In November I signed up at the local gym so I could start working out again on the elliptical, it has been awhile and something I have really missed. November 15th was my first day back on an elliptical. I felt like it may cause issues with my shoulders or neck later on since my shoulders and neck has been where the strongest pain and stiffness are and the damage in my neck. I was surprised to find that my right hip was giving me the greatest pain but I was able to keep going. I did feel some pain all evening and thought I might have over done it. The second day the hip pain was gone but returned during the first 10 minutes of my workout then it went away after it warmed up and did not come back after the workout. It seems the days I am working out consecutive I do have less pain and stiffness and the days I skip I have a greater chance of feeling some stiffness. Usually more on my right side, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle and foot lately.
I have also learned not to place my hands on the heart monitor grips right in front of me; it caused a strong fluttering in my back of my neck. But I can use the handles that move to workout my shoulders or put them on the outside curves of the monitor grips. During my first remission I would go to the gym with my sister. She could go forward and backwards on the elliptical and I found I could only go forward, going backwards made my knees hurt so I just kept going forward. Rheumatoid Arthritis can make it hard, you never know when something is going to cause you pain later and sometimes all you can do is keep trying. Sometimes it is hard to know when to give it up; it is something I have issues with. I found this great motivational video being posted on Facebook the last few weeks, “They Were Wrong” and it is how I feel, when I am bitching and screaming on this blog that is because I have a hard time accepting that living with this disease is okay, it is not. I accept that I have it, I have had it for a long time, I just do not accept that it is okay and I am thankful for everyone who donates, promotes and works for Rheum4us.org to keep patients attending conferences, getting information about the disease to the media as well as supporting patients.
So I have tried to track working out by posting on Facebook how much time and miles I do on the days I go workout. I do not know that I remember every time but I try to track it that way. It has been 25 days since I joined the gym and I have went to the gym 14 days so far. I started out doing 2 miles in 30 minutes and I am up to doing 4 miles in 60 minutes. I have gone 39 miles and spent 10 hours and 30 minutes on the elliptical. I am hoping to strengthen muscles and lose some weight. I feel like my spine, shoulders and upper back are getting stronger, not perfect but I like the direction I am going. Continue reading
Today we are continuing with juicing our lunch. I have been doing this for about 10 weeks. So far I have been enjoying this new habit. I have not noticed this improve my Rheumatoid Arthritis, but I have not found it giving me any issues either. The first benefit I have found with replacing lunch with around 16 to 19 ounces of juice instead has been weight loss. Since I started juicing I have lost 12 pounds. I have done nothing different and have not changed any medication recently. I have gone up a pill of the Methotrexate just recently and I think the one before that was around three months ago. So I believe the weight loss is from the juicing.
The second thing I have noticed after juicing for a couple months, I really miss it if I skip it. I have a craving for it like I have for chocolate. I also noticed the days I can not do fresh juice and even when I do a Naked Juice from the store, I wake up hungry in the middle of the night. I still had a meal for lunch some of those days and dinner, but still woke up in the middle of the night hungry like I missed something.
Today we had a combo of celery, red apple, Asian pear, apricot, ginger, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, blueberries, cucumber, Roma tomato, garlic and a carrot. It was pretty yummy!
Do you have a healthy habit you are starting this year?