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Friday, April 05, 2013

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

First Ė My MIL visit went really well and she never set foot in my house. Which was a good thing as it wasnít 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 momís 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. ďRosie & Alexis are coming to church for EasterÖ ARE YOU? Yeah, deeper voice, leaning forward, hands on table. My response (for the first time ever I think) wasnít the wishy-washy Iíll 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 ďhealthmilesĒ (which gives extra $$ for certificates). I blew the first one out of the waterÖ 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 Iíve gotten a minimum of 7,000 steps a day. So I have a good chance of winningÖ 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, Iím not sure what the next badge is Iím going for because Iím too far away from most of them (like the 5Million Steps or use their health station Ė which we donít haveÖ the closest one is near Sacramento, CA and I live near Los Angeles). So Iíll have to see what else I can do to motivate me. Iím 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 Iíll get a badge for completing a set number of their challenges. Not sure how many Iíve completed so Iíll 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. Iím hoping it works well, butÖ doc says it can take up to 6 months to really work. Ah well, it canít be any worse than what Iím on now. Iíve been taking a steroid for the past 2 Ė 3 weeks while we waited for the other drug to leave my system so I could start on this one. Itís been playing havoc with my sleep. Sigh. Which means Iíve been eating too much and the wrong types of foods.

Iím going gluten free (slowly as we finish off the wheat based foods we arenít 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 rememberÖ NO GLUTEN = FEEL GOOD.

I had an allergy test done last month and got the results back yesterday. Iím 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 Iím not ďallergicĒ to wheat doesnít mean I may not be sensitive to it. So Iím going to continue to experiment with the wheat free lifestyle.

I have so many good things going on right nowÖ so Iím wonderingÖ why do I feel so lousy? Why have I limited my contact with my teams/spark friends? I think itís that Iíve 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 4/20/2013 7:15AM

    Amazing efforts! Hope the pain eases for you soon!

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DEDICATED2HIM 4/8/2013 6:58PM

    you are doing great work. RA or no RA. Anyone would be proud of those accomplishments. Keep up the great work. emoticon

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MONETRUBY 4/6/2013 10:35AM

    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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ZANNACHAN 4/6/2013 9:54AM

    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*

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_LINDA 4/6/2013 1:25AM

    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!!

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SMERTZ 4/5/2013 9:59PM

    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

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SEAWILLOW 4/5/2013 7:40PM

    I also had my allergies tested ..besides allergies, I have sensitive skin and was allergic to the placebo!

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