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All Goals Met Today !!!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Yesterday's exercise was Powerfit's Legs and Shoulders, Gorgeous Core Total Core Fast Blast, and 2 miles of Leslie Sampson's Brisk walk.

I have a difficult time doing heel kicks where you kick you heels towards your butt. My muscles are weak so it is very difficult for me. It was a bit easier today than the other day.

It alarms when a goal is met. All the goals were met yesterday !!!

My stomach is getting smaller. It still has a long ways to go. Consistency is a key ingredient to acheiving goals.

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CHELSEAANNE8 9/19/2010 7:41PM

    Keep it up! I know how hard it can be with MS and you are inspiring me since lately my MS is acting up some. Thanks!

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FREE DVD !!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Yesterdays work out was terrific. I did more than I though I could do. This is what I accomplished. Leslie Sampson Brisk 2 mile walk for 30 min. Gorgeous Core absolute Core Challenge, Powerfit Core Fusion.

The Leslie Sampson 2 miles ended up being 3223 steps, 29 min. of vigorous activity, 2 min. of moderate activity and burned 369 calories. I averaged 11.9 cal per min. per my body bugg.

At the end of the day my total step count was 10149, 47 min. moderate activity, 2767 cal. burned, 49 min. Vigorous activity.

My day ended with a honey walk with my wonderful husband.

I measured my body and found that I am loosing inches all over !!! It is a start.

I always have to shout with joy when I see a free DVD offer !!! I love the excitement of trying out a new exercise routine.

You can find the details here.

www.msactivesource.com

Consistency seems to be what matters the most. Remember to exercise with JOY, pour your enthusiasm in your workouts, focus on positive changes.



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BJUBILEE 9/18/2010 12:45PM

    emoticon What an inspiration!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!! I just ordered the free exercise video. I really appreciate your blog!!!

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BRIGHT551 9/18/2010 8:58AM

    You are doing amazing!!! I am proud of you!!! Keep up the good work and the great attitude!!

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CHELSEAANNE8 9/18/2010 8:49AM

    I am really impressed! Having MS makes exercising hard sometimes and I am SO glad you are doing so well!! Congratulations!!

I went to the website you listed and ordered the free DVD! THANKS! emoticon

Have a wonderful day today too.

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 9/17/2010 10:45PM

    EXCELLENT! emoticon on getting in the exercise and on losing inches. Sometimes that is a more accurate account of our true loss as opposed to the number on the scale. Thanks for sharing the free DVD link. I'll have to check it out. Keep on doing what you're doing!

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 9/17/2010 10:45PM

    EXCELLENT! emoticon on getting in the exercise and on losing inches. Sometimes that is a more accurate account of our true loss as opposed to the number on the scale. Thanks for sharing the free DVD link. I'll have to check it out. Keep on doing what you're doing!

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 9/17/2010 10:45PM

    EXCELLENT! emoticon on getting in the exercise and on losing inches. Sometimes that is a more accurate account of our true loss as opposed to the number on the scale. Thanks for sharing the free DVD link. I'll have to check it out. Keep on doing what you're doing!

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BKWHITE3 9/17/2010 9:26PM

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SHAKENMA 9/17/2010 8:57PM

    Way to go!

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GIGALENA 9/17/2010 8:15PM

    Very nice. And thanks for the information.

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2BHLTHY4LIFE 9/17/2010 8:12PM

    Way to go emoticon! emoticonon your accomplishments,you are such an inspiration,thank you for sharing this blog with us. I appreciate the free information about the DVD and the reminder about Consistency and exercising with Joy and pour your enthusiasm into your workouts and focus on positive changes.What fantastic positive example! emoticonDiana emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRIGFROST 9/17/2010 8:08PM

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Paradigm Shift Exercise Is a JOY !!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Last night I realized what a Joy it was to be able to exercise.

It was sheer pleasure to be able to move my body to the best of my ability following along the exercise DVD.

I came to the conclusion that I have many people who support my efforts to exercise. First of all my husband, my spark friends. I also consider My Exercise Instructors to be part of my team like Leslie Sampson, Richard Simmons, Cathe, Stephanie Huckelbee, Amy Bento, Jari Love, Deniese Austin, and many others. They all want me to SUCEED !!! I included them on my Sucess Team since I have their videos.

Multiple Sclerosis makes exercising much more of a challenge for me due to weakness, fatigue, and lack of coordination, muscle control and many other reasons. In the last year I have overcome paralysis, inability to roll over, or get out of a chair by myself. I was floppy like a rag doll. So exercise is a challenge. It has left me with permanent left side weakness and foot drop and numerous other serious issues.

I choose to not let it ruin my life and to FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT for my ability to walk, run, and heal my life. I will not willingly roll over and let it steal my abilities.

I realized either I can choose to Dread exercise like I have for years or take control of my attitude and choose to find it JOYFUL. I choose JOY !!! Exercising allows me to TAKE CHARGE of my LIFE, my HEALTH, and my response to LIFE. Exercise rewards me by retraining my neuropathways which gives me the precious gift of being able to walk.

What kind of attitude will you have towards exercising?

Yesterday I completed PowerfitBack, Biceps, and Thighs. I can't say enough how this series of DVD's are helping me get back into shape. They are made for beginners, yet they are challenging for me. It encourages me to exercise daily as it is short and sweet and is something that I CAN DO !!! It came with assorted resistance bands. Yesterday I was able to use a stronger resistance band. I also did Gorgeous Core's Metabolism Bootcamp. Both DVD's have exercises that help with balance training along with some cardio and strength or toning type exercises.

I have learned to FOCUS ON MY ABILITIES not my disability.

Everyday I have taken time to put me first and create time to exercise even when I don't feel like it. I learned to have JOY rather than think of it as a burden or it's too hard. Viewing it differently makes it easier to get it done.

The paradime shift has resulted in me loosing five pounds. I was 188 and am down to 183. I have accepted that I may never be as strong and coordinated as others without disabilities. Now I FOCUS ON WHAT I CAN DO.

I modify to the best of my ability and if I just can't do the exercise I will substitute something else to fit in the time like marching in place until the dvd goes to something that I am able to do. I just KEEP on MOVING and TRYING hoping that one day I wil be able to do the exercises as well as they do.

It has been a Rewarding beginning. I am a slow looser which I will admit to being. I know one day little at a time I will Make my dreams come through.

I believe the biggest thing that has affected my workouts besides my attitude or paradigm shift is finally getting approved for provigil. It seems to give me just enough energy to get things done around the house. It helps to uplift my mood and give me HOPE !!!

My next goal is to pull out the recipe books and get back into cooking. Something that was too exhausting for me to do. I have cut out some new tasty looking recipes out of fitness magazines and hung them on the frig door to try out.

The house is looking cleaner and more organized as the medication gives me energy to move a bit. I am not hyper and I still get fatigued, but it makes a major difference in my life.

The medication makes it feel like I can move my body y legs and arms don't feel as heavy and fatigued, something that I lived with on a daily basis. It has also worked on lightening up the cognitive fog. It hasn't removed it, but it does give me hope that maybe my brain will have a chance to heal. I think that has to do with the uplifting part. It feels like my arms and legs aren't quite as heavy with the medication. It felt like my limbs each had a 100 pound weight attached that you could not take off. You just had to make it through the day the best you could with weights attached.

To those who are trying to get Provigil approved, I found out some important bits of information to help you acquire it.

Blue Cross is my insurance and Medco is the medication part of it. My first denial letter said that it was only approved for sleep disorders. My second letter had a couple of new items added. It is approved for treatment of depression related fatigue and night shift differential disorder or something like that. I worked night shift for years as a nurse. I also have been struggling with depression due to my increased worsening of my symptoms due to multiple sclerosis. I didn't tell the doctor as I did not want to go on antidepressants. I also was very ashamed of admitting to them that it was getting more difficult to control my emotions. It does damage the happiness center of you brain. A non-technical term.

In the past I took antidepressants when a doctor said I was depressed even though I did not feel depressed. I was in pain and when they can't figure out what is wrong with you they stick a label on you to satisfy themselves. The medications made me feel like I was going crazy. I went on a spending spree, slept even more, gained lots of weight, made me feel nauseated and suicidal. The did not work what so ever.

Medco pharmacist's said it is important to tell what meds. you tried for energy. I also listed dietary changes such as raw food and juicing, being a vegetarian. I had already taken one medication for energy which put me to sleep.

I also listed the antidepressants I had tried and the side effects that they gave me. I gave all this info. to the doctor and his nurse was able to write an appeal letter. Since I had tried the provigil on my own I was able to report the medication worked for me. Which was included on the report, along with how much I sleep. Together all this information worked saving me the expense of getting a sleep study which was their next requirement.

I hope this will inspire those of you who have challenges such as Multiple sclerosis or other illness to fight for coverage of their medications.

I hope this information helps others to fight for whatever medications they may need but have been rejected by their insurance.

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 9/17/2010 10:55PM

    emoticon for sharing your insights regarding exercise. There are so many things that we take for granted, and having full use of our bodies is definitely one of them. I had a friend in her 40's who had to live in a nursing home due to a disease she was born with. She had tons of surgeries, was always in a great deal of pain, had her legs removed, and had very limited use of her arms and hands. She eventually died in her early 40's in the nursing home due to her lifelong battle with the illness. Every time I get irritated that my ankle is bothering me and I have to have surgery to fix it, I think of her, and how fortunate I am to have 2 legs and a body that functions well. I know you can do it, and your positive outlook is what is going to get you to your goal of functioning better and feeling better. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/17/2010 9:45PM

    I stumbled across this blog and I feel like I should read it every day. You are so right...to be able to exercise is JOY!

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ALISHAB3 9/17/2010 1:28PM

    Exercise is known to be more effective over time than antidepressants, so, I really think you are going the right way. If the provigil makes it possible for you to have enough energy to exercise, that will in turn help with your mood.

I too struggle with my mood and I have found that daily cardio and yoga (which might require too much coordination) help dramatically. Also, do you have a set of day light spectrum lights? Those help me too. Just turn them on 1/2 hour before sunrise and it helps with your mood. They are really cheap, just get them at the hardware store.

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BKWHITE3 9/16/2010 11:35PM

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 9/16/2010 8:07PM

    I forgot to post yesterday's calories burned 3041.

Steps taken 10219.

2 hours 9 min. of moderate activity and 19 min. of vigorous activity.

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WINDLEG 9/16/2010 7:12PM

    Thanks for reminding us to focus on the positive!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/16/2010 6:11PM

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NELLIEBLUE 9/16/2010 4:56PM

    emoticon emoticonWhat a great blog, it made me ashamed of how I let my pain stop me.

I do have a sleep problem and use a CPAC machine, I'll ask my doctor about the medicine. But guess I'm a little lazy.


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AKELAZ 9/16/2010 3:23PM

    Great blog - what a positive outlook you have. You have certainly inspired me today. Thank you.

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GREENIE-GREEN 9/16/2010 3:01PM

    This blog is so good. Yes, exercise can be a Joy if we choose to see it that way. And focusing on what we can do rather than what we can't is a positive, healthy way to live. Thank you for the reminder.

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So Excited !!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I was approved to receive Provigil after almost nearly 6 months of battling the insurance company and two rejection letters. Provigil is used for MS to help you stay awake as MS causes severe fatigue.

When I take it my thoughts are a bit clearer and I am able to exercise for longer periods of time.

I had to cancel my credit card due to unauthorized charges. Well, get a new number.

Going to go exercise, been busy, busy, busy.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 9/16/2010 11:35AM

    emoticonI am glad you got the approval!
Stay positive!
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DUTCHPETE641 9/16/2010 8:31AM

    Good to hear they approved it. Hope it helps you!!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 9/15/2010 10:31PM

    So glad you got the approval. My insurance company wouldn't approve it. They said to have it approved I would have to have diagnosed apnea. I do. I have a CPAP. But, round and round; no approval for it. I too suffer from severe fatique.

Amber

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BKWHITE3 9/15/2010 10:06PM

    emoticon on the approval. emoticon about the credit card.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/15/2010 9:47PM

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2BFREE2LIVE 9/15/2010 9:28PM

    I am so glad you got the medication you needed to have a quality life. Such a bad thing about your Credit Card, hope things work out on that one. Have a very nice evening. Sandy

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BAM0827 9/15/2010 9:16PM

    Such great news!!!

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BJW-FARMGIRL 9/15/2010 8:48PM

    1) Yea!

2) Oooooooooo. Sorry 'bout that!

Have a good night

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OMG I LOST WEIGHT !!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

My weight shamefully had been increasing even with all my efforts to loose it. It went up to 188.6 lbs. I wasn't overeating accoding to my calorie intake. I do believe the medications I take for Multiple sclerosis causes weight gain. It is well known on the MS forums. I was recording faithfully everything I ate in a journal. Making note of measurements and the exercises done, the DVD workout, every little thing was written down. Yet I gained from the time I joined up.

The good news is now it is down to 184 lbs. That is soooo shocking as normally I sit forever stuck in a rut. I feel like I am on a cloud. Its more reason to keep on going. It just goes to show the little sparks add up.

The MS causes my muscles to fatigue very quickly and I lack strength. Doing the Mini Sparks work. I started of doing just a few min. of marching in place and gradually increased my activity level as I could. Now I can do an easy beginner video for 20 min. I still have difficulty doing it as my balance and cordination are slow. Simple easy moves are challenging to me due to the muscles not receiving the signal. But I did it. I actually lost some weight.

It is only a beginning. I want to get down to 120-135 range. Join me in doing the Happy dance. We will burn calories together.

I forgot to log the day that I went to the gym, so today is day 4 of exercise. I'm still waking up so I will get back and post what I am able to do later.

  
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RAINRUN 9/15/2010 4:12PM

    emoticon on the weight loss!!


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KATHYJO56 9/13/2010 10:06PM

    Happy Dance! Happy Dance! Happy Dance!

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CHELSEAANNE8 9/13/2010 7:33PM

    Keep up the great work! I am a member of the team "Sparking with MS" and I saw your blog and decided to visit.

One day at the time! Great work! emoticon emoticon

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MYSTERY4EVER 9/13/2010 2:52PM

    I am so happy for you. That is real progress. In the beginning it took me a long while to lose any pounds, though I definitely thinner because my clothes were looser. Keep up the good work.

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CRIS76 9/13/2010 2:09PM

    How wonderful! I am so glad to see that things are going in a positive direction - beyond your weight, it seems the workouts are helping your muscle tone too... what wonderful news :)

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GINNY1215 9/13/2010 11:57AM

    I will definitely join you in your happy dance. 4.6 lbs is a wonderful weight loss for any one but doubly so for someone who's medication makes it difficult to lose and for some one who also has difficulty with their muscles receiving signals, coordination, etc. I know you have to be very determined and working hard at this I wish you the best of luck and continued success.

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BRIGHT551 9/13/2010 11:50AM

    WOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Happy Dance, Happy Dance. I am so excited and proud of you for sticking with it!!!! You are an inspiration!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LBUGARIN1 9/13/2010 11:46AM

    way to go! Keep up the good work!!

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