It’s no secret that I was never really an athlete, all my competitiveness was channeled into art growing up. In high school I used to [try] and run with the JROTC orienteering team with 2 of my best friends [who are amazing at it for the record]. At my best my run time was 11 minutes , while that is admittedly not great it was something. When I had my huge flare up my Junior/Senior years I quite trying to work out completely and assumed I wouldn’t ever have a chance to again. Since I started my workout/ weight loss plan I started off my walking a little bit every day. For someone with RA that is active in the lower joints running is really a big deal. 3 weeks ago I jogged for the first time in 3-4 years and today I full out ran for the first time since my knee surgery my junior year of high school. I couldn’t run for long but I ended up with a 16 minute mile, which is pretty dang awesome for us RA’ers out there. For the record running is not typically encouraged in RA patients as it is a high impact for of exercise. However running is something that I do truly enjoy and miss, so in my personal opinion [for me] it is worth it. I just wanted to share this small victory with ya’ll and also say that I’ve managed to get my weight from 187 to 155 since the beginning of last semester. Remember that every pound lost is 4 pounds of off EACH knee, which has been my primary motivation [and looking fabulous] in all of this.