How do you avoid the flab?

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   Posted 7/15/2007 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
How do you keep from getting flabby? I eat very healthful foods and do not pig out, but am seeing my body pudge and sag due to lack of exercise. How do you not allow this to happen? Despite the fact that I already do not eat a lot, I tried dieting for a while, but it exacerbated my symptoms; I needed more fuel. How do you stay "fit?"
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   Posted 7/27/2007 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
You may want to try working with very light weights. I used to use 15 lbs in each hand (before illness). Now I have slowly worked my way up to 4 and 5 lbs. I do every muscle group and some stretches and it takes me only 15 minutes. I try to do this 3 x per week but average about 2. I started with 2 lbs weights. Talk about brain fog - years ago I gave away my 2 lb weights so I had to buy them again - except I bought them THREE times because I forgot I had already purchased them. (duh)

I went for a year without working out. I lost a lot of weight so I am very thin but was flabby (I'm 48 years old to boot) Just doing this little bit of weight work has brought back a lot of my muscle tone.

Hope this helps.
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   Posted 8/1/2007 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm having a hard time with this one too. Prior to getting lupus (when my cfs was in remission) I was very into fitness and did a lot of running and also lifted weights regularly. It seems that everytime I try some light exercise my body crashes. Also I used to eat very healthy but now I have weird food aversions and can't stomach a lot of foods I used to eat a lot of.

I do think that even 5 minutes of light exercise is better than nothing and I have been at least trying to do some light stretching even if I'm not up for a walk or other exercise. Some easy yoga or pilates are also good alternatives and my body tollerates easy versions of these.
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