Good afternoon loves! Today has been a great day thus far! After getting back in the gym last night for the FIRST time post-diagnosis (almost 3.5 years ago!!), I am ecstatic to say that I am sore! (in a good way of course!) I am just out of a hot bath to soak my muscles after coming home from a late morning workout (I use the term workout loosely as I walk the treadmill in intervals bursting a faster speed walk and a steady but not fast past in between, and a little bit on the elliptical, as well as some stretching at the end as I seem to get very tight and spasm sometimes on the machines.
It is NOT easy, and I am far from being in good shape (Weight wise I am within a healthy range, which I attribute to my healthy eating and healthy lifestyle for the past 2-3 years)- I changed my eating habits and my lifestyle upon being diagnosed as i wanted to do everything possible and within my control to help and better myself despite Lupus. I am learning that I will NEVER be able to workout to the caliber I used to pre-Lupus- My body just will not allow it... But although I may have different limitations or modified workouts compared to other "healthy" 24-year-olds in the gym, My accomplishment comes in getting out of bed that morning, and fighting through the fatigue and pain and walking for 30 minutes on the treadmill, or 10-15 minutes on the elliptical.
Long story short, as I want to get to enjoy my iced coffee with vanilla soy milk (A post-workout treat!) There is no "I can't..." Just I can but with new modifications to fit my new and still fabulous lifestyle with Lupus!