Jamie Takes the 7-Day Challenge!

Jamie Tripp Utitus
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Jamie Tripp Utitus

Confession: I was hesitant to take the 7-Day Challenge to Live Like You. My hesitation rested solely on this one reality that is the golden nugget of all truths of multiple sclerosis – my life is so unpredictable. Can I consistently track anything in my life for seven days? When I was asked to give it a go, it was just days before my treatment, when unfortunately, I’m sick and my body is the most unpredictable. Right from the start, body one, Jamie zero. Or so I thought.

I was having a flare up. Tracking anything, other than my children, just felt…purposeless. Resting and healing was my only purpose at that point. But, I decided to give it a go. I will try anything once and if it could help, then cool. At least I’d know I tried. My husband, who does not have MS, decided that it would be cool for even him to try. How awesome is he?

It turns out I was right and I was wrong. I was sick, but the tracker allows you to add that in, it considers that (very kind of it). It also allows you to steps walked (if you can, you can remove if not applicable to where you are in your disease) and stress. There are so many other trackers you can add or delete according to your personal needs.

It turns out I was right and I was also way wrong. I was sick, my life was unpredictable. I was right in thinking that the simple act of logging on for seven straight days would be tough. However, and perhaps more importantly, I can say that what I was able to record and keep track of for the doctor was invaluable. My memory is awful. It’s that MS memory fog mixed with simply living a busy life and being a wife and mother of two. My lack of memory is obscene to the point where I have sticky notes strewn about my house.

Because I was going through a health predicament, it was imperative to have notes on my stress levels, my symptoms and such. The 7 Day Challenge tracker did that for me. I wrote notes in the “other” categories through my flare-up. Before I went for treatment I was able to pull up all the information, look at the days and jot down what was critical for my MS specialist to know for further treatment.

Another unexpected perk…since my husband did it with me, he actually confessed that he is stressed and needs to find balance. That is huge! Thank you 7 Day Challenge! He will never admit he is stressed. He doesn’t see it like I do. BUT, he was honest with the tracker, with his moods and stress levels. It makes me giggle that the 7 Day Challenge helped my 11 year marriage and my husband finally acknowledged he needs to learn how to better manage his stress. As a dad, a husband, and a caregiver, that’s really important to be aware of because it’s the first step in changing and taking care of himself. It’s not easy to do all he does and we love him. We want him to be healthy.

Learn more about the 7-Day Challenge to Live Like You and start your Challenge today!

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