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Farmers Wife
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   Posted 8/21/2010 10:30 PM (GMT -7)   
My hubby is wanting us to do the whole P90X thing. My main concern is that they boast about the "Muscle Confusion" to get better results. Well having Fibro for as long as I can remember my muscles are already confused. That is why they twitch, spasm, and cramp. Meds help but they are still confused. So has anyone else with this condition ever tried P90X and has it made you feel worse or better.

I had just gave birth to our 3rd child and 3rd c-section length wise this time. I am about 100lbs over my ideal weight so I have some serious weight to loose, darn you Wal-Mart and your box/frozen convince foods but hell it's cheap. So I am in some serious need to loose weight but don't want to cause more harm/pain then good. Any feedback would be great thanks.

sotiredoffibro
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   Posted 8/22/2010 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
My son ordered this product and it did not work for him. He does not have fibro.
As far as someone who has fibro I do believe that this would be way too intense of an exercise regiment for you. The key for us fibromites is gentle exercise. I would hate to see you in more extreme pain than you already are. Sherrine has put together Fibro 101 at the top of the page and it has some wonderful information on exercises for we who have fibro.
Welcome to our fibro family and I hope you will keep us updated as to how you are doing. We have a great group of supportive people here that will try and answer any questions you have. Also feel free to vent when you need too or offer advice to others.
Once again Welcome.
Gentle Hugs
Shirley
DX: Fibro, Gerds, COPD, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, High Blood Pressure, and Depression.
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Sherrine
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   Posted 8/22/2010 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, and welcome!  I sure wouldn't do that.  People with fibro need gentle stretching exercises (some are found on Fibro 101 that sotiredoffibro told you about) and also regular gentle exercises.  I walk and swim as my exercise.  It you overdo, you will pay a BIG price for it.  Besides, walking doesn't cost a cent!  yeah
 
I'm so glad you found us and joined in.  We have a great group of members here that love to help one another.  And, as a bonus, we really do care about each other, too.  Don't hesitate to ask question because we are here to help you.  Hope to hear more from  you soonn.
 
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TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/22/2010 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know how a person with poor health of any kind could withstand that sort of rigorous workout.

Have you ever journaled all the food and beverages you and your husband consume in a week? It can be rather eye opening. If you do that, then look to see if there are foods that can be replaced with smarter choices. I'm not necessarily into low-fat, low-carb, this or that - but just good whole foods.

Boxed and frozen foods offer convenience, but you can make your own boxed and frozen foods for convenience that offer a whole lot of better ingredients. Some people will take a weekend, and cook all their meals for the month - then freeze them in containers and bring them out each night for the main meal. That offers time savings.

Better foods don't have to be more expensive than the cheapo boxed and frozen stuff. Honest. I get by on about $100 a month for food. Maybe up to $150 a few months a year. Oatmeal is dead cheap - and quick to make. Throw in some dried fruit - raisins, or whatever you like - dried fruit goes a long way. Eggs - cheap as could be - and fast too make. Staple items like carrots, potatoes and celery are fairly cheap - and can go into a lot of comfort food dishes. Pastas actually are slow to metabolize - this is not known by everyone - but the semolina flour is processed differently than regular white baking flour - and is a healthy food choice - cheap, too. Beans - if you include them in dishes that already contain a little meat, you can cut down your food cost a lot - keep the taste meaty, keep the protein high, and benefit your waist line. I even add lentils often when I make chicken soup - cheap way to boost the protein. I love to cook - but if I didn't, I'd be freezing meals like a mad woman. Oh - frozen veggies - cheap! I keep bags of them in the freezer all the time and use them in my cooking.

Take the cash you'd spend on that program - and plug it into your food budget over the next 4 months. You might be surprised at yourself. :)
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!

Post Edited (TheChickenPrincess) : 8/22/2010 1:27:49 PM (GMT-6)


TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/22/2010 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh - another idea for very busy moms - crock pot cooking. You can put the ingredients in in the morning (or the night before and place it all in the fridge) the plug it in when you get up, and you have dinner ready when you want it. No fuss. One of my sisters used hers all the time when she first married. I've always wanted one. The greatest part is, you can buy the cheapest, tougher cuts of meat and the slow, low temp cooking will tenderize it into a gourmet delight. Very frugal. Healthy recipes for slow cookers abound.
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!

getting by
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   Posted 8/22/2010 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Princess,

Copy me down your list of grocery items, I want to spend only 100.00 a month for food. I spend 150.00 every two weeks for two people. Plus two dogs, but even just the food items, I couldn't do it for less than 200.00 a month.

Hugs, Karen
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Dagger
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   Posted 8/22/2010 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
My fibro symptoms are much milder than many on this forum, I am capable of heavy physical activity and I work full time. I am familiar with P90X and would never, ever recommend it for someone with fibro unless they are already very physically active.

I wouldn't do it. You said you are about 100lbs overweight, you'd be asking for trouble with this workout even if you didn't have fibro. One of my co-workers, a marathon running weightlifter, is 4 weeks into it and it is wearing him out. You can tell he is sore when he walks down the hall or gets out of a chair.

I strongly suggest you start with walking, then maybe a beginner yoga class. While exercise is very important, you will lose more weight by changing your diet. It can take an average woman one hour of strenuous exercise to burn off 400 cal yet you can polish off a 400 calorie candy bar in less than 5 minutes.

TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/22/2010 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Gettingby - those are my shopping expenses for one single person. Not including pets, nor relatives. I shop for my relatives, but I keep all of their purchases separate from mine. When your breakfast is oatmeal, milk, bananas and dried cherries; and your lunch is peanut butter and honey on, bread you mix yourself, the evening meal is the only "big" expense. Also - I have no expenses for coffee, tea or alcohol because I don't drink them.
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!

Post Edited (TheChickenPrincess) : 8/22/2010 2:49:27 PM (GMT-6)


getting by
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   Posted 8/22/2010 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Now I don't feel so bad Princess, if you cut mine in half, it is about 100.00 per person. We aren't the most on budgeting, but we do have our own garden and pick berries out of the woods. There are no apples this year around here so I will have to buy them. We do pretty good though compared to some.

Hugs, Karen
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Farmers Wife
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   Posted 8/23/2010 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys. I figured that it was way too intense for me but thought I would get some feedback first. Hubby just thinks that I am making excuses why I can't do it, he doesn't fully understand what fibro is all about. I have been out walking around town when it hasn't been so blame hot out, so I haven't been out much. I know when I start back to work in Sept. as a nurse aid in a busy nursing home, I will drop some weight. But it does not take long for my body to get use to all the physical activity and I level off.

As for eating right and portion control, hubby either turns his nose up and I have to make 2 suppers or he tells me that I'm not eating enough. Yeah he's a picky eater will only eat hamburger and some chicken, certain brand. Why he tells me I'm not eating enough stems back from when we first met. I was at my smallest point, 145, do to the fact that I could not afford to eat but once a day so my stomach had shrunk. To this day he tells me that back then I still had trouble areas even though you could see my ribs and hip bones. What the hell?! The good thing is that when he is out in the field for 3mo in the spring and fall I can eat what I and my boys need, healthier and more variety.

TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/23/2010 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Farmers Wife said...
To this day he tells me that back then I still had trouble areas even though you could see my ribs and hip bones. What the hell?! The good thing is that when he is out in the field for 3mo in the spring and fall I can eat what I and my boys need, healthier and more variety.


Farmers Wife, I feel very worried for your health and well-being after reading this.
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!

javamommy77
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   Posted 8/23/2010 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I was just thinking the same thing farmer's wife. it's bad enough when your husband doesnt understand the fibro part of it (trust me hubby told me this weekend maybe it IS just depression) but throw the other things in as well and yeah there's some red flags up. I say this only because I lived in a relationship very similar for 3 years. food was a huge issue too. I got down to 125 (I'm 5'9" and normally weigh 150-160 and size 10) and a size 0 and I was still being told I was too big. As well as making food he would tell me we both needed to loose wieght but then wouldnt change what he ate

As far as loosing weight you won't loose weight by exercise alone you HAVE to change your eating habits as well. I saw the topic P90x and just seeing it sent shivers down my spine. No way i could even ever imagine doing that even when healthy!

When i was healthy and had no pain I did yoga and seriously it did help me lose wieght. Now i just wish I could get to the point of being able to sit on the ground to do yoga..

ladyphenom7
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   Posted 9/26/2010 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I am 4 weeks into the P90X and I find it very challenging at times. I am doing as much as I can without overdoing it and althought I have only lost 5 pounds, I have lost 3 inches from my waist and 3 from my hips. Some days I feel great but sometimes I can't even make it through the workouts, so I don't. I agree that changing the diet will be 85% of weight loss and getting healthier. Good luck!

Mrs_Mike
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   Posted 9/26/2010 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
First: Short and sweet: Hell no to the P90X!!
Second: I went through a massive change in my diet. I slowly figured out changes I could make, make things healthier, cost effective, make it not seem like I am dieting and guess what? I did it. I LOVE eating now. I've been steadily losing weight (average 1.5 to 2 pounds per week) and I DON'T feel deprived. I just woke up one day when my scale went over the 170 mark and I was like "Oh NO I ain't visiting that again!" Started that very day. As time goes on, I learn more and more what works, what doesn't. And I've made it convenient for me. Also, my husband doesn't get the whole fibro thing. He's not mean about it but just doesn't understand it. He's also 6'3" with a 32 inch waist and LOVES brownies for dessert everyday. Part of my realization was that I can't eat like him anymore. I just can't. I would (as kindly as you could and for lack of better words) tell your husband to mind his own business when it come to eating and if he doens't get why you can't do P90X with him, he needs to read up on fibro. Unfortunaltely, you might have to eat different meals. It's a little more work, but there's short cuts you can take to make it easier for yourself to stay on track. I've babbled enough. If you'd like me to go into more depth about what ~I~ eat, I will gladly start a new post and put it all out there!! Also, since I was newly (actually) diagnosed with fibro, I quit trying to be super woman (like I was in the Air Force) and started doing exercise like a fibromite (like that name :-D). I look MUCh slimmer than I did and the other day my husband told me my butt was "Boody-licious!! lol!! That means a LOT!!
Fibromyalgia, migraines, arthritis, PCOS, IBS, anxiety, chronic insomnia; Lyrica, ambien, yaz, lidocaine patches, ultram, advil, midrin, migraten, skelaxin, (fish oil, D3, B's 12& 6, probiotic, DHEA, soy isoflavone, I'm missing something I'm sure.) PS: I think fibromyalgia is a jerk!

Love, hope, and hugs,
Mrs_Mike

saintsfan
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   Posted 9/26/2010 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Mrs. Mike, I'd love to read a post on this. My weight has steadily climbed upward to 175, that's alotta meat on these short bones.
Dx: Fibro, HTN, Depression, IBS, Lupus like symptoms

"The Lord is close to the broken hearted and He saves those whose spirits have been crushed" Psalm 34:18
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