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  • MeganD1704MeganD1704 Member Posts: 568 Member Member Posts: 568 Member
    I think finding something you love is important- for me its TRX. The workouts are difficult- as difficult as I want or make them to be (there are easier ones of course). I get so lost focusing on the moves I dont have time to think- which is something as I normally am awake hours with my wandering mind every night.

    Other things that work for me- practicing CBT therapy - utilize the headspace app
    White noise machine
    Bed yoga- listing to one of the above

    I hope you find some relief.
  • briscogunbriscogun Member Posts: 927 Member Member Posts: 927 Member
    Oh my word your post is so horrible! I can't imagine doing something I hated for years and years!

    Well, I'm guessing your desire to NOT be overweight is stronger than your hatred of exercise otherwise you wouldn't be doing it. Maybe that's the problem though? You are exercising to AVOID something, not because you are working towards a goal and trying to GAIN something, such as health or fitness improvements? Exercise is a chore you have to check off each day, like taking out the trash or scrubbing a toilet. Obviously the vertigo is putting a serious damper on expanding into different areas though.

    I'm sure that you are bringing that hate into your exercise and that's what's causing the stress. But after 20 years I wouldn't even begin to understand how to change your mindset towards exercise. I'm still a few credits shy of my psychology doctorate ;).

    Maybe try to find SOMETHING even to mix it up? Bike one day, weight training another, yoga another? Anything to break the cycle?

    The other thing might be to add goals to your workouts so you are moving TOWARDS something instead of AWAY from a negative consequence? So maybe add miles, or try to increase speed each week, anything to change the focus of your training?

    I wish I had something insightful or helpful to make this better for you, but you seem to be doing the right things, working with doctors and trainers, and trying to do what's right. All I can say is to not give up, keep trying to find the right mix of diet, exercise, and motivations to keep you strong and healthy, both physically AND mentally/emotionally!

    Good luck!
  • amart4224amart4224 Member Posts: 72 Member Member Posts: 72 Member
    I get a lot of my exercise by walking my dogs so they give me something else to focus on with whatever antics they're up to on a given day. If it's a workout I really dread, like running, I find an audiobook I'm interested in (free through the Overdrive app) and listen to that.
  • MikePfirrmanMikePfirrman Member Posts: 1,856 Member Member Posts: 1,856 Member
    Just wondering if you've gone to a balance center/physical therapy for the vertigo. My wife had it for a while and then we found a Balance Center that specialized in the Italian techniques for basically restoring the crystals in the inner ear to where they belong. She had a nasty softball accident years ago that likely caused the issue in the first place. But medicine certainly didn't work (what several conventional docs prescribed).

    A good Balance specialist would be able to roll/manipulate your neck and watch your eye movement. From that, they know exactly how to manipulate your neck and body to restore the crystals in the inner ear that cause vertigo. She had it so bad for six months that the first time I thought she was having a stroke and called the ambulance. After one visit, she was better. One visit. I wish I knew about balance centers for the months she lived in agony with vertigo.
  • springlering62springlering62 Member, Premium Posts: 1,406 Member Member, Premium Posts: 1,406 Member
    Pittgirl3 wrote: »
    Podcasts. Only drawback is, I’m addicted to the true crime ones and my neck is getting an extra workout spinning back and forth to make sure no ones following me!

    Which ones do you listen to?


    Sorry to hijack the thread momentarily. I like Crime Junkie, Casefiles, Dateline, and have started listening to some of the Wondery series. They are good, but crazy over -dramatic. My husband likens them to an old time radio serial.

    I’ve tried a few others but either find them too comedic (these were, after all, people’s lives) or one poor gal has an absolute monotone.

    Randomly found the Ballard Designs (interior design) podcast and it is unexpectedly entertaining.

    Would love suggestions for any other series.
    edited August 5
  • betsycechbetsycech Member, Premium Posts: 12 Member Member, Premium Posts: 12 Member
    Just wondering if you've gone to a balance center/physical therapy for the vertigo. My wife had it for a while and then we found a Balance Center that specialized in the Italian techniques for basically restoring the crystals in the inner ear to where they belong. She had a nasty softball accident years ago that likely caused the issue in the first place. But medicine certainly didn't work (what several conventional docs prescribed).

    A good Balance specialist would be able to roll/manipulate your neck and watch your eye movement. From that, they know exactly how to manipulate your neck and body to restore the crystals in the inner ear that cause vertigo. She had it so bad for six months that the first time I thought she was having a stroke and called the ambulance. After one visit, she was better. One visit. I wish I knew about balance centers for the months she lived in agony with vertigo.

    Unfortunately, my vertigo and balance issues stem from a congenital vascular insufficiency, not any inner ear problems. I do still attend balance classes every few years and do my balance exercises every day. I still fall often, but the classes have helped me learn to fall "better", if that makes any sense. I still fall, but it's been a few years now since I have broken any bones.
  • betsycechbetsycech Member, Premium Posts: 12 Member Member, Premium Posts: 12 Member
    briscogun wrote: »
    Oh my word your post is so horrible! I can't imagine doing something I hated for years and years!

    Well, I'm guessing your desire to NOT be overweight is stronger than your hatred of exercise otherwise you wouldn't be doing it. Maybe that's the problem though? You are exercising to AVOID something, not because you are working towards a goal and trying to GAIN something, such as health or fitness improvements? Exercise is a chore you have to check off each day, like taking out the trash or scrubbing a toilet. Obviously the vertigo is putting a serious damper on expanding into different areas though.

    I'm sure that you are bringing that hate into your exercise and that's what's causing the stress. But after 20 years I wouldn't even begin to understand how to change your mindset towards exercise. I'm still a few credits shy of my psychology doctorate ;).

    Maybe try to find SOMETHING even to mix it up? Bike one day, weight training another, yoga another? Anything to break the cycle?

    The other thing might be to add goals to your workouts so you are moving TOWARDS something instead of AWAY from a negative consequence? So maybe add miles, or try to increase speed each week, anything to change the focus of your training?

    I wish I had something insightful or helpful to make this better for you, but you seem to be doing the right things, working with doctors and trainers, and trying to do what's right. All I can say is to not give up, keep trying to find the right mix of diet, exercise, and motivations to keep you strong and healthy, both physically AND mentally/emotionally!

    Good luck!

    I try to give myself goals. Every year, I increase my miles, and I'll probably have 5000 to 6000 this year. I also try "coloring" in the map by riding every road; I have now ridden 75% of my county. I try to find interesting and unique things to photograph along my rides. But you can only increase so much or the unrealistic goals just add even more stress.

    But you right, I hate fat even more than I hate exercise. I thought fat was gross back when I was thin and I still think it's gross now that it's on me, so I'll keep trying my best to fix that.
  • betsycechbetsycech Member, Premium Posts: 12 Member Member, Premium Posts: 12 Member
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    briscogun wrote: »
    Oh my word your post is so horrible! I can't imagine doing something I hated for years and years!

    Well, I'm guessing your desire to NOT be overweight is stronger than your hatred of exercise otherwise you wouldn't be doing it. Maybe that's the problem though? You are exercising to AVOID something, not because you are working towards a goal and trying to GAIN something, such as health or fitness improvements? Exercise is a chore you have to check off each day, like taking out the trash or scrubbing a toilet. Obviously the vertigo is putting a serious damper on expanding into different areas though.

    I'm sure that you are bringing that hate into your exercise and that's what's causing the stress. But after 20 years I wouldn't even begin to understand how to change your mindset towards exercise. I'm still a few credits shy of my psychology doctorate ;).

    Maybe try to find SOMETHING even to mix it up? Bike one day, weight training another, yoga another? Anything to break the cycle?

    The other thing might be to add goals to your workouts so you are moving TOWARDS something instead of AWAY from a negative consequence? So maybe add miles, or try to increase speed each week, anything to change the focus of your training?

    I wish I had something insightful or helpful to make this better for you, but you seem to be doing the right things, working with doctors and trainers, and trying to do what's right. All I can say is to not give up, keep trying to find the right mix of diet, exercise, and motivations to keep you strong and healthy, both physically AND mentally/emotionally!

    Good luck!
    I try to give myself goals. Every year, I increase my miles, and I'll probably have 5000 to 6000 this year. I also try "coloring" in the map by riding every road; I have now ridden 75% of my county. I try to find interesting and unique things to photograph along my rides. But you can only increase so much or the unrealistic goals just add even more stress.

    But you right, I hate fat even more than I hate exercise. I thought fat was gross back when I was thin and I still think it's gross now that it's on me, so I'll keep trying my best to fix that.
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