Vital Signs: Lisa E. Scherer battles multiple sclerosis with exercise

Every week, The Press looks at someone who puts a priority on living a healthier life.

Lisa E. Scherer

Age: 48

Hometown: Holland

Occupation: Training supervisor and former kitchen manager

Biggest health challenge: Multiple sclerosis

Exercise routine: I go to the gym six days a week for two to three hours. Three days, I work on my legs, and three days I work on my arms. I work on my core daily.

Exercise tips: Take your time. Mix it up. Try something new. Watch what others do and ask yourself: “Can I do that?”

Eating plan: I like a soy shake in the morning with homemade oatmeal bakes. I have a light lunch, and dinner is anything with vegetables. I don’t eat beef or pork.

Guilty pleasure food: Peanut butter pretzels

Favorite healthy foods: Anything that is low fat or no fat or low calorie

Breakfast today: A soy shake and a banana

Daily doses: Malt and calcium

Healthy advice: Only you can control how you eat and exercise. In February 2010, I weighed 191 pounds. Today, I am 146 pounds. I’ve gotten great support from people at my gym and the staff. My next goal is to take the Body Pump and Spin classes.

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