Working Out With RA-Excuses or Not

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Working out with rheumatoid arthritis can be a challenge.  I hear so many people use it as an excuse, and “Why not”.  I know please do not yell, there is pain.  Yes I know because I am one with RA, and at a young age (juvenile RA).

If you are one with RA or know someone with it that continue to say ” I would but the pain is there or I do not want to cause anymore pain than necessary” . I say to them do not talk about it.

First you must be motivated, second you must just begin.  If you are just beginning any workout and have medical issues get the okay from your DOC. Second beginning a new workout start on the low side, in other words MODIFY.  Your body will tell you when to advance. Thirdly know there will be days you cannot move as fast, or lift as much weights, push ups can be challenging.

I am a fan of “beachbodyondemand.com” . I can choose which trainer and program I want to follow with a calendar and modifier on workouts.  This is my focus to fitness on my journey, however I lift weights, run, solo.  There are days my RA prevents me from lifting heavy weights, I do not throw in the towel but I do decrease the weights.  Push ups, which I finally am able to do, I use my knuckles, some days I am on my knees, or using power stands, again I adjust but do not give up.  Jogging, running I am good but then again I may have to do a mix jog and walk.

I am encouraging all those with RA and really want to workout, or once worked out and stopped, PLEASE erase the excuse or excuses. I say adjust for fitness.

My fitness journey now is another round of 80 Day Obsession, weight lifting 2-3 days  and a run of 1-3 miles 3 days a week.

I Cried,I Smiled, I Rejoice

I cried, I smiled and I rejoice.  I feel GREAT.

Sunday I complete a workout Beachbody, of course.  80 Day Obsession with Autumn Calabrese.  This is an awesome phased work outs (3)  and each can be so challenging, but here is my story.  Three maybe four days into this workout, I threw in the towel,  and this was Phase I.  I could not do this, too challenging and too advanced of course I’ve worked out with Shaun T, but this was too too much, I thought.

I found myself, maybe because I felt as if I’d failed myself, not sure, but I did another day. I left weights and am a huge fan of Sagi  “Body Beast”, but these moves with weights, bands, sliders challenged me.

Sunday 15 April, I completed 80 Day Obsession, I cried. I had completed the workout I almost worked away from. The challenge outside of my comfort in movements.

Monday, 16 April, I smiled.  I measured myself and weighed for posting (challenge group). I was 18 pounds lighter and 12.25 inches shredded. I was so pleased I did not give up.

Tuesday, 17 April I rejoiced, did a happy dance.  Completing 80 Day Obsession was not an ending to  my goals it was a beginning to continue. Tuesday I begin ” A Week of Hard Labor” a Sagi- Body beast workout.

To say the least and  the most, challenge yourself when you  feel a workout maybe a bit much.  You too can cry (tears of joy), smile (success of change body image), rejoice (because you are now ready for another challenge)

Should You Allow Age to Define Your Workout?

I am not 25, nope that age is gone. I pulled 25 out of the air circulating about, however my concern is people who allow their age define their workout or no workout.  In posting or discussing how I had to follow the modifier in my workout for 2 weeks about 1/2 of each routine.  I am proud that yes, I can squat 140 pounds and increasing but sometimes specific routines to prevent injury.

I always apply safety. Okay I am verbalizing a bit of anger, however I was confronted by a few friends and peers on workouts.  Several suggest walking,  others don’t you think after a certain age exercising is overrated.  My favorite, “girl that is for the young people”.

What? Huh? I have never went to a gym, purchased weights, ran a 5 K and it  had limit with age in bold print.

I do believe if you are and have worked out for years it becomes a stamp, part of  your life. AGE should not define your workouts, just be safe.  I truly believe in everyone who work out whether you are 18 or 80.

To those believing “No limits to workout, except safety, or injury ” I am doing 15 extra burpee jumps  in a salute to you.  To a great workout …….

BEING ILL WHEN TO RESUME WORKOUT

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I, nor anyone can answer this question unless you are under MD supervision.  I was recently diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). I never thought it was debilitating. I  was wrong, so many of the fruits and vegetables I normally eat I can no longer eat, WHAT, WHY .  I was angry,  but I was compliant for a while.

I felt horrible, nothing moving in the gut, walking was painful, ( thankful I was off).  With several intervention, I got relief, 2 days. but my abdomen was in pain. I  felt tired and really wanted to just rest but my body and energy level was saying “you can work out”.  I do not know if you have ever experience your  body out of sync this is so frustrating.

I made a decision, (mainly because my energy was causing restlessness). I dressed  and was ready for a workout.  Well not 100% but 75% was good. My purpose of sharing is to know when your body is ready to resume a workout. Listen to your body, do not push beyond your capability, but if your body and mind says so, do so slow beginning and then WOW sooner than you know you will be back to speed. I did and I am so happy I did.

Resuming a workout can be harmful if MD has reasons to put it on hold, but gratifying  if you are the reason. I will do 50 pound bicep curl to your decision to resume your workout.

NON SCALE VICTORIES

I am first to admit I am not a young lady, I have so surpassed 20, 30, 40 yes but I  will not allow age define my workouts.  I love any and all workouts, but I want to sway away from workouts. How about those goals and victories.

I must confess, I will be the first to raise my hand, hell both of them to frustration at the scale.  I am also aware as I have aged my metabolism has slowed down. I also am aware with many years of an eating disorder I have helped slow my metabolism.  By  the way eating disorder is a disease that will always be with you whether you overcome it or not, but that is for another day.

Working out for 6-7 days a week, weights and not light, running, jogging I look at the scale and I am ready to toss it. I actually went out and purchased another, what the &*^$? I ignored the non scale victories which was reiterated in my workouts with Autumn Clabrese- 80 Day Obsession.  I noted what?  inches lost, a line on the right and left ab indicating I am getting abs, yes at my age abs (never had them, a bit tight but not defined).  I was able to complete certain routines without pausing or breathing heavily.  I increased my weights and at the beginning 3/4 of my workout in 80 Day Obsession was with the modifier my progression amazed me when I no longer had to modify.  I was unaware my biceps were more defined, don’t think the scale measured that.

The NON SCALE VICTORIES, I as you should always  remember.  Of course I still weigh and I am proud  when there is a decrease but I am looking at all my victories.

Do Not Compare – Spare the Despair

1+3+4=8    2+2+2+2=8   4+4=8  etc…….

There are a few ways in addition to get to the sum of 8.  Just as each number adds us so does each day we put into our workouts.   As long as we, (I say we because I have to remind myself of this) are putting our all into workouts and nutrition is on point we will see results.

It is easy  sometimes to look at how another individual is achieving their goals faster and maybe using heavier weights, or more reps and wow looking so fit.  This can be motivation for some and for others upsetting.  I tell you, to just doing your best and results will come.  Do not COMPARE, as there are many ways to get to 8, the outcome , you and I will achieve our goals .  I believe in me so I  want you to believe in you.

SPARE the DESPAIR

Eating Healthy Without Results

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I have heard every trainer state it is what you eat with your workout that brings results. have to agree, it is what you eat, however did you know consuming healthy foods can hinder your fitness progress.  Well I did and did not.  I know healthy foods, and thought my intake was on point, I was WRONG.

It is consuming the correct foods and the portion. I love portion control in Beachbody workouts. It does require calculation for caloric intake. But man oh man, with the portion control you have so much to consume. Honestly there are days I am unable to consume the food.  What’s even more so is it all is what I was already eating, I just needed to tweak amounts and time.

My question to you, and to any one experiencing as I have results slow or not seen, look at your intake.  Or if you have an eating disorder or had one which may slow your fitness results “Portion Control” just maybe for you.

 

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