Rheumatoid Arthritis and Workouts

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Yes, yes and yes.  I have RA but I  do not allow it to prevent me from working out.

There are days I am good and go full speed with any Beachbody  workout.  I currently am with Autumn Calabrese- 80 Day Obsession.  There are days however I have to modify the modifier’s move.

No excuses.  Doing push ups, whether it is a flaring RA day  or not able to do a push up and with the desire, shoulder or hand discomfort I recommend push up supports.  There are different sizes and handles make a different.  I love Tony Horton (Beachbody.com) stands.  The knuckles works also, I love the stands.

RA in the knees, doing squats, push that butt back further do not squat as far but do squat. Jumping jacks I am good but this right knee sometimes kick back, so I step out side to side.

If you are committed as I am, not to say some days the RA pain can cause a delay in the work out, but I do get it done.  However I do not recommend pushing pain to discomfort. I do recommend knowing your limits, when to push pause on a workout if you are a Beachbody on demand subscriber, or any workout on media. At the gym take a break walk around to keep the body warm,

Be safe with RA, but no excuses.

Negative Environment and Achievement

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Establishing a goal especially if it involves a fitness program can bring out the negativity in your close friends.  Maybe you do not have these type of friends or maybe it is just that one.  I do have a few friends that are sarcastic negative.

“How long are you going to do this?”   “At your age you should just be happy”  “How are you going to do this and work?” “I really think fitness is overrated” .  “Look like your progress is slow” and so many more.

I hear the negativity and I feel the hurt of not being supported.  Should I drop my friends? Of course not, I limit my time and my discussions on my goals, actually I really do not respond.

How do I move forward?, I find a positive support group or groups.  I stay committed to me.

Whatever your goal is ,distance yourself from the negativity, get in a group of people with positive vibes, with goals similar are identical to yours, one that motivates you even on a bad day.

Good bye NEGATIVITY

Know YOUR Limits

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The road to success has curves, hills, rocks, and then you reach your destination.  However would you travel anywhere without proper preparation? Say on an empty tank? No oil? Flat tire? Or would you stop in the middle of flowing traffic without cause? How would you reach your destination.

This applies to exercise, or any goals you are trying to reach.

I am applying this metaphor to  workouts. You must have proper fuel to workout (nutrition / fuel). You must balance your carbohydrates and fats  (oil). You must have adequate sleep (flat tire), and to get results of any workout you must follow the specifics be it a calendar or and a trainer (stopping in the flow of traffic).

Know Your Limits, I have to remind myself with each workout my limits and you too should do the same.

Healthy Shakes

I will always remember as I keep photos of my days of eating disoroders.  Having an eating disorder is not a past life.  It is a disease.  There is no cure because it can return any day, any time, at any age.

I have tried as mentioned in prior blogs several programs to my over weight,  and several shakes.  My favorite and one I have adhered to is Shakeology. It comes in several flavors and you can add your healthy components to make it a desert.

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CARBS FUEL ENERGY

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Have you tried that workout you knew you could nailed but you failed? I can not speak for you. I can however share my experience.

I agree to no carbs for a few days with a friend of mine. The first day I  was a bit slow, thought it was my lack of water intake.  Some days I am busy so getting in the water can be a bit hectic, especially when I am not close to the little excretion room.

The second day I was unable to complete my workout. A thirty pound dumbell felt like 100 pounds, 15 pounds was as heavy.  I did complete my workout but with 5 and 8 pound dumbells, with a struggle.  I was wasted afterwards.

My discussion with my friend was as follow.  Are you consuming the right type of carbs and how much? Then came the list, I listened and it took every ounce of remaining strength to restrain myself from a scream.

I followed someone who ate every unhealthy carb.   on the market.

First and far most to anyone on a diet free of carbs, you are doing your body an injustice. Punish yourself and learn about healthy carbs, go ahead now read on it.  WE NEED CARBS.  Carbs create energy to help tackle those unwanted inches, pounds and fat. The carbs must be the healthy ones and there are many.

Your Body Is Defined By….

The scale alone does not define your weight loss journey

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Hey there, how do you define your body?  What do you see when you look in the mirror?

Beauty,  for all the females. Well you men handsome.

Your body, are you just looking at the scale? The scale defines a small, but important role in your physique.  How about the inches, many of us, like me loose inches before that confusing scale moves. I say it is confusing because we see and feel the inches lost.

Your body is defined by your exercise regimen, your nutrition, your water intake, how you feel about you, your beauty.