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Rays of sunshine

The motivation I referred to in the previous post hasn’t worn away!  I’ve been doing multiple exercises throughout the day and I can honestly say I feel great, minus being sore.  Not a RA kind of sore, but an “I just used muscles that haven’t been used like this sore”.  Sore is good though when it comes to getting fit.  My RA is hardly bothering me at all.  I believe it’s a combination of nice consistent weather, eating smaller and healthier portions, working out, and taking walks.  WHY haven’t I done this sooner?! -oh that’s right…it was cold out.  Once it becomes nice out it is much easier to feel motivated to accomplish such tasks.

I took a walk again today at the park and took some photos.  It’s always interesting to “people watch” when you are out in public.  A few people I noticed were an elderly couple on a motorcycle-super cute, a dad walking with his daughter while she drove around her barbie car, a lady tanning/reading, and a lady scolding her dog because it wouldn’t drop the ball.

Hopefully this abnormally warm weather sticks around!  I’ve really learned to appreciate sunny days and am learning to love exercising.  I really need to take proper care of my body, especially since my immune system is fighting against my joints.

Until next time, keep taking advantage of beautiful days.

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Posted by on March 14, 2012 in My battle with RA


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The attempt to keep busy

Considering that Matt (my boyfriend) is in Jamaica for a mission’s trip, I’ve decided that unless I keep busy, I’m going to be moping around the house wishing I were with him.  Starting today, I’m not quite sure what has gotten into me but I’ve decided to start working out…again.  I go through spurts where I feel extremely motivated and ready to conquer the sit-up.  That feeling lasts for about four days and then I end up finding much more “fun” things to do instead of working out.  Normally after work, the fatigue that tag teams with my RA gets the best of me and I find myself napping on the couch.  Today, instead of that precious nap, I decided to get out the exercise ball and do some crunches.  Afterwards, I had the bright idea to ask my sister to join me in a dance workout-much more fun that working out by yourself, plus I love dancing!

We began the workout with the ever-so-classic “Sandstorm” by darude.  Then we had some nostalgia while dancing to MJ’s “The way you make me feel”, because for a while we had the Wii dancing game and we eventually got 5 stars on every song!  Lastly, we finished up the 15 minute workout with “Hey Ya” by Outkast.  We had a lot of fun and were definitely worn-out.

After that, I took a break and started “pinteresting” some ab workout ideas.  Of course that piled onto my already motivated self and I continued to do more ab exercises with the exercise ball.  Sometimes with RA, it’s extremely hard to stick with exercising because you normally don’t feel so great as it is, then to add sore muscles and worked joints on top of that equals a very miserable person.  However, today besides my right wrist, I have been feeling pretty good!  So, I took advantage of that and I believe that is truly why I was able to get such a long workout in.  Hopefully tomorrow I don’t regret all of this, and that I am not limping around.  Do me a favor and keep me accountable.  Ask me how my workout is going, that way the motivation I feel continues more than just four little days.  Thanks in advance!  Question for you: What motivates you to get fit?

Until next time, keep doing crunches!


Posted by on March 12, 2012 in My battle with RA


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Happy February!  So far, February has been positive, let’s hope it continues!

[ Thankfully I am still able to do normal everyday activities unlike many other RA sufferers, but the #1 thing I miss because of RA is doing cartwheels! So, if you can do a cart-wheel, do a few for me. ]

I wanted to share the calendars that I started this year.  I keep track of daily temperatures and pain levels/medication each day.  I’ve found it to be helpful and interesting.  Many believe that the weather is a major cause of pain with those who have arthritis.  They jokingly say that they can predict when the weather is going to change, or when it is going to rain by the soreness in their joints.  Well, it seems like when the temperature drastically changes, my knees swell.  I just so happen to live in Ohio, a state that is always unpredictable when it comes to weather.  Almost each time in January when the weather decided to be moody, my knees followed suit, though I can’t be absolutely sure that is the cause.  I will continue to keep record of the temps, and hopefully I can pinpoint which days I won’t be feeling so peppy.  I guess I am a meteorologist by default.

Basically, the arrows on the first calendar signify large temperature changes.  The most drastic temperature change in January happened on the 17th-18th, dropping 27 degrees.  The 18th also happened to be my most painful day of the month.  I found the correlations interesting to say the least.

On Feb. 1st I accidentally forgot to take my medications during dinner, so I decided to take them later in the evening after eating a bowl of cereal, since you are supposed to eat while taking them.  I’m not absolutely sure if this was the cause, but that night I developed a small itchy rash on my right cheek.  After looking at the side effects, I can’t really say that a rash was one of them, but I also can’t figure out what else would have caused it.  I was assuming it would continue to itch and spread across my face, but that never happened-phew!  Actually, today the rash is almost gone, so I will just have to pay attention if it happens again.  The picture below isn’t the best quality, but you can get an idea of what the rash looked like.

A few days ago I was able to workout at the YMCA with my friends Bre and Amanda.  I don’t have a pass unfortunately, so I went as Bre’s guest.  I honestly enjoyed working out so much, I wish I could go whenever I wanted to.  I was able to walk/jog on the treadmill for a half hour without pain, and we also walked around the gym.  I even attempted two weight equipments.  The next day however, I was definitely in all sorts of pain.  My right ankle was sore and my shoulders were unhappy with me, but it was worth it.  I realize I can’t push myself, but I can certainly endure moderate exercise.  Especially since I have RA, it is extremely important that I take care of my body.

Until next time, keep exercising!

1st Corinthians 6:19-20

Or don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?  You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price.  So you must honor God with your body.”


Posted by on February 4, 2012 in My battle with RA


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