Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Different Kind of Fit Tuesday...

Hey! So I know I said there wouldn't be a Fit Tuesday this week, but I lied. This is a post I really went back and forth on... I wasn't sure how much I wanted to share or not share. Finally I came to the conclusion that sometimes sharing something a little more personal can pull others together and provide a place for support and encouragement. So, here goes!!

I have been forbidden to work out by my doctor. I know for some this wouldn't be a big deal, but it's really difficult for me. I'll back up a bit. For the past couple of months I have had a dangerously high blood pressure. The doctor was just giving my body time since it seemed unlikely that I was really going to have sustained hypertension. I mean, I'm young and in great shape. That just doesn't happen, right? Wrong. African Americans are genetically at a higher risk for hypertension and it turns out I have a family history of it. So, this is likely why I'm in this condition. The doctor started me on medication a few weeks ago, but my bp continued to soar. Now I've been strongly urged to rest, rest, REST. I am not to participate in anything that will increase my heart rate or blood pressure.

So, here I am, laying in bed typing this post feeling SO restless!! I am wondering, have you ever been in a situation where you needed to rest your body for your health or to heal from an injury?? What did you do with the extra time? How did you handle the extra stress of worrying about your health and not being able to run off the anxiety? 

Did anyone workout anyway? Why?

Is anyone currently going through a period of resting your body? I would love to hear from you!!

I would love to hear some of your stories!! Also, I LOVE that many of you are participating in #bragbaby by tweeting me your workouts so I can RT them, and commenting on the FFF Facebook page with your workouts. Isn't it fun to inspire one another??

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  1. Sorry to hear about your hypertension. :( We had a girl on my volleyball team in college who also struggled with it a lot, and the trainer had to take her heart rate and blood pressure a couple of times each game/practice. Personally, I have been forced to take time off of working out mostly due to injuries. I couldn't do much when I had shoulder surgery, but the worst time was when I broke my back. I couldn't work out or play sports for about 6 months, and it drove me crazy. I think I did a lot of sit ups and arm exercises, since I seemed to be able to do those movements pretty well, even though I wasn't supposed to. Probably wasn't a smart thing to do, but it's hard not to do something physical.

    For your situation, I think I would recommend that you take up yoga or stretching. A few years back a guy in my apartment complex offered a free stretching class for an hour every week, and I really enjoyed going. It made my body feel good and was so relaxing, and I also felt like I had done something good for my health. I know it's not as physical as you would probably like, but it's something (plus the relaxation/meditation will hopefully also help with the hypertension)! Take care, Krystle!!!

  2. Oh honey, I love that you were so honest! Honesty is the only way to live our lives! I know rest of a scary scary thing for us, especially when you just want to go-go-go!

    Like I said in my email, I did have many seasons of rest. I can tell you to follow your doctors orders. You do not want to do irreversible damage to your body.

    The Lord created your body PERFECTLY. He made you and said, "It is good." Believe that with your whole heart and trust Him to carry out His promises to you!

  3. I've been there. Not anything nearly as serious as hypertension, but a condition that required me to slow down a LOT, including working out and going out to have fun. I wish I had an answer for you on how to deal with it... I guess for me it was important to learn to appreciate other aspects of life more. I love reading, so I got a Kindle and spent a lot more time catching up on the classics. I also watched more Netflix, which was kinda a treat for me as I have been a VERY minimal TV watcher for the past 10 years. In a way I really missed my anti-TV persona, but at least with Netflix I had more control over the quality of what I was watching than you do with network television. :) And again, I got to catch up on the classics and developed an even deeper appreciation of Film Noir.

    I believe that pets help, too, if you like animals. They will snuggle with you while you are resting and make you NOT want to get out of bed! And they supposedly reduce stress and even blood pressure.

    Have faith that you will put this condition behind you with time and treatment, and follow your doctor's orders!! The yoga/stretching suggestion sounds VERY good!

  4. I think it is great that you shared what is going on for you. We all have these times when our body does not cooperate....especially if we live long enough....LOL...then it is a series of adjustments =-)

    I know it is very difficult to deal with medical issues, especially if they are a bit scary. This will get resolved though. Many people have high blood pressure and live full lives. It is the waiting that is hard.

    I have so many different times I had to "lay off" this would be one big bore if I got started. But what comes to mind first since you have the bp issue is remembering when I developed Graves disease when I was 34. It all got taken care of and I am just fine now. But for a year I was either hyperthyroid or hypothyroid.....crazy. At one point when I was really sick I had a resting heart rate of 160!!!!!!!! I mean talk about insane.........I was out of breath walking from my couch to the kitchen for a cup of tea. But I got through it =-)

    Hang in there girl. You are getting such good support from the bloggers and you can see everyone has hard times and it is GOOD to talk about it =-)

  5. Wow! I didn't know that!! My mom had Graves' as well! Crazy stuff with that one!! SOOO glad you're not feeling that terrible these days!

    Thanks so much for the encouragement! I'm glad I shared it!! :)

  6. So interesting that you mention Netflix... I'm not a big TV watcher but I've been indulging in some Netflix lately and it's fun!! There are some great documentaries on there. I've also watched some Rachel Zoe online which I never had seen before, and I love her!! :)

    Reading more is nice too.

    I'm not a big pet person. I have a fish and that's about as far as I will go on that one. Haha!!

    Thank you, girl! I am totally following drs orders, just not feeling too patient. ;)

  7. THANK YOU!!! I'm glad I shared!! It felt good to get it out!

    You're the sweetest, Jessica!!

  8. Tara, you BROKE your back??!! WOW! I am so glad you're alright! That sounds really scary!

    Yes, I am totally following drs orders. Unfortunately at this point things are worse as of tonight, which is a total bummer, but I'm just chillin' and trying not to freak out with my restlessness!! :)

    Thanks so much for sharing your experiences!! It means a lot. For real! :)

  9. Amen jessica!! i know it's so hard to just REST, but sometimes we have to! Take this time to reflect and see where else in your life you can do good! To yourself AND for others!

  10. I am going through a similar thing now! It is THE WORST. I tend to listen to the doctors.


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