Day 12

Well, it felt like a huge setback this morning, but is turning into a mild bump in the road. My RA, for reasons unknown, was quite horrible starting at around 4:00 AM. Usually I can pin it down to sleeping too long, stress, etc… but this morning I wasn’t sure what it was. Perhaps hormones. There was definitely a DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) component to it. I did an exercise on the reformer that I hadn’t done in a while, and every muscle and joint used hurt. It was a slow morning. It’s funny how that happens with me… I last used the reformer 36 hours previously, and this was the first indication of a problem. I’m not sure why the rest of my body hurt.

Anyway, 2 ibuprofen and 2 hours on the couch, and I’m back to normal. Despite feeling so badly this morning, I wasn’t significantly more swollen, and in fact, I think my joints look pretty good. I should think about photographing them over time.

My mother-in-law, who got me books on Paleo for Christmas, called this morning. She is thinking about starting it based on how good my husband (her son) looked after 1 week on it. Exciting!

Now, the food updates! The bacon brussels sprouts were great. I would eat them again any time. The bad part…. gas! Wow! Serious gas! The meatloaf with the fiber discards from juicing was also very good. A ballpark recipe: 1 lb grass-fed beef, 1-2 tsp garlic powder, several good shakes of Italian seasoning, and about 2 cups of leftover juice fiber consisting of carrots, apple, pear, and collard greens, mixed together and baked at 350 for about 50-60 minutes.

I didn’t weigh myself this morning, but suspect I’ve stayed the same. My husband said maybe we ought to weigh ourselves only once or twice a week so as not to get discouraged. I still say I’m in it for the RA help, and whether or not this works will depend much more heavily on that than my weight. Still, I think he is right and maybe weighing myself daily might be discouraging. But hey, I’m still down 8 pounds in 12 days. That’s pretty great.

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