Why continue to exercise with multiple sclerosis

“Exercise is essential not just for overall well-being, but also to help manage symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). In fact, exercise might even slow…

Source: Why continue to exercise with multiple sclerosis

Please come check out my new weight loss blog, follow me while I try to shed the pounds

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I am working really hard at losing weight. I want to shed the pounds so badly!
I have made a new blog just for talking about weight loss related issues, like recipes, counting calories, emotional eating, coping while on a nutrition plan, how much I weigh, stats etc.
Please come join me over at
http://irishgirllosingweight.wordpress.com/

I’d be so grateful as I could use all the encouragement I can get!
thanks guys,

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My Journal: Falling…and Getting Back Up

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I have fallen away from

my goals over the past 2 weeks…

Well, I think I dread writing this entry more than my first one.  At the end of my first journal entry, posted on May 4, I added these goals:

  • OBVIOUSLY-stay away from soda
  • Drink 100 ounces of water a day
  • Log all food/meals
  • walk 2 miles a day
  • do yoga 3 times during the week
  • meditate every day for 30 minutes

I was doing very well. I had been away from soda for several weeks. I was logging food every day and meditating each morning. Water is never a problem for me. I was even walking 2 miles a day. The only thing I struggled with is finding time to do yoga.

Then Monday May 8th hit…

As many of you know, on that day, my son was in a bicycle accident in which he broke 3…

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Affirmation

Diary of a Recovering Codependent

Where do you get your affirmation?

Most of my life I looked for affirmation from others. I needed to hear their words of praise, encouragement, love… I NEEDED it. I would receive compliments or praise and I would feel an ever so brief fluttering of pride. Then I would start feeling they didn’t really mean it or I didn’t really deserve it or they’re just trying to be nice, etc.

At the time, it was like food. My body gets hungry and I need to eat. I eat and feel better but then several hours later, I need to eat again.  If I don’t eat, I get sick. For me, affirmation was food to my spirit. It was an endless cycle of need. In order to feel good I needed to that affirmation. In order to get that affirmation, I needed to make sure you were happy and your life was good…

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A tale of never ending sleepyness…

Dinosaurs, Donkeys and MS

Today our post is on fatigue!

We thought we would do a post on this as it’s something that seems to come as an added bonus with most chronic conditions. It makes you sleepy all the time and just thinking about doing anything makes you even more sleepy! For me it’s also the one that’s just never ending…

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So what is fatigue?

Fatigue seems to be experienced differently by people. For me it comes in two forms:

  1. Complete lack of energy! It’s as though all of my energy has just suddenly drained out of me and simple activities such as moving feel impossible.
  2. My bones feel so heavy it’s as though they are made of lead and if I try to move I feel as though I’m trying to move through a swamp. This one likes to appear mostly in the mornings. I feel I should be given a medal sometimes just for managing to get out of…

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Feel Good Friday: Patrick Henry Hughes

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You may have heard of this incredible young man and his amazing father. They have been featured on TV shows and magazines all across the country.  Patrick Henry was born without eyes or the ability to straighten his arms and legs, requiring the use of a wheel chair. He also has two steel rods in his back to correct his scoliosis.

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But that hasn’t stopped this talented young man. Patrick Henry is a gifted musician, performer and public speaker. He began playing the piano at the age of 9 months. He sings, plays the trumpet, and with the help of his father, performed with the University of Louisville marching band for 5 seasons.

This story isn’t just about Patrick Henry. It’s about his father as well. I had tears in my eyes as I heard what this father goes through on a daily basis to help make Patrick Henry’s dreams come…

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You Would Think We Would All Take Much Better Care of Our Only “House”

Superfood-Plate2joshaxeIt’s incredible how bad most “food” is for you.  I’ve been reading labels the last couple days and have been reminded of this a lot.  I also find it interesting that 75% of Americans believe they eat healthy, yet obesity rates are at an all time high.  Why does this disconnect exist?  I guess it comes down to how people define healthy.  The nutritionist  might define healthy as eating 6 servings of veggies per day, no refined sugars, and drinking plenty of water.   Others might define healthy eating as only eating McDonald’s 3 times per week instead of 6 times.

I’m not exactly sure what eating healthy is, but I do know that an incredibly small percentage of people do it; present company included.  You would think we would all take much better care of our only “house”.

Bears hibernate in the winter, MS patients hibernate in the summer

Got a wake up call the other day. We went from a comfortable 60° in New York up to  82° overnight.  Silly me, didn’t think anything of it and opened all the windows.  I have roughly 7 windows in my apartment that I…

Source: Bears hibernate in the winter, MS patients hibernate in the summer

Today’s Featured Blog is…Pocketful of Smiles!!

When was the last time you did a good deed or a random act of kindness? Do you consider yourself a good person? What does it mean to be a good person?

I feel as though people are misconstrued about this trait. Many may consider themselves a good person based solely on the fact that…

Source: How to Tell if You’re Genuinely a Good Person

I Am Eliminating a Few Things From My Eating Regimen

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Beginning today I am turning over a new leaf.  I am eliminating a few things from my eating regimen for the foreseeable future:

  • bread
  • candy
  • sodas
  • pastas
  • refined sugars
  • processed foods

Why?  Because these types of foods are killing me and keeping me from living to full-capacity.  It is time for a change.