Things haven’t gone so well on the health front since I wrote my first A Mile or More in My Shoes post.
It’s bad enough I almost didn’t write this one. I never thought I’d end up this way. Honestly, it’s just plain sad. I’ve dieted and grown fatter. I’ve walked and grown weaker. And, at times, I’ve lost hope.
However, something kind of cool is happening. . .on Saturday I’ll be at the Mall of America walking with some of my family to raise awareness, and money, to stop juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. (RA)
Because this matters so much to me, I’ve been doing some training. A month ago, I couldn’t walk more than five minutes on my treadmill with it set on the lowest setting. Now, I can walk forty-five minutes at a little higher setting. Not great, but better. I’m choosing to measure my progress in inches. It beats not measure it at all. Another part of my preparation has been the addition of a standing desk to my daily writing routine. I’m able to stand 45 minutes straight now too before breaking into a sweat. Who knew standing could be so hard?
This means that, after the walk on March 1, 2014, I can choose to quit – sort of a mission accomplished thing – or I can choose to keep going because the mission is just getting started. My personal goal is to walk 60 minutes a day and stand for at least an hour. I’m close, and I like how this feels.
Weight-wise the doctor says I’m broken. It’s called Metabolic Syndrome with type 2 diabetes and chronic inflammation. This combination can make weight-loss nearly impossible. The only hopeful thing I’ve read is this thing called the Venus eating program. It’s a really big change – mostly single ingredient foods with very little gluten. The last part is easy – I’ve been eating mostly gluten free for over a year. Now I’m eating small amounts of protein with fruits and vegetables, tiny portions of rice or pasta, and a few nuts. Except for Saturday morning and all day Sunday. It’s not as hard as it sounds. I’m also trying some natural products. If all of this works, I’ll share the links.
The supplement that does work is called Alleviate. It doesn’t work for everyone, but has helped my bone on bone knee pain a great deal. I’m able to walk with less pain, and I take fewer doses of Advil.
In a few days, I’ll let you know how the walk goes. If you think about it, we could use your prayers. Grace has RA in many of her 12 year old joints. It’s a heart-breaking disease.
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