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5/24/12 1:21 P

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Thanks everyone! Today we're taking the baby to the zoo, so hopefully I'll be able to make it through without feeling like I want to curl up and die at the end. I took it easy yesterday so I feel kind of ok today.

Thank you for the words of encouragement and tips. I know this is going to a long journey, but I'm glad I have people that can understand. My sister was diagnosed with lupus and fibro last year and so I have her to talk to sometimes (when she has the energy, she's still working so that takes it out of her badly) and my husband is very supportive, but I do still get the comments and blank stares from the in laws and friends that don't know me super well when I try to describe what I'm going through.

Another one of my goals is to hopefully get my body acclimated to more exercise by the middle of the summer because we're going camping in Yellowstone and I want to enjoy it as much as possible. I don't expect to be pain free, but maybe able to handle it a little better. I refuse to miss out on my children's childhoods because of this. :) I feel like I've missed out on too much already.

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5/24/12 11:25 A

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Welcome to the team Mindy. Please join in on the chats.

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5/24/12 7:27 A

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emoticon Kathy is right, there is a lot of help here and it is nice to find someone who understands how you feel.

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5/24/12 2:13 A

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Hi!
If you click on the team name at the top of this page, it takes you to a list of discussion topics--among them, our READING ROOMS, where you will find links to other helpful websites, articles, lists of symptoms, research news... as well as all the usual kind of questions and conversations...
check 'em out!

good advice so far... and I think the very best part about this team?--you're NOT ALONE anymore. When you tell someone what you're going through, they GET it.

Welcome aboard!
Kathy emoticon emoticon

"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." Walter P. Chrysler said it, I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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5/23/12 8:04 P

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Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt, dance like nobody's watching and NEVER fry bacon naked!

You are successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile goal.
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5/23/12 4:04 P

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Welcome Starry Eyes;

It can be difficult getting started with an exercise program when you have fibromyalgia. You have to remember that any exercise is better than none, and with fibro you have to start out very slowely. I started walking just 5 minutes per day, and doing 2 reps of 4 when lifting weights, also keeping the weights very light. Working out in a warm water pool is great for people with fibro, I do a lot of water walking, push ups, stretches, and other helpful movements, some with weights and some without in the pool. I also found that weekly massages help me imensley. I joined Massage Envy where I get 1 hour massages at a reduced price and I have found a wonderful therapist who always does my massages, so she knows what I need.

I am sure that if you start out very slowely you can work your way up, and soon be feeling much better. You can add me as a friend if you would like.

Blessings and Peace,
Candi


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5/23/12 12:44 P

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Hi everyone! Name is Mindy and I've had fibro (officially) for 6 years, but I think I've had for closer to 15. I'm 36, married, a mother of 5, a stay at home mom, and I also do freelance art. My youngest (and last!) is now 3 and a 1/2 months old and my postpartum weight loss has stalled so I need to get back on track and focused in my efforts. My highest weight was 262lbs. in 2009. I'm currently at about 230. (my scale fluctuates from day to day give or take a lb or two) My goal is to be around 140-150 ish. This has been a painfully slow journey, but I'm determined to reach my goal even if it takes me 10 years.

My biggest challenges are getting restful sleep, even before the baby, and being able to maintain an exercise program. That's honestly been the most difficult thing. Whenever I try to start exercising, I do well for a day or two, and then the flares start setting in and I'm out of commission usually for about a week. It's so frustrating!

So, that's why I'm here! I would love to hear other people's experiences, tips, ideas, etc. on how to be healthier, lose weight, and actually be able to exercise while dealing with fibro.

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