Fitness and Invisible Illness

So, if you don’t know that this is National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness week then you have been hiding under a rock (or not reading my blog on a regular basis).  Each day this week (that I have posted) I have been talking about living with chronic illness.  Today, I wanted to talk about fitness and chronic illness- how they work together and how they don’t.

exercising-woman Most of my loyal readers know that I applied to be the first Mamavation mom.  I didn’t win the contest but I did gain the motivation I needed (or kick in the butt as it may be) that I needed to start on my personal weight loss journey.  I have lost 10 lbs. since I made that video in late July!  I am down two pants sizes and my endurance has really increased.

Where I am having trouble is this: stagnation.  For the last week and a half, I have not lost a pound, not even a half a darn pound.  I haven’t gained anything back but it gets depressing to see the number on the scale look stuck when you want it to not be stuck yet, you know what I’m sayin’?

Could this be blamed on the fact that I eat my weight in chocolate when I am on my period (which was last week and sorry for the TMI)?  Possibly.  Could it be that I have gained muscle from the GINORMOUS amount of exercise I have been performing compared to before I started this journey?  Possibly.  But there is a little gnawing voice in the back of my head saying “Is this all you’ve got”?

Anybody know how to make that stop?

Anyways, back to chronic illness.  I have to stay cool when I exercise, be careful not to push myself too far (with neurological weakness it can take a while to “feel the burn” so to speak) but other than that my doctor’s have not limited my physical activity in any way.  In fact they have encouraged me to engage in exercise, particularly Pilates and yoga type exercises which strengthen your core.

I am going to keep being healthy (except for my monthly chocolate gorge fest) and exercising.  Will you please join me in prayer that the darn number on the scale will keep up it’s end of the bargain and diminish each week?  Thanks!


  1. I hope you get some new results this week! Don’t give up, maybe you need to try a new workout…something with a bit more intensity than you’ve already been doing? Definitely agree that Yoga & Pilates are great choices, and definitely Yoga, for helping relax, and center yourself, but maybe some circuit style training could give you a boost, as well!

    You are doing great! Keep up the good work!

  2. Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

    Thanks for the post. When a invisible chronic illness has as on of it’s main symptoms, fatigue, it can be hard to stay motivated to exercise, even if you know that the exercise will help. It is even more difficult when it looks as though, through outside measures (like weight) that you are not progressing. Exercise can add muscle, which weighs more than fat (but is less fatiguing & more energizing) & we all experience plateaus. It’s good that you know these things & have faith that helps you through the less motivated times.

    I hope that you are doing well & I am rooting for you!

  3. Hi Melissa, I think you left a very encouraging word on my article about healthcare reform entitled “Death by dismemberment: how does GOD feel about healthcare. If it was you, then I thank you for your kind words. I’m often criticized for taking a Biblical stand on issues and I truly appreciate your comments and your ministry with this website. I’ll tell other working moms about it. GOD Bless, Wayne. P.S. you should have my email address, keep in touch.


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