Arthritis and Weight

I’m in pain. Every day. Between joints that don’t stay in place and the ostearthritis affecting several of my joints, running, high impact exericse, and even going down the stairs have all become unpleasant activities in the last few years. Unfortunately, there’s nothing I can do about the arthritis. But there is something I can do to hopefully lessen the symptoms.

I’m going to go straight out and say it: I’m overweight. Not obese, but definitely overweight. I weigh more now than I ever did, if you don’t count my pregnancies and post-partum periods. While my weight gain didn’t cause my arthritis, the 182 lbs I’m carrying are certainly not helping. So I need to do something about it.

In the past, when I wanted to drop some pounds (like after having my first daughter), my solution was to do high intensity exercise (and lots of it). Unfortunately, that’s no longer an option, so the changes have to come mostly from diet. And that’s hard, because I love to eat. That’s why “diets” will never work for me, and I refuse to give in to the fads of eliminating whole food groups by relying on pseudo-science.

If I had a dollar for every time someone told me to go gluten-free to stop my arthritis pain, I’d be filthy rich by now. I’ts so frustrating, because there’s no solid scientific evidence that justifies this advice. People just read some popular book based on really unsound science, and then they’re nutrition experts. So if you’re about to comment below about how I have to give up some food group to get rid of my pain, don’t. 

I’m still going to eat the things I like to eat—just less of them—in order to drop some pounds and relieve some of the pressure on my joints.

 

Arthritis and weight: What I'm doing to lessen joint pain, www.marianamcdougall.com. Background photo: x-ray of a knee by Dr. Manuel Gonzales Reyes on Pixabay

I found a great website to help in this endeavour: it’s called Eat This Much, and it’s a great resource if you need to control calories. If, like me, you need to drop some weight, you can enter your current weight, your goal weight and when you want to reach that by, and your activity level. The software will then tell you how many calories you need to take in every day to reach your goal, and it’ll generate meal plans and recipes according to your food preference and caloric needs.

I’m giving this website a shot and seeing if it helps me be more intentional about my food intake. I created a meal plan for myself this week, and I’m following along. I’m actually excited to try the new recipes and see if I can manage to stick to the meal plan. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Do you plan your meals? What tools do you use to stick to your meal planning?

Getting back into Exercise

Trying to get back into a regular exercise routine has been frustrating, to put it mildly. During our RV adventure, I did a fair bit of hiking, but not nearly as much exercise (and not nearly as high-intensity) as in my triathlon days. I’ve given up a lot of the physical activities I love over the last few years, and getting back into exercise hasn’t been an easy journey.

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Is Your Health Research Good Enough?

The age of information has several advantages. It’s never been easier to find answers to burning questions. With a few taps of a keyboard, a sea of information can be yours, and research has moved beyond card catalogues and long hours in libraries (though you should still spend long hours in the library).

This easy access to information is both a blessing and a curse. Continue reading “Is Your Health Research Good Enough?”

Why I rarely write about my health conditions

I enjoy writing about a variety of things, as seen by my varied articles and blog posts across the web. This website alone is a great example of the types of things I enjoy writing about, and my website encouraging MultiTalented writers to start and grow a multi-niche writing career is another. But there’s one thing I rarely write about: my health conditions.

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Why Exercise Should Be Your Top Priority in 2017

Last year, I decided to go on a journey to the best health of my life. Looking back at 2016, I didn’t do a very good job. As a homeschooling mom of three kids six and under, plus trying to run a business on the side, I ignored my health a little too readily and a little too often. The problem is, while nothing bad happened this year, I know that I can’t continue on this downward spiral.

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Put the fork down – you’ve had enough.

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

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You’re sitting at the table, looking at the wonderfully delicious piece of chocolate cake you’re about to devour for dessert. It smells and looks just as wonderful as it’ll probably taste. But as you look down, you see the muffin top coming out of your jeans, and you start having second thoughts.

Put the fork down. You’ve had enough.

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FREE Beginner bodyweight workout #2

 

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If you want to get more active, but are not interested in joining a gym, or money is tight, or you don’t have access to equipment, bodyweight training may be for you. If you’ve tried the first bodyweight training workout suggested here, let me know in the comments. I welcome feedback to make this site better for you.

Please keep in mind that the workouts I am posting are meant to be progressive, so it’s best to start with the first workout posted and move on from there.

Bodyweight Workout #2

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