Nipped it in the bud!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Living in the Interior of Alaska, with it's well-deserved reputation for brutal winters, can be hell for anyone - but if you have fibro, it's even more challenging. The cold makes me ache something fierce and it is very difficult to stay focused on working out and doing what is healthy for me. Like most Alaskans, the cold weather makes me just want to hunker down, cuddle up on the couch and be lazy.
I gave into the fibro for about a week - didn't workout, didn't eat right (I'm sure you've all noticed that eating well takes effort!) and just tried to get through the days. That doesn't work for a fibromite - at least not this one. (If you don't think God has an ironic sense of humor, you don't have fibro!) Even on the days when I don't want to move at all, if I don't workout, I feel even worse the next day. Bwahahahahaha, good one, God! ;o)
At any rate, I nipped the lazies in the bud. You might read this and think, what are you talking about? You just said you took a week off. True, but the temperatures have dropped considerably this week (it was -20 this morning and supposed to get to -35 tonight) and even though I didn't WANT to, I worked out last night anyway. And guess what? Yep - I feel better today. Oh, I'm still achy and, if I'm honest, more than a little gritchy, but I don't feel like I can't control it.
Working out isn't just a physical thing for me - it's a very emotional thing, too. Having a chronic pain condition, I don't feel like I have a lot of control over my body - but when I workout, I AM in control - even if it's just for 20 minutes.