“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth” 👊
My Plan = do a shoulder workout 💪🏋🏻♀️ Lupus & Chemo = punched me right in the mouth today (and in the stomach) 🤢😷😑
I was getting very dizzy and nauseas so I had to shorten my sets, drop down the weight, switch to a single arm press, and I was only able to do 1/3 of what I had planned for today but that’s Lupus for ya. We just have to listen to it and adapt our plans to get through it on any given day.
Posting this video is very humbling for me...first because I’m about 25 lbs heavier than my normal weight due to prednisone, water retention from my kidney problems, and honestly a little bit of emotional eating (yes, even trainers struggle with this sometimes, we’re human too). I’ve also lost a lot of muscle from having to take so many rest days on chemo and I look the worst that I’ve looked in years.
Secondly, I’m not lifting a lot of weight in this video (less than half the weight I used to be able to do on this exercise pre-kidney involvement). This definitely isn’t a “let me show off on Instagram” fitness post lol.
But I’m posting to spread awareness of how difficult it is to workout with this disease. Even if you’ve been an athlete your entire life and a trainer your entire career Lupus will still knock you right back down when your ego tries to get the best of you during a workout.
I’m also posting because I know that many of you Lupies out there have these exact same struggles whenever you try to workout. It’s frustrating, it’s humbling, it’s embarrassing, but it doesn’t mean that we should give up. Any movement is better than no movement and even if it’s only a fraction of what we used to be able to lift, it’s still making us stronger than yesterday. So just keep swimming, just keep swimming... 🏊♀️🐠 #strongerthanyesterday 💪 #lupusawareness 🦋💜 🎧 Music: “Zombie” remake by Bad Wolves 🐺 🎶