy ageing, and I was all for it. I wasn’t going to ignore that advice, but I did more exercise in my head than in actuality.  And I even gave up a weekly class and thought normal everyday activities including gardening and a fair amount of walking would do.  No, it wasn’t enough. I got stiffer and stiffer, had a definite slant to the right in the morning when I got up (not joking – it was quite tilt). And that ‘old-lady’ back? Yup, when I caught sight of myself in shop window, I had that.

But now I do Pilates twice a week, and specific strength and resistance exercises tailored to my needs 5/7, plus brisk uphill walking (running/jogging is taking a back step for the moment). And as a result, after not all that many weeks, I stand tall and don’t tilt quite so much in the morning.  I also feel good doing this exercise.  All the research says that as you age exercise is necessary (which doesn’t have to be centred around a gym or have to be excessive) but don’t forget the feel-good factor to exercise, which you experience once you start getting into a routine.  Taking all that into consideration, why wouldn’t you exercise? And yet, read below, I’m still ignoring or perhaps, chafing at good advice.

But first, here I am again at the gym for my Pilates class wearing my hot-weather gear; my green pineapple dress and that Mad Hatters hat.


This is a great hat as you can roll it up in your suitcase. There’s been a welcome break from all our hot weather as we’ve had some rain – yay!  But that hat will be coming out again soon as we’re going to heat up towards the end of the week. Btw, the reason I keep taking pics in the gym is that the lighting is so much better than the light at home.

Anyway, here’s the thing, doing exercise 5/7 is practically a doubling of the exercise I’ve been doing since April, when I started the programme, and is on the advice of a medically trained nutritionist (link here – he also said eat two tins of sardines a week. I’ll try!) plus my GP (she didn’t go into specifics but said, ‘go for it’) and all because a recent scan showed I have osteopenia and osteoporosis in various bones around my body. It’s the forearm for the latter. Do you know the most common fracture in the older age group?  I thought it was the wrist because you put your hand out as you fall and crunch, but it’s not, it’s spinal compression fracture. And what I read on the site frightened me – good, as that’s what I need, a good fright.

You see, I’ve been resisting taking that bisphosphonate medication (the once-a-week one) for years.  And then again, I’ve just read the leaflet that comes with the tablets (I have a month’s supply) and feel equally intimidated (almost horrified, really) by the possible side-effects, some of which sound quite common when they’re at 1 in 10. Why have I resisted them? One, because of my digestion, which is pretty poor (which the GP knows about) and two, my dad died of CA oesophagus, so I’m not keen anything that can irritate that tract. I’m near to 60% certain I will try them (this coming Sunday) and 40%, gosh, no way, which is better than how I was, when I was 99% certain I wouldn’t touch them with a bargepole.

Is there anyone out there, who’s OK with this medication?  If you are, do let me know.  See, that’s my block to overall fitness, as most of the medical profession would say, take it, fgs, it’s for your own good. But, tbh, I don’t truly want to.

However, as I passionately believe, that we should take responsibility for our health as we age, I do feel in somewhat of a dilemma. Am I sticking my head in the sand and up the proverbial or am I sticking up for my rights to say no?  Not sure.

In the meantime, I also believe that we should buy that frock now and go and have that adventure while you can. And while I feel we should engage with life including the issues that we’d all like to block our ears to (like Brexit – see below) this is why I read the fashion mags and take (some) note of what these young fashion journalists have to say. It’s good to be frivolous and have fun agreeing and disagreeing with so-called trends that are conjured up from who knows where.

For instance, did you know that wearing white clothes is a thing now? That has to be because of the weather, because no Brit would ever wear white in the grey drizzle of our usual summer.  I exaggerate somewhat, as we do get some sun, but not for two months as we’ve just experienced and at that height of temperature.

Anyway, look what I found! A white dress that is really cool to wear.

Not sure where I’ll wear it, but at £4.99 it’ll stay in my wardrobe until I find the right occasion. I am also keeping strictly to my one-in-one-out resolution with a nearly full charity shop bag ready to be taken to the charity shop.

That’s all for now, but do let me know what you think about me dithering about this medication.

With love, Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

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Plus, this is 10 days since I last posted here, but I was on My Other Blog, writing a post on Brexit. Please note, I encourage discussion on My Other Blog, but I expect people to be polite and respect the post and everyone’s comments even if they are the polar opposite to your ideas on this subject.  I think it’s interesting to explore views other than one’s own.



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54 thoughts on “Fitness as we age, and the blocks we put in the way of it. You’ll hear that I’m still doing that!

  • 31st July 2018 at 8:48 am

    Well I tried the biphosphonate medication, made me feel so bad. I have oesophageal reflux and it really made us so much worse. I persevered for a couple of weeks but I just couldn’t take it. My body rejected it. I now just take calcium tablets with vitamin D even though my GP said persevere, but he didn’t experience my symptoms!!
    It’s such a shame that people react so badly to medication which could be so helpful. I do need to exercise more but always find an excuse not to. I had a hysterectomy a few months ago and that was my excuse not to do exercise, but now I really must. Well done for doing as much as you do.

    • 31st July 2018 at 10:12 am

      Hello Susan and thanks so much for your very relevant comment. First of all, I know you will, but take care as you begin your search for the right exercise and the right class. If you find that the leader/teacher/instructor just does the pose and expects you to copy without leaving his or her mat that’s the wrong class. As soon as I experienced my personal trainer’s Pilates class I knew I’d found the right one as she corrects your position. Also the version of Pilates we do is subtle but at the same time challenging, but not in a bad way. I have experienced some really badly supervised classes – these are to be avoided!

      And yes, sorry to hear about your experience. I have take calcium and extra vitamin D for some years now. I’m almost certain I’m going to give the once-a-week medication a try – but still dithering a bit!

    • 1st August 2018 at 1:22 pm

      I took the bisphosphonate med. for three years,and steadily felt worse and worse.I reckon sardines are better!Mush then up with some vinegar and a little butter for a delicious sandwich filling.I am careful to wear shoes which support me,so I do not fall over?,as I am good at falling.
      My latest is terrible scaly dry skin,.Can any of you help? Sorry to moan.You are all so supportive and positive.
      Penny,you look fab in that particular white.

  • 31st July 2018 at 8:56 am

    Loving the white dress Penny, could do with this right now as am in Bangkok and it’s sweltering. Thank goodness for aircon especially as I’m treating myself to a pedicure at the moment. Other half has slipped off to a pub. Going to a sky bar later for one drink only as they are horrendously expensive! Enjoying your blog as always x

    • 31st July 2018 at 10:19 am

      Oh, Bangkok must be hot! That white dress is perfect for a cruise (will have to think about that!) or somewhere like the Far East or Caribbean. Thanks so much, Pauline x

  • 31st July 2018 at 9:24 am

    I have been dithering about exercise for ages- tried Pilates and yoga but didn’t get on with them. Tried local ‘exercise for older people’ dept of the leisure/sports organisation, turned out to be for stroke and heart attack survivors or limited to chair exercises! Or else going to gym with loud music and apathetic assistants. I want strength and resistance exercises but not an option, it seems. I have problems with my hip and left leg,occasionally and am worried about making it worse, so…what to,do?
    Why is exercise for people over say, 50or 60 limited to such a basic level?

    • 31st July 2018 at 10:26 am

      Hi Lin
      I’m Penny’s PT and Pilates teacher and I’m sorry you’re having trouble finding the right person to help you – we really do exist. You need to look for somebody who is qualified in teaching older people and/or people with physical issues and chronic conditions. Try logging on to the REPs website at, inputting your town or city and then cross-checking for someone with older people and/or exercise referral qualifications. Don’t be scared away by the cost of 1-2-1 sessions – just a few can make a huge difference to confidence and enable you to exercise effectively on your own.

      It’s also well worth checking out all the gyms in your area – the one where I teach Penny’s Pilates classes has a significant proportion of members who are older or need rehab/rehab and excellent trainers. The big chain gyms may not be so welcoming.

      Very best of luck,

      • 31st July 2018 at 10:43 am

        Oh wow, Sarah, thanks so much for your reply to Lin!

        And you’re right our gym (Alive, Brighton) is so welcoming and has a great mix of age-groups. Thanks again 🙂

      • 4th August 2018 at 6:54 am

        Thanks….But I searched all categories within 20 miles and found no one! Back to drawing board….

    • 31st July 2018 at 10:41 am

      I absolutely agree with you, Lin, and think the idea of ‘older people’s’ exercise is so ageist with people thinking it’s all about chair exercise – that is fine for the frail old. But we are all so different and you can find people who are very unfit when they’re 65 and then there will be those who are fit into their 80s. One of the classes I rejected was quite aerobic (which I didn’t want) but it was really tough, and half the class were in their 70s and two in their 80s and actually I could barely keep up!

      With regard to your needs here below is the link to my Personal Trainer’s website – to see her experience with people with issues and health problems. You could either contact her directly for advice on finding someone in your area, or look for someone in your area like her as you do need to take care about damaging yourself which you are aware about anyway. Best of luck with this 🙂

      • 31st July 2018 at 12:03 pm

        Thanks so much – I have emailed to get a contact in my area.

    • 1st August 2018 at 3:02 pm

      Hi Lyn, search on internet for Grow Young Fitness, American site and excellent for seniors who still wish to be challenged. Quite a lot of content is free but you can subscribe for endless amount of classes if you find the exercises helpful. I have been a member for the last 2 years and am delighted with my progress. Sessions cover core, balance, strength, nutrition, yoga etc. Worth a look at least. You can also email Derron for personal advice.

  • 31st July 2018 at 9:43 am

    I had to take once weekly bisphosphonate for 5 years, because the drugs I was taking for breast cancer leached calcium from my body. Personally, I had no problems with it and no side effects – but then I did have side effects from the cancer drugs- including depression. I had osteopenia, but after ceasing the drugs, my bones are back to normal for my age – 65. I walk, swim, have done Pilates for 3 years and I intend to continue. Inspired by you, I need to incorporate strength training into my routine. I am encouraged by the number of women at the gym in their mid to late 70s who just get on with it. Great role models. Good luck in following your exercise regime – it will pay off in years of mobility!

    • 31st July 2018 at 1:02 pm

      Hi Morag – I’m so glad you didn’t have any side-effects from bisphosphonates and that your bones are now good. Your exercise regime sounds excellent. (I’m off on a brisk walk in half an hour)

      Yes, the people at the class I go to are all ages but a lot I think are near or in their 70s. And more advanced than I am because they’ve been doing Pilates longer, but there’s never any competition as we all know it’s doing us good whatever standard we’ve reached. It should pay off but I’m enjoying the class as well!

  • 31st July 2018 at 9:50 am

    Exercise and osteoporosis are very much linked for me. I was diagnosed with the latter at just 51 and have been taking meds. for 15 years. I was given a ‘holiday’ from the tabs for 3 years but my spine became so much worse after eighteen months that I’m now on 6 monthly injections.
    I’ve been taking extra calcium & Vit D since the beginning. Not all medical opinion supports this but I was told very firmly that the drug would not work without it.
    I don’t seem to have any side effects and although the bisphosphonates have not increased my bone density, it has gradually got worse, but where would I be now without them? There are risks but the NOS is doing research to see how often the ‘worst’ actually happens. It might be worth talking to one of their nurses about your particular case.
    I know I need to do more exercise but of course my back is a problem. I need to find a personal trainer who understands the condition to motivate me. I admit that this quest is rarely at the top of my ‘to do’ list. I do practice standing on one leg and getting out of the bath using only my legs. Must try harder!

    • 31st July 2018 at 1:15 pm

      Hi Lynda – interesting to hear about your diagnosis at such an early age. I was called in by a GP surgery twenty years ago (found virtually no bone loss) but have been tracking my bone loss on and off ever since. I had a long session with this nutritionist (who I met when he was a GP) and he would call you a ‘fast loser’ while after looking at my scan results over the years he calls me a ‘slow loser’ of bone. And he said, that for some once you stop the drug you lose even faster. The annoying thing with my slow loss is that even he thought I ought to try the meds – but I still feel that doubt and niggle about this very strong drug, which is of course so necessary for a huge number of people.

      The main thing is to not fall – that’s what causes the hip and wrist fractures. Not sure how the spine fractures. And it is something that I must face. I should be sensible!

      And, see my personal trainer’s website for her experience and who she deals with etc. You need someone like her who would understand your body and its situation including your spine Also see above for her response to another commenter – there’s another link for you to try.

      • 31st July 2018 at 3:33 pm

        I should add that it’s really important to get professional advice on what NOT to do if you have osteoporosis and want to exercise. The advice will tend to be cautious and, when you have lost bone in the spine, will focus on not folding forward or turning sharply. All my clients, of every age, are trained to improve their balance – see a very basic routine here but there are many more you can try and they’re fun.

  • 31st July 2018 at 10:19 am

    I was taking this drug. I then found out, through my work, that it has severe implications. I asked my doctor and she agreed and so I stopped taking it. Just don’t consider any tooth extractions if you take bisphosphonates.

    • 1st August 2018 at 7:26 am

      Thanks Enid, I’m still dithering!

  • 31st July 2018 at 10:24 am

    Hi Penny, I also have osteoporosis in my spine. A few years ago, I was put on those tablets. Had to take them with a lot of water (which I hate drinking) and remain upright for an hour afterwards. I took them for about a year, then read an article in the Telegraph about the link with cancer of the oesophagus and immediately stopped taking them. Instead, my rheumatoid arthritis consultant referred me for yearly infusions of zolendronic acid (a bone strengthening drug). I just sit in a chair while attached to a drip – it takes about 20 minutes. I’ve now had 3 and apparently they will now give me another bone density scan and then decide if I need any more. Don’t know if all health trusts do it, but it’s worth inquiring about.

    • 1st August 2018 at 7:34 am

      That’s interesting as I know there are alternatives. The thing is my spine and hip are still in the osteopenia range – it’s the forearm that’s apparently has osteoporosis although I think it strange that there’s no x-ray pic to back this up! I’m almost at the point where I’m going back to the GP for another chat. I’ve been told to have another scan in two years and I’d like to continue this exercise regime (which has lots of strength exercises for my arms) for that amount time and see if it makes a difference. If I continue to lose bone then I would definitely believe that I have to take that medication.

  • 31st July 2018 at 10:56 am

    I think that having regular bone density scans, particularly in the areas of concern, is the key to monitoring what treatment works for you.

    • 1st August 2018 at 7:40 am

      Agree with you 100% there Helen. Apparently I should have another scan in two years time. Actually I think I should continue this resistance training (which really I’ve never done before) to see whether my forearm improves, plus the hip and spine which are still only in the osteopenia range. If I continue to deteriorate then I would believe I need it. Thing is I don’t at the moment. But always monitor, yes totally.

  • 31st July 2018 at 11:06 am

    Hi Penny, since taking early retirement 18 months ago, I have tried a variety of exercise classes. What has worked for me is aqua aerobics which I much prefer to the gym. I go 3 times per week and the classes really make me work yet support my joints. I do go to the gym to make sure I do some weight training as well. I started with some gym classes lots of the women are much older than me but I am rather unco-ordinated and found it difficult to keep up so I have dropped them. My husband and I read that we should also be doing exercises that help hand and eye co-ordination and have signed up for our first badminton class at the local gym. There is a “senior ” table tennis club nearby but golly they are competitive so not for me. This has all happened since we lost a lot of weight since last Christmas – 2 stone for my husband, and one stone for me. He now loves the gym and goes every other day. We feel so much better but also recognise it is our responsibility to keep slim, fit, and healthy so as not to be a burden in later life to children nor the NHS ! Lots of active holidays are now planned – walking, kayaking etc as we try new hobbies. We’re very content with our retirement.

    • 1st August 2018 at 7:57 am

      Wow, and well done you! It’s so good to hear about your exercise and your commitment to health. This has to be the way it’s done. Actually retirement is exactly the time to do all this – gym, swimming, outdoor activities, because, gosh, before retirement we were just wage slaves really! I mean that does sound a bit over the top but if you think about it most of us were chained to a job and/or a desk. Now we’re free to go out for a walk whenever we like – I so agree with you that retirement is a great time of life!!!

      • 1st August 2018 at 10:32 am

        I agree about us being wage slaves particularly in the private industries where you were “encouraged” to work longer. As a P.A. I ended up working regular 10 to 12 hour days for a few decades and finally gave it up as I realised that because younger P.A.s did not want to work those hours (well done to them for sticking up for themselves) the older assistants worked longer hours. I finally knew what burnt-out meant at 59. Same with my husband with expectations he would travel back from work abroad on a Saturday morning and restart again on a Sunday evening. It’s for a different discussion perhaps for you to kick off in your other blog (good blog by the way – I share it with a number of friends !) but I do admire the younger generation who are belittled as “snowflakes” because they are standing up for themselves against this 40 + hour/average 60 hour week. Why should they ?

        Love the long white dress and have seen a number of women wearing longer dresses even going to the gym in the morning. Less constricting than shorts. I’m wearing more hats since seeing you wear them.

        • 2nd August 2018 at 7:36 am

          Yes, I agree with you over this. I think that younger people (around their 40s and younger) have such a different and far more challenging time in the workplace than I ever had. It’s a hard life out there and I don’t envy them at all.

          Friday will be a long dress day for sure!

  • 31st July 2018 at 11:59 am

    I am quite lucky in that at 70-ish I “only” have osteoarthritis and a knee replacement to battle with. I think that working out daily is important to keep me supple. I have found every kind of exercise and stretching routine is available on YouTube – I locate them on my tablet and then cast them onto my TV with my Now box (Roku) so that I can do everything at home. I started with Seniors, seated stretching and Walk at Home, because I was well aware of my limitations, but have moved on a bit. However I acknowledge my knee won’t bend as much as I would like, and that I can only do Low Impact. I know my body really well now, and every day I have fun in front of a mirror (even dancing is not beyond me) with the on-screen classes, making sure that I ‘m performing to the best of my capability.

    • 1st August 2018 at 8:01 am

      Same here Christine. If I sound a bit negative about osteoporosis, really, in the scheme of things if this is all I have then good, as I can do something about it. And good for you with your fitness regime – it seems absolutely the way to do it! Thanks so much for your comment which is much appreciated 🙂

  • 31st July 2018 at 7:45 pm

    I’m glad you see the benefits of exercising. It is so important and it feels so much better to be in a good condition. Not only for the body, but also for the brain! You definitely look fantastic!

    • 1st August 2018 at 7:54 am

      Thank you so much Nancy! I’m just beginning to see the shape and outline of muscles in my upper arm. Now to work on my lower arm – the important bit that needs work on it. And yes, really enjoying all the exercise.

  • 31st July 2018 at 10:06 pm

    I would try every alternative you can to help your bones before taking that med!
    Side effects are rather alarming!
    I always take vitamin K2 along with D and Calcium. K2 apparently makes sure the calcium goes to your bones not your artery linings. Last time I had a scan there was no calcification, and bones were good. You can get the combo in any chemist, in Australia that is! I am 72, and although bones are good, arthritis is coming to get me.
    Love your green pineapple dress and hat, really suits you!

    • 1st August 2018 at 7:50 am

      Hi Judith, I do take Calcium and Vitamin D plus a multivitamin with K in it. Yes, I felt quite faint after reading the leaflet that goes into the box – they’re really serious side effects. I mean I might not get any, but I really hate the idea of this med. Near to going back to the GP to say I’d like to wait and do that resistance and weight training for 2 years – if that makes no difference or I got worse – then I would.

      Thanks so much for the comment 🙂

  • 1st August 2018 at 5:46 am

    Hi Penny: love your white dress. Is it cool to wear? The coolest thing in very hot weather seems to be a long, loose dress, full sleeve coverage, in a light weight 100% cotton. I only have an oversized shirt like this, but it kept me cool in our recent 30 + degree days! no horrible sunscreen (what IS in that stuff??) required. When will they begin making this basic necessity available to buy???? (In very hot countries you will see many people dressed in long, loose, white cotton wear .. of course!! wouldn’t you think we’d learn??) just my frustration coming out,
    ann lee s

    • 1st August 2018 at 7:52 am

      Funnily enough the material of the white dress isn’t cotton, yet it’s a really cool dress to wear mainly i think because of its cut and the way the skirt flaps loosely around. I notice more and more people wearing a longer dress, so much cooler than shorts!

      Thanks so much for your comment – keep cool 🙂

  • 1st August 2018 at 6:40 am

    I recommend you read Dr James Le Fanu’s book Too Many Pills before deciding.

    I have arthritic knees and find Pilates and Aquafit really helps a lot. I no longer take medication for this and hopefully will last out long enough for the cartilage replacement therapy to be available in the UK!

    • 1st August 2018 at 7:41 am

      I will read that book, thanks so much!

  • 1st August 2018 at 8:00 am

    Hello Penny,

    I have osteoporosis in the spine and 2 fractured vertebrae – and have experienced incredible pain at times. Earlier this year I was put on Alendronic acid 70mg. I call them my ‘sit up and beg’ – and I take one each Sunday 30 minutes before my first cup of tea! They were prescribed by my GP and when I saw my hospital consultant 6 weeks later she was very happy that I was taking the right medication – just as she ‘would have prescribed’ she said. (I also take Tapentadol 50mg every 12 hours.)

    And, I have to say now that I am far more flexible and almost pain free most of the time! I suppose it took about 3 weeks to really ‘kick in’. And I do have lapses – usually when I have over stretched…. And takes about 3 days to calm down.

    So I can only say that for me my experience with this medication has been really good. But I shall definitely be more aware now and will ask if there’s a chance of maybe an annual infusion instead when I next see my consultant.

    As for exercise – I was advised to concentrate solely on walking. (I use a walking pole – feels far less ‘elderly’! – helps me keep my balance.) Anything too energetic and I become disoriented! But I intend to start with tai chi classes shortly……

    I’d say…. at least try it, Penny! You can always stop if it disagrees with you. But if it helps with pain ……..? Hope this helps.

    Love reading your blogs. Maggie

    • 1st August 2018 at 8:14 am

      Hello Maggie
      Oh wow, your osteoporosis sounds really bad. The reason I’m reluctant to take the med is that i) my spine and hip is still in the osteopenia range ii) I have no pain whatsoever anywhere apart from overall stiffness (but no pain) in the morning which must be the usual arthritis you get as you age. iii) I’m what I would consider myself above average fitness for my age (72) with all the exercise I’m doing and the way I feel.

      Thing is the scan came up with the fact that my forearm had osteoporosis but there is no X-ray of it!!! I said to the GP where is the evidence for this???? I’ve gone through my results over 15 years and I can see that I’m a very slow loser of bone around the hip and spine. And I’d only just started the weights and resistance programme when the scan was done (perhaps I should have waited!). Personally I think I should have the next scan (in 2 years time) continue doing the weights and resistance over those 2 years and if I still have osteoporosis in the forearm and continue to worsen in the hip and spine – then definitely yes. I think it’s too soon to take them now – hmm, I can see I’m talking myself out of taking them???!!!!

      But thank you so much for telling me about your situation – and very pleased you’re on the mend – they do work these meds I know that. So well done you!

  • 1st August 2018 at 9:47 am

    Best of luck with your decision Penny , I am a great believer in avoiding medication at all costs until absolutely necessary.
    Hopefully the weights and strength exercise will do the trick, I have done weight training with hand weights at home for many years , I can’t tell you if they have helped my bone density as I have never had it checked, maybe I should. Well done on your continuing fitness journey, you inspire me to be so much more committed to mine instead of somewhat hit and miss.
    Cheers, Jill.

    • 2nd August 2018 at 7:47 am

      Actually Jill all this exercise started because I got really low last winter with two viruses – felt so weak and feeble. I felt I had to do something!!!

      Anyway, I bet you don’t have osteoporosis – but on the other hand what do I know! When I was called in (20 years ago) for a scan, we all met up in the village hall after our results were given to us for a lecture on taking that medication. You know what – there were about 100 of us and we were all thin or slim built – fascinating too see so many of us with the same build. I later found out that the scans were paid for by the drug company – I was outraged as I had such a low score! That’s another reason why I don’t want to take this med unless absolutely necessary – big pharma will do anything for profit.

  • 1st August 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Hello Penny,

    I took Alendronic Acid for 5 years as I had osteoporosis in my hips and spine (discovered after breaking my wrist). Apparently 5 years is the optimum amount of time to take it as after that it will not have much effect.
    My latest scan showed that I no longer have osteoporosis in my hips (‘just’ osteopenia) and my spine has greatly improved. Mind you in those five years I have made sure I got a bit more sun for the vitamin D and also bought a dog so do a lot more walking. I have even done the local Parkrun a few times. I also take vitamin D and calcium – didn’t know about the vitamin K. I shall have to look into that. I too, don’t have any pain and thank my lucky stars that I have an illness (if it can be called that) that doesn’t make you feel ill.

    Just to add that by the fourth and fifth year of taking the medication I was getting pretty bad heartburn and acid reflux which has greatly improved since ceasing taking it last year.

    Love your blog Penny.

    • 2nd August 2018 at 7:57 am

      So good to know you’ve improved and also to hear about the 5-year limit. I will take it if absolutely necessary, but the more I think about it the more I don’t understand why I have to with ‘just’ osteopenia in hip and spine, and me starting the resistance and weights programme. Think I’ll go back to the GP for another chat – although I even think about that as I don’t want to overburden the GP/NHS. Although again I would burden them if I broke my hip!

      Also it’s so good to hear about your dog – we had a much loved dog for 14 years but won’t/can’t replace her now, which is why I make the effort to walk and exercise.

  • 1st August 2018 at 7:48 pm

    love the white dress, penny – you look like an angel.

    don’t know about that med, but if you can do some form of hormone replacement, that is supposed to help bones. i do an est. patch and the tech that did my bone scan said that helps to keep bones good. i know that there’s lots of differing opinions on h.r.t. too.

    enjoy your blog here in u.s.

    kay xo

    • 2nd August 2018 at 7:58 am

      Hi Kay, thanks so much for your comment – will go to (dr) google for hrt!!!

  • 2nd August 2018 at 3:23 pm

    What a dilemma! I just don’t know what to say except have you given it a trial period? I was prescribed an anti – inflammatory drugs when I hurt my knee and they upset my stomach so much I stopped taking them after 14 days instead of the 28 I was prescribed…

    I love both your dresses; the white is so pretty!

    • 8th August 2018 at 6:42 am

      If I can avoid these drugs I will as the digestive symptoms are the most minor. Basically these meds change and move your molecules around – they’re very serious drugs. However, of course there are hundreds and thousands of women who take them with no ill-effects. So I will try in approx a year’s time if after a whole year of weight and resistance training there is no difference or I continue to lose bone.

      That white dress is amazing and I simply must find an event to wear it to! But the weather is breaking right now – what a relief – but it’s back to jeans I think 🙂


  • 2nd August 2018 at 11:42 pm

    I only take medication if I have to. I prefer to be proactive. having said that, if I needed daily medication, say, for a sluggish thyroid, or diabetes 1 – I would do it! The best lesson I ever had about medicines, was in my late teens, when my future husband (now non-husband btw0, had been in a jungle war (Malaysia – Borneo). The troops set up a jungle doctor post. People would walk for up to 3 weeks with conditions and injuries that we would not be able to sustain, to get help from that post. For many problems, 1 aspirin would make them better. Miraculous. So, I prefer to leave medication such as painkillers and antibiotics, for when I need a miracle. And then, miraculous they truly are.

    • 8th August 2018 at 6:53 am

      I am also someone who doesn’t like taking meds – feel they are like toxins which is daft because some are absolutely necessary. And I will take these particular ones if my weights and resistance exercises don’t work. That I promise as osteoporosis can only get worse. But let’s see what this programme does for me. Thanks so much for your really interesting comment.

  • 3rd August 2018 at 4:18 am

    You look stunning in that pineapple jumpsuit. What a great find! Thanks for joining the Top of the World Style linkup party.

    • 8th August 2018 at 6:43 am

      Thank you Nicole and it’s absolutely great to come onto your blog site for the linkup – thank you again!

  • 7th August 2018 at 7:44 pm

    I’m definitely in the same boat you were in. I keep saying that I need to exercise more regularly, but just can’t seem to stick to anything. It’s still a work in progress for me. Hey, I host a link up party every Wed, so if you’re interested, you’re welcome to stop by and link your posts.

    • 8th August 2018 at 6:45 am

      Well, I’ve got a very good reason to exercise. There’s no escaping osteoporosis unless you rebuild bone and that’s my incentive! Good luck in finding your very good reason 🙂

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