Action-packed!

I’m currently listening to the fast and furious action of the car racing from Bathurst – it’s not my choice of must see television, but my son had it on and after he left, I haven’t felt the need to turn it off. I don’t really care who wins. Well that’s not true – I hope the winner is driving a Holden, not a Ford. I don’t have much knowledge of cars, but I know I have a soft spot for Holdens, from my childhood memories of our family’s cars, the HR station wagon, the old FB I think it was, and the EH my mum had, and then my older brother took over.

Anyway, car racing isn’t the point of this blog post. The point of this post is that I must become more physically active. It has been shown many times that exercise helps people who have MS, as I have. And my own personal experience backs this up too. When I was first diagnosed with MS early in 2010, my neurologist said to me “Use it or Lose it!”. He suggested I should walk for half an hour three times a week, because the more I did, the more I would be able to do.

I haven’t actually stuck to this wise advice, but the times when I’ve committed to being physically active, are the times when I feel most able to keep on going. So I know that’s what I should do, for my own good. I don’t though, sadly. Every now and then I’ll begin doing Wii Fit exercise several times a week, getting stronger and stronger, and breaking the records, my own and sometimes those of other family members. Then I stop doing the exercise, because I’m too busy, don’t feel like it, can’t be bothered doing it.

I know that’s stupid, and I suspect the next time I decide to get the Wii Fit exercise happening again, I’ll end up disappointing myself again. But you know what? I’m not going to beat myself up about this. Life can be hard enough without having to go through life hating myself for my laziness. I’m going to say “Good on you for having a go”, for all of the times I’ve managed to get a Wii Fit exercise program happening, and “Best of luck!” for all of the times I’ll do it again in the future!

There – having said that, I can let you know I switched on the machine last Thursday and did the weigh in and exercised for 15 minutes. The machine told me I hadn’t been there for 53 days! I can’t hide anything with the machine! The machine also told me what my weight was and indicated I now weighed about 3 kilograms more than I want to weigh.

So starting from last Thursday, I will once again commit to working up to at least 30 minutes of exercise, Wii Fit or other, at least three times a week! The machine and I will both know whether or not I can stick with this program. Right now, I will switch off the computer and switch on Wii Fit machine!

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2 thoughts on “Action-packed!

  1. carolyncordon Post author

    I’m back again, and happy to report I was able to do 20 minutes of more difficult exercises, Yay me! Not so happy to report my weight was up on the last time I weigh in, although the last time was in the morning before I’d had breakfast, while this time was after breakfast and a couple of cups of coffee. We’ll see what result we get next time … I’ve been doing some hand weight exercises too, and I’ll leave the hand weight here by the computer, so I can do some more!

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  2. carolyncordon Post author

    I’ve been able to keep this exercise program going, so I’m happy about that! Today I did 30 minutes of Wii Fit exercises, some of them quite taxing, and that is a good thing! So that makes it four times this week, and the last two times (including today) I did 30 minutes of Wii Fit exercises. I’m extremely happy about that! What I’m not so happy about is that my weight has gone up and up each time I’ve weighed myself.

    This might be because of muscle growth (I don’t really think so). It may be normal daily variations. This is much more likely – I’ve been weighing in and exercising at various different times of the day. Whatever the reason is, it’s a good thing that I’m going exercise, including aerobic exercises. I’m happy about that, the more I do, the more I can do it, and that’s a great thing!

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