Patience is a virtue, gee, I already feel like I am being too virtuous as it is
I am working on that too. I keep telling myself - no matter what that wretched scale says, good things are going on inside that can't be seen!
Ah, so we ALL want the cool weather stations. I have one, not as nice as what you are mentioning, but good enough to hang somewhere. If I ever get that storage facility cleaned out and here.
Now that barometric pressure is something that we have studied in depth, your next science assignment, should you choose to accept it, is the meticulous measurement of urinary outputs. Collections will be made in calibrated litre flasks, when the bp in Hg is below 30 and dropping. And then again, as bp rises over 30 Hg. In this manner, it will be ascertained as to whether, weather is causing our flippin' pain-riddled bodies to retain massive quantities of fluid and stopping us from showing weight loss like the other, more-or-less, normal humanoids would, hahahaha
So, I woke up at a normal time today feeling like I could make it to the gym and I got there about 11 AM, which is about when I loosen up enough to do life at all.
I won't meet my trainer until the note from my doc shows up. Then I make the first of the two free appointments with him. Today, I just had another trainer show me the stationary equipment. I got to play on a bike, tread mill and elliptical, as she showed me the ropes.
There are also rowing machines. I love these and used to have one, I wish I had never parted with it now! An aside about my rowing machine is I think it helped me get over Chronic Fatigue when I got it in my late 20s. Many people say CFS is the precursor to fibro - just as polio is precursor to post polio.
Anyway - I got CFS & I tried changing my diet and went all vegetarian back then - no change from the diet. I finally was released from work, doctors orders, my bosses too, he was super good about it & knowing I was just unbearably sick. Anyway, I did nothing but sleep & eat the first week and the second week I ordered the rowing machine. I had a sationary bike, but I was prone to just falling asleep and didn't want to crash to far
Hence the rowing machine - low to the ground.
I started with one-minute, every time I woke up and I remember it was next to impossible the first two days. But pretty soon I was up to 10 or 15 minutes and I'd try to get 2 to 3 of those in a day. Ultimately, when I got back to work, I'd do 30 mins in the morning and 30 after work. After months of that - it was 1 hour in the morning and an hour at night. Talk about boring - but I was used to swimming 50 laps and that isn't too thrilling either.
This whole process probably took 4 or five months to work up to, but at the end of 6 months of 2 hours a day - I was back out in the field summers doing field work in 100 degree weather and not fatigued at all. I loved my rowing machine for getting me back to work and all the outdoor stuff I ws about. And I will always be for using exercise and diet for what ails me.
Still now, the problem has been conquering the pain, not just fatigue, with the fibro and that is a different animal - and oh gosh, I am not 20 something anymore
So, I will find a rowing machine to use as well, but today's trainer wasn't up on those. I don't think she is about anything low to the ground at all. I was told that her last job for many years was Cirque de Soliel and she is also extremely gorgeous - I found this all intimidating
I told her that I had fibro and when she showed me the machines she kept explaining that she figured my level to be much higher than it could possibly be. I was internally a little miffed about this - but then found that I was actually working at exactly the levels she had guessed.
So on the tread mill I am doing 3.5 mph on incline even though outdoors I am substantially slower than that. Maybe not, I stop for birds and other critters, hehehe. I can't remember what I did on the stationary bike, but it was what she set me at originally, hmm.
Anyway, I did 25 minutes with 5 cool down on each. I am used to an hour of water aerobics - but I was stunned that I did that much at that level and I was actually holding back to a bit. Mostly because of my own admonition here that I always think I can do more and end up paying for it.
Weirdly, unlike the pool yesterday, I felt my muscles relaxing especially, in the knee that bothers me, the opposite calf and my impossibly tight left groin muscle. I have been working my hips at the pool to get the groin thing loosened to no avail. Yet, about midway through the stationary bike, which I used first today it all became incredibly relaxed. Even with a massive storm hitting right now - and the bp at 29.7 I am still feeling pretty loose.
In a way I am kind of irked - because for fibro folk this hot water swimming is supposed to be the best thing going. I have put a ton of money into it and maybe I just needed to be at the Y this whole time. HOWEVER, I remind myself that this WOE has changed everything for me. I could not walk at least only as far to a close neighbor's home until recently.
And I have to remember that yesterday I got back from swimming and crashed for the whole night. That too could have helped with how I feel today. Still I feel like I could have done a couple more machines today without ill effect - and that is just too weird for me to comprehend. The proof will be tomorrow morning: waking up and the pain/fatigue levels then. Mostly, if I feel well enough to swim again tomorrow.
All in all, I am completely jazzed tonight about getting back to the gym