The Forest Look

Living with MS means I am constantly thinking about how to take good care of myself. What I eat, how much I eat, sleep and exercise all makes such a difference to me. And if I spend a couple of weeks on holiday eating and drinking too much (like now) then I try and counteract the overindulgence with more exercise (preferably in a forest-it really is true what they say about forests and forest bathing).

I’m currently trying all sorts to get fitter and stronger. This can be quite a challenge due to the fact that my leg gives up after a few minutes of walking or running, and I barely break into a sweat before I have to stop to rest my crazy leg.

So yesterday I cycled up a massive hill pulling my (heavy) children in a trailer behind me to try and get a sweat on.

The husband was getting loads of dirty looks as I struggled up behind him. He even got heckled at one point.

I was mostly giggling at my ridiculousness and the dirty looks hubby was getting  (the giggling makes it impossible to cycle up steep hills by the way). He was mostly taking the piss out of my cycling-up-a-hill-tactics, and trying to explain to the heckling strangers how stubborn I can be.

But I did it. I broke into a sweat and was quite out of breath at the top.

And I felt a sense of achievement that you get from things like childbirth and completing a marathon. (By the way a marathon for me now is walking further than I did yesterday, which isn’t very far, so please don’t think I only consider 26.2 miles a worthy challenge. I’ve done both. And my mini walks are so much harder than when I actually could run a marathon).

So here it is. My sweaty-forest-look. Crazy hair optional.

Here’s to finding ways to stay as strong and fit as you can for as long as you can. It feels pretty amazing.

Love, Lynne x




  1. Natasha · August 31, 2017

    Well done! Good for you. Would like love to keep fit but the Swank protocol says no exercise if first year of diagnosis. Sounds like it’s good for feelings of well being! 😁

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    • Lynne Jarrett · September 2, 2017

      Thanks Natasha!!
      It definitely makes a difference feeling fit. I didn’t know Swank protocol was no exercise at first..I’ve tried Jelinek’s system (OMS) but found it so hard to stick to and I just got thinner and weaker by the week…not for me at all. Stick with what suits you though! Looking after yourself is number one priority now. Take care! X


  2. myfamilyhomeblog · August 31, 2017

    Still looking beautiful as ever despite crazy hair! Well done you xx

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    • Lynne Jarrett · September 2, 2017

      Thanks lovely!! I’ve got s great hairdresser 😜. And in fact my hair is always a bit crackers..x Hope you’ve had a lovely summer xxx

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