I have decided to chronicle my first full round of 21 Day fix with fibromyalgia.
Five years ago I possibly in the best shape of my life. Weight lifting at least five days a week and almost confident enough to try my hand at cross fit. #helloanxiety I wanted to become a certified kettlebell instructor.
Then life happened. I moved home to Canada and started University. Depression set in while it took over a year for Andy to be approved to immigrate. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
I have slowly been working on my strength and stamina. I’ve had to adjust workout programs and modify some harder moves. Adding in rest days to make sure that I recover. A few months ago, one workout on Monday would have me in pain and in the bed for the rest of the week.
Day 1 – Total Body Cardio Fix
So much food, so little time to eat!!
Tired first thing in the morning, but energized after the workout and able to focus better at work in the afternoon.
Went to bed earlier than normal, thankfully Teghan went to bed early too.
Cardio. I hate cardio.
Day 2 – Lower Fix
Not as sore as I usually am after a workout.
The nutrition must be helping.
Lunges. My poor knees.
Was glad to see the end of the workout.
I slept 12 hours last night, so I don’t know if I will have enough time to get all that food in my belly.
Focusing on protein and veggies.
I am making sure that I don’t push myself harder as I am doing the 21 day fix with fibromyalgia
Day 3 – Upper Fix – 21 Day fix with Fibro
Upper Body… not too bad.
But then there was the 10 minute abs.
I tried my best.
The only abdominal muscles that I seemed to feel was up under my ribs.
I am starting to think I need to look up videos on how to engage the core.
I still feel like there is just so much food to eat.
I try to focus on the veggies and protein.
Day 4 – Pilates Fix
Oh my Lats!!
I did the lateral pull downs/overs? With 6 lbs yesterday.
Felt fine then.…but I think that DOMS may be setting in.
I didn’t think to put any cool azul or ortho ease on yesterday.
Pilates, I think I might hate this worse than abs.
I could really feel it in my muscles but the stretching was SOOO worth it at the end.
My kids, on their first day of virtual learning kept asking me if I was okay because of all the weird grunting and yelling I was doing.
I did get Freedom to put some ortho ease on my lats before working out.
Day 5 – Cardio Fix + 10 minute abs
Surprisingly not as sore as I thought I would be.
I slept pretty decently last night.
My kids are starting to break into the meals that I had prepped for myself.
Oddly, they never want to eat meals that I prep for them.
Day 6 – Dirty 30
I think this was the best work out of them all.
I was able to be focused and it flew by.
My nutrition the night before was … horrible.
I had a few drinks with my virtual office holiday party that wasn’t planned on which led to snacking and spiralling out of control.
It was a new day and I moved on.
I had a horrible gas bubble up under my ribs for most of the day which I will take as a lesson to keep an eye on my nutrition.
I loosely planned my meals and ordered my groceries online to pick up for tomorrow.
Day 7 – Yoga! Best part of 21 Day Fix with Fibromyalgia
What a day!
I was pretty much out of prepared meals since my family starting eating mine INSTEAD of theirs.
My day was planned out then I got news that my sister’s boyfriend’s Grama passed away. She was supposed to travel to get our father so he could be with us over the holidays. To be nice, I offered to go get him.
But then the I got to the store later than I wanted to pick up the grocery order, they were missing quite a few items that required me to make another stop. I kept getting distracted by my 12 year old, so I still missed a few items.
It was also snowing quite a bit and the roads were bad.
I had already committed to getting our father, an hour away. It was a struggle to get home, perishables put away, then go get him AND try to be back before dark due to the snow storm.
I managed to get my work out in, and prep some food.
The soreness has seemed to subsided and I have been able to work out seven days in a row.
Thoughts from the end of Week 1 of the 21 Day Fix with Fibromyalgia
It is a beginner level program.
Given my past athleticism, I felt so dorky following the modifications. I didn’t want to slow myself down, but I listened to my body. I had to fit pause a few extra times to rest, but I did it.
The nutrition was hard for me to nail down.
I am a picky eater so I had to get creative. So I think it limited my choices.
I think the biggest thing is just to keep going, just push play and never miss a Monday!
Who am I to offer advice?
I am a certified NESTA Lifestyle and Weigh Management Specialist.
I have also worked in the natural health and supplement industry for over a decade. Still, all of this is simply advice. I am sharing information. Talk to your physician or medical professional before making any changes or starting a new program or supplement. I am not here to diagnose, prevent, or treat any disease or illness. I am simply offering advice from a nutritional standpoint.
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