Anyone Have Working Out Tips?

So I am kind of frustrated, and by kind of I mean REALLY. I have an image in my head of what I should look like, how I should feel, even with MS, and I know what to do to get there, but it’s so hard with MS weighing me down! If I could be just 15-20 pounds (7-9 kg) heavier I would be happy but my metabolism is so fast! I know what I should eat to help gain weight but it’s everything an MS’er is supposed to avoid; eggs, dairy, meats for protein, peanuts for snacks, etc, ugh! I am sure there are simple ways around all of this but it’s hard, I feel like I need a professional dietician to help me out here. When I am trying to be healthy it’s hard to eat foods that tend to help put on weight, in fact, I fall about 1,500 calories short of what I should be eating everyday to gain weight, Right now it’s hard enough to maintain weight in a society where everyone is trying to loose weight!

Working out? Building strength and muscle? As I said, what ever I can bench (if I can even do that still) it’s like I have to add an extra 100 pounds of weight called “MS” to the bar. I run out of energy so fast and last time I pushed through it I felt like garbage the next day! So how am I to build muscle when I have no endurance to get through my work out? I hate it because I can’t do what I used to do thanks to MS. I have always been rather slim but at least before I was a little more tone and now? I am just thin, especially after physical rehab, I lost so much weight! Based on how I feel I should look, I should not look like this. I should not be as weak as I am, I try to lift a weight that at one time I considered “light” and I find myself thinking “wow, who turned up the gravity in here?”

If you have any tips on working out for MS, please let me know below! If you have any useful links, I would much appreciate those as well! I know there are MS patients out there who are extremely fit even among those people who do not have MS! This is not going to be easy…

4 Responses to Anyone Have Working Out Tips?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hey there!
    Swimming, yoga, skipping… tai Chi also.

    I add a tblsp of olive oil to most things I injest too. I eat peanut butter, almond butter etc.

    Raw honey is great for inflammation.

    Also I meditate every day for at least 15 minutes to just calm my body and nervous system down.

    I know you will be OK, sir!

    If you have a magic bullet to help me to walk again just let me know lol.

    All the best!
    <3 Sarah

  2. Matt Allen G says:

    Haha yes, that sounds like me from 5 months ago, now I am one level up and I need to build muscle back and gain weight, magic bullet? Everyone's is different, mine was tysabri!

  3. Dockskip says:

    Matt,

    You probably already checked this out as you are "on it" compared to me…My insurance is crap(grateful to have any however) but they do actually pay for a professional dietician. I would have never known..and should have years ago, but I finally asked, or remembered to ask is more like it. They have helped me allot as I was eating all the wrong stuff for a while thinking I was eating good things.. turns out it certainly is different for everybody.

    I was gaining weight over time as my activity level dropped so much. Got the diaticain and have lost the 40 lbs I put on in the last few years in 2.5 months! It was all just a few minor changes. I was shocked. I'm twice your age and my metabolism slowed way down and I stopped going to the gym years ago (had to so I wouldn't be "good for nothing" the next few days after). My sad little biceps now tell the world that a dinner plate is "weighty" and I might even drop it too! I too am wanting to get more, or at least save the muscle I do have. man it's tough to know what to do. Anyway this was probably of no help…my PCP started out "coding "( for billing) my diaticain under physical therapy so it gets paid for. Now, it's actually a part of my insurance. It seems what is and isn't covered changes every year. I was told that if for any reason my insurance didn't cover it, that as long as I'm on disability that the state would pay for a diatician. I never looked into it as I didn't need to so you never know.

    Well I was thinking how nice it would be to look like you do, as I used to be thinner and felt better that way..but being toned is also important and I have yet to have any Dr. tell me what to do about muscle mass except "Do what you feel you can". Duh!

    I really enjoy how you word things like MS being the extra 100lbs. I know the more muscle we have the more calories we burn up..so I am totally in the dark about how to "gain without loosing" Or "loose without gaining" as well. I hope someone out there has the answer for you for gaining weight. I am so happy you are walking and with your tenacity I know the answer will come or you will find it. As many have said ..you are an inspiration. May your answer come soon!

  4. Matt Allen G says:

    Thanks! haha i dont think a dietician is covered for me, I have to check, I have been meaning to, but, you know… "Well I was thinking how nice it would be to look like you do"well, as a guy, I dont want to look like this haha, but yes, at least i have some function back, one step at a time!

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