Wow. I have taken a step I never thought I would get to take. With Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Arthritis, Metallosis and bi-lateral hip replacements, I never thought I would get to try something like this ever again.
I have started the USA Fit Marathon Walking class! Yep, 22 weeks of training until I walk the Austin Marathon in February. The class is official, but the marathon itself is not. I will register for it on September 10th if nothing changes by then. I’m using the time between now and then to make sure that this is actually possible.
I had become almost immobile over the past year. Even small amounts of daily exercise resulted in terrible fibro flares, causing pain and fibro fog. Even while dealing with that, I was wrapping my head in ice and taking meds with bad side effects to fight the next migraine. The fibro fog was so bad I was considering quitting work and filing for disability, a severe hardship to my family, but it was so bad that driving, thinking, managing people and designing were becoming impossible. Home wasn’t much better, and my spouse took on more and more responsibility with the household and our teen son, and I faded further away.
Then came the day for the last ditch effort to get better. My search started with a way to improve brain function. I could deal with he pain, I had for years, but the reduced cognitive function was going to destroy me. Unable to think straight, unable to participate in so much, I began to sink into a depressed state as well, almost giving up. I began to search everything about brain function, dementia, Alzheimer, ADD, and anything else I could find. It was hard. Hard to understand the science in my condition, but I started figuring it out.
July 6th, 2017, just a few short weeks ago, I started a strict Ketogenic diet. It was hard at first, seeming to get worse the first week with what they call Keto Flu, but it passed. This diet extols the benefits of improved brain function, and I wanted it to work, bad! So far, I am very happy. I have done other things too to improve my symptoms, and am in the process of writing everything up and calling it Jo’s Fibro Protocol. I’ll post it here soon.
I am pinching myself now, because this is a dream. I am doing the impossible. I am walking 3 miles a day, and doing Yoga and Pilates. I am going out in the evenings with my family. Saturday, I walked three miles and did 20 minutes of fit yoga, an hour and a half of movement, I did chores at home, took an hour long nap, did more chores, made dinner, and then went with friends and family to Dave and Busters. We were out until midnight.
It did not cost me my entire Sunday and Monday from the inevitable fibro flare. I got up Sunday, did more chores, walked 2 miles and was active the rest of they day, only collapsing into be after a very satisfying Game of Thrones! Today is Tuesday, and I still feel fine. Eager to walk my three miles tonight.
Fibro fog is not yet gone, but it is much better. I can think again! I’m getting better quality sleep.
I am in a dream now, and almost scared to say this, but I am getting better! I want you too as well!