As I sit in the Neurologist office waiting for my 3 month follow up and MRI results, I can see other individuals doing their “circus acts” throughout the hallways, and it reminds me just how fortunate I am in my journey. It is also a reminder of how important it is to stay strong on the things that I can control in the situation, especially through nutrition and exercise.
Many people including my doctors have told me that starting out healthy is my biggest win in this lifelong battle. I am happy that I have always been self aware of the risk of obesity for my future and that I made the commitment to taking care of myself three years ago. I have always kept my weight under control for that reason but I would go from getting healthy and dropping, to regaining regularly. Because of this people always assume that I am just naturally thin and it all comes easy.
This couldn’t be further from the truth! If I could live on a diet of pizza and dessert I would. However I know I can’t so I don’t and I just keep myself strict the majority of the time so when I want those things as a treat I can have them. When I am at a social event I can eat without the judgement.
During the first week of the 90 day challenge I went to a work meeting where literally everything served was carbs, I knew what the menu would be so I packed lunch, some laughed, some complimented, but while they were all half asleep after lunch I was feeling great! Two weeks into the challenge I stopped tingling regularly during my workouts and had way more energy feeling the best I had since June. Proper nutrition for me at this point is no longer about looking my best, but about feeling my best.
Today my visit was suppose to be to review my “baseline” MRI done last week, used to check future progression of the disease and evaluate how the Copaxone is working. However I got a very pleasant surprise of not only is there no new progression or lesions from last year’s scans, my current lesions are resolving and I don’t have to be monitored as often! This shows me the impact of a healthy lifestyle in conjunction with the meds is truly the best recipe for success. I know I have to take my immunosuppressant for the rest of my life but for everything else my only medicine of choice is going to be self care.