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Take A Walk On The ‘Gentle’ Side ~ {How To Ease Into Excercise With Fibromyalgia}

I find myself in a place I have never been before.  I’m usually depressed for at least two weeks when Christmas ends.  It actually starts Christmas day, because I know it’s almost over.  You see, my most favorite time of the year is Oct-Dec.  I call it the ‘Trifecta’; Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  I’m prone to nostalgia, and love walking around ‘feeling’ all the holiday offerings that fit perfectly into the spaces in my brain the past has carved out.  This year?  Well, let’s just say this year’s holiday season was not without it’s challenges.  As a result, I’m not depressed.  I’m looking forward to moving on.  It was not all bad, there were several good but ‘stretching’ lessons taught to me this season.  It’s safe to say in many ways, I will never be the same.  So I’m grateful for this time, and would do it all over again in order not to lose the treasure I have gained.  But, for the first time in my life, I’m not unhappy to see January come.


 And of course, with the new year, come thoughts of renewal and improvement.  Eating for your health and exercising are often put on the back burner when dealing with chronic illness.  Face it, not only do you have to deal with the usual fight against the ‘will’, but it damn well hurts.  I’m not talking about the average muscle pain from underuse that accompanies the beginning of an exercise routine, I’m speaking of the unusual and intense pain that comes from ‘flares’ due to exertion.  For me, my hips/feet/legs will hurt so bad the day after walking, and the pain wakes me up so often during the night, that I can only walk every other night.  So, with Fibromyalgia/ME/Lupus ect. know that your exercise routine will probably not look the same as it did ‘pre-illness’.

how to ease your way into escercising with fibromyalgia

~Go slow and at a pace that you feel comfortable with. It may not be the length and strength of the past, but that’s ok.  You are doing what’s healthy for your body where you’re at.

~You may overdo it a few times until you find the pace that is right for you.

~Do not compare yourself to others!  And do not let them criticize and judge you with what they think your exercise routing should or should not be.  Keep your sessions to yourself if you’d like.  Exercise is personal and for you.

~Eat healthy and satisfying foods.  Foods high in good fat and protein will keep you satiated, and curb your carbohydrate cravings (refined foods/refined sugars).

walkfood final

~Pears: anti-oxidant/anti-inflammatory/anti-cancer, reduces risk of type 2 diabetes, high in water soluble fiber (good for IBS)

~Walnuts: anti-oxidant/weight control, brain health (see how they’re shaped?), heart health, reduce diabetes risk, good source of protein

~Hard Cheese: good protein source, good calcium source, K2 (for brain/heart/bones), keeps you satiated and cuts sugar cravings.

~Red wine (1 glass-always moderation): contains resveratrol (heart health/anti-oxidant), helps with bad cholesterol.


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    Carrie Groneman
    December 30 at 11:59 am

    Hello Kristine and SO glad to have you here at the WAYWOW party. I too have fibryo, chronic fatigue and arthritis is eating me away slowly. BUT, like you, I am living life to its fullest and enjoying with a smile. Thank you for bringing some light to this disease that is so misunderstood. Looking forward to getting to know you!

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      December 30 at 1:41 pm

      Hi Carrie! Wow, sounds like we could have coffee and compare aches n pains! 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, looking forward to getting to know you too! Have a wonderful day 😉

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    January 1 at 11:18 am

    Hi Kristine,
    Excellent post and very good advice. Chronic pain whatever it is from is so misunderstood and speaking from personal experience exercise definitely has to become personally oriented. It’s good to hear that you are looking forward to the New Year without feeling depressed. Depression is such an evil enemy of our bodies that can bring us down physically and emotionally. I usually had a problem with feeling down after the holidays from the time I was a child – cold weather comes and dark skies are the norm where I live in January & Feb . I need sunshine and warmth. But every season has it purpose. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Have a healthy happy blessed New Years. Pinned & tweeted!
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      January 2 at 1:13 am

      Thanks Marla! Appreciate the wisdom 😉

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    Kathryn Grace
    January 1 at 1:12 pm

    Hooray! Except for the wine, I already eat quite a few of these. Maybe that’s why I’m not depressed these days. : ) As a young woman, though, I suffered dreadfully from depression. Learning to listen to my body and mind and follow their lead helped raise me from that terrible morass. But boy, it took some doing. I was trained up to always think of everyone else first, and to be do everything well, because “if you can’t do it well, it’s not worth doing!” Once I let go of that need to be perfect, which I never once achieved–being perfect, that is–I managed life a whole lot better. That took years of practice.

    Thanks for the tips. I wish you well in navigating the months ahead. May you find something wonderful to spark your winter-time spirit as much as the fall and early winter events do.
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      January 2 at 1:12 am

      Thank you Kathryn! I know what it’s like to struggle with perfectionism. Thanks for sharing a little of your story, it is always encouraging to hear of someone’s victory over their struggles. Keep fighting! 🙂

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    January 2 at 6:16 am

    Hey Kristine,

    Thanks for the reminder to treat others with care. I can’t relate to the struggles of having a chronic illness, but can relate to having struggles in general (Ours are related to the unique challenges that come with blended family life). Your post was a good reminder to me that people hurt in different ways–perhaps everyone should come with their own “Fragile, Handle with Care,” sticker attached. Wishing you a happy 2016.
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      January 2 at 10:26 am

      Thank you Jed! Hope 2016 is the best for you and yours 🙂

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    Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    January 2 at 10:07 pm

    Kristine, I am so with you. Although I don’t have fibromyalgia I do have a chronic invisible disease. Some days its hard to keep putting one foot in front of the others, especially as I know if I’m having a hard time today tomorrow will be worse if I do too much. Invisible disease is as much endurance as it is planning. If I know I have a big day on Wednesday I cannot do much at all on Monday and Tuesday. And then I best not plan anything for Thursday. LOL It’s always a puzzle to figure out how to fit it all in. I’m sorry that Christmas was a bit difficult, I am hoping that the new year will be wonderful for you and that the entire year will be full of blessings!!! xx
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      January 3 at 9:52 am

      Thanks Nikki, ‘endurance’ is right! And planning ahead is tantamount to success 😉 Thanks again, have a wonderful week!

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    January 3 at 10:19 pm

    Wow, this is something I’ve learned in relation to walking the Christian walk. My Christian walk is the one that God has set out for me. And He is with me from beginning to end. I can’t compare my journey to anyone else, but I am thankful that my Heavenly Father is with me every step of the way.
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      January 3 at 10:34 pm

      Thanks Emily 🙂

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    January 9 at 4:37 am

    This is the way I am thinking about exercise getting use to the idea of a different way of living, thankyou

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      January 9 at 11:31 am

      Absolutely Ursula! Good Luck 🙂

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    January 12 at 3:15 pm

    Very Good Post!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! Pinned!
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      January 12 at 5:27 pm

      Thanks Elaine! 🙂

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    February 11 at 2:40 pm

    I love this post and just subscribed to your posts but cannot find an email.

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      February 11 at 3:26 pm

      Welcome Gina! My email address is on the ‘contact’ page, as well as the envelope icon in the upper right screen. Here it is as well: kristine@alifewellred.com Have a wonderful day! 🙂

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