Knock on wood, I still look very fit. I am a lean 160 and at 48 my stomach muscles are still reasonably prominent (although to say I have the same body as when I was 25 would be fooling myself 🙂 ). But sheesh I am sore,and outside of the weight room I feel weak and my body feels whiny when it has to do anything. Shoveling dirt last night was hard, and my joints and muscles feel brittle, like they are going to shatter like crystal, they hurt so much. But, l need to look at the bright side — although I feel brittle, it is nice to look fit on the outside. In fact, it is probably preferable for a vain person like me, since people leave me alone (versus saying, “You don’t look so great” like when I was in the throes of lung disease).
For the past year or two I have been walking a lot. I’ve have gone from 2 miles a day to 5 to 7 miles per day, and I walk every chance I have. I think it has helped me physically in that it has increased my energy a little bit (I am spending less time napping on the couch), but has not cleared my head. In other words, I am a more mobile brain fog zombie 🙂 I definitely am tired all the time, with a bad day or two a week, and still have a lot of pain, but not hopelessly exhausted like I was two years ago.
Not sure why but seem to be in the midst of an AS flare. My knees have knives in them, it feels like I’ve been hit by a trunk my body aches so much and my oxygen level is a little lower. On double turmeric powder and light exercise hoping it will help. Funny to be in such pain, knowing the rest if the world only sees my healthy looking exterior. A blessing, really.