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Hello there you blank beautiful screen. It's been awhile. I took a little time last week to just step back, disconnect, and honestly breathe. I felt myself needing a breather and a moment to adjust to going back to work (part-time), Lil Man going to school full time, soccer and running for him, and just daily life. You know what I mean.

My typical morning is starting to consist of some type of early morning workout, rushing home to get lunches made, making sure I'm back in time so hubby can get to work, grabbing a quick shower, getting Lil Man to the bus stop, finally getting breakfast for me, packing my work bag, getting laundry started, cleaning up the kitchen, taking the dogs in and out and in and out...  and if possible I try to get caught up on email/social media before I head into work.

But I'm back and feeling a little more like I have things under control. I think I'm finding

How I Am Adjusting To My New Normal

Just thought I'd give a quick update as to how things are going after my diagnosis with arthritis.

First of all, I am finding that what I eat really does have a major impact on my joints. And I can usually see swollen joints by the end of the day after eating the offending food. And yes for me Turmeric and Ginger tea really do help.

I AM RUNNING twice a week. It's one day less than what I was normally running. At this point
my runs have been really short (1-2 milers with one 3 miler so far).


I'm working my way up to consistently running 3 miles, but it's not something that I can just do overnight..

Does my foot hurt after I run? YES - in fact BOTH feet hurt. But it usually only lasts about a day and then the pain subsides for the most part. This past week I have walked over 121,000 steps, and so far my feet have held up to this. With my new job (My Life As A Non-Instructional Aide) I am on my feet for 4 hours a day, and it involves a lot of walking.

I'm ramping up my low impact cardio. I did spin last week.



And I plan to continue to make spin/biking part of my weekly routine. Ideally, I'd like to do spin/biking twice a week.

I'm still trying to figure out how to get in my strength training. How do people keep up with cardio, running and lifting? I can't seem to manage it all. Either I'm too sore. Or I just don't have the time!

I was able to get in one strength training workout this past week. But I would really like to lift at least twice a week. I would prefer three times a week, but I'm still working on how to make all of that happen.

Do I think that I will ever run distance again? I'm not sure. I had hoped to do some half marathons, but the reality is that just might not be reality. In fact, my distance may tap out at 3 miles? I'm honestly not sure. It's going to be a one day at a time thing and see what happens.

But you know? I'm moving. And as I type this, I was supposed to run a half marathon this past weekend... my first one in awhile. In the past, if I've ever missed a race to illness or injury, when race time would roll around, I would usually have to fight off the sadness... even a little bit of depression over the missed opportunity.

I FORGOT that the race was this weekend. Yes, ya'll, I'm just happy to be moving. I think being in the boot, and in pain, and then being told that this is just basically my new life, I'm just happy that I can run what I'm running, walk what I'm walking, and that I'm able to move my body.

So, I suppose I am adjusting to my new normal. I think my new normal will evolve over time. but I'm trying my best to embrace each step in the journey.



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  1. Life does throw us curveballs, doesn't it? I hope that you can continue to add running distance if that is what you want to do, without more pain. I deal with arthritis in my knees and hands, so I know the discomfort can be a challenge.

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  2. Thanks for sharing Amy! I love your positivity about the whole situation.

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