I'm so there with you on the arthritis I can't repair it either but I am doing so much better as I lose the weight. I am also doing better strangely by going barefoot most the time. Think that's because we tend to heel strike when we are wearing shoes because they are cushioned and we don't do that when we are barefoot.
So many things are better with the weight loss! My ability to walk longer, further, and faster have been one of them. Unfortunately, that is exactly what has brought the arthritis in my hip and knee to my attention. It's not a new problem. I've been ignoring it for a while, thinking that as I lose more weight it'll bother me less. But it's been bothering me more and more. Today I was very much aware of what my hip was doing. I did some work outside, building boxes to plant potatoes in. No problem. I mowed my dad's yard, only a slight problem. Had to go a bit slower than I would have otherwise to keep the hip from "crunch crunch". This evening I did some walking. I started off intending to walk a mile, planning on walking as slow as needed, but as I neared the end of my first lap (1/2 mile) I couldn't get the hip to not crunch even going at a snails pace, so took that as a cue to stop there. After an hour or so I went back out and did another half mile, this time using a cane, which I had to go find, as I haven't used it in a long time. That worked well. I walked even slower than I set out at the first time, but I made it almost the whole way through the 1/2 mile loop before it started to go wonky, and slowing down further helped.
I think I might try using the cane for a while. Using it makes me walk and step deliberately, and go slower.
I also paid attention to pain today, and was surprised to realize that my hip hurts! This may come as a surprise to many people... that I could have pain I didn't even realize I had... but for so long I have been in a lot of pain and EVERYTHING hurt no matter what I did or didn't do, and you just get to a point where you ignore it unless it's so excruciating you can't tune it out. My overall levels of pain are so much less than they used to be that I usually don't even think about it, I'm just so glad to be able to function so much better. And so it was that ignoring this has been so easy for me to do. It really only hurts a little, and the "crunch crunch" in my hip doesn't really hurt, it's more of an annoyance. But it's getting worse, and I have to adjust my activity accordingly. I seem to be able to do the things I want to do, with the exception of walking past a certain pace. So if slowing down my walking is what I need to do... it's what I'll do.
As for almost being to 150lbs lost I'm LOVING that fact. I plan on getting the composting stuff I've been wanting for my reward for that actually. I know it sounds like a weird reward but I'm enjoying doing things for my garden.
It's not a weird reward at all!! Doing the things YOU want to do is the best reward for regaining your health, and if composting stuff for your garden fills the bill then composting stuff it should be!!