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   Posted 11/7/2008 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I want to know what motivates you all to get up and go about your daily chores, going to work ect.. I have had a hard time moving lately and I feel very un motivated. I go to work because We got to pay the bills other than that When I am done I am exhausted and dont feel like doing any thing I truly mean any thing. I feel like I need some thing to get me moving again. cleaning houses is very hard work and when I get home I am physically exhausted. But even on the days I dont work I am a couch potatoe, Yesterday when i got home i put on my PJS and did nothing. My daughter made frozen pizzas for dinner If she had not of made that I would not have eaten because it was to much energy.
Lee Ann
 P.S. Sherrine this would have been a good question for the daily check in.

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   Posted 11/7/2008 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Cleaning IS hard work! When we first moved here, I trained for a few days as a chamber maid while I waited for the restaurants to call me back; I needed a job right away. I know that if I was still there, I could not do it with the fibro, adn I am in an already demanding field. There were times since last May that I haven't moved. The fatigue and pain would get me down, I get out of a routine, some depression from not functioning liek I used to... well, you know what it's like. But when I finally get myself going, it is so worth it! Exercise makes me feel better and gives me more energy.

I think about my goal for a while before doign it. I don't necessarily give myslef a day to start, but an approximate time line so I don't procrastinate too much. I psyche myself up, adn when I start to believe my own hype is when I set a date for a few days ahead. Well, that's how I did it for restarting to exercise and my diet again. Once it's a routine, it's so much easier. Plus I love the way pilates makes me feel. I don't find it too strenous, but it really makes the muscles work. The stretching and deep breathing relax me adn feel great on the tight muscles. I also did this for sorting the baby albums, and organizing my office.

If you jsut want to start on a project that would get you moving, how about redoign a room in your house? Think about new ways to move the furniture, maybe some new accessories, a mew paint colour for the house? Anythign that you like or are passionate about is what you need to find to start you moving and excited about things. Then you will see it gets easier and you will have more energy to keep goign. I stronly believe that apssion is a wonderful fuel for the body.

Good luck, adn I hoep you feel better soon!
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   Posted 11/7/2008 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello LeeAnn,
I can`t tell you what motivates me to keep going, i guess i have been one who could never sit down until the work was done, now of course that is not the case as i just can not do it either so i do what i can and feel the rest has to waite.  They just changed our work hours to 10 hour day 4 days a week starting at 5:00 A.M. so now every thing sits until the week-end to do.
I am not getting enough rest as i would like as every week-end has been booked with weddings, family, Birthdays, etc. you get the picture things you donot say no to so you grin and hope you make it through another week, day, even hour, LOL. as life is now i thank God for a job. Family and everything else. I guess you would say they are my reason for going on it is not the house work etc, who cares or remembers it is about going on for our husbands, children etc.
LeeAnn, you made me think also it isn`t about keeping everything in it`s place the kids don`t think of that muchless care, what they care about was even though Mom was so tired she still had time to talk to me, to care about how school is going or whatever kids like these days, they just want to know you are there for them. Cool right cool do kids even say this any more? smilewinkgrin
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   Posted 11/7/2008 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
What motivates me is thinking about what happens to my body when I'm not motivated.  I sure get tempted a lot.  But, I know if I just didn't do anything because I hurt, nothing would ever get done plus I would hurt even more.  That's why I plan what I'm going to accomplish the following day and I stick to it.  That gets me out of bed and moving...that and my dog's pleading eyes to take her for a walk.  smilewinkgrin
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   Posted 11/7/2008 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
shocked I think I'm done posting for today. I can't believe all my typos, and that is after goign back and checking them! My fog is just too think right now I'm afraid I'm not making any sense. blush
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   Posted 11/8/2008 6:56 AM (GMT -6)   

My faith, and on a more fickle level, money. bills to pay etc, and also as a high school teacher dealing with 'at risk' teens, it motivates me to get up, go to work and be there for them (my students have behavioural and emotional problems- ADHD, violence, drugs etc)


if i had it my way, id sleep my life away, which is a bad thing, i know- but so often its all i feel capable of. but my faith keeps me going, i believe God wont give me more than i can handle.

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   Posted 11/8/2008 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I take adderall, that gives me the energy to get me throught the day. It is something to think about. It would probably help you. So talk to your doctor about it. It is a dextroamphetamine and is also given to people with ADD. But like I say it gets me through the day. So that is something to think about.

Best wishes in finding something to help you.

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   Posted 11/8/2008 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Lee Ann-

I would be tired too if I cleaned houses. It is physically demanding, so on your day or days off your body is tired. It does not take me much to get tired. shakehead

I "try" to have a game plan every day. But if my body is telling me what I had planned for the day is not going to happen, I try to go with the flow and not do as much and not get down on myself for it. Like Sherrine said, I also know how I am going to feel if I do not get going or I will feel worse. So most days I do get a few things done and also get some walking in.

And once in awhile I give myself permission to get on the couch in my PJs too and not do anything!!


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   Posted 11/8/2008 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
This is something I have struggled with for 18 mos now since my grandson was killed. I figure it is part of the grieving process and it will get better with time cause I wasn't like this before. I was always self driven even after fibro dx. I have had three docs tell me to try cymbalta and I did take a tiny bit last night to see what kind of reaction I would have from it. I will take more each day to build up to where they want me if I don't have any side effects. I hope it works but if it doesn't I will try another AD. I have a lot of things I need and want to do so I hope another AD will help.
I do push myself to do something constructive everyday if I don't I feel even worse about myself but it's never enough to make a real difference and that is frustrating to me. I would like to have my Super Woman body back but I doubt if that ever happens so I will settle for more motivation.
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