My workouts some days are challenging especially when my RA is painful and a swollen joint or two. I’ve had followers and friends state they are not sure how or why I workouts with swollen joint, so I want to clarify. I’ve hade RA since childhood and there wasn’t a lot of excuses and believe it or not I am better as an adult than a child with RA. I will never compare my flares with others as everyone’s pain is different as well as how each of us is able to deal with the pain.
I really try not to allow my pain unless it is severe dictate my day, so that is why I use a towel. That is my workout towel on my exercise mat. I use it for extra cushion for my left thumb. There are days I am unable to put pressure on my left hand . If I try I am fallling over , slipping because my balance is off. BUT with the extra cushion it really decreases the pressure and impact of my weight on the left hand and I can do my workout without laughing at myself. Yes I do that too and so would you if you saw a rep without the towel. Now I also use the towel at times for the right knee but not often.
I just want to share if you really want to workout there is a way to adjust and sometimes you have to be created for yourself. Of course I do not recommend anyone to push themselves beyond their level of comfort or safety- KNOW YOUR LIMITS. I know mine. And for now the towel works.
To a week of pushing through and not allowing RA always dictate our next moves in working out. If you have a deficit of any kind I am saluting you too- Adjust and Push through. WE GOT THIS.
TRUE, TRUE TRUE, I enjoy working out, I am one that believe it is not an age limit. I know there are individuals of all ages that have limits of mobility, aches and pain. The body immune system does not attack according to age.
I have been blessed to meet individuals of all ages, sizes and definitely ailments. The one thing I encourage them all as they may say I wish I could walk, run, or be as active as I was before….., How do you feel about yourself. About yourself, not your physical mirror reflection because sometimes I run from mine and the picture of my last 5K I should keep running.
Okay back to YOURSELF, the inner you, your greatness, the positive mindset you share with others, how you have assisted a friend, your family, your child, neighbor the mean or nice coworker. How many hours of sleep have you forsaken to assist someone, the compliments you give, your smile, your laughter, your hug, your nod was great too. There is so many more words to describe the inner beauty of you just take a moment and look inside. YOU ARE AWESOME and YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH THE CHANGE YOU SEEK.
To the moments you are LOOKING INSIDE and the beauty of it all, Have a GREAT ONE>
Yes, crazy not because they are too hard it’s the adjustment. I have rheumatoid arthritis and have since childhood and some days I have to think fast to modify. My workouts all have modifier which maybe too easy for me (I like to get the most out of my workouts). I do then have to either adjust an extremity to not cause injury. An example is a lunge, but of course there is not just one. I have to decide how far I will be able to extend the leg or bend the knee and sometimes this is not always easy. NO I will not just stop, I will adjust.
Another challenge I sometimes have are push ups, some days it’s a knee push-up, but when it’s that one knee and the thumb of one hand I was lost until I researched and there is another solution. I have to position my body the correct distance from the wall and do wall push ups and Yes you feel the workout.
So, yes this makes me crazy because I am not happy with going through the motion of a workout feeling as if I have not worked out. Now on the flip of this after I adjust through either a few reps and sometimes few sets my extremity warms up and I am full into the workout which is usually the last set.
I do sometimes think how would I feel if I’d stop and wait another day, well, nah just a thought. I know my body and mind if I accept one excuse I will continue to make another and another then I’m full of excuses and anger for making and accepting the excused them I’m even more crazy.
Yes, my workouts make me crazy to resolve and adjustment to warm up a joint, but NEVER do I have the desire to STOP.
My advice to anyone who wants to stop with an ache (not to cause injury) ADJUST dont’t STOP.
To a week of Greatness in your workouts, you’re the best.
This is my promise to me, on loving myself.
I promise to:
1. Workout a minimum of 6 days a week
2. Drink my water daily 1/2 my body weight even though some days it may be late and I will be up most of the night excreting
3. Run or use the treadmill a minimum of 3 days a week 30 minutes or greater
4. Listen daily to at least one no two (I already listen to darrendaily) podcasts to enhance the greatness I have unleashed in me
5. Motivate, encourage people daily
6. Remove myself from all negative conversation
This is my daily, weekly list and I know my canines and felines would like to be included but their demands are HIGH but I will meet them 50/50 since their list change daily.
To a great week, much love and really what promises would you give to yourself and NO NO this is not a late Resolution for the New Year.
How is your foundation? Mine shaky, but before I was able to build a foundation I had to build a platform. WHAT? What? Yes a platform was my outline what I want to achieve on my journey in other words my goals. Each goal is my foundation and I have built on each.
Each goal on my fitness journey requires different approach and some are the same which I have now named “neighbor goal”. Prior to this approach I would vision what I wanted to achieve and was making small gains but I would also become so frustrated because it took seem like forever on the small gains and then ….. complete silence. I’d start again to yeah stop again. What was going on? I had no platform and no foundation.
Now, that I do and weekly I’m able to look and check on all “staying focus”. This is my fitness journey and I am willing to climb a few mountains to achieve my goals, just keeping it real y’all.
To a week of GREATNESS on your fitness journey.
Thursday is one of the day I roll out at 3AM, that is for me to do my usual and to workout before beginning my “real day”. I never know when I am about to or have no precipitating factors indicating a RA flare is coming. Any hoo, I woke up with this lovely right thumb of mine swollen at the basilar joint, which can be painful.
It was per my schedule of LIIFT4, Shoulder day which definitely meant weights. It would have been so easy for me to just skip the workout until later, or completely. For me knowing my mindset and dedication to my goals skipping completely wasn’t an option, perhaps later but NO I had other plans later. What did I do, yes, I did my usual AM responsibility so my household can remain live able and worked out. I just decrease my weights instead of 20 and 25 lb. dumbbells I used 15, instead of 10 and 12 lb dumbbells I used 8. Did the pain subside, no, but it was decreased and later in the day it was gone.
Working out is not to injury ourselves, but there are times as was for me, we can as I did make adjustments and stay focused.
To days of staying focused.
How often do you work out? How much time are you spending on your workouts? Are you really applying yourself? Do you like your results? Have you set a goal?
I asked these questions because goal setting is very important. When I began my workout journey my goal was To Be just healthy. I am now able to share that I had many years of anorexia, bulimia and laxative abuse. My goal was to overcome this. I was actually able to hide this for many years from so many family and friends but not from myself.
Had a goal, and I still have a goal. To be healthy and nutritional fit. I have learned to stay focused thanks to groups and motivational reading. I have learned that the scale is a measure and device neither friend nor foe. Setting up goal to be healthy and fit for me is the weekly challenge that shows progress and occasionally a decline.
But I look at my goal in apply everything that I can to reach it. Having a goal in any aspect of your life without applying the necessity to achieve it is only a dream. Yes I do dream also I wanted to be a reality.
So this week I have stepped up a goal to focus on my nutrition, portion control and committed to my workouts-otherwise I’m not going to make my goal.
Let this day be a beginning for your goals, no more dreaming, you got this you are an achiever, now reach them goals.