Saturday, October 23, 2010
Well the ms flare continues. The numbness is worse, I slept all day, I can't get out of bed without help. I couldn't move my legs at all. I need help to stand up today. When I stand I can shuffle to the bathroom. It was enough work today to shower, wash my hair and dry it. My brain is malfunctioning most of the time making it difficult to read, comprehend, or post my blog.
I did make a healthy dinner of veggie enchiladas with broccoli, corn, sweet potatoes, onion, and morningstar chicken strips. Followed by cornbread with peppers, and two apple pies. Normally I don't cook much but I feel the need to express my love to my husband who has been so helpful to me during this flare. He is being so kind and wonderful.
Yesterdays exercise was Body Gospel core revelation with the resistance bands. I felt awful when I was done, not when I was doing it. So I went to bed shortly afterwards. I didn't keep track of the steps since I am sleeping most of the day and sitting in the recliner.
I stay committed to being as diligent as possible to the exercise program hoping it will help me battle MS. I refuse to give in to the monster.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Today I slept all day off and on. The multiple sclerosis flare continues on. So far the medication I need is in the appeals process. So maybe sometime next week it will come.
I decided to experiment to see what happens if I exercise hard during a flare. The flares make me feel like not moving, it makes me very weak, lethargic, numb, horrible. My brain go haywire so I can't think right, my speech gets slurred and slow, it is hard to process things I read or watch on tv. I am numb up to my face. You can scratch me and I won't feel it. My legs have a deeper numbness. I have always rested during them because of how crappy they make me feel. The problem is it can go on for 1-2 months. So I loose everything I worked for. It's like starting over. I don't know if exercising will make me worse or better??? No one has ever said anything.
I did Body Gospel that I had picked up used off of craigslist. There are two settings for the sound. The one I chose is normal. You hear her voice over the music. I did not have the sound up high to blast it, just loud enough to hear her voice for cluing. The one I did was the cardio today.
The DVD is more advanced than Leslie. It would be a good step up. My heart rate was higher, the steps are bit more challenging and interesting. She has modifications to her steps which I used. She does some jumping and kicking. The kicking is doable. It is like a beginning to kickboxing. There are some kickboxing moves which I don't know the name of which are easy enough to do and add a nice variety.
I did some small of her jumps doing a skating move until my muscles were too fatigued to cooperate. There is one lady who does the modifications through the whole dvd. When she instructs she teaches the modifications first before adding on harder moves like jumps. I liked it because it was different that what I have been doing. The worship stuff didn't bother me. It says it is a 30 min. workout. However it ended up being 35 min. with the cool down. When my muscles were really fatigued at the end so I marched in place. My mind is not processing right so the routine at the very end I wasn't able to get even though it was simple. That was about 5 min.
My calorie burn is higher than Leslie. I got up to 13 cal per min. burned. It rated 26 min. of moderate activity and 7 of moderate. 361 cal. burned in 35 min. 2739 steps. I didn't start immediately setting my watch for the cal. stuff. So it will be a bit higher on the steps, cal. burn.
My total cal. burn yesterday 2314.
41 min. moderate activity.
I can't do anymore as my body is trying to heal and deal with the inflammation in my brain and spinal cord.
I just keep on trying to the best of my ability.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Yesterday's workout thanks to my fearless, wonderful, spark leaders encouragement to get up and move.
I am still having a multiple sclerosis flair which is greatly affecting my energy and strength. Today I still struggle with the flare falling asleep in the recliner three times today. My speech is slurred and slow, I had to get help from the window installer to get out of bed. My husband was outside painting. I was dressed napping and didn't have the strength to get up on my own. The window installer understood and knew I have MS so he was willing to offer a hand.
With her encouragement I managed to get in 10,305 steps, 1 hr. 35 min. of moderate activity, 43 min. of vigorous activity. 2,755 cal. burned.
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