Hey, I went to Pride last Saturday and stood in the heat and watched the Parade.

The above pic was taken during the week on a quiet day in a back street, therefore, no crowds unlike Saturday. But, so proud of Pride and Brighton – it’s why I moved to this buzzy, young and very diverse city.  I’m not retiring to a quiet village.  This is my retirement!  Watching the amazing costumes and vibrancy of people of all ages, ethnicities and genders.

It was very crowded and hot so didn’t take all that many pics but if you follow me on Insta I did put up a video.

I thought I’d be wearing this dress, which is made of 100% cotton, but it was so humid and hot that day (for the UK) that when I put it on it actually felt too heavy.

It’s a great dress and at only £4.99 was a good buy.

Instead, I wore that old favourite the green pineapple dress, which funnily enough is not made from cotton but from rayon and is just wonderfully cool and, as an added bonus, doesn’t crease!  Btw, I’ve put myself on a strict budget for the month of August as I spent far too much on clothes in July including some new items.  My pension won’t sustain that kind of spending, so this month I’m not buy anything over £5 and only one of those per week. And believe me, I will keep to that!

Anyway, I want to thank you all for your comments on the subject of taking those tricky meds – bisphosphonates!  I so appreciated hearing your views and thoughts on this.  I also valued how some of you shared your own health status and commented on others.  It’s just great to see such a supportive community of women out there helping each other.

Here’s what I think.  Bisphosphonates have been and are being taken by hundreds of thousands of women all over the world.  They are the go-to drug for osteoporosis. And please, do not be influenced by me in any way.  Ok, my practitioner wants me to take it. But, I’m below the osteoporosis score on both hip and spine and it’s the forearm that has the condition.  And this is what I’m going to do, I want one more year without.  Why? Because I’d only just started the weights and resistance programme when the scan was done, and I want to see if this programme makes a difference. I’ve been told to have another scan in two years, but I’ll go back to my GP and tell her what I’ve decided, ask if I can have a scan after one year, and say I’m not stupid, if this programme of specific weights and resistance makes no difference then I’ll take it for 5 years – definitely – I’ve read enough about osteoporosis to realise where it leads.  And I’ve said that I will take the drug if I have to, publicly, and will keep my word.  In the meantime, people, the thing to do is to stay upright and not fall, so balance is also something I’ll work on. And I’ll show you pics of my muscles as I develop them – the ones on my upper arms are coming along nicely 🙂

That’s all for now

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

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19 thoughts on “Something to be proud of – and a big thank you!

  • 6th August 2018 at 11:21 am

    Your post sums up all the reasons why we want to move to Hove! Although I can’t get over the price of property, despite living in Surrey!

    • 7th August 2018 at 9:59 am

      The price of property in Hove, and Brighton (and also Lewes) is verging on the obscene. Very, very expensive and beyond the reach of most first-time buyers. This money-making out of what should be your home is just so embedded in the British psyche though – not sure what could sort this.

      But if you can live in Brighton or Hove – it’s great! Noisy and crowded but full of life and zest. So glad to be living here 🙂

    • 7th August 2018 at 10:01 am

      But adding to this, flats for older people (like ours) are amazingly cheap and that’s how we managed to get back to Brighton!

  • 6th August 2018 at 1:01 pm

    I think your approach regarding osteoporosis is the sensible one. It’s not like you have full-blown osteoporosis. Interestingly I think you said you had been a nurse as was my sister. Despite having been close to anorexic (she is still very thin) and being a smoker she only has osteopaenia in her right arm which was interpreted as due to her job – she was also a midwife. She actually had more risk factors than me but her bones are so much better!
    I always stay away from crowds and loud music – both make me feel nervous and stressed.

    • 7th August 2018 at 10:07 am

      Yes, that’s right – I don’t have full-blown osteoporosis and I was a nurse so when I read research articles with medical terms I do get what they’re saying – most of the time! Well, re: Pride, it was so crowded and hot we just about managed! I have a bit of a phobia about sitting in theatre stalls – can’t abide being in the middle of the row. I had that phobia for all sorts of venues but have cured it apart from the theatre setting, but, that’s Ok as the price of seats is beyond our purse now! But can sit anywhere in a cinema so that’s great! Thanks for your comment!

  • 6th August 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Such a good idea to try to develop your bones with weight training first in case you don’t need the drugs. I hope your GP appreciates your thoughtful approach. We are fortunate in having an excellent GP who is willing to engage in dialogue about our health and fitness – I am a year or so younger than you, so understand. So many of my friends have had doctors who have made decisions on their behalf with very little dialogue, and then they feel guilty or afraid to question them. Weight training and balance trading should hopefully ensure your continued bone health into the future. Best wishes.

    • 7th August 2018 at 10:10 am

      Although all the advice is to take that medication soonest I really think I should give weights and resistance a go, so I will for one year – I’ll keep you posted on how I progress. 🙂

  • 6th August 2018 at 7:00 pm

    The parade is Amsterdam was beautiful too! See you hopefully in a few weeks!

    • 7th August 2018 at 10:11 am

      We hadn’t seen the parade for some years and it was just amazing – such creativity, joy and zest! Wonderful 🙂

  • 6th August 2018 at 10:02 pm

    At 78 I’m counting my health blessings. I take no meds, no nuttin’ – not even flu jabs. Not boasting, just saying, and feeling very lucky and touching wood. However, I am going to have a a jab against shingles – my appointment’s already made. Why am I giving in in this instance, when I am so anti-jab, preferring, no, expecting my immune system to do its job? Because when I checked with my GP whether perhaps this time I should go with the flow, he said “Absolutely!” without hesitation. Knowing what a stubborn old buzzard I can be (my body, my decisions), he told me that shingles can (not will, note, but can) “devastate you”. And I took that on board as he and I go back years and have a good relationship.

    So, Penny and other ladies, my contribution to this current health debate is to suggest checking if you are eligible. Unfortunately, not everyone is, it’s age-related because of its high cost, but I believe that there is some leeway. But even if this isn’t your year to be offered it, please bear it in mind for when it is your turn. I certainly don’t want to be “devastated” at my age-stage, thank you very much, so this time I’m actually going to do as I am told! Perhaps other ladies might like to check and see if they could do the same.

    • 7th August 2018 at 10:18 am

      Oh, yes, thanks so much for your comment, Zepherine, on something so important. I’ve had that shingles jab as I was offered it when I reached (?71) and pleased to have it as like you I didn’t want that very nasty illness. Hope you, and others, also have, or could think about, the ‘flu jab. Getting flu is also devastating, and although I moaned about the two viruses I had in the winter they weren’t flu. I know a couple of people who got proper flu last winter and they were so ill. We all want our immune systems to work well, but getting a little help from vaccines is fine, and every winter I accept a ‘flu jab with thanks.

      And again, thank you so much for bringing this, the shingles vaccine, to our attention 🙂

  • 7th August 2018 at 4:05 am

    What is clear is that so many of us are proactive when it comes to our health, and that is truly wonderful.

    It was great that our Prime Minister walked in the Vancouver Pride this year. In Canada, the government states it does not interfere with who any citizen loves, and we are totally inclusive…according to Justin Trudeau. I think we are quite close….

    It makes a huge diffetence, to live in a tolerant society.

    Stay well,

    • 7th August 2018 at 10:25 am

      I so agree with you on that about tolerance and diversity which is one of the reasons I moved back to Brighton to experience that vibe! The Pride Parade which I hadn’t seen for some time was just great!

      I also very much believe we should be proactive about our health as we age which is why it was quite difficult to make up my mind as most of the advice is take the meds, but I think giving myself one year to really work on those muscles and consequently the bones through weights and resistance is a good one. And I will take the meds if necessary and certainly if I don’t regain bone health and better my scores. Thanks, Margaret, for your comment 🙂

  • 7th August 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Will be very interesting to see if the muscle resistance and weights makes a difference. I think they will—- drugs are prescribed in the main because the majority of people don’t do any exercise.

    Well done on the frugal spending front. I can confidently say I have only bought 1 item so far this month, a pair of emergency trousers at the weekend, but it is only Aug 7. I have vowed not to buy anything else this month!

    • 8th August 2018 at 6:20 am

      I’m really keen on doing the weights and making a big effort – let’s see what a difference it makes after a year.

      And let’s see if we can keep to our resolve and our budget, Gail!!!!

  • 7th August 2018 at 12:45 pm

    I love the pride parade and related festivities! thanks for sharing your Brighton version, and your cool dress. I am just about where you are with osteopenia heading to osteoporosis, but delaying the meds as long as I can. The drugs are powerful with side effects I’d like to do without! thanks for sharing, xox


    • 8th August 2018 at 6:24 am

      It is such a business. All the advice is pretty much the same – take the meds. But I note that in a lot of literature there’s very little about prevention through exercise or re-building bone through exercise. Yes, you’re meant to do some exercise but you really have to search for what. Well I have found the right exercise and the right personal trainer so we’ll see what a year does – hopefully there will be an impact.

      And thank you for hosting 🙂

  • 8th August 2018 at 5:34 am

    Thank you for sharing the photos of your Pride March Penny. I quite often wonder about moving to a larger city for all the reasons you mention but know and accept it won’t happen for financial reasons. So I will settle for as many city breaks as I can, I have a son living in Melbourne, so a good excuse there.
    I am sure you will reach the right decision re your ostio meds, hope your GP agrees with your decision.

    • 8th August 2018 at 6:30 am

      We’ve been really lucky in finding our flat as there are not all that many of this kind (over-55) on sale, but we found it and here in the UK they are cheap – hence our move!

      It’s difficult re: the meds as all the advice is take them, but I don’t think the medical profession is quite geared up to understanding what weight training is all about and all of this under the supervision of a Personal Trainer. I’ll be interested to see if it works, and I think I might actually write up what I’m doing so that if it does, I can help others.

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