I can’t help but notice just how much better I feel when I’m active at least a little bit every single day. Saturday was a very lazy day and I noticed a much higher level of fatigue than I do on days I’m active.
It’s taken a long time to learn theproper balance of things since being diagnosed with MS in 2006. Too much activity and I pay for it. Too little activity and I pay for it. It was proven to me when I went back to work at the end of 2007 that a 9 to 5 job was too much, after my MS flaired up in April of 2008 and took my eyesight.
It’s amazing how much I can be grateful for my blindness. Before I was blind, I don’t think it was quite understood just how serious MS is. Social Security denied me twice and their tactic won. I gave up and didn’t go after the second appeal, choosing to work instead. After I went blind it was almost like everyone finally understood that I do in fact have a disability. Blindness is not my primary disability. I’m not gonna go any more blind than I am. The MS is the real worry, because I never know when it might flair up and what it might take next.
It seems to be true what the doctor’s all said when I was diagnosed. Cut out stress. Live healthy. Easier said than done, but my does it seem to work.
Knock on wood, seriously. Go knock on wood. Do it. I’m not kidding, go find some wood and knock on it. I am. Oops, Jayden just went to the door…it was just me! Now I’m picturing everyone’s dogs running to the door. Now that we’ve all knocked on wood, I’ll say that my MS has been under control since I lost my sight in 2008. I really kinda give credit to going blind. It’s made me slow down. Even going to guide dog school didn’t make me go into a bad flair. Sure it exhausted me and every day things still exhaust me, but knock on wood again, it’s been pretty manageable.
The exercising has been absolutely huge. When I work out, I feel good. The endorphines, the adrenaline, all work to kill my pain. Being physically stronger helps me fight any effects of my disease. It’s such good medicine, and doesn’t pollute my body. I know I’ve written here before about not being on meds for my MS. I think it was when the GDB nurse interviewed me over the phone. I can’t remember. I much prefer a natural remedy.
I don’t eat that great. But I’ve made changes since starting to exercise. Just trying to eat less and more times a day. I don’t eat enough fruits and veggies. That will be my next thing to work on. The latest thing I changed was substituting my buttermilk Eggos for the multigrain ones. They don’t taste nearly as good, but they’ve got much less carbs. I don’t use bread, just waffles. You can imagine how many waffles I eat.
I’m trying to cut back on the fast food and when I do have it, I won’t get fries or soda. I don’t drink any beverage on a regular basis with any kind of sugar. I drink black coffee. If I have a soda, it’s only for a treat.
Recently B and I ordered breakfast from Denny’s. I love the All American Slam. Yummmm. Last time though, I got fresh fruit in place of the hash browns. Just those small changes can make such a difference.
The little changes to my diet have made such a difference to my exercise. I have more stamina and can do longer workouts because I’m not so weighted down with grease and carbs. I have a Carnation instant breakfast before my workouts. Oh, I lied before. I do have sugar in my instant breakfasts, to give me the energy I need to exercise. When I come home, I like to have some peanut butter for a recovery food. Protein after working out is excellent.
I don’t know why I had the urge to blog this. I worked out at home again today, managing thirty minutes on the eliptical which is seriously a hard machine for me haha! It really gets the heart rate up. I’ve decided to really ramp up the cardio to get a push on the last bit of fat burning I need to do. I got to thinking about how once you start the eliptical, it keeps going by inertia really. That thought led me to think about this post, so bam, here it is. 😉