Thursday, May 20, 2010


Slept sooo well last night. To the point that I didn't want to get up this morning.
I find that on days that I work out, I sleep better which is good motivation to work out most days.
Yesterday morning, I did the dreaded Week 5 workout 3 of the Couch to 5K program - warm up walk for 5 minutes, run 20 minutes, cool down walk for 5 minutes.
I started up with the C25K program early in April. I've never been a runner. Even back in elementary school - I hated tag cause I hated running. Now running a race seems like the ultimate marker of being fit.
Every time I complete another run, it feels like an accomplishment. Fall of 2008, I could barely walk. My knees were stiff, my feet were in pain. I was doing physiotherapy at the time and my work outs than were try to do the stationary bike for 15 minutes. So when I think of how far I've come, I'm really happy.
So yesterday I managed to run for 20 minutes in one go, no stopping. It wasn't a fast run - I had the treadmill set for 4.8 with no incline. But I still did it.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Why Fit RA Chick?

I'm 30 years old and have struggled with my weight for my entire life. After being a slightly chubby teenager, I gained a bunch of weight in my early 20's until I hit my heaviest point at 198 pounds. I joined Weight Watchers in 2005, started exercising and lost 60 pounds in 10 months.
I kept the weight off for about a year and a half than 20 pounds slowly crept back on. Than in 2008, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis which just completely complicated matters. I was in constant pain. Walking was difficult. I'd get out of bed in the morning and my joints would be stiff for 2 hours. Needles to say - exercise wasn't happening. I gained another 15 more pounds.
So now - my RA is pretty much under control thanks to a crazy combination of medications. I'm back into exercising, lost 10 of the 35 extra pounds and gradually increasing my fitness level. Figured a blog would help keep me on track.
Being a fit chick with Rheumatoid Arthritis is my ultimate goal.