Hope.

There is a saying in Tibetan: Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength. No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.
~ Dalai Lama

I am in love with this lately. I feel like I am constantly walking a tightrope of over-analyzing what may (or may not) be there tomorrow. I understand that this is something that most people do, in fact, some use this misapprehension to make major decisions in life.

However, I’m speaking from a bit of a different place. I wake up each morning, open my eyes, stretch and begin to move very slowly out of bed. With each step I feel as though I am examining anything that feels worse (or better) than the day before. Can I feel my limbs? Check. Do I have a headache? Not today. Am I seeing clearly? Yes I am! Dizzy? All good! I am now free to move throughout the cabin called life.

I wanted to chat a little more about my latest full infusion and also the intermittent fasting I have been doing for a little over 6 weeks. First, there were no reactions during my last infusion! Yay, I think they have the individual “cocktail” needed for me to make it pretty much smooth sailing. So glad – my next full is in November so I am hopeful for another good experience.

Aside from the infusion itself, I am still happy with the level my physicality has increased. I am still working out regularly (giving it my personal best) and not using my cane AT All! The infusion weight gain will eventually be in my rear view as I move forward with, the more important thing, strength and endurance.

So, intermittent fasting has been a new type of adventure for me! However, I am happy to report that I am seeing positive results come out of eating only during a 10 hour period daily. After some research and reading about the effects intermittent fasting can have on you cognitively, with MS or without MS, and a few things to keep in mind. For example, hormones in women possibly changing the effectiveness of intermittent fasting as a whole and other risks…..there’s a ton of information out there so do your research too – everyone is an individual! Personally, I altered my “eating window” to 10 hours and am in a fasted state for 14 hours of everyday (the 16:8 method altered to best suite me!).

I’ll start from the beginning of my fasting journey, almost 6 weeks ago. Day 1, I was ok because my body was just like “ok, it’s one day of a different eating pattern, I won’t entirely freak out”. Then, day 2 through the first week was miserable for me. My body felt like a cruel joke was being played on it and I was NOT feeling much smarter, which was really the point for me; to help with the recent disappearance of my cognitions.

Pretty dramatic, right? Ha! I decided to stick with it for a few more days after the first week. I am so glad I did! The fog cleared and the hunger pains stopped! It’s like my body gave in and started to enjoy the benefits! I started to handle it better too – my grumpiness and weakness began to subside and I started to enjoy the positive results that intermittent fasting was laying on me. My energy increased which means my workouts also increased in duration. I was able to think more clearly and my confusion over the little things, like my schedule, started to minimize. Still present, but better. I don’t think I will ever find something that makes everything disappear 100%, or someone would be very rich for finding the cure for MS!

I completely understand my eating pattern will not influence that completely but it has made my life with MS a little easier to deal with from day to day. So there it is, I have always said a positive attitude and staying active are the keys for me living the best I can with MS, and now I can add intermittent fasting (my way) to that. If I stray, I believe that I will always come back to what works best for me.

5 thoughts on “Hope.

  1. Hell yes hunny!!!! So happy for your joy, new energy, clarity! Gonna look that intermittent fasting shit up, yo. Thanks for sharing your heart and mind, sweet love. 💜

    Shelley Irish

    ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.’ Margaret Mead

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  2. So happy for you – thank you for sharing! As always, your positive attitude is an inspiration! Keep writing and helping us all to stay on track with the ups and downs of life💕

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