MS, Body Image, Exercise and Warm Weather Clothing: Question of the Week

Cathy Health Guide April 10, 2012
  •  “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”  ~Edmund Hillary Spring is here and, depending on where you live, the flowers are blooming.  It feels to me as if the earth is re-awakening.  Our winter weather was warmer and less snowy than usual; in northern New Je...

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  • Amy Gurowitz
    Health Guide
    Apr. 10, 2012

    Yes Yes Yes. We are so on the same page or the same towel in this case. ;) The struggle to eat well and exercise is so much harder when living with MS. What an annoying irony that the more limited we are (or become) in the struggle with MS the harder it is to exercise to remain as healthy as possible. And when I'm feeling down because you can't stand for 10...

    RHMLucky777

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    Yes Yes Yes. We are so on the same page or the same towel in this case. ;) The struggle to eat well and exercise is so much harder when living with MS. What an annoying irony that the more limited we are (or become) in the struggle with MS the harder it is to exercise to remain as healthy as possible. And when I'm feeling down because you can't stand for 10 minutes or walk up your stairs, it's not hard to rationalize the dessert that you so deserve. And then we have to contend with societal expectations of what a woman should look like and all the absurd messages we've absorbed along that way. While I admire people who don't care about what other people think... I am just not that person. And I've decided that instead of fighting that, I will just honor that reality. 

     

    Hey, I just remembered I wrote a post about this very thing. It's called "Feel the Burn"- check it out if you have a minute. 

     

    It's so good to share this stuff. I've been cranky about it with every piece of mandel brot and buttered slice of matzah this week.  (passover comfort food!) It feels better to be in your company!

     

    Thanks for writing this and making me feel better!

    ~Amy

    • Cathy
      Health Guide
      Apr. 11, 2012

      Thanks for your response Amy.  Ain't it great to have to deal with our MS AND not be able to exercise the way we want AND be able to down a box of Yodels all at the same time?  Hahaha!  In my next life chocolate, cheese and bread will be health foods.  And, of course, I will be the same on the inside but on the outside look like Christie...

      RHMLucky777

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      Thanks for your response Amy.  Ain't it great to have to deal with our MS AND not be able to exercise the way we want AND be able to down a box of Yodels all at the same time?  Hahaha!  In my next life chocolate, cheese and bread will be health foods.  And, of course, I will be the same on the inside but on the outside look like Christie Brinkley.  Just kidding - really.  But I need a little levity on this subject as it is one of my weak points.  Onto a great therapy session. :-)

  • Anonymous
    Jenny wilson-Best
    Apr. 10, 2012
    I can no longer walk any distance but I CAN swim. At least you can't fall over in the pool. I would like to implore all MS sufferes to go swimming. It's good for your body and good for your mind. Don't worry about how you look it's how you feel. MS is hard enough to deal with so body image is not as important as living life to the full. Thank you for your post....
    RHMLucky777
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    I can no longer walk any distance but I CAN swim. At least you can't fall over in the pool. I would like to implore all MS sufferes to go swimming. It's good for your body and good for your mind. Don't worry about how you look it's how you feel. MS is hard enough to deal with so body image is not as important as living life to the full. Thank you for your post. Xx
    • Cathy
      Health Guide
      Apr. 10, 2012

      Hi Jenny,

       

      I was so glad to read about your experience with swimming!  Doesn't it feel so wonderful getting into the water and feeling so "able"?  Good for you!  You are so right about just doing it for the sake of feeling good. What a wonderful reply to read - thanks for sharing your story.

       

      Best in health,

      Cathy