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Ivana October blogExercising and eating healthy is easier said than done, especially after a long day at work/school or when a few too many macaroons are calling your name. I never had the desire to go to the gym or worry about what I was eating until after I was diagnosed.

Even before my diagnosis was confirmed, my doctor gave me a Pilates DVD and told me to exercise every day for three months and come back to him with how I was doing. I found that some of the exercises I could not do well even after three months, and some I had improved on in the time period. This is when it all began. When my diagnosis was confirmed, I had become so much more grateful for all that I had. I had one chance to live the best and most fulfilling life I could despite the curve balls thrown at me.

When you run into an obstacle you have to overcome it as best as you can. Do not let it destroy you. Sometimes you will work really hard and somehow still fail. This is life. But your character, as I mentioned before, is defined by how you stand in the midst of defeat than in victory. Know when this moment comes, that you should never give up. Bernard Baruch could not have said it better, “the art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.”

To stay healthy I do a mixture of both eating healthy and exercising. I have a few apps and DVDs that I use when I exercise at home. Walking is also a great way to maintain your muscles for as long as you can. Anytime I can take a few extra steps, I will. Parking a few stalls down or taking the long way will add up. I recently tried out a step counter which also encourages me to take more steps. What I try and do every day is a mixture of Pilates and Yoga. There are so many different exercises you can find and I know there are plenty that are not high endurance but still have a high impact on your body. So try it out! If you’re unsure about what exercises to do or what areas to work on, physiotherapy is also great!

In time, your body will change as everyone’s does. But I can guarantee you that doing something is a much bigger change. Do not wait for time to change everything. Yes, after a diagnosis I was thinking more along the lines of, “I only live once, I have this one life and I have to make the most of it.” But in reality, that is not entirely true. This one life is not all you have, in truth, you don’t only live once, you live every day. So decide that you have the power to not only make the best of the situation, but actually make a better life for yourself because of it. I know everyone’s body is different, so it’s up to you to find your balance and what works best for you. If you have any tips to add to mine, leave a comment! I’d love to see how you are maintaining your health after a diagnosis.

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  1. Terri says:

    Great words of advice! Also consider adapted sport if you can find some near you! You don’t have to be competitive and the new friends you will make is a huge bonus!

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