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   Posted 6/19/2009 9:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
Due to my panic disorder, ovarian cysts and fibro steroids, ive gained alot of weight quickly, which has left me feeling awful about myself. ive hated and loathed my body for years now.
So i decided to do something about it. I got myself a personal trainer who specialises in rehab therapy and or sport injuries. She is totally affordable and we are starting my program of training in the pool. (i always swim in summer, just do laps and it helps my joints, but its winter now, so im going to an indoor heated pool) and  the trainer researched Fibro and has put together a specific regime for me, including the swimming and also stretching, pilates and the gym. she is taking it very slowly to see how much i can handle without getting hurt.
 i explained to her that its not just about weight loss, its about my health and lifestyle. i want to be fully mobile, to lose the rigidity in my joints. i am incredibly lazy by nature so this is a huge step for me and im actually really excited. has anyone else done something similar? how did it work out for you?
Maz XX
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   Posted 6/19/2009 11:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I've also been gaining weight in the past three months since I started taking meds. I haven't done anything about it yet, other than try and ride my exercise bike on gentle to keep from stiffening up. I need a little more cardio though. I've never been slim nor lazy, but in this flare I am happy if I can get on the bike and "ride" 3x a week. I would love to get a trainer. Good for you - that is terrific! Keep us posted on how you are feeling and how it works for you!

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   Posted 6/20/2009 12:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I use an elliptical machine or walk for exercise. It feels good to be workout-sore because it's totally different than fibro-sore. At least with workout-sore I know what I DID to deserve that soreness.

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   Posted 6/20/2009 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Great news Maz! I am glad that you are starting an exercise program with someone who researched fibro. Good luck with the program. I hope that it helps you love your body, no matter what the size. Hating my body is something I have struggled with for over 20 years. Seems to be a struggle for most women. So exercise and get your mobility back and love your body for doing it!
big soft hugs,

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   Posted 6/21/2009 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
My niece is a personal trainer and I am looking forward to her helping me. On my own I have only lost 10 pnds in a year, I need to loose about 25 more.
anxiety, avascular necrosis, costochondritis, depression, cfs, hypothyroidism, fibro, gerd, thyroid, uc 
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   Posted 6/22/2009 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   
i push myself as i love sports and it came as such a cruel blow when i had to give up my career as an outdoor sports teacher.
I still do what i can, but it means i look like an idiot with the amount of bandages, helmets, body armour etc i wear for x country bike riding. I max out on painkillers, nothing that'll make me drowsy and i even manage to ski once a year.
Sometimes i'm so well i don't even think i have fibro, but on days like today i know i def have it.
Swimming is the best of all as it doesn't hurt as much.
I think finding and respecting your limits is the main thing.
I have to lose about 21lbs again that i've gained from this period of fibro. It's great to be able to get out at all somedays. those are the days i call mental health days, i may noe lose much weight but at least i'ii feel good outside.
Good luck to all who are trying thier best to keep up the exercise, it's so important.
BikeBoo, biking with my boo since 1999
Of all the things i've lost, i miss my mind the most!
Fibro and spinal arthritis, trying to mange it with diet, exercise and accepting my limits, as i'm allergic to EVERYTHING!
TTC NO1 since Jan08

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/23/2009 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I started a water aerobics class and go 4 days a week.
:) Becky
Psuedotumer Cerebri Jan 08, Fibromyalgia May 09
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   Posted 6/23/2009 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   

Congrats Maz on your first step. It sounds awesome that you have a personal trainer that has/is taken the time to research and instruct you in a helpful exercise program for fibro.

I wish you lots of success in gaining more strength and some weight loss. I use a recumbent stationary bike at home. I also have had to change my diet up because of high cholesterol.

Good Luck......and keep us posted! :-)
Dx Fibro 1/2008, gastritis
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   Posted 6/23/2009 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   

Beginning and sticking to an exercise regime that does not hurt is wonderful. Water exercise is so relaxing and comforting. I am in the water most days of the week and when I miss days, I feel it.

Starting slow is good because you can do a lot more in the water than on land and it is easy to do too much.
Aquatic exercise is rated highly for fibromyalgia. In addition, you will make friends with the pool regulars.


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