Category Archives: Exercise

MS to 5K?

I’d give anything to run again. Not that I was a runner… ever… but I was able to run once a long time ago.  I also used to dance and workout regularly.

Now, I just want to be able to even speed walk without limping.  I have good days and bad.  My good days are awesome and I can jog a little.  I even started participating in Zumba classes on Mondays, where I last about 15-20 minutes before my left leg starts to give out.  But then I have bad days sometimes where I am limping after just a few minutes of walking.  I am wondering if I should just keep pushing through these “bad” days and just keep walking (or limping) my way to running a 5K one day.  I mean, you’d think that if I’d keep up with it that eventually my left leg would play nice and get strong enough to allow me to be as active as I want to be.

MS to 5K, or rather Couch to 5K, seems to be something that’s been running (pun totally intended) through my head lately.

Zumba class!

Before February 8th, I couldn’t walk without a limp, couldn’t walk backwards, would lose my balance constantly, had spasms in my legs, had bone-crushing fatigue, and and would have never thought about working out, much less taking a Zumba class.

I was kicking my legs, spinning around in circles, swinging my hips, and jumping backwards for 60 minutes!!! It was brutal! I started tearing up when it was over – not because I was in pain, but because I actually did it! I wasn’t very graceful, because I still have some residual weakness in my hips on my left side and that leg fatigues easily, but at least now I have a chance at beginning to strengthen it.

My legs are absolute jello right now. I think I was probably the least graceful and least sexy Zumba-er they had ever seen!

Exercise the ms away

I’m trying to exercise and diet my Multiple Sclerosis away into remission. I am feeling better and more energetic with better diet and exercise overall.

I have pseudo-Swanked before a few times, but never stayed rigid to it. I am now determined to be strict with it.

I started Swanking today. Made a superb oven baked chicken tonight – no fat, no oil. I already have my Swank friendly lunch packed for work tomorrow.

I completed a 30 minute workout tonight! I actually accomplished 200 crunches and am looking to get up to 500 a night. Also, I’m working on getting some legs that I can proudly show off this summer. If this keeps going well, I may try my hand at jogging on a treadmill and maybe a bit of P90X stuff. Who knows?