Question for those who may have recovered...(exercise/activity)

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   Posted 5/13/2009 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Did you also recover your ability to engage in athletic type things?   I, of course, don't mean are you considering an olympics tryout, but do you now have the energy to exercise regularly, and not just walking but jogging, weightlifting, church softball team, play tennis, whatever else within reason...
I don't know if I have active lyme still or not but regardless of that part, I'm in such bad shape I can't do a whole lot and will literally have to start my own reintroduction to exercise by walking.  Which, I've actually done this before(built myself back up), before I knew lyme was my problem, but I've fallen into even worse(by far) shape this time and I'm curious what kind of experiences with recovering your athletic ability(and indeed, physical tolerance for exercise, as well) others have had.
Or, on the other hand, has anyone here gotten better enough to say that life is reclaimed yet at the same time, found that they are still pretty much relegated to walking for exercise regardless of how young you still are, healthy you look/feel; and irritated(or worse) by attempts to do more than low intensity exercise?

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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/13/2009 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I lost a lot of my ability to exercise in the last year and a half, since I had to stop working. I was in great shape before though, too skinny but all muscle (I landscaped and installed satellites so my job was very physical. I fought through pain, numbness and all the other lyme symptoms for years before I couldn't quite "mind over matter" it. Now I want to get back into shape and I am getting my butt kicked. Walking up the stairs takes my breath away. I find that I can't do half of what I could a year and a half ago.

When I was working I pushed myself physically more than I should have but I do believe I felt better for it. It is hard to get that motivation with no paycheck coming. I am trying to start regular exercise again, but it is difficult and frustrating to know all that has been lost. But I am hopeful it will get better.

Good luck to you.

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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 5/13/2009 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I walk approx. 2 miles a day. Some days its easy and days like today, it was difficult. But I make myself do it and its my accomplishment for the day. Start slow and work up to whatever feels right for your body.  D

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   Posted 5/13/2009 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I couldn't walk 2 feet 2 years ago. I now try to walk 3-4 miles 3x/wk, never miss my Pilates 2x/week. Listen to your body and start slow.

Martha's Vineyard
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   Posted 5/13/2009 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
take is at a pace that makes you feel safe and comfortable. don't rush. I like to swim in the ocean against the current. and walk on the beach. I am not readly to the th gym thing yet....I am riding a bike now too. But with my baby on the back, But all for pleasure.
One day at a time.
2004 in Martha's Vineyard me and my two daughters then 11 mos and 6 all got Lyme Disease. This was only known to us because we found the tiny ticks on us and we got very ill. My dog also got lyme and he went lame.
We have fought it for 4 years to no avail.
We all got it again this summer is Texas.
I am now in treatment in Scottsdale Arizona at Envita.

"The eyes cannot see for for what the mind does not know."

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