Finding time to exercise

My Beloved and I went to the Rec Center over the weekend to play with the weight machines. I could barely do a leg curl, even without weight, but I could row at the highest resistance for ten minutes.

My Beloved believes (or tries to believe) that whatever ails a body can be cured with exercise. He’d like to see me working out (or swimming) two or three times a week. I know a lot of people with MS are doing that – how are they managing it? Patricia has started on a program that’s giving her really good results. I feel like I’ve cut everything to the bone – I do very little housework (cooking, cleaning, shopping, laundry). I’ve cut my participation in my choir down lower than I’m comfortable with. I work very little overtime. I certainly can’t afford to sleep less, a time finding solution favored by many able-bods. I compensated for the workout I did on Saturday by pretty much sleeping the rest of the day. I can’t imagine how I could squeeze a workout into a work day – just changing clothes (why can’t I exercise in a skirt and pumps, huh?) would suck up over half an hour, and that’s not even considering the fatigue.

Am I just a whimpy whiner who is trying to avoid exercising? What portion of the equation am I overlooking?



  1. Patricia Tryon

    Whimpy we’ll disregard out of hand. Raising practical, pertinent questions does not rise to a reasonable person’s standard of whining. Haven’t a clue what options might emerge for you. It took a long time to find my own and it still feels like a tentative thing that could stop working suddenly, at any time.

  2. Jody

    A whiner you are not! Don’t beat yourself up about this… we all know that if you had to sleep the rest of the day after your workout, you probably overdid it. Have you thought about stretching and yoga?

  3. mdmhvonpa

    I used to exersize. Heck, I used to teach aerobics. Now, I am content to mow the lawn and chase after my ‘devil spawn’. I can tell you this much, the spawn work me harder than any machine ever did.

  4. Patricia

    Dear friend, the only part of the equation you’re “missing” is that you work 9-5, and I don’t! BTW it’s not unusual for me to catch a nap after I’ve worked out at the gym or swum my laps. On Tuesdays, the day I work out with Matt my trainer whom I laughingly call Marquis de Sade, I don’t plan ANYTHING for the rest of the day. Yes, I’m feeling more healthy and stronger than ever, but I couldn’t possibly do this amount of exercise if I had a full-time job.

  5. Katja

    I was afraid of that.

    I really enjoy working. I enjoy the work itself, I enjoy the paycheck, and I really, really enjoy (need?) the health insurance. I’m twenty years too young for Medicare.

    But it would be so much easier to manage my life if I weren’t working.

    I did try, very actively, to find or arrange part time work in my field. At IBM, the company no longer picked up their part of the health insurance payment if you worked fewer than 38 hours, which was a huge surprise to me. All the part time IBM employees I talked to were insured by their spouses (husbands).


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