Sunday, October 16, 2016

Two Important Words

Two important words to live by:  OVER and NEXT

If it's OVER, it's OVER - let it go and move onto what's NEXT.

Don't fret about NEXT - just tackle whatever is NEXT.

And if you are really good at living in the moment, string a hammock between OVER and NEXT and take a nice rest!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

When the GOING gets rough

Sometimes it's hard to get those legs GOING.  It's as if they have a mind of their own.  Your mind is saying "Let's Go" and their mind is saying "No Way."

Some ways to keep going when walking or standing is a NO GO:

  • easy floor yoga - breathe, stretch and be as strong as you can be for today
  • stationary bike - spin as best you can
  • get in the pool - swim, walk, tread water, water run
  • row - rowing provides a good workout for the days when the upper body works but the legs don't
Move as much as you can today.  Stand up.  Touch your toes.  Reach for the sky.  Do it now and do it often.  

You can move!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Getting Back on the Saddle

We (mostly) all take breaks from time to time.

I seem to have taken quite a long one!  Seems to me that I feel like blogging and thinking about strategies to combat MS challenges the most when I am fighting the good fight and following the advice to be active and headstrong.

Backing off from physical activity (for good reasons or not), seems to correlate with backing off from mentally attacking this puzzle of maintaing mobility and strength.

So, here we go.  I've been working on increasing physical activity this month and here I am back at the keyboard.

Wish me luck - or encouragement!

Join me, if you you please.

Sunday, April 24, 2016


The spring wildflowers are blooming and calling us all to the trails!

Going to the woods in the spring is a HABIT for me.

How do we form habits?  More importantly, how do we form constructive, positive habits?

Schedules work for me.  If I set a schedule (and do not let myself off the hook), I tend to wear a groove in my day where a positive activity dwells.  Running has become one of those HABITS.

Most all of our behaviors are habit based:  what we eat, when we eat it, whether or not we exercise, how we interact with others, ...  I think we are pre-programmed to work in a habitual manner.

So, I'm thinking a lot about the habits that dictate daily life and how to assure the HABITS are as positive as they can be.

The wildflowers will bloom - will I be there to appreciate them?  You?

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Friends In Need

I've gotten word this week that three - count 'em 3! - friends have been diagnosed with cancer.  One, diagnosed with lymphoma, is awaiting a more accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.  One had successful surgery.  And, one can't get an appointment with the recommended Johns Hopkins surgeon until January 20.

All the love and support we can offer go out to these three and their amazing families!  It's hard to see their lives turn on a dime like this.  We stand with you to support you and offer whatever meager offerings we can.  I think of the Christmas story of the little drummer boy - he gave what he had, his talent to make music.

Even if we lack money and means, let us offer one another support, encouragement, love and security as we wrestle our mortal bodies. Let us stand, side by side, offering what we have to lift up each other during the Christmas Season!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Strength and Balance

Sorry to hit a common topic AGAIN, but lack of balance and MS go together like...  well, like, ruffled birds of a feather...  or something.

I make exercise decisions based on the assumption (which I hope is fact), that if I:

  1. practice balancing, and
  2. strengthen the muscles that aid balance
I will improve my balance (at best) or maintain my current level of balance (acceptable) or slow down the deterioration of my balance (at least).

I had to demonstrate an exercise today (yes, in front of athletes) that required more natural balance than I currently have. PUNT and skip the exercise or the demonstration?  No way!  I calmly asked for a supportive hand while I demonstrated the important technique of the exercise.  No one cares if I need that hand for some centering.  I used my strength to go through the full range of motion and was able to do a fair number of repetitions.

Point:  Don't let the lack of balance keep you from doing the work.  Get a hand.  Hold a wall.  Grab a bar.  Use a cane or walker.  Whatever it takes.  

And keep at it.  Practice, practice, practice.  Try to not compare today to the past.  Just keep striving so your tomorrows can keep you moving!

Check out the balance tabs for a few simple balance exercises.  There are more where those came from - so many more.  Message/email me if interested.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Thanking and Planking

If you are Lori, and you made it here:  WELCOME!  Thanks for coming.

I'm involved in a Facebook challenge group called Thanking and Planking!  Each day there is a small plank challenge and an opportunity to share something you are thankful for and or a pay-it-forward act of kindness.  Loving it!

I think the inspiration of joining together to improve ourselves cannot be undervalued!  We need to bond together and help each other every step of the way.

If you clicked through to here from the challenge, thank you for the motivation.  If you would like to join in to help each other be inspired to move and grow, jump on it!!