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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.
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    You can also google Dr. Weil's anti-inflammatory food pyramid. It's kind of enlightening. I also struggle with arthritis and it ain't fun but you're right, if you stop moving, it's much worse.
    1844 days ago
    Sounds like a great plan, and I hope you can get medical help, too, as Linda suggests. I especially like the part about doing yoga to keep moving gently.
    1845 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Sounds like you should be seeing a Dr. and getting some treatment for the arthritis. There are actually medications out there that will help ease a lot of it off. No need to suffer when you don't have to. So it was an injury that derailed you. Shouldn't have if you had stuck to healthy eating. You can maintain or even lose weight when you are unable to exercise, I am hobbling/walking proof of that (didn't gain an ounce when I was laid off from exercising for a year with three surgeries) Fortunately 2012 was better with not one surgery. Keeping close track with my Nutrition Tracker and Fitness Tracker is how I am able to maintain. Sparks tools do work if used as intended. I had set the Fitness Tracker to 0 when I was unable to exercise and stayed in the calorie range the Nutrition Tracker gave me. It really does worrk!
    I would be interested in this woman's blog of food that cause inflammation too, could you be so kind as to Sparkmail me a link? I have my page offline because I am too busy to deal with it. Has worked, I only get 9-12 e-mails a day now and most of my friends don't bother liking or commenting on my Friend Feed activities so that helps too.
    Good luck with this, hope you recover fully soon..
    1846 days ago
    Hey there, have you looked at Sharon's blog yesterday and today? LOTS and LOTS of info on inflammatory foods. It's titled "Truth or Hype" and today was her update with lots more links and info. Hope it helps, if you haven't seen it already that is.
    1846 days ago
  • MRE1956
    You've got a great plan going for ya - hang in there!

    1846 days ago
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