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Friday, April 05, 2013

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged. Just been busy living my life. ; ) I’ll try to recap and keep it positive as it should be. I’ve accomplished a LOT this month.

First – My MIL visit went really well and she never set foot in my house. Which was a good thing as it wasn’t where I wanted it to be, but it was a lot better than it was before. We went to a seafood restaurant with my parents, his mom & her husband on the ocean in Long Beach. It was a wonderful time with everyone together. Only downside was my mom’s invitation to Easter service at her church. I think she meant it to be funny, but it turned out to be embarrassing and a little degrading. “Rosie & Alexis are coming to church for Easter… ARE YOU? Yeah, deeper voice, leaning forward, hands on table. My response (for the first time ever I think) wasn’t the wishy-washy I’ll think about it. It was a flat out No. Just that, no explanations, no excuses, just no. Then we changed the subject. This is notable only because it is so rare for me to be that blunt and not feel overly guilty for it.
And no, we did not go to Easter Services with them. I chose to exercise instead, which allowed me to feel confident, whole and accomplished before we met them for lunch.

Next:
Challenges! I WIN! I had several challenges that ran throughout the month of March for my work fitness site. By completing one of these challenges (500,000 steps in 3 months) I get a discount on my health insurance premiums. Others are just for fun and extra “healthmiles” (which gives extra $$ for certificates). I blew the first one out of the water… I had almost twice as many steps as needed.
Another goal is for us to take 7,000 steps a day to be entered (each day you reach that goal) into a drawing for prizes from the company. I hit that goal EVERY DAY but 1! I missed the step count on January 1. Every day since then I’ve gotten a minimum of 7,000 steps a day. So I have a good chance of winning… something.

I chose to try for 2 challenges for badges (bragging rights) during the first quarter. The first was to take 7,000 steps for 60 days in a row. I kept checking and I never saw when the badge was awarded so I thought I had to upload them every day to get the badge. I was awarded this badge on 03/02/13.

The second badge was to take 20,000 steps, for 20 out of 30 consecutive days. I won that badge on 04/03/13. Sweet! Now, I’m not sure what the next badge is I’m going for because I’m too far away from most of them (like the 5Million Steps or use their health station – which we don’t have… the closest one is near Sacramento, CA and I live near Los Angeles). So I’ll have to see what else I can do to motivate me. I’m thinking of asking my husband to challenge me to get a minimum of 7,000 steps every day for the quarter for a nice reward or prize. There were also other challenges issued from that site which I totally blew away too. So maybe I’ll get a badge for completing a set number of their challenges. Not sure how many I’ve completed so I’ll have to keep an eye on that badge.

I think I stated in an earlier blog that my RA medicine had stopped working. Yeah, it had. So doc & I changed my med to Orencia. I had my first treatment today. I’m hoping it works well, but… doc says it can take up to 6 months to really work. Ah well, it can’t be any worse than what I’m on now. I’ve been taking a steroid for the past 2 – 3 weeks while we waited for the other drug to leave my system so I could start on this one. It’s been playing havoc with my sleep. Sigh. Which means I’ve been eating too much and the wrong types of foods.

I’m going gluten free (slowly as we finish off the wheat based foods we aren’t getting any more of them). When I manage my gluten intake I find I feel better, more focused, lighter and more energetic. I managed to drop 3 lbs one week (even while on steroids). For a total of nearly 10 lbs lost so far this year. Now I need to stop the bad eating and get working towards my goals of feeling great and being as healthy as I can be. I need to find a way to deal with the last week before treatment. It always throws me for a loop with my eating/sleeping. Must remember… NO GLUTEN = FEEL GOOD.

I had an allergy test done last month and got the results back yesterday. I’m allergic to ragweed and Timothy grass. Did not test positive for milk (which my mom swears I was allergic to when younger) or wheat. However, just because I’m not “allergic” to wheat doesn’t mean I may not be sensitive to it. So I’m going to continue to experiment with the wheat free lifestyle.

I have so many good things going on right now… so I’m wondering… why do I feel so lousy? Why have I limited my contact with my teams/spark friends? I think it’s that I’ve been in more pain which makes it harder to focus, to type and just to be positive. Which I really want to be for my teammates and Spark Friends!

Hope this finds all of you well, happy and having a ton of fun!
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  • FRACTALMYTH
    Amazing efforts! Hope the pain eases for you soon!
    1617 days ago
  • DEDICATED2HIM
    you are doing great work. RA or no RA. Anyone would be proud of those accomplishments. Keep up the great work. emoticon
    1629 days ago
  • MONETRUBY
    You have done such a FANTASTIC job with so many things! I am so impressed, especially since I know how much you struggle with the RA and with the pain. I am so proud of you, and all you have accomplished. I truly hope that the new meds work, so that you can be more comfortable, and continue moving forward with all of your goals.

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    1631 days ago
  • ZANNACHAN
    AWESOME job! Congratulations on everything that you have accomplished... you have done so much more than many people who don't have have to deal with half of your pain. I do hope that the new medication works for you. Hopefully that will help you with your positive headspace as well. I know that when I'm struggling with pain, everything is just so exhausting--and that doesn't leave a lot of energy left for being peppy on sparks. *hugs*
    1631 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Impressive list of accomplishments!! Especially considering your disease is not under control! Fantastic job losing weight while on a steroid! I hope the Orencia works for you.
    Keep up the great work!!
    1631 days ago
  • SMERTZ
    LOL....I thought you were going to enter the 5 million steps a month race. I think your 20000 is super impressive especially with your RA and all. You are awesome
    1631 days ago
  • SEAWILLOW
    I also had my allergies tested ..besides allergies, I have sensitive skin and was allergic to the placebo!
    1632 days ago
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