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I just ordered a pedometer, so I will start tracking my steps soon. Being a mild winter, walking is an option on the warmer days fortunately.
I have unfortunately suffered the effects of overdoing it, so I know I have to go slow. While fall cleaning, I overdid it and locked up my neck for 2 weeks! (Lupus symptom..) and I often have bad days with Crohn's if I overdo the cardio.
That's why yoga and walking are my first choices, but sometimes I need other options. :)
You have my deepest understanding, for 5 years it has been an uphill battle for me as well.
But, stay positive and believe what your doctors say about not overdoing it, I started with chair exercises first, still cannot do some exercises, like sit ups or severe leg lifts.
I do walk every day and wear a pedometer and do 10000 steps a day even if I have to walk around the block a few times to complete them.
Moderate weights I use a spinGym for arm exercises and silly as it looks it works, like playing a kids game.
I am still under doctors care and have to stay within distance to a ladies room, but, I am not
a quitter, and I am losing, slow, but losing.
Each time I weigh myself I remind myself I did not gain it one day and cannot lose it in one, so
for today, just for today I will stay focused on diet and exercise and be proud of doing it, tomorrow will bring another day to succeed, each one bringing me closer to losing and firming, oh by the way I am 66 and proud.
Watch what you eat, log and check your log, refer to it when you are having a bad day and see what could be causing you to spend time away from what you would rather be doing.
Best of Luck!!!
Edited by: SUNSHINECOOKIE at: 1/18/2013 (11:47)
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One of my biggest problems is that I have had 3 bowel resections in the last 4 years. It started with an obstruction 4 years ago. I never fully healed before the pain started getting worse. My GI thought it was a cyst on my ovary, so I was sent to my OB/GYN and scheduled for surgery for the cyst. When they opened me up, they found that it was actually my small intestine had adhered to my ovary. So I was re-sected again. Again, I never fully healed before I had a fistula open up into my peritoneal cavity, which then tunnelled into the scar tissue from my previous surgeries and opened up on my lower abdomen. Plus, I had an intestinal hernia from the shoddy job the OB/GYN did with my last surgery. So last February I was re-sected again. Around that same time, I was diagnosed with Lupus. Now that I am off the biologics that made the Lupus worse, and wearing a stomach cincher for the last year to prevent another intestinal hernia, I think I may be finally able to look into getting back into shape.
I have been nearly bed ridden for 3 years, and the last year has been a struggle while adjusting to meds, correcting nutritional deficiencies, etc.
I have no idea what a good way to start is. My Dr.'s aren't much help, just telling me over and over not to over do it, because over exerting myself leads to Crohn's AND Lupus flares.
I really need some ideas! I love yoga, but during Lupus flares some poses are just impossible (downward facing dog when my neck, shoulders, and wrists are swollen and inflamed leads to me falling on my head..) Walking is great, but cold weather also aggravates Lupus symptoms.