Today has been a great day! I’ve been so active.
I rode 45km, then I walked and ran about 2km, did some push-ups and sit-ups.
I then headed off to church where I’m a volunteer in Kidsz Church.
I’ve still got plenty of energy but do recognise I need to rest.
I’m going to rest for some time now so I can be okay to spend time with my fiance and friends this afternoon. Later tonight I will also be heading to night church.
So, today is a new day, it’s a regular work day, but, I have plans to be with my fiancé for dinner tonight and would rather not fell fatigued in that moment.
So, the idea behind this post is to detail how I will strategically conduct myself in order to conserve the energy I have, so I am less likely to get fatigued.
My initial plan for today is to complete errands this morning and complete more desk work this afternoon.
If required, I can take some time this afternoon and rest.
I find the way I’ve been getting energy after feeling fatigued is by just stopping, not talking, not moving, just being restful. All I know is, I sure feel a lot better afterwards.
- 5.30am – 2km run
- 6am – Bench pressing, bicep curls, 50 crunches, 25 squats, 25 push-ups (tricep focus, close grip)
- 6.30am – Breakfast
- 7am – Drive to work
- 7.30 – Start work after resting for a few minutes.
- 8am – Start my errands for the morning – This involved walking 1200 steps around the school grounds completing various physical tasks
- 9am – Get back to the office – complete some work in office.
- 9.30am – Head to admin and sort some things out.
- 10am – In the office sitting and working on various devices.
- 11.45am – Go for a walk to a neighbouring building to assist co-worker. Sit down in workroom while working on the devices.
- 12.30pm – Lunch back in the office.
- 1pm – Office work.
- 4pm – Leave the office and head for home.
- 4.50pm – Fatigue feeling – Head feeling heavy on left side. Hand feels slightly tight.
- 5.15pm – Head out to my fiance’s place, I’m feeling great at this point and am right for the next couple of hours.
- 7.50pm – Fatigue feeling – headache, locked up hand.
- 8.10pm – Feeling great again and symptoms don’t seem to bad.
- 9pm – Drive back home.
- 9.30pm – Still feeling great and not too fatigued.
- 10pm – Bed.
In summary, I would say that today has been a good day. Normally I get a bit tight in my hand by the afternoon, but, in the case of today, I was fine.
I love Mondays! For me it is the beginning of the week and a chance to start a fresh with a mindset and focus comparable to an athlete.
After getting an early night on Sunday, I felt energized and ready to start the day as I woke at 6am.
Getting ready of a morning now is no longer a challenge. I can shower, make breakfast and dress myself for work. Just weeks ago I was in tears after being unable to easily do the buttons up on a dress shirt or even secure a belt buckle.
I can drive myself to work and walk the 500 steps to my office. I can type with two hands and answer the phone. I can even walk between the various departments at the school I work at. Even during my work day, I’m increasing my step count to 3000, 4000 or even 5000 steps within an 8 hour work day.
This is pure joy considering just weeks ago I was struggling to walk from the car park to the front door.
As I finish at 4pm, I head home and still have an energy to get out there and be the best I can be.
I decide to go for a bike ride with a realistic goal of 5km (10 – 15mins of riding) but if I can ride for more I would consider my day an overwhelming success. I accomplished a 30.9km bicycle ride in 1:00:09. Wow! I rode for an hour and could still hold myself up! I could even walk okay afterwards.
As I look back on the day, there are lots of things I feel that I cannot do, but I try not to get caught up on them.
Tips for not loosing heart:
- Set reasonable goals.
- Focus on the things you can change rather than on those you can’t.
- Don’t get caught up in your “failures”.
- Use the support of family, friends and co-workers around you.
- Every time you do something good for yourself – whether it’s eating something health, getting some good exercise – Pat yourself on the back and recognize that you are still in control of your body.
This morning I went for a run, I know that each stride I make is a gift from God.
I ran 2.2 km today, 500m more than I did just just three days ago. My watch even said I’m doing more walking than usual for a Monday! It’s been just over one month since I had my first attack of MS.
I cannot wait until I share with you my journey so far.