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LilMissSunshine
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   Posted 12/15/2008 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh my, I feel like I'm being nagging now because of how much I'm posting.... but this is all soo new!
Do any of you work out? I want to get back in really good shape, but I often take a few days to recover after a "good" work out.
I am meeting with a personal trainer now and he seems to know about fibro, but I am still concerned about being pushed too far.

I have had several people approach me to train for a women's fitness competition... you know, not the bodybuilding but the "toned" look.
Anyways, should I decline because of Fibro? I don't want to make ANYTHING worse.

patsie
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   Posted 12/15/2008 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

Oh I think this is an excellent concern. I am a "former" major tennis player. My entire life revolved around fitness, I could eat tennis balls for breakfast:).

Now I have found the recovery time from too much unbelievable. I have now learned that pacing your body is everything. Now you will learn your limits. I still hit, would die w/o. BUT I no longer play competitive or with my grown son. This awful condition brings changes, no doubt about that. It is learning to accept and change that is critical for mental well being. I fought it like crazy. I'm the type that doesn't know how to say NO. I moved to FLA and was determined to plant flowers unable to grow in the unbearable heat. I learned the lesson but had to try. Do you get my drift? I am in shape but do far more walking and yoga and can swim in my pool. Hey girl, life isn't easy but oh my can it be sweet.

IF and I say if your trainer is very familiar with fibro you may thrive. I had one and he did cause me some harm.. NOW don't let that scare you, you have to try things in life even if it is very hard. You may do great. I sure hope so for you.

Let me know how you do!!!! Patsie

LilMissSunshine
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   Posted 12/15/2008 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for your input! My trainer is always asking me, what kind of sore are you?... He likes to keep tabs on what's normal and what's Fibro.
I can honestly say I've only been with him a week, but I feel so happy I could cry. It's like these dormant endorphins have been released and my body is feeling some relief.

It makes me feel a little bit better that he has a college degree in exercise science and he has worked with these kinds of things before... he is dealing with a lady now who has a degenerative muscle disease and he was telling me how things have turned around for her. Right now he is working with me free of charge, as he works at the gym I work out at, but soon I will be paying for private sessions with complete one on one attention... when that happens my daddy ( hehe) is going to have a face to face talk with him and make sure he has my best interests at heart, always.

I am also thinking about printing off some info about it for him to read... he's very open, and never talks down to me like he knows it all. I am excited that he asks me how my body feels, and he seems to know when I'm at my limit, or I'm just being whiny (hehehe).

Ginny
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   Posted 12/15/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to be extremely active in all kinds of sports.  Now I can't even handle 10 minutes on the bike.  I'm just so sore and I feel physically ill after a workout.  It's awful.  SIGH.
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donnaeil
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   Posted 12/15/2008 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I have chronic fatigue and fibro. It has taken me 2 1/2 years but I am no swimming 2 hours per day. Two times per week take deep water aerobics before I swim.

Swimming is very hard to do but it is a wonderful exercise. I am a slow swimmer but I can get a mile or more in on a good day. Professional swimmers usually walk around exhusted becose of all the work. I am not like them but I do feel tired in the early evenings. However, I cannot tell if it is the cf, fibro or swimming.

I love my 2 hours in the pool. It is my least painful time of day and I get to socilaize with people. I was isolated at home for about a year. that drove me crazy so I got a wheelchair, and traveled the city.

You will learn to pace yourself. A counsleor once to me to do 75% of what I am capable of. Hah! Do you think I listen to him?

Donnaeil

Post Edited (donnaeil) : 12/18/2008 12:25:00 AM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 12/15/2008 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I walk for exercise, that is when I can. We have about three foot of snow here and it is hard to get going. Once the weather calms down a little, I plan to cross country ski. I use to go every day before fibro.

Since I have been taking the magnesium supplements, I have felt better and am excited if it helps me to ski. Wish me luck.

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LilMissSunshine
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   Posted 12/16/2008 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
SPOKE TOO SOON!!!
I am miserable! Last night I was pushed entirely too far and today I sat in my car and cried after the soreness and cold weather hit.
So I'm thinking I should decline from the trainer, and go back to what I was doing before.

I'm just a little upset that he said he knew about Fibro, and he really didn't.

patsie
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   Posted 12/16/2008 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh I'm sorry. That is exactly what happened to me. I trusted that he understood fibro and learned the hard way he didn't.

Well I sure hope you bounce back quickly and do what you know is right for your body. As I told you I have suffered so from having to change my active life BUT now am adjusting and learning new things. Yes, we can learn new ways to get in great shape.

Thinking about you, Patsie

Sue2z
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   Posted 12/17/2008 12:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Im  soo sorry for your pain, I have found out the hard way I cant do anything except walk.  The recovery time from any real excersise is just way to much and to painful. I saw someone who dealt with fibro also and it took  5 days during which I cried heaps to get back to normal.  No one understands that sometimes the simpless thing can hurt even if just for the day.  Yet we are told to get the heart rate up and do cardio.   They dont understand.   sue2z mad mad
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Statgeek
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   Posted 12/17/2008 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   

Yes, I used to be able to exercise without any problems.  Now my body rebels. I am learning to pace myself and go slowly and try to decrease recovery time by resting afterward.  That is extremely difficult to do given my busy lifestyle and type A personality.  Even when I went to San Francisco and tried to pace myself, I could not walk by the end of the day and was in extreme pain the next day.  This is all new to me and I am learning slowly.

Sue


AustenFan
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   Posted 12/17/2008 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to be able to do a lot of walking, but right now, I'm dealing with a flare and sacroiliitis, so I can't even do that.  I can't swim in an indoor pool because I'm too sensitive to the cholorine. I'm hoping to find a good gentle yoga video to help me at least retain some flexibility.
 
Not being able to exercise has been one of the hardest parts of fibro for me.
 
 
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donnaeil
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   Posted 12/18/2008 12:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, I swim but I do not walk much. I use a power wheel chair.

Donnaeil
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