Tuesday, January 29, 2013
So, after a long, incredibly unproductive - if not destructive - hiatus, I'm back at it again. Sorry to say it's not just because it's "the right thing to do." It's a matter of life or death. OK, that's a bit melodramatic. It's a matter of being able to move or not being able to move; of gaining back the weight I lost or continuing to lose and go in the right direction; of increasing my ability to run farther and faster or ending up in a wheelchair. And necessity is the mother of invention - yadda yadda yadda . . . .
Friday the 18th, I tweaked my knee when I was running. Not bad and it's healing up and getting stronger ok, but with the "taking it easy" I've had to do since then, everything else has stiffened up like the Tinman in a rainstorm. I can barely walk and pain in my back, hips, knees, and my screwed up elbow is hanging out at a 5-7 almost all the time. It's like when I discovered the arthritis in the first place because I could hardly walk.
So my theory is that the perfect storm of not moving enough, bad diet, hormones, and stress is trying to incapacitate me.
So my plan is to
1. Eliminate a ton of stuff from my diet until I'm feeling better (assuming that happens) and then introduce things (good things) back little by little to make sure they aren't contributing to the problem. Going to get rid of meats, refined, pre-packaged, high sodium, sweet, fried, etc.
2. Make sure I move every day, including regular yoga.
3. Cut back on caffeine
4. Keep a record of everything so I can try to figure out what is the main cause and make sure it never happens again.
5. Drink way more water
I have to do some more research on foods that are inflammatory and anti-inflammatory.
So . . .record keeping commences.