I am feeling good. If I didn't know I had rheumatoid arthritis, I wouldn't know I had it. Does that even make sense? As I continue to wean off the steroids, my aches and pains are barely noticeable. I have more energy. My mood is good. Most importantly, my sense of humor is returning!
Becky always says it and my rheumatologist said it too: Trust the Process.
Two months ago, when I was diagnosed with RA, I was feeling pretty bad. I was optimistic that things would turn around quickly for me. Things have gotten better but not fast enough for this impatient runner. Two months later, I can say that my optimism has returned. Yes, I'm still on weekly methotrexate injections. As the dose has increased, my symptoms have decreased. I've also made some changes in my diet, eating more foods that have the ability to decrease inflammation. I'm still having some night sweats and fatigue, along with those mild aches and pains. I can't complain. I've been able to run the whole time. My speed and endurance are returning! I'm hopeful that I will continue in this forward direction.
This week I ran a total of 22 miles. Tuesday it was warm and rainy, but Thursday was sunny and bitterly cold. It's as if Mother Nature cannot make up her mind. Unlike those poor folks in the Northeast, we are still without snow. For those of us in Chicago, it's been an ideal winter for a runner.
|A rainy morning run. I had to bring my own sunshine.|
|Me and Steph, running up Payton's Hill|
|Cocoa and me, in the most badass of poses, Goddess Kali|
I had much more success with those deadlifts.
|You know when the colored plates come on, it's going to be heavy! This was a deadlift.|
|The process? On and off the road, thus far, the process has been a success.|
I'm linking up with Holly and Tricia, as well as Angela and Ilka for their weekly linkups!