Sunday, August 12, 2012

A Good Week

I have been stuck in a place where I have been before.  Not sure if the meds are going backwards or if I my RA has just gained some ground on me over the course of this year.  Which ever it is, I don't like it.  I have been lax on my exercising, due to pain mostly (it's easy to work out when you feel good), and have packed on 10 pounds since July of 2011.  I thought I was ready to start working out again and got started about 6 weeks ago only to bring on severe pain in my feet.  I am still doing a light work out with weights and am going to try using a bicycle trainer starting this week.  I recently saw a Facebook post between two old high school classmates talking about over weight people in America and how they just need to take control of their life and get outdoors, exercise and eat healthy.  While this is true of many, what they fail to realize is there are many of us who would love to be able to work out every day but can not due to disease, debilitating  car wreck, etc.  I started to reply to them but I didn't feel like arguing at that moment so I let it go ... but it has stuck with me since reading it.  Some people are lucky enough not to understand what some of us have to live with every single day.
Healthline editors recently published a list of their favorite Rheumatoid Arthritis blogs and RA Adventure Rider made the list. The complete list is at: . I am humbled to be included with the likes of real RA bloggers.  Congratulations to the other winners, there are a few blogs in the list that I have not visited yet but will be adding to my blog list soon.  
Took Tuesday off and drove up north to Beaver, Arkansas on the Arkansas-Missouri border.  My daughter had never been there and I had been wanting to go back to visit and photograph the old suspension bridge and the old derelict rail road bridge that cross Table Rock Lake.  She has her own photography business and took, I believe around 170 photos while there.  Always good to be able to spend quality time with your kids at any age.  The bridge was built in 1949 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.  It is one of 2 suspension bridges left in Arkansas.

I have been riding the KLR to work lately, nothing like getting your work day off to a good start by doing something you enjoy.  No ... it's not like charging down a forest road at 60-70 mph, but it is still enjoyable and the routes I take are low traffic areas.  I kinda like to take "the road less traveled" anyway - drives my wife nuts.  Plus it's kinda cool to see the KLR sitting next to all of the new, shiny, chrome laden Harleys in the motorcycle parking area.   Haha, most of them have paid $20,000 to $34,000 for their Harleys while I picked my KLR up used for $3500.  Plus, I don't have to turn around when I see dirt ... thats what I live for!


Candied Frogs said...

Wow, great shots Terry. This bridge interest of yours makes for some great blogging. :)

Wren said...

What a gorgeous old bridge. I'm glad you went to see it firsthand and got such nice photos--and all while spending free time with your daughter! It seems a shame to me that so many of the older, historical structures all over the country are being or have been torn down. It's good to see some history.

I'm sorry to hear you're having to battle your RA again. It does get frustrating. And you're so right about the exercise. We all know how good it is for us--but not all of us can do it!

Wishing you and yours the best, as always, and sending comfort-vibes your way.

Lana said...

I know what you mean about the Facebook post. Our meds and the diseases themselves play a role in weight gain and not being able to take weight off. I am on the move from when I wake up in the morning and until I go to bed and I struggle to keep weight off. I have gained a lot of weight since my diagnosis in 2008. Yesterday, I was on the move from when I woke up until I went to bed in the evening and I thought to myself, how can someone who is so active struggle with weight. I don’t always have time to officially work out but I am a working mother and I don’t know what rest actually means. (I am also a clean freak so you can guess what I am usually doing at six in the evening after a long day at work.) You are right that some people are lucky enough to be ignorant – after all, ignorance is bliss. :-) Congrats on the award! And you keep going, don’t let anyone or anything stop you!

Terry said...

Thanks Andy!

Wren, it had been 25 years since I was at this bridge. The last time I was here, the rails were still down and we walked across the RR bridge and climbed the rock bluff on the far side. The good thing about the bridges that have been posted to the National Historic Register is they can not be torn down. Some are later converted to pedestrian bridges but the state or county can not remove them.

Thank you.

Lana, on one hand I am extremely frustrated with myself over the weight ... on the other hand, I think, don't worry about it. It still frustrates me to be judged (by healthy people) as just being too lazy to take care of myself. Thanks and I will.

robbielynn said...

Nice pictures! And not all us Harley riders shy away from dirt. Lol

Terry said...

robbielynn, thanks and big respect to anyone who rides a Harley on dirt. The KLR at 435 lbs can be a handful in some situations ... would hate to think about an 800 lb dresser off road! One of my long time friends (rides a Heritage) knows a guy that has turned an 883 into a dual sport bike. It is cool, but again ... the extra weight.
Thanks for stopping by, hope to hear from you again.

robbielynn said...

On a heritage myself, but was raised on dirt bikes. And your right, 800 lbs gets squirrelly in the dirt!!

mary said...

Love that first picture. They are all great but that first one really says something about the RA journey to me.

RA sucks plain and simple and I am glad that you continue to battle through and do the things you love.

Terry said...

Mary, that one is my favorite too, my daughter shot that one. I wasn't quite up to laying down on the bridge for a shot that day so I just put her photo up on my blog. As Tim Allen says in Galaxy Quest "Never Give up! Never Surrender!"

Anonymous said...

Summers almost over,the students come back week after next and I feel like I'm 70 getting everything ready for prime time so I understand how you feel. Always glad to hear you are getting along. Family time is special, so glad you can enjoy the good times.
As usual you hand in there bud.
Phil - Syracuse

Anonymous said...

Sorry. Meant hang in there. Duh edit last post

Terry said...

Hello Phil, I understand about the feeling 70 most days! You hang in there and I didn't think a thing about the "hand" instead of "hang". lol