If you work full time and have kids.....

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Spatchie
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   Posted 4/3/2009 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Do you exercise? 
I know I should and I really do want to, but seriously, when I get home I just want to sit and not get up the rest of the day.  I have to fight with myself to fix dinner.
Even though I'd like to just sit, with 2 kids (6 and 10), I can't.  I am fixing dinner, helping with homework, ironing for the next day, cleaning up the kitchen.  Who has the time or energy or desire at that point to exercise? 
Please tell me I'm not alone. Can't say for sure, but I think that even if I didn't work full time, I still wouldn't want to exercise.  Just the thought of getting up to go to the bathroom is unappealing smilewinkgrin
BUT, I know I should.  Ugh! 
~Ang~
coping with fibro since July 2004
Officially diagnosed with fibro and restless leg - March 2009
Mother to two wonderful kids, born 1999 and 2002


Sherrine
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   Posted 4/3/2009 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Spatchie, my children were 9, 10, and 13 when fibromyalgia hit me.  I started delegating duties.  Your 10 year old can clean up the kitchen with no problems. I was babysitting at age 11 and took care of the children and cleaned up messes. 
 
Get a nice bag, like a lightweight beach bag, and give it to your 6 year old.  Their responsibility is to go through the house, pick up things that shouldn't be there, put it in the bag and take it to the room it belongs.  They could handle that, too.  Just this will help you a lot.  The bending doesn't hurt them! 
 
My husband helped me by vacuuming for me.  I made the mistake of buying a Kirby vacuum that weighed 10,000 pounds...or so I thought...and I would be put out of commission every time I vacuumed.  When we got enough money saved up, I bought a Simplicity vacuum that does just as good a job but is quite light.  (Not as light as an Oreck, but also not as expensive either!)
 
On the weekends, plan on cooking and storing or freezing some.  I bought containers that are plates with lids that you can freeze.  When I do a roast, I get a big one, peel a few more potatoes, and make a little extra gravy.  Then I make plates and freeze them for my busy days.  I just have to heat up a veggie.  For example, you could roast a couple of chickens.  Take some of the broth and chicken and make soup.  Take more chicken for either a casserole or chicken fajitas, use one for a chicken dinner with leftovers.  You could have many meals in a short period of time.  Right now I have four bowls of ham, bean, and potato soup in my freezer along with tuna noodle casserole, a frozen meat loaf, etc.
 
Another idea is when I do a casserole, I'll double the recipe.  That really only adds about 5 minutes to the preparation time.  I freeze one and eat the other.  Just having meals prepared ahead of time is sooo helpful when  you are working.
 
If you can manage this, your evenings after work will go more smoothly and you won't have nearly the extra work to do.  Hope this helps.
 
Sherrine
Forum Moderator/ Fibromyalgia
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


Spatchie
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   Posted 4/3/2009 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   

I think I'd like to come to your house for dinner.

I do need to cook ahead.  I love to cook and eating out is not affordable.  I really love my crock pot too.

My hubby does the big chores in the house, like vacuuming, mopping, etc.  He's a big help.  My two main chores are laundry/ironing and cooking.  I like my socks white (not pink smilewinkgrin ). 

My thing is that just the very thought of exercise is unappealing. My mind says "you really to do it" and my body says "don't you dare move." I don't have any weight issues.  I'm 93 pounds and really need to gain weight.  I've heard that yoga or pilates is good for fibro.  Haven't tried either one, but I want to look into it.

You've inspired me to get out my crock pot though.  :-)


~Ang~
coping with fibro since July 2004
Officially diagnosed with fibro and restless leg - March 2009
Mother to two wonderful kids, born 1999 and 2002


poodles
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   Posted 4/3/2009 12:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I do not exercise either. I know I should. I had started using this machine my dh got me that doesn't put pressure on any joints. 5 minutes a day. And when this flare hit, I quit again. I am a stay at home mom, so it really ought to be something I do, but I don't.
Vickie
Fibromyalgia, Bipolar Disease, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Clinical Depression, Arthritis, High Blood Pressure, etc.
Who ever knew I would be defined by my diseases??


pattipanda
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   Posted 4/3/2009 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm terrible about exercising... I wish I could.. but it hurts SO much.  I walk when I can.  I would like to find a therapy pool that isn't disease infested.  My sister used the therapy pool at our YMCA and picked up a nasty infection.. so I stay away from there.  Too bad, because that's about the only exercise I think my body could tolerate.  When I can and when I'm feeling well enough I will try to walk.  That's about it.  As for desire to exercise.  I think everyone is different.

Patti
 
Fibormyalgia, 4x Lyme Disease Survivor, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Dyslexia, 2 Lumbar Disk Herniations, Allergies, Bi-lateral Carpal Tunnel, Psoriasis. 
Meds = Elavil, Tramadol, Xanax, Lipitor
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Sherrine
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   Posted 4/3/2009 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Walking has really helped me a lot. I didn't want to do it either but, once I started, I felt better.  If the weather is lousy where you are you can get a walking in place video.  Leslie Sansone has some great ones...some of which are easy.  Those are the ones you want.  They are boring but at least get you moving if the snow is drifting outside.  I live in Florida so I don't have that problem now.  I love walking and seeing people, flowers, etc.  The fresh air is great, too!  Since I started walking, I can walk further and further now and I don't have as much pain.  It really is worth it.
 
Sherrine
Forum Moderator/ Fibromyalgia
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Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Diabetes, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Osteoporosis
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


nmma
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   Posted 4/3/2009 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I noticed a BIG difference when I used the yoga ball - I could stretch completely into a back bend - we got 2 of them because sometimes the nubs on the massage one would hurt .

And it's fun - not like exercise which sounds like work and hurt
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