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Three Good Things
Thursday, December 05, 2019      6 comments

One of my daily tasks on my Spark home page is to write down three good things each day. I have done this exactly zero times in the six months or so that it has been listed. So, I'll start now. Three good things about yesterday: 1. Lunch ... Read more
342 Days of Small Steps
Friday, April 27, 2018      5 comments

A year ago, I was barely able to get up in the mornings due to rheumatoid arthritis. My infusion drug that had worked for years had ceased to work at the end of January and the new one we were trying wasn't very effective. I was on a ton of pred... Read more
A One Day Streak!
Thursday, February 08, 2018      8 comments

Woo-hoo! I have a streak of one day behind me now! My goal is to not eat heavy, sugary things after 8pm. And I did it yesterday. Yeah! We see long streaks here on SparkPeople. I was particularly in awe of the woman that had logged in for 2,000 ... Read more
A Right to Good Health
Friday, September 29, 2017      4 comments

Here's why my former libertarian self now believes that health care should be a right given by the government. This bill was for ONE infusion for my rheumatoid arthritis. I'm supposed to have 8 per year. That's almost $160,000 just for infusions... Read more
September Saturday
Saturday, September 16, 2017      4 comments

118 days of riding my bike every morning. This is particularly awesome because I was traveling earlier this week and had to get it together to ride the bike at the hotel's fitness center. I've missed doing yoga twice; once because I totally forg... Read more
Focusing on Goals
Wednesday, September 06, 2017      8 comments

I set goals every month - some big, some small. I also set bigger goals for a year - some big, some small. And then I get wild hairs and want to do other things. Right now, I want to learn how to fly a small plane. I have no idea what to do... Read more
101 Day Streak! 15+ Pounds Gone!
Wednesday, August 30, 2017      33 comments

Yesterday was my 100th day of riding my stationary bike every morning for at least 15 minutes and doing at least 15 minutes of yoga at night. I didn't start with trying to have a streak. I started riding my bike again because I hurt so much in t... Read more
No missed opportunities; no regrets
Wednesday, August 23, 2017      6 comments

I had the amazing opportunity to see the total solar eclipse. We went just inside the path of totality to Wheatland, WY. It was worth the drive and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I was having misgivings a few days beforehand about goin... Read more
87 Little Bits of Fitness
Tuesday, August 15, 2017      8 comments

I started using SparkPeople again 87 days ago. Since then, every morning, for at least 15 minutes I have ridden on my stationary bike in the morning and done some gentle yoga in the evening. I have also been out for walks most afternoons, occasi... Read more
How the Sick Get Stuck
Friday, August 11, 2017      5 comments

I was 31 when I came down with a chronic, autoimmune disorder. At the time, I had good, employer-sponsored health care coverage and qualified for Family Medical Leave (FML). Because I was covered by FML, I got to keep my job even though I was mi... Read more
Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis are Different
Saturday, August 05, 2017      5 comments

From the rheumatoidarthritis.org website: "Osteoarthritis (OA) affects an estimated 27 million Americans while only 1.3 million Americans have rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are more prevalent in wo... Read more
Back of the Pack Contemplations
Tuesday, July 04, 2017      5 comments

Walked a 4K today with my husband and daughter. It was fun, but it was hard not to reflect sadly upon how far away I am from the woman who used to run half-marathons and the occasional marathon. Today we were being cheered on for bringing up the... Read more
Wild Things Don't Feel Sorry for Themselves
Friday, June 30, 2017      4 comments

“I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.” ― D.H. Lawrence, The Complete Poems I have been feeling sorry for myself. The autoimmune disorder has ... Read more
Things I Forgot
Thursday, June 23, 2016      4 comments

1. I forgot how much energy a good workout gives me. 2. I forgot what it feels like to know my legs are strong. 3. I forgot about the meditative beat of my breathing and shoes hitting the ground when I run. 4. I forgot that I never needed ... Read more
Five Years Later
Monday, June 20, 2016      6 comments

It has been nearly five years since I was diagnosed with a rheumatoid arthritis-like chronic autoimmune disorder. So, it has been more than five years since I ran regularly. This seems somewhat inconceivable to me as I loved running so much and ... Read more

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