Thank you so much everyone for the warm welcomes, and encouragement!
The issues I am facing currently is that I do not have nor qualify for insurance so I'm not on any treatments to control my RA, but I do make sure to get my vitamins and I still take the supplements that were recommended to me by my doctor before I lost insurance. As well as I am working on saving up money so I can still continue seeing a chiropractor/physical therapist.
The other issue being that I tend to not eat enough, and when I do it ends up being things that are bad for me because I end up taking the convenience food over the healthy stuff that takes more work. Lately though I've been trying to cook from scratch more in large batches so I can freeze portions to eat when I don't feel well enough to cook.
Hopefully getting to a better weight, and getting better nutrition (more consistently), as well as getting more active will help me to improve my health :)
Pounds lost: 25.8
Fitness Minutes: (92,718) Posts: 2,267 10/22/12 7:56 P
Welcome! I was diagnosed at 16 almost 50 years ago. Lots of good tips and moral support here. The healthy lifestyle really helps! God Bless your journey!
"Mountains DO move...One stone at a time." ~Rick Beneteau Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. - John Wooden, Hall of Fame college basketball coach With exercise, doing some is always better than doing none. - Spark article MAKE THE BEST FOOD CHOICES YOU CAN TODAY - and then, try it again tomorrow!- Dr. John La Puma, M.D.
current weight: 243.5
Fitness Minutes: (110,487) Posts: 7,794 10/22/12 7:21 P
Samatha! I have had my RA since age 6.5, so its pretty much all I have known (I am 50 now). I wish you all the best with your goal. It is a bit easier to deal with RA when you are as fit and healthy as possible. I hope you have a good caring specialist who keeps on top of your condition with the latest medicines and treatments! Do join the daily chatter and let us know how things are going! Linda
Never Give Up! When one door closes, I simply kick down another one!! Stand Tall, Walk Proud-Dani W, Fitness Instructor You CAN do it!
189 Maintenance Weeks
Fitness Minutes: (96,357) Posts: 8,645 10/22/12 5:10 P
to the team! They're a great group of mainly women who know a lot about RAD and the issues. If you have any questions, feel free to ask anyone. I believe the team leader, Cynthia (DEDICATED2HIM) is having her computer fixed this week so she may not be able to welcome you until she returns.
Joanna from Dundas, Ontario BLC20-25 - Amber Amazon Warriors Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
Co-Leader of Living With Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease (RAD)
Happy and healthy people have a better chance to live with confidence and contribute value to the world than anyone else. Don't take that for granted. ~ James Clear ~
Welcome Samantha! Sorry that you have RA, but we wouldn't get to meet you if you didn't. This is a wonderful team to be on. There is always someone who's "been there and done that", which I where I get all my helpful tips from as I am not in such an advanced stage yet, but I seem to be working on getting there pretty fast and am terrified to slow down and maybe stall.
We have a weekly weigh-in, and this month it is on Mondays. Also, we have a challenge in exercise minutes where you just post how mnay minutes of exercise you have done during the week. They are both under the CHALLENGES forum on this page. I do hope you will join in. And if you don't want to list your weight, you can always put + or - your # of pounds lost of gained.
I hope you enjoy your time with us and get some great tips and tricks to beat the disease into submission!
Angela, Sparking since 6/18/2012 Jacksonville, FL *Keep moving forward! Ask for Peace, Believe in Love, & Give Understanding!
Hi my name is Samantha and I'm a mom/housewife from Iowa. I've struggled with my weight forever, and was first diagnosed with RA when I was in 5th or 6th grade after years of joint problems. I've joined sparkpeople (and this page) because I want to be healthier and enjoy life with my family more :)
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