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Oh, lupus. Not today.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

I went home last night without going to the gym. I started to beat myself up, when my body reminded me of just why I felt the need to take yesterday off. Everything started to hurt, and it was all I could do to make dinner. While I had planned black bean and roasted squash tacos, I altered that to an easier black bean, rice, and lentil burritorecipe. So easy, and so good. Now I remember why I marked that recipe for days like yesterday - ingredients I always have on hand, and so easy to make!
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I don't like seasoning mixes (too much salt) so I use whatever I have on hand. I've gotten pretty good at that. :) I also add more salsa than it calls for, and add it at the end of the cooking process. Keeps it all moist, and adds a lot of flavor. I like to play around with salsas, too, sometimes using regular, or corn and bean, or salsa verde.

So today, it's kind of rainy and dull. Not too gloomy, just enough. And my back hurt so badly this morning I could barely walk. I've been working on my posture lately, and I'm not sure if my chair back position is causing trouble, or just sitting upright more is the trouble. I've been doing this stretch all throughout the day, and it seems to help.
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Also throwing in a few more moves for good measure.
As for the rest of my body, it seems to be angry as well. My knees are pretty swollen (still haven't beaten the day I woke up with a baseball as a knee...yikes that was quite a day. Wouldn't fit in my jeans leg!) And my arm has a rash in its usual spot. Thankfully, no facial/butterfly rash today.

I had planned a pretty good day at the gym today, too. I never did my ST yesterday, so I'm mad about that, too! I think I'll scale it down and do just a light, short walk on the treadmill. As everyone says, it's better than nothing, right?

I think I'm most upset at the cause of this flare....my Monday gym session. I did 35 minutes on the elliptical, setting it so it would keep my heart rate around 155. I was drenched in sweat, but feeling good! So what does that mean for future workouts? I didn't feel like I was pushing too hard, even though it was harder than as of late. I guess it was too much, but how do I tell before the day after punishment?

Go away, lupus. I was really hoping to be flare free by my walk on Sunday, and able to walk it this year instead of the wheelchair. Bah!!
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MAGNOLIA416 5/18/2013 9:02AM

    You know your body more than I do of course, but it might be just a few low days and not a flare. It's a good reminder to take good care though, before it goes to a full flare. Hope you make the walk!

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MARTY728 5/10/2013 11:16AM

    So, how did it go? Hoping you walked! emoticon

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STRONG_SARAH 5/1/2013 2:37PM

    Yikes, so sorry to hear it. I hope you get to walk your walk like you want to. emoticon

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LILY_SPARK 5/1/2013 2:13PM

    Have you researched and elimination tested commonly reactive foods?

My doctor had me begin elimination testing (over 2 years ago) and it was through finding lupus triggers that I finally learned I was CELIAC! I still have lupus but it was a gift to get rid of one thing that was constantly barraging me with inflammation!



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