Monday, January 25, 2016

A gift of walking in the northern Moon light

MS and Living Life

Walking alone this evening allowed me to take in my surroundings.  The moon is shining bright, the snow is glittering, dancing around the shadows of its trees within the picture perfect beautiful landscape before me.

As I breathe, I can feel a fresh bite from the cool air, enters my lungs.  I can not only see the stress exist my body with each breath but, I feel it as my lungs and shoulders becoming lighter with each exhale.

Theres is a  sound of the loud crunch from the cold snow with each step I take, was like music to my ears. Which brought a feeling of peacefulness. A peacefulness, leaving me feeling as though I was in a presence of many Angels surrounding me.

An experience that made me feel and think; "What a beautiful night. What a gift it is to able to experience such beauty! I am so thankful to be able to enjoy this moment on this evening, while living in Northern Ontario." What a gift! What an experience!

People we live in a rushed world.  Don't forget to stop, slow down and enjoy these small precious moments we are given in our lives.

Wishing you all the best,

Thursday, January 7, 2016

The return to the Journey to better Health with MS, Part 1

Today's MS therapy  

I swear I have a love hate relationship with this hill!

Today I decided to get off the treadmill and get out side. I pushed myself to walk past my usual stopping point of two miles. The weather and temperature was just right.  I reached the dreaded hill. I kept telling myself that I could make it to the top as I concentrated the the view of the top of the huge hill was approaching. As I reached the top without stopping I jumped in the air and said; "Yes!" Not caring if the workers could see me at the bottom working on the lines on the telephone poles. All I knew is, that I didn't stop until I got there. I had pushed myself like I had use too. This was a type of struggle that I look at as, MS muscle conditioning.  A very proud moment at this stage.

As I reached home, I could feel the burning in my thighs.  This type of pain was something I had not felt in a long time. Making me question myself,  if I did the right thing by going so far? As well as asking myself why I pushed so far in such loose snow?

I was thinking in the back of my mind, by pushing myself like this, it was how I gained strength in the past. Knowing that there would be pain that came with this kind of therapy, I knew gaining strength and endurance of walking was something that would out weigh the pain I was feeling, by far.

By MS and Living Life

As I am now trying to get warm and get rid of this chill of the damp air drinking my recovery drink to help re-nourish my muscles, remembering back a short time ago, how much easier it was a few years back when it was a daily routine I had. I will not give up on this journey of regaining my strength in my legs. This walk use to take me an hour, today it took me a hour and a half. Most important thing is I did it and I made it home. 

In conclusion of today's MS therapy of walking, I am left with mixed feelings. I am happy I managed to reach my goal of the top of the hill, completing a three mile walk. My Fitbit saying almost four miles? 

I am thinking due to the light loose snow in my steps, that possibly, I took more steps, (shorter steps), which made it register to be further with more distance? I also know I have done this in less time in the past but, I am proud that I just managed to get it done and make it home safe! 

This is a massive gain in my therapy for endurance for my leg muscles.  As I want to stop having to set every where we go, while others are standing. Yes my legs hurt but I still thrive to be as normal as I once was.  This decease, creates new normals for people.  I refuse to give up on this.  My goal is to be able to walk at lest 3 miles each day. I will not give in.

Wishing you all the best in good health and happiness. 
MS and Living Life

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Desires for 2016; Resolutions.

Well, I am not one to make goals or New Year Resolutions. They always seem to not workout the way I want them too. So, I look at it like this; "Why set myself up for failure when I am meant to succeed?" I want this year to be my best year ever!

I believe I have a wonderful life. I have worked hard for the things I have gained and for those that are around me today. I have done all that I have ever wanted.  I also have achieved more then I ever thought I would up to today. This is how I feel anyway. 

People often set goals up in the new year and achieve them and some don't, disappointing themselves.  Well, for me all I want is to reach the point where I feel strong and healthy. Most of all, keep my illness under control.  I plan on doing this by putting my own needs and wants first before others. 

You maybe thinking that I am being selfish by saying and doing this. I am telling you, it is the totally opposite. You see, in 2015, I have learned that by not putting my needs first, I can not be here, nor enjoy those I love, the way I want to.

So, I will continue to struggle and get my health under control by moving more and eating better. I will continue to learn to be a better person but watching and reading self help information. 

Just as every ending has a new beginning, I will end 2015 and begin with placing myself first. I will be making this lifestyle change.  

What are your desires for 2016? Please sure your desires with me and post them in a comment bellow.

Wishing you and yours a blessed year filled with nothing but good health and happiness in 2016.