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It's a trap! It can be difficult to maintain a healthy weight in college and even harder when you add RA to the equation, but that’s not an excuse. Just because running and high impact exercise is out of the equetion doesn’t mean that you’re doomed to a lifetime of obesity and Doritos. I’ve decided that I need to lose weight for the sake of my joints [each pound lost is 4 pounds of pressure off EACH knee] that I need to pick up my weight loss program from where I left it last spring. As soon as I get my sneakers in the mail it’s off to the gym, I’ve decided to start easy and will just start out with the elliptical machine and walking on the treadmill some. The Orencia IV has really helped my joint pain level as well as my range of motion and energy level [taking B12 everyday has helped with the energy too]. The best exercise for someone with joint problems is water aerobics as it is basically no impact and works almost every muscle you need. Back in high school when I first got sick I did aquafit 2-3 times a week with a lovely bunch of older women [seriously though these ladies rocked]. OSU has an indoor pool so once I feel a little lighter and more comfortable in my swim suite I will add that to the workout. I think I am going to try and talk one of my sorority sisters into working out with me on a regular basis so I am forced to keep up with this. I’m still 20 lbs. lighter than my highest weight, that leaves 30-35 lbs. to go.

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