Weighting around

November 24, 2007

In a brief effort to improve my health and lose weight a week or so ago, I decided to try lifting these little 3 lb orange weights a few times a day, every day. At first I was huffing and puffing and “feeling the burn” at the end of each mini “workout,” but also feeling good and energized and happy that I had exercised a bit. I really hoped that this would help me lose some weight, too.

I’ve been 20-25 lbs overweight for the last 5-6 years, mostly due to medication side effects and lack of exercise (my suspicion). Feeling fat and ugly and sluggish and like a disgusting old lump on the couch only adds to the frustration and depression of having R.A. But this is a topic that deserves its own post(s), so you’ll have to wait to read about that another time.

Let’s get back to me looking ridiculous pumping iron in my pajamas in front of the TV every night. So yes, hooray! I can lift these weights and shave off some of my fat arse in the process. Good plan, right? WRONG. After about a week of weight lifting I am having an arthritis flare-up in my left shoulder, both elbows, and both wrists. At first I hoped it was only muscle soreness, but now I fear my gut instinct is true and it’s the arthritis (it’s not going away – always a good indicator). I’m off my exercise plan and today I reluctantly started taking 10 mg of prednisone to try to get this flare-up under control.

The presecription: prednisone daily, rest, rest, rest, and wait. Don’t move the shoulder unnecessarily. Don’t move the arms, in particular the elbows, excessively or in a weird manner. Wrists? Well, might as well try to not move the hands either (hands are connected to wrists, in case you forgot – I do sometimes).

What’s the next exercise plan that won’t land me in an iron body cast? Swimming/water therapy could be it. The warm water pool at the Courage Center feels like heaven; it just may be a fair enough trade-off for having to appear in a swimsuit in public. Hmm.

It really is a shame I can’t continue with these weights, though. Anybody have any other ideas?

3 Responses to “Weighting around”

  1. Gina Says:

    It is good you are able to use 3 lb. weights. I do good to use 1 lb. weights. Physical therapy told me at the hospital in June after my last operation that one pound will help better than doing nothing. Nothing is what I mostly do. I feel good I can just use my hands/fingers/arms to type in my blog daily. Hope you don’t mind me adding you to my blogroll. I know no one with RA even remotely my age and never have.
    Gina (RA since age 3)
    rampy.wordpress.com

  2. Barbskee Says:

    Hi, I have RA and the best I can do is hang out in the hot tub with some water weights. It does feel great once I get in. I’m about 50lbs overweight now and I’m a lot older than you, 55, and it’s a drag to have this condition! Good to hear from others.
    Be well, and know you aren’t alone!
    Barbskee

  3. Gina Says:

    I tagged you. See my post on 1/3/08 to see.


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