Mandy S. (mandyesque) wrote in psycho_de_flab,
Mandy S.

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Sedentary Hermit

I have Fibromyalgia.

I spend a lot of time in bed. My legs tend to swell if I'm upright for more than a couple of hours a day.

If I over-exert myself, I can easily be injured badly enough not to be able to do much of anything with that body part for two or three days. One time I was cutting potatoes (which were apparently not ready to be cut) and hurt my right arm badly enough not to be able to do much of anything with it for... well, I still can't do much with it, and that was a year ago.

I drop things all the time. Pens mostly. I've been known to lose a whole jug of juice out of the fridge, though. I trip over things constantly, too. I always considered myself graceful, but now I have a hard time making it across the living room without stubbing my toe.

In spite of all of this (which isn't everything that's wrong with me by a long shot) I've only put on 25 pounds since high school. FYI, high school was 8 years ago, so that's not bad at all.

My short-term goal is to lose 15 pounds by August. Of course my intention is to lose all 25, but I don't think I'll manage that until December or maybe even February because I have to pace myself. My most comfortable weight is 125, which is a size 5 for me. (I'm somewhere around 150 and a size 8 at the moment.)

My biggest concerns while trying to lose weight are the Fibromyalgia, my Hypoglycemia, and my anemia (which is pretty bad; my hemoglobin rarely passes 11.5 even when I'm on vitamins).

What I'm doing at the moment is some basic yoga (I average about 3 mornings a week, but I'd like to bump that up to 5) and using the treadmill for 20 minutes (about once a week, which I'd like to increase to 3). I'm also trying to eat as many vegetables as I can, though I don't want to give up meat at the moment. I finally found a vitamin that doesn't mess with my stomach; Geritol, which is formulated for old people. I also would love to drink more water, but I hate the way it tastes (even filtered, the water in Puerto Rico is nasty stuff) so I'm trying to get some of that lime-flavored stuff, since I tried a sample and loved it.

Here's a spiffy link to a Body Mass Index calculator:

And for those of you who thought "Fibro-huh???" at the beginning of my post, here's a bit about Fibromyalgia:

By the way, for those of you who don't know me, I'm a fairly cheerful person, even if this post leads you to believe otherwise. ^_^
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