At the bottom of the rollercoaster today

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Most people know that in order to stay healthy, you need to eat well and exercise right? We should be getting at LEAST 10,000 steps a day, which isn’t really that much, however, most are not getting up and walking around this much. Well, yesterday I had the day off of life – no doctor’s appointments, no class, no assignments (except for finishing my 14 case studies but let’s not go there) and I decided to just have a day to myself. I ran a few errands, took the pup to the park TWICE (not usual for him!), did a load of laundry, cut my own hair (don’t ask), and then went to a seminar last night for school.

I didn’t have the greatest sleep last night, and woke up in agony. I could barely sit in class this morning because even the chair was causing the pain in my butt and back to get worse, my mind wasn’t functioning, and I was just in a very “let’s get this over with so I can go home and lay down”. Every single muscle, tendon and ligament in my body is in excruciating pain right now. So, rather than working on homework or my case studies as I should be doing, what my body needs is just pure relaxation. I am spending the day on the couch with some tea, the dog by my side, watching tv, and MAYBE reading if my brain can handle it.

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As you can see from my yesterday’s FitBit measurements, I didn’t even walk 8,000 steps, not even 10,000, and yet my body flared up. Imagine if I was trying to play a soccer game like I used to do, travelling, doing things around the house – I can’t.

I do know that with rest, I will slowly feel better, so that’s what I will give my body in its time of need. I won’t push myself through this. This is just the way it is living with fibromyalgia – the chronic pain and fatigue are a fact of life, it goes up and down, and there’s nothing I can do about it.

If you’re looking for me, I can be found on the couch for the next 24 hours 🙂

Xoxo Lex

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2 thoughts on “At the bottom of the rollercoaster today

  1. Oh man, I feel your pain!! I started out with 5,000 steps and tried to keep with it daily. I also broke the walks into small chunks. It was the only way I could do it without setbacks. It took some adjustment, but after a couple months I just upped my goal to 6,000 daily. I really have to be careful. I’ve noticed that too many steps means daaaays of pain. One day I had 12,000 and I hurt soooooo much the next day! The start small and be consistent approach is the most successful I’ve been in exercising since my fibro got bad 8 years ago. Best of luck to you!!

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    • You are doing it right by pacing yourself! My problem is because I’m a student right now some days I’m super sedentary and the other days I’m trying not to sit as much, so it hits me like a brick! Once I’m done school in July I can start back on my yoga and walking and ensure I do it properly to avoid too many flares!!!

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