So, turns out all my joint issues are due to my body going haywire. My ANA is positive and my sed rate is up. I have an autoimmune issue of some sort. This is why it has been so hard to train and be consistent. For the month of January, I have felt much better. I tried to get myself to go to the gym every day of January, but every day I had an excuse. I was frightened. Frightened of joint pain coming back, of fatigue and of feeling like I am a crap Mom because I can’t get up and do anything.
Today is my 45th birthday (yay, me!). Tamara Reynolds posted an interesting research article on the importance of physical activity over weightloss, and that spurred me into action. I have gained weight, but I am pretty tired of feeling like shit about it, and I just want to be healthy over anything else. All autoimmune issues benefit from regular activity. I have no excuses. I feel good physically. So, I outfitted my power rack with a stall mat and went to work.
Today was just squats. And man, I started light. I am following the Starting Strength program, and this week, all I am doing are squats. Next week I will incorporate the other lifts. I just wanted to get in there and get it done and show myself that while I am going to have some come back DOMS, I should not fear strength training.
I will continue to follow Starting Strength until I make back the gainZ I lost and maybe even further than that. It’s a really good base program and one with which I am familiar. It’s sorta like coming home.
In any case, this is my start:
And here is the research that will be coming out in print later this month.