“You can do anything but you can’t do everything!”

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I’m back.   I do apologise for my absence but I have an excuse. I have a few excuses but lets just say I had a few very busy weeks at the end of June and beginning of July with family matters. More anon!

How’s the health? Well the health is good. Continues to improve, slowly. I’m still taking my daily steroid and a soluble panadol for headaches and a sleeping tablet.

My weekly routing now includes two visits to the Gym for an hour workout with my Personal Trainer.   As of today (25th July 2015) I have completed over 40 sessions. {22 with my PT and 18 on my own} The results are very positive. I now have muscle in places where previously I did not have “places”. My routine to date has concentrated on rebuilding muscle/strength and it has been very successful.

The strength is one thing but the real benefit comes in the added energy I have in my body. I see it and my wife sees it too. She says that I’m a changed person since I started working with my Personal Trainer.

I have more energy and I can do more but as a famous man once said, “ you can do anything but you can’t do everything”. And that’s the way it is. After each session in the Gym, I am exhausted but most people are. I usually have a protein drink (Sun Warrior – Natural Protein) recommended by my trainer. And for the most part I do little extra physical work for the rest of that day. I do normally experience some pain in the areas worked on in the session on the following day but that is normal and wears off.

So where is all this extra energy? Well I can now play a round of golf once a week and “on the hoof” (walking rather than in a buggy). That has made a huge difference in my life. While the golf is not always that good the constant smile on my face reflects how I am feeling inside. After three years of “no golf” and little else, the opportunity to get out on a golf course on a regular basis is beyond belief.

I look forward to my bi weekly visits to the Gym even though there is a dichotomy between what my brain is telling me and what my body is letting me know.

{I believe this is a medical condition referred to by Dr Abhijit Chaudhuri, Consultant Neurologist from the UK, when he spoke at the Irish ME/CFS meeting in Dublin on 31st May.}

It boils down to the brain sending conflicting messages on the area of “Risk and Reward”. Weighty brainI get no encouragement from my brain to go but my body tells me I will benefit from it and experience confirms that fact.

I will be signing up for another block of 12 sessions with my trainer next week. While I don’t normally name names on this blog, I am going to make an exception in this case. My trainer is Patrick MacKeogh and he can be found at:

http://underground.ie/

During the last two months I had a family wedding which called for an amount of preparation and involvement over a couple of days. The wedding was abroad. I also had an event in the West of Ireland that included a long evening among many old friends and ran late into the night. To say I was shattered after both would be an understatement but the two events were special and worth it. Six months ago I could not have considered the commitment level required but as a result of my training, good planning and preparation and a positive outlook, I achieved everything I wanted to and enjoyed all of it.

I still suffer from fatigue every day and with headaches. The more physical or mental work I do the more suffer. But I believe I have a better understanding of my body and my condition now. I continue to make improvements, slowly, through training etc. and I am careful how I use the valuable energy I have, doing only the things that are really important.

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