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    Spring Health and Fitness challenge - Chronic Illness version

    Again, a parallel / alternative thread for people for whom the other spring fitness challenge thread doesn't work as well. Maybe you've got health issues that mean different kinds of goals. Maybe you want a space that doesn't specify numbers. We're here!

    A few tips to keep this helpful for people in the thread:

    - Please avoid expressing exertion or weight loss goals as numbers in
    plain view : these can be actively disruptive to health for people with a history of disordered eating or exercise, and also sometimes frustrating or disruptive for people whose bodies won't let them do much. It would be great if this thread was a place people could talk about goals and get support without having to risk seeing that kind of content without warning.

    - If you do want to express these kinds of goals, please put them in spoiler tags. (These work like the quote tags: put
    Code:
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    at the beginning of the content and
    at the end. Please put a note about the kind of content just before (i.e "Exercise numbers" or ""weight loss numbers"

    - If there are other limits that would help make this thread useful, please let people know and we can figure out some solutions.

    With that in mind:
    1) Name your goal!
    2) Post it on this thread.
    3) Check in (once a week is good)
    4) Mutual support, encouragement and (if requested, helping with ideas) are great.
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    Re: Spring Health and Fitness challenge - Chronic Illness version

    Quote Originally Posted by Jenett View Post
    1) Name your goal!
    2) Post it on this thread.
    Two and a half goals.

    I know some people get twitchy around food or anything that might be construed as disordered eating (I mean, I don't think this is, but better safe than sorry):

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    1) Stick to the gluten-free thing seriously I mean it and, more to the point, eat enough to not feel like total crap while sticking to the gluten-free thing. Expiry date: no earlier than Mar 31, but if I can hold out till Apr 14, that's better, and Apr 28 is better yet. And then back on gluten.

    Object of this exercise is to determine whether a GF diet does anything useful for me. (I have two sisters who have celiac, you see. I have been meaning to run this experiment basically since the earlier of them got diagnosed. I finally started Mar 4.) If I note an improvement in any arena between now and when I go back on gluten, or an abrupt disimprovement when I go back on gluten, then clearly the answer is yes. Mind you, a yes answer will suck intensely; as you might have guessed from the content note and the first sentence part two, I am having trouble enjoying, and thus having trouble eating, any foods that are permissible by the terms of the experiment! (Same naturally-GF or trivially-rendered-GF foods I have enjoyed plenty in the past, at that! Ugh. Brains why so rude.)


    I am not sure whether what is below this spoiler cut counts as exertion goals with numbers, and better etc:

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    2) Get in the habit of moving my body to music on a regular basis--say every two or three days. Bonus points for moving my body to music in a way that sets me up to be able to walk a 5K (formally organized or otherwise--I was hoping the 5K for employees of the state that employs me would be that week, but I asked and it's most likely in the fall this year) the weekend of May 20-22.

    Object of this exercise is, one, I used to be able to walk a freaking 5K no trouble, and I am irritated at having lost that ability. Two, Kallynteria and Plunteria are May 21-22 according to Hellenion 2017 calendar, and it occurred to me that the six-mile one-way hike from temple to sea that is part of that festival duo is relevant and a good thing to reenact in the course of celebrating that festival duo. Wait, I haven't got access to the temple in Athens--okay, let's just exercise instead. I am not attempting any twelve miles, though.


    Weight loss:

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    2 1/2) I weigh in the vicinity of 170 lbs. I want to be in the 140-150-lb range. This is a half goal because it's vague and because my efforts to achieve it are encompassed by the above two goals: I am not weighing myself daily or even weekly, and I am not restricting my eating more than I'm already doing. I refuse. But I do get weighed every time I visit the psych doctor, which is about monthly, and I'll report that number after each visit (next one's in two weeks) and, like, hope it falls. Not hoping it falls fast, because I know too much weight loss too fast is not healthy, but.


    And the reasons I'm over here instead of over on the other challenge thread:

    * Exercise-triggered asthma
    * Executive function problems up to my ears
    * If that-thing-in-the-first-spoiler-cut is an actual thing wrt me (that goal, if you did not open the spoiler cut, is an experiment to find this out), well, that's a bleepin' chronic illness in and of itself, isn't it?

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    Re: Spring Health and Fitness challenge - Chronic Illness version

    Quote Originally Posted by Alexeigynaix View Post
    I am not sure whether what is below this spoiler cut counts as exertion goals with numbers, and better etc:

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    2) Get in the habit of moving my body to music on a regular basis--say every two or three days. Bonus points for moving my body to music in a way that sets me up to be able to walk a 5K
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    So just now I put on my "dance! medium energy" playlist on shuffle. Ginger Doss, "Dance Around the Fire". I danced through the whole song! Yay! This is better than last time, when I only had one playlist for this purpose (since renamed "dance! high energy"), and I only made it through most of Kellianna's "Wild Maiden", which is a full minute shorter than "Dance Around the Fire".

    ...but even the medium-energy playlist is 22 min, and I was hoping to go more than 5 min.


    And re the food thing:

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    I have a chuck steak baking that marinated overnight in a mixture of Kraft Catalina and Heinz Worcestershire, and that I'm baking/braising in a mixture of those and sweet red wine. My kitchen smells SO GOOD Y'ALL now let's hope it tastes good too!

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    Re: Spring Health and Fitness challenge - Chronic Illness version

    Quote Originally Posted by Jenett View Post
    If you do want to express these kinds of goals, please put them in spoiler tags. (These work like the quote tags: put <spoiler> at the beginning of the content and </spoiler> at the end. Please put a note about the kind of content just before (i.e "Exercise numbers" or ""weight loss numbers"
    That didn't come out helpfully, so I've edited the above (in my quote, not in the OP) to use pointy brackets so that how it works shows properly.

    To all: When actually using spoiler tags, use square brackets instead of the pointy ones.

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    Re: Spring Health and Fitness challenge - Chronic Illness version

    Quote Originally Posted by Jenett View Post
    1) Name your goal!
    2) Post it on this thread.


    Goal: Move more, and improve flexibility
    (body numbers, level/type of activity)
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    Do yoga once a day!

    I don't get a chance to be active to begin with given my desk job, but when I started dealing with chronic fatigue and pain it got worse. 6-inches-on-my-waist-in-a-year worse. I (kinda had to) cut out almost all alcohol, which has made me feel a lot better and helped me shed some of the excess weight, but I need to move my body!

    I don't know my weight, and I don't particularly care; I don't even own a scale. I'd just like to be able to fit back into my favorite dresses.

    My flexibility is almost non-existent at this point too, which has started to bite me in terms of small injuries.

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    Re: Spring Health and Fitness challenge - Chronic Illness version

    Quote Originally Posted by Alexeigynaix View Post
    Wrt exercise: not going well, by which I mean it's not going.

    Wrt food:

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    Nothing. Tastes. Right. Even the things that tasted awesome, gluten-free or otherwise, before!

    I'm getting some chicken thighs in a marinade in a moment, so they can marinate while I'm at work today and crockpot while I'm sleeping. Honey, garlic, GF teriyaki sauce because the grocery store was out of GF soy sauce, and ketchup. Sounds tasty. We'll see if it actually is tasty enough to be edible.
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    Re: Spring Health and Fitness challenge - Chronic Illness version

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    Again, a parallel / alternative thread for people for whom the other spring fitness challenge thread doesn't work as well. Maybe you've got health issues that mean different kinds of goals. Maybe you want a space that doesn't specify numbers. We're here!
    Yay!

    I kind of stopped reporting on the other thread; hopefully won't happen on this one.

    1. Big thing -- improve my sleep. I am actually on the road to this as I've been prescribed a new med that should stop my spasms while I sleep. This is day 3 of it and so far, so good, though it did put me into a mini-coma the other night. That might happen while I catch up on sleep debt.

    (For those who don't know: I have uncontrollable spasms and nerve pain. Pretty sure it's Willis Ekbom Disease. I have to fidget or jiggle my limbs to avoid spasming. Can't actually sit still. Anyway there's no test for Willis Ekbom, apparently, so when I brought it up with my doc and my concern that I was spasming while sleeping and that's what was still making me tired despite the CPAP he prescribed a med to see if it helps.)

    2. Take my iron daily again. I managed this for like, a week! My blood tests showed an improvement in iron when I was only taking it every couple of days, so if I keep on taking it daily I should be able to beat the anemia.

    3. Continue seeing chiro once a month. Saw them this month, next appt is beginning of April.

    4. Continue journaling and doing my 750 words every day. This is for my mental health which in turn helps my physical health.

    5. Food/diet stuff:

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    We still haven't started our new diet. We've had a couple of scares with Mr. Morag getting low on blood sugar and getting really ill from it, so...if/when we start this thing we need to do it right. Or figure out a way for just me to do it, depending on if he's able or not. We're discussing options.

    On the plus side, have gone without sugar in my coffee for a couple of weeks now. Didn't actually think that was possible, so maybe I am able to cut down on my sugar intake.



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    Re: Spring Health and Fitness challenge - Chronic Illness version

    Quote Originally Posted by Jenett View Post
    Time for my goals.

    I am mostly at keeping on keeping on: keep up the swimming, see if I can find a thing or two that gets me moving on non swimming days (see below), and continue to work on improving 'quick things to prepare to eat which are good for me' for my particular values of 'good for me'.

    Various bits of divination I did for the year in advance at my birthday suggest that April and May may have particular challenges, so I am trying to keep plenty of space in them for adjusting to complications and not adding new complex things.

    (If I'm right, yay advance planning. If I'm wrong, I'll get more done on non-urgent projects!)

    My week
    - Last week was a huge travel and weird schedule week for me (I left on a plane on Wednesday, got back today, and Saturday to Saturday was nearly twice the amount of activity I normally do plus sleeping on a bed that is not mine, not swimming, etc.)

    - My next week is not exactly better: I got home today, have necessary stuff tomorrow, and then a professional conference that starts Friday night and runs through midafternoon Sunday, followed by a) getting back to work after 10 days away and b) a Tuesday that is rapidly filling with complex unusual tasks. This is, perhaps, not the ideal planning ever.

    (Self care indicates I should tell the person I was maybe meeting to do something with on the 1st or 2nd that that seems to be a bad idea.)

    - April is also the month of All The Medical Appointments (blood work, doctor, nutritionist, dentist) all of which should be 'yep, that thing is still that thing' seasonal followups, but one never knows. Which also complicates my schedule several ways.
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