5 Realistic steps for how to set goals with Fibromyalgia and chronic pain

5 Realistic steps for how to set goals with Fibromyalgia and chronic pain

Let’s get real here

I’ve wanted to post about how to set goals for a while.  I started Lap the Couch in July last year on another platform and it was completely goal orientated.  My goal? To complete a multi-sport event in 2019.  You may wonder why I would do that to myself if I have Fibromyalgia.  After all the flares as they are called can hit you with no warning.  And how do I train for something so demanding when fatigue is a real ball-buster?

The truth is that after years of not doing things I love, giving up and just shutting down I have had enough.  In fact, last year I completed my first open water swim.  This was before my Fibromyalgia diagnosis.  It was physically beyond demanding and I wanted to give up, but I pushed through.  I’m really proud of that achievement.  I wanted it and I pushed through all the pain and discomfort to get there.

But is it really that easy?

I wanted more than I admit

Truth be told, I wanted to achieve more than just a multi-sport event.  I wanted to complete a triathlon.  Specifically the Xterra.  My hips have been less than cooperative and have not reached the training goals I set myself initially.

But this has provided valuable lessons for me.  Here are five realistic and basic steps for setting and achieving your goals.

5 Realistic steps to set goals with Fibromyalgia and chronic pain

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