Why does that phrase make me cringe just a little? Maybe because it means giving up things I like and doing things that I don't like! As many of you know I have some pretty significant sleep problems despite taking sleeping pills every night. So my neurologist suggested that I make some lifestyle changes. So here they are:
1. No more caffeine! I don't drink very much but I do enjoy tea in the morning and sometimes an afternoon pick me up with a coke. Usually I need the caffeine because I haven't slept well the night before but maybe I don't sleep well because I've had the caffeine during the day? Who knows but it is worth a try. I've been caffeine free since Wed. So far it hasn't helped me sleep any better but I'm sticking to it for a bit longer. So bye bye my friends and hello to your caffeine free versions!
2. Get more exercise! Since I don't exercise at all right now this shouldn't be that hard right? Wrong! I am the MOST unmotivated person when it comes to exercising especially tradition exercise in a gym. But I know for many reasons it is good for me and good for my MS. I never want to take for granted that I can move and get around so easily because I know many others with MS can't. So this weekend I took advantage of the beautiful weather in Boston and got out to do some exercise.
On Saturday I went kayaking with Stephanie and Mary. We had SO much fun and it was a great upper body work out! My arms and shoulders are a little sore today so I know I used muscles I haven't used in a long time. Today I did the "Walk for Adoption" which was sponsored by MARE and several of my adoptive families came out to walk with their children. Joana and Carter came too. It was very hot and we walked for an hour so not sure how many miles but some good exercise. I don't have a picture of me walking but I promise I was there!
I head off to Ireland on Friday and I know I I will do plenty of walking while there. So let's hope I can maintain these two lifestyle changes for a long time. If you seeing me drinking a coke feel free to yell at me and if you ever want to join me for a walk or a day on the Charles River let me know!