Enough time has passed since my last post that I am sure my friends from the autoimmune communities are concerned about my health. It is largely unchanged. Fortunately the lupus remains in remission (the level of disease activity is too low to be detected by the routine blood tests). I am still determined to increase my strength, both power and endurance. My progress is very slow as the nature of the issues require me to focus on one muscle group and sometimes a single muscle at a time. Presently, my focus is still on the hip flexors and my “wonky” pelvis (pelvic oblquity). My routine starts with a focus on the lower back, moves to the psoas and quadratus lumborom, and then moves to the hip adductors.
The hip adductors are responsible for moving the leg across the midpoint of the body. There are few exercises for strengthening these muscles that are effectively performed in the water, so I have been working on them at home. That means that I have not been working often enough or hard enough to bring results in a short period of time. I must either find a way to motivate myself or I must find a affordable trainer.
I am taking at least one 15 minute walk per day. One of the goals that I set when I moved here was to get strong enough to walk from my apartment to the aquatic center. Right now the mild winter weather of central Virginia is perfect for walking. I have a few weeks before the season starts to change and the UV rays from the sun are strinking this latitude at an angle that triggers my photosensitivity. So, I need to take advantage of it. The gear needed for swimming is above my lift and carry limit, so when I return to the aquatic center by walking, my focus will be on lower intensity land based classes, even though my brain longs for the water and the serotonin produced by my brain during high intensity deep water classes. One step at a time.
In other words, I feel terrible. I am dealing with constant pain and fatigue. A lifetime of structural imbalance increases the difficulty points assigned to every movement. I feel ancient, maybe 10-15 years older than my chronological age. I am still doing great for someone who has been living with lupus for 48 years.