So yeah. It has been a few years since I was diagnosed with MS. About a year (and two episodes) after the diagnosis I was so fed up with feeling tired and weak and not in control over my body that I started doing Beachbody workouts. It’s a somewhat old story but you can read up on it here. Ever since then I never let go of theses workouts. While I had long periods where I couldn’t do any proper schedule due to work, energy, illness or just life in general, I always kept the Nutrition I learned from them close. I never swayed (too far) from eating clean and always found back to the nutrition knowledge I gained from their nutrition guides. Don’t get me wrong. They don’t say anything you wouldn’t be able to learn from another place too but they were the first one who really made me understand how everything works and what to look out for.
Nutrition is kind of the easy part to stick to. While I had episodes and energy issues I always tried to fight my way back in the knowledge that every time I build up my strength from the ground up after an episode it would take the illness that much longer to break it down again. I told myself that I would keep going until I win this fight.
And it’s really not easy to stay in the fight from here in Norway. I am really in love with all their programs and everything that comes with them but to tell you the truth it’s not easy to get them. When I lived in Greece I actually had friends over in the States who would send me the Rest&Recover Formulas as well as the Programs through their Coach Program. I remember even getting the original English measuring cups from them, just so I could stay true to the measures in the guides (thanks Norm and Kelly <3). After moving to Norway it has gotten increasingly more difficult because, frankly, the toll and the shipping from the US are horrifically expensive. Thankfull Jory Prum will have my latest Beachbody Toy ready for me when I am in San Francisco for GDC by the end of the month. Thanks so much Jory 🙂
So, you might wonder if this is all worth it and why I am spending all this extra stuff on something from the states. (Disclaimer: I am not in any way affiliated with Beachbody, get paid by them or sell any of their products) To me it is.
It’s worth it because my Neurologist here in Norway told me the other day that I am the strongest and fittest MS patient he has ever treated (and that guy is a capacity in his field, I was told.)
He is completely perplexed about the lesion scars in my neck and upper spine to heal at a much faster rate than normal.
He told me a few weeks ago to go ahead and stop my meds I have been taking for years now..
I have been medicine free for several weeks without any kind of negative effects or influence in my daily life..Did I win the fight? No, but I believe I am closer than ever 🙂
Is this Beachbody’s doing? Well, not directly but what I am trying to say is: if you have a condition like mine, find something that keeps you moving and motivated to keep you strong. In the end it doesn’t matter what it is, as long as you keep fighting the good fight with a smile on your face and a positive outlook. <3
That is inspirational Natascha!! I love what you wrote about and how you wrote it. My lady is all about a clean diet Paleo/primal and no gluten. Hard in norway, yes but it’s a big deal I think…
Best wishes for you going ahead, and glad Jory is helping out. Enjoy GDC 🙂