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Hi, I have hiv and I need advice, motivation, maybe someone that can relate
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hello again,
Its been a long time since I've been here. I completed Si6 3 times since I ordered it back in 2004. Back in 2009 my partner passed away and I was diagnosed with hiv, he never told me he had it. Anyways, my question is, and I already know what the doctor will say, but I need to know if anyone out there knows or can suggest how I should start out exercising again..Its been over a year. My cd4 count is below 200 and I'm waiting for my meds and will start them soon. I've read lots on exercising with a low cd4 count like mine and they say to start out gentle, like 15min to 20 min 3X a week and try that for several weeks. Pay very close attention to my energy level because my body is already working overtime to fight the virus..Okay..but I know with how low my energy is..is it because I stopped working out for so long, have been depressed and had started smoking is mostly why or is it the hiv mostly, i dunno, all I know is I've gained about 20lbs and I feel like crap and I really wanna get back on track!! Can anyone suggest a beggining for me..please?
I eat healthy, drink lots of water, take supplements and I want to do the SI6, but I know I can't dive right into it. Everything about me is healthy right now except my cd4 count and depression, low energy. I'm 36 yrs old 5'5 and I'm guessing about 20lbs over wieght.
My body is screaming for movement..lol..I hope someone can give me the boost I need to get off my butt!! o ya wow that pic of me is when i was doing P90X back in 08 i think it was, I don't look like that anymore..lol
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Huh, well seeing as no one will reply, I'll just seek out support somewhere else I guess.
I'm sure I'm not the only one out there doing SI6 with HIV. O well..If there is anyone out there that can relate and you fall upon this message..maybe we can support each other..I know when you're 1st diagnosed it's scary and confusing especially if you are into fitness and nutrition. What I've learned so far is that working out and eating properly won't bring up your cd4 count but it will of course help with staying healthy< just like if you had any other kind of ailments > I asked my specialist if it's okay to work out with my cd4 count so low, he said n/p do what you want..so I have the green light to go..I wanna be in better shape for this summer..just feel better about myself. The reason I love these boards so much too is because, when I've needed motivation before, I did get a personal message right from Debbie S, herself and it meant a lot to me because after I had my 5th baby and gained so much weight, I followed her program to a tee and I was so amazed with my results and I love her for creating this program, it changed my life.
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Hey are you still on this website?
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Hi, yes I come on here from time to time.
Well since I let everyone know That I have a compromised immune system, I don't come on here too much anymore. Really seems kinda clicky. I figured lots of people have different ailments and are trying to get healthy, so they join hoping for some connection and encouragement, possibly some advice but I'm thinking only to those that don't fall in my category. Just uneducated perhaps. I'm not ashamed of what I have, just worried about working out and my energy levels. It would be nice to connect with someone that is in the same boat. Anyways I know you messaged me quite awhile ago, it would be nice to hear from you again if you're still aroundemoticon
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Hey! Sorry I didn't see this until the refresher post since I only started looking around here in April. Bleh, sorry you've had the "this place is clicky" experience. As you can tell from my pic, lots of environments give me that being judged/don't belong feeling - it sucks...anyway, I'd be happy to buddy up with ya and give ya some support and motivation to keep pushing through and staying as healthy as possible. I honestly think you being so open and honest is a well needed breath of fresh air.

So how are things since your last post? Have you started working out? Still feeling as drained? Please forgive my lack of knowledge regarding hiv treatment but hey I'd LOVE to learn more and no worries I'm NEVER a judging type.

Hope to hear from ya!
Alex
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Thanks for your message, it's nice to finally get a reply.
When I was first diagnosed a couple years ago I really didnt know anything about HIV either and I was so so scared and my self esteem dropped hard. I have always looked after my health and always felt I had a strong immune system.
Anyways yah it's been a long learning road and still lots to learn.
The first year was the roughest I quit working out quit eating right and started smoking, I just slipped into heavy depression and along with that came anxiety disorder.
But after starting treatment about 6 months in I really started feeling better and i made up my mind to quit smoking and try to get healthy again. So I gained a lot of weight during this time and more after i quit smoking.
I don't want to type too much info at once and bore you..lol
To answer your question, my energy levels have picked up quite a bit over the last year, but I still struggle. The Meds make me tired. I am eating as clean as I can and drinking lots of water.
I've managed to get myself back in the working out groove but I totally cant handle anything more than Ramp it Up. I've been doing this one for about 3 weeks now and I'll have to stick with it for now. Just trying to stay motivated.
The hard part is not having someone to workout with and thats on the same page.

Are you doing SI6? and is this the first time?
If so what Phase are you on?
BTW love your hair.. I'm thinking of doing some pink streaks soonemoticon
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iluvfit:
Thanks for your message, it's nice to finally get a reply.
When I was first diagnosed a couple years ago I really didnt know anything about HIV either and I was so so scared and my self esteem dropped hard. I have always looked after my health and always felt I had a strong immune system.
Anyways yah it's been a long learning road and still lots to learn.
The first year was the roughest I quit working out quit eating right and started smoking, I just slipped into heavy depression and along with that came anxiety disorder.
But after starting treatment about 6 months in I really started feeling better and i made up my mind to quit smoking and try to get healthy again. So I gained a lot of weight during this time and more after i quit smoking.
I don't want to type too much info at once and bore you..lol
To answer your question, my energy levels have picked up quite a bit over the last year, but I still struggle. The Meds make me tired. I am eating as clean as I can and drinking lots of water.
I've managed to get myself back in the working out groove but I totally cant handle anything more than Ramp it Up. I've been doing this one for about 3 weeks now and I'll have to stick with it for now. Just trying to stay motivated.
The hard part is not having someone to workout with and thats on the same page.

Are you doing SI6? and is this the first time?
If so what Phase are you on?
BTW love your hair.. I'm thinking of doing some pink streaks soonemoticon


Came over to start a thread since I am going to do the SI6 / Slim Series. Haven't been over here in a year, but I saw your posts and just had to comment.


I am so sorry so few replied to your post and at least offer you some support! I think you are doing awesome. If Ramp it up is all you can do, then just keep on with it. I would suggest tho that you change it up a bit so that you don't get bored. Maybe some easy yoga. There are some good beginner tapes at Walmart and not only will it increase your flexibility, it will help with your mood too.

Walking is always good too.

What time do you do your workouts?? I'll try to log on in wowy with you...at least we can be virtual workout buddies!!

judy
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Hi Judy,
Thanks for the reply and it would be great to have a workout buddy.
It's funny I used to workout first thing in the morning a few years back.
Now I've tried that again but just can't do it. I feel better working out in the evening for some reason. I usually start around 7PM Pacific Mountain time. Although I would rather workout in the morning, but my body just doesn't want to move so early..lol

When I was 29yrs old I did the whole Si6 program to a tee. Lost a lot of weight and looked great. I've always loved this program. It's been about 8 yrs now and trying to get ready for Phase 3 feels like hopeless at this point. Ramp it Up is still challenging. I tried Burn it Up last week and just flopped not even half way through. It's frustrating because a few years back I had no problem with it.

I just finished week 4 of RIU, and I'am losing weight and feeling better. It's a slow go though.

You mentioned your're starting the Slim Series, that's great.
Are you a coach?

Thanks for the advice about switching it up. I'll see if I can find something like Yoga. I know I can sure use the meditation and centering. My house is so hectic this summer. 2 teens and my youngest son, 10yrs. 2 dogs and 2 cats. Too much at times. So working out is my ME time..lol
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Hey ILuvFit, have you started your meds yet and bumped up your CD4? I actually worked as an HIV/AIDS nurse for 6 years before a hand injury forced me to stop but now I work with getting HIV/AIDS patients out and exercising and exercise by itself really does help bump the immune system and take away some of the HAART side effects. You do have to start out slow and at first, you're going to feel sorer than you have before and fatigue will get you a lot but over time as you keep going, your energy is going to increase. I promise.

Even if you can't get all the way through your workout, that's okay. Just keep doing a little more gradually at a time. As your body adjusts to your meds, your viral load decreases and your CD4 increases, and you adapt to exercise again, your energy and stamina will increase more and more!
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iluvfit:
Hi Judy,
Thanks for the reply and it would be great to have a workout buddy.
It's funny I used to workout first thing in the morning a few years back.
Now I've tried that again but just can't do it. I feel better working out in the evening for some reason. I usually start around 7PM Pacific Mountain time. Although I would rather workout in the morning, but my body just doesn't want to move so early..lol

When I was 29yrs old I did the whole Si6 program to a tee. Lost a lot of weight and looked great. I've always loved this program. It's been about 8 yrs now and trying to get ready for Phase 3 feels like hopeless at this point. Ramp it Up is still challenging. I tried Burn it Up last week and just flopped not even half way through. It's frustrating because a few years back I had no problem with it.

I just finished week 4 of RIU, and I'am losing weight and feeling better. It's a slow go though.

You mentioned your're starting the Slim Series, that's great.
Are you a coach?

Thanks for the advice about switching it up. I'll see if I can find something like Yoga. I know I can sure use the meditation and centering. My house is so hectic this summer. 2 teens and my youngest son, 10yrs. 2 dogs and 2 cats. Too much at times. So working out is my ME time..lol


I know all about that ME time, lol. I work catering full time, we have owned our own stucco business for about 15 years, I dabble in selling avon ( I would quit, but my sisters would die, lol) and of course now there is beachbody ( yes, I am a coach) . Add in an 8 year old, a 17 year old and a neurotic Jack Russell and some days my time is limited.

I don't mind throwing in a second workout in my day....maybe some yoga or stretching to end my day. Since I do cater, I am not always available at that time tho. Like tonight...I probably won't get home til after 10pm EST, but I will look for you! Send me some buddy invites to your workouts and I'll add them to my calendar. I have Sat. off so would be available to wowy then!

Keep up the good work!

judy
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Hey girl... I was laying there doing slim n limber after burn it up and thinking to myself that I really need to do that dvd every day. So I will commit to joining you at your workout time when I am home. I'll either do slim n limber, yoga or another stretching routine. I think it will be good for me as one bad habit I battle is late night munching.

If you schedule your workouts in the super gym you can send me a workout invitation and I will mark the days and times on my calendar. You can just do it a week at a time if you want.

And I'll try to give you a heads up if I won't be able to be home and maybe we could do it a bit later. I am pretty sure you are three hours behind me.

My dinner function this evening ends at 8pm and I can probably make it home by 10 so I'll look for you later this evening!


Lol...I thought just my arms were sore until I started BIU this am...my booty hurts too!

judy
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TurboRachel:
Hey ILuvFit, have you started your meds yet and bumped up your CD4? I actually worked as an HIV/AIDS nurse for 6 years before a hand injury forced me to stop but now I work with getting HIV/AIDS patients out and exercising and exercise by itself really does help bump the immune system and take away some of the HAART side effects. You do have to start out slow and at first, you're going to feel sorer than you have before and fatigue will get you a lot but over time as you keep going, your energy is going to increase. I promise.

Even if you can't get all the way through your workout, that's okay. Just keep doing a little more gradually at a time. As your body adjusts to your meds, your viral load decreases and your CD4 increases, and you adapt to exercise again, your energy and stamina will increase more and more!


Hi there,

Wow, so nice to hear from you. That advice is what I've been waiting for, for the last 2 years. Going into to trying to workout again has felt like just winging it and see what happens. I've been on my meds for about a year now, when I started my CD4 was at 160, now it's at 300 and my Viral load is at around 44 I believe. Thank you so much for the encouragement it really means a lot to me. I'm not sure if I'm being to impatient with myself, but I worry that my CD4 isn't going up anymore, but I'm due for another checkup, so I'm hoping it has gone up again.

Today I'm starting the 5th week of RIU and boy a few years ago I would of already been into BIU but the fatigue is what gets me now. Knowing that this is normal now I won't be so hard on myself..lol
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Hi Judy,

I emailed you back and then saw your messages..lol
I'm just contemplating how we will do this as well. Your last idea sounds good though.
So at around 7PM I'll send you an invite. I think the yoga and stretching does really really help. I throw it in as much as I can and it does help with the soreness plus it helps to feel more grounded.

What part of the States do you live in? Have you ever been to Canada?
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I am in Tennessee. Used to live up by Detroit, Mi so yep, been over the border a few times. Are you in Canada?? What part? I have a few friends up that way. Keep saying I am going to visit, but something always comes up.

Heading off to wowy for some stretching. Just got home from work and boy do I need it.
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Leah, I am leaving a link to my other thread for you. I'll always check here for your posts and of course you can always message me ( I am also on Facebook if you do that) but the first thread I check is always my main one. And if you ever need to talk, you can call or txt me. My number is 865-804-1782

Judy's

I've had a good day so far. I very rarely get a Saturday off so after Firm it up, I took Skippy ( my jack russell) for a walk along the river. Maintained by the parks/rec dept in town and it is gorgeous...all sorts of different plants and trees. Lol..I came home with my pockets full of seed heads. I'll be planting them later.


So the rest of my day is going to be spent outside, enjoying the sunshine. Hope your day is a good one!
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Hi Judy,

So nice to live by a park like that. I live right next to a river walk aswell. I also love gardening. Sounds like you had a peaceful day. Something I aim for everyday..to keep my anxiety levels down.

So, I have been working out, but I haven't been on WOWY because I haven't had a computer.
I get mine back tomorrow though, can't wait.

I read you advice on eating and thank you for that. Also I'll visit you other thread soon.
I was trying to go for the 6 days a week working out, done well for the last month or so but yesterday was my 5th day in this week and I couldn't get out of bed..lol

I was sore and just not well, also that time, so I think that may have been why. So today is my 6th day and did a morning cardio before breakfast, and now having a protien shake for breakfast. I have been looking and feeling so much better lately so I think the hard work is slowly paying off.

Nice to have you to talk to..and tty again soon:oD
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I feel ya on that day you just didn't want to get out of bed! I had one of those a few days ago. I felt queasy all day and the next day I was supposed to go with a friend to his deer camp and help him tote cameras, mineral water, etc. But I was just too wiped out from the day before so I didn't do much but putter in the house.

I love to garden! I'll have to post some of my fav. garden pics.

Great job on getting those 6 workouts in, but you are smart to listen you your body and rest when you need it. You are doing fantastic!

Had a loooong day at work, came home and had to mow the grass, so now am going to take a nice epsom bath and relax. It was so hot out there I probably lost a few pounds just in water weight, lol.

It's good talking to you too! emoticon
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I, too, am HIV+. Working out has a great impact on the health of your immune system. As with all exercise programs, it's best to as your doctor what level of exercise you should engage in. As always, listen to your body as that is the best indicator of your health. Stay strong. I have been Poz for over 14 years and have always focus on working out since I was diagnosed late 1998. Message me! I would love to share in your progress, both with exercise and your HIV.
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iluvfit:
hello again,
Its been a long time since I've been here. I completed Si6 3 times since I ordered it back in 2004. Back in 2009 my partner passed away and I was diagnosed with hiv, he never told me he had it. Anyways, my question is, and I already know what the doctor will say, but I need to know if anyone out there knows or can suggest how I should start out exercising again..Its been over a year. My cd4 count is below 200 and I'm waiting for my meds and will start them soon. I've read lots on exercising with a low cd4 count like mine and they say to start out gentle, like 15min to 20 min 3X a week and try that for several weeks. Pay very close attention to my energy level because my body is already working overtime to fight the virus..Okay..but I know with how low my energy is..is it because I stopped working out for so long, have been depressed and had started smoking is mostly why or is it the hiv mostly, i dunno, all I know is I've gained about 20lbs and I feel like crap and I really wanna get back on track!! Can anyone suggest a beggining for me..please?
I eat healthy, drink lots of water, take supplements and I want to do the SI6, but I know I can't dive right into it. Everything about me is healthy right now except my cd4 count and depression, low energy. I'm 36 yrs old 5'5 and I'm guessing about 20lbs over wieght.
My body is screaming for movement..lol..I hope someone can give me the boost I need to get off my butt!! o ya wow that pic of me is when i was doing P90X back in 08 i think it was, I don't look like that anymore..lol


Hi,

Well I was recently Diagnosed and well I am positive. Its been very hard to understand and I always ask why me, what did I do?? I was Diagnosed last Year December. Im currently 20 years old soon to be 21. I guess the worst part is that from what I heard I never met someone my age with the situation. I guess that makes me feel more more depress. So far I dont know anything about levels or cd4 and I am not taking Meds. Im currently In Mexico and the way they treat people here and their system is really slow however I will start a treatment on March 26. To be honest Im quite scare. Since I was diagnosed I gained about 20 pounds... Its crazy in 2 months I gained so much weight. I guess my depression cought me up on eating bad plus I heard people get really skinny so I thought if I eat more I wont loose much weight and people will not notice my sickness. I am not doing SL6 but I do want to start Les Mills Pumps. I do have it, well actually had it since like umm september of last year. I tried to stick to it yet I get so tired and I tend to get really dizzy. Now I was very active in the last 2 years and well back in HIgh School I practiced football, cross country and tennis. Do I get tired and dizzy very fast because of the HIV or maybe Im not used to working out anymore?? The program is though but I know I can do it. Please anyone reply.

It would really be helpful to have someone to talk to.
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