Yesterday I went to see a rheumatologist for the first time. She advised me that I probably have Mechanical (Osteo) Arthritis along with Crohn's.

In addition to some more xrays and CAT scans of my spine, she recommended Calcium and vitamin D as well as Physio (already made an appointment).

I also learned through my own research (actually, I already knew this) that the best thing I can do for myself right now is lose some weight. So last night I portion controlled my meal and hit the treadmill and elliptical for 30 minutes then did some push-ups on the stairs (normal ones still hurt too much--- I used to be able to sets of 20 to 40 until the cows came home). I was uncomfortable the entire time but such is life (most people are when they start exercising).

My goal is to get 60 minutes of exercise a day. Starting out at 30. I will include walking the dog, yard work, etc. as exercises at first (can use half my time for that so I don't get lazy about cardio and strength training) but eventually I want 60 minutes of straight gym-type activity. My goal is to be able to jog with my dog at some point (the impact of running kills me right now because all my joints and back ache like crazy) and definitely to be surfing even occasionally by August/September (I mean paddling out and catching waves, not just the half-assed attempts I've been making since the pain really started coming on).

Anyway, time to get to work.


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