AIP Paleo – Day 8 of 30 & Exercise?

A few interesting things to add to the mix.  A few nights ago, I started a new method to get my exercise going.  I’ve been very lazy since my elbow stuff about 4 months ago (torn ligament and was told not to exercise it until we know more).  Well, I just stopped exercising all together.  I had been doing Pilates on a Reformer for a few years.  The last few weeks (since I was told I could start again), I’m exercising once every 7-10 days.  LAZY!  And I am so so so weak.  Things are becoming harder just because I’ve lost muscle mass.  And yet I’m struggling to get going again, knowing that it would help me immensely.  I’ve also wondered if that’s why I’m not feeling as well as I had.

So, for 3 nights in a row, I took a Paleoish approach to this problem.  They’re always saying, “lift heavy things.”  Well, I have to be careful about that, especially working my elbow back up.  Here’s what I did:  1 minute of marching, knees high, to get my heart rate up (trick from my PT), and 4 minutes on the Reformer with the tension set as high as it could go that I could still do it for legs/body with only 5 reps, and then some real easy stuff for my elbow/arms.  So yes, I did 5 minutes of exercise, with about 3.5 minutes being REALLY heavy stuff.  And you know what?  My body LOVED it.  I didn’t flare up, which I worried about, and I felt much stronger the next morning when I woke up.  So, I did this for 3 nights until last night. 

Last night I ooopsed, and I fell asleep on the couch before hauling my carcass up to bed.  I woke up this morning, and I was sore again, which I hadn’t been the last couple of mornings.  Now when I say sore, this is mild stuff.  I’m not limping or stiff; it’s mild, annoying, barely rates bad in the grand scheme of RA stuff.  Still, when I woke, I was thinking “Oh, today’s shot day, and my body is so ready.”  After I was awake for a while, I was thinking, “hmmm, maybe I need to exercise.”  So, my experiment today is that I am going to exercise this morning, see if I can go the day without a shot, exercise again tonight, and see how I do tomorrow AM.  If I’m a mess tomorrow, I’ll know I really needed a shot.  If I feel good/fair tomorrow, I hope it serves as my lesson to stop being so lazy!

Breakfast:

  • Shake: (strawberry, blueberry, banana, coconut milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, kale)

Lunch:

  • Salad (greens, chicken, blackberries, lemon olive oil)
  • Homemade jerky
  • dried pears

Dinner (I was super hungry and made my hubby grill steaks!) (with cinnamon)

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