Most of you who read this blog regularly, will know I live with Multiple Sclerosis. It's a condition that affects the Central Nervous System. In simple terms, your own body attacks your myelin. Myelin is the fatty protective layer that surrounds the nerves fibres in the CNS. Once those protective layers are damaged then the nerve is open to damage too, and because these nerves communicate messages around your body, it can cause havock. Can you imagine the chaos that would be caused if the World Wide Web stopped working!
I LIVE with this condition, I don't SUFFER from it. It does of course cause some level of suffering, but to use that term, well to me that seems defeatist. It's a fine line I travel, think too deeply about my future and it could send me on a downward spiral, (and actually, we haven't had our future yet, we only have now). But I also need to be realistic about my future too, and I know if I don't take better care of myself, I'm on a spiral downwards anyway!
I 'follow' the George Jelinek Overcoming MS program. Well I say 'follow' but I know I've not been doing this as well as I should, I don't eat dairy or meat, but I've not really been keeping my saturated fat levels as low as I should. Over the last year my MS has got significantly worst. Some of this could be due to stressful year it's been, but I've not been taking care of myself.
My mobility has been the most affected, I don't use a wheelchair but walking if difficult. I'm can be very slow, and after a few minutes the most amazing limp arrives, almost undetectable to start but then goes into the Monty Python 'silly walks' kind of category! It's stopped us doing things as a family, maybe I should use a wheelchair, maybe I'm being very selfish not wanting to use one. I keep thinking to myself I'm not that bad yet, but if I can't walk very far, then perhaps I am?
On days I do manage to walk a little, (some days are better than others), it's so exhausting I wonder if it worth it. What I really, really want to do, is go on one of those loooooong walks I used to do, out in the countryside....even around the local area, I'm not fussy!
So 'Fab Fit Feb' is all about getting back to being the best I can. About making those changes to my diet that will improve my stamina, improve my health. It's 28 days, just 28 days in which to kick start what I know I should be doing.
I'm planning on filling my body with fresh, healthy, energy boosting fuel. If I can get to the end feeling even a little bit more energised then I will be over the moon! Some very gentle exercise too, build up gradually. I've been so inspired by Hannapat over on Cosmos and Cotton, she's completely turned her life around.
I've made a big investment in this, got myself some great ingredients, started to organise my larder cupboard. Purchased several great cookbooks, a food processor. More than that, I've got the motivation! Now that's something you can't buy!
I've started my day with a banana and almond smoothie, with some superfoods added in there too, and I'm going to make some granola for this weeks breakfast. All perhaps normal things for some of you, but I'm just really getting into this cooking malarkey......I'm wondering if it's my mum, over on the other side, willing me on, she was an amazing chef!
So, there, I've said it.....it's out there on the WWW, so I've got to do it now! Please keep me in check you lot! I will be doing regular posts this month, reviewing cookbooks, new recipes.....sharing with you how I'm doing.
Join me if you want.....Fab, Fit, Feb.....is there one change you can do, big or small to help you feel fab and fit this February? After all, it's only a little month!
See you later in the week, hopefully with a little more energy ;)
Amanda :) xxx