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Blog Miami Pro 9 weeks 2 days to go and the return of the pain in time for Rheumatoid Awareness Day

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Miami Pro 9 weeks 2 days to go and the return of the pain in time for Rheumatoid Awareness Day

  • by loraelton
  • February 1, 2013
I can not believe I have less than 10 weeks to go before I step on stage and compete for the first time. It is starting to just feel like a routine that I have fallen into really eaily. The training is still enjoyable and I have had to change my trainig slightyl again as my body has got used to the last hypertrophy stage I was doing. After spekaing to Rob I have decided to have a mini strength phase again to confuse my body and hopefully help me build a little more before I need to strip.I’m not doing solely strength though as I don’t have long left, just enough to mix things up.
I’m really enjoying training at Sweat Gym, it makes such a difference to be in a warm, well lit environment! I hate how busy it gets but you can’t have everything and we just end up sharing the squat rack!

It’s Rheumatoid Disease Awareness Day February 2nd so thought I’d just add a bit about how it is currently affecting me ….

I have had a hard week and some serious decisions to be made regarding my long term health. I have been having pain in my hands and feet again and the seriousness of the Rheumatoid Arthritis hit me again. I had been pain free for a few months and to be honest, completely pushed the decisions regarding medication to the back of mind and focused on the competition. I knew diet and exercise alone can’t cure it but allowed myself to believe it anyway. As long as the pain doesn’t get any worse I can put off starting medication until after the competition as there are too many variables with the meds and the side effects and I’ve worked too hard for too long to risk having it messed up by sickness, weight gain etc!
I am starting to accept this is something that won’t go away and I need to deal with it but don’t feel ready to accept completely yet.

For those of you that don’t know what Rhuematoid Arthritis is it’s a progressive chronic autoimmune disease that affects the joints, tissues and organs in the body. There is no cure unfortunately but aggresive treatment is needed early on toslow down the progressin and control the symptoms. I’m determined to fight it and not it let it get me down but inevitably as I come to terms with it there will be bad days but I’m lucky that I have a great Rheumatologist and I’ve caught it early so I can prevent too much damage.

Well that was a bit depressing but I am feeling good about the competition and it’s just made me more determined to be the best I can be and show this stupid disease it can’t beat me!