Posted by audrey on September 17, 2002, at 12:28:05
In reply to Re: working.out.blues, posted by wsj on September 17, 2002, at 11:18:33
I respectfully disagree with you -- being on meds does in fact mean that certain expectations have to be reduced. I can't expect to go out to dinner with my friends and have a cocktail or two and feel only minor effects the way I used to. I can't expect that I'm always going to feel full of energy the way I used to. You originally asked for advice on how to get motivated and how to get rid of the weight you've gained. Well, I hate to advertise for a company that exploits young children in third world countries, but JUST DO IT. Do what you can. And keep doing it. Accept what you are capable of right not. So today you only go out for five minutes. OK, next week maybe it's six minutes or ten minutes or whatever. But complaining about it and not doing anything isn't going to get you back in shape. Trust me -- I've been right in your running shoes. Maybe this isn't the answer you wanted to hear, but it's how I've managed to get back into shape. I have been on and off so many medications and suffered so many side effects and exhaustion and not wanting to get out of bed, but I did what I could, and in October I'm running the Chicago marathon. Maybe I won't run it as fast as I did before I was on meds, but I'm going to do my best.
If your meds aren't helping you with your mental illness, then that's a whole different story, but if they are, then you need to weigh the benefits of being on them vs. not being on them and being able to run five miles.
> the reason i stop after 1-5 minutes is fatigue, legs that feel they can't run another step.
> i have both a treadmill and a lifecycle - but niether give me the feeling or get me in shape like running outside.
> i don't buy that i have to reduce my expectations just because i'm on meds.
> thanks for the posts!