My Latest Obsession Helps Me Combat the Uncertainty of MS
My obsession with numbers has continued since my latest MS relapses, but now I’ve taken it to a whole new level.
I found so much comfort in the clocks at a time when I was dealing with a great deal of uncertainty in my life. Numbers were an unexpected outlet for coping with my relapses.
But it’s gone beyond getting excited about walking into a room at exactly 12:34 or 8:08. Now the obsession clings to me wherever I go, even outside the house.
In addition to following the Overcoming MS (OMS) diet, a plant-based diet focused on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and seafood, I started using a tool to help me understand my body and track critical metrics affecting my health.
I invested in a fitness tracker watch.
I love being on top of everything – it’s why I wrote the “ENabled Warrior Tracker” book, which covers symptoms, sleep, diet, and much more.
I’m realizing, however, that a fitness tracker is both a blessing and a curse.
On one hand, I love that it tracks how many steps I’ve taken in a day, which is the main reason I bought it. I used to track steps on my phone, but the lack of pockets in women’s clothing meant my phone didn’t catch all my steps.
On the other hand, I am very disciplined, and my brain takes one look at the figure on the tiny screen and wonders, “How can I reach the next thousand?” It’s so annoying.
I feel like I’m pushing myself further because of it.
Seeing the number of steps at the end of the day has become vital to me. If the final number is less than it was the previous day, I feel uneasy. This is difficult with MS fatigue.
Wearing this watch is very empowering. It means I can track my heart rate, sleep, workouts, and even the oxygen in my blood. If I’m feeling extra fatigued, I check my watch to suss out why I feel this way.
The metric I’m hugely obsessed with right now is sleep. The watch tracks your whole night’s sleep and tells you how many times you woke up and how much deep sleep you got. I love it.
There’s also an accompanying phone app where you can see all your data in one place.
Do you wear or would you consider wearing a fitness tracker for your health? Please share your thoughts or experiences in the comments below.
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