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So to begin with the back story...

I was a kayaking, biking, hiking, figure skating, wood working, instrument making
person.

Then I fell and broke my left wrist. Then my resting heart rate rose to 99bpm and I lost 10 kilos sitting still and eating Christmas food. So I went to the doctor.

Hyperthyroid!

The meds settled my heart rate and metabolism down and I blithely went back to skating.

and broke my right wrist
(I had been skating for 10 years with lots of similar falls & no breaks)

Now bone density scans & consultants. And oh by the way, fatigue and the realisation that for the last year I had been training (3-4 days/week x 2hrs) without gaining strength (jumps, spins footwork all the fancy figure skating stuff).

Bone scan reveals osteopenia in my lumbar spine and hip. That's half way to sneeze and you'll break.

FUCK
bye bye ice

begin 2 years of sitting on the sofa knitting - yes I tried the gym and almost passed out on the cross training machine, fell over in yoga and ...
could no longer trust my body

hello sofa time and bottles of wine looking like single serving containers, and chocolates, lots of chocolates.
(thanks to one dear friend I did become a kick ass knitter)

Fast forward... 2 years of treatment for bone density and thyroid and...

How do I start over? How do I do little enough that I can tell whether it's my lack of fitness or if my metabolism is still broken?

Oh, and at the same time I'm being referred to by the endochrinologist as 'This nice 55year old lady'(slow silent scream)

Where do I find the instructions for a recovering former athlete? When I work out on my own I can't help but base my expectations on the last time I... oh fuck

Yeah, the last time I... was when I was training 4 times a week...

How the fuck do you start over?

And then the person(BFF) who's been helping me avoid complete break down said
'Couch to 5k'

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