“Fight Hard” vs “Fight Smart”

by on April 2, 2013

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Many skeptics and members of the “Fibro Ignorant” feel that individuals with fibromyalgia could recover if they would only try harder. They observe that many with fibro do not exercise, are significantly overweight, have terrible diets, live a fundamentally unhealthy lifestyle and appear to be doing very little on their own to get better. They conclude that laziness and apathy are the root cause.  Many believe that individuals with fibromyalgia have brought the condition on themselves and they suffer simply because they refuse to do whatever is required to get in shape and get healthy.

It’s easy to understand why the fibro ignorant come to this type of conclusion. Our society and culture view hard work as naturally leading to positive results. Individuals who put forth massive effort and leverage extreme tenacity are rewarded with big success. This is true in sports, business and many aspects of life in general. Determination and fighting to our utmost ability for things we desire are core values to our culture.

The observation by many that people they know with fibromyalgia do not appear to be fighting hard is both correct and in error. There is no denying that a percentage of individuals with fibromyalgia do not exercise, are obese, eat a horribly unhealthy diet and in fact do little on their own to try and get better. But why is this? There is no one answer. For some, it boils down to the effects of chronic pain and depression plus a lack of education and understanding about what is going on in their bodies and actions they can take to try and correct it.

For most however, the reality of fibromyalgia is that just living day to day with fibro is a monumental effort. Fibromyalgia leaves its victims with a very limited amount of normal “go juice” to distribute on a daily basis. Exceeding the limited amount of energy and focus that patients have available often results in a giant fibro flare-up. Pushing harder and trying to use tenacity frequently backfires bringing on the opposite result from what is desired!

Yet, not fighting hard to do all of the things that make up an effective self-management effort means that the odds of a patient recovering are minimal. Getting better is up to you.

This is a terrible Catch-22! Fighting too hard will make you worse but not fighting hard enough will prevent progress. How do you deal with the reality of not having enough energy and focus to accomplish daily everything you need to be doing? Is it impossible to fight hard enough without pushing too far?

Fight Smarter

Fighting Smart Enables Fighting Harder!

The title of this blog posting is a trick. Fighting hard and fighting smart are not an either / or proposition! With fibromyalgia, the two tactics should be simultaneous and symbiotic. Effectively fighting smart will increase your ability to gain results from your limited capacity to fight hard by ensuring that your hard fighting is targeted in the best direction. You must get everything possible out of your limited ability to fight hard!

Well structured systems and defined processes form the core operating principals for all successful organizations. They are required to achieve the best results when dealing with any complex ongoing effort. Corporations, Government and high achieving individuals all rely on quality systems to help them best direct their focus and efforts. If you are fighting fibro and you want to recover – you must do the same!

I hope you will check out the ultimate tool and system for fighting smart – FibroTrack. But regardless, if you wish to make the most of the fighting hard you can do, you need systems and well defined processes to guide you in fighting smart!

 

 

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Joyce April 2, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Sometimes I wish there was a way for those of us to get more information. I have had this disease all my life. I know what it is and how it affects me but when I get to the point where the Fibro Fog has destroyed my job or the my advancement I feel so defeated. I know what I have to do. I just get tired of starting over when things get to bad and I can’t pull out in time. I have even went to school and got a Masters degree and still can’t find a job I can work at without it affecting my FMS … but then again I can’t even get a job in my field. Just sharing as I am so tired.

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Teri Byrd April 2, 2013 at 3:04 pm

This really disgusts me. I am a disabled veteran and when I contracted fibromyalgia I was in the Army. I worked out 2 to 3 hours everyday and ran between 2-5 miles daily. I was among the hardest working women I knew. If we are so slovenly and lazy then why did I at my peek, contract fibromyalgia. I’ve heard so many people say it’s because I’m lazy or it’s a mental health problem. Well I have news for those people. It is REAL, it is not because I’m lazy, I’m not, I bailed hay when I was young and grew up working on a farm. I’m so angry when people say things like this when It is simply not the truth. People need to be more aware of what Fibro really is instead of being ignorant. Sorry, Fibro has also robbed me of being articulate as well. I used to be able to multi task, can’t do that anymore either. At one point I was going to school for a law degree, you would never know that now. I’ve had fibro since 2001 and just want my life back. However I have learned to deal with it, thanks to my wonderful husband and parents and children. Thank you for your time, Teri

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Kathleen April 2, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I’ve done the so called “right” things for more then a decade yet I still suffer. I have a healthy lifestyle but am overweight. I got overweight from prednisone and depression pills. Lifestyle could always use improvement but it is hard enough dealing with chronic illness and pain let alone all those other issues.

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SLAM April 17, 2013 at 10:49 am

In order for my body not to calcificate (especially the neck and the hips), I subscribed to a gym. I never more than 2 days without going. It hurts, but in an other way, I do feel that my body is getting stronger. For me, I think the best thing is swimming. In water, you do not feel the pain. What a relief and its an excellent cardio exercise also. I eliminated meat and most dairy. Eat lots of fruits and veggies = it helps.. a lot ! For my pain, my doctor prescribed Lyrica (morning and night). I also took Cymbalta for 2 years. It felt good (mentally and for the pain), but the side effects were way too important = so I gave that up. I believe that nutrition and exercise is really the key to success. I am surprised that Kathleen is taking Prednisone, a medication for terminal phase cancer treatment… bizarre… Anyway, I’ve been diagnosed in 1995 and working my way to a better life by hanging on to good nutrition and exercice. I don’t have the energy = it’s very hard, but I believe it is very necessary for a better life. I can tell you right away though, that humidity is a BIG factor for pain. We need to be in a dry environment (like Nevada, Arizona or something !). So when I can’t take it anymore, I go for a dry sauna or a tanning machine (only 10 minutes) or take a SPA, especially after training. I see it as a treat and it also helps me sleep better. This being said, I will fight this thing… someday !! Good luck everybody and believe !!

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Shirley Rachal April 17, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Hang in there. I am 62 now. I did work full time 40-50 hours a week and run my household with 2 small children. I now work 3 days a week but tired all the time. No energy to have fun anymore.

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