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Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away I had a friend who cultivated an active case of athletes’ foot. He explained that it just felt so good at the end of the day when he took off his socks and shoes and could scratch it. (True story.) This was not his only odd perspective in life and I’ve often wondered whatever became of him. I’m sure there is a movie in there somewhere.

So I posted earlier that my rheumatologist wants me to take more pain medicine and I agreed to take a regular schedule of Tylenol (two extra-strength tablets, three times a day). I have actually been very diligent about it and, when I started, was amazed about how many small aches and pains (that I really didn’t notice) were relieved as well as the other, more severe RA issues becoming more manageable.

Except now I want more.

I’m not sure what’s going on, but my pain level has increased, in spite of the Tylenol.

Actually, that’s not true. I think I’m stiff and sore from working out. I’ve fairly faithfully been working out with my Wii for over two weeks. I’ve moved up from 10 minutes of step to 20 minutes, added some new poses to the yoga routine (16 minutes total), and have graduated to the advanced level (rather than the beginning level) on several of the agility/balance exercises. If I do the entire set of things, I work out about 45 minutes a day. I’m using my core muscles in ways that I haven’t in a long time and I think they’re [rightfully] complaining about it. At least that’s what I hope it is. (I don’t need anything else falling apart on me. I promised my boss I’d try not to get any new joints this year.)

Adding to the aggravation is that I’m not really losing weight. I’ve always said that first I need to lose the weight, THEN I can start exercising to tone up. I can tell I’m better toned, but I am also building muscle, which weighs more than fat, etc., etc., etc.

The temptation to stop exercising is pretty strong. Or to take “a break” that somehow stretches from a couple of days to a couple of weeks and the next thing you know, I’m back where I started.

Even though it would feel really, really good to stop the exercise, I have got to have faith that at some point, it will feel really, really good to keep it up.

Hope something feels really, really good in your life today. Thanks for checking in.