Focus on feeling good
Lately I’ve adjusted my thinking. Before I had been thinking “eat healthy, walk over 10,000 steps, hit the gym 6x a week, be healthy”. But now that I have fibromyalgia, just jumping into that hasn’t been possible. Working out too hard too fast causes flares. Which makes me tired, and then I can’t cook, and I got sad and felt like a failure and it would spiral.
That has been my last year. And every time I “failed”, I would gain more weight.
After meeting with my rheumatologist, I had to re-frame my thinking. She gave me a lot of good tips and ideas. Told me to take it slow. Ease into it. “EASE INTO IT??? THAT SO ISN’T ME! I’M A GO BIG OR GO HOME TYPE” screamed in my brain when she said that, but deep down I knew she was right.
So, I looked and found a workout program that I thought was “too easy” for me, that would get harder each week. I chose the “transformed” 12 week program from bodybuilding.com. I decided that I wouldn’t worry about food right away, just focus on getting my workouts in, and resting when my body needed it.
At first, any day I worked out I needed an hour or two nap in the afternoon. So I did it. I didn’t worry about being “active every hour”, or how many steps I got. I listened to what my body needed.
Once I was ok with my workout program, I started meal prepped. I told myself I would cook whole foods that I liked. I would meal prep my breakfast, lunch, mid morning snack and afternoon snack. I wasn’t going to stress over supper or evening eating. I just wanted to eat healthy foods I enjoyed for the first two meals of the day.
That went super well. Now I’m trying to be mindful of evening snacking (ensuring it’s healthy, and not stress related), as well as TRYING to cook evening meals at least 6/7 days a week. BUT, I’m not stressing over it.
I may not be having crazy fast progress at this point, but I AM making progress for the first time in a year. I feel the momentum increasing. I am focusing on what makes me feel good. If my body needs a break from cooking, I will order a pizza. If I need to postpone a workout so I can have a nap, I will.
I’m really happy with where this is headed. I’m half way through week 5 on the program and gaining momentum!