Faith in DC wrote:
Also one thing I don't believe you mentioned is exercise. How much do you both get? Would increasing your activity level help?
Thank you, Faith. We have done pretty well together and it is true- we keep each other honest! We're both into taking our health as a family to a deeper level beyond what they've taught us in Weight Watchers. For one thing, they say to get in three servings of dairy a day as well as two servings of "healthy" oil every day. With all the information we've recently discovered studying Dr. McDougall, we will move away from Weight Watchers. (Although, we do like the meetings for the social aspect and for the support we receive from people walking the same journey that we are).
Anyway, short story long, to answer your question about exercise. She exercises more than I do. In fact, she gets up every weekday at 5 a.m. (and I do at least three times during the work week, too!) and does pilates, kettlebells, Zumba on the Wii, etc. Also, on the weekends we try to walk or hike somewhere or we like ot ride our bikes on the C&O.
A challenge with outdoor activity and MS people is heat. Heat won't make the illness any worse, but heat does make them zapped of energy and just not feeling good. We're hoping that the extreme weight loss will help mitigate that. I'm also hoping that concentrating on McDougall WOE will help overcome the MS.